The "1853 Captain Wheeler House" is cheerful and well located for the many attractions and activities which abound all seasons. A 5 minute walk to the thriving village on the Mystic River & Harbor offers a worthy selection of top-notch restaurants & lovely variety of quality shops. Many regional attractions along the Connecticut shore and Rhode Island seacoast are nearby. Guests visit throughout the year for a Summer Vacation, Fall Retreat, Winter Holiday or Spring Break.
THE HOUSE: An Italianate Victorian home of gracious design with plentiful natural light. It's prominent in the Mystic Historic District and sited in a garden of specimen trees & shrubs creating all season interest. Restored by Owners, both Architects, the tall ceilings, gracious rooms, large windows, striking detail, hand-planed panel doors, and plank floors evoke a prosperous period in Mystic's Seafaring Heritage. Captain Wheeler sailed ships to China. The original design of his substantial home has been preserved, incorporating new systems and modern conveniences.
FIRST FLOOR: 5 spacious rooms open to a gracious center stair hall which extends from the East facing front door to the Western kitchen wing. To the right, a quiet parlor offers a place to relax. To the left, a formal dining room affords seating for all guests. Connecting, and adjacent to the kitchen, is an informal dining room. The Owner's study in the NW corner is seldom used by guests, but is available if one must work. Each colorful, light-filled room occupies a corner offering views in two directions.
The KITCHEN in the wing, is light-filled by windows on three sides. The garden is ever-present whether preparing meals, sitting at the small corner table or relaxing on the porch. A limestone floor, maple and soapstone counters, painted wood cabinets and decorations add to its unique character. Features include double sink, self-cleaning double convection ovens, 5-burner gas cook top, refrigerator/freezer/ice-maker, and dishwasher. On a chill day, a corner gas fireplace is welcome. On a warm day, a seat at beckons at the small dining table on the covered porch for a sunrise breakfast or sunset repast.
SECOND FLOOR: 4 cheerful corner bedrooms, with appealing views over the historic harbor environs, share an ample center hall, decorated with handmade family quilts. Two leather easy chairs offer a place to relax, read or stream on the nearby small TV. Each bedroom has twin beds & a private tiled bath with shower or tub/shower. Step down several steps to the wing, queen-size bedroom with vaulted ceilings and views in three directions. There is an adjacent private bath with tub/shower & separate spiral stair to the first floor. Nearby is a laundry room with full-size washer & dryer.
THIRD FLOOR: Above all is the "lantern" also referred to as a cupola. This room, up a steep climb of stairs, has a double bed And windows on four sides with distant views. It affords a maximum of 12 guests, however it must share a private bath on the floor below and is ONLY available by prior arrangement at the time of booking. The house is most comfortable (& preferred) with 8-10 guests.
PLEASE NOTE that events of any type, or gatherings with more than the booking party, are are unacceptable.
GARDEN: Landscape of specimen trees & shrubs complemented by perennials & seasonal plantings, has interest throughout the seasons and attracts many birds.
MOBILITY CONCERNS: All bedrooms are on the 2nd floor, a powder room on the 1st. Access to the 1st floor from the grass drive has 5 steps. Access via the covered side porch from the additional street parking has about 10 steps..
GROUND FLOOR: This level of the house has a separate entry & an apartment available to us. We may or may nor be on the premises, but are available.
We are interested in your Inquiry: . . . . Please 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.
Prior to your arrival, we will provide information on access to the house. However, we enjoy meeting our guests and one of us is often at the house to greet you and answer any specific questions. A handy information book on our home and area is readily available and should answer most questions. We are available by cell/txt/email should you need us. We look forward to your visit.
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. Mystic continues to be included in national and regional topical recommendations as one of the best towns to visit for many reasons: historic seafaring village, historic character, seafood, cultural options, boutiques, galleries, first-class foodie destination, top-notch breakfast spots, eating on the water's edge.
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.