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Enchanting 3 BR Home on a Beach Block - Now Booking for 2018 / Ocean Beach, NY

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Comfortable, Immaculate! Close to the Beach

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

This home has earned 27 Five-Star Reviews on VRBO!


If you're looking for a very special summer rental, 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 absolutely no damage whatsoever from Hurricane Sandy. A/C in two of the three bedrooms plus the dining room and kitchen. 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.

• June, $2500 week*

• July, $3875 week*

• August, $3875 week*

• September, $1800 week*

• October, $1500 week* (til approx 10/25)

* We also require a 20% security deposit, $160 for professional cleaning, $100 for the rental permit, a flat fee of $60/wk for utilities (gas, propane for BBQ, electric, FIOS wireless internet, and DirectTV), and the 3% Suffolk County Hotel tax.


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:

Has A/C. 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.


Has A/C. 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, ample 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, bedside cube clocks, books, games, puzzles, playing cards, CDs, a CD player, rain slickers, flashlights, and more.

More Details

Linda Taylor
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Linda Taylor

I am a writer and designer for whom Fire Island has been my Holyland since childhood. Even though I now live in San Francisco, it remains my place of peace and comfort. Prior to purchasing 'SandPauper' in 2004, it had been in the same family since it was built in the early 1900s.

Linda Taylor purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Linda Taylor chose Ocean Beach

'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.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 17:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • resort
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 8 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 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Two Sofa Beds - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Dining room can be used as 4th bedroom for guests.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 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 ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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, bunk room, dining room, and kitchen. Ceiling fans throughout, vacuum cleaner, space heaters, portable fans, alarm clocks, radios, etc.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)

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Enchanting 3 BR Home on a Beach Block - Now Booking for 2018 / Ocean Beach, NY
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 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: 17-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 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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Montclair, NJ

Clean, great property/location. Caring host.

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time staying in Linda's Ocean Beach cottage. Two adults and two kids. So close to town and the beach. Kids were able to really have some independence.

The house was lovely and perfect and we made a lot of great memories at meals and games around the little dining table in the porch area. Also, the amazing beach 100 yards away. Walks to Seaview and Fair Harbor.

Linda was a wonderful host - full of all the needed information and very warm and caring.

Totally worth it. Only problem was our kids never want to shower indoors again. Either do we.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Paul, for your kind words about SandPauper. You were such lovely guests and I'm delighted that you had such a memorable week. Looking forward to having you back sometime soon. My outdoor shower stands tall and at the ready. ;-) All Best, Linda
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Manhattan, NY..USA

Wonderful Cottage Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

3rd time we stayed at "Sandpauper" and hoping for a 4th etc.! Beautiful space, lovingly decorated and anything needed available to you..Just close enough to town, just close enough to beach...Thanks again Linda!!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that you enjoyed your most recent visit to SandPauper. As always, you took such great care of the house! Hoping to have you back next summer for another week of bliss! All Best, Linda
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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: 21-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 14-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 08-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 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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Town Pizza
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Sunken Forest
This magical, 300+ yr. old primeval holly forest (below sea level) is a must-see for visitor...
Woodhull School
Not sure what their summer hours are, but Fire Island's K-6 school has a terrific little lib...

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, Long Island

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
1 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
July & August
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Gas Electric DSL Cable £44.56
Security Deposit £575.52
Professional Cleaning £118.82
Rental Permit £74.26

Weekly rentals run from Monday Noon until Sunday 5 p.m. but sometimes other options are available, especially during the off-season months.

Security deposit is $775.

3% tax will be charged on base rent in compliance with NY State's Hotel/Motel Tax, which applies to all rentals less than 30 days

By Suffolk County law, all short-term rentals (under 30 continuous days) are subject to a 3% tax on basic rent + all other fees paid by tenants except for the Security Deposit. This tax will be calculated and shown in the lease as a separate line item.

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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