Last week there were eleven of us in Truro on Cape Cod: The patriarchs, my husband George and I, my three children, my son-in-law and daughter-in-law, my two granddaughters, my daughter’s little dog, and Little Pamet House, for surely the house we stayed in was an entity itself. The house we rented was the home of an artist, Kim Victoria Kettler, and artwork adorned every wall and nook and cranny. Everywhere we looked we discovered another treasure to admire. The house is not a rental house; it is Kim’s home. While we were enjoying it, she was living in the big red barn next door. She lives there in the summer while the house is being rented and moves back in when the summer season is over.
This was the first time my husband and I had ever rented a vacation home, and I don’t know how we got so lucky. We found Little Pamet House on the Home Away site, a site one of my sons uses. As soon as we saw the house online last Christmas, we knew it was the one we wanted. We called immediately and found it was available for the week we needed it. We booked it right away, afraid we’d lose it otherwise, and also a little afraid that it couldn’t possibly be as wonderful as the pictures. It was even more wonderful.
Truro is the wild part of the Cape. It is near the end, about twenty minutes from Provincetown. There is almost no shopping there, it’s hilly, wooded, and private. On the upper Cape, closer to Hyannis, the pace of life can be bustling and busy. But in Truro, you can hear the silence. Little Pamet House is nestled in the woods on a dirt road about a mile walk from Corn Hill, which was made famous by artist Edward Hopper. The house was a huge part of our enjoyment of our family’s week together.
Now we are spoiled. I don’t think any other house will ever match, or even come close, to this one. There is a big difference between spending a week in a rental house and spending a week in an artist’s beloved home. Thank you, Kim, for giving us that amazing week together in that amazing home.