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Waterfront Cottage with sweeping views of Mt. Hope Bay and Sakonnet River

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, two bath with open floor plan in living area

First Light is at the head of the Sakonnet River and runs south to Martha's Vineyard sound. Sunlight reflecting off of the sea floods the spacious living area, rippling on the walls and ceiling. Sailing from our guest mooring to Sachuest Point and a visit to the Norman Bird Sanctuary before heading further south to the Islands is quick with a good breeze. Our mooring accommodates up to a 20' vessel.

First Light packs a lot in a small package. Main living area on second floor leads out to a large wood deck, which is 11' above high tide mark. Making for a nice vantage point to view the only traffic you'll have to concern yourself with, boat traffic. Comfortable, inviting and casual is the theme throughout the home. Like clockwork, everyday around 130/2pm, the Narragansett breezes start out of the Southeast. The casement windows are crank out and set in just the right spot, are great for capturing a cool breeze to flow through the entire house. Keeping things cool in the evening. Each room has a ceiling fan and there are portable's as well. We'd rather enjoy the sounds of the outdoors than get an ac. If you're looking for a vacation home that is therapeutic, relaxing and peaceful, this is the place that will take you there. If you're looking for a vacation home to reconnect you to nature, the earth and the ocean, just walking through the front door and you'll know you've arrived. I've lived here for six years and every day Mother Nature paints a picture more beautiful than the last. I do hope you get to explore and enjoy this special natural habitat. Blue heron frequent a little tidal pond at low tide, just feet from the deck. Narragansett Bay and Mt. Hope Bay's water quality improves each year. We swim safely and securely behind the house. Its great with water sandles. Bring your tire tubes, anchor and create a little family floatilla.

The tide rises to our small boat ramp off the lawn, which can accommodate small water craft. Low tide exposes 100 yards of the river rock shore line. Sandals or water shoes are recommended for a more enjoyable experience, and the west side of our peninsula has a sandy bottom for a romantic, sunset stroll.

Three bedrooms on the third floor with east and west decks for fabulous views of sunrise on the Sakonnet River or sunset on the Mt. Hope Bay. There is also a twin bed that can be set up in the master bedroom to accommodate one. Stunning views of three bridges and if you look straight up at night, the Milky Way.

The yard is large enough for frisbee and lawn darts. Your children can enjoy the yards swingset and a full playground is a short walk away. Inside family fun with plenty of board and table games. Scrabble, several different Trivia Pursuits, Jenga, Domino's, cards, Parcheesi< Scattergories, Mad Grab and more.

Dining destinations are from five to thirty minutes away. It's like the United Nations of gastronomic delight in our area. From healthy to heart stopping, we've got it all. Tiverton's BoatHouse (5 min), Bristol's Oyster Bar, DeWolf and Pomodoro. (10 min) Or head north to Fall River for Portuguese. Warren has several great restaurants and a jewel of live theater, Second Story Theater is always fun entertainment. We have a file of all our favorite restaurants for your perusing.

More Details

Gary Wilson
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

Why Gary Wilson chose Portsmouth

I went looking at another house down the street, and when I drove to the end of Anthony, a real estate agent was installing a for sale sign on this property. It was run down and needed a lot of repair, which was just what I wanted. It had little rooms and small windows, but I saw what it could be. Now, you have a waterview from every place in the house. New floors, 10 foot windows, new kitchen and bath. To date, my guests have totally enjoyed themselves and wish to return.


Portsmouth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main floor bathroom complete with front load washer/dryer
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master w/ private deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Views of the Mt. Hope Bridge
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • 3 Bedrooms. MASTER - private deck, new queen bed. 16 x 20, twin could be set up in the room if needed. SECOND BR - queen bed - great view of the Mt Hope bridge lite up at night from your pillow. 10' x 12' cozy/comfortable THIRD BR- queen bed - Door to deck area. private deck - sunset side (west), 10' x 12' - cozy
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Waterfront Cottage with sweeping views of Mt. Hope Bay and Sakonnet River
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
New London, NH

Lovely property on water

  • 5 of 5

Nice place. Easy stay. Very responsive renter. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

My sisters and I had a wonderful time at First Light. Gary was very helpful and responsive, gave us a great tip for our first dinner at a local food truck. The house was perfect, clean, welcoming with all the day to day supplies we would need. The peaceful setting on the water however was the best, morning coffee and evening wine on the deck. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The complete vacation destination

  • 5 of 5

Used HomeAway several times but have never stayed in a more complete home. The owner thought of everything. The views were spectacular from every room in the home. Family voted to come back every summer

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Home on the Water

  • 5 of 5

We take a girlfriend vacation every year and choose someplace different to experience. When we entered the Waterfront Cottage and climbed the stairs, we were so pleased with the beauty of the home. All the windows looking out over the water provided much light and a breathe taking picture.

The openness of the first floor made conversation easy from any stand point. Three bedrooms on the 2nd floor were great. Bathrooms were very nicely done.

The owner, was very attentive and wanting to please and make sure everything was in order and comfortable. We felt the location worked easily for a day to Plymouth, a day to Providence and a day to Boston. We would highly recommend trying this beauty of a home.

Karrol, Linda, Marti, Ruthie

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mount Sinai, NY

Amazing Views & Great Family Fun!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at First Light while we were celebrating our son's college graduation. This home provided us with a relaxing and peaceful escape when we were not on campus for commencement activities. The open floor plan was very accommodating for a family of seven. Gary was a wonderful host who made sure everything was perfect upon arrival. The home was well stocked with many additions in the kichen; spices, oil and vinegar, foil, ziplock bags to name a few. There was detergent in the laundry room and plenty of hangers in the closets. Gary thought of so many things to help make the stay extra enjoyable. We would love to visit again, my son and his friends suggested future reunions at this beautiful home. Thank you Gary for opening your home to guests.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas

The grandkids learned to Kayak and dig clams and mussels!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful week long stay in this "on the water house" with a well equipped kitchen and big bright windows; the views are great. The neighborhood is very quiet with couples bicycling past the zero traffic road each morning. We felt the grandkids were totally safe indoors and out and it was very quiet. There's even a community playground just down the road. With no AC the 3rd floor bedrooms get a little uncomfortable if there is no breeze but we understand that Gary will be adding that soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500

Rent covers exclusive use of the home and furnishings including all utilities, internet, consumable supplies, taxes and basic cleaning fees. Extra cleaning and/or and daily maid service are available for a stipulated additional cost; but there are No surprise charges or fees. All trash removal is included. All trash must be properly bagged (which are provided) and in receptacles upon departure. I'd like to ask that you do not bring food or drink to the bedrooms. If you do, be careful, or there will be a carpet cleaning fee taken from the damage deposit.

The garage area will be locked for homeowners personal storage.

Applications must be accompanied by a Rental Deposit check for 50% of the total rental amount and also by a separate Damage Deposit (DD) check for $1500, postdated to your first date of occupancy. DD checks are held un-cashed anticipating our property will be returned as you received it, fair wear and tear being accepted; if so, your DD check will be marked "void" and promptly returned by mail.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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