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Last updated: 09/09/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath + outdoor shower, ,sleeps 7

CONTACT OWNER FOR SPECIALS.
An easy walk down Post Ave. to West Beach with porch views of Long Island Sound. Bring your parents and your kids and grandkids and enjoy a fun, relaxing time together. Wonderful beach with sand flats at low tide for the kids to build sand castles on. Large dining room table with extra chairs for all to gather at. Authentic post and beam cottage built by shipwrights with pegged mortise and tenon joints at the corners. Come and experience the West Beach of over 100 years ago.

Family cottage circa 1889 with many original features including remaining knob and tube wiring and brass pin windows. Antique beds and furniture throughout. Front upstairs connecting bedrooms with one double and one 3/4 mattress open to a sleeping porch. Sea breezes flow in through the doorways and between the rooms. Two back bedrooms, one with a double mattress and a smaller one adjacent to stairs with an extra-long twin. Enclosed side porch entrance with an indoor line to dry clothes on wet days and store beach gear and bikes. Sidewalk loops around the back to an outdoor hot/cold enclosed shower, protecting tender feet returning from the beach . Refinished original wood floors upstairs and down.. Large kitchen with full dining room that opens through an archway to a full living room. Downstairs enclosed front porch provides a protected refuge to enjoy the "outdoors". Upstairs front sleeping porch is screened in with higher walls for privacy. The large kitchen is convenient for preparing those big shore dinners for a crowd. There is plenty of extra cutlery to feed them all. Full marble-top server in the dining room is ready for your serving plates. After the meal, the original sink with a deep set tub easily accommodates a team-building wash-up. Child safety gates provided. Guests provide their own linens, as well as bed pillows.


Enjoy a traditional final walk along the beach wall to check out the visibility across the Sound before turning in. Fall asleep to the tolling of the church bells at First Congregational Church of Westbrook marking the hour.

Go back in time to another era when extended families gathered at these summer cottages and enjoyed card games, musical soirees, and conversation. Read the September 12, 1895 description of West Beach "cottagers" in this New York Times article:

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9401EFDE113AE533A25751C1A96F9C94649ED7CF

Additional attractions within walking distance include a unique little museum with a "Replica of David Bushnell's "Turtle" – The First Operational Submarine" which is located on the walk into town via S. Main St. (check hours):

http://www.theleeco.com/news/open-house-museum-early-engineering-technology.cfm

The Westbrook Annual Drum Corps Tattoo and Muster is a thunderous event occurring in late August. If you don't walk into town to see it you are going to participate from a distance anyway - much better up close:

http://www.westbrookdrumcorps.org/index.html

Attractions within walking distance also include concerts on the town green in Westbrook center, a pleasant walk including a short shady diversion on South Main St. off Rte 1/Boston Post Rd. past the old cemetery (ghost sightings have been reported).

Car trips somewhat further afield take you to the nearby Essex Steam Train Museum offering scenic train/boat tours with dining options. The Historic Griswold Inn in Essex dates back to 1776. Down the street from the Inn is the Connecticut River Museum. The Ivoryton Playhouse and the Goodspeed Opera House satisfy your local theatre needs. As Westbrook is located between NYC and Boston, you can even take the train to Broadway or historic Boston. Outlet stores are right off of I-95 in Westbrook and in Clinton. Casinos are a drive away. Boat tours of the Thimble Islands are pleasant for all and a big hit with the kids (pirates!). For a unique adventure go up to Chester and take the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry to access Gillette Castle in Hadlyme.

See Visitor's Guide at: http://bit.ly/2aHss6z

See VRBO #394631 at the back of the property.

Keywords: You will enjoy the easy access to the best Connecticut shoreline beach. seasonal rental, summer cottage, vacation rental, vacation home, beach getaway, beach cottage, beach home, beach rental.
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Pacific Time Zone: 3 hours earlier than East Coast

Owner

Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 09/09/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years for primary renter...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    child gates provided for stairways. Otherwise not child-proofed....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    3/4 size mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    extra long twin...moreless

  • Sleeping Porch

    Upstairs screened front porch with high railing....moreless

  • Double Beds (2), 3/4 bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: outdoor shower

    Enclosed outdoor shower hot & cold water...moreless

  • Bathroom indoor: toilet, shower

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Other Amenities

  • Guests provide their own linens.

Entertainment

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining room opens to living room through archway...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room:

    Couch and two Morris chairs plus several extra chairs. Opens to dining room through archway....moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Enclosed porches on first and second floor, screens only on second floor....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early summer shoulder 2017
May 27 - Jun 23, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,000

Changeover Day: Saturday

Full summer season 2017
Jun 24 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,400

Changeover Day: Saturday

Late summer shoulder 2017
Aug 26 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,000

Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,400

Changeover Day: Saturday


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $700
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Inquire of owner for any off-peak specials as well as all other details prior to finalizing rental.

Refundable Damage Deposit is per week of rental.

First payment secures the reservation.

Security deposit of $500.00-700.00/week held at check-in and returned after departure inspection.

Saturday to Saturday only; check-in 11 AM check-out 11 AM or as individually arranged.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Last updated: 09/09/2016
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Location

  • Essex Clipper Dinner Train

    "Great food and a lovely leisurely ride. Wonderful way to celebrate special events. Check out..."

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  • Griswold Inn ~ Dining

    "The is a yearly stop for us, and I love the gift shop. Walk down to the Connecticut River M..."

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  • Tanger Outlets

    "Very convenient shopping for special deals."

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  • Alforno Ristorante & Brick

    "Easy to-go entrees and more."

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  • Bistro Mediterranean and Tapas Bar

    "My favorite place to eat, I love their various soups. There is always a little glass of com..."

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  • Connecticut River Museum

    "Very enjoyable exhibits in lovely setting."

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  • Paperback Cafe

    "Favorite place to go for latte's."

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  • Pizza Palace & Restaurant

    "Our go-to location for great pizza and more. Friendly, wonderful service."

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  • Pasta Vita

    "For when you've invited guests and don't want to cook. Great food to serve to a crowd."

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  • Dagmars Desserts

    "Where to get that special cake to celebrate. The best pastries!"

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  • Dunkin' Donuts

    "Great way to start the morning if you don't feel like making your own coffee; walk along the..."

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  • The Daily Grind

    "For the coffee connoisseur looking for something special. No latte's - just great coffee. ..."

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  • Edd's Place

    "Super special spot. You can even tie up your boat at the dock and eat. Take-out and eat at..."

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  • The Place

    "And now for something out of the ordinary: gather up a crowd, bring drinks and salads, and ..."

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  • Goodspeed Opera House

    "Catch a show on this late 19th century stage. Come early and dine at a nearby restaurant in..."

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  • Ivoryton Playhouse

    "Enjoy this early 20th century theatre, the first summer theatre in the US, located in the hi..."

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  • Mystic Seaport

    "Take a day trip and immerse yourselves in seafaring history."

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  • Atlantic Seafood Market

    "The best fresh fish and seafood, as well as prepared chowder, smoked fish dips, etc. The ve..."

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  • Gillette Castle State Park

    "A must see. Make the time. Take the day. A whimsical and unique home inspired by ship's q..."

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  • Thimble Islands Cruise

    "A favorite trip - never disappointed. Various cruise providers to check out."

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  • Bliss Gourmet Deli

    "Highly recommended by renters. Gather the goods for lunch."

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  • 74 Post Ave

    "On same property as 76 Post Ave. VRBO 394631"

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  • 76 Post Ave

    "On same property as 74 Post Ave. VRBO 342736"

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  • Cristy's Luncheonette

    "Stop by for breakfast and find out what is going on in Westbrook from the source. "

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  • Beach Donut Shop

    "Reported to be the closest thing to our beloved Emily's Bakery donuts, may they rest in peac..."

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  • The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

    "Full disclosure this is still on my list."

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  • Red Hen

    "Really fun place for dinner, low key, excellent food."

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55 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bradley International Airport
0.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Haywire Burger Bar
1.9 Miles
Nearest Golf
Clinton Country Club
1.07 Miles
Nearest Train
Shore Line East Westbrook Train Station
1.4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-95
0.6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bistro Mediterranean Tapas and Bar
0.06 Miles
Nearest Beach
250 ft (5 houses) to West Beach, Long Island Sound

Car: Not Necessary

Mini-Golf Saybrook Point is a fun activity for kids and adults alike in a very pretty setting at the mouth of the Connecticut River

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1915

About the owner: I am a third generation owner of this property, now living in San Diego, CA. I return to Westbrook every summer to unwind and regroup. It's my place of renewal.

Why the Owner Chose Westbrook Center, Westbrook, CT, USA:
Purchased by my grandparents in 1915 when 'venturesome cottagers' began to populate the CT shoreline to escape the industrial atmosphere of the cities and it's associated ailments. It remains my favorite escape, full of childhood memories of family and fun. There is a unique history of this cottage and the one adjacent and the former cottage across from that. Those two were mirror images of mine, with some variation in the placement of the kitchens. They were all moved from possibly Quotonset Beach at the turn of the 20th Century, floated on barges and then pulled up from West Beach on horse-drawn sledges. A unique historical neighborhood with many of the original families still present. Read the September 12, 1895 description of West Beach "cottagers" in this New York Times article: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9401EFDE113AE533A25751C1A96F9C94649ED7CF

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
My grandmother visited beaches all along the CT shore in the early 20th century and settled on West Beach as the best beach. It is a lovely sand beach nestled into a crescent of the CT shoreline with a view of Long Island across the Sound. Great for swimming and for children to play on the sand bars.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 09/09/2016

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Photos

  • Welcome to Westbrook!

    Welcome to Westbrook!

  • Our Living Room combines comfort with tradition (pull out couch for guests).

    Our Living Room combines comfort with tradition (pull out couch for guests).

  • The beautiful Dining room ready for intimate meals or family get togethers.

    The beautiful Dining room ready for intimate meals or family get togethers.

  • Antique double bed, front beachside room; connects to adjacent room and porch.

    Antique double bed, front beachside room; connects to adjacent room and porch.

  • Front beachside bedroom opens onto sleeping porch.

    Front beachside bedroom opens onto sleeping porch.

  • The view of the cottage as you walk back from the beach.

    The view of the cottage as you walk back from the beach.

  • West Beach, Westbrook looking East towards Cornfield Point, Old Saybrook, CT.

    West Beach, Westbrook looking East towards Cornfield Point, Old Saybrook, CT.

  • Looking east on the beach.

    Looking east on the beach.

  • West Beach across Seaside Ave. view to the East.

    West Beach across Seaside Ave. view to the East.

  • Be at the beach in seconds...

    Be at the beach in seconds...

  • The other side of the Living Room, as seen from the Dining Room.

    The other side of the Living Room, as seen from the Dining Room.

  • Small serving table in dining room and the door to bathroom.

    Small serving table in dining room and the door to bathroom.

  • Original kitchen sink with large set tub. Bright, sunny and big space.

    Original kitchen sink with large set tub. Bright, sunny and big space.

  • The still waters of the Long Island Sound at Sunset...Idyllic!

    The still waters of the Long Island Sound at Sunset...Idyllic!

  • View across Long Island Sound at Seaside Avenue at the foot of Post Ave.

    View across Long Island Sound at Seaside Avenue at the foot of Post Ave.

  • View from northwest corner of cottage, beach to right (winter season view).

    View from northwest corner of cottage, beach to right (winter season view).

  • Post Ave. seen from the beach.

    Post Ave. seen from the beach.

  • View of kitchen with original sink.

    View of kitchen with original sink.

VRBO #342736

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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