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South Shore Beach community; great for families

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

This beautifully appointed, charming gray shingled beach cottage faces east with distant views of the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, you can see Cuttyhunk Island from the second floor windows. You can walk, ride or drive to South Shore (Little Compton Town Beach) and Goosewing Beaches. Goosewing is considered one of New England's Top Ten beaches. Yankee Magazine recently named Little Compton one of New England's top beach communities. Walking to the beach takes about 10-15 minutes, riding a bike takes about 5 minutes (all downhill) and driving takes about 3. If you walk or ride a bike to the beach, there is no beach parking fee. However, if you drive, bring your home rental contract to the lifeguard shack to purchase a weekly beach parking pass for your car.

Ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket leave from New Bedford, Massachusetts, just 20 minutes away by car. New Bedford was the setting for Herman Melville's classic fish tale Moby Dick.

All of our children grew up summering in Little Compton riding the waves and building sand castles at South Shore and Goosewing Beaches. We have boogie boards and coaster bikes for your use in the basement. Please note that we service all bikes immediately prior to the first week of summer rentals. After that, tire inflation and additional bike adjustments are on your own. You can also ride bikes to the center of town. There is a community center, library (for videos, free Internet, copy machines, books), a playground, basketball court, little restaurant, pizza parlor. Earle's gas station also offers dry cleaning and video rentals. We even have a larger general store--Wilbur's. We love the ice cream at Gray's in Tiverton (one town north), but you must drive there.

Most of the beach houses in Little Compton do not have air conditioning but breezes are very frequent and we have ceiling fans throughout!

We installed a gourmet kitchen in 2010! We reroofed and purchased new living/dining room rugs in 2011. In the winter of 2012, we renovated the two bathrooms: downstairs has a full bath with tub/shower combo; upstairs has a full bath with walk-in shower. In the fall of 2013, we installed an additional electric water heater for hotter water and better pressure. (The old water heater operated off the old plumbing system.) We have a charcoal grill for your use in the backyard.

ONE WEEK MINIMUM RENTAL beg. last week of June through Labor Day week.

Price: $1800 p/week.

Keywords: Beach cottage with open layout and cool ocean breezes; gourmet kitchen; new spa bathrooms.

More Details

Owner
Frank
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2017

About Frank

Steve was a television producer who spent 28 years with Voice of America TV, traveling the world producing stories about America. Now retired, Steve devotes his time to writing songs and painting. Darlene is in the communications field as well, handling internal communications for a large government agency. The couple share a love of American roots music, bicycling, family and the Rhode Island seashore. They met while working on a PBS documentary about Japan; he was a film editor; she was a translator who had just returned from a year of study abroad in the land of her birth--Japan.

Frank purchased this house in 1998

Why Frank chose Little Compton

We bought in Little Compton after Steve's brother and wife introduced them. Now, both have vacation homes here. All three Frank children, now grown, fondly remember summers at South Shore.

What makes this house unique

The Sakonnet peninsula is Cape Cod 30 years ago. It is also Thornton Wilder, Norman Rockwell and Currier & Ives all rolled into one. It's the kind of place where the heart of town is still the hub--where you go for groceries, good books, strong coffee and the latest local news. It's also pastoral meadows abutting pristine beach, and lobster pots adjacent to moored sailboats. Little Compton is actually three smaller communities: The Commons (in the center of town), Sakonnet Point (at the southern end of town, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean) and Adamsville (on the eastern side, bordering Massachusetts).

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The street was friendly and our 5-year-old son made some nice friends during our stay. Your home is warm, inviting and comfortable. We especially liked all the paintings. All in all beautiful weather, a beautiful spot and many fond memories...many thanks.
Aug 2010
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Amenities

Little Compton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1) Distant ocean views from master bedroom. Twin or Single Beds (1) Total of 4 single beds in two rooms, one with distant ocean views. Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa in sitting room, off kitchen, converts to bed.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Outdoor, non-private hot/cold shower off kitchen deck comes in handy to rinse off sand after beach visits. Beach chairs, umbrellas, bicycles (use at your own risk) and boogie boards provided. Note on bicycles: all are serviced once a year prior to start of summer rental season. One patio dining table provided. Kitchen renovated in winter of 2009. New roof installed spring 2010. Two full bathrooms renovated winter 2012.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

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South Shore Beach community; great for families
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 10 reviews
4

Fabulous home away from home

  • 4 of 5

Very well appointed home, comfortable, and easy breezy. Everything is provided for. We had a wonderful week!!

We brought our own bicycles but there are plenty of bikes provided if you don't have your own. Plenty of bath towels provided. And all sorts of pots and pans for cooking whatever you might like, especially the delicious sweet corn from Walkers Farm.

We really enjoyed biking to South Beach/Goosewing Beach and Lloyd's beach.

A fabulous week all around!!

*only reason I didn't give five out of five stars is because we'd prefer room darkening shades. Sunrise woke us up at 5AM without room darkening shades.

One suggestion to the owners, is to permanently pipe the dehumidifier to a drain. I emptied the dehumidifier in the basement every day but I could tell that not every guest had done that prior to us.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Cindy. Each spring, we evaluate for repairs and enhancements. Perhaps we will add your recommendations to the list.
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5

Very well appointed family vacation home, quiet neighborhood near the beach

  • 5 of 5

My family had the most wonderful time at this lovely rental home in the South Beach area of Little Compton. It is perfect for a family with children, as the back yard has ample space for play and outdoor games. The home is on a quiet residential street, and i was very comfortable with the kids biking around the neighborhood. It is a very short bike ride to the beach and also a very nice ride into town. We were *very* appreciative of all the bikes provided by the owner for tenant use. In addition to bikes, you will find a variety of outdoor games, sand toys, and boogie boards, all of which we utilized every day.

The house itself is extremely well appointed with a modern kitchen and lovely full bathrooms. There is also quite a bit of deck space on most sides of the house for outdoor eating, coffee drinking, newspaper reading. The Weber grill is also quite handy for casual dinners at the house. The master bedroom is especially comfortable, with an ocean view in the distance and nice reading chairs. The entire house stays sufficiently cool with the ceiling fans and other provided fans, along with the ocean breeze.

As a final plus, one of the owner is an artist, and his work brightens and enlivens each room of the house.

All in all, we were extremely comfortable here, and it was the perfect home base for trips to South Beach/Goosewing Beach at the end of the road. In addition to the surf, this beach is lovely for long walks in the morning and evenings, passing by local tidal ponds with a variety of birds and shells to look at on the way. My nine year old son had no end of fun building rock and sand castles on this beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Jennifer!
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Chelmsford, MA
5

Comfortable summer getaway in wonderful neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

We've rented this comfortable summer home four times and have enjoyed wonderful experiences each summer. The home is lovely in so many ways from the decor to the furnishings complete with washing machine and dryer. Having beach towels was a plus, too! The location is ideal for walking to the beach, bicycling, and walking around the beautiful country roads. But what makes the house in this Little Compton neighborhood special for us is the people we have met in the neighborhood along with their pets - they are truly friendly and welcoming. Our son, who is now 10, cannot wait to come back every summer. My husband, an avid cyclist, firmly maintains that our Little Compton location provides his favorite cycling routes and scenery and I find it relaxing and tranquil! The homeowner and rental agent worked so well together to ensure that we enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, well-equipped home!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a very relaxing vacation at this ideal Little Compton beach home. The house has everything you could need for a great week at the beach including beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, bikes, etc! Goosewing Beach is about a ten minute walk from the home and it's the ideal beach for kids! The home was clean and beautifully decorated, yet incredibly comfortable. The homeowner had recommended the public library to us and our kids loved this quaint, historic little building in the Commons, which not only provided us with books and movies during our stay but also offered a magic show our boys loved. We would definitely look into renting this property again in the future.

I should add that I had a moment of car trouble on one of the country roads one morning, and I have never met so many nice people who wanted to help!

Recommendations: For breakfast I would highly recommend The Barn and for a casual dinner close-by (6 minute drive from the house) I'd recommend Crowther's.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, well-equipped home!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a very relaxing vacation at this ideal Little Compton beach home. The house has everything you could need for a great week at the beach including beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, bikes, etc! Goosewing Beach is about a ten minute walk from the home and it's the ideal beach for kids! The home was clean and beautifully decorated, yet incredibly comfortable. The homeowner had recommended the public library to us and our kids loved this quaint, historic little building in the Commons, which not only provided us with books and movies during our stay but also offered a magic show our boys loved. We would definitely look into renting this property again in the future.

I should add that I had a moment of car trouble on one of the country roads one morning, and I have never met so many nice people who wanted to help!

Recommendations: For breakfast I would highly recommend The Barn and for a casual dinner close-by (6 minute drive from the house) I'd recommend Crowther's.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. So happy you had a nice stay.
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Doylestown, PA
5

Excellent family home!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home in Little Compton! Beautiful new kitchen and bathrooms, light and open living space, all the amenities you would need! My family of 6 (including 4 kids age 6-15) had a great time... rode their bikes to the general store, fished for crabs and minnows at the beach, played in the spacious yard. We will definitely return when we visit Little Compton again. The beach is great but kind of a long walk for small kids on a busy-ish road.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am so glad that even your teenagers had a great time.
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Providence
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Little Compton Town Beach & Goosewing
Car: necessary

Little Compton looks like Scotland by the sea with charming stone fences! It's like Cape Cod 30 years ago; like Thornton Wilder's Our Town.

All of our children grew up summering in Little Compton at Town/Goosewing Beach. We have boogie boards and bikes in the basement. You can walk, ride or drive to the beach. Walking is about 10-15 minutes, riding a bike is about 5 minutes and driving is about 3. You can also ride bikes to the center of town. There is a community center, library (for videos, free Internet, copy machines, books), a playground, basketball court, little restaurant, pizza parlor. Earle's gas station also offers dry cleaning and video rentals. We even have a larger general store--Wilbur's. We love the Ice cream at Gray's in Tiverton (one town north), but you must drive there.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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