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Paradise Farmhouse at the Norman Bird Sanctuary

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Nature Retreat

Our newly renovated 18th-century Paradise Farmhouse on Aquidneck Island combines comfort and functionality with a spectacular location. The Farmhouse offers a unique location for nature vacation retreats located on the 325-acre Norman Bird Sanctuary with 7 miles of hiking trails, gardens, and rolling fields. The property is nestled between gorgeous beaches, local vineyards, farm stands, and is just a 5-minute scenic drive to historic Newport and all of its famous attractions.

The Farmhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. This 6,000 square foot structure has six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms (2 rooms with full size beds, 1 bunk room for 6 and 3 of the bedrooms can be set up with either 1 king or 2 twin beds). All bedrooms have bathrooms (1 with a full bath and 5 with showers and 1.5 additional bathrooms on first floor). The Farmhouse is nicely appointed and provides overnight accommodations with a well equipped kitchen, 2 dining areas, 7 decorative fireplaces, 3 common/living rooms and a nicely furnished terrace, for a maximum of 16 guests. The house also includes central heat/AC, all bed linens and bathroom towels, Farmaesthetics 100% natural handmade herbal skincare products, and green cleaning supplies.

For week long rentals, 1 mid-week cleaning service can be arranged in addition to the post-checkout cleaning. Also, if interested, add on an NBS educational program or a Guided Bird Hike by an NBS Naturalist. This is the perfect house for eco-conscious families, friends and companies to explore our beautiful beaches and hiking trails. Or choose to incorporate birding, guided nature walks, nature day camps for the children, or off-site excursions.

We thank you for considering Paradise Farmhouse at the Norman Bird Sanctuary for your vacation retreat, especially because your stay here helps support the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s mission to preserve and educate all age levels on the stewardship and sustainable use of coastal land and water resources.

We look forward to welcoming you to Paradise!

More Details

Property Manager
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2017

About Norman Bird Sanctuary

Paradise Farmhouse is a part of Norman Bird Sanctuary, a private nonprofit organization that maintains the largest open space area in Newport County. Established in 1949 at the bequest of Mabel Norman Cerio, the Norman Bird Sanctuary, under the charge of her will, was to maintain the land “for the propagation, preservation, and protection of birds, and where birds and bird life may be observed, studied, taught, and enjoyed by lovers of nature and by the public generally so interested in a spirit of humanity and mercy.”

NBS is a mature nonprofit that has maintained steady growth throughout its history. Over the years, NBS has grown to include more than 325 acres of diverse habitats, and its mission remains true to Mabel Norman Cerio’s original vision. The Sanctuary is a community organization that has impacted the quality of life on Aquidneck Island and across the state for over sixty years.

Norman Bird Sanctuary purchased this farmhouse in 1949

Why Norman Bird Sanctuary chose Newport - Aquidneck Island

Your stay at Paradise Farmhouse helps to maintain Norman Bird Sanctuary's mission of Preservation, Conservation, and Education. Thank you!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Middletown in Newport County

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 16
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , 1st floor
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 1st floor
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2nd floor- can be converted into 2 twins
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2nd floor- can be converted to a king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 2nd floor, twins can be converted to King
    Bedroom 6 - 3 Bunk Bed , 2nd floor- this room sleeps 6 guests
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1st floor- this room sleeps a single or a couple
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , 2nd floor-this room sleeps a single or a couple
  • A room assignment chart is available upon request.
  • Games ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The Farmhouse Guest Services Manager and the staff at Norman Bird Sanctuary are always available to give you and your group ideas, referrals and recommendations on things to do and places to see while visiting the area. We also encourage you to sign up for our email list and check us out on social media for all upcoming programs and guided walks available through the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Please feel free to ask, as we have plenty of insider suggestions to make your trip a memorable one and we are happy to help.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Paradise Farmhouse at the Norman Bird Sanctuary
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 14 (including 6 children, ages 6-15) spent the Labor Day weekend at Paradise Farmhouse. It was, indeed, paradisical. The bedrooms were comfortable, with en suite baths. The central air conditioning/heating was very effective (but we didn't need it). The common areas--two sitting rooms, two dining rooms--allowed different groups to form and interact (and play non-stop card and board games). The kitchen was ample. The walks in Norman Bird Sanctuary (right from the house) were inviting and perfect for all ages (6-75). Third Beach was a few minutes drive (and a few more minutes by bicycle, which avoids parking charges) and perfect for the younger children; and the older ones enjoyed surfing. It was relaxing, informal, comfortable. We had our dinners catered (multiple alternatives in the Newport area) and let the four families arrange their own breakfasts and lunches. We hired a photographer, who made excellent use of the beautiful outdoor backgrounds. I recommend it unconditionally.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Healdsburg, CA

If I could give the Paradise farmhouse six stars, I would!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the farmhouse for three nights to accommodate extended family during our son's wedding weekend in Newport. We had 13 people in the house and it was VERY comfortable - definitely did not feel crowded. We used the grill and the outdoor porch, made several meals for 13+ people in the kitchen, took walks on the trails and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance of this beautiful place. The views from the house are gorgeous. It is quiet, clean and refreshingly simple. Our son and his groomsmen "got dressed" at the farmhouse and it made for a spectacular photo shoot. There is wifi, and we did not miss having a television - because it gave us more family time. Jeannie was very helpful and responsive if/when we had questions. This was beyond excellent for our family. We hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fresno, CA

Visitors from Cali

  • 5 of 5

Part of our family, nine in all including 3 children, stayed at the Farmhouse over the Fourth of July weekend. There is plenty of room at the Farmhouse; we even had unused bedrooms. The furnishings and style of the home are wonderful and comfortable. The air conditioning came in handy on a few days althoug we enjoyed marvelous weather. We also hosted a family dinner party for over 20 and there was plenty of room and the kitchen, grill, and dining supplies were all there for the chef to use. Third Beach is a 15 minute walk; Second beach (more surf) is about a 20+ minute walk.

The only minor complaints are (1) staff for the camps park at the house and walk in front of the home occasionally, (2) there was no iron/ironing board (which the staff promptly corrected), and (3) there was no shampoo for the bathrooms (although their amenities were great), and (4) there are no hair dryers. All of this was easily corrected and did nothing to diminish the quality of our stay.

The property is beautiful (we hiked to Hanging Rock) and the flowers and gardens are wonderful. So peaceful at night.

All in all, our family thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Paridise Farmhouse.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Place to Have a Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Paradise Farm House along with the adjacent studio and of course, the beautiflu landscape, made an excellent place for a two-day executive retreat for colleagues who came in from Several different states.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! We hope you will return again in the future!
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providence, ri

excellent staff retreat location!

  • 5 of 5

i took our 10-person staff to norman bird sanctuary for an overnight retreat. it is the perfect space for this type of event. there was plenty of space in the farmhouse (multiple sitting rooms, large well equipped kitchen, a bathroom off of every bedroom) and it perfectly combines a rural aesthetic with modern decor and accommodations. we also used one of the meeting spaces for our activities during the day. the staff, especially lisel, were extremely helpful in answering my multiple questions. the locations is excellent as well. very close to newport and all that is ha to offer. if you want a reasonably priced location for an overnight retreat with gorgeous views and peaceful surroundings this is the place for you!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure! We look forward to seeing you all again at your next "Gather your Flock Retreat." RISD rocks!
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Westchester , New York

Family and friends weekend at the Paradise Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a two-night stay at the Farmhouse at the Norman Bird Sanctuary...what a large, spacious, beautiful accommodation. With its many rooms--including a long-table dining room, smaller dining area, sitting room upstairs and downstairs, supply room filled with extra blankets and pillows, well-stocked kitchen, and bathrooms off of every bedroom plus two extra (8 bright beautiful bathrooms total)-- our 15 guests had an amazing time. At night it was quiet with only the sound of birds and during the day guests could walk the nature paths or stroll 5 mins to the beach. Truly a magical place and all guests were strategizing on how to return annually.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So wonderful to have you and your guests here. We are delighted you chose Paradise farmhouse for your special family & friends weekend.The dinner party you hosted in Mabel's Studio looked beautiful! If anyone needs help with "strategic planning" for their next visit give us a shout. We would be happy to assist!
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Nearest Airport
31.3 Miles
PVD- Providence Green Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.2 Miles
Sandy's Liquors (liquor store)
Nearest Ferry
8.7 Miles
Jamestown Newport Ferry
Nearest Golf
2.6 Miles
Newport National Golf Club
Nearest Train
22 Miles
KIN- Kingston, RI (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
32.1 Miles
Interstate 95 in Rhode Island
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sweet Berry Farm
Nearest Ski
19.2 Miles
Yawgoo Valley Ski Area
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Third Beach
Car: recommended

Nestled between scenic beaches, vineyards and farm stands. Located just minutes from the heart of downtown Newport, RI and all major attractions. Our comfortable and modern farmhouse retreat offers all of our guests the opportunity to connect with the natural world within the peaceful and inspiring landscape of Norman Bird Sanctuary.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Middletown, Rhode Island

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Season
3 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Peak Season
1 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter Except Major Holidays
1 Nov 2017 - 20 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Thanksgiving Weekend
21 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter Except Major Holidays
28 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/Holiday Season
21 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £280
Damage Deposit £400
NBS Yearly Membership £52
Tax Rate 8.0%

Perfect for eco-conscious families, friends and companies to custom build their own retreat. Explore our beautiful beaches & hiking trails or choose to incorporate birding, Norman Bird Sanctuary's public programs, camps, guided nature walks and off-site excursions. Our Farmhouse can be rented for a three night minimum from April - October and for a two night minimum from November - March. Week long stays, Monday - Sunday are available as well. The rental rate is $1600.00 per night and the Farmhouse sleeps up to 16 guests.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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