|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
AVAILABLE NOW : August 14-21 ( car reservations are still available)
August 29-September 4
Enjoy a full kitchen, living room , dining room, den, patio, deck and 4 acres of rolling fields with visits by deer and pheasants. And the cost is far less than any hotel for four bedrooms; in fact per person it is $67 per night .
At the house relax outside on the patio with ocean views, on a more sheltered deck or in the shady paddock surrounded by barn foundation walls. Enjoy sweeping views of fields, stonewalls and ocean. Abundant lawns to run around or play outdoor games. Fishing in a pond is yards away. Walk to Vail beach in less than 15 minutes.
If you're inside, this is a house where some people can congregate while others have a place to themselves.
You can eat at a dining room table, a bar, or at either a breezy or a sheltered picnic table. Or do a BBQ down the hill in the stone barn foundation with 9 foot walls on three sides and a grassy paddock in front of you.
You can bike to the north end of the island for a workout, climb down the bluff path to Vail Beach in 12 minutes to surf, fish, swim, paint or have a beach fire.
In 5 minutes drive to the shops and crowds of Old Harbor , then on to Crescent beach for a swim and maybe some parasailing.
Decide whether you'll go out for dinner or make a feast at home perhaps with clams you dug at Andy's Way ; go out dancing or to a movie.
Maybe a moonlit swim or bonfire at the beach
Take yourself to The Great Salt Pond for kayaking, clamming, sailing , tennis or to watch the windsurfers, sailors and power boaters.
Have cocktails on the lawn of the Spring House or The Atlantic and stop by the Manisees Menagerie for a look at the camels and emus and Highland Cows.
Then come back to your nine room 'cottage' on its four acres of fields and paths with its two bedrooms up and two on the main floor. A comfortable living room as well as a den, a large kitchen with plenty of seating. Even the bedrooms have a quiet spot to read.
When you come back from paddling or the beach take a hot outdoor shower .
The beds are firm but embrace you. Two families can stay comfortably given the layout of rooms and beds so come as a group of 8 and the cost is less than $135 per bedroom per night and you have a home of your own and the whole Block Island magic to savor for a week.
You won't have pheasants wake you or grazing fawns interrupt your dinner at a resort or on a cruise ship. Come to Block Island and feel the grass and the sand between your toes.
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of the inside, the property and the scenery within easy walking distance.
And please forgive the one nasty tenant review which comes from someone who caused much damage while there and much unpleasantness afterwards. This rarely happens thank goodness.
Keywords: 4 private Bedrooms( 2Q,2F,2T) , two full baths and hot/cold outdoor shower, eat-in kitchen, w/d, d/w well equipped. Living room w/ fireplace. Wifi/DSL. Dining rm, den. Nicely furnished. Large open property with character, gas and charcoal grillss, picnic tables. Walk to Atlantic beach, fish, star gaze, count deer, spot birds, off paved road but not isolated , 5 minutes to town.
Retired financier with a passion for sports, a penchant for travel and a pleasure taken in cultural activities
Catharine Kolb purchased this chateau / country house in 1983
It's beautiful and unspoiled, easy to get to, stress free, modern conveniences but a place to chill out
marvelous bird watching, star spotting, rambling on beaches or trails, biking the challenging hills, enjoying the local music scene, taking great photos and being at the beach.
I jog, bike and meander from the front door. I sling a towel around my neck, a beach chair over my shoulder and stuff a book or my watercolors in the chair , walk down the grassy path over the back of the property and am on the beach painting in less than 12 minutes.
The house fully lived up to its description/ photos. The owner provided us with tons of useful info especially the fun map with places to explore, and helped us understand the island's weather patterns. Our group of 7, including 5 young adults, had plenty of space for togetherness outdoors and in, and alone time in the quiet den. The lay out of rooms is great. The good-sized dining room has nice serving platters and casserole dishes. The kitchen is big enough for a group to sit on the benches while the cook, both when grilling outdoors and working in the kitchen, has company. Sitting on the comfy chaise longues and admiring the views was heaven, (we appreciated the 4 acres...no traffic noise and a very private feel.) so was bird watching each morning. We sure hope to go back next year!
We stayed at this house for 2 weeks in August. It's an older house that could be charming. There is a large flat yard space, limited views, and lots of outdoor seating. As others have noted, the bedrooms are spaced out in a way that made it comfortable for our party of six. Unfortunately, the house is poorly maintained and the owner is difficult. Just to name a few things, there was broken furniture with signs on it from early June that had not been repaired, the bedroom screen had to be retrieved from behind the dumpster, the window shades were lying on the floor because they were the wrong size, there was grime and dirt on top of the fridge and microwave, the cabinets were so terribly organized that we did very little cooking (for example 5 sets of measuring spoons but not one complete set? 3 old dirty mops but no dust pan, every pot, pan, lid, muffin tin, steamer etc. just thrown into a giant cabinet, many of them still dirty), the slip covers were old and sandy, and there was just STUFF everywhere - lamps, vases, candles, figurines, etc. The clothesline was so over grown that it was inaccessible. We were also disappointed that the owner came to the property for a few hours during our stay despite our polite request that she not interrupt our rare family time. She denied our request and was even rude about it. A realtor with whom we have worked for years advised us against working with this particular property owner. In hindsight, I wish I had listened. Block Island is such an amazing, peaceful and beautiful spot. We have been going for years and have always had really positive experiences. There are many better places to rent.
The house and property had everything a family with 3 kids needs for a wonderful stay on Block Island--a selection of bedrooms upstairs and downstairs so that the kids could either have their own room or share, a fully equipped kitchen, big dining room table, TV/DVD player for watching a family movie in the evening, two big decks equipped with picnic tables and comfortable chairs for reading and enjoying the view and sunshine, and plenty of yard space. We walked every day to a nearby beach which was never crowded and was perfect for playing in the waves and sand. We were also within walking distance of the famous Painted Rock (and took our turn at decorating it on our last day on the island). Other beautiful beaches and fun activities are close by, and we enjoyed biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking on the Clay Head Trail as well as the Manisses animal farm, and ice cream and beanbag toss at The Oar. Bring a car if you have a young family. Thanks so much for the welcoming and comfortable accommodations, Catharine! We would definitely stay here again.
We stayed for a week with our two kids (3 and 8) along with my brother, his wife and two young kids. We never felt crowded and liked the fact that the bed rooms were spread out around the house. The area is very peaceful and while not close to the beaches if you have a car then it's not a problem. I liked having the outdoor shower to clean off in and the deck is nice for evenings watching the sunset.
We have stayed in several Block Island houses as a group of adult siblings and some adult-ish offspring and this was among our favorites. This is a wonderful house, with very comfortable bedrooms and well-designed and furnished sitting, dining, music practicing and outdoor lounging areas.The owner's Haitian and other art work is a relief from the usual nautical theme. The house is for people who like to be with one another as it is not huge. The location was quiet and lovely--walking distance to Vail beach but well off the main road--and a good bike ride to other beaches and town. (A car is probably needed to bring gear and food back.) We were six inside with a few others in a nearby cottage who came over for games or dining. The owner was available and communicative on any issues. We hope to stay there again.
At first we thought that we picked the wrong end of the island to stay at but quickly figured out that the location was exactly what we were looking for - Very quiet, off the beaten path, great views, super backyard with comfortable lounge chairs allowing you to enjoy the scenery. The house comfortably slept 8 and we never felt the least bit crowded.
Definitely going back next year!!!!
Stargazing :join weekly guided outing , bird banding station and Audubon guide, a lot to paint and photograph, paved road near house flat enough and safe enough to roller blade/skike , also a good spot for a kid's lemonade stand.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 12 2015 - Sep 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$600|
Cleaning fee is approximately $175, security deposit is $600
Half upon booking; second half, security deposit and cleaning fee due several months prior to arrival