The SpaceOur house is located in the heart of this fishing village near Little Narragansett Bay, flanked by grand 18th century clapboard mansions yet very private, modest and quiet. Shops and restaurants are within a three minute walk from the house. A three-story Victorian built in 1902, it is a house full of character and recently renovated comforts with two new full bathrooms and a new kitchen. Enjoy breezes off the bay sitting on the rear deck or in the cottage garden.
The third floor is an entirely private suite with two sleeping areas divided by a stair case, one containing a comfortable twin bed and the other an antique full-sized bed with a twin trundle roll-out bed beneath it. The space can accommodate three guests comfortably. (Please Note: The staircase is steep by today's standards and can be difficult to navigate for the unsteady.) The sunrise will waken you as the windows on the eastern side face the water directly and the windows let in full sunshine, so pull down the shades to sleep in after dawn.
Stunning views of Watch Hill, Little Narragansett Bay, Fisher's Island Sound and Stonington Harbor can be seen from vantage points throughout the space. There is a small yoga and meditation room attached to the sleeping areas via an open doorway complete with a yoga wall with ropes, for those who wish to begin or end their day with yoga practice. Feel free to use the bicycles, kayaks, and beach chairs during your stay.
LOGISTICS of NOTE: It is important to be aware that the stairs to the third floor are steep and somewhat narrow with a nautical rope railing. Please see the photo of the staircase if this is a concern. Also, the ceilings in the dormers are 5'11, so one must mind one's head in places.
PETS: We recently adopted one short-haired cat named Vance. He is not allowed in any bedroom areas and he keeps to the first floor. Guest AccessWe prefer guests to use the front door.
Guests may use the rear deck and garden.
Guests have exclusive use of the 2nd floor bathroom which will only be shared if there is a guest in the Red Room on that floor. Interaction with GuestsWe are relatively new Airbnb hosts and we expect our hosting to evolve as we go along, responding to the needs of our guests. We will be delighted to give you tips about the area but we also respect visitors' need for privacy. Life here is casual and my husband Stuart and I generally leave our guests to their own devices. We are happy to help guests get set up with the kayaks, bikes, beach chairs, etc. During the quieter, slower seasons we often lay out a continental breakfast for our guests, but it is not formally included in our amenities. The NeighborhoodStonington, CT was listed in Yankee Magazine's Top-10 Coastal Towns in 2015. The Borough is a unique fishing village situated on a small peninsula with public access to the shoreline throughout. With its history extending back to pre-Revolutionary times, the houses and architecture here span almost three centuries. Main St. is a charming place to stroll, window shop on Water St., enjoy great restaurants, visit the Point with its vistas of the Harbor, Fisher's Island, Watch Hill, Mystic Seaport and Groton in 270 degree views. Visit the beach or walk out on the old stone pier, take a sailing lesson at NESS, or pull in to Dodson's Boatyard on your own boat. The Lighthouse Museum is down the street and offers walking tours of the historical village. The area is chock full of antiquing, thrift shops, farmer's markets, lobster and seafood shacks, and don't miss the Velvet Mill which contains a whole variety of craft artisans, a brewery, a cheese shop, a bakery, galleries and shops in an old brick textile factory on the village outskirts. Mystic Seaport and Village, Pequot Museum, Mystic Aquarium and the vibrant town of Westerly, RI are all within a few miles of Stonington. And in the Autumn, leaf peepers make a pilgrimage to this lovely area to take in the stunning New England Fall foliage display. The stone walls themselves are numerous and mysterious, and seem to give this magical place its true name.
Stunning beaches of Rhode Island are within a 20-minute drive, for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. But boating seems to be the favorite sport hereabouts and there are plenty of coves, harbors and miles of shoreline to explore. Barn Island is a wildlife sanctuary full of trails for hiking, boating, hunting and fishing. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation, so you will need your own two feet, plus a boat, bike, or automobile to get around. Uber taxis are available, Enterprise car rentals and the Amtrak train stations connecting Boston to DC are close by in Mystic, CT, Westerly, RI, and New London, CT.
Southeastern CT Coastal train lines connect to New Haven and NYC. Other Things to NoteIn summer the Borough of Stonington is busy and full of people, cars, especially on the weekends. Street parking can get tight, though we have a driveway which can accommodate two vehicles when necessary. The week days are much more quiet here, especially between mid-October and April, when the pace and population of the village slows down to only its year-round inhabitants.