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"My husband and I usually stay at an historic inn or a B&B for week-end escapes but this time we decided to try VRBO. I quickly realized most of the search results were for large families or extended families with descriptions of 8-11 bedrooms. For the few that were 1 bedroom rentals, most were lacking in character and had plain white walls and that beige worn out couch condo look. I was about to revert to a B&B site when I came across the listing for Little Wheel cottage. It seemed almost too good to be true but the pictures are indeed accurate. If you are looking for a place that has country charm in a good way, this is it! :) We fell asleep to the sound of the river right outside our bedroom window and in the mornings we enjoyed our coffee on the stone terrace custom built by the little waterfall. One evening before dinner while we were sitting there relaxing, a small raccoon came down from the opposite bank and took a few sips of water.
This is the perfect place to decompress and do nothing. There is a tv in the living room but we enjoyed perusing the coffee table books and just vegging out on the comfy armchair and couch and the bed itself had his/her reading lamps. The kitchen and in fact the whole cottage was impeccably clean and the owner, who could not have been nicer, supplied us with beach towels and chairs for the town beach. While we came at the end of the summer, we could see how this would be a wonderful escape anytime of the year, particularly during fall foliage season because of the beautiful mature trees and the woods surrounding the property.
As for activities, we loved that Lake Waramaug was within walking distance, although it's best to just drive to it if you plan to spend time at the town beach. There is an entry fee but they let you use their kayaks…a highlight of the week-end! We also like to hike and went to Mt. Tom State Park (Washington). This park had a $14 or $15 entry fee but it also had a nice lake and beach for swimming. Another day we hiked Macedonia State Park (Kent) There was no charge to enter but that could have been b/c it was Labor Day and the season was over.
We plan to come back one of these days and would also highly recommend this getaway to friends."
Guest: Patricia K.Date of Stay: September 2015Review Submitted: September 21, 2015
"My wife and i took our four boys ages 10-16 to enjoy Mystic and Misquamicut beaches. They house served us well. The huge deck with grill was our evenings on most days. Cooking the fresh fish from the seafood market across the causeway, relaxing and getting that great breeze off the water. We had great times fishing the causeway. The bait shop there is helpful and owned by a great family. The Aquarium, mystic seaport and many restaurants and shops are minutes away. The beaches are an easy ride away as well. I have visited this area for the past 30 years. Staying on the beach is nice but the people, traffic and cost of food is no comparison to enjoying the beach then coming home to a relaxing and quiet spot to decompress. Clean up, cook in or go out. There is a huge tv on the 1st floor. There is a great sized yard where we enjoyed yard games at the end of our day. I will not hesitate to reserve this house anytime we plan to travel to this area.
Guest: Christian A.Date of Stay: July 2015Review Submitted: July 13, 2015
"I rented this home for a week with my sister-in-law. We stayed here with our six boys below the age of 8 and my mother. We all LOVED our week in Hawks Nest and wished we could have stayed there for the whole month. This house is the perfect summer cottage - right on the water, easy to keep clean and live in with both older people and a lot of little kids, the great picnic table dining area overlooking the water provided a space for relaxing meals and fun board game competitions, the beds were very comfortable and the sound of the waves outside the windows was divine. The house had all the utensils we needed for making delicious summer meals.
The Hawks Nest community is friendly, welcoming and fun. We met many other families who were also there for the week and everyone had a great time playing together, sharing stories and exploring the beach. The little country store across the street from this home provides daily activities for kids organized by a local college student. The college student who organized the activities the week we were there was GREAT with our kids. She took the kids crabbing and then organized crab races on the beach, organized a morning of making tie-dye t-shirts, taught the kids how to make bubble wands out of pipe cleaners, set up shell painting and arranged for a scientist from Mystic to come teach the kids about ocean life. The scientist brought about 10 different marine animals with him which the kids got to touch. There is also a beach movie night on Thursdays. None of the activities needed to be signed up for in advance so everything was very relaxing. We could just show up when/if we wanted to join the activities and all of the activities were free, so it was like having a summer camp without the hassle of planning and paying huge fees. At the end of the week, the college student organized a talent show for the kids. This was a HUGE highlight for the kids and comical for the parents to watch.
The street is a dead end street. Our kids rode their bikes all around the neighborhood without having to worry about cars.
The beach is rocky so some people might prefer to have water shoes for swimming or wading out into the water. We played in our bare feet and our kids did not use water shoes but I noticed a lot of other people wore water shoes.
Thank you for a wonderful week in Old Lyme!"
Guest: LindsayDate of Stay: July 2015Review Submitted: August 21, 2015
We can not say enough about the amazing experience we had renting the house for our daughters wedding! The house was well maintained with a beautiful ocean view. The house was very spacious with plenty of room for everyone and so close to Ocean Beach. Randy and Carolyn are easy accessible and so friendly! Thank you so much!
We will rent this house again!"
Guest: Denise A.Date of Stay: September 2015Review Submitted: October 2, 2015