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Waterfront Home with Private Dock - Now Booking Summer 2018

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

We are now accepting bookings for Summer 2018. We thank our new and returning summer guests for a fully-booked 2017 season.

'Quitan' is available for Saturday to Saturday weekly rentals only for a maximum of six guests to be named on the rental contract . Parties and events of any type or size including additional persons are not permitted without prior permission by the owners.

“Quitan” is a waterfront private home located on a four-acre compound with direct frontage and a private dock on Ninigret Pond. Built in 1874, this house was the original Nye farmhouse for the property that now encompasses the Tockwotten Cove and Pond Shore summer communities. The house has remained in the same family for the past hundred years and is offered selectively for short-term summer rental.

The first floor of the house consists of a large living room, formal dining room, kitchen with waterfront deck, sunroom with a fireplace, screened porch and half-bath with washer and dryer. On the second floor are three bedrooms and two full baths. The master bedroom has the bath en-suite as well as a large, private sundeck. All rooms have unobstructed views of Ninigret Pond, the barrier beach and the Atlantic Ocean with Block Island beyond.

Because the house has been maintained by one family as its summer residence for many years, its charm, amenities and decoration are much more than a step above the typical summer rental. The home is furnished in an eclectic and comfortable style with a combination of antiques, wicker, art and artifacts that will delight and interest you. While all modern amenities are provided, this special house maintains the feel of simple, gracious living that characterized the summer colonies of an earlier time. The grounds of Quitan include extensive perennial gardens, roses and flowering shrubs surrounding the house and the broad, well-maintained lawns.

Your private dock provides easy access to Ninigret Pond, East Beach and the Breachway where water-based activities such as clamming, fishing, swimming and water skiing abound. A pass for unlimited beach access and free parking is also provided with the rental. The convenient location of the house and of Charlestown provide easy access to the area’s many fine restaurants, Newport attractions, Block Island, Mystic Seaport and the Foxwood and Mohegan Sun casinos.

At Quitan, we allow a maximum of six overnight guests including children. All overnight members of the rental party must be named in the rental agreement. Parties and pets are not allowed on the premises and smoking is allowed only outdoors.

A local management company will coordinate your arrival and departure and is available during your stay to handle any questions or repairs at the property. The house has been cleaned prior to your arrival and should be left in like condition. A cleaning fee of $125 is added to each rental and is due with your final payment. A Rhode Island Sales and Use Tax of 7% and Short-term Dwelling Rental Tax of 1% (total of 8% tax) on the basic rental amount and cleaning fee (not including damage deposit) is collected in accordance with state law. The cleaning fee, tax and refundable damage deposit of $500 are due with the final payment. The latter is refunded within two days of guest departure.

Per local custom, guests provide their own bed linens and towels. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The second bedroom has a pair of twin beds and the third bedroom has a double bed. Blankets, pillows and all household items necessary for a comfortable stay are provided.


* Beach Pass for Charlestown Beach and Blue Shutters/East Beach

* Gas Grille

* Wireless Internet


* Stereo/CD

* Washer and Dryer

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Barry Aldrich
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Barry Aldrich

Whit and Barry have been welcoming visitors to their vacation homes in Charlestown, RI and St. Croix, USVI for nearly thirty years. Now retired, Whit, a native of Madison, CT, made his career in interior design, landscape design and antiques. Barry, from Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, retired as Contracts VP and Ethics Officer from a major Boston area defense firm in 2004.

Their next chapter brought them to the island of St. Croix where they spent twelve years running a successful vacation villa, Villa la Chatiere, where they welcomed hundreds of guests from around the world, many returning year after year. While on the island, Whit also volunteered at the Botanical Garden and Animal Welfare Center and Barry volunteered as Development Director for a low-cost spay/neuter non-profit.

In 2013, Whit and Barry returned to the mainland where they purchased a historic riverfront home in Gloucester County, Virginia which they work daily to restore while, in their spare time, lending their talents to the Gloucester Mathews Humane Society and continuing to support their feral cat colony on St. Croix.

Aside from their interest in animal welfare, Whit and Barry enjoy historic home restoration, antique collecting, gardening, entertaining and caring for nine St. Croix cats and two Virginia newcomers.

Barry Aldrich purchased this house in 1892

Why Barry Aldrich chose Charlestown

Quitan is lovingly maintained and continuously updated to combine seamlessly the best of classic summer cottage living with the modern amenities that their guests will enjoy and require for a perfect family vacation. Whit's experience in design and horticulture provide a beautiful setting for your stay and Barry's experience in contracting and ethics assure an easy booking and refund process upon which guests can rely. No guest question goes unaddressed and no other owner or manager will go to greater lengths than Whit and Barry to ensure a perfect and personalized stay in Charlestown.

What makes this house unique

A stay at "Quitan" is a unique vacation experience. There are few, if any, available rentals that offer a comparable combination of history, comfort and beauty.


Charlestown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , master ensuite
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Waterfront Home with Private Dock - Now Booking Summer 2018
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Classic New England Summer Getaway

  • 5 of 5

For a classic family summer getaway "Quitan" sublimely fit the bill. Situated on a peaceful inlet on Ninigret Salt Pond with water views from four outdoor/indoor spaces and every one of the three bedrooms, Quitan gracefully hosted our family vacation. We were a total of 6 adults, two of whom are in their 80s. While age has slowed down the elders in our family, they nevertheless were able to enjoy the classic New England water views from the porch off the kitchen for breakfast, the screened porch at the back of the house throughout the day, the 3-season room off the living room with glorious breezes for cocktail hour and sing-alongs (we had a guitar player in our family circle) and the outdoor 2nd floor deck for the daily sunsets which never failed to move us. Quitan’s boat dock is just off the rear of the house and ideal for kayak, canoe, paddleboard or boat launches to take full advantage of the salt pond. There is a breachway on the other side of Ningret Salt Pond which leads to the open Atlantic as well.

While we opted to cook our own meals, taking advantage of the very well-outfitted kitchen with new appliances, indoor/outdoor dining spaces at Quitan, local seafood from the Charlestown Super Mini and farm fresh fruits, vegetables and home-made pies from Peaches farm stand, there are certainly great dining and entertainment options nearby including the Matunuck Oyster Bar, The Haversham House Tavern and the Theater by the Sea to name a few. Beaches in the area are abundant. Charlestown Beach and East beach are the nearest, but Narragansett with its crashing surf is not far away.

We spent a day exploring nearby Newport with its bustling harbor, stately mansions, and restored 18-19th century downtown, but found ourselves longing to get back to Quitan's quiet porches to watch the migrating geese and many other varieties of waterfowl, hummingbirds, and hares on the lawn.

Quitan is a rare and special place, a family home that has been well loved by the same family for more than a century. She welcomed us in and took very good care of our family and we in turn reciprocated as her caretakers for the week. As we sat around the farm table in the dining room by candlelight enjoying our last night together in this special place, we found our thoughts wandering already to a return to her next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ray, We are very appreciative of your stay and for your time in posting a review. It is especially rewarding for us to hear that you enjoyed our special spot on the Rhode Island shore and that our efforts at providing a comfortable and trouble-free vacation experience are appreciated by our guests. Your return week has been reserved for you and we will look forward to greeting you again next summer. Best wishes to you and your family until then. Barry
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perfect Charlestown RI rental

  • 5 of 5

Quitan is the Cleanest most comfortable place I've ever rented. The owners were helpful and responsive throughout the booking process and rental. Love the screened porch - watched Birds and boats and water and sky.. Birds were could walk on the dock and see blue crabs and pilot fish.This is not your Ikea filled rental- it's all real and super nice. An old house with beautiful furnishings, interesting pictures on the walls, comfortable seating & Easy to work in kitchen. Beaches -Great food and lots to do for all nearby. Damage deposit was returned immediately...We'll be back for sure. Seriously 5 Star!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to welcome multi-generational family groups that appreciate the unique qualities of our classic summer home and wish to share the experience with their children or grandchildren. We appreciate your stay and look forward to welcoming you back next summer.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $125
Tax Rate 8.0%

A deposit of 50% of the base rental amount is due at time of reservation. The balance, including the tax, cleaning fee and refundable damage deposit is due sixty days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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