Full Circle

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Writer: Leslie Hatton / Photographer: Peter Julian 

The past, present and future of this Lecount Hollow beach home are intertwined with its owner; proving that home is where the heart is. Photo courtesy of Architectural Design In The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane author Kate DiCamillo writes, “You must be filled with expectancy. You must be awash in hope. You must wonder who will love you, whom you will love next.” If you believe in such things, then surely that must have been what the little beach cottage in Wellfleet was whispering to itself as it sat patiently waiting for its next owner. One couple in particular used to take leisurely afternoon strolls past the weathered old house and would often say to each other, “If that house ever goes up for sale, we should try to buy it.” The house was already special to the wife as she had spent several of her childhood summers at her grandparents’ house nearby, surrounded by cousins and extended family. Her grandparents’ friends lived in the house and as she walked past now, years later with her husband, the house (under new ownership) would conjure up memories of her carefree, happy summers laughing and playing, with captivating Lecount Hollow Beach as the backdrop. So of course, when the house came up for sale, the couple jumped at the chance to purchase it. They wrote a heartfelt letter to the owner who realized they were simply the perfect fit and gave their family the opportunity to purchase it and breathe some new life into the tired home.  The home, located in Wellfleet in the heart of the National Seashore, needed some love, a sagging roof and a dated floor plan required renovation. The couple enlisted the help of architect Peter Haig of Architectural Design, Inc., (ADI) located in Orleans. “The house…

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Leslie Hatton

Leslie (Horne) Hatton enthusiastically joined Cape Cod Life in October of 2022. Educated in Mashpee and Falmouth, she graduated from Assumption College and received her Master of Education degree from Lesley College. A former teacher, she has taught middle school, preschool and most recently, fifth grade. She and her husband Tom have three children: Aidan, Colin, and Erin. Their newest family member is Millie, an outgoing, outrageously happy chocolate lab. She loves to talk about all of them so better not ask. One neat tidbit about Leslie is that she is the author of the locally best-selling children’s book Cape Cod ABCs, with over 10K books sold on Cape Cod, the Islands and across Massachusetts. Happiest in the summer with a little sun on her face, she loves being with friends and her family, laughing, drinking and eating all over beautiful Cape Cod.