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Ocean View Waterfront Vacation Getaway

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,175 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, including Cabana, 2 1/2 baths, sleeps 8 to 10.

Beautiful eight-room waterfront home. Sweeping sky and ocean views from almost every room. Cathedral ceilings, bluestone fireplaces, large bay windows, hardwood floors, & oriental carpets. Open floor plan embraces living room, dining area, kitchen, and adjoining library. Newly furnished (2010) with contemporary furniture and original works of southwestern art. Two master bedrooms have king beds and sliders to decks; 3rd bedroom has 2 twin beds. 4th bedroom is 13' x17' Cabana under the main deck, an apartment-like rec room with a/c,1/2 bath, French doors, two double-bed futon sofas for sleeping or relaxing. Home has large open kitchen; new gas range & dishwasher (2010), microwave, etc, including basic food staples, all necessary utensils; dining room table seats 10-12. Sliders to large deck, overlooking the water; tree-shaded back lawn, flower garden, patios, with hammock & recliners. Private water's edge sun-bathing terrace & beach, salt-water swimming & outdoor after swim hot-water shower.

Water Amenities: This is a waterfront property. Guests enjoy broad, 180 degree water view of the entire Sakonnet River Passage, a mile-wide body of water between the Portsmouth and Tiverton shorelines in Rhode Island, extending 18 miles from Mount Hope Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. The the full length and width of the Skonnenet River Passage is visible from this home, extending to the Atlantic Ocean on the far horizon. The home is safely located 16 feet above sea level. Steps lead through the main seawall to a lower grassy terrace about 2,000 square feet in area and just a few feet above sea level. This grassy terrace provides excellent wind-protected sunbathing, a handy small boat storage and rigging area, and a fire pit for evening conversation and enjoyment. Beyond this terrace is a path leading to the beach. The southern boundary of the property extends to water's edge at high tide.

Swimming: Swimming is excellent. Guests access the beach from the grassy terrace area. The beach is sand-based and covered with fist-size smooth stones and seashells. Beach socks or sandals are recommended. (We have about 20 pairs of beach socks in various sizes which you are welcome to use.) The bottom is gently sloping and uniform across the front of the property and is safe for swimming unless the public is notified by the State of Rhode Island of specific beach closures for any reason. The water temperature is warmed by the Guff Stream, rising to 75-80 degrees by late summer. The water is salty; the wave heights are usually one to two feet; and the swimming overall is wonderful. An outdoor fresh-water shower and a hammock are available for refreshment after your swim. When miles of white sandy beaches and Atlantic ocean surf are wanted, we drive 20 minutes to Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA; or to Second or Third Beach in Newport, RI. or to Scarborough in South County, RI. (Maps are provided showing more than 100 fresh and salt-water beaches in RI.)

Restaurants & Services within walking distance: Lots to do! Within walking distance are five restaurants and two bars that run the gamut from Pete and Flo's (famous for fried clams since 1939) to the delicious casual dining at 'Fifteen Point Road.' We also recommend 'Grazianio's 501 Park Ave Cafe' for breakfast and lunch; and 'Scampi's' for casual seafood, Italian cooking, and a nice sports bar with sharp HDTVs. A children's playground, a marina, public boat launching ramp, fresh seafood, and a good wine and liquor shop are all only a short walk away. At Founder's Brook, 1.4 miles away on Boyd's Lane, is a memorial graden to Anne Hutchinson, who came in 1638 as a founder to Portsmouth after her famous trial and banishment from Puritan Massachusetts for her pursuit of religious and political rights. The Hutchenson home (long gone) was built by her husband on Blue Bill Cove about 1000 yards from our house. Historic Newport, 'America's First Resort' is just eight miles South!

More Details

Property Manager
Wilder (Mac) Snodgrass
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2018

About Wilder (Mac) Snodgrass

I was raised in New England and have life-long interests in sailing and photography. I served 26 years on active duty in the US Army retiring as Colonel in 1989 and for the next 18 years I did leadership development consulting for clients in business, government, and academia. My wife, Enedina is a retired college professor and an actress (SAG/AFTRA). She was raised in El Paso where we met in college and were married after graduation in Dec 1961. We celebrated our golden anniversary in 2011. We have two sons and love spending vacation time here with them and their families. We rent this home so we can afford to keep it available to us for family vacations together!

Wilder (Mac) Snodgrass purchased this house in 1986

Why Wilder (Mac) Snodgrass chose Portsmouth

We fell in love with Newport in 1976 when I was a student as the US Naval War College, and resolved to live here in retirement. We chose this waterfront house for its stunning views and ideal location. I worked from this home for 18 years and felt rewarded and refreshed every day by the ever-changing natural environment.

What makes this house unique

The natural beauty that surrounds this home nourishes, renews, and restores the human spirit. We enjoy vacation time with our family and friends; morning or afternoons dips in salt water from our own beach and we love the outdoor shower, air-drying in the hammock. I enjoy early mornings on the deck with fresh coffee and breakfast. Fresh seafood and on the grill; live theater productions of excellent quality at the 2d Story Theater in Warren, RI; burgers at 501 Park Ave; dinners at nearby 15 point Road, and lots of other excellent restaurants nearby; museum, historic mansions and great entertainment in Newport and Bristol RI; sailing and fishing in Narragansett Bay; nearby ocean swimming and miles of white sandy beaches at Horse neck Beach in Massachusetts, and in Narragansett RI. Green Animal Farms in Portsmouth, RI; Colt State Park in Bristol, RI; RISD museum and Water Fire illuminations on summer evening in Providence, RI; the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA; and the many attractions in Boston, Cape cod, and the Islands.


Portsmouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2175 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2d floor. Double sink
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Cabana
    Swim shower - outdoor shower , Outdoor
  • • Bathroom #1 adjoins Master Bedroom #1 on first floor. Tiled floor and walls; toilet, sink and cabinet, and large walk-in tiled shower. • Bathroom #2 adjoins Master Bedroom #2 on second floor. Also accessible from the hall. This bathroom serves all other guests and can get crowded; but the bathroom is large and well equipped with shower and tub, toilet, double sinks mounted in a long counter top with cabinets under, and extra towel bars. • Bathroom #3 in the Cabana. 1/2 bath toilet and sink. • Outdoor swim shower provides hot and cold running fresh water, and a wooden standing grate over a french drain. It is located outside and adjacent to the sliders into the Cabana. This shower is very convenient for rinsing off the salt water after your swim, or sunbathing. Air dry while reclining in the near-by hammock!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master BR #1 - 1 king
    Master BR #2 - 1 king
    Guest BR #3 - 2 twin/ single
    Cabana, BR #4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 Double Futons; sleeps 2 adults or 4 siblings
    Living room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , we also offer a queensize Inflatable w/ bedding as needed
  • Master Bedroom #1 is a suite/family room, located on the ground level. Room includes king-size platform bed, bluestone fireplace, and water views. Furnishings include love seat, easy chair, dining table, 40' 1080p HDTV. An eight-foot glass slider leads to patio and beach. Suite has private bathroom with tiled shower. Master Bedroom #2 is on the second floor; king-size bed, dresser, desk and chair. There is a connecting door to the bathroom and an eight-foot sliding glass door to the deck, with views of the garden and the water. Bedroom #3 is also on the second floor. It is furnished with two single beds, eachs withhead boards, a desk, dresser, table, and three windows with nice cross ventilation. BR#3 guests share the bathroom with Bedroom MB#2. BR#4 is the Cabana, a 13' x 17' finished apartment-like room under the deck and sleeps 2 to 4 people on two futon-sofas/double-beds. Cabana has TV, dresser, wicker sofa &1/2 bath; guests use outdoor shower ( or share MBR shower)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
• State of RI has a good mosquito abatement program. Flying insects are rarely a problem in the house, on the deck, or at the beach. All windows and doors have screens if needed • House is cooled in the summer primarily by fresh air from the ocean and is usually quite comfortable. - Evenings are cool, and the sleeping is restful, usually with a sea breeze and the sound of waves on the beach. . - A variable speed attic fan is provided for cooling the whole house when cool air is needed and there is no breeze. - Various floor and table fans are available to meet individual preferences. - A 12,000 BTU window air conditioner is centrally located in the library for use on the occasional muggy days when nature and electric fans are simply insufficient. There are also 5,000 / 8,000 BTU air conditioners in all three bedrooms and they are sometimes welcome on muggy nights. The Cabana is also air conditioned. There is a portable dehumidifier if needed for your complete com


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Ocean View Waterfront Vacation Getaway
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 26 reviews
saint petersburg, fl

Waterfront getaway

  • 5 of 5

This property truely has a Five-Star water view of the Sakonnet River and Atlantic Ocean. The home is very well appointed for a family or for entertaining. The description, location and amenities listed are accurate. There are not many locations like this to enjoy beautiful Rhode Island.

The owner/manager is responsive and helpful to client's questions and needs.

Overall, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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20 Thorpe Avenue

  • 5 of 5

Our family of ten thoroughly enjoyed making our home for the week in this spacious home. The kitchen was fully equipped to enable us prepare wholesome breakfasts. The handbook that we received prior to our stay was extremely helpful and complete in preparing us for what to expect. Neighbor Sharon greeted us and made sure that we had everything we needed. The location was ideal: on the ocean, excellent shopping at Clement's Market, Catholic church nearby, very good restaurants and easy access to the freeway for sightseeing. Sitting on the spacious balcony to have our breakfast coffee while we prepared for the day and watching a full moon on the ocean was a delight. Granddaughter Annika collected numerous glass fragments from the shore that she hopes to incorporate into jewelry. Grandsons explored the night scene and we felt confident that they were safe. Roasting marshmallows in the fire pit completed a day of adventure. There was so much history to experience and we tried to take advantage of all that the area had to offer.

This was a get-away that our family will cherish for years to come.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Had a wonderful time!

  • 4 of 5

Great location - spent most of the time at the house, enjoying the deck and the water! The first few days the wind was relentless, but luckily the sun was shining and it was on the humid side. Nice size deck with great water views. The 'beach' consists of rocks and shells, so water shoes are a must (provided, if you don't have your own)! Water was warm and a great place to relax on floaties! The house, overall, is in good condition, with the exception of a few windows that were either hard to open or didn't open at all. Many amenities provided in the event you happen to forget something! Overall, good rating!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family stayed the week of August 13 thru Aug 20th at the home located on 20 Thorpe Ave.

  • 5 of 5

The home was wonderful and set up perfectly for a large family. Waking up every morning to a picturesque view of the ocean, either from inside the dining room or living room or outside on the great deck, having a cup of coffee was so relaxing! Having our own private beach area was great for the kids and we took advantage of swimming daily. We were close to restaurants, stores and anything else we wanted to do. We had everything we needed in the house to make our stay very easy. Overall we had a wonderful relaxing stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property, has everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family reunion at this house!! Coming from three different states, we wanted to be under one roof AND see many cousins who live in the area. All of us, and all who came to visit, said the views were incredible, what a great place. For art lovers, each room has a wonderful collection of art, truly beautiful work! The owners provide water shoes, so convenient to go then right into the water. One night, we went to the recommended shop and got lobster; the house has a pot big enough to cook all we had!! The only slight issue was trying to figure out the air control, when to use the air conditioner vs the fan unit. But, Rhode Island was cooler than where most of us live so all in all, the temp didn't matter! The owners have thought about near anything you could want and were very kind to us with a sudden disability issue we had. All in all, this was a STELLAR week. Thanks so much, Mac!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful week spent at this gem of a home!

  • 5 of 5

This home was a gem - everything we hoped and more. Beautiful, spacious, wonderfully stocked, warm and welcoming. We spent the week before my son's wedding with family and friends and couldn't have asked for a better stay. Thank you! Hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing our home and for your review! Mac
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Car: recommended

This is a waterfront home located in the Village of Island Park, Town of Portsmouth RI. The home is a 15-20 min. drive (8 miles) from Historic Newport, RI. See famous Newport Mansions; Cliff Walk; ocean beaches; the Newport Music, Jazz, & Folk Festivals; Black Ships Festival; sailing championships & boat shows, Naval War College Museum, Tennis Hall of Fame, and many other summer attractions. Home is also 10 minutes from Historic Bristol RI; 30 minutes from New Bedford, MA; 35 minutes from Providence, RI; and one hour's drive from Boston, MA and Cape Cod.

Other Activities: Kayaking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 8.0%

Please note that as the owners of this property, we accept rent payments only by personal check, money order, or bank draft accompanied by your signed application form. We do not accept credit cards payemnts and thus do not participate in the HomeAway on line payment service. If you wish to pay the HomeAway "fee" mentioned in the cost estimate, that is your choice; but you will need to do so as a separate translation directly with Home Away and not part of your payments to us as the owners of this property.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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