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A peaceful nature setting within a two minute drive to Historic Downtown Mystic.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Birdwatcher's retreat. Beautiful home in woodland setting next to a nature preserve. Sleeps 6. Three bedrooms: Master Suite with queen size bed , second bedroom with full size bed, third bedroom with two twin sized beds. Two baths. Back patio and a sun room off the kitchen. Utility room with washer/dryer. Wireless internet. Wood burning fireplace. Central a/c in kitchen, sun room and living room. All bedrooms conveniently have individual remote-controlled mini-split a/c wall-mounted units with a quiet mode setting. Nature center with trails is within a 10 minute walk. Sunday Farmer's Market is within a 5 minute walk (closed winters). Historic downtown Mystic and Olde Mystic Village 1 mile. Stonington Borough (village), 2 miles. Casinos and Rhode Island beaches within 30 minute drive. Roger Williams Zoo and Children's Museum (RI) within a 45 minute drive. In 2016, we put a new mattress set in the master bedroom. We also upgraded the paint in many rooms and installed new window treatments. In 2017, we installed new mini-split remote control a/c units in all bedrooms. We are very children friendly. Our house welcomes you!

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Owner
Mary Goodman
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

Why Mary Goodman chose Connecticut

THE JOHN H. GOODMAN HOUSE

The land that this house is built on was owned by John H. Goodman, my paternal grandfather. He inherited the land from Mrs. N. Stanton Gates, who was the last Denison to live in the Denison Homestead (which is just up the road from the house). He was a master gardener and took care of the house and gardens for Mrs. Gates at the Denison Homestead for 15 years until she passed away, and the Homestead became a museum. He, his wife, and his two boys loved Mrs. Gates, and she was very kind to them all. He created and maintained a large cutting garden next to the Homestead barn, so that Mrs. Gates could always have fresh flowers during the warm season. He designed and created colorful, serene gardens surrounding the Homestead. I remember a beautiful scallop shell birdbath in the middle of one garden. He used to put sunflower seeds in an old, broken tobacco pipe, and as he stood outside with the pipe in his mouth, the chickadees would come and get the seed from the pipe bowl. He tended the orchard, cut 9 cords of firewood every year to heat the Homestead, and was Mrs. Gates chauffeur and trusted friend. When Mrs. Gates died on February 9th, 1941, she bequeathed my grandfather 10.5 acres of her land, part of which this house now stands upon and is surrounded by. She wrote in the will that “he had been so kind and helpful to her. “ He was the only person to inherit land from her, as all the rest went to the Denison Society and is now part of the Nature Center. The picture hanging over the fireplace mantel is the front door of the Denison Homestead, where love and kindness reigned. We hope that you can feel the spirit of all who came before, as you relax and enjoy our peaceful little house on this special piece of land.

What makes this house unique

This house has great energy and is very peaceful. I (Mary Goodman) always leave there relaxed and refreshed.

Amenities

Mystic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No excessive noise. This is a quiet neighborhood and the owners live nearby.
  • No parking on the front or side lawn. Additional parking at the end of the driveway may be used.
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Linens provided. Please bring your own toiletries. Hairdryer in master bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Porta Crib is stored in closet.
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2). Linens provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Birdhouses, Birdfeeders, Ironing board and Iron

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

A peaceful nature setting within a two minute drive to Historic Downtown Mystic.
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews
5

Peaceful, clean, well-appointed and perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My only regret is that we could not stay longer!

The house is cozy, clean and well-stocked with anything you'd need. Our three year old twins were in heaven with the selection of toys and great books! They loved the cozy window seat where they sat and read books!

The beds were incredibly comfortable, the kitchen was thoughtfully stocked with everything you would need. Mary and Liz even arranged to have a second cookie sheet on hand so the girls could make Halloween sugar cookies!

I am so thankful we selected this house to stay for a long weekend. Mary was a delight to work with and provided prompt communication and excellent information about the house, the surrounding area and her favorite spots.

The location is minutes from the drawbridge, the grocery store, restaurants, everything! But, you are secluded in a quiet, peaceful setting enveloped by beautiful trees. The house backs up to the nature preserve which the girls also enjoyed!

We are frequent VRBO-renters and I am very particular about where we stay. We will definitely rent again!

Thank you Mary and Liz!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very clean and quaint!

  • 5 of 5

Mary was awesome to work with and so was the co-owner. The house was such a nice place to relax between activities. The kids loved all the toys and books! Thanks for a great weekend!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect Mystic Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The perfect house for a quiet family vacation. The house is in a quiet wooded lot, with lots of privacy. You can't see the neighbors at all. Yet, despite the seemingly isolated location, we were actually a 5 minute drive from every conceivable attraction in Mystic: downtown, the seaport, the aquarium, Pequotsepos nature center, etc. Adults could probably even walk to downtown, but I wouldn't recommend it with small children.

The house is perfect for a restful getaway. There is a lovely patio with plenty of seating just a few steps out of the kitchen. We enjoyed having dinner outside every night in the fresh air. Suprisingly, there were no mosquitoes and we could enjoy the yard all evening.

The owners thought of everything for making guests comfortable. All the light switches are thoughtfully labeled. The hallway has nightlights (we actually moved one to the kids room). There is a booster seat, spare umbrella stroller, crib, step stool, and plenty of toys for kids ages 1-7, as well as a couple of board games. The kitchen is well stocked with a combination of nice dishes, as well as some plastic/non-breakable and sippy cups. Mary, the owner, was very easy to work with and gave us lots of good advice.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Private & quiet but close to seaport

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 5 adults plus 1 dog. There was plenty of room for everyone. The rooms are exactly as pictured - extremely clean, spacious and well appointed. We loved staying here because it's on a quiet street but only a short drive to the seaport, aquarium and shopping locations. The owners have a table in the living room which includes brochures & recommendations of things to do and places to eat. The layout of the house is very nice (all on one floor which was appreciated by my 80-year old mother) and all of the bedrooms are down one hallway. There is a door so you can close off the bedrooms from the living room which was handy when someone went to bed early and others wanted to play games or watch TV. The owners were delightful to deal with when making our reservations. I highly recommend and if we ever return to the Mystic area we will rent this home again. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Adorable little house with every amenity! We were a group of 4 women but the house would be perfect for a family with children. Great little sunroom to eat and watch the birds. Easy to reach local attractions. Felt like home. Highly recommend, owner was very responsive and everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Dream Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I (and now 18 month old) often book homes to stay in for vacation - and, hands down, this was THE BEST EXPERIENCE we've had yet! We even booked another night there because we enjoyed our first night so much - so we stayed five nights in total.

The layout of the home is perfect; it's incredibly clean; the beds are incredibly comfortable. There's sunlight everywhere. There were toys and books for our 18 month old to play with. The kitchen is perfectly stocked with all the pots/pans/utensils you need for home cooking. The yard is amazing - our 18 month old could not get enough of her time outdoors. I really could go on and on.

Mary is wonderful - informative and incredibly prompt with her responses. I can't recommend this place enough for those with small children in particular. DEFINITELY BOOK A NIGHT HERE. You won't regret it!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
TF Green / Providence R.I.
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Many
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
New London, CT
Nearest Train
0.05 Miles
Mystic
Nearest Motorway
0.05 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Many
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Esker Point
Car: necessary

[Activities for families]

Activities for families with small children:

Mystic Aquarium. Small kids love this place. There are touch tanks, a sea lion show, a 4-D movie (not included in admission) and tons of things to look at. At the penguin café you can get 2 big pieces of pizza for lunch for less than $10, but you can also bring your own lunch and picnic there.

Penguin encounter at Mystic Aquarium. You sit in a circle and a penguin walks around to each person. Kids who love animals will absolutely love meeting a penguin. Call for reservations.

Mystical Toys. All small kids love a toy shop. This one specializes in toys that you can't find at the big box stores. It's right on the water. To make their day extra special there is an ice cream shop right across the street, and a candy shop just down the boardwalk.

Williams Beach. A small beach with no waves. There are covered picnic tables on site. There is also a playground.

Mystic River Park. A fenced-in playground right in downtown. Try to go early in the day or else the sun will heat up the playground equipment and it gets hot.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Right down the road! Small kids love walking around the pond on the trails as it has several wooden bridges. There is an activity called "night in the Meadow" that you can start by yourself. You sit in a darkened theater and listen to all the woodsy night noises while a friendly narrator tells you what you are hearing. Animals light up as they are introduced.

Activities for older kids:

Mystic Seaport. Make sure you go to the "Dead Horse" ceremony. Older kids usually get chosen to help haul it around the deck (not an actual horse). Don't skip the boat house. You can rent a boat for an hour or take a tour of the harbor. On the green you can try out old fashioned toys like a hoop and stick. Mystic Seaport is a living museum that transports you back in time, be sure to go into every building and ask questions. What do they recommend for a cough at the 1860 apothecary? What is cooking today at the Buckley House? Go on the Morgan and take 3 steps to the left. Look up. How can you tell this boat is a whaler? (Harpoons hanging directly over your head).

Kayak or paddleboard the Mystic River. There are two companies, both with excellent launching areas. You can rent a double kayak to put smaller kids in with an adult. You can kayak right up the river past the Seaport and explore the waterfront.

Beluga encounter at the Mystic Aquarium. There is a minimum age and height requirement. This is one of the only places in America that you can get in the water with a beluga whale. Reservations can be made months in advance and it fills up early.

Feed the Stingrays at Mystic Aquarium. It's only $3. You buy a ticket at the information booth and then exchange the ticket for stingray food (fish). The stingrays seem to like the corners of their tank best so try to stand there. Get ready for splashing!

Misquamicut beach. A gorgeous beach about 25 minutes away. Probably the most beautiful beach in New England, with big waves and three miles of white sand. Bathrooms and food concessions on site.

Half day sail on the Argia. The sunset sail is romantic and beautiful. The Argia schooner goes right past the lighthouses and shore sights of the Mystic area.

Mystic Fields of Fire adventure course. This is a massive ropes course in the woods of Mystic. They even have night courses under the stars if you like an extra challenge. Bring tick repellant and sunscreen. You can also play paintball.

Mohegan sun casino. Kids are not allowed on the casino gambling floor but the Casino of the Sky is full of shops and restaurants for the whole family. Walk around the 7-story indoor waterfall or shop at Dylan's candy bar. You have to park in the Indian Summer garage (go all the way down to the far end away from the exit) to use the elevators for children under 21.

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Rates & Availability

Mystic House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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