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Charming 3 Br Fire Island Home on a Beach Block/Ocean Beach/Book for Early Fall

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 nights


Minimum Stay
6 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Ocean Beach - SandPauper

Comfortable, Immaculate! Close to the Beach

In compliance with Ocean Beach rental laws, a 6-night minimum stay is required

This home has earned 22 Five-Star Reviews on VRBO!


If you're looking for a very special early fall rental - when the summer crowds are gone and the weather is positively glorious - our charming and cozy 100+ year-old beach house may be just what you’re hoping to find. Located on a beach block in Ocean Beach, it suffered NO damage whatsoever from Hurricane Sandy. A/C in two of the three bedrooms. Open stud construction with cathedral ceilings, exposed rafters, and a huge wood-burning fireplace - said to be the largest on the island. Gleaming original wood floors with sand-catching sea grass carpeting in the living and dining rooms. Sleeps 7. Lovingly furnished, in immaculate condition, and generously stocked with every amenity to make your stay comfortable and memorable. For further information, call Linda at 415.867.4727. I'm on West Coast time.


• This is not a grouper/share-rental; no sublets permitted

• Well-mannered pets welcome

• Smoking on porch and deck only


Weeklies run from Mondays at 12 Noon to Sundays at 5:00 pm.

• September, $1804 week*

• October, $1300 week* (til approx 10/15)

* We also require a $500 Security Deposit, $160 for professional cleaning, $100 for the rental permit, and a flat fee of $60/wk for utilities (gas, propane for BBQ, electric, FIOS wireless internet, and DirectTV).


Front Porch:

Screened porch is shaded by tall pines and blueberry bushes. Round table seats 4. Two comfy armchairs for relaxing.

Living Room:

Lovingly furnished with nautical artifacts, framed vintage maritime prints, original oil paintings. Plenty of seating. Antique sideboard and writing desk are stocked with table linens, sewing baskets, stationery supplies, and more.

Dining Room:

Couch converts into two twin beds; 18 ft. window seat, antique oak table (extends to seat 10 comfortably), large TV/DVD/DirectTV; FIOS WiFi. Beautifully decorated with maritime art and bric a brac. Closes off from living room with two sets of curtains - one sheer, one opaque.

Master Bedroom:

Has A/C, antique iron double bed, two dressers (one mirrored). Note: Ample bed and bath linens provided throughout, including charming vintage coverlets, throws, and quilts.

Second Bedroom:

Has A/C, two pine bunk beds with under-bed storage drawers. Decor features vintage bird prints. Perfect for kids. (Note: By saying "two ...bunk beds," we mean ONE 2-level structure equipped with TWO full-sized twin mattress.)

Third Bedroom:

Has antique iron twin bed, mirrored dresser, whimsical mermaid-motif decor. Although small, it has quick access to the indoor shower, kitchen, and deck - ideal for a Mother's Helper.


Fully-stocked track lit kitchen with gas stove, microwave, large fridg, double sink, butcher block counter, washer/dryer. Ample dishes, glasses, flatware, pots & pans, bakeware, utensils, kitchen linens, toaster, blender, food chopper, coffee grinder, espresso machine, coffee maker, Brita water pitcher, popsicle maker, and more. We even leave our spices and staples for tenants plus paper goods, cleaning/laundry supplies, and other basic household necessities.


One divided bathroom. WC closes off from indoor shower.


Back deck has outdoor shower, gas BBQ, teak picnic table, w/ large market umbrella, 4 metal dining chairs, lounge chairs, and clothes line. Side deck has storage for wagons, 4 adult coaster bikes, beach chairs and umbrellas.

Other Amenities:

In addition to those noted above, the cottage has many other amenities such as ceiling fans throughout, a vacuum cleaner, space heaters, portable fans, an ironing board and iron, cube clocks, books, games, puzzles, playing cards, CDs, a CD player, rain slickers, umbrellas, flashlights, and more.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Linda Taylor
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 September, 2016
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About Linda Taylor

I am a writer and designer for whom Fire Island has been my Holyland since childhood. Prior to purchasing 'SandPauper' in 2004, it had never changed hands. Even though I now live in San Francisco, it remains my place of peace and comfort.

Linda Taylor purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Linda Taylor chose Fire Island

'SandPauper' is one of the few remaining original (unspoiled!) cottages in Ocean Beach. Although comfortable and welcoming, it retains the true character and spirit of 'Old Fire Island.' We have worked hard to preserve its intrinsic quaint charm while also providing all the amenities which allow it to be enjoyed by our seasonal guests.


based on 26 holidaymaker reviews

Charming 3 Br Fire Island Home on a Beach Block/Ocean Beach/Book for Early Fall
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews

Looking at the pictures & reading the reviews...

  • 5 of 5

...will give you a quite accurate impression of SandPauper cottage. But to truly appreciate just how special and satisfying SandPauper is, you'll have to actually stay there for some time. My wife & I -- neither of us has ever been called inattentive! -- were still, after nine happy days, noticing particular decorative & functional details only moments before departing. Linda may not have (to my knowledge) formally named any of the rooms, as we jocularly did -- the bird room, for instance, or the fish room, or the sailing ships room, or the mermaids room (where, when you "go to the bathroom," you'll do so in the company of a bunch of frisky and frolicking mermaids) -- but without question each room of the cottage is a small work of art in itself, meticulously and perspicaciously decorated and provisioned. Put it all together, as Linda has done over the years, and you indeed have one of the most unique, comfortable, and satisfying houses on the island. Given the chance, we will not hesitate to stay here again and of course we heartily recommend it to one and all.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Ken and Susan, for all your kind words about SandPauper. It's always especially touching when people like you, (who truly appreciate all the things that make it special), take the time to share your thoughts and feelings about the cottage. Interestingly, during all my hard work to create a place of delight and comfort, my hope was that SandPauper would be the sort of place where happy memories would be made - and the warmth of its occupants would "rub off" on the cottage, thus further enhancing its sweetness and grace. A heartfelt thanks to you for leaving that behind. It's a gift that time can never diminish! ;-)
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Manhattan, NY..USA

Grateful Manhattanites Mr. & Mrs....

  • 5 of 5

Our 2nd. visit to "SandPauper" and will not be the last! We love this little cottage and it's wonderful warmth & comfortable atmosphere...We love sitting on front porch while sipping coffee. Short walk to town and short walk to beach, perfect location. It's so easy for us to get there and yet it feels a million miles away from the city..There is nothing you could want or need, it's all there..The love, time and effort put into the home is apparent at every turn.. We adore this charming little cottage....Tks. Linda.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for all your kind comments about your 2nd visit to SandPauper! It always warms my heart to have tenants who really appreciate its quirky charms - and then come back for more! With all good wishes to you for a happy, healthy, and cozy fall & winter! -- Linda
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The Perfect Cottage Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Sandpauper, and once you've been there you'll know why you'd want to come back.

This kind of special place is a rare find. I think it is the gem of Ocean Beach. Linda's place is comfortable and

beautifully decorated, and well cared for, and all is with the utmost taste. There is nothing like sitting on the

sweet screened in porch with a good book, or having a peaceful dinner out there with a cricket symphony and

the breeze gently tickling the wind chimes. The house has everything you might need. There is a great outdoor

shower! We made use of the bikes, which is fun, especially when the sun is at it's hottest on the beach. And of

course you are just strides from the beach! More than anything, it is of note what a gracious host Linda is, and

how many little things she has thought of ahead of time to make your time easy and delightful. All the details are so

appreciated, from the kleenex boxes to the lovely blue willow china, the spices, the books and art works, and the

thoughtful recommendations from Linda...The cottage itself is a real treasure, great layout, gorgeous wood flooring, high

ceilings with handsome old beams, and a giant hearth that is the center piece of the living room, which quickly transports

you to your own beach fairy tale, complete with mermaids, birds, clipper ships, and lighthouses. Linda is very easy to work

with, and she is a lovely and gracious person. We love it there so much, and it's all because of what Linda has created there.

We are grateful to have experienced it, for there truly aren't many antique cottages so preserved and kept up as this one.

Perfect writers retreat! Great for couples! Great for solitude! Romantic... The best!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great pleasure it was to have you and your husband return for a little getaway this fall! It makes me so happy when people such as you, (who are sublimely attentive to every detail), come back to find the cottage just as lovely as remembered! Thanks so much, too, for taking such lovely care of it, and leaving the afterglow of your creative spirits behind to be felt and enjoyed by future travelers! May 2107 bring you back for further off-season delights at my dear, little SandPauper!
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Fantastic vacation again at SandPauper cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is now my 4th stay at the charming SandPauper cottage and each visit has been wonderful with new experiences.

It is always spotless upon arrival and it's beginning to feel like a welcoming grandparent wrapping their arms around you. I just feel that much at home here..

I was with two dear friends who had never been to Fire Island I and I was thrilled that they fell in love with it and also felt so at home at Linda's beach cottage.

They described it as inviting, warm and cozy and felt that everywhere you looked there was another "vignette" to feast your eyes on. Linda has gone the extra mile to

make this so charming from the mermaid and lighthouse pictures to stocking the kitchen with your every need.

This trip we took advantage of the bikes and did more land touring rather than beaching as the month of June was perfect for this.

We biked to the Sunken Forest and all the neighboring towns and along the way we discussed which houses we were going to buy if we all won the lotto!

We would eat our breakfast at home sitting on the screened in porch wrapped in our big wool shawls early in the morning and loving that the deer came to visit us every day.

Late afternoon we would walk to the beach and enjoy the sunset and then if we did not cook at the cottage e we would head into town for a meal at the Albatross which was our favorite place and

we highly recommend.

This past year I had the great privilege of meeting Linda in person as I took a cruise that stopped in San Francisco and I made a point to call her. She dropped what she was doing and came and met me and it turned into a fantastic day of chatting and wine tasting and snacking at the Ferry Building.

That's what I call going out of your way!

I will continue to book SandPauper and hope to share the joy of this magical place with many other friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Janet, for your glowing review! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your fourth visit to SandPauper. May this tradition continue to be an experience of delight and comfort as you share Fire Island with old friends, new friends, and friends you've yet to make! ;-) As for meeting in person here in San Francisco, the pleasure was all mine. What a fun afternoon we had!!! All Best, Linda
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Lovely beach vacation at SandPauper

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 enjoyed our stay at Linda's SandPauper. The house has all the amenities advertised, and we wanted for nothing. Loads of beach towels, chairs, bath towels, etc. The kids (3 teens) loved the bikes and the WiFi. We especially enjoyed making s'mores in the fabulous fireplace--loads of wood and kindling available. We ate most meals on the back porch-quiet and peaceful. Lots of nice touches like dish soap, TP and bounty upon arrival--even shells for decorating (a Fire Island tradition) are provided! Linda is very personable and easy to work with. We had a lovely time.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Karen, for the lovely review! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at SandPauper, but am disappointed that the Labor Day weekend "voluntary evacuation" due to Hurricane Hermine cut your vacation short. Looking forward to you taking me up on my offer to come back for a few days this fall (or next year) - for free, of course - to compensate for the time you lost. Thanks, too, for taking such excellent care of the house. I still can't believe you washed ALL the towels (instead of just your beach towels), before leaving! Doing so really helped with the change-over, so a special thanks for that! With all good wishes for a happy and cozy fall and winter - and hopes that you'll be back next year to make s'more memories - and more s'mores! Linda
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San Francisco, CA

Perfect home for a family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at this lovely home-away-from-home celebrating my 21st birthday. There was plenty of room for my mom, dad, and two older brothers to each have our own space in this cozy cottage. When we weren't out exploring the darling surrounding town and beaches on the bikes provided (our favorite, we loved the bikes!!), we were curled up reading and chatting by the fireplace or porch. Every inch of the house is just absolutely fascinating. When we walked in, we all walked around and talked about our favorite little knick-knacks and pieces of artwork. Linda was so easy and gracious to work with. She anticipates every need that might come up when vacationing in a beach town, and we felt very well taken care of. It was such a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Thanks so much Linda!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Shay, for your kind words about SandPauper. I'm so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay - and found it to be just the right place to celebrate your 21st birthday. ;-) Thanks, too, for leaving the house in such lovely condition - and also for leaving my housekeeper a basket of treats to thank her for helping to get your groceries from the freight boat. That was such a sweet and thoughtful surprise for her! With all good wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy rest-of-the-year. Hope to have you back at the cottage next summer! Linda
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Enjoy a day at the beach or take a short walk to the village, which faces Great South Bay. There you will find bay-side swimming with lifeguard, bay-front bars & restaurants, grocery stores, ice cream & candy shops, clothing boutiques, hardware stores, nurseries, bicycle rentals, and more.

The town of Ocean Beach has a post office, playground, children's day camp, tennis and basketball courts, softball field, library, cinema, water taxis, and lateral ferries to other Fire Island communities. Catholic and Protestant churches and a Synagogue nearby. Hike to SUNKEN FOREST - a 300+ year-old primeval holly forest east of Ocean Beach and below sea level. An enchanting and magical experience!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ocean Beach, Fire Island

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 24 Oct 2016
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Professional Cleaning £131
Rental Permit £82
Security Deposit (Fall) £410
Gas Electric DSL Cable £49
20% Security (July-Aug) £606

Weekly rentals run from Monday Noon until Sunday 5 p.m. but sometimes other options are available, especially during the off-season months. Call Linda at (415) 867.4727 for more details.

I also require a 20% security deposit.

1/3 of total is due at lease signing. Balance due 14 days prior to check-in. For last-minute rentals, a bank check for the full amount is required at lease signing.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ocean Beach in Long Island

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • resort
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Also has sink
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower
  • Divided. Toilet & sink are separate from shower room, but door between can be opened to create one space.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Two Sofa Beds - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Dining room can be used as 4th bedroom for guests.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Bunk Bed
  • A/C in master bedroom and bunk room. Ample bed and bath linens provided throughout, including lovely vintage coverlets, throws, and quilts.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
A/C window units in master bedroom and bunk room. Ceiling fans throughout, vacuum cleaner, inflatable mattress, space heaters, portable fans, alarm clocks, radios, etc.

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