kitchenview from lighthouse
Oceanfront Gem by 1801 Lighthouse
3 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2 baths
3 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2 baths
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The space

Enjoy spectacular views (with a private beach) from this 1836 broken-back saltbox, situated next to an 1801 lighthouse, only fifty-five feet off Long Island Sound.

This period home, in a quiet neighborhood, has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3 fireplaces, a beautiful sun porch, and a gorgeous patio.

Guests have access to the entire first floor, including the outdoor patio, outdoor shower and private beach. The kitchen is located on the first floor and includes access to the microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, range, rice cooker, pots/pans, utensils, etc. The washer and dryer are located on the second floor. Off-street parking is available for up to two vehicles. I can also accommodate bicycles in my garage.

The surrounding area offers sailing, cycling, parks, and access to historic sites (e.g., Mystic Seaport, Harkness Park, Fort Trumbull, Fort Griswold, Ocean Beach, etc.). Minutes from Connecticut College, the Coast Guard Academy and Mitchell College; one hour from Yale and Brown University; and the site of the oldest collegiate sporting event in the country, the Harvard-Yale Regatta.

Ferry service to Block Island, Fishers Island and Long Island is within cycling distance, as is rail service. Just 10 minutes from I-95, it's ideally located between Hartford, Providence, New Haven, New York and Boston, with an international airport only one hour away.

Guest access

Guests have access to the entire downstairs, patio and beach.

Interaction with guests

I will show the guests the layout, answer any questions and be around, in and out during the day.

Other things to note

Bring your bathing suit and sunscreen. It helps to have a car to get around to restaurants and such.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed


Extra people $100 / night after 2 guests
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 1PM

One bed room with capacity of two in same bed (queen), use of first floor, no parties, no smoking, no pets, no uses of fireplaces ( I will make a fire upon request), cleaning fees applies to room not returned in original condition


2 nights minimum stay

30 Reviews

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Liz User Profile
September 2017
If you want to hide away for a few days this is the place. The view is the most awesome view of New London, with the patio being just a few feet from the water. There are comfortable chairs and chaise lounges along with your own small, but private beach. Picturesque is a working lighthouse pretty much on the neighbor's property. You have a good view of other lighthouse, as well. Boats going by, even a submarine, freighters, etc. The bedroom is right on the ocean, as well, and the waves lull you to sleep. For me, i usually lull to sleep with the TV of which there was none, and it was probably good for me to be without, I still missed it. The bed was very comfy but I would bring my own blowdryer, as the host, though very smart, and cordial, is a man's man, and I didn't find the toiletries I would've liked to have seen in the bathroom. This was my first foray into Air B&B and it was a lovely, lovely place. The owner, Richard, is a smart, knowledgable man, easy to recommend a good restaurant or things to do. I would describe him as a bit salty but in a good way. He is also a furniture maker and his gorgeous home which he saved from being demolished is full of antiques and really well crafted furniture that he made himself. He is not around too much, but I still did feel a little bit on tiptoes being in someone else's place, though that was me and not him. Truthfully, for some r&r, i highly recommend this place, and I know the rates are a lot lower in the winter. Not too far away is ocean beach park with a fabulous boardwalk, mini golf, arcade, food (URL HIDDEN) well as the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, and Mystic not too far away.

Kent User Profile
September 2017
Wonderful airbnb! Beautiful place to stay on the water with a little private beach and view of an old light house next door. Can look out from the bedroom at a panoramic view of the sound. Amazing!

Shayna User Profile
August 2017
Wow wow wow... what a weekend. This home is phenomenal... right on the water with the most amazing view of the Long Island Sound. Richard is the perfect host, and he made this trip that much more delightful. Definitely recommended.

Barry User Profile
August 2017
Richard was a wonderful host, friendly, but left us alone as we wanted. He gave us a nice list of things to do in the area. Nice place, his work as a cabinet maker to bring an old farm house back to life was that of an artist. It was a sweet stay.

Alta User Profile
July 2017
John and I had a wonderful visit at Richard's place in New London. The room was directly on the water with only 20 ft of rocks separating us from the waves lapping on the private beach. There was a 180 degree view of the water, lighthouses and Fisher's Island. We sat on the patio, enjoyed the sunrise and passage of boats in the waterway. Richard was an excellent host, is knowledgeable about the area. He even had a social gathering at his house and welcomed us as his guests. We would highly recommend Richard's home to other AirBNB travelers and we would eagerly visit again.

Anne User Profile
October 2014
My husband and I spent two nights at the Oceanfront Gem whilst in New London to visit our son at Connecticut College. I echo each of the positive things said by the other reviewers. The house is in a very attractive residential neighborhood strung along a road that hugs the coast of the outer harbor of New London. While I am sure that it is quite different in the summer, we did not see any other cars passing on the road that dead-ends about 3/4 of a mile beyond Richard's place. The house is oriented towards the water and one feels as though one is looking out from the deck of a ship. While it was too cool to swim, I did sit on the rock ledges and venture onto the lovely white sand beach just below the house. The room was clean and uncluttered and the bed was very comfortable. I just loved hearing the small waves breaking on the shore just outside the window. We found Richard to be, as described by others, a truly nice guy. He is clearly a fine craftsman. Beyond that, he is a native of New London and cares very much about the city.

John User Profile
October 2014
We visited recently and had a wonderful experience. Richard was a delight--he instantly makes you feel as if you've been his friend forever. I fell in love with the airbnb description of the house "on the water" and the pictures, and all of our expectations were met. The location, neighborhood, and surroundings were great; we're walkers, so we were pleased. Our room was lovely (and we heard the water lapping on the rocks and sand; there was no need for a sound machine!). It was a wonderful place for a get-away and I can easily imagine wanting to stay there again.

New London, Connecticut, United StatesJoined in November 2011
Richard User Profile

For thirty-six years I have been an old world furniture maker (cabinetmaker) and mover and restorer of one dollar period houses. I am loving what I do but realize life is not long enough to allow me to do all that I want to do. Living on the shore of Long Island sound, I am a passionate sailor, owning a Herreshoff 12 1/2 and racing with anyone who I can hitch a ride (the other peoples' boat class). When not sailing, you will find me cruising on my Italian Moto Guzzi motorcycle or bicycling around Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. Currently, I am restoring a pre-1750 house and orchestration the move and restoration of a 1829 Greek Revival. I am a person driven to make my mark on this earth. Winston Churchill said "Never, Never, Never give up; Teddy Roosevelt said get into the arena and give it your all. That is who I am. I have two wonderful grown children and have a wonderful woman as my partner. Life is a challenge but the glass is half full.

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