|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
They aren't making any more spots like this one. The classic beach house is between a tidal pond and the most beautiful beach on the island. It is a short walk to the ferry dock and town, with restaurants and shops. Recreated from a former surf shop, Claudia's Surf City, the rustic open kitchen/living/dining area opens out onto covered porch and decks with water views all around.
Upstairs the master bedroom and en suite bath look out to sea. Two other cozy bedrooms, one with a full-sized bed and the other with twin beds, share a separate bath with clawfoot tub. Grounds are complete with lily pond, lawns for bocce, picnic table, water toys, goldfinches and outdoor shower.
No TV! Laze in hammocks indoors or out and rediscover peace and love. Sleep to the sound of the waves.
Keywords: beach house, house
A former journalist (People, Life) and now vacation rental owner on Block Island, once known as Claudia's Island, Claudia Glenn Dowling seldom travels without a truckload of substandard chairs. Google me at Claudia's Surf City or under my name.
Claudia Dowling purchased this cottage in 1980
I ran a surf shop, Claudia's Surf City, in the summer, but I realized that I could make more money renting houses than surfboards. With my brother, a skilled carpenter, I built the surf shop out, purposely putting in amenities like lavish bathrooms and driftwood stair railings. The first season, 2000, was a great success. The next year, we added porches. We have continued to improve Claudia's Surf City every year while retaining its quirky quality. It is now the sine qua non of a classic beach house.
Wonderful stay. Clean, beautiful and accessible to all. Thank you!
This is our third year staying at Claudia's Surf City. What an amazing spot in the world. We absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing it with us, Claudia!
We were so relaxed and happy at this quintessential beach house located directly across from the beach. There are french doors at the front of the house that we kept open all week long. The breeze from the ocean literally swirls in and around the house, and straight out the back. The house has two hammocks and a porch swing (my fav place to sit in the mornings with coffee and watch the world wake up). There are gates on the porch that when closed, allowed our dogs to be outside with us at all times...huge bonus for us personally! Views from the upstairs bedroom are silly beautiful...keep the curtains open to watch the sunrise from your bed:) The record player and extensive album collection really made our stay special. This house is funky and fun, there are items of interest wherever you look. Super house, location and owner, cant wait to return!
I (we) LOVED our stay at Claudia's Surf City. This is our second time staying and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The house is adorable and the views are breathtaking. It has something to offer everyone. Truly - heaps of books, a great record collection, hammocks, bocce, insane views, best outdoor shower ever - what more could we want? The wrap around porch was perfect for eating, relaxing, and sorting whatever rocks/shells the kids collected that day. I cannot say enough about the outdoor shower. Loved it so much I showered during a rain storm. The location of the house is close to perfect. Our family (twins-4, daughter-5 and a big super mutt) spent most of our time walking to town and to the beach. Claudia was so great with us and was more than accommodating. Thank you for providing a such a wonderful getaway home!
My family (son-27, daughter-24) and I had a blissful Labor Day week vacation at this funky but totally updated home. We have been going to Block since they were born but never stayed right on the beach and so close to town. It was a wonderful experience and thinking back would have been equally ideal when they were little - walking across the street to the beach rather than loading up the car is so easy. The views from every room and the porches are exquisite; in fact one picture I took from the master bedroom will be the subject of my next 24x36 oil painting!
We went to Block island with ages ranging from 7 months to 78 years and 2 dogs 70 lbs and 15 lbs and everyone enjoyed their stay. We had great weather and walked to the beach and into town everyday. The hiking was great for the dog and toddler too. We grilled and enjoyed our family dinners it was a great relaxing getaway for all.
birding, clamming, landscape painting,bike and moped rentals, live music, farmers' market, fish market, berrypicking,island trail network, boat charters, skygazing
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