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Surfside in front of Claudia's Surf City, just at the end of the driveway

Surfside in front of Claudia's Surf City, just at the end of the driveway Sunrise over the ocean to your right, sunset over the tidal pond to your left The living is easy with the sound of the surf through the French doors. Indoor-outdoor life in the summertime, watching the ferry ply the Atlantic. Airy and stripped down to the perfect beach machine. Country kitchen with chef's stove and mod cons including dishwasher. Yes, that is a Chambers stove just like Rachel Ray's. Head on upstairs for a snooze to the sound of the waves. King-sized bed and soaking tub in master suite retreat The second bedroom has a double bed and view of the tidal pond. The Mouse Room is tiny—which kids like. The beds can be moved together, too. The sun deck is private, facing away from the ocean towards the kayak-able pond. Look out to sea from the living room hammock. Alternatively, you can use the outdoor hammock on the covered porch. Claudia's is the second house on the driveway with two dormer windows (center). View of sailboat from the front porch of Claudia's Surf City. Be there now. Claudia's Surf City is second from left.

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Block Island cottage description

This classic beach house sits on a tidal pond with Crescent Beach, the most beautiful beach on the island, at the end of your driveway. You don’t really need a car, as it is just a short walk to the ferry dock and town, with its restaurants and shops. Recreated from a former surf shop called Claudia's Surf City, the downstairs is spacious and airy. A rustic open kitchen/living/dining area with a gas Vermont Castings fireplace opens out onto covered porch and decks with water views all around. Upstairs the master bedroom and en suite bath look out to sea.

Two other cozy bedrooms share a separate bath with clawfoot tub. Grounds are complete with lily pond, lawns for bocce, picnic table, garden, water toys and boats, goldfinches and pheasants. No TV! Laze in hammocks indoors or out and rediscover peace and love. Sleep to the sound of the waves.


Keywords: beach house, house

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

            Small room with bunks side by side...moreless

          • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1) The two bunks can be pulled together to form a double bed. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

            Large soaking tub, separate shower. En suite....moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

            Claw foot tub. No shower....moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, outdoor shower

            The outdoor shower is the best!...moreless

          • If you google 'the best shower in the world' you get the outdoor shower at Claudia's Surf City....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            The dining area is in the kitchen, with a sofa, a large table, 6 chairs and a stepstool that works as a high chair....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Chef-ready with 1940s Chambers gas stove and butcher block....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Garlic press to potato masher....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Sugar, flour, spices, oils....moreless

          • Microwave
          • Refrigerator
          • Coffee Maker
          • Dishwasher

          Amenities

          • Gas Fireplace:

            Propane Vermont Castings fireplace. Takes the chill off downstairs....moreless

          • Parking:

            No more than one car without permission....moreless

          • Living Room seats 6:

            Sofa, comfy chairs, hammock. ...moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Parking is on the lawn!...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer
          • Washing Machine
          • Hair Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • en suite soaking tub, outdoor shower, rowboat on backyard tidal pond, windsurfer, fire circle, herb garden, classic Chambers stove, vinyl LP collection, enormous library, picnic table, sunsets, sunrises, the sound of the waves at night. . ....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                An enormous and eclectic collection from paperback mysteries and romances for the beach to the classics....moreless

              • Music Library:

                Phonograph with large collection of classic LPs. iPod hookup available....moreless

              Communications

              • Internet:

                The Internet is terrible island wide. Usually impossible to stream video. Downloads and uploads slow....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Again, Verizon is terrible all over the island....moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                A covered porch with wicker furniture and an uncovered back deck for sunning....moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                A windsurfer, some old surfboards, boogie boards, pails and sand toys....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Small Weber gas grill. Charcoal grill shared with house next door....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Bayberry, honeysuckle, a freshwater pond, grasses, lawns...moreless

              • Boat:

                The last rowboat floated away in the tidal pond. . ....moreless

              • Bicycles:

                No. Must rent. But great place for biking....moreless

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Away From It All
              • Adventure
              • Family

              Location & View

              • Oceanfront
              • Beachfront

              Activities

              • Tennis
              • Surfing
              • Kayaking
              • Swimming
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Sailing
              • Cycling
              • Parasailing
              • Zoo
              • Antiquing
              • Cinemas
              • Restaurants
              • Horseback Riding
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Boating
              • Sight Seeing

              Other Activities

                  • birding, clamming, landscape painting,bike and moped rentals, live music, farmers' market, fish market, berrypicking,island trail network, boat charters, skygazing...moreless
                   

                  Reviews

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                  • Wonderful location

                    Wonderful location

                    • Guest Chris (Madison, CT)
                    • Date of stay 09/23/13
                    • Review Submitted 10/03/13
                    We had a most enjoyable week at Claudia's Surf City. The location is ideal: walk to town, walk across street to Crescent Beach. We had beautiful weather and were able to hike through Rodman's Hollow to Snake Hole and also along Clayhead. The house is casual and uniquely funky with the most outrageous views from every window and a porch that wraps around the house & is gateable to keep children and dogs in. Had a marvelous dinner at Winfield's and also at The Surf.Claudia was very helpful and accomodating!

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, age 55+.

                    Owner response: It's always a pleasure to hear from people who "get" Block Island and Claudia's Surf City. So glad you took advantage of everything the island has to offer and enjoyed your stay. Thanks for the kind words.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                  • The Absolute, Most-Awesome, Quintessential Beach House!!!

                    The Absolute, Most-Awesome, Quintessential Beach House!!!

                    • Guest Forever Block Island Bound (Hudson Valley, NY)
                    • Date of stay 07/26/13
                    • Review Submitted 08/05/13
                    Our 15th consecutive year spending a week on Block Island and we finally got it right! Perfect location, perfect amount of space and absolutely beyond perfect ambiance! Thank you, Claudia, for creating this enchanting place - books, music, hammocks, views, killer kitchen... Couldn't ask for anything more! Oh.. Our two teenaged boys didn't even miss TV... What a blessing! Owner, Claudia, was very helpful with questions prior to our trip and was available throughout the week via email and possible phone (though that's not my thing), in case there were any issues (which there were not). If you are able to stay at Claudia's Surf City, please be sure to check out Andy's Way, Mansion Beach and of course the Salt Pond - kayaks and paddle boards for rent by Paynes Killer Donuts. Dinner at The Beachead - just down Corn Neck Road is a must! I would recommend this property to all my relatives, friends, acquaintances (but I may not, because I don't want to lose my week!!). We just hope to meet Claudia someday, because she must be the coolest, hippest, nicest person ever! Thanks for the great memories! :).

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, age 55+.

                    Owner response: Aw, shucks! We do our best to make Claudia's Surf City a perfect beach retreat—informed by a year living in Kauai back in the day. Many good times and much good karma has happened here. I love the place, and am glad it shows. Thanks for appreciating the ambiance!

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                  • Claudia's Surf City

                    Claudia's Surf City

                    • Guest Tony (Suwanee GA)
                    • Date of stay 09/16/12
                    • Review Submitted 09/26/12
                    Claudia's Surf City is the perfect beach vacation house in the perfect location on Block Island. It is well appointed, well maintained and the owner is attentive to the needs of renters. If you choose to rent this house, take the time to appreciate the details that have been lovingly crafted and fine-tuned over time. Try not to get addicted to the ecstasy of the outdoor shower (good luck with that!). If you let it, Surf City will envelop you in a warm, comforting cocoon of stress relief, from which you will emerge refreshed even after only a few days (we suggest a minimum of 7 nights for full effect). If we never make it back here, we will remember its charms forever. That's our review and we're sticking to it!

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, age 55+, sightseeing.

                    Owner response: Tnx! It's always nice to have our place appreciated by special people.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                  • Funkatastic

                    Funkatastic

                    • Guest Erin P. (Massachusetts)
                    • Date of stay 09/11/10
                    • Review Submitted 01/26/11
                    I've been going to this house for a lot of years because, well, its location is Amazing, on a spit of land between ocean and bay. The feel is Urban Surf Funk with Yard Sale overtones. And yes, it has no TV. Which when you have kids, is a really good thing. So I can work on line on my computer in the early AM and turn it off the rest of the time. Read one of the million or so books. Walk to town if I want. And take a nap in the hammock if I want. Bring my dog. Go to the beach, or my kids can go alone (it's ok, they're old enough). And feel like I'm a hundred million miles away. That's why I keep going back--so keep off my weeks!

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, age 55+.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/3

                  • September Paradise

                    September Paradise

                    • Guest IslandLover (Woonsocket, RI)
                    • Date of stay 01/10/11
                    • Review Submitted 01/25/11
                    Off season means no people, no traffic, beautiful beaches. A calm serene place and the perfect spot to have a REAL vacation. The water is warm and the sunsets intense! I would recommend this spot to anyone! Walk to town, across from the beach. Water water everywhere!

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, adventure seekers, tourists without a car.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                  • This cozy cottage was magical.

                    This cozy cottage was magical.

                    • Guest MKM (New York City)
                    • Date of stay 09/10/10
                    • Review Submitted 01/25/11
                    My stay at this cozy cottage was magical. Views of the water came in from every direction. The pictures do show a lot of charm but the ocean views were not featured and should have been. You are a very short walk down the drive, cross the street and you are right on the beach. The views of the ocean are fabulous from the windows and porch that are not reflected in the photos listed. You are also a short lovely walk to the the quaint center of the island town. I highly recommend checking into this cottage if you're looking for a relaxing vacation with views of the ocean to the front, a tidal pond out back, and a fresh water pond with lily pads at your door step. I obviously love the water that surrounds the rustic adorable cottage. A must in my opinion.

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                   
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Spring 2014
                  May 30 - Jun 26, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  $3,700
                  Summer 2014
                  Jun 27 - Sep 4, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  $4,700

                  Changeover Day: Friday

                  Fall 2014
                  Sep 5 - Sep 26, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  $3,700

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                  • Property Damage Protection $49
                  • Taxes Not included

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                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1980

                  About the owner: A former journalist (People, Life) and now vacation rental owner on Block Island, once known as Claudia's Island, Claudia Glenn Dowling has honed her bedmaking skills and seldom travels without a truckload of substandard chairs. Google me at Claudia's Surf City or under my name.

                  Why the Owner Chose Block Island:
                  I ran a surf shop, Claudia's Surf City, in the summer, but I realized that I could make more money renting houses than surfboards. With my brother, a skilled carpenter, I built the surf shop out, purposely putting in amenities like lavish bathrooms and driftwood stair railings. The first season, 2000, was a great success. The next year, we added porches. We have continued to improve Claudia's Surf City every year while retaining its quirky quality. It is now the sine qua non of a classic beach house.


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                  Photos

                  • Surfside in front of Claudia's Surf City, just at the end of the driveway

                    Surfside in front of Claudia's Surf City, just at the end of the driveway

                  • The living is easy with the sound of the surf through the French doors.

                    The living is easy with the sound of the surf through the French doors.

                  • Airy and stripped down to the perfect beach machine.

                    Airy and stripped down to the perfect beach machine.

                  • Yes, that is a Chambers stove just like Rachel Ray's.

                    Yes, that is a Chambers stove just like Rachel Ray's.

                  • King-sized bed and soaking tub in master suite retreat

                    King-sized bed and soaking tub in master suite retreat

                  • The Mouse Room is tiny—which kids like. The beds can be moved together, too.

                    The Mouse Room is tiny—which kids like. The beds can be moved together, too.

                  • Look out to sea from the living room hammock.

                    Look out to sea from the living room hammock.

                  • Claudia's is the second house on the driveway with two dormer windows (center).

                    Claudia's is the second house on the driveway with two dormer windows (center).

                  • Claudia's Surf City is second from left.

                    Claudia's Surf City is second from left.

                  • Sunrise over the ocean to your right, sunset over the tidal pond to your left

                    Sunrise over the ocean to your right, sunset over the tidal pond to your left

                  • Indoor-outdoor life in the summertime, watching the ferry ply the Atlantic.

                    Indoor-outdoor life in the summertime, watching the ferry ply the Atlantic.

                  • Country kitchen with chef's stove and mod cons including dishwasher.

                    Country kitchen with chef's stove and mod cons including dishwasher.

                  • Head on upstairs for a snooze to the sound of the waves.

                    Head on upstairs for a snooze to the sound of the waves.

                  • The second bedroom has a double bed and view of the tidal pond.

                    The second bedroom has a double bed and view of the tidal pond.

                  • The sun deck is private, facing away from the ocean towards the kayak-able pond.

                    The sun deck is private, facing away from the ocean towards the kayak-able pond.

                  • Alternatively, you can use the outdoor hammock on the covered porch.

                    Alternatively, you can use the outdoor hammock on the covered porch.

                  • View of sailboat from the front porch of Claudia's Surf City. Be there now.

                    View of sailboat from the front porch of Claudia's Surf City. Be there now.

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                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

                  $3,700 - $4,700 per week (USD)
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                  3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

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                  Minimum stay: 7 nights
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