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1853 Captain Wheeler House-Historic Seaport Home Garden-Rental Retreat

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Last updated: 07/04/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

* Historic Sea Captain’s home - Thriving Seaport Village * Some August Availability. VISIT for annual MYSTIC OUTDOOR ART FAIR 8/8-8/9 *

Cheerful & sunny. Ideal for extended family, couples & celebrations, reunions & wedding accommodations. This Italianate Victorian home restored by Owners, both architects, is well located for many activities. Tall ceilings, gracious rooms, large windows, striking detail & plank floors evoke a prosperous period in Mystic's Seafaring Heritage. Each corner room is colorful & light-filled with views in two directions. The fully-equipped, bright kitchen has access to a covered porch with dining for 4 & the garden with seating for more. Relax & visit in the large parlor, formal or informal dining room, porches or yard. Enjoy morning coffee rocking on the front porch as the sun rises . Choose from among 5 ample bedrooms, all with private bath on the 2nd floor or ascend to your private retreat at the top. Fully furnished. Prepared for your arrival for a Summer Vacation, Fall Retreat, Winter Holiday or Spring Break.

We are interested in your Inquiry: . . . . Please email & let us know if you are familiar with the Mystic & the area, the number and complement in the party and any other information which will assist us in responding. We enjoy sharing our home with others who appreciate historic houses and visiting a seaport village in a region which offers a rich history, culture, nature, water and other activities. . . . Mystic is a desired location for WEDDINGS with many fabulous possibilities from wineries to historic locations. Terrific FOOD catered by regional chefs. Abundant year round pastimes and recreational options for guests. The 1853 CAPTAIN WHEELER HOUSE is ideally suited for families of the bride or groom and wedding parties. . . . National Geographic Adventure Magazine September 2007 issue listed their '50 Best Adventure Towns, State-by-State'. These are the 50 best places to live and play in 5 categories. Mystic ranked as one of the top 10 Waterfront Places.

Visit our Home Page: . . . . Through the link below 'Property Details Website'. The 1853 Captain Wheeler House web site has more information, photos and our 'Activities Links' to the many things available in the area!

Events & Current Availability: . . . . MYSTIC Seaport has great events scheduled: . . May LOBSTER Days, . . June SEA MUSIC Festival, . . . June WOODEN BOAT Show & small craft weekend, . . . July 4th, . . . July Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous, . . . August Model Yacht Regatta, . . . August Antique Marine Engine Show, . . . September Coastweeks Regatta, . . . September Antique Motor Vehicle Show, . . . October Columbus weekend Chowder Days, . . . for the Holidays - LANTERN LIGHT TOURS ! . . . . . Mystic Outdoor ART Festival FIRST Weekend in August. . . . . TASTE of MYSTIC 2nd weekend in Sept * * ........THANKSGIVING & NEW YEARS are available * * Please check our calendar.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Well behaved children are welcome...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We regret that we are unable to accept pets....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Wing: 1 queen

    + bath...moreless

  • Captain Nat: 2 twin/ single

    + bath...moreless

  • Sailmaker Jason: 2 twin/ single

    + bath...moreless

  • Cook Adam: 2 twin/ single

    + bath...moreless

  • Navigator Nell: 2 twin/ single

    + bath...moreless

  • Lantern: 1 double


  • Beds: 1 wing bedroom with queen & private bath (tub & shower), 4 corner bedrooms each with 2 twin beds and private bath (2 tub/shower, 2 shower only), 3rd floor lantern with double (not suitable for young children or those needing ready access to a bathroom at night & shares one of the private baths on the 2nd floor). * Our home is most comfortable with 8-10 guests. We can comfortably sleep 12 maximum. * LINENS provided & beds made. Bathrooms furnished with TOWELS and necessities....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Wing: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Captain Nat's: toilet, shower


  • Sailmaker Jason: toilet, shower


  • Cook Adam: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Navigator Nell: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Powder room: toilet


  • The third floor double bed room in the 'Lantern' must share a private bath on the second floor....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Kitchen is bright, functional & well equipped. Appliances include a Thermador 5 burner gas cooktop, Bosch double oven, SubZero refrigerator & freezer, dishwasher, food disposer as well as necessary small appliances. It is also well fitted with cookware, utensils & dinnerware. * Please note the maximum we can sleep is 12. The house is most comfortable with 8-10 in the 5 BR's with private bath on the 2nd floor. * Bikes are available to rent at Mystic Bike Rentals or Mystic Cycle Center and kayaks at King Cove Marina. ...moreless


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    12 miles to Watch Hill, RI ocean beaches & 3 miles to Mystic's Esker Point Beach on Fisher's Island Sound....moreless

  • River:

    Mystic River & recreational River Road is readily accessible for kayak launching, walking & biking....moreless

  • Rural:

    Character, back roads, historic farms & landscapes close by....moreless

  • Village:

    Historic residential district & 5 minute walk to a harbor village spanning a river....moreless

  • Water View:

    Wonderful home in the village historic district & views vary according to season. The sense of a seafaring village & water are always present in this sea captain's house. Views from the cupola gaze over the village & harbor extending beyond Watch Hill passage to Block Island in one direction & Montauk in another....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Casual dining adjacent to kitchen seats 6-8. Formal dining seats 8-12...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    2nd floor laundry room...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Vermont Castings stove to warm a cozy winter corner by the table in the kitchen....moreless

  • Heating:

    Radiant panels in each room with individual controls...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Each room prepared for your arrival with quality bedding & bath linens. Please supply your own Beach Towels...moreless

  • Parking:

    on street available in addition...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    For 2 small cars. SUV's & larger cars may park on the street....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Please provide your own beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    2nd floor laundry room...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Functional, well designed & equipped. 5 burner gas cooktop, double convection oven, dishwasher, cookware & utensils. Cozy corner with Vermont Castings gas stove and adjacent table for 2 is ideal for morning coffee and reading....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    are available for rent nearby...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered porch adjacent to kitchen with dining for 4 and immediate access to garden, additional seating for 8, patio & gas grill....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2015
Jun 5 - Sep 10, 2015
4 night min stay
$700 $725
Thu, Fri, Sat
Indian Summer
Sep 11 - Oct 15, 2015
3 night min stay
$625 $675
Thu, Fri, Sat
Oct 16 - Oct 29, 2015
3 night min stay
$600 $650
Thu, Fri, Sat
Late Fall
Oct 30 - Nov 19, 2015
3 night min stay
$550 $600
Thu, Fri, Sat
Nov 20 - Nov 30, 2015
4 night min stay
Holiday Shopping
Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2015
3 night min stay
$550 $600
Thu, Fri, Sat
Christmas & New Year
Dec 18 - Jan 1, 2016
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $750
  • Taxes Not included


SUMMER: Minimum 1 week stay & Sat. arrival preferred. Additional days considered.

$3,325-$4,200 / week, $1,650-$2,025 / 3 nights, Holidays & Event Weekends $2,400-$2,800 / 4 night minimum.

Rates per 8 guests. Additional guests / each: $125 / Summer week; $100 / 4 nights; $75 / 3 nights.

Check-in 4:00 pm, check-out 10:00 am. Confirmed 6:00 pm late check-out 1/2 the daily rate.

Reservation will be secured upon receipt of signed rental agreement & initial deposit. Personal checks and PayPal accepted.

Damage deposit: $500-$1,000 / length of stay / number of guests

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Last updated: 07/04/2015
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44 Miles
Nearest Airport
TF Green - Providence
9.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
New London
1 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 95
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 minute walk to many choices
3.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Esker Point

Car: Recommended

Our peaceful, friendly neighborhood of historic homes & gardens is a short walk to the village. Mystic is midway between Boston & New York via I95 or Amtrak train. Ferry to Fisher's & Block Island or Orient Point from nearby New London.

There are many attractions & things to do for all. A perfect getaway for family reunions, wedding celebrations or gathering with friends. Enjoy the nautical charm of this historic New England village with excellent food, wine, shopping, cultural & recreational opportunities.

Spectacular, romantic 'lantern' room has views to Montauk, Watch Hill & Block Island. An area rich in history, seafaring, shipbuilding, art & architecture.

Other Activities: ALL SEASON activities include Gardens in spring bloom, US Coast Guard Academy, June Sea Music Festival & Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport, July 4th celebrations, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in August & Taste of Mystic in September.

Enjoy Mystic Seaport Museum & explore at Mystic Aquarium. Shop Olde Mistick Village, Visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Nathanial Palmer National Historic Landmark in Stonington, Florence Griswold Museum & Lyme Artist Colony, the Submarine Force Museum & Nautilus. Eat at Mystic Pizza! Tour the Vineyards & taste Wine!

There are many more! Please visit the ACTIVITIES link on our home page.

Golf: Many options in the vicinity


Owner info

About the owner: One of us enjoying the opportunity to skipper on a friend's yawl. The other is below making lunch. We love to garden & enjoy the variety of trees, shrubs & flowers we are able to grow.

Why the Owner Chose Mystic:
We fell in love with this wonderful home in anticipation of being here full time at some point. The historic and architectural character of the town and its buildings held a special appeal to two architects whose practice has focused on the restoration of historic properties, commercial and residential, for 30+ years. The house is in a protected historic district filled with a variety of well preserved early homes and the village maintains its character as one built on seafaring and boat building. We have a chance to practice our horticultural skills on a garden rather than the roof of our townhouse. However, there never seems to be enough room for all the trees and shrubs we admire. Mystic is conveniently located and on the Boston/NY Amtrak line. It is wonderful, friendly village with all the requisite services and offers many opportunities for relaxation and intellectual stimulation. Of course, the Mystic Seaport Museum (just a mile walk through the village and across the river) and ready access to to the great sailing waters in the environs were a great draw to us as well. We don't really consider this a vacation home as we live here much of the time. However, we love to share it with others who will care for it in our absence while they explore and enjoy what the area has to offer.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
One seems never to have enough time to do what they choose to do while visiting because there is such a great choice. Our home has particular appeal to multi-generation family gatherings for a number of reasons. It is big enough to offer comfortable accommodation with 5 bedrooms, each with private bath, plus the cupola. It is also a short walk to the village so different age groups can roam at ease without relying on a car. Parents can take young children to the playground while others shop or just relax. Couples on annual getaways also like to visit and take Vineyard tours, try the many restaurants, visit the nearby museums, take a day trip to Block Island. It seems guests love to congregate at the house or in the garden visiting and reading and then go off in different directions pursuing a selected activity be it fishing, walking, antiquing, choosing a beach, biking, birding, or attending one of the many local events at the Seaport or in town like the Taste of Mystic or the annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival.

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  • 1853 Captain Wheeler House

    1853 Captain Wheeler House

  • Spring View

    Spring View

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Bright Dining for 6-8

    Bright Dining for 6-8

  • Kitchen with door to side porch & view th back yard

    Kitchen with door to side porch & view th back yard

  • Second Floor Hall

    Second Floor Hall

  • BR 1 - Navigator Nell. 2 twins & private bath

    BR 1 - Navigator Nell. 2 twins & private bath

  • BR 2 Sailmaker Jason's Twin Bedroom  private bath

    BR 2 Sailmaker Jason's Twin Bedroom private bath

  • BR 4 Wing - Queen + private bath

    BR 4 Wing - Queen + private bath

  • BR 6 Lantern at the top - Double Bed

    BR 6 Lantern at the top - Double Bed

  • Autumn view across yard to wing with kitchen, queen bedroom & side porch.

    Autumn view across yard to wing with kitchen, queen bedroom & side porch.

  • Summer Garden

    Summer Garden

  • Garden at back of house

    Garden at back of house

  • Front Hall - Formal dining to left, Living to right, Kitchen straight ahead

    Front Hall - Formal dining to left, Living to right, Kitchen straight ahead

  • Formal Dining for 4-10

    Formal Dining for 4-10

  • View from informal dining to kitchen

    View from informal dining to kitchen

  • Cooktop & view of garden

    Cooktop & view of garden

  • BR 1 - Navigator Nell's Twin Bedroom + private bath

    BR 1 - Navigator Nell's Twin Bedroom + private bath

  • BR 2 Sailmaker Jason -  2 twins + private bath

    BR 2 Sailmaker Jason - 2 twins + private bath

  • BR 3 Captain Nat - 2 twins + private bath

    BR 3 Captain Nat - 2 twins + private bath

  • BR 5 Cook Adam - 2 twins + private bath

    BR 5 Cook Adam - 2 twins + private bath

  • Morning after a New Year Snow

    Morning after a New Year Snow

  • Spring Flowers

    Spring Flowers

  • Autumn garden

    Autumn garden

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