|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
(I do allow 5-day rentals sometimes, off-season only.) We are one of 2 houses on a tidal peninsula, 2 story colonial, 3rd fl. cupola with roof deck for 360 degree water view across several peninsulas- quite unique, detached garage with play loft- ping pong, etc, Screened Porch, Main Deck, Dock-new 2013 (tie your own boat there - up to 25ft), Rowboat, Canoe, Bikes, Lots Indoor and Outdoor Games. Quiet, private 3/4 acre. House is set up with a few different private areas. LR (2009) new sofa, leather loveseat & 2 matching club chairs; new Weber grill. ALL rooms have lovely views. Many areas got new carpeting fall 2010, & throughout the house regular repairs & replacements yearly are made. New refrigerator was installed in 2013, & new roof & siding 2014. More new flooring fall 2014.
SEE OVERVIEW at bottom for more details re what's provided inside house & more specifics re nature (as some nature buffs have asked who really prefer mostly just to stick around the house or Great Island- on it or around its many coves by canoe or whatever- my own preference as it is soooo peaceful & beautiful right here).
Our house is on Great Island- unique because it has peninsulas jutting out everywhere, making it fun to walk or bike around (I leave several bikes, including 2 with 20 inch wheels for kids). Wildlife Viewing is is everywhere (Lots shore birds visit just a few feet from house + fully occupied purple martin house- melodic song & neat to watch). You can swim either off dock in front of house (must use raft at low tide) or at 2 state beaches within 1 mile and inside breakwater or other 2 beaches 3+ mile drive where there are large waves.
It is 1 mile to Block Island Ferries (1 hour or 1/2 hr for high speed ferry). But also at 'our' docks are deep sea fishing boats, whale watching boats, & you can walk out on the many docks (even buy lobsters or fresh fish directly from fishing boats). Adventure Land (miniature golf, bumper boats and cars, batting cage, etc) is just about 4 miles up the road and a multiplex theater another 1-2 miles. Wildlife refuge is about 8 miles, but there are a few parks within about 1/2 hour. Mystic Seaport is about 45min. (nicely restored whaling boats, ETC, ETC.; you can walk through plus large aquarium -dolphins, tropical fish, sharks, turtles, etc, including shows). New London, a U.S. submarine port, is only 10 min. further & has subs you can walk through.
No doubt I've missed a few things- like you might even drive 45 min. to Providence to watch Water Fire (google it for schedule- at night walk old cobblestone paths along river as gondolas light baskets of logs on river while lovely music plays) or their many other attractions, concerts, etc. Ditto nearby Newport- 1/2 hr drive over two suspension bridges connecting quaint old port town of Jamestown. Dine by their harbor, filled with boats of all descriptions, including yachts from overseas. Take small ferry to the nicely restored Rose Island Lighthouse (1st floor museum, 2nd fl keepers quarters, 22 acres that sit very high off the water, walking paths), Jamestown, & the old Fort Adams. Take bigger ferry for longer ride by several lighthouses throughout the huge harbor. ETC!!
There's an outdoor summer theater & a multiplex movie theater each about 20 min from our house. There are a few malls of varying sizes scattered about the large town of Narragansett, & I suspect one can find almost anything to fit any budget. Ditto the selection of restaurants, a fair number with water views, some with outdoor dining, some just one mile from our house in the port of Galilee. The famous old Coast Guard House Restaurant (be sure to take the scenic route of Ocean Road past Scarborough Beach, note soon parking for lovely cliff walk, then neat old ocean estates) sometimes even gets splashed from waves hitting the rocks, & you can see down along the beautiful Narragansett beach. It has 2 restaurants & 2 bars (elegant inside & sometimes live music, casual outside).
OVERVIEW: House -on peninsula, ocean access on Great Island, Narragansett.
Excellent birding on property. Two sanctuaries within 1/2 hour drive. a wide range of seasonal shore birds, such as green herons (like to strut down the dock), great blue herons, great white egrets & snowy egrets, kingfishers, cormorants, osprey (one nest is within sight of house), buffleheads, red breasted merganzers, eider ducks sometimes but usually over by ocean & latter 4 varieties mostly only in colder months, swans (sometimes even come with their signets to be fed at end of dock), Canada geese, mallard & black ducks, greater & lesser yellowlegs, willets, many different types of seagulls & terns, etc. At nearby ocean beaches there are sandpipers & additional diving ducks as well as piping plovers (have protected fenced off nesting areas), glossy ibis, etc. Other regular visitors at our house are goldfinch, housefinch, purple martins, red-winged blackbirds nest in marshes out front, cardinals, blue jays, mocking birds, barn swallows (nest under dock)...etc.
Additional House Info: Floor plan allows privacy - Four bedrooms- 3BR & 1 bath up, 1 bedroom with queen bed & full bath beside it on first floor. LOVELY cupola acts as small LR on 3rd floor & has deck off it. Huge master bedroom has sitting area with two sofas with entire corner of windows overlooking water plus table with high speed internet including wireless access throughout premises. Kitchen is fully-equipped. There is a washer & dryer, porta crib & highchair. Large LR has Cable TV & VCR/DVD, cable internet connection, older stereo. Bring all linens & leave neat & fairly clean (cleaning service does come between rentals; linen rental service near). NO Pets (I SOMETIMES allow by special arrangement). Garage - ping pong(new table 2009) & game sitting area in loft (unfinished walls per town orders), bikes with 20-27 inch wheel bases, use at own risk) and stroller, porta crib, toddler railing, booster chair & highchair. Gates can be drawn across top of 1st fl deck stairs & 2nd fl stairs inside house. Enclosed outdoor shower also has sink/mirror. Lots indoor & outdoor games provided. The house does not have AC, but fans in each BR, ceiling fan in cupola, & attic exhaust fan.
Word of caution- summer of 2014 some people had large parties & also had too many people staying overnight. Neighbor reported 10 cars & parked all over grass. Once & septic overflowed & we had to have pumpout midweek. WE MUST INSIST ON NO MORE THAN 9 (ONE EVEN THEN MUST SLEEP ON SMALL COT) STAYING OVERNIGHT & MAXIMUM OF 5 CARS DURING DAY. I'M SORRY, BUT WE WILL HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN THAT. NOT ONLY CAN THE HOUSE NOT HANDLE LOTS OF PEOPLE ON A REGULAR BASIS, BUT IT IS UNFAIR TO NEIGHBORS WHO LIVE THERE FULL TIME. PLEASE CONSIDER THAT YOU WOULD NOT WANT NEIGHBORS WHERE YOU LIVE TO HAVE LARGE PARTIES EVERY WEEK ALL SUMMER, NOR COULD YOUR HOUSE SURVIVE SUCH NUMBERS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!!
Cupola & roof deck offer spectacular viewing for sunsets, sunrises, storms, watching sailboat races & other boating across peninsula. Great Island has so many peninsulas that it is interesting & fun just walking or biking around. (I leave hard plastic raft plus small plastic kiddie wading pool, as well as other games, toys, etc. mentioned elsewhere).
I exchanged this house for a NJ shore rental when my parents retired to Cape Cod. It was a halfway point for us to meet, & sometimes they'd even take the kids for a week ( I was single parent awhile)! I've always rented out as it is only way I can keep the place, & even then I don't fully break even when one factors in waterfront taxes & lots of maintenance due not only to renting out but frequent strong winds with salt spray. I remarried to a teacher in 1992. We do most of the upkeep ourselves with some help from grown sons. The grandkids now love the place as much as their dads did & still do. I kept my 1st married name so as to have same name as my kids.
This place has been my refuge as it is always so peaceful (even in poor weather), especially with all the upheavals in my family. While still a single parent, I got masters degrees in Health Advocacy- the college solicited me as I had already been recognized for public advocacy- & Math (Before kids I taught high school math 5 yrs, then tutored it 5 years till 3rd son born. When youngest was 3, I got elected to the school board on platform not to vote for me unless they voted yes for the budget- it had been defeated for years. I noted how the quality of schools affects real estate values. I said 1st impressions are strong for everyone, hence keeping class sizes small for k-3 was critical. I prepared a huge report sent to 100s- Do you want the public to vote on YOUR salary?)
I've now done public advocacy for ~45 years. Google my name- I'm in 6 WhosWhos including WW in America. PLEASE sign & pass along. There's been HUGE resistance for YEARS by media, gov't, ESP. legal system to this discussion! Take simple 10 question quiz, YOU BE THE JUDGE- ~3rd blog entry. Google documentary, NoWayOutButOne- mom/kids got asylum FROM U.S. courts
Susan Glascoff purchased this house in 1986
I'd been looking on & off for 2 years, & actually came here to see another house. That was more expensive, I didn't like layout, & views poor. Exasperated realtor said she'd just heard re new listing she hadn't seen. We got halfway down the driveway & I said- 'I don't care what the house looks like inside!' I lucked out- placed full bid. 2 others came later that day as prices were quite low in 1986, especially here as this was not touristy but mostly inhabited by local fishermen! That allowed me to keep it (& fact it was an asset impossible to hide when assets were being supposedly divided), along with mortgage & need for repairs, when my family soon split. (My 3 sons & I & eventually new husband have done all but major repairs since.) As description states, you can see water from every window across a few peninsulas. It's got 3/4 acre & shares peninsula with only 1 other house. The incoming tides bring fish attracting lots of shore birds. It is peaceful just staring out or quietly canoeing into the many coves. Watching from the cupola (I added it - we had outside structure built but did rest ourselves) is amazing, especially lightning storms & both sunsets & sunrises as it has 360 degree view. I've already described lots re the property itself & re the uniqueness of Great Island with its many peninsulas, the within walking distance fishing port, the town & general area elsewhere on this website, so I won't repeat it here.
Again, I think that's been pretty well described above, but I'll add a bit. I like that the house layout with one BR & full bath on 1st floor & other 3 BRs & bath on 2nd lends itself well to sharing with friends or extended family (1st floor helps if someone is infirm, too) & with privacy, but MAXIMUM IS 8 (9TH CAN USE SMALL COT). SOME PEOPLE HAD MORE SUMMER 2014 & SEPTIC OVERFLOWED. Sharing also makes it very cheap, & I do need to reemphasize that I don't even break even with all the expenses. All rooms have water views, though of course some are better. The cupola & roof deck even act as a separate private area.
LASTLY- renting out the place, especially when one hires out the work as little as possible, is a LOT of work. Sometimes I get frustrated that I spend far more time at chores here than relaxing! HOWEVER, believe it or not I actually DO take some pleasure in being able to share such an unusual spot with others (some even for free when they've truly needed some respite & then do a couple chores for me), & even the chores aren't so bad when you can often look up to watch the ever-changing views & birds!
We stayed this past July 2015. Talking with the owner who is so kind and extremely knowledgeable and helpful made me feel at ease.
When we went to the property I was amazed. It's big and beautiful. My 12 year old and her friend stayed on the top floor, loved the bikes and went riding with my 17 year old.
The deck in the evening or in the morning was a site to behold.
So much charm and comfort, so huge. I could have stayed at the house itself and that would have been enough.
Can't tell you enough about this gem.
Hope to stay again this season if we can afford it as my 17 yr old will start college.
What a spectacular location, We stayed for a week in May and could not have been happier. Water views from every window of the house and 2 decks. A beautiful brand new dock with canoe, etc. for use. Good fishing right out front of the house. It is a very spacious house with room to sleep two families comfortably and various areas to sit and relax in private. It is the kind of place that you want to keep coming back to year after year. We certainly will.
Very private and serene setting that sits up on the water for long views. The ecosystem changes with the tides, so there is always something different to see. Deck is great for cocktail hour
I'm giving it a 5 star rating because it combines 3 good things- lovely views including lots of wildlife but also a very comfy interior plus lots of things to do both inside & outside. It provides many spaces for privacy & peace.The views from the cupola & roof deck are amazing! However, it is a beach house built in the 1950s which gets lots of use, so it is not fair to hold it to hotel or new house standards.
My family and I have vacationed here for two years. We found this house on Home Away two years ago at the last minute and were lucky enough to be able to rent it due to a sudden cancellation. We loved it so much we came back this past summer. If you enjoy relaxing on a deck with lovely views, watching birds, bike riding, swimming, sailing, kayaking, and most importantly, unwinding, then this is the place for you. You will love this spot. It is near enough to Newport and the ferries to Block if these destinations are on your vacation agenda. The owners are lovely and very helpful. I can't wait for next summer.
Our family has vacationed here for the past 5 years and we continue to return to enjoy the relaxing setting and comfortable outdoor space. The water views are lovely and you can experience spectacular sunsets from the cupola.
One of our favorite pastimes is to sit and relax on the deck, overlooking the salt pond, and watching the birds. The setting is peaceful and serene. It is also very convenient to have use of the dock for our boat.
The property owner is pleasant, responsive and easy to communicate with.
My house is very private and quiet, on about 3/4 acre on Great Island- unique to walk or bike ( I leave bikes) around as has many peninsulas, some seen from every window, lots from cupola & roof deck. I provide a rowboat & canoe. You can moor your own boats (max. 25 ft, boat ramp is at entrance to Great Island) at our dock. It's fun to explore the many coves & islands. Birds are everywhere- egrets, herons, cormorants, swans, ospreys, seagulls, etc. visit right in front & we have a full purple martin house. It is exactly one mile to the fishing port of Galilee- regular & high speed ferries (1 hour, 1/2 hour) to Block Island leave several times daily as do charter boats for deep sea fishing & whale watching. Walk the docks, buy fish & lobster off the boats or from the 2 retail markets. There is a tiny mall, several casual restaurants, ice cream windows, & a boardwalk where you can sit & watch the ferries & lots of boats pass. There are two beaches there, both inside the breakwater, hence having small waves. Kite sailing is popular there.
Narragansett spans several miles with LOTS to do. Point Judith Lighthouse is just one more mile from Galilee. You can walk the grounds of the park there & watch waves crashing along the steep rock embankments. Two more beaches boast huge waves (great belly boarding & surfing) and lots picturesque walking, including some neat rock formations. The 200 yr old Coast Guard House restaurant overlooking them sometimes even gets splash from breaking waves. Inside has nice dining, lovely ocean views, & a separate bar (sometimes with live music). Outside is a casual restaurant upper deck with bar off it. It is across from Narragansett Pier- a nice shopping area with assorted small stores (including groceries) off a boardwalk. To get there from our house, go via Ocean Road for a most scenic ride, including lovely old oceanfront estates. After the first beach (Scarborough) you can soon stop to park & take a neat cliff walk by the ocean.
There is a Cumberland Farms Store & mini mall (including pizza place, liquor store, etc) only 3 miles from home, & another mile up Rte 108 brings you to a large outdoor mall with Stop 'n Shop, a video store, Marshalls, boating supplies,etc . Enroute there are a couple more restaurants, small mall, & Adventureland (miniature golf, bumper boats, bumper cars, batting cages, etc). Take Rte 1 about 2 miles north to bigger mall that includes multiplex theater. There are a few nature parks nearby and a fun outdoor playhouse theater.
The drive to Newport is a scenic half hour, & includes passing over two long suspension bridges (connecting through quaint Jamestown) with gorgeous views over water, islands, & past lighthouses. Newport (google it) boasts a broad array of attractions including tours through gorgeous old oceanfront mansions, dining by a harbor full of boats from simple to elegant (speedboats, sailboats, & cruisers, some from across the oceans), & restaurants for every budget. Take a small ferry tour that stops by the old beautifully restored Rose Island Lighthouse (museum on 1st floor, keepers' quarters on 2nd floor, neat viewing from 3rd level turret , & 4th fl lighthouse; on 22 acres sitting about 2 stories high above water; walking paths), Jamestown, & old Fort Adams. A larger ferry can be taken to pass by several lighthouses & neat inlets. There is a famous long cliff walk skirting along the harbor.
One of America's earliest seaports, Mystic Seaport, is less than an hour south via Rte 1 & Rte 95. It's a large place with lots to do- beautifully restored old ships you can walk through and lots of assorted fun activities, including a wonderful live (dolphins, etc, shows) maritime museum. Less than 1/2 hour further south on Rte 95 is the New London seaport where you can walk through submarines. Google both seaports for lots more details!
I think I'll stop here. I've no doubt missed a few things (we leave lots indoor & outdoor games & paperback books, TV, stereo, etc), but I can assure you you won't get bored!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£243|
No cleaning fee for off-season rentals. 5 day stays can be negotiated for off-season rentals ONLY.