Classic Waterfront Cottage at Hawks Nest Beach
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
This classic Beach Cottage (the “Sandtrap”) built in 1956, with own private beach on Long Island Sound, is fully updated while maintaining its historical roots. Old Lyme Land Trust protected wetlands, with views of occupied osprey nests, great white herons and other native birds, adjoin the cottage’s private parking space. As part of Hawk’s Nest Beach community, you can walk to Garvin’s Store, where daily free activities for kids are organized, and play tennis or horseshoes on the courts.
The Sandtrap has plenty of room for family and guests with five parking spaces. Fully furnished kitchen, grill (including propane tank), beach chairs and umbrellas, linens, bath and beach towels, huge collection of beach reading, classic toys, games and puzzles provided. You do not need to bring any of the above items: they are there. No television but free Wi-Fi Internet access
The large screened-in front porch, with chaise lounges, dining table and ocean views up and down the beach is a favorite location to enjoy your morning coffee. At high tide the front porch is less than 50' from the water. The kitchen is part of the “great room” with views directly on the water. A very large fireplace makes for cozy evenings when it is cool or for marshmallow toasting and when it’s hot the kitchen/dining/living area is fully air-conditioned.
There is a master bedroom with a queen bed on the first floor (air-conditioned) and three bedrooms on the second floor, two with full size beds. The third bedroom has three twin beds. The upstairs bedrooms have ceiling fans and are open to the eaves (those requiring complete privacy should use the master bedroom). One and a half baths plus hot water enclosed outdoor shower to wash away the sea salt after a dip in the Sound. There is a washer/dryer in the cottage.
Free family activities starting at Garvin’s store include a marine biologist's weekly visit to discuss and touch our local sea life. Kids events include, a talent show at the store, lollipop hunts, scavenger hunts, bonfires, art creations, sand castle contests, tie-dye tee shirts, movies on the beach, crabbing contest, edible art and much more. You can pick up beach necessities–coffee, ice cream, milk, ice–and tee shirts, beach wear and Hawk’s Nest Beach souvenirs as well
Great local restaurants, renowned art galleries and museums featuring the historic Old Lyme school of American impressionism, both boutique and outlet shopping, spas, golf, antiquing, live theater, local farmers’ markets and much more are very nearby. Cottage owners, who live only 5 minutes away, provide a personalized guide, with maps, to the shoreline’s many attractions.
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Member since: 2015
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Jet Skiing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils:
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $300
- Cleaning $150
- Taxes Not included
Rentals are Saturday to Saturday: Arrival time 4 pm Saturday; departure 11 am following Saturday. I will meet you at the cottage to provide keys and show you the cottage, and at checkout to get keys and make sure everything is ok. If so, deposit will be returned at checkout. Down payment will be refunded up to 30 days prior to beginning of rental period less 2.5% credit card fee.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 1956
About the owner: Your hosts John Heckman and his wife Helen Cantrell live 5 minutes away in the historic village of Old Lyme. Long-time shoreline residents, they are immediately available to resolve any problems and answer your questions about the area. John is a former professor of comparative literature and current computer consultant; Helen is a painter and printmaker who shows her art throughout the Northeast. A number of her works are on the cottage walls.
Why the Owner Chose Old Lyme, CT, USA:
Our family has been coming to Hawks’ Nest Beach for over 100 years. John’s grandfather built this cottage in 1956; it has been our family beach cottage ever since, with generations of children and parents enjoying it every season. Decades of beloved beach reading and games await you, with a big tent on the beach and fluffy beach towels and chairs. Indoors you have air conditioning when it’s hot, and a wood-burning fireplace for coziness when it’s chilly. We have provided brochures on local attractions, as well as our own personal guide to the area including maps, arts, antiques, fine dining, sports and other features we think you will enjoy.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Hawks’ Nest Beach is a real old-fashioned family beach community with traditions going back generations—children still walk up and down the beach road every weekend morning selling donuts out of an old red wagon; you can still see ospreys raising their young out of raised nests across the road; small inflatable boats and sailfish launch directly out from the beach into the Sound; and fisherman still go out on the ends of the jettys (and sometimes bring back fish!).
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The Sandtrap is located at Hawks Nest Beach.
Sandtrap from road - with parking
Screened in Front Porch with dining table.
Beach tent and chairs ready for you
Fully stocked kitchen. Incl. Microwave and dishwasher.
Living area and fireplace.
Upstairs Front Bedroom
Kids Room - 3 twin beds
A windy day.
There are two tennis courts available.
Sandtrap seen from Jetty
Outdoor Shower and grills
View from front porch.
Sailing right off the beach
kitchen has view directly on the beach
Master Bedroom - Wall Air Conditioner
Upstairs Rear Bedroom
View of wetlands and additional private parking.
Garvin's store. Center for kids' activities.
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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