Ship's Knees Inn Reviews


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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

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A wonderful place to stay!

4.0 on November 30, 2016

Recent four night stay was our first visit. The owners make certain that all guests are well taken care of. Denise makes all breakfast items and they are delicious! Highly recommend the Ship's Knees Inn. Location is terrific just a few minutes from beautiful Nauset Beach.

Beach retreat

4.4 on October 24, 2016

Very friendly staff, beautiful, charming decor, very comfortable bed, very clean, great location, walk to beach with easy drive to town, lots of parking, quiet. Highly recommended!

Ships Knees Inn Stay 9/30/16-10/2/16

5 on October 17, 2016

Excellent and peaceful stay as usual. This is our favorite lodging spot o. the Cape. We have been coming for 10+ years and are never disappointed! K and G S - Watertown, MA

Perfect quick trip

3.8 on September 18, 2016

The location of this inn is perfect if you are goingto Nauset Beach, it is about a 10 minute easy walk. The room was small but we did book the compact queen room so we knew that. Very nice pool area and grounds are beautiful. The breakfast was very tasty and beautifully presented. Would definitely return

Lovely anniversary retreat

4.8 on September 12, 2016

Enjoyed all aspects of inn--food was fantastic, everything about setting was lovely and, amenities of inn were above expectations and the accessibility to so many wonderful things in Orleans and Cape Cod was so convenient. Relaxing and romantic stay!!

Bill & Judy July 2016

4.8 on August 13, 2016

As always , we had a great time at Ship's Knees Inn. Peter & Denise make everyone feel at home. You can walk to the beach. You are close to town , shopping , the playhouse as well as other Cape Cod attractions. They have beautifully presented continental breakfast and you are minutes from lunch and/ or dinner venues

Love this inn!

5 on August 11, 2016

Beautiful all around!

Queen Room

5 on August 08, 2016

Loved it!

A wonderful weekend!

5 on August 04, 2016

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful stay at the Ship's Knee Inn. The grounds were beautiful (we enjoyed the pool) and just a walk down the street from the beach! The provided beach chairs and boogie boards were awesome. Peter and Denise were great hosts and provided awesome recommendations for food and activities in the area. All around a great stay at the Ship's Knees, we hope to visit again!

Bill & Judy at Ship's Knees Inn

5 on August 02, 2016

As always , we had a great time at this fabulous location within walking distance of Nauset Beach. The dining is a beautiful presentation of variety items at breakfast and a number of choices nearby for lunch & dinner. There is the Playhouse close by and a lot of stores in town for browsing. Peter & Denise make everyone feel welcome. If you want the flavor of Cape Cod we highly recommend Ship's Knees Inn.


5 on July 31, 2016

We stayed at the inn for 3 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Beautiful grounds! Rooms are comfortable and clean. Everything about our stay was wonderful. Have recommended the inn already to friends and coworkers.

Second time was like coming home again

4.8 on July 19, 2016

We just spent a few nights at Ship's Knees again after a 5-year gap. (Where does the time go?) Peter welcomed us as if we had just been there last year. Denise does an excellent job paying attention to details. The location, facility and grounds are all very appealing - especially being able to walk down the hill to Nauset Beach. Breakfast each morning was delicious, and the other guests were friendly. We are looking forward to returning next summer!

Great Place

4.4 on July 03, 2016

Nice location that is an easy walk to the beach or to some shops and restaurants Owners and staff are very friendly and helpful. We would return without question.

It wss relaxing and peaceful getaway

5 on June 09, 2016

Can't wait to visit again planning to have a longer stay

Excelent B & B

5 on June 02, 2015

Stayed a couple nights before the summer season started. The innkeepers are very nice and helpful with any questions about the area. The room we stayed in was very comfortable, recently refurbished and nicely appointed. The included breakfast was just what we needed to start the day. We would stay here again and recommend it to anyone.

Excellent Off-Season Get Away!

4.8 on April 30, 2014

We had the good fortune of staying at the Ship's Knees in later April. Couldn't have picked a better spot. Friendly, caring, hospitable, helpful, and all at a very reasonable off-peak price! Peter and Denise were very helpful in getting us oriented and off to good adventures in dining and more. We would go back in a minute--the access to Nauset Beach, the CCRT, and all of Orleans and Wellfleet is superb!

We had a wonderful time !

5 on August 09, 2011

The Ship's Knees Inn is a lovley way to experance Cape Cod. We will return soon.

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3.4 on August 08, 2011

Ship's Knees was a great place to stay in a perfect location. It's about a 5-7 minute walk to Nauset Beach and a short drive to lots of restaurants and shopping in Orleans. The pool was an added benefit with complimentary towels. The room we stayed in was a tad small (no place to lay out suitcases), but that may not be the case for all rooms at the inn. The owners were very welcoming and helpful.

Late Spring Stay

4.8 on July 04, 2011

We stayed at the Ship's Knees Inn in April of 2011, just as the weather began to warm up. It is a charming house, a bit small, but the rooms are comfortable and the decor makes you feel like you are spending a few evenings in a time gone bye. A walk through the upstairs hallway is particularly intriguing. The breakfast was the best we had in our 2 week tour of New England. The scones are to die for. The inn is situated a mile or so from a public beach, 10 minutes from many places to eat, 30 minutes from Chatham (which was one of my favorite towns we visited) and an easy day trip from the upper arm of Cape Cod. Would definitely recommend staying here, and will return again.

I love the Ship's Knees Inn

3.6 on June 27, 2011

I stay at the Inn once a year, usually for a couple of nights, to walk Nauset Beach and go to a couple of Cape League baseball games. Peter and Denise are terrific - welcoming, engaging, helpful. I've stayed in several different rooms, ranging from small to spacious. All wonderful if you like "old Cape" style accommodations. If you like Nauset, you can't beat this location.

Beyond Expectations

4.2 on May 04, 2011

People have a lot of different criteria regarding what they want and need in a vacation lodging. My companion & I wanted something quiet and peaceful where we could spend a few days. Before we found Ship's Knees Inn we had been looking at places in Provincetown, but soon realized that area was quite busy and crowded. We were both so glad to have found this lovely quiet place in East Orleans. We visited in the "shoulder season" (late April in our case) so there weren't a lot of visitors yet either in town or at the Inn. i.e. things were quiet and very peaceful. Our room was sweet and felt very private (we chose rm 4 which has a private entrance) Everything about the place and our stay exceeded our expectations. We have agreed in retrospect we would do it all over again without hesitation and we would certainly choose Ship's Knees Inn again. What a lovely place!

A nearly perfect beach getaway

4.8 on April 15, 2011

My husband and I were in Providence, RI for a family wedding and decided to take a side trip to Cape Cod. What a find this inn was! We couldn't have been happier with our stay there. Our room was clean and cozy, and we loved the beach cottage-y decor. The continental breakfast was very good, lots to choose from. The location can't be beat (just 1/4 mile from Nauset Beach!), and Denise is a wonderful hostess. The only problem with our stay was that it was too short! We definitely recommend Ship's Knees Inn, and hope very much to return before too long.

thirty years away

3.4 on March 05, 2011

First time back in thirty years,don't know why we waited so long. Spent our honeymoon there in 1981. Really enjoy the way the rooms have maintained that old inn look. Very quiet and relaxing. Denise Butcher was very friendly, made you feel like you were coming home. Continental breakfest was very good. Looking forward to returning in the spring to enjoy the outside patio and fireplace

Would only ever stay at The Ship's Knees Inn!

5 on February 10, 2011

I stayed at the Ship's Knees Inn twice last year and had a lovely time on both visits. It was nice being so close to Nauset Beach - easy walking distance! And Peter and Denise are wonderful hosts. I can't wait to go back again this year. Five Stars!!! Laura Lepine Cape Elizabeth ME

A Lovely B and B in a great location!

4.4 on November 29, 2010

This is a charming place, with warm and friendly owners. The breakfast was very delectable, and the decor was delightful.

Ship's Knees

4.0 on May 25, 2010

Pleasant, friendly staff and environment. Nice comfortable room. Close to beach. A relaxing experience. Would definitely recommend.

September-2009 At The Cape

5 on October 01, 2009

We found a wonderful bed & breakfast inn 3 years ago on Cape Cod, Orleans, MA. Denise and Peter Butcher are great people. We will be back again next year. I would recommend this place to anyone!

A romantic weekend

4.2 on June 08, 2009

My husband and I visited the inn for our 34th wedding anniversary. Actually, my husband planned everything on his own. The innkeepers had champagne waiting for us. I was so cozy and comfortable.

Ready to go back!

4.8 on May 19, 2009

I loved my weekend stay. The owners were very personable. the continental breakfast was delicious. The outdoor fire pit was a nice way to end the night.

A loveley place

5 on May 07, 2009

Have been in lots places, that place is a real paradise...Will be back this year, and the nest one...every summer :)))

Happy days

4.0 on October 29, 2008

Yes indeed we spent 8 wonderful days at the Ship's Knees Inn. An ample breakfast outdoors, Denise and Peter so kind and helpful even when we had lost the key for the third time. A 5' walk to the most beautiful and clean beach, Nauset beach. I hope very much to be able to come again!

Great value!!

4.8 on May 27, 2008

Reasonable prices get you a comfortable room, very clean with lovely little decorations. Wireless internet worked great. Walk to the beach or sit in a comfy chair on the lawn, the grounds were very well kept. Yummy breakfast and friendly, happy staff. Make sure to get a room away from the construction until that finishes. Really great location!

Ship's Knees Inn


  • Nightly Rate $110 - $360
  • Reviews (32) 4.6
  • Rooms 18

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