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Unique Houseboat Experience in Beautiful Newport Harbor! Book for the Boat Show!

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq ft
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Houseboat, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Newport has always been a vacation destination. While the City by the sea offers a host of accommodations, why not make this vacation a unique experience with your very own home on the water aboard the Lilypad, a charming, spacious houseboat moored in beautiful Newport Harbor. You can't get much closer to the sea unless you are a fish!

Start your day with a fresh cup of coffee while taking in the view of the harbor through the broad windows that offer a constant changing seascape. Swim in the refreshing salt water off of Lilypads deck. Stretch out and relax in the sun on the spacious top deck, then as early evening arrives enjoy a sunset drink as the sky turns a dusky pink or with any luck "red sky at night sailors delight". If you want to take in the action in downtown Newport , no need to drive, Lilypad offers free water taxi service to down town and back to the houseboat, just minutes away. So you can enjoy the evening without worry of traffic and who will be the designated driver. An added bonus is the water taxi across the harbor gets you up and close to many of the magnificent yachts, both sail and power, and under a full moon it can't be beat. Or if peace is what your soul craves, just relax with a book aboard the Lilypad, pausing to glance up at various sailboats that make their way to a day of sailing at sea.

If you book the Lilypad July 4th week. You will have front row and top deck seating on board to view Newport's fantastic display of ceremonial fireworks under the stars! For the music enthusiasts the Newport Folk and Jazz festivals are some of the best in the world. Which are held at Historical Fort Adams State Park. Lilypad is moored next to Fort Adams. The water taxi will pick up you and your guests from the Lilypad bring you to the festivals, downtown and back to the Lilypad as often as needed.

Of course, this being a houseboat, you need to be mindful of services we take for granted on land. Be conscious of your water consumption, become friendly with on board generator when running various appliances... but all this your affable hostess Danielle will explain when she greets you on board and is just a phone call away.

Make your next trip to Newport an adventure to remember, every resort offers hotel accommodations, but how often do you get to live on a houseboat?

Feel free to bring your own provisions and cook on board. If you prefer not to cook we can provide catering/provisioning for small intimate dinners, birthday and cocktail parties!

The Lilypad will be available year round. We bring the Lilypad to a marina in downtown Newport October15-May15 where she will be dockside. There is a charming boating community within the marina. Filled with classic sailboats and powerboats of all sizes. While staying onboard during this time period you will have access to a indoor, heated pool and sauna. You will also be in walking distance to great restaurants, stylish boutiques and historical landmarks. Enjoy the views from Lilypads upper deck of Newport Harbor and the colorful sunsets of the cooler season. There are a lot of festivals and events to enjoy during the fall and winter months and the city by the sea is beautifully decorated for the holiday season.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018


Newport House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Launch service (water taxi) is included. 360 degree views of the harbor and Newport.


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Unique Houseboat Experience in Beautiful Newport Harbor! Book for the Boat Show!
average rating of 4.714286 based on 35 reviews
Baltimore Maryland

Great location. Beautiful view of the Harbor

  • 3 of 5

The Lily Pad was a pleasant experience. We had gorgeous weather. The location of the lily pad near Fort Adams was more peaceful than other parts of the harbor. The view was spectacular. The water taxis only cost $3 to take you to Newport Harbor at the bottom of the hour. The negatives for us was getting our belongings on and off the boat - checking in and out. We would have appreciated a private launch to help us with that and not the water taxi on his regular route with time restraints. Since there is no refrigeration it would have been very helpful if the owner had supplied adequate ice every day since it was very hot and we went through a lot of ice trying to keep our food from spoiling. Remember to bring extra batteries for your cell phone because there are no outlets to charge them without turning the generator on.

We brought our Kayak which was great fun especially in the early morning when the water was calm and it was cooler. I can't say enough about the location and beautiful harbor - especially with the full moon that we had every night. We were blessed with perfect weather.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family adventure on the water!

  • 4 of 5

I stayed on the Lilypad with my daughters ages 16, 14, 10 for our annual week in

Newport. We have never stayed on any type of boat before and we loved it! Sunning on the roof, jumping off the back, and paddling around with the paddle boards and floats we brought made for a fun and new type of vacation for us.

The only negative is getting ashore. We do like to do a variety of activities in Newport like going to the beaches, mansions, and restaurants. Having to time ourselves to the hourly taxi boat schedule and pay for 4 people each way was a bit cumbersome and pricey. Instead we often just did the quick paddle to the dock on our paddle boards to get to my car - or we jumped in and swam!

It made for a really fun adventure though and Danielle was a fantastic host! The boat and accommodations were beautiful and waking up on the water is incredible.

We would definitely recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lily Pad didn't disappoint

  • 5 of 5

If you have never stayed on a houseboat - you need to do it & Lily Pad should be your choice when in Newport, RI! Very comfortably appointed & well cared for. We spent a few days enjoying Newport to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.

Danielle was very helpful acclimating us to how to manage the boat for battery; water & generator. She checked in on us to make sure we were set & was great to deal with to get prepared for our visit.

Weather was perfect except for the last day where it was tough to get a water taxi to leave. There's so much to do in the area or you can just hang out watching boats go by. Definitely add this to your bucket list ...

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

1st time in Newport & house boat experience!

  • 5 of 5

We decided to go to Newport for our 15th wedding anniversary and LOVED staying on The Lilypad House boat!!! Danielle was wonderful and told us everything we needed to know to live on the boat for the 2 night stay. The views where spectacular, the accommodations where homey and clean, the water taxi was so easy, meeting locals and seeing beautiful boats up close was an awesome experience, the roof deck views was one of our favorite things to do. Overall, we will be back and will tell many people of the wonderful Lilypad!!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girlfriends' getaway on the Lilypad!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time on the Lilypad -- the cool breezes, the refreshing water, the sunny upper deck -- it was an experience like none other! The harbor views were amazing, and the houseboat was well-equipped and perfectly maintained. Danielle explained to us how everything worked, so all we had to do was sit back and relax.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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A wonderful experience! Highly recommend!!

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I stayed at the Lily Pad over the weekend. We had plans to go see the mansions, instead we were so enamored by the scenery, we only left to eat dinner and get odds and ends at the local boutiques. If you have never slept on a boat, I highly recommend it. The harbor is absolutely breath taking. The water is clean and serene. Danielle is so sweet and you can sense how much the Lily Pad means to her. I give the entire experience 5 stars! You won't be disappointed. I read other reviews prior to booking and my biggest concern was our privacy, air conditioning and tv.

What I can say is that we felt like we were on an oasis. My only encounter with the neighboring boats was waving to them while they were driving by half a mile away.

There wasn't any air conditioning, but none was needed. My fiancé and I wore sweat shirts in mid August. It was chilly at night & with the harbors cool breeze, you definitely don't need ac.

The tv, I can live without tv, my fiance brought his laptop and watched about 10 minutes of a movie. The action was on the harbor, in the sky and the comedy was in his company. All we needed was a weekend together, work free. Lily Pad is truly a gem. I highly recommend staying here rather than a hotel any day!!

Book and enjoy! Our memories will last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Downtown Newport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Downtown Newport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Newport National
Nearest Train
40 Miles
North Kingston
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Easton's Beach

Lilypad in the summer season is moored in beautiful Newport Harbor. You will see boats of all shapes and sizes passing by. You can see the Pell bridge lit up in the evening. There are historical mansions on rolling greens across from the Lilypad. And you will see marine life!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

maintenance fee $75
Property Damage Protection $79

We offer one night stays on week nights. There is a 2 night minimum on weekends and a 3-5 night minimum on holiday and event weekends. Rates are based on a two person occupancy. There is a $50.00 extra person rate. The water taxi charge is $3.00 per person per ride. Holiday/event rates are $500-$600pn.Cancellation Policy- in the unlikely event that you must cancel with less then two weeks notice we must ask you to take the responsibility for you entire reservation. Please understand that our season is to short and we only have one houseboat to absorb last minute cancellations. If guests cancels less than 7 days in advance, the nights not spent are not refunded. If guest arrives & decides to leave early, the nights not spent are not refunded. If we can rebook the dates cancelled for the total rate of the charter then we will refund your money.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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