The Kaplan cottage is a rustic 19th Century farmhouse that retains the look of another era while its interior blends modern convenience with original charm. This property abuts the fenced-off border of the regional high school campus. Outdoors, there is a “shore shower” for rinsing off after the beach. The large yard provides plenty of space for outdoor play, while a grove of locust trees provides shade and a sense of seclusion for relaxing or outdoor eating. The first floor has a large living room with working fireplace, dining area, kitchen, double-bedded bedroom, and bath. The living room walls, with exposed support beams and cross-pieces, make “shelves” for paperbacks and sea shells. Surrounded by windows, the western end of the living room is a sun room with built-in window seats for reading or dozing off. The kitchen and bath are being updated in time for the 2018 season. The original wide pine floors are newly refinished and glow to reveal this staple of early Cape Cod cinstruction.
Everything from the rather steep and narrow stairway up is the original farmhouse, with its nearly 200-year-old walls. The three upstairs bedrooms are furnished with twin and single beds and vintage bureaus. They open almost directly into the stairwell, so parents should consider bringing a child-gate. If more sleeping space on the first floor is preferred, the sun room end of the living room can sleep two on the bunk-bed sized window seats. There is parking for several cars, and a shed off the kitchen provides storage for bikes and beach equipment. This cottage is a sort walk to the high school where the Cape Cod Institute seminars are held. The Kaplan cottage is just a mile to Nauset Light Beach (Atlantic Ocean, CCNS).