About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 nights
House, 4 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-10); PLEASE CONTACT OWNER FOR AVAILABILI
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-- 1910 Shore house; only one surviving the 1938 hurricane on this stretch of beach. Immense lot, gorgeous beach, dunegrass covered dunes, very private. House is large, with basic amenities. Ideal for the writer and artist (and their kids and in-laws!)
-- Old Saybrook has a convenient Amtrak stop on the Boston-NY line, is just off I-95 between New Haven and New London. The stop is 3 miles from the house.
-- Large shaded porch behind our private dunes, with path leading to our private beach. At end of dead end road, perfect for kids. Google Earth: 41o 16' 38.97' N and 72o 24' 26.54' W
-- Four bedrooms upstairs (two overlooking the Long Island sound), large living room/dining room area downstairs + kitchen.
-- Unheated, so only available for summer or early fall rentals.
-- After your swim, towel off and stroll up the sandy path to the porch. Later, enjoy the sunset from the top of one of our dunes. There's no other property like this in Old Saybrook or maybe even all of Connecticut!
--Please be advised that this is a century-old vacation cottage with used furniture, sometimes flakey appliances, windows that occasionally stick, and perhaps a lump or two in the mattress. It is unheated, and so May & late September can be quite cold; the cottage is not available in the winter months. The shower and bathroom facilities may strike some as primitive. We like it this way -- it's cosy, comfortable, and laid back. But if you strongly prefer, say, the Hilton to camping, this is unlikely to be your cup of tea. Email us for a brochure with more pictures.
-- Please consult VRBO calendar on upper right of webpage for availability
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- May 11, 2018
What makes this House unique
Private sandy beach with dunes and tree gives you a wonderful sense of being away from it all!
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In a phrase I would describe my stay @ the cottage "home is where the heart is"
My heart has always been at home at this cottage. It has everything my family and I need to make for a very enjoyable stay: beach, swimming, water activities and basic amenities. What it does for me the most is the moment I step on the sand near the back porch, walk through the kitchen door and go out the frontdoor to see and hear the Sound, my heart is at home.
Thank you, your description brought back that magic feeling we get each time my family and I return.
Love this old gal!!
Rustic. Kid friendly
Famly Vacation By The Sea!
The cottage was fabulous, large open spaces, lots of room for family and friends. Beautiful view of the ocean from two of the bedrooms upstairs and a large porch with comfortabe chairs to sit back and relax. The sunsets were amazing, the dunes gave privacy. We picked the best week, just before most schools were out and that made the beach very open. We went kayaking almost every day. The children loved hunting for shells and didn't seen to mind that the water was a bit chilly this early in the summer.
Jewel of the Sea
Straight out of a romance novel. Upon entering the house, my 23 year old son expressed that he was overwhelmed with the thought that this property was nothing less than a true "treasure." He immediately proclaimed it the best house on all the shoreline. It's beauty is magnified by the warm cozy feeling of simpler days gone by, but the house is far from lacking in any amenities. Even in all its simplicity, it provides all the necessities of daily living that could ever be needed to enjoy a fabulous getaway. The owner proves to be a gracious host and has the home fully stocked the house with every trinket and tool that could ever be needed on any vacation......... from numerous tables, chairs, pillows and family games right down to an ice-cream scoop, cork screw and matches on the fireplace. No need to worry if you forget to bring something. It's already there! The furnishings were quaint and elegant to appeal to the true eclectic heart, and the beds................contrary to an earlier post.................were "Oh Ssooooo............ comfortable!" One of the best night's sleep we ever had on a trip. The whole house speaks volumes of warm hearts, happy family gatherings, and just plain overall good times. We will definitely be going back again, and again!!!
The cottage provided a comfortable, relaxing space for a family celebration in early September. The four bedrooms easily accommodated nine guests. Between the large rooms and outdoor spaces, we never felt crowded. The vintage furnishings, the sandy beach, and the waves' ebb and flow contributed to sense of simpler times. The cottage is ideal for those who appreciate the rustic over the luxurious.
Thank you for the compliments, and we're happy to hear that your family enjoyed themselves. The atmosphere you describe is what we strive for.
The beach house location is excellent. But the house interior needs to be greatly updated especially all the bedrooms very outdated and not comfortable at all. The matresses are very poor and the upstairs furniture needs to be given away. outdoor shower needs works not very clean. This beachhouse needs to be updated from top to bottom. Over-all if the owners would put alittle bit of money anf TLC this beach house would be great.
Thank you for your suggestions. We have now added foam memory pads to the mattresses making them much more comfortable. The shower room now has a new sink and stand, and new hot water heater.
However, this is a classic beach cottage, and as we advised on the VRBO website, it is intentionally not up to date. Much of the furniture upstairs is original to the house and antique (1910), meaningful to the family, and functional. We hope that the mattress changes now make it even more comfortable.
The lower Connecticut river is replete with breathtaking natural vistas, charming little towns (Essex is particularly special), and fun family activities, such as the Essex steam train, boat excursions to Saybrook Point and the Thimble Islands, Ivorytown Playhouse, and The Katherine Hepburn Center.
Additional pricing information
Rates subject to change until deposit received. House held only if deposit received. Sept-Oct rates same as May-June. Not available Nov-April.