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Cozy Beach Cottage With Wrap Around Porch

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 7

Relax on the sunny wrap around porch, sunrise or sunset. Two minute walk to pedestrian gate of Ocean Beach Park where you will find a boardwalk, restaurant, bar, mini-golf, ice cream shop, fitness club, beach volleyball, Olympic sized pool, and much more.

Our two story cottage has 1100 square feet. The first floor includes the living room, dining room, kitchen, single bedroom (twin) and half bath connected by a mudroom. The second floor includes the master bedroom with double bed, second bedroom with captains bed (2 twins), and a full bath. Living room sofa pulls out to sleep two. Rental includes all utilities, fully furnished with bed linens, bath towels, gas stove, ceiling fans, AC in upstairs bedrooms, washer dryer, dishwasher, and four beach passes.

Diane Barcelo, owner
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Diane Barcelo, owner

I am a sculptor and my husband is a playwright. We are active members of New London's vibrant art community and we both work for The University of Connecticut.

Diane Barcelo, owner purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Diane Barcelo, owner chose New London

I used to come to Ocean Beach every summer as a kid so when I moved to the area for a teaching position, I was lucky to find this spot. This was my first home. I fell in love with it when I first stepped inside and I love it still. My husband and I recently moved to a larger home nearby. We love New London for the vibrant arts community, the water and the ideal location- an easy ride to NYC, Boston and Providence.

What makes this cottage unique

The best part of living here is the porch and next best thing is the beach. It is a great place to walk, jog or bike along the river, the cove or the boardwalk. The Eugene O'Neill Theatre is close by as is Harkness Park, Avery Point and the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium. We live by the water but can go into town so easily to have a meal, shop or visit friends.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in New London in New London County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Before you leave: remove all perishables, put garbage and recyclables in containers in driveway
  • put used sheets, towels and bath mats in basement by laundry
  • wipe down counters and sweep floors
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , downstairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - captains bed, (2 twins) small room, window fan
  • The downstairs bedroom is the smallest and most private, across from half bath and close to kitchen. southeastern light, high ceiling and ceiling fan, twin The master bedroom on the 2nd floor, faces the street side of the house, 2 closets, ceiling fan, double bed. The 3rd bedroom is a southeastern exposure and gets lovely morning light, one closet and captains bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our cottage home is located at the entrance to a busy public beach. The front porch looks out towards the cove and the neighborhood, the back deck towards the yards and beach. There are many summer activities to keep you busy such as fireworks, arcade, mini-golf, rides, live music and entertainment, children's shows on the boardwalk and movies on the beach. Sports activities, play or watch beach volleyball, or go jogging, walking or biking in the area. Quiet morning or sunset strolls along the boardwalk and out to the nature path and garden provide a welcome retreat where you may look across the peaceful marsh to the Eugene O'Neill Theatre grounds. We see many seabirds feasting there at low tide. Children love to hunt for small sea life in the cove and marsh. The O'Neill Theatre has a summer theatre festival, just a short drive to their campus. For a nice walk, you can continue on to Harkness State Park.


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Cozy Beach Cottage With Wrap Around Porch
average rating of 4.5 based on 14 reviews

Great home & Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for the weekend and loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fun family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We decided to stay local this year and could not be happier. Diane is a pleasure to work with and provided a comfortable home for 4 adults and 2 young children to enjoy. The walk to the beach is about 5 minutes and once on the boardwalk there is endless fun. We would certainly recommend and rent from Diane in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your time here! Thanks for being such great house guests. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Comfortable cottage, great porch, close to everything

  • 4 of 5

I was there with 4 adults and 3 kids, there was plenty of space for everyone and we really enjoyed the big porch where we put in a hammock for everyone to enjoy. The grill is in great condition and cooks great. The beach is about a 2 minute walk and is free entry after 5pm but the property includes 4 beach passes anyway. We enjoyed the beach, water slides, fishing, morning walks, volleyball, and mini golf among other things, but a big attraction that most people don't realize is the small marshy areas of the beach with plenty of animals and shells to see, touch and collect, we visited the mystic aquarium nearby as well as brownstone discovery park which is amazing. Overall we had a great time and did a lot of cooking in the home which saved a ton of money. Very pleased with the property!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jorge, Glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for being such wonderful guests! Diane
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Great stay, minutes from beach

  • 5 of 5

House has everything you need. Sofa pulls out and sleeps two. Bedroom on first floor affords a lot of privacy. Washer and Dryer in basement. Porch is so pleasant so sit and enjoy coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at sunset.

Diane was a pleasure to rent from.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place, a great time and hot, hot weather

  • 5 of 5

Diane is an excellent host, we arrived late after a long hot drive from Baltimore and she greeted us with a 6-pack of local beer - what a star! After showing us around and mentioning a few New London places of interest (culinary and scenic) she left us but made sure we had her full contact details and ensured us she was available if we needed her.

The property is as described, a cottage with wrap around porch, and with mostly sanded and polished floorboards throughout. There is carpet in the main bedroom for that cosy touch. The house was spacious enough for our family of 5, two parents and 3 grown-up children. The cottage is entirely suitable for full self-catering including use of the gas barbecue on the porch as well as the fully equipped kitchen. During our stay we did a mix of eating-in and eating out at local places as recommended by Diane.

The property is only minutes away from Ocean Beach Park which has a fabulous sugar-sand beach, boardwalk and olympic-sized swimming pool with waterslide. Small children are well catered for with an amusement park and rides.

The local area is great. We took a long walk along Pequot Avenue gawping at the magnificent properties and the spectacular views across the bay, especially at dusk and early evening. We also enjoyed a boat ride around the many famous local lighthouses - recommended.

We were sorry to leave but sadly after any holiday real life beckons you back home and we had a plane to catch back to the UK. Would we stay again? In New London - yes. In Diane's cottage, definitely yes.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had such a nice stay! You did catch the beginning of a grueling hot spell and we installed 2 air conditioners for comfortable sleeping in that heat. Thanks for taking such good care of our house. We hope to see you again. Diane
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A bit of a disappointment

  • 2 of 5

Unfortunately our stay at this house in New London was a bit of a disappointment.

While Diane was a great host and very helpful in answering all of our questions in advance of our trip, as well as meeting us at the property to make sure we had everything we needed, the quality of the house itself was well below our expectations.

As a previous guest has pointed out, the house would benefit from a thorough clean and redecoration. Whilst bed linens and towels were clean, the floors throughout the house did not appear to have been mopped or properly vacuumed in a while and the kitchen in particular needed a thorough scrubbing. The surfaces in the kitchen and throughout the house were dusty and sticky and most of the doors and walls are scuffed and marked with handprints. In addition, most of the furniture needs a thorough update with a lot of the pieces stained with water rings from glasses and mugs. The paintwork is peeling throughout and the paintwork that has been redone is patchy and, in places (e.g. the master bedroom door), half completed. In addition, the automatic ignition on the gas stove no longer worked so we had to go out and get matches to light it and we avoided using the oven for that reason.

New London itself is OK, and being close to Ocean Beach is a plus, but as guests from the UK, we would recommend going further up the coast, perhaps to Mistic, where there is more life and more for kids to do.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry you were so disappointed. Actually only one burner has a pilot that does not work properly. And I left matches in the drawer next to the stove. Thanks for the feedback. The offending walls have been painted and wood surfaces are being sanded or painted. The entire house is cleaned top to bottom every time a guest leaves. I am particularly fastidious in the kitchen. But I will just be even more attentive so as not to miss anything. This is a simple beach cottage, as described. There are plenty of family activities at this public beach and we are about 4 miles from downtown and a short driving distance to several historic locations with different kinds of activities. The beach area is residential, not commercial. So activities close by are beach concessions, mini-golf, water slide, walking, biking, swimming and the like. You can see more at Ocean Beach Park website to better plan your trip. Mystic is only 20 minutes away, has a quaint, active downtown, but has no beach.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
T.F.Green, Providence, RI
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
@ Beach, The Waterfront, Bank St
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Block Island, Long Island comes into New London
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Great Neck Country Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Amtrack, Downtown New London
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Waterfront, Recovery Room
Car: recommended

Southeastern Connecticut is loaded with history , art and natural beauty. Downtown New London features lighthouse tours, walking tours, living Custom House and Museum, and historic home tours, art museum and cultural events. Underground art events are a common feature beginning at The Hygienic Gallery on Bank Street. Sail Fest is a huge downtown event in early July. We are located Just 20 minutes from Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, great for kids and adults. Jonathan Edwards Winery is a short drive away for wine tasting and art events.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £380.7

There is a $500. security deposit that will be returned to you 7 days after departure.
Please contact me by email with any questions and to set up your arrival.
Property is available for long term rental in winter months, please contact owner for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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