This is one of the best Connecticut shoreline vacation beach rentals available. The cottage is for rent in the summer season. Four houses away from the beach with views of the Sound from the front porches. Four bedrooms, two double size beds, one 3/4 and one extra long twin. One bathroom with stall shower and an outdoor enclosed hot/cold shower. Bring your own linens including sheets, blankets, pillows, dish towels, and bath and beach towels. There is a fully equipped kitchen without a dishwasher. No washer/dryer. No a/c no central heat. There is a large dining room table with extra chairs in the dining room. Steep shallow narrow stairs to second floor (built in1889). Parking behind.
Lovely West Beach is a great place to stay in Westbrook, CT. It's the perfect location for a family vacation. This is a wonderful beach with easy waves and sand flats at low tide for the kids to build sand castles on.
We have a full kitchen and a full dining room that opens through an archway to a full living room. The large kitchen is convenient for preparing those big shore dinners for a crowd. The large 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.
The front upstairs two bedrooms with one double and one 3/4 mattress open to a sleeping porch and have a connecting doorway. Sea breezes flow in through the doorways and between the rooms. There are two back bedrooms, one with a double mattress and a smaller one adjacent to the stairs with an extra-long twin.
The downstairs enclosed front porch provides a protected refuge to enjoy the "outdoors". The upstairs front sleeping porch is screened in with higher walls for privacy. It is a delight for younger kids to "camp-out" on clement nights. You can check the visibility across Long Island Sound from from the upstairs porch.
The enclosed side porch entrance has an indoor line to dry clothes on wet days and room to store beach gear and bikes. A sidewalk loops around the back to an outdoor hot/cold side-enclosed shower, protecting tender feet returning from the beach. Refinished original wood floors upstairs and down are a highlight.
At day's end, enjoy a traditional final evening walk along the beach wall on Seaside Avenue before turning in. Fall asleep to the tolling of the church bells at First Congregational Church of Westbrook marking the hour.
Child safety gates are provided but there is no additional child-proofing. Guests provide their own linens, as well as bed pillows.
Come and experience the West Beach of over 100 years ago. The cottage is circa 1889 with many original features including "for show" knob and tube wiring and original brass pin windows. The modified post and beam cottage was built by shipwrights with pegged mortise and tenon joints at the corners. There are antique beds and furniture throughout. 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:
Additional attractions within walking distance include a unique little museum with a "Replica of David Bushnell's "Turtle" – The First Operational Submarine" located on the walk into town via S. Main St. (check hours):
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 by hearing it - much better up close:
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 and is a lovely place to enjoy fine dining. 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 not too distant 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.
The cottage is located off of Rte. 1/Boston Post Rd. and located 1.7 miles from Waters Edge Resort. If you are planning an event including multiple families and need additional vacation rentals, check availability at the companion cottage at the back of the property, VRBO #394631. Other close-by accommodations include several bed and breakfasts. The Captain Stannard Country Inn Bed and Breakfast is a half mile down the road, just off of Rte 1 on S Main St. The cottage is located 2 miles from Tanger Outlets next to I-95 and 1.1 miles from the Shoreline East train station next to it.
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