Lis Sur Mer
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Truro, MA 02666
Artist Cottage perched atop a secluded dune.
Summer Opportunity! The Stable is available for your secluded beach getaway July 14- 21 & August 18-24, and again in the fall. Check availability and book from the reservations page.
The Stable at Lis Sur Mer was once a small horse stable. The cottage now consists of a large room divided to provide a smaller room that houses a "working man's" bed. In the main space there is a Cape kitchen with a 4 burner stove and 1/2 refrigerator, a table for 2 or 3, a queen sized custom platform bed, comfortable couch, stereo TV and VCR, and lots of windows on the surrounding foliage which includes black pine, olive trees and wild beach plantings. There is an inside shower room and a bath room. An outside terrace features deck chairs, a picnic table, a charcoal grill, and a very private outdoor shower.
Although a dune blocks the stable from having a bay view, you can hear the surf at night and a private path puts you at the top of the dune in less than a minute. The cottage is fully insulated, the interior has been completely finished in 18th century barnboard painted white, and is fully heated. It is comfortable year round. This cottage works well for a couple with child.
Prior to 1999 Lis Sur Mer was a family compound. The cottages began to develop in 1948 as the summer refuge for an old New England family. The patriarch of the family purchased a large tract of barren waterfront property upon his return from serving in the Armed Forces during World War 2.
The setting and the evolution of these cottages were very much in keeping with the famous ocean side "dune shacks" that were inhabited by writers and painters of Provincetown.
A combination of incredible light and an atmosphere of freedom of expression brought the art world to summer and in many cases settle in Provincetown/Truro.
In the early eighties, a New York family in the arts, who had summered in the area for 20 years, took over the property and began to restore it with the same vision as the original owner.
The property was designed to create privacy between the three cottages. Dunes were sculpted and extensive plantings of rose bushes, black pine, English oak and olive trees were arranged as if they had always been growing there, protecting the privacy of each cottage. The cottages were purposely designed and maintained to be old world eclectic, funky, unique, to inspire a true Old Cape Cod experience.
Most people feel that they are in another country when they first see Lis Sur Mer and we are proud of its uniqueness. This point of view is not for everyone. If your idea of a vacation is an escape, this may be for you. The experience is more like living on board of a ship than in a house. It is supposed to be like that. There is great privacy, the constant sound of waves, a cool breeze at night, a view across the bay to Provincetown harbor and above you one of nature's most profound presentations of stars and universes. There are no dishwashers. These are cottages, cabins, escapes. If you desire to duplicate a high tech existence on your vacation, then this is not the place for you.
This is the place for a very special need; the need to let go... Experience the timelessness of the bay, walk on the beach, reflect. A time to create the memories that are always represented in films where shingled cottages sit alone on the edge of dunes in soft sepia toned focus. It could be anytime in the collective past memory of beach cottages, dunes and timelessness.
The Lis Sur Mer complex provides total privacy between the three cottages. They can be rented separately or all together for large families or couples who wish to go on vacation together but also want their privacy. We also allow pets at Lis Sur Mer, because we believe pets are a part of the family so they shouldn't be excluded from your vacation.