The Colony of Wellfleet

Designed and built in 1948 by architects Nathaniel Saltonstall and Oliver P. Morton on the beautiful rolling hills overlooking Wellfleet harbor, the Mayo Hill Colony Club first opened as a private club and art gallery for artists and their patrons. Each Bauhaus-style cottage was designed for elegant functionality and furnished with pieces designed by the leading modernists of the day.

Loris and Eleanor Stefani acquired the cottages in 1963 and opened to the public as a hotel. From the start, they began adding their own creative touches – and much of his artwork – to this unique place, now renamed The Colony. Together – and succeeded in 2019 by son Jeffrey and his wife Mihae – they created one of the truly special summer retreats in the Northeast. The Colony soon became a haven for those appreciating mid-century modern architecture and the serenity of these cottages set among the pines.

Past guests have included actors Paul Newman and Faye Dunaway, writers Lionel and Diana Trilling, Bernard Malamud, William Shirer, artists, professors, poets, psychiatrists, such as Margaret Mahler, a pioneer in mother-baby attachment research, and generations of guests who continue to find The Colony of Wellfleet as inviting and magical as ever. Welcome!

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Designed and built in 1948 by architects Nathaniel Saltonstall and Oliver P. Morton on a beautiful parcel of land overlooking Wellfleet harbor and bay…

“We offer 4 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom cottages”

*Portable air cooling unit available upon request.

1-Bedroom Studio Cottages

2-Bedroom Cottages

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Chequessett Club amenities are now available to our guests at The Colony

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Walk from your cottage to your reserved space on the Club beach with beach chairs and an umbrella; play golf, tennis, or pickleball; take sailing lessons or rent a sailboat. The club’s cafe offers coffee and pastries in the morning or enjoy lunch and drinks on the clubhouse patio overlooking the 9th hole or the bay. Need a boat mooring during your stay? The Club has moorings available for Colony guests with a short-term club membership. Flexible membership options are available. Visit or call 508-349-3704, ext. 2 for more information or to book today!


Summer 2024 Rates

Cottage 1A or 1B (Partial Waterview) 1BR/1BA per night $355
Cottage 2A or 2B (Waterview) 1BR/1BA per night $395
Cottage 3 (Waterview) 2BR/2BA per night $595
Cottage 4 (Partial Waterview) 2BR/1BA per night $520
Cottage 5 2BR/1BA per night $520
Cottage 6 2BR/1BA per night $575
Cottage 1A or 1B (Partial Waterview) 1BR/1BA per night $355
Cottage 2A or 2B (Waterview) 1BR/1BA per night $395
Cottage 3 (Waterview) 2BR/2BA per night $595
Cottage 4 (partial Waterview) 2BR/1BA per night $520
Cottage 5 2BR/1BA per night $520
Cottage 6 2BR/1BA per night $575

3-night minimum stay

*Weekly rate: 5% discount on 6+ nights

Monthly rates available 
  • Availability and price are subject to change without notice.
    We gladly accept cash, checks, and PayPal online payments.

Rates include fresh linens, freshly cut flowers and daily or as needed maid service, upon request.

Guests may check-in after 3PM. Guests are asked to advise us of arrival time. Check-out time is 11AM

Terms and Conditions

The Colony operates entirely on advance reservations, and it is not always possible to fill cancellations on short notice. Therefore, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm all reservations.

  • Open for the summer season from June to September
  • Our cottages can accommodate two guests per bedroom.
  • No pets, please.

Phone: 508.349.3761

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    Wellfleet is the perfect place for a summer getaway. Its small-town charm belies a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Miles of spectacular beaches line the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod Bay, and Wellfleet Harbor, and glacier-formed ponds surrounded by pine trees. Long known as a center for art and architecture, Wellfleet’s art galleries draw visitors from all over the world. The Cape Cod National Seashore has preserved a significant portion of the land in Wellfleet, opening walking and bike trails, beaches, and historical landmarks, such as the Marconi Center, to the public. Similarly, the Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary organizes activities and offers walking trails along tidal marshes where birds and animals can be observed in their natural habitat. The town library boasts a great selection of books, movies, seminars, readings by authors, and activities for children of all ages, while the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater ( and the Harbor Stage ( offer a full schedule of performances for children and adults.


    Wellfleet’s historical ties to fishing remain a strong part of its character today. Sport fishing is available on charter boats, and the local fishing fleet supplies fresh fish and shellfish, including world-famous Wellfleet oysters, to the many wonderful restaurants in town and beyond.

    The Colony of Wellfleet is located on Chequessett Neck Road, one of the most scenic roads in the area, leading to Great Island trail and Duck Harbor beach. It is adjacent to the Chequessett Club and up the hill from Powers Landing beach on Wellfleet Harbor. Additional information is available in the annual Wellfleet guide or at or

    Phone: 508.349.3761

    Guests may check-in after 2PM. At that time, guests will be asked to register. Guests are asked to advise us of late arrival (after sunset). Check-out time is 11AM.


    Coastal says

    “The coolest stay in town is at The Colony of Wellfleet”


    The 10 Bauhaus-style cottages, which have housed devoted guests for decades, were first known as the Mayo Hill Colony Club.

    NY Times

    The room was artfully furnished with clean-lined modern pieces, including an Eames table and two chairs and a clever wall-mounted desk. Original artwork hung on the walls and freshly cut flowers filled vases.

    The Colony of Wellfleet was originally an art gallery and hostelry for collectors. Ten Modernist cottages with slightly worn Midcentury furnishings are tended by owner Eleanor Stefani, who feels like your eccentric great-aunt.

    The coolest stay in town is at The Colony of Wellfleet

    In memory of Eleanor Stefani

    ” In 1963, my mother Eleanor, and Loris Stefani, an artist and interior decorator from Andover, decided to spend the summer in Wellfleet, operating, on a trial basis, the former Mayo Hill Colony Club, the Bauhaus brainchild of Boston architect and socialite Nathaniel Saltonstall…”

    640 Chequessett Neck Rd. Wellfleet, MA 02667


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