The Mansion at Ocean Edge
What We Love
- Pick your dip: The resort’s 430 acres include a private beach plus numerous pools (two indoor) and hot tubs
- Gracious staff is quick to set up lounge chairs and bring you snacks at the beach (seasonal)
- Mansion guests have access to the private beach club
- Custom bike fleet available to guests to explore the nearby 26-mile Cap Cod Bike and Rail Trail
- Seasonal beachside yoga
What To Know
- A $40 million overhaul in 2012 of the resort's mansion side brought a clean, modern beach style to the guestrooms
- The resort is popular with families
- Brides love the property for its elegant venues — there are seven — so anticipate wedding crowds on weekend evenings
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Spread over 429 acres, the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club is a full-service beachfront golf and tennis resort where guests and club members play the $8.5 million Nicklaus design golf course, hit balls on one of the tennis courts and take a dip in any of the handful of pools. Accommodation is split between the sprawling Village section and the crown-jewel Mansion enclave, which once was the home of Brewster native Samuel Nickerson and played host to legendary Gilded Age soirees. The building sports gorgeous carved-wood ceilings, a grand staircase, gorgeous leaded glass windows and sweeping views across Cape Cod Bay.
Bed and Bath
After the $40 million overhaul in 2012, all of the 90 rooms on the Mansion side of the resort have been completely redone in a clean, modern beach style, with rattan chairs, comfortable bedding and spacious dressing areas. The large guestrooms have tufted leather ottomans, with pull-out couches in many rooms. Elaborate entertainment centers house flat-screen TVs, games and lovely photograph collections from the Cape. Bathrooms are more low-key, with white floor tiles, wainscoting, oversize stall showers and high-end toiletries.
With numerous tennis courts, rental bikes at the ready and plenty of tee times at the private golf course, Ocean Edge appeals to active types. Don’t miss the beachside yoga in the warm months or pump some iron in the fitness center year-round. Parents looking for a bit of alone time can sign kids up for the daily sports camps, or gather their brood for weekly movie nights and s’mores sessions on the beach. Things heat up at night at the sunset-ready Ocean Terrace, where guests sip cocktails and nibble on the hotel’s signature crab cakes, while tavern-style Bayzo’s dishes up hearty pub grub (fried calamari, fish tacos, mac ’n’ cheese and more) and hosts live music nights.
In the Area
The drive along Route 6A is a lovely escape from the Mid-Cape roadways and is dotted with farm stands, galleries and unique local shops like the Strawberry Patch, where you can pick up quilts, baby clothes and other handmade goods. There’s also easy access to the 26-mile Bike & Rail Trail, which winds its way north up the arm of the Cape toward Provincetown. For a bit of culture, plan a stop at the Cape Cod Museum of Art to wander through its sculpture garden, or head to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and bring the kids for a guided nature walk around the 300 acres of conservation land surrounding the museum. On the dining front, get your fried clam fix at the Sesuit Harbor Cafe (it can get pretty crowded), or go all out for dinner at Fin, in nearby Dennis, where the oyster chowder may be the best you’ve ever tasted.
How to Get There
***Please note that the resort manager claims that he does not recall our interaction as described below. In my original post I called him rude in the subject header. He contacted me directly telling me to take down my "false" post as we had never met. When I told my husband about this message from the resort manager he reminded me of the number of people who witnessed the interaction including front staff, and any staff in the kitchen when the manager tried to prove that we could get to our room through the kitchen with our double stroller (it did not fit) on the day where there was ZERO parking b/c the resort had booked 2 weddings. This guy has now sealed the deal that we will not be returning. I have never seen a manager fight with guests before rather than concede that the service did not meet the level it should at the price they are charging.
Now, onto my review:
Two years ago we stayed at the mansion and it was spectacular. Room was clean, beach access was restricted to Mansion guests, pools were clean, etc. It was such a great experience we decided to blow our budget and return again...
So two years later this is what we noticed...
-Regarding the room: the couch, carpet and duvet were all stained and worn. You will notice that the hallway carpets are very worn. Bathroom tub needed a good scrub and did not drain well. No items such as toilet paper, kleenex, mugs, shampoo, etc were replaced once used. Luckily they do not lock the doors to the storage rooms so we could continue to stock our room.
-Pools: water was cloudy in both pools the entire time we were there. I kept my 1 year old out of the water for fear of catching something.
-Beach: in years prior, access was limited to mansion guests (and town homes only). Save yourself some money and stay elsewhere on the property b/c they did not check beach access cards once. Also, on nice days there were not enough chairs (likely to the all access given to guests). There was also a loud group with their own alcohol brought to the beach with loud music that took up a huge portion of the beach when it was high tide - this limited the amount of space the rest of us could have.
-Please keep in mind you are charged $30 a day to have pool and beach access, yet in our case, most of the time both were unusable due to lack of space and dirty pool water.
-Our last day was our worst day at the property. The venue was hosting two weddings and had no capacity or ability to handle this. WE HAD NO PARKING and could barely maneuver our car around the property b/c cars were parked everywhere. I am not sure out this met fire code. When I complained to the resort manager, he basically argued with me saying that the wedding couple paid to have access to the property and I had to deal. It was a point counter point argument when I tried to explain that we had two young children and parking far from our room the night before departure was an inconvenience, especially when trying to pack up the car. Never once did this manager concede that they had messed up and caused inconveniences to their guests. Other managers did admit that the resort poorly managed the parking issues and admitted that this was not the first time (which blows my mind that they know parking is an issue and have yet to resolved this issue).
So stay here at your own risk. With such a high price tag, I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere for a better customer experience.
Spent Labor Day Weekend in Brewster to attend a wedding at this resort! Although we didn’t stay at the resort, the venue was beautiful. The views were amazing especially at sunset! The staff was exceptional and so so friendly. I want to give a shout out to Mrs. Monica Simon and Mr. Antony Clayton! They waited on our table during the wedding reception and were top notch! Had an excellent weekend!
We stayed in a 3 bedroom villa on the Mansion side. We have 4 kids - ages 15, 12, 9 and 7. The visit was fantastic! We took advantage of the beach, restaurants, golf, biking, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, archery, kayaks and paddle boards. The kids had a great time! We thought the staff and management were responsive and attentive. Senior management of the hotel are very visible and present - they are certainly staying on top of the resort and making sure everything is in order. We found the restaurants were reasonably priced and provided excellent service. One small downside - the resort appears to be popular with New York City area residents and a small fraction of them are rude and pushy with the staff which can be uncomfortable at times.