Champlain’s Bluff: A Cape Cod Summer House on the Water

by hookedonhouses on November 16, 2011

After I featured a lovely beach house with blue shutters earlier this year, a reader named Marcia wrote me, saying, “I thought you’d like to see the work of the company I work for, which is similar. We are a design-build firm on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.”

I went to their site–Polhemus Savery DaSilva–and this gorgeous summer house on the water in Cape Cod immediately caught my eye.

When I was searching for more information about the house, called “Champlain’s Bluff” on their website, I discovered that it was featured in a book called Architecture of the Cape Cod Summer by Michael J. Crosbie.

Crosbie writes that the owners wanted a house that was “historically rooted, as if it had always been there, but that would also comfortably accommodate contemporary art and furnishings.”

I like the look of this stone fireplace in such a sleek, modern kitchen:

The library:

Upstairs landing:

A fun boy’s room with a nautical theme:

The view of the water from the upstairs balcony is pretty amazing:

Thanks to Marcia for telling me about it! To see the rest of the photos, visit Polhemus Savery DaSilva. They just added more shots of this house to their Facebook page, too.

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Rick November 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

I love the house. Maybe it’s too much for just me to keep up but that is what staff are for, right? the library is my favorite room. the ceiling is so traditional it could be in a much older home.
rick s

Nichole@40daysof November 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

Wow! The view is unreal. I’ve always loved the look of the houses that seem to populate east coast summer spots. But it’s so far away and so expensive!

Irma Navarro-Hankins November 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

What’s not to love! Goodness, it’s all beautiful.

Janet November 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

Looooove the furnishings, not so much the chopped up architecture.

Laura November 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

I really love the exterior, living room, library, and of course the views but I could live without the kitchen because it’s a little too modern for me.

T. November 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

The interior disappoints after that beautiful exterior. It doesn’t feel very homey to me. I like the library, but not how they’ve furnished it. Oh, well, couldn’t afford it anyway!

Elizabeth November 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Agreed. Also, I don’t like how the living room is set up. You’d be yelling across the room to talk to guests. The couches are too far apart. It’s a big room but there still seems to be too much furniture in it. The view looks lovely though!

Mary November 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

What a lovely house with fantastic views – just the right amount of modern yet cosy – would love to have a holiday there:)
Mary x

Maya @ Completely Coastal November 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

The nautical theme is very popular for boy’s rooms -fun! Love the fireplace in the kitchen.

Jessica at Lavender and Lilies November 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

Loving it! I love the living room and kitchen but that boat is great!

Jocelyn November 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

WOW! All I can say is Wow!! This house is gorgeous!

Karena November 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

Julia what a view!! I could sit and gaze forever. I would be sure to have my office desk facing the sea!!

Plus the house is gorgeous!


Art by Karena

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse November 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

Can you imagine having the funds for a home like this? The living room, with the gorgeous artwork, was really captivating. Jealous.

P.S. It is my first blogiversary today and I’m hosting my first-ever giveaway:

shabbychick November 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

Divine house, but I really hate that it’s dressed with contemporary furnishings/slight nod to Swedish design, it doesn’t fit the style of the house. Bummer.

Brenda November 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

Wow! Love the front of the house, the back, not so much. The halls and staircase, thumbs up, also the library. The rest, too modern for the house is my feeling, except the boys bedroom.

Sheila November 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Oy. Yes, please. Love the boat-loft with portals to peer down on the goings-on down below. And that view — ! Excellent find!

Don Knispel November 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Wow, awe-inspiring house! Yep, that’s it–nothing funny or clever to say for once…

Manderley November 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Ohhhhh is my dream, beautiful, gorgeous!

Molly @thewaffler November 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

OMG, and I’m writing that without irony!

Kim November 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

What a disappointment the interior is considering how gorgeous the exterior looks. They just don’t match each other. I will say though, the staircase is gorgeous.

Dawn November 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I think that the exterior design alludes to a more contempory take on the cape code style therefore the interior isn’t that big of a surprise with its modern feel. The kitchen was a bit too modern for me but I loved the boy’s room. The entry was fantastic but unfortunate that the same volume and vaulted ceilings were not carried through to the other areas such as the kitchen and family room. I would have liked higher ceilings in those spaces.

Lindsay H November 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Whoa…that is aaHAMazing! So many well thought out details and design features. Thanks for sharing!

John R. DaSilva, AIA November 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for posting our House on Champlain’s Bluff on your great blog! And thank you for all the thoughtful comments. Readers who would like to see more can view additional photos on our web site (, on our Facebook page (–please “like” us while you are there!–and in a recent issue of Design New England Magazine (–scroll to page 87. If you would like to see and read more about Polhemus Savery DaSilva’s work, in addition to Architecture of the Cape Cod Summer mentioned above, our latest book is called Shingled Houses in the Summer Sun and is available on Amazon and elsewhere ( Thank you for your interest!

hookedonhouses November 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

So nice to hear from you! I could spend hours on your website looking at your work. Thanks for stopping by!

Londen November 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Now that is a beach house! The view is amazing…its so fun to dream. I love getting my house fix here at your blog. Thanks for posting.

Kathy Pearson November 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Thankyou Jula, I like your blog, “Hooked on Houses”. Thankyou for letting us see this joy of a house today. In discribing this house, the first word that comes to me, is fun! It looks like a fun house tobe in, and of course, all the above, beautiful, lovely, ect.

Caron November 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm

This is absolutely stunning! (of course I like it – it’s a beach house!) Thanks for sharing, will post on our Facebook page too.

My favorite room has to be the library, the view shot from the top balcony is simply incredible. I would just sit there all day watching the parade of boats!

PS We’ve sent out our first Holiday Gift Guide – sharing with your readers too!

Thanks so much Julia!

hookedonhouses November 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Thanks for the link to your Holiday Gift Guide, Caron! :)

Jenn November 17, 2011 at 11:16 pm

The kitchen looks out of place to me. Too modern and sleek for the style of house. Overall, it’s lovely.

Ricki Jill Treleaven November 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

I. Love. That. KITCHEN!!! and LIBRARY~~~~~~ :D

I would love a home like that on a smaller scale. Wow.

Thanks, Julia!

Ricki Jill

Wendy November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

Wowza! I love that house, and the architect’s other work. I can’t say I love the marriage of the owner’s aesthetic–which is too spare and modern for me–with the architect’s style, judging from the photos on the architect’s blog, which I think are other houses too. Wow! I would live in any house he’s built! All those curved staircases, and little nooks and grace notes. Gorgeous. If that is all one house…wow even more!

John R. DaSilva November 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thanks Wendy, Ricki, Caron,!

Marcia January 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Loved the library and the view. What lucky owners.

Monique March 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I love the view of the front of the house and the view looking out of the interior to the water as well as the interiors but didn’t care that much for the rear view of the house!

Terri S Crum May 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

Incredible home…the front is beautiful but, the back of this home is amazing!!

Ernest Castillo February 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Aww Breathtaking views!! the house is jut spectacular!

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