About this listing
Downtown property minutes walk from all things Mystic. On-site parking, front veranda for people watching and rear deck for grilling.
We invite you to enjoy your next New England Experience in historic Mystic at its best while staying at our newly renovated and fully furnished 1845 side-by-side Greek Revival home located in the heart of (old) Mystic River. Here’s a sampling of what our guests have had to say.
“The home itself was clean, charmingly decorated, and extremely comfortable”.
“It was so comfortable, clean and cozy as each day went by we felt more love with the house”.
“The house itself is very charming, with antiques placed throughout. It is conveniently located just two blocks away from Main Street”.
“The house has literally everything you would need, you just have to pack your clothes, go, relax and enjoy your stay”.
“The house was decorated beautifully and the kitchen had everything you could possibly need. The house was also full of great books and board games”.
“We loved that there was a separate dining room with a large table where all 5 of us could eat breakfast and plan our days. I particularly enjoyed the huge and clean bathroom with large tub. Living in NYC, a bathroom like that was a real treat”.
“I have NEVER walked into a property before and felt instantly "at home" like I did with this house. I could quite easily have spent my entire 10 day holiday in the house reading the many books supplied by the owners”.
“Each room has been decorated with unique pieces that give the house character. Not to worry- all the antique pieces add to the comfort of the house without making it feel fragile”.
“Location was exceptional and the Mystic River view from the front porch was a pleasant surprise”.
“Front and back porches are perfect to relax, talk and have fun! Super clean and comfortable”.
“We are so grateful! Michael left us with a ton of information on Mystic and nearby attractions such as hiking trails, beaches, vineyards, yoga studios and more that filled our time completely. We only wish we could have stayed longer to see more and enjoy the beautiful region”.
“From the great communication with the owner, to everything inside and outside the house we couldn't have asked for more”.
“Michael and Dawn have worked wonders on this nineteenth century house; evidently, renovating it has been a labor of love”.
The first floor has a spacious living room, dining area and modern galley kitchen with refrigerator, stove w/oven, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal and pantry. Enjoy the gas grill on the spacious rear deck if you prefer outdoor cooking and dining. There are two roomy bedrooms, cozy reading nook and a modern renovated bathroom with full-size bathtub and shower on the second floor. Both bedrooms have queen sized beds, a comfortable sitting area, dresser drawers and plenty of closet space. This property is furnished not only with all the essentials needed for a comfortable stay but also with a diverse collection of folk art, period pieces, rare books and Americana for your enjoyment during your visit.
Sit back and watch the comings and goings of Mystic River traffic in comfort from the elevated front veranda or walk across the street to enjoy the riverside Coastal Public Access Area amenities. So close to Mystic’s notable eateries there's little doubt your mouth will water as the kitchens ramp up for lunch and dinner – so be warned. This property has generous off-street parking for two cars or a vehicle and modest trailer for boat enthusiasts wanting to take advantage of the public boat launch across the street. Dockage is also available at several of the nearby marinas.
Mystic is a unique New England village straddling the Mystic River. The portion of the village on the right (west) bank was originally known as Mystic River and is part of the town of Groton CT. The left bank was originally known as Mystic Bridge and is a part of the town of Stonington CT. Downtown Mystic River is comprised of Water Street, West Main Street, Pearl Street and Gravel Street. East Main Street, Holmes Street and Cottrell Street make up the Mystic Bridge side of the village. Walking is the best way to get around downtown and all of downtown is within easy walking distance from this property. Browse the shops then pick a restaurant of your liking. Take a leisurely stroll along the riverfront, find a bench and relax for awhile in Mystic River Park. If you prefer to work off a bit of a gastronomic indulgence, you can easily find rentals for kayaks, canoes and bicycles (be sure to check out the free “green bikes”). Day and dinner cruises up and down the river and Fishers Island Sound are sure to make your Mystic visit a most memorable experience.
Whether you prefer walking, biking, water taxi or shuttle, you are only minutes away from restaurants, shopping, multi-denominational houses of worship, Mystic Seaport Museum and Mystic Aquarium, home base to Robert Ballard, the famous discoverer of the Titanic.
It is a short drive to the historic fishing village of Stonington Borough, Foxwoods/MGM Grand and Mohegan Sun Casinos, Fort Griswold on the Groton Bank, Bluff Point State Park, Haley Farm State park, Barn Island Wild Life Preserve, Watch Hill RI and some of the best ocean beaches on the Atlantic coast.
This property has easy access from I-95 (Exit 89 or Exit 90). Bradley International Airport (Hartford/Springfield) is approximately a 1hr 20m drive; T.F. Green International (Providence/Warwick RI) is about a 45-minute drive; Logan International (Boston) is only a 2hr drive. If you're coming by train to New London you’ll have a 15-minute drive; By train to Westerly RI it’s about a 25-minute drive; If you take the train to Mystic Depot you'll have a 10-minute walk from the depot to the property but it will undoubtedly take a bit longer as you take in the sites of this historic village.
No pets please.
Limit 2 cars on-site parking on left side of driveway only.
This property is furnished not only with all the essentials needed for a comfortable stay but also with a diverse collection of folk art, period pieces, rare books and Americana for your enjoyment during your visit. But please keep in mind that these items have been placed here for the enjoyment of all our guests. Nothing is for sale but all pieces do have an assigned value. While a guest with us you are responsible for the safe keeping of the collection. Missing or damaged items will be charged against your security deposit at the values assigned in the “26 Water Street Collection Catalog” and/or reported to local law enforcement.
A photographic inventory and list of values are provided on site.
We had a wonderful time at this cottage! I have stayed at several Airbnb places and found Michael to be one of the best hosts. He was very available to all my communications prior to the trip and left a very well resourced info pack. The cottage itself was beautiful - very comfortable and spacious - perfect for the three generation family we were. The location was fab - a few minutes walk to historic mystic and the drawbridge. I highly recommend this cottage!
I did not meet Michael but he had everything nicely set up and clean. He responded quickly when we had a question upon arrival.
The house was accurately represented in the photo.
We loved the location. We had an off road parking spot right in the center of Mystic and we could walk to restaurants and shops. We had a lovely visit. Elizabeth Huebnet
The host was very prompt and responsive even though we reserved the house the day before the stay. The house was warm cozy and charming. Very pleased with all arrangements inside the home. The stay was relaxing and enjoyable. Presence of wifi is a definite plus.
We had a great time here. The location was central (close enough you're an easy walk to restaurants and whatnot, but don't have people making lots of noise in front of the place), parking was easy, beds were comfortable, solid kitchen and grill, everything clean and fresh. We were two couples, and had enough space to hang out together comfortably without getting into each other's way. It was great.
Owners were super responsive, and left simple and detailed instructions for whatever information we (website hidden) didn't have a DVD player, but there were HDMI cables so you could plug your computer in, and the wifi worked like a charm.
Only thing to be aware of is the home shares a wall with another unit next door. Our neighbors were quite loud, and we could hear pretty much every conversation. You can't really hear it in the bedrooms or anything, so it didn't keep us awake, and didn't bother us too much; but if you're looking for a super romantic, totally isolated get away, I'd keep that in mind.
Utterly lovely house -- old and beautiful. The host was very welcoming and patient and helpful as well as non-intrusive and the neighborhood was great. Highly recommend this listing - I will be back.
Die überraschendes Unterkunft unserer Reise: Liebevoll restauriertes Kolonialhaus, super Mischung zwischen antiken Möbeln und heutigen Standards. Zentral gelegen, wenn Sie abends nochmals das Nightlife von Mystic genießen wollen und auch etwas trinken wollen sind Sie bei Michael sehr gut aufgehoben. Schöner Strand 20 Minuten entfernt, 10 Dollar muß man löhnen. Wir fühlen uns sehr wohl in dem Haus und hatten sogar den Blues als es auf unserer Expedition weiterging.
About the Host, Michael
I'm a professional land surveyor licensed in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Colorado for the past 40 years. I'm currently a principal of DiCesare-Bentley Engineers, Inc. ( (website hidden) ) and have served the corporation in the capacities of President and Director of Surveys for nearly 30 years.
For the past several years I've been renovating historic properties with my son Kevin and wife Dawn. Our first project was an 1880 three-family Greek Revival home in the village of Pawcatuck in the town of Stonington CT. Our latest project is an 1845 two-family Greek Revival in the village of Mystic CT in the town of Groton CT. We get great pleasure from rescuing these properties and making them available for the enjoyment of our guests.
More about me if you care: (Michael Scanlon the land surveyor – NOT the lobbyist!)
Prior to joining DiCesare-Bentley Engineers, Inc. in 1986 I was in private practice as a professional land surveyor with offices in Denver, CO where I was also a member of the faculty at Denver Institute of Technology. At the Institute I held the appointment of Surveying and Mapping Dept. Program Supervisor and served as Senior Instructor. My work at the Institute included the development and implementation of their internationally renowned surveying and mapping curriculum in addition to my teaching responsibilities. I have also held an adjunct faculty position in the Engineering Technology Department at Three Rivers Community–Technical College Norwich, CT.
I've authored, co-authored, reviewed and edited numerous textbooks and training materials on various surveying topics. I am frequently invited to present professional development workshops and seminars for state, local and national surveyor’s organizations. Over the past 30 years I've also been called upon to provide testimony at deposition and trial on matters pertaining to boundary disputes and quiet title action, professional standard of care as relates to the practice of land surveying and professional opinions regarding the analysis and interpretation of maps, deeds, field evidence and related matters as affect real property.