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Rustic Luxury on the Beach Cancellation Labor Day week! Aug 31-Sept 7

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4 adults, 2 kids)

They aren't making any more spots like this one. The classic beach house is between a tidal pond and the most beautiful beach on the island. AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH VRBO it is a short walk to the ferry dock and town. Recreated from a former surf shop, a rustic open kitchen/living/dining area opens out onto covered porch and decks with water views all around.

Upstairs the master bedroom and en suite bath look out to sea. Two other cozy bedrooms, one with a full-sized bed and the other with twin beds, share a separate bath. Grounds are complete with lawns for bocce, picnic table, boogie boards, goldfinches and outdoor shower.

NO TV! Laze in hammocks indoors or out and rediscover peace and love. Sleep to the sound of the waves.

Keywords: beach house, house

More Details

Claudia Dowling
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Claudia Dowling

A former journalist (People, Life) and now vacation rental owner on Block Island, once known as Claudia's Island, Claudia Glenn Dowling seldom travels without a truckload of substandard chairs. Google me at Claudia's Surf City or under my name.

Claudia Dowling purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Claudia Dowling chose New Shoreham

I ran a surf shop, Claudia's Surf City, in the summer, but I realized that I could make more money renting houses than surfboards. With my brother, a skilled carpenter, I built the surf shop out, purposely putting in amenities like lavish bathrooms and driftwood stair railings. The first season, 2000, was a great success. The next year, we added porches. We have continued to improve Claudia's Surf City every year while retaining its quirky quality. It is now the sine qua non of a classic beach house.


New Shoreham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Large soaking tub, separate shower. En suite.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Claw foot tub. No shower.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , outdoor shower , The outdoor shower is the best!
  • If you google 'the best shower in the world' you get the outdoor shower at Claudia's Surf City.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Small room with bunks side by side
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1) The two bunks can be pulled together to form a double bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
en suite soaking tub, outdoor shower, rowboat on backyard tidal pond, windsurfer, fire circle, herb garden, classic Chambers stove, vinyl LP collection, enormous library, picnic table, sunsets, sunrises, the sound of the waves at night. . .


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Rustic Luxury on the Beach Cancellation Labor Day week! Aug 31-Sept 7
average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews

6th year staying at Claudia's Surf City.

  • 5 of 5

It took us 12 years to find the perfect rental on BI, but wow! was it worth the wait. This was our 18th summer vacation on Block Island and 6th straight year at Claudia's. Love absolutely everything about this Block Island property: location (walk to beach, walk to town and restaurants, walk to salt pond), ocean views and beach cottage charm. Wrap around porch with closing gates are perfect for keeping your tots or pups from heading to the beach without you. Outdoor shower is awesome and doesn't impact the island's fragile septic system. Claudia is a thoughtful property owner who is always ready to help with any issue that may arise. I've never had any problems with HomeAway (VRBO) - easy booking, important reminders, easy payment. Looking forward to next year already.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Now, if only we could get this island better wifi! After all, we now have wind power. Should be doable!
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Just what we wanted. Casual, great location.

  • 5 of 5

Located across the street from the best swimming/surfing beach on the island and just outside of the village.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this place- even during a tropical storm :)

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a lovely stay at Claudia's Surf City. The house is right on the beach so you can hear the waves crashing at night. It is an easy walk to town and the location is perfect. We loved the large wrap around porch and the pond out back. We didn't have great weather but we would definitely return to this spot! Claudia was accommodating and answered all our questions. No ferries ran for four days and we were able to extend our stay with our dogs thanks to her kindness!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canterbury, CT

Excellent location with cool vibe

  • 4 of 5

Walk across the road to the beach or into town for anything you need. Location cannot be beat!

Claudia was in touch with us several times during our stay to make sure everything was good. It was a little small for our extended family, but we loved Claudia's Surf Shack.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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we love this spot

  • 4 of 5

we have stayed at Claudia's on Block Island several times and was the first place we have rented since we started renting houses instead of taking our boat. We have tried several other locations on the island which were nice but the location and feel of the house is just totally Block Island. we sit in the house and watch bikes, mopeds ,joggers, and toy loaded vehicles cruise by while ferry's come and go on the hour right out front. Our kids can walk easily into town and the grocery store and nightlife are also very very close. Great outdoor shower which is a must on Block. Only thing that needs attention is the grilling equipment. suggest getting a good gas grill and anchoring it to a spot. great time

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Beach Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Claudia's Surf City is the perfect beach house and walking distance to so much. Would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

birding, clamming, landscape painting,bike and moped rentals, live music, farmers' market, fish market, berrypicking,island trail network, boat charters, skygazing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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