top of page

About Us


Experience the captivating charm of The Rugosa, an enchanting boutique guesthouse nestled in the heart of Eastham, Cape Cod. Our vibrant and eclectic space is adorned with a unique blend of antiques, lush plant life, and inspiring artwork, many of which have been created by artists from our very own Rugosa Artist Residency.

Whether you're seeking a snug winter hideaway or a serene summer sanctuary, The Rugosa extends a warm welcome to you throughout the year. We're proud to be a pet-friendly destination, offering luxury jacuzzi suites and a heated saltwater pool for your indulgence. Immerse yourself in the bohemian ambiance and discover a haven of comfort, creativity, and tranquility.

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 2019, 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.

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.


JR 19 (web)-61.JPG
bottom of page