Portsmouth House Rental Photos and Description
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 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. 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 sweeping water views 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 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 and a handy small boat storage and rigging area, and fire pit for evening enjoyment. Beyond this terrace is a path leading to the beach and the water's edge. 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 about 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 (Maps are provided.)
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 for breakfast and lunch; and 'Scampi' 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 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! Check the web GoNewport.com for an extensive daily schedule of Newport events, festivals, regattas, mansion tours, museums, plays, music, and much more!
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
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.