About this listing
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.
The serenity, ocean and lighthouse are
Train, plane, bus, taxi are all nearby.
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
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.
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.
This past weekend was the second time we had stayed with Richard. I now have another chance to write the review I should have written promptly last time! Richard is a delightful host who really cares about the happiness of his guests. He not only provides the comforts of home away from home, but also the information you need to create the best vacation experience. The house is nothing short of - spectacular. The guest room has its own bathroom, and huge windows overlooking the water. Wow. We didn't want to leave, last time or this time. We will definitely be returning, and telling others about this well-kept (until now) secret. Once you discover it, you too will be making plans to return....
Richard was an exemplary host and local historian who went above and beyond to make our welcome and stay memorable. The description is very accurate - the house was designed by Richard - his craftsmanship was evident in every room. Neither my husband nor I, can imagine staying anyplace else in this area, since we've had the great pleasure and experience of Richards home. Anyone looking for some time away from the grind will find themselves truly refreshed after a few days on the beach, in the house, and of course, Richards hospitality. He truly has set the gold bar.
Had another amazing time at this beautiful spot right in the water. It is perfect for laying out or going to close by quaint towns like Mystic. Loved falling asleep to the sound of ocean waves.
We had a very nice stay at Richards wonderful house . Every room with self-made furniture has a peculiar charm. Richard is a fantastic householder. He gives you the feeling like living at home. He was very helpful and answered every question we had. The kitchen is fitted with everything you need for cooking. The rooms are very clean.Outside we had access to his private beach.The house is situated in a ineffable superb surrounding directly at the coast. Although the street is nearby the nights were very quiet you can only hear the sound of the sea.
Thank you so much for our stay Gertraud & Walter from AUSTRIA
If you are once in Austria visit us !
Richard,he is very very kind person!
House,it is very very comfortable!
Location, it is very very beautiful!
Trust me,choose this apartment is your best choice!
Thank you again,Richard!
About the Host, Richard
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.