Barnstable: For a tranquil rendezvous

Cape Cod Home  /  Early Summer 2018 / , ,

Writer: Allyson Plessner

Barnstable rental

For the full Cape Cod experience, a rental property is the way to go

Victoria and Bob Templeton have brought the West Coast to Cape Cod. As California natives, the couple have a unique perspective on the Cape, one that they express with royal blues and bright yellows throughout their home on Rendezvous Lane in Barnstable. “You can walk in there, and before you even meet this woman, you have a feel for what type of person she is. There’s an identity to the home,” says Kinlin Grover Vacation Rental Agent Lynda Beiling.

Victoria and Bob were originally drawn to their Cape home because of the windows. “The great room is just flooded with light,” says Victoria. “Between the dining room and the great room, there’s a leaded glass panel that was probably an exterior wall but is now part of the wall in the dining room. It really opens everything up,” adds Bob. Beautiful, antique elements like this are so intrinsic to the home and its character that the couple didn’t make many major renovations when they bought the home, aside from adding a salt water pool. As they put it, the goal was to emphasize the original structure, not change it.

“Coming from California, we see so many things disappear, only to be replaced with something new. For us, it’s really important to keep the integrity of the home,” says Victoria. The unique architecture of the house—the beauty of the workmanship—makes this space special, and Victoria and Bob have given their home a cosmetic facelift and a touch of personality without compromising those distinct elements. “The antiquity of the property has been preserved and enhanced with more modern conveniences available to the renter,” says Beiling. Visitors can expect modern comforts ranging from smart TVs and central air to expanded WiFi and cable, all while enjoying the serene beauty of the home and the town of Barnstable. As Beiling puts it, “just bring your suitcase.”

“You can tell it’s been well loved,” says Bob about the home, explaining that visitors always feel at ease. The dining room has been painted a rich blue that Victoria chose based upon a backdrop color found in artist William Turner’s exhibit at California’s Getty Museum. As an artist, Victoria draws inspiration every day from her spectacular Cape house and the unique village of Barnstable, and that is evident in the artistic touches found in her home.

“This has not been put together just for a summer vacation. It’s very tastefully done,” says Beiling. No detail has gone unnoticed, and the result is a comfortable, tranquil vacation getaway.

One of the most popular aspects of the house is the large porch overlooking the pool. In back, a patio looks out on the neighbor’s apple orchard, providing vacationers with a scenic spot to drink their morning coffee. “You can’t beat the location,” says Victoria, who claims this home is her favorite of all the homes they’ve owned. The property sits practically on the bay and offers plenty of great walking spots, including a nearby Mass Audubon conservation area. Victoria and Bob encourage visitors to bring their dogs—a generous concession that Beiling explains is often unheard of with rental properties—and enjoy the scenery that Barnstable has to offer. The couple is known for their cleanliness and attention to detail, so the home, with its beautifully eclectic mix of history and modernity, is always ready for its next occupants.

As Beiling puts it, “Barnstable village is the perfect Cape Cod vacation experience.” “We hope that visitors learn some history and enjoy the house,” says Victoria. “We want them to have a unique experience staying in a historic house and a historic town,” adds Bob. The love and appreciation this couple has for their home is palpable, and any vacationer would be lucky to spend some time in the summer living and loving the Barnstable lifestyle.

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Allyson Plessner

Allyson Plessner is a former editorial intern for Cape Cod Life and now works for the publication as a staff writer and digital media coordinator. Born in Florida, Allyson has been a lifelong summer resident of the Cape. She is a recent alumna of the College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where she completed bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish. In her free time, Allyson is an avid sailor, beach-goer, and—like her fellow Cape Cod Life colleagues—a dog-lover.