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Nature Lovers Paradise: on River, Close to Beach, Golf Course

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Fall colors, looking up at the house from pond


Last updated: 07/06/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Perfect home for Spring & Summer and Fall vacations in the scenic countryside. Ideal for family reunions, college visits, just chilling out, Summer, Thanksgiving or Christmas weeks. Academic rentals. Our beautiful home is so relaxing, inspiring and restorative, we call it 'River Muse', in recognition of the vistas of our private pond, meadow and our 1,000 foot frontage on nationally recognized 'wild & scenic' Eight Mile River. Sitting on five acres, our home is private, yet accessible. Swim in our river, at nearby beaches and Uncas Lake. Fifteen minutes to Old Saybrook train station for visiting friends and easy access to I-95.

Newly rebuilt, 5,000 sq ft, shingle-style home offers large rooms, state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen open to dining area as well as wonderful outdoor deck, patio and lawn dining. Gas and charcoal grills.

Thanks to floor to ceiling windows and our sunny Southern exposure, you will feel as though you are living outside, even when you are inside this delightful home.

Sit on our 75 foot long deck and enjoy river views or walk in our meadow and around the pond to see all sorts of wildlife and fabulous birds. You will hear - and if you are lucky, you might spot - the silhouette of the resident night owl known as the Whip-poor-will. The pond features a sturdy dock and a rowboat and teems with bass and bluegills - perfect for teaching children catch-and-release fishing or frog and turtle spotting.

Close to Hamburg Cove for the sailor, lake and beach swimming for children, moments from a wonderful, woodland golf course surrounded by nature. Beautiful, fishable river to wade and float with swimming hole just upstream.

Home fully equipped with sports equipment. Enjoy the beautiful meadow for badminton, volleyball and horseshoes as well as a special swing in the trees.
State parks just minutes away for swimming, hiking, bicycling, running, canoeing and kayaking include Devil's Hopyard, Uncas Lake and Norwich Pond. Nearest public beaches - Rocky Neck and Hammonasset State Parks.
Lyme playground, baseball diamond, soccer field, tennis courts and basketball courts and local library 1 mile away. Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods Casinos 20-30 minutes away.

Check out the wool and organic food from Sankow's Farm and enjoy the Lyme organic farmer's market Friday and Saturday (May - October). Local organizations and restaurants frequently host outdoor gourmet food events.

Revel in the surrounding artistic community, take classes at Lyme Fine Art Academy and see the Florence Griswold Museum and other nearby museums and galleries. Other attractions include theatres, GoodSpeed Opera House, Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, beaches, discount designer malls and the charming close by towns of Chester, Essex, Mystic and Stonington.

College visits? 30 minutes to Wesleyan in Middeltown or to Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College, Mitchell College in New London and 45 minutes to Yale in New Haven or Trinity and University of Hartford and the Coast Guard Academy in New London.

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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 07/06/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 4500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    invisible fence in ground...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Lower level...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master Bedroom has Fireplace with Deck...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Second Floor ...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Second Floor...moreless

  • Loft + Den: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    TV room, pull out sofa and Loft space with pull out sofa...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    2nd floor bathroom, double sinks...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    Entry floor bathroom next to TV room...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    Master Bathroom has a Bain Altra tub...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    Lower level guest bathroom, bain ultra tub...moreless

  • See photos. All are tiled with granite or marble surfaces

Other Amenities

  • 75 foot long deck overlooks five beautiful acres with a row boat pond, along 1000 feet of riverfront on the Eight Mile River - designated as a National 'Wild and Scenic River'....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    throughout the house...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    TV room and bedrooms...moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Waterfront:

    Eight mile river frontage. Five acres has large pond - big enough for ice hockey when frozen...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Table extends to seat 10. Additional tables both inside and on deck...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Throughout home - four zone control...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    WiFi throughout the house...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance:

    Throughout the US...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    (2) One in master bedroom and second one in ground floor family room...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant heating on lower level, forced air throughout rest of the house. Primary through heat pumps, secondarily with Oil...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Two sofas and chairs...moreless

  • Parking:

    Driveway with parking for 4 cars...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Phones on all floors...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Available throughout the house...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    In main living room...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Automatic and French press available...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything imaginable...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Two Miele dishwashers...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Cooks kitchen with (miele appliances) two ovens and two dishwashers. Central work island....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Double Miele oven...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Deck is also a balcony - length of house wrapping around to master bedroom suite...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Lots of all sizes with helmets...moreless

  • Boat:

    Rowboats and canoes...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck runs length of house on Living room level. Lower level has patio running lenth of house...moreless

  • Golf:

    Fox Hopyard course is open to public and top ranked in Connecticut...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    For use in nearby lake and river...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas and Charcoal grills available...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Nearby at Lyme School and Fox Hopyard...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:


Pool / Spa



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer 2017
Apr 14 - Jun 16, 2017
7 night min stay

High Summer
Jun 23 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay

Sep 15 - Oct 27, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Pet Fee $150


An end of rental cleaning fee is deducted from the security deposit before it is returned to you. The cleaning fee varies depending on the state of the house when it is returned to us and reflects the cost needed to return the house so it is ready for the next renter. It is most often around $200.

Owner'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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Last updated: 07/06/2016
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
'On the Rocks' at Fox Hopyard
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Chester/Hadlyme Ferry
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Fox Hopyard, best public course in Ct
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Old Saybrook
8.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
'On the Rocks' at Fox Hopyard
8.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
White Sands, Old Lyme

Car: Necessary

Close to Championship quality Fox Hopyard golf course and resturant.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 07/06/2016

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  • Fall colors, looking up at the house from pond

    Fall colors, looking up at the house from pond

  • Summer - Looking from house and deck to pond and river

    Summer - Looking from house and deck to pond and river

  • Dining area looking out to south-facing deck

    Dining area looking out to south-facing deck

  • Living Room Winter view, looking out to deck, pond, meadow and river

    Living Room Winter view, looking out to deck, pond, meadow and river

  • Second floor bathroom

    Second floor bathroom

  • View of house looking across pond

    View of house looking across pond

  • Summer - View of Eight Mile River from Meadow

    Summer - View of Eight Mile River from Meadow

  • Kitchen


  • Second floor bathroom

    Second floor bathroom

VRBO #177807

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Saturday, March 11, 2017

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