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A Big Fun Family Estate in RI!

Bedrooms 11
Separate WC's1
Space 12,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

10 bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 18

Ideal for multi-generational family vacation. Young and old can enjoy each other's company in this large 12,000 square foot house. This National Register home has been magnificently restored on 35 private acres overlooking Narragansett Bay with own tennis court, croquet court, and beach facing Jamestown. Two kitchens, two laundries, 3 dishwashers.

Perfect for young and old. Enjoy absolute serenity 15 minutes from Rhode Island's destination jewel, Newport; and Narragansett's beaches.

Our renters have never been disappointed and many return for multiple visits. Recent renters said:

"Best vacation house we ever rented."

"Beautiful grounds, amazing home."

"Thank you for sharing the history with us."

"What a beautiful setting for a family reunion."

Come build family memories that will last a lifetime.

More Details

Alice Stokes
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
1 February, 2018

Why Alice Stokes chose Washington County

This property was built by Owen Wister as his summer home. We are currently the third generation of his family to live here in the summer. Being fifteen minutes from Newport with its many tourist attractions, mansions, Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, Art Museum and proximity to Providence and its museums, restaurants and magical Water Fire nights coupled with superb fine sandy beaches and every imaginable water sport continue to captivate our family. The fourth generation is equally enamored with Wister House.

What makes this house unique

Sitting on our terrace with the view of Narragansett Bay in the distance is peaceful and bucolic. You can watch your children frolic on the acres of lawn playing soccer, badminton, tag, toy car racing, or blowing bubbles. Some of us enjoy playing American Six Wicket croquet on lawn with authentic 100 year old iron wickets.

The young children are all captivated by our costume trunk.They put on shows for all to relish. Toddlers adore the child's kitchen where there is a toy kitchen, cabinets filled with toys and books.The large panelled dining room is the family gathering place at the end of the day for leisurely dinners sparkling, long, lively conversations often lasting many hours.

The terrace table is a peaceful place to have a breakfast on a warm summer morning while overlooking Narragansett Bay.

The convenience of our all weather tennis court is a serious attraction and affords hours of good play and healthy competition and sometimes performs as a large playpen for toddlers.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Washington County in Rhode Island

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 12000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • near the sea ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 9 - Outdoor Shower
  • 2 kitchens, all linens and beach towels provided. Outdoor Shower
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 11 - 1 Child Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
***Arrangements can be made in advance for my private chef for your meals*** 2 kitchens, 2 laundries, new child craft swing set, nursery with crib.


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A Big Fun Family Estate in RI!
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Incredible, fun, relaxing, beautiful, historic

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 18, ranging in age from 2yrs to 67yrs, spent a wonderful week at Wister House. From the spacious, incredible house to the magnificent, extremely large grounds, this was a fantastic vacation property. The walk to the private beach was fun, and adventurous. Some really enjoyed exploring the property, following the paths, spending time at the revolutionary war cemetery, and just being lazy in the hammock. A favorite for the 5yr old was the swing hanging from a tree near the porch, the first thing she did when she got up in the morning was rush downstairs, out the door, and onto the swing. One of our favorite things was the very large dining room with a table that seated 12, and another table that seated all the kids. We could all eat together, and in the evening it was a great place to play board games. There are great places to just sit and read a book, or spend time together playing games, running around outside, a play structure for the kids, a tennis court, a croquet lawn, and we had plenty of lawn for our family vacation corn hole game tournaments. The house is perfect if you want a little time to yourself, or if you want to join in fun and games with others. I would highly recommend a vacation at Wister House, it has something for everyone. Alice is a wonderful person, she explained everything we needed to know, walked with us to the beach to show the way, and told us the history of the house and property. We had a wonderful time, and the only thing someone might need is more time for more exploring. Thank you Alice for sharing this treasure. The McHugh family

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that your family took advantage of all aspects of Wister House while appreciating its many unique and historic aspects. You confirm what others have written that it is ideal for a family reunion.
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Well-maintained family friendly private property

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 16 had an amazing, memorable and happy time. Our children loved played with the toys provided as well as the jungle gym and enormous lawn and field for soccer, baseball, slip and slide etc. And the adults loved escaping to Newport! This historic home is close to so many summer activities. A terrific time by all. We can't wait to return to this special home and to the RI shore.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. You were great renters and always welcomed back. A. E. Stokes
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One of a kind, historic, family summer home in RI

  • 5 of 5

My family selected "Wister House" for a large family reunion in August that included grandchildren, aunts, uncles, parents, totally 16 in all. We were thrilled with the home. It has a lovely view of Jamestown and the Narragansett Bay, tennis court, swing set, croquet, large front and side lawns plus access to a private beach, so plenty of options for activity. Of course, many of us relaxed in the library, front room, spacious patio or elsewhere with a book or newspaper! The owners were gracious, knowledgeable and so helpful getting us oriented with the area and their special home (National Register of Historic Places--summer home of novelist Owen Wister built in the early 1900s). Architecture, literature and/or history buffs will love exploring and admiring "Wister House" too. Lastly, this grand home has wonderful privacy but also terrific proximity to Newport, Wickford and Providence (nearby airport TF Green). A day trip to Block Island and/or Watch Hill can be easily accomplished.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Newport a summer tourist delight is only 15 minutes away. The grand mansions of the Vanderbilts and Berwyns are open to the public. Many wonderful restaurants, beaches, shops, Tennis Hall of Fame and much more keep one wishing they could stay the summer.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Providence Airport
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Kingston Railroad Station
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
Rte 138
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Plum Beach Bistro

Other Activities: Boating, shopping, kayaking, cliff walk in Newport.

Newport a tourist haven in the summer time with its historic mansions open to the public, Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Children's Museum and Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence. Matunuck by the Sea Summer stock theatre, Touro Synagogue, Redwood Library & Atheneum, Newport Art Museum

Wickford Art Festival early July.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Washington County, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,444.2

One of a kind Rhode Island "Summer Cottage."

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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