Ship's Knees Inn

186 Beach Road , East Orleans, MA 02643 USA (Show map)

About

Our beach side, historic Inn, family owned & operated since 1970, is located on 1.5 acres in a quiet residential location & includes 15 comfortable, individually appointed rooms, a large suite & ocean view apartment most with newly renovated bathrooms in a charmingly updated 1820 historic sea captain's home located just a 1/4 mile (5 minute walk) down the hill to world famous Nauset Beach. In room amenities include Wi-Fi, flat screen cable TV, refrigerators, AC, & a sumptuous continental breakfast is served daily in our breakfast room or in warmer weather on either of our 2 outdoor patios. Outside on the property enjoy our well manicured lawns & gardens, in ground swimming pool (in season), spacious courtyard patio garden with gas fire pit, & comfortable hammocks, chaises & adirondack chairs located around the grounds. We are located close to the best of what Cape Cod has to offer including swimming, fishing-surf casting & deep sea charters, boating including kayaking & canoeing, whale & seal watch cruises, guided beachwalks & bird hikes, movie, music & performing arts theatre, golfing, tennis, art galleries, museums & historical interests. Numerous casual & fine dining restaurants are also in close proximity to the Inn.

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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

Would definitely return!

4.4 on August 19, 2017

Our room was rather small, with a shared bath; but that was my fault for waiting too long to make reservations. They provided everything we needed, including chairs to take to an evening concert at the nearby beach. The grounds are exceptional...great job, Peter! We loved the breakfasts...good, healthy choices; and the evenings on the patio around the fire pit were a great way to end our days.


Nice B&B

4.0 on August 11, 2017

Room somewhat small but cozy and clean, same with bathroom. "Walk to brach" is a nice plus, since Nauset Beach charges $20 for parking during the day. Breakfast looked good, although we didn't eat there due to gluten problems - it would be excellent if they provided some gluten-free options. stairs to second floor steep and narrow, definitely not for someone with a disability or difficulty walking, although the first floor would be fine.


July 2017 visit

5 on August 02, 2017

Great hospitality.Friendly folks.Great amenities. Great location near one of the best beaches on the Atlantic.


Fantastic Surprise

5 on July 31, 2017

My wife and I chose the Inn because of its close proximity to Nauset Beach but found it to make our vacation so much more. The beach was great but the Inn will make us come back for many years. SOOOO clean !! The grounds were perfect. The room was so cozy and the overall feel of the Inn was home away from home. To top it off, Ownership was so gracious and friendly. Cannot wait to go back !!


Great visit to Orleans

3.8 on July 20, 2017

We had a wonderful "first time" visit to The Ship Knees Inn in July. The location was terrific. Beach was a short walk and chairs, umbrellas, and towels were graciously provided by the inn. There were countless excellent restaurants in the area. The innkeepers were very knowledgeable about the area and extremely helpful with offering suggestions on things to do, restaurants, etc. The continental breakfast that was provided was provided was very good. We stayed in Room 4 which had its own entrance to the patio and garden. Our room was clean and quite large. Nicely decorated with nautical decor. Bathroom shower was very modern though there was no shelf or rack to put your soap, shampoo or wash cloth on. My only complaint would be that there was a family there (probably staying in several rooms) that had visitors come at night in their cars who clearly were not staying at the inn. They completely took up the whole area around the fire pit. One night when one couple returned from dinner they said to make room for their family because there would be 12 of them sitting around the pit. The next morning they packed their car with 6 chairs and 3 umbrellas when it was only the 2 of them. It appeared to me that they were using the inn's chairs for friends or family members that were staying elsewhere. When it was time for us to grab 2 chairs only the smaller, lowered to the ground ines were left. All in all we had a great visit and would probably return.


Great Location, Great owners

3.6 on July 20, 2017

This is a lovely inn about a quarter mile from Nauset Beach. The staff was very friendly, the breakfast was excellent. The rooms are small and ours was a little musty smelling, but comfortable. There is a nice swimming pool and fire pit to gather around at night. Great for a family get-together.


Great Place to Stay!

5 on July 18, 2017

I enjoyed my stay at the Ship's Knees Inn. It is so quaint and has a really nice atmosphere compared to staying in a hotel. You can't beat the location right near the beach. I can't wait to stay there again! Thank you Peter and Denise!


My happy place

4.8 on July 18, 2017

Denise and Peter know how to make guests feel welcome and go out of their way to make sure that your stay is relaxing and carefree.


Awesome stay

5 on July 15, 2017

Ships Knees exceeded our expections! We enjoyed our stay - the food was delicious,the pool refreshing and the gardens beautiful. The short walk to Nauset Beach was convenient but some of our favorite memories were made talking with other guests at the fire pit! We look forward to returning soon.


One night

5 on July 13, 2017

My wife and I came to the Cape for just one night to attend an event and were more than pleased with our stay. We were also allowed to arrive early and spend the day at Nauset Beach which was a great perk. The rooms as well as the grounds and pool were very well maintained and the service we received was excellent. We plan on coming back again when we can stay longer.


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Rooms & Rates

Petite Queen Bedroom #10

Standard size Queen Bed with private bath. Located on the 1st floor of the North Wing & adjacent to the breakfast area this compact room has high ceilings, rustic "driftwood" plank engineered floors, shaker beige walls & china white doors & trim. Northeast exposure & views of the backyard/pool area. Approx 120 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Queen Bedroom with Shared Bath #6

Queen Bedroom located on the 2nd floor of the 1820 main Inn with East exposure & a distant ocean view. Slanted ceiling in this room & the shared bathroom located across the hall. Bathroom is shared with 1 other room. A 2nd 1/2 bathroom is located down the hall. Approx 150 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Deluxe Queen Bedroom #2

Queen Bedroom with private bath located on the 1st floor of the 1820 main Inn. A bright sunny room with Southeast exposure, large picture window & 2 seagrass chairs. Approx 185 sq ft.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Petite Queen Bedroom #15

Standard size Queen Bed with private bath. Located on the 1st floor of the North Wing this bright corner room has shaker beige walls & trim, rustic oak engineered floors, AC with quiet ductless HVAC, & a beautifully renovated tiled bath & shower. Northwest exposure & views of the back yard. Approx 150 sq ft.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Standard King Bedroom

King Bedroom with private bath located on the 1st floor of the 1820 main Inn. A bright sunny room with South exposure, includes 2 comfortable seagrass chairs & a large picture window. Approx 175 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Deluxe King Bedroom #4

Deluxe King Bedroom with private bath & private entrance to the courtyard garden patio with gas fire pit. Includes a twin sleeper sofa, soft chair & a connecting door to room #3. Approx 225 sq ft.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Twin Bedroom

2 Twin Beds or 1 King Bed & private bath (advise at booking). Located on the 2nd floor of the 1820 main Inn. This room has a slanted ceiling & West view of the rose garden. Approx 170 sq ft.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Superior Queen Bedroom

Queen Bedroom with private bath located on the 1st floor of the 1820 main Inn. The "Master's quarters includes a working fireplace & comfortable sitting area with seagrass couch & soft chair. View of the courtyard garden patio & includes roll-away for a 3rd guest. Approx 245 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Ocean View Apartment-1 bedroom

Fall availability beginning Sunday 9/30. 2nd floor access from private deck-includes queen bed & private bath, full kitchen with all utensils, combination dining room/living room with working fireplace, 2 large flat screen TV's, private deck, private parking, light daily housekeeping with towel/linen service & our buffet style continental breakfast. Available 2nd bedroom at alternate rate. Approx 750 sq ft. as 1 bedroom & 925 sq ft as 2 bedroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

King Bedroom Nauset Suite

3 night minimum 6/22-9/30. 2 nights during all other periods. The Suite includes private bath, separate living room with queen sleeper sofa & private entrance. Located in the 1971 addition of the 1820 main Inn. Large flat screen TV's in both living room & bedroom. Approx 450 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Deluxe Queen Bedroom #8

Queen Bedroom with private bath located on the 2nd floor of the 1820 main Inn, West exposure & view of the courtyard garden patio with gas fire pit. Ceiling height is less than normal. Approx 135 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Deluxe King Bedroom #16

King Bedroom with private bath & located at the far end of the North Wing with a private entrance to the courtyard garden patio & also a separate hallway entrance. Includes AC with quiet ductless HVAC & rustic oak engineered floors. This is a bright sunny room with 2 seagrass chairs & views of the courtyard & the West yard. Approx 175 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Petite Queen Bedroom #13

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Petite Queen Bedroom #12

Standard size Queen Bed with private bath. Located on the 1st floor of the North Wing this compact room has high ceilings, rustic "driftwood" plank engineered floors, shaker beige walls & china white doors & trim.Northeast exposure & views of the backyard/pool area. Approx 135 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Deluxe Queen Bedroom #9

Queen Bedroom with private bath on the 2nd floor of the 1820 main Inn. A bright sunny room with Southeast exposure. Approx 160 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Queen Bedroom with Shared Bath #7

Queen Bedroom located on the 2nd floor of the 1820 main Inn with East exposure & a distant ocean view. Slanted ceiling in this room & the shared bathroom located across the hall. Bathroom is shared with 1 other room. A 2nd 1/2 bath is located down the hall. Approx 140 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Petite Queen Bedroom #14

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Petite Queen Bedroom #11

Standard size Queen Bed with private bath. Located on the 1st floor of the North Wing this compact room is adjacent to the breakfast room & has high ceilings, rustic "driftwood" plank engineered floors, shaker beige walls & china white doors & trim., Northeast exposure & views of the backyard/pool area. Approx 125 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Superior King Bedroom #14

A new accommodation for 2018 & located on the 1st floor of the North Wing area with a view of the backyard. This stylish, expansive, & completely renovated space includes wainscoating, AC with quiet ductless HVAC, "driftwood" engineered floors, a beautiful tiled bath/shower & a sizeable sitting area with large flat screen TV. Approximately 300 sq ft.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location

Location Type

Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town, Village

Airport

Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 90 miles

Directions to property:

From the Sagamore Bridge take route 6 (Mid Cape Hgwy) 35 miles to the Orleans exit #12. Turn right at the end of the ramp on to route 6A. Follow to next light & take a right on to Eldredge Parkway. Follow thru next light & at 2nd light take right on to Main St. Follow Main St 1 mile to fork in road & bear left on to Beach Rd. Follow 1.2 miles & the Inn will be on your left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Kayaking, sun-bathing, theatre, museums, antiquing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 14:00 - 19:00
  • Check Out:: 10:30
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Peter & Denise Butcher

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

Having part ownership of the Inn since 1984 Peter & Denise assumed full ownership in 2004 & relocated to the Cape from CT to begin full time operation of the property. Married for 39 years they have 4 children & 2 grandchildren. Denise enjoys stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, crafting projects, interior decorating, reading & cooking. Peter enjoys biking, stand up paddle boarding, golfing, & white mountain backpacking.

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Meals

Breakfast

Continental

  • Time Served: 8:00-9:30AM
  • Serving Location: Seasonally on either of our outdoor patios, Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Unfortunately we cannot provide for special dietary restrictions


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