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1853 Captain Wheeler House-Historic Seaport Home Garden-Rental Retreat

Mystic, Stonington, CT, USA
  • House3200 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

5 BR's with private bath, Sleeps 10. Cupola +2. Maximum 12

* Historic Sea Captain’s home - Thriving Seaport Village * Think about SUMMER Vacation & FALL Getaways! *

Cheerful & sunny. Ideal for extended family, couples & celebrations, reunions & wedding accommodations. This Italianate Victorian home restored by Owners, both architects, is well located for many activities. Tall ceilings, gracious rooms, large windows, striking detail & plank floors evoke a prosperous period in Mystic's Seafaring Heritage. 4 colorful & light-filled rooms on each floor enjoy views in 2 directions & 3 grace the wing. Step from the fully-equipped kitchen to a covered porch with dining for 4 & the garden with seating for more. Relax & visit in the large parlor, formal or informal dining room, porches or yard. Enjoy morning coffee rocking on the front porch as the sun rises. Pick 1 of 5 bedrooms, all with private bath on the 2nd floor. Our home is ready for your arrival be it a Summer Vacation, Fall Retreat, Winter Holiday or Spring Break. PLEASE note (as it may not be clear on this ever-changing site) that our rates are based on 8 guests & an additional amount will be shown on the quote for additional guests.

We are interested in your Inquiry: . . . . Please email & let us know if you are familiar with the Mystic & the area, the number and complement in the party and any other information which will assist us in responding. We enjoy sharing our home with others who appreciate historic houses and visiting a seaport village in a region which offers a rich history, culture, nature, water and other activities. . . . Mystic is a desired location for WEDDINGS with many fabulous possibilities from wineries to historic locations. Terrific FOOD catered by regional chefs. Abundant year round pastimes and recreational options for guests. The 1853 CAPTAIN WHEELER HOUSE is ideally suited for families of the bride or groom and wedding parties. . . . National Geographic Adventure Magazine September 2007 issue listed their '50 Best Adventure Towns, State-by-State'. These are the 50 best places to live and play in 5 categories. Mystic ranked as one of the top 10 Waterfront Places.

The 1853 Captain Wheeler House - Mystic Vacation Activities - Many things available in the area!

MYSTIC Seaport events: April ; Pirate Days - May ; LOBSTER Days & Rumrunner Lighthouse Cruise - June: SEA MUSIC Festival, WOODEN BOAT Show & small craft weekend - July 4th Independence Day Celebration, Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous - August: Model Yacht Regatta, Antique Marine Engine Exposition - September: Coastweeks Regatta, Marine Art Exhibition & Antique Vehicle Show - October: Columbus weekend Chowder Days, "Painting in Plein Air", Celestial Navigation & Beer Tasting - for the Holidays - LANTERN LIGHT TOURS, Community Carol Sing & Holiday Magic.

Community & Area Events: Mystic Outdoor ART Festival FIRST Weekend in August - Taste of Mystic, Olde Mistick Village - Argia Twilight Cruises, sail Fisher's Island Sound - Submarine Force Museum & USS Nautilus - USCGA - Coast Guard Academy & Tall Ship US Coast Guard Barque EAGLE - Garlic Festival, Sept - Mystic Eats Riverside Food Festival, Sept - Winery Visits: Stonington Vineyards, Jonathan Edwards & Saltwater Farm.

Property Manager

Ann or Rick - Members since 2000

Member Since 2000
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Ann or Rick - Members since 2000

One of us enjoying the opportunity to skipper on a friend's yawl. The other is below making lunch. We love to garden & enjoy the variety of trees, shrubs & flowers we are able to grow.

Why Ann or Rick - Members since 2000 chose West Mystic

We fell in love with this wonderful home in anticipation of being here full time at some point. The historic and architectural character of the town and its buildings held a special appeal to two architects whose practice has focused on the restoration of historic properties, commercial and residential, for 30+ years. The house is in a protected historic district filled with a variety of well preserved early homes and the village maintains its character as one built on seafaring and boat building. We have a chance to practice our horticultural skills on a garden rather than the roof of our townhouse. However, there never seems to be enough room for all the trees and shrubs we admire. Mystic is conveniently located and on the Boston/NY Amtrak line. It is wonderful, friendly village with all the requisite services and offers many opportunities for relaxation and intellectual stimulation. Of course, the Mystic Seaport Museum (just a mile walk through the village and across the river) and ready access to to the great sailing waters in the environs were a great draw to us as well. We don't really consider this a vacation home as we live here much of the time. However, we love to share it with others who will care for it in our absence while they explore and enjoy what the area has to offer.

What makes this House unique

One seems never to have enough time to do what they choose to do while visiting because there is such a great choice. Our home has particular appeal to multi-generation family gatherings for a number of reasons. It is big enough to offer comfortable accommodation with 5 bedrooms, each with private bath, plus the cupola. It is also a short walk to the village so different age groups can roam at ease without relying on a car. Parents can take young children to the playground while others shop or just relax. Couples on annual getaways also like to visit and take Vineyard tours, try the many restaurants, visit the nearby museums, take a day trip to Block Island. It seems guests love to congregate at the house or in the garden visiting and reading and then go off in different directions pursuing a selected activity be it fishing, walking, antiquing, choosing a beach, biking, birding, or attending one of the many local events at the Mystic Seaport Museum or in town like the Taste of Mystic or the annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Wing
        1 queen, + bath
      • Captain Nat
        2 twin/ single, + bath
      • Sailmaker Jason
        2 twin/ single, + bath
      • Cook Adam
        2 twin/ single, + bath
      • Navigator Nell
        2 twin/ single, + bath
      • Lantern
        1 double
      • Beds
        1 wing bedroom with queen & private bath (tub & shower), 4 corner bedrooms each with 2 twin beds and private bath (2 tub/shower, 2 shower only), 3rd floor lantern with double (not suitable for young children or those needing ready access to a bathroom at night & shares one of the private baths on the 2nd floor). * Our home is most comfortable with 8-10 guests. We can sleep 12 maximum. * LINENS provided & beds made. Bathrooms furnished with TOWELS and necessities.


      • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Wing
        toilet, combination tub/shower, private
      • Captain Nat's
        toilet, shower, private
      • Sailmaker Jason
        toilet, shower, private
      • Cook Adam
        toilet, combination tub/shower, private
      • Navigator Nell
        toilet, combination tub/shower, private
      • Powder room
      • The third floor double bed room in the 'Lantern' must share a private bath on the second floor.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
          12 miles to Watch Hill, RI ocean beaches & 3 miles to Mystic's Esker Point Beach on Fisher's Island Sound.
        • River
          Mystic River & recreational River Road is readily accessible for kayak launching, walking & biking.
        • Rural
          The village & neighborhood have a wonderful old-fashioned seaport feeling. Just a couple of miles inland, the character is quite rural with back roads, historic farms & landscapes close by.
        • Village
          Historic residential district & 5 minute walk to a harbor village spanning a river.
        • Water View
          Wonderful home in the village historic district & views vary according to season. The sense of a seafaring village & water are always present in this sea captain's house. Views from the cupola gaze over the village & harbor extending beyond Watch Hill passage to Block Island in one direction & Montauk in another.


            • Historic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking
                      on street available in addition
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      2nd floor laundry room
                    • Heating
                      Radiant panels in each room with individual controls
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                      Each room prepared for your arrival with quality bedding & bath linens. Please supply your own Beach Towels
                    • Gas Fireplace
                      Vermont Castings stove to warm a cozy winter corner by the table in the kitchen.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      For 2 small cars. SUV's & larger cars may park on the street.
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                      Please provide your own beach towels
                    • Washing Machine
                      2nd floor laundry room
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          Functional, well designed & equipped. 5 burner gas cooktop, double convection oven, dishwasher, cookware & utensils. Cozy corner with Vermont Castings gas stove and adjacent table for 2 is ideal for morning coffee and reading.
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator
                          with icemaker


                            • Dining
                              Casual dining adjacent to kitchen seats 6-8. Formal dining seats 8-12
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Bicycles
                                      are available for rent nearby
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Covered porch adjacent to kitchen with dining for 4 and immediate access to garden, additional seating for 8, patio & gas grill.
                                    • Golf
                                      a number of options in the region
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      are available for rent nearby
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • marina
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shelling
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • sailing
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • sound/bay fishing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water skiing
                                                    • wind-surfing


                                                        • For HomeAway & VacationRentals, be sure to hover over the amenities with the ....for further information. * Kitchen is bright, functional & well equipped. Appliances include a Thermador 5 burner gas cooktop, Bosch double oven, SubZero refrigerator & freezer, dishwasher, food disposer as well as necessary small appliances. It is also well fitted with cookware, utensils & dinnerware. * Please note the maximum we can sleep is 12. The house is most comfortable with 8-10 in the 5 BR's with private bath on the 2nd floor. * Bikes are available to rent at Mystic Bike Rentals or Mystic Cycle Center and kayaks at King Cove Marina.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          9 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Beautiful home and perfectly placed in a beautiful community and close to attractions.

                                                          Rebecca W.Benton, PA

                                                          Perfect home for a big family to vacation together.

                                                          Great home, poor communication

                                                          Timothy H.

                                                          We had an amazing time in Mystic. The house was a great base for us and we were really comfortable there. It was a bit of a communication issue getting into the home as Ann wasn't super responsive in the week or so leading up to our stay.

                                                          The real issue came after the stay, Ann has been unresponsive and we still have not had our deposit returned to us. I have reached out several times and she will not return phone calls or emails. We left the home in great condition so I don't foresee any issue receiving the deposit back. Even if there was an issue I would expect that she would tell us that.

                                                          I recommend the home, location, etc, but I am disappointed by the owners. I hope you have a better experience!

                                                          Exceptional in every way

                                                          DavidNewton, MA

                                                          This was the second time we stayed here, and it probably won't be the last. It's a spacious, extremely well-maintained home within a short walking distance to the town, including the Seaport area. Great little architectural details throughout, and incredibly comfortable and relaxing. Nice big kitchen and dining areas to accommodate larger families as well. The owner was great to deal too, very pleasant and helpful. If you're considering coming to Mystic, you will not go wrong with this home.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you for your kind comments! It is such a pleasure to welcome back families who have enjoyed gathering in our home on past occasions. We have no doubt that your review will encourage others to enjoy our home while exploring all the area has to offer. We hope to see you all again before too long. Thank you!

                                                          Lovely home - Mystic Outdoor Art Festival week

                                                          Marjorie M.Chicago, IL

                                                          So happy to find this wonderful house available at the time of the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival! A bunch of us who attended art school together and went our own directions gather every couple of years to paint in a new locale. It was great to visit the Florence Griswold Museum, ramble the Art Fair and find varied sites to paint every day. I favored the river just a short walk down the hill. Another couple ventured 10 minutes away to Stonington Village (one to shop, the other to paint) and others to the boatyards just downriver. We collected names of restaurants that appealed, threw them in a hat & drew one for the night's sojourn. Loved the Dogwatch, Bravo Bravo, S&P Oyster & Laditude 41. A couple of nights we grilled at home in the well stocked kitchen and enjoyed the evening in the garden. We ventured forth for breakfast a couple of time to Kitchen Little, Somewhere in Time and Noah's. The house is in a friendly historic neighborhood which is visually appealing with many well cared for historic homes. The yards are gracious and varied and the walk to town easy. I can't remember anything we needed which was lacking. Just a note that there is no AC, but fans should they be needed. Even though it was hot a couple of days, the house stayed amazingly cool due to the large overhanging eaves and the afternoon sea breezes which wafted through the open windows. There was a lot to do and a very nice and low key time was had by all. Thank you.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you for the memento of your stay! It gives us fond memories of your visit and reflects your joint enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing you in future.

                                                          Wonderful House & Hosts, Delightful Garden, Super!

                                                          Malcolm M.Belmont

                                                          We visited Mystic last year on our spring sojourn and stayed in this wonderful house with gardens reflecting a strong horticultural interest. Many varieties of trees, shrubs and plants successively blooming. We arrive again shortly and are excited to re-visit some familiar places and discover new. A great home away from home with all of the comforts and necessities (the owners live here much of the time). Bedrooms are fresh and bright, the private bathrooms very convenient when all on the same schedule. House has great character and color with different places to sit and congregate. Early morning coffee rocking on the front porch, lunch for a few on the side porch and afternoon relaxing in the garden. Love the convenient location in this historic, friendly neighborhood with the church bells down the street chiming on the hour and playing music at noon and 6:00. Town is a short walk down the hill with many choices for dining. Definitely a boat oriented village with a long seafaring history. The Mystic Seaport Museum warrants more than a full day and is brimming with maritime history. There's a great local bookstore and several coffee shops. One could spend a week without a car (Amtrak is a 1 mile walk), it's not a necessity and bike rentals are available. However, it is desirable for venturing further which is what some of us did to the Submarine Museum and Florence Griswold. We thank our gracious hosts for sharing their special home with us.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          We look forward to seeing you again! Thank you.

                                                          Stellar Spring Visit!

                                                          Dan B.

                                                          A spring getaway to catch up with siblings and in-laws and just relax and do our own thing. Found this beautiful house which was perfectly located for our needs. Ann was very helpful with regard to special requests for information as most had not visited Mystic before. It was easy for some to walk to the village while others jogged on a nice road along the river, and then all meet for lunch. There are a lot of great choices in town. The owners have created an interesting garden with many varieties of shrubs and the daffodils were blooming in full force. I just wish they had finished their plan identifying everything - obviously a work in progress. The house is comfortable and has a happy feeling reflecting the owner's interests. They are clearly not big on media, although there are several flat panel TV's in strategic locations and reliable wifi throughout the house. But, that's not the reason to visit this wonderful area or stay at the 1853 Captain Wheeler House. We hope to return, maybe to see the garden in the autumn.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you for your visit! Yes, the garden is a work in progress and also has a lot of fall interest!


                                                          Mystic, Stonington, CT, USA

                                                          Our peaceful, friendly neighborhood of historic homes & gardens is a short walk to the village. Mystic is midway between Boston & New York via I95 or Amtrak train. Ferry to Fisher's & Block Island or Orient Point from nearby New London. There are many attractions & things to do for all. A perfect getaway for family reunions, wedding celebrations or gathering with friends. Enjoy the nautical charm of this historic New England village with excellent food, wine, shopping, cultural & recreational opportunities. Spectacular, romantic 'lantern' room has views to Montauk, Watch Hill & Block Island. An area rich in history, seafaring, shipbuilding, art & architecture. Other Activities: ALL SEASON activities include Gardens in spring bloom, US Coast Guard Academy, June Sea Music Festival & Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport, July 4th celebrations, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in August & Taste of Mystic in September. Enjoy Mystic Seaport Museum & explore at Mystic Aquarium. Shop Olde Mistick Village, Visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Nathanial Palmer National Historic Landmark in Stonington, Florence Griswold Museum & Lyme Artist Colony, the Submarine Force Museum & Nautilus. Eat at Mystic Pizza! Tour the Vineyards & taste Wine! There are many more! Please visit the ACTIVITIES link on our home page. Golf: Many options in the vicinity


                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Rates/8 Guests. The rate per night per additional guest applies to the full rental period, NOT to any guest's partial stay within the rental period. Daily Rate stated applies ONLY to minimum stay days. Stays in excess of the minimum days noted will be prorated on the weekly rate. 3 night minimum. 4 night minimum Summer, Holidays, Graduations. 4:00 pm Arrival and 10:00 am Departure. For the 3 or 4 night minimum rental, guest may opt for either a 2 night/3 day stay or a 3 night/4 day stay with 2:00 pm Arrival and 6:00 pm Departure. Refundable damage deposit $750 / 8 guests. $1000 / 9+ guests. Owner's Cancellation Policy. Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                          9 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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