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Hey There

Welcome to The Rugosa Guest House, we're so happy to host you!

Originally constructed in 1751, this property has undergone relocation, renovations, and expansions over time while maintaining its timeless charm. Since assuming ownership in 2017, Joey Rugo has injected new vitality into the space with lush greenery, captivating art, and a bohemian eccentricity. Feel free to immerse yourself in the ambience, explore the art, and utilize any of our communal spaces during your stay.

Make yourself at home. 


Rugosa / TheRugosa

Password: luna1751


4885 US 6

Eastham, Ma 02462



Our History

Our rich history dates back to 1751 when the antique section of The Rugosa was built on Billingsgate Island in Wellfleet, before being moved to its current location in North Eastham a century later. Originally owned by Captain Isaiah H. Horton, a direct descendant of Constance Hopkins who journeyed to the New World aboard the Mayflower, The Rugosa remained a family residence for generations.

In the 1980s, The Rugosa transitioned into a hotel under the stewardship of the Penney Family, becoming affectionately known for decades as " The Penny House."


In 2017, young entrepreneur Joey Rugo took the reins, rebranding it as The Rugosa. Since then, the guesthouse continues to undergo restorations and updates, harmoniously blending the original charm of the building with modern beauty and style.

Upon entering The Rugosa, your gaze will be drawn to its walls adorned with captivating contemporary art. Serving as a canvas for creativity, The Rugosa has welcomed numerous artists through its residency programs, transforming the guesthouse into a vibrant hub of artistic expression.


During these residencies, the air buzzes with creativity as artists engage in various workshops and projects throughout the week.

Much of the artwork adorning the walls is the handiwork of these talented residents, each piece infused with their unique perspectives and styles. For those captivated by the artwork, an opportunity awaits at, where a wider selection of their creations is available for purchase. Thus, every visit to The Rugosa not only offers a stay filled with artistic inspiration but also a chance to take a piece of that inspiration home with you.

For your convenience, we operate a self-check-in system. Upon your arrival, you'll find an envelope at the front desk containing your room key and directions. While we may not always be on-site, rest assured that we're just a phone call or email away for any assistance you may need during your stay at The Rugosa.

We hope you enjoy your time here.


Cape Cod Healthcare Urgent Care - Harwich:

Address: 1421 Orleans Rd, Harwich, MA 02645

Phone: (508) 432-2444

Outer Cape Health Services - Wellfleet:

Address: 3130 US-6, Wellfleet, MA 02667

Phone: (508) 349-3131

Cape Cod Hospital:

Address: 27 Park St, Hyannis, MA 02601

Phone: (508) 771-1800

Eastham Police Department:

  • Phone: 911 (for emergencies)

  • Non-emergency: (508) 255-0551

Eastham Fire Department:

  • Phone: 911 (for emergencies)

  • Non-emergency: (508) 255-2324

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of Cape Cod:


Address: 79 Theophilus Smith Rd, South Dennis, MA 02660

Phone: (508) 398-7575

Poison Control Center of Massachusetts:

  • Phone: 1-800-222-1222

Check In

Check in is any time after 3pm

If you havent already requested an early check in but are interested please click here.

Check Out

Check out is at 11am or earlier

Please leave all of the public areas how you found them

If you used the kitchen or any dishes please make sure they are cleaned.

Please remove all food or personal items upon leaving

Please leave any used towels in a pile on the floor and any trash in the garbage can.

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Our Public Areas & Amenities:

The Lobby,

Chucks Lounge,

The Dining Room,

The Kitchen,

The patio,

Backyard & Pool 

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