9 Bedrooms Our Great Gatsby

161 Bay View Rd, South Chatham, MA 02659, South Chatham, Cape Cod,
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Type : House
  • 17 to 19 Sleeps


This family estate was built in the 1930's by Mr. & Mrs. John Peale Bishop, a famous writer and poet and best friends of the infamous F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and is nestled on 1.3 acres overlooking the beautiful salt marshes and the ocean! It is ideal for family reunions, vacations, girl getaways, long holiday weekends, small weddings, rehearsal dinners, golf outings, milestone birthday parties, and retreats.

This 9-bedroom home sleeps 19 on 2 levels with 3 1/2 baths and 2 outdoor showers. The large kitchen is fully applianced with a butler's pantry with a wine refrigerator, sink and a second full size refrigerator adjoining a separate formal dining room. The fireplaced 28' x 14' living room is truly a ''great room'' with 3 French doors leading to a 28' x 16' foot veranda overlooking the salt marshes, Monomoy Island, and the sparkling waters of Nantucket Sound. There are 2 decks overlooking well-manicured lawns ideal for games, cookouts, and fun gatherings.

We are the owners and operators of this fine property since 1977. Many thousands of guests have enjoyed our great Gatsby and even some got married here or stayed here the week prior to the wedding. 



100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 


  • Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Double Bed
  • Queen Bed
  • King Bed
  • Playground
  • Child Friendly
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dining Table Seats
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • TV
  • Cable TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Fireplace
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • Reading Library
  • No Pets Allowed
  • Telephone
  • No Smoking
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Washing Machine
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Parking Available
  • Garage


  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Live Entertainment
  • Miniature Golf
  • Movie Theatre
  • Museums
  • Paddle Boats
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Parks
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
  • Near Theme Park
  • Waterfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Beachfront
  • Near Beach
  • Near Shopping
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Marina

Additional Rate Information

Additional availability info: January weekends: $1950; Presidents Day weekend: $1850. This is a Saturday to Saturday vacation rental.

Additional pricing info: Spring & fall: $2,500 for weekend; Holiday weekends: 3 nights for $3500

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Guest Reviews

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Victoria Reynolds

Great it is!

  • Submitted: Jul 01,2018

We stayed at the Gatsby the week of the 4th. The property is beautiful, neighborhood is quiet and beach is down the street, a 10-12 minute walk. Plenty of room to spread out. Carver is a love, he took excellent care of us. We travel quite a bit and this by far is my favorite place to be. Thank you John, Joan & Carver!

Karen D.

Fantastic Property for Writers Retreat!

  • Submitted: Apr 10,2013

This was truly the most beautiful and comfortable place our writing group (Essex Writers and Artists Guild) has had the pleasure of holding our Fall Writing Retreat. 1930\'s magic, large accommodating living room with working fireplace, many sitting areas, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that lead out to a lovely deck, views of the marsh and ocean, huge formal dining that allowed 13 of us to eat together with room for more. Magnificent master suite, lots of bedrooms and bathrooms for one and all. The owners were wonderfully accommodating, generous, and kind. I highly recommend this place for any sort of gathering whether it be family, friends or business groups. One-of-kind experience.

Gail O.

Annual accommodation for New Haven Ski Club

  • Submitted: Aug 17,2011

We combined our 40th Anniversary vow renewal with a family reunion. It was a great week and the house was perfect for our needs. The ceremony on the lawn was beautiful! Carver and Tara were wonderful - making sure we had all we needed. There was space enough for everyone to gather and also spread out to have quiet time to read a book or take a snooze. The beach is a short distance away and great for kids. We all (reluctantly!) left with memories to last a lifetime.

William R.

An Amazing Gatsby Adventure

  • Submitted: Jan 15,2015

My wife and I chose Our Great Gatsby house as the perfect wedding site for our intimate, family wedding, and we could not have asked for a better rental. The property owners, John and Joan, were informative, kind, and quite personable, making it feel as though we were invited and welcomed guests into their home. The onsite property manager and grounds keeper, Carver, is truly a gem who does an impeccable job at maintaining the grounds and house. He worked diligently to ensure we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and never hesitated to assist us with anything! The house itself is a beautiful structure that makes you feel as though you are in an elegant and classy era. It is fully stocked with all needed amenities and kitchen items to assist with hosting a wedding, reunion, or special event. With all of our family there, it truly felt like a home that we would never want to part with. It is also located a short and beautiful walk from the beach, which adds to the enjoyment of all in this part of Cape Cod. I highly recommend renting this house for any occasion and know that my wife and I will be back in the coming years to celebrate our anniversary in such a beautiful spot and lovely home.

Sal G.

An unforgettable and great experience!

  • Submitted: Jan 12,2017

In a nutshell, things could not have gone better! And trust me, if you are looking for size, charm, location, beauty AND an excellent and friendly person who will be there to greet and help you, book this property! We had my daughter\'s wedding here in May of 2016, and aside from the joyous occasion itself (of course), this was a great, comfortable and homey place to spend a week! I have spent many vacations on the Cape and for all of the factors that matter, this is worth it and then some! Carver, the caretaker and host, is the perfect person to help you throughout, while leaving you to enjoy your time with your guests. I am going to book again to relive BOTH the wedding splendor AND the charm and beauty of this great \'Great Gatsby\' home!

M A.

Our Great Gatsby

  • Submitted: Jul 10,2016

Our Great Gatsby was an ideal spot for our family reunion. It offered plenty of space for all 16 of us - aged 3 to 70+. The house location on a dead end street made for welcome quiet, nice wildlife and better safety for the grandchildren. The outdoor terrace facing the water was a favorite place for outdoor summer dining. The lawn in front of the terrace was big enough for baseball, frisbee games and just running around. Carver, the superintendent, is an invaluable resource. He maintains the property well and has sound recommendations about dining, swimming options, renting sailboats, etc. He knows the area well! A grand old mansion! We had a fun filled week!

Walter P.

Our Great Vacation

  • Submitted: Sep 05,2016

We have enjoyed family reunions on the Cape for the past 11 years. During that time our family has expanded from 12 to 22. Needless to say, we have outgrown many places, but Our Great Gatsby fits us perfectly. The huge lawn gives the kids plenty of space to run without fearing for their safety. Joan and John make it easy to reserve, and Carter, the full time Caretaker, is available to answer any question. I really would love to know more about the history of the house. If only the walls had ears I suspect there would be great stories from F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

Olivia L.

Our Great Gatsby Ceremony

  • Submitted: Mar 10,2017

My fiancee and I stayed at Our Great Gatsby with our families the night before our wedding ceremony. When we arrived, the house was warm, spotless, and inviting! The caretaker of the home walked us through each room and told us the history of the home and its first owners. He was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and homes surrounding The Gatsby house.

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