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Ocean View Waterfront Vacation Getaway

Wilder (Mac) Snodgrass

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Ocean View Waterfront Vacation Getaway

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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 for an extensive daily schedule of Newport events, festivals, regattas, mansion tours, museums, plays, music, and much more!

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Wilder (Mac) Snodgrass (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2015

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.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
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based on 13 traveler reviews

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Ocean View Waterfront Vacation Getaway
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
saint petersburg, fl

Waterfront getaway

  • 5 of 5

This property truely has a Five-Star water view of the Sakonnet River and Atlantic Ocean. The home is very well appointed for a family or for entertaining. The description, location and amenities listed are accurate. There are not many locations like this to enjoy beautiful Rhode Island.

The owner/manager is responsive and helpful to client's questions and needs.

Overall, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2007
  • Source: HomeAway

Warm, inviting home with breathtaking waterviews!

  • 5 of 5

I have rented numerous properties, most often over the summer months. We had a large group of 5 adults and 3 children and I was so impressed with how well this home was stocked. There were countless towels and linens. We were able to arrive Christmas eve and prepare a large roast with all the favorite side dishes in the well stocked kitchen. There were ample plates, serving dishes and wine glasses. The kitchen, dining and living rooms have stunning views of the water. We loved the fireplace and open floor plan. The home was spotless when we arrived and there were plenty of additional cleaning products stocked if needed. I only wish we had rented during a summer week so that we could have enjoyed the large deck and yard. The owner was quick to respond and a pleasure to interact with via email. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect weekend getaway even in the winter.

  • 5 of 5

I just stayed in this beautiful home with an old friend of mine from college. The house is extremely comfortable and lovely. We had a fire in the living room fireplace for most of a rainy day and night, and the house was cozy and inviting. On the following day the sun came out and the view was beautiful. Kitchen is well appointed and easy to cook in. It is unusual for a rental property to have such a good kitchen with an abundance of cookware and dishes. Great for entertaining. Enjoyed the weekend immensely.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

breathtaking views and comfortable accommodation

  • 5 of 5

I hosted a girls weekend at this property. It absolutely perfect. The view from the dining and master bedroom was just amazing. The kitchen is perfect for cooking and socializing and stocked with any essentials you may have forgot. We found the beds comfortable. The firepit was so much fun. I cannot recommend this place enough. Also Wilder was a pleasure to deal with.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Great Family Vacation Home On Salt Water Beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with our adult children and three-year-old grandson at the Wilders' Portsmouth home. We enjoyed being able to go out the sliding glass doors onto the partly tree-shaded deck and head down to the salt water beach. The beach is rocky with gentle surf and the views are great. The house was perfectly clean and very well-equipped with a full stock of all those things that are so difficult to pack and bring long-distance, from paper towels to hand soap, as well as a large selection of water shoes and what seemed like dozens of fluffy towels. A large library caught our attention immediately, ranging from the Harvard Classics to treatises on drama. (The library also provided a nice space for our computer equipment, away from the house traffic.) In terms of location, there was a nice breakfast-and-lunch restaurant around the corner, an ice cream stand down the street near the town beach, and a grocery store with fresh steamed lobster to go a couple of miles away. Owner Mac Wilder is well-organized and takes great pains to ensure that his guests have a comfortable and carefree stay. We had a great time and we look forward to returning to the Wilders' home in future years.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful Vacation!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this Great home on the beach was Wonderful. My grown children and grandchildren had the best time, from kite flying,walking on the beach, swimming and just relaxing on the beach {my favorite part}. The house had everything we needed for staying there and for the beach. Thanks Mac for letting us stay in your home on the beach.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mary! Many thanks for taking the time to write! You and your family will be always be welcomed back any time we have a vacancy. We love family reunions in Rhode Island! All the best. Mac


Car: recommended

This a waterfront home located in the Village of Island Park, Town of Portsmouth RI. The home is a 15-20 min. drive (8 miles) from Historic Newport, RI. See famous Newport Mansions; Cliff Walk; ocean beaches; the Newport Music, Jazz, & Folk Festivals; Black Ships Festival; sailing championships & boat shows, Naval War College Museum, Tennis Hall of Fame, and many other summer attractions. Home is also 10 minutes from Historic Bristol RI; 30 minutes from New Bedford, MA; 35 minutes from Providence, RI; and one hour's drive from Boston, MA and Cape Cod.

Other Activities: Kayaking


Rates & Availability

From $395 Per night

Portsmouth House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2014-15
Dec 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2015
Apr 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
June 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Jun 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 28 2015 - Sep 5 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Sep 6 2015 - Nov 28 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2015
Nov 29 2015 - Mar 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Notes Rent covers exclusive use of the home and furnishings including all utilities, internet, consumable supplies, taxes and basic cleaning fees. Extra cleaning and/or and daily maid service are available for a stipulated additional cost; but there are No surprise charges or fees.
Applications must be accompanied by a Rental Deposit check for 50% of the total rental amount, and a separate Damage Deposit check for $1500 which may be postdated to the week week prior to your occupancy; the check will be marked "void" and returned when the property is returned as you received it, with fair wear and tear being accepted. Balance of rent is due and payable upon taking occupancy.
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Portsmouth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2175 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2d floor. Double sink
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Cabana
    Swim shower - outdoor shower , Outdoor
  • • Bathroom #1 adjoins Master Bedroom #1 on first floor. Tiled floor and walls; toilet, sink and cabinet, and large walk-in tiled shower. • Bathroom #2 adjoins Master Bedroom #2 on second floor. Also accessible from the hall. This bathroom serves all other guests and can get crowded; but the bathroom is large and well equipped with shower and tub, toilet, double sinks mounted in a long counter top with cabinets under, and extra towel bars. • Bathroom #3 in the Cabana. 1/2 bath toilet and sink. • Outdoor swim shower provides hot and cold running fresh water, and a wooden standing grate over a french drain. It is located outside and adjacent to the sliders into the Cabana. This shower is very convenient for rinsing off the salt water after your swim, or sunbathing. Air dry while reclining in the near-by hammock!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master BR #1 - 1 king
    Master BR #2 - 1 king
    Guest BR #3 - 2 twin/ single
    Extra Twin Beds - 2 twin/ single , Inflatables
    Cabana, BR #4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 Double Futons
  • Master Bedroom #1 is a suite/family room, located on the ground level. Room includes king-size platform bed, bluestone fireplace, and great water views of the Sakonnet Passage. Furnishings include love seat, easy chair, dining table, 40' 1080p HDTV. An eight-foot glass slider leads to patio and beach. Suite has private bathroom with tiled shower. Master Bedroom M#2 is on the second floor; king-size bed, dresser, desk and chair. There is a connecting door to the bathroom and an eight-foot sliding glass door to the deck, with views of the garden and the water. Bedroom #3 is also on the second floor. It is furnished with two single beds, eachs withhead boards, , a desk, and table. Three windows with nice cross ventilation. Guests on second floor share the bathroom with bedroom #2. We also offer an Inflatable queen-size and two single inflatable beds in the Cabana--a 13' x 17' finished recreation room under the deck. Sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, comforters provide
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
• State of RI has a good mosquito abatement program. Flying insects are rarely a problem in the house, on the deck, or at the beach. All windows and doors have screens if needed • House is cooled in the summer primarily by fresh air from the ocean and is usually quite comfortable. - Evenings are cool, and the sleeping is restful, usually with a sea breeze and the sound of waves on the beach. . - A variable speed attic fan is provided for cooling the whole house when cool air is needed and there is no breeze. - Various floor and table fans are available to meet individual preferences. - A 12,000 BTU window air conditioner is centrally located in the library for use on the occasional muggy days when nature and electric fans are simply insufficient. There are also 5,000 / 8,000 BTU air conditioners in all three bedrooms and they are sometimes welcome on muggy nights. The Cabana is also air conditioned. There is a portable dehumidifier if needed for your complete com

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