SEE OVERVIEW at bottom for more details re what's provided inside house & more specifics re nature (as some nature buffs have asked who really prefer mostly just to stick around the house or Great Island- on it or around its many coves by canoe or whatever- my own preference as it is soooo peaceful & beautiful right here).
Our house is on Great Island- unique because it has peninsulas jutting out everywhere, making it fun to walk or bike around (I leave several bikes, including 2 with 20 inch wheels for kids). Wildlife Viewing is is everywhere (Lots shore birds visit just a few feet from house + fully occupied purple martin house- melodic song & neat to watch). You can swim either off dock in front of house (must use raft at low tide) or at 2 state beaches within 1 mile and inside breakwater or other 2 beaches 3+ mile drive where there are large waves.
It is 1 mile to Block Island Ferries (1 hour or 1/2 hr for high speed ferry). But also at 'our' docks are deep sea fishing boats, whale watching boats, & you can walk out on the many docks (even buy lobsters or fresh fish directly from fishing boats). Adventure Land (miniature golf, bumper boats and cars, batting cage, etc) is just about 4 miles up the road and a multiplex theater another 1-2 miles. Wildlife refuge is about 8 miles, but there are a few parks within about 1/2 hour. Mystic Seaport is about 45min. (nicely restored whaling boats, ETC, ETC.; you can walk through plus large aquarium -dolphins, tropical fish, sharks, turtles, etc, including shows). New London, a U.S. submarine port, is only 10 min. further & has subs you can walk through.
No doubt I've missed a few things- like you might even drive 45 min. to Providence to watch Water Fire (google it for schedule- at night walk old cobblestone paths along river as gondolas light baskets of logs on river while lovely music plays) or their many other attractions, concerts, etc. Ditto nearby Newport- 1/2 hr drive over two suspension bridges connecting quaint old port town of Jamestown. Dine by their harbor, filled with boats of all descriptions, including yachts from overseas. Take small ferry to the nicely restored Rose Island Lighthouse (1st floor museum, 2nd fl keepers quarters, 22 acres that sit very high off the water, walking paths), Jamestown, & the old Fort Adams. Take bigger ferry for longer ride by several lighthouses throughout the huge harbor. ETC!!
There's an outdoor summer theater & a multiplex movie theater each about 20 min from our house. There are a few malls of varying sizes scattered about the large town of Narragansett, & I suspect one can find almost anything to fit any budget. Ditto the selection of restaurants, a fair number with water views, some with outdoor dining, some just one mile from our house in the port of Galilee. The famous old Coast Guard House Restaurant (be sure to take the scenic route of Ocean Road past Scarborough Beach, note soon parking for lovely cliff walk, then neat old ocean estates) sometimes even gets splashed from waves hitting the rocks, & you can see down along the beautiful Narragansett beach. It has 2 restaurants & 2 bars (elegant inside & sometimes live music, casual outside).
OVERVIEW: House -on peninsula, ocean access on Great Island, Narragansett.
Excellent birding on property. Two sanctuaries within 1/2 hour drive. a wide range of seasonal shore birds, such as green herons (like to strut down the dock), great blue herons, great white egrets & snowy egrets, kingfishers, cormorants, osprey (one nest is within sight of house), buffleheads, red breasted merganzers, eider ducks sometimes but usually over by ocean & latter 4 varieties mostly only in colder months, swans (sometimes even come with their signets to be fed at end of dock), Canada geese, mallard & black ducks, greater & lesser yellowlegs, willets, many different types of seagulls & terns, etc. At nearby ocean beaches there are sandpipers & additional diving ducks as well as piping plovers (have protected fenced off nesting areas), glossy ibis, etc. Other regular visitors at our house are goldfinch, housefinch, purple martins, red-winged blackbirds nest in marshes out front, cardinals, blue jays, mocking birds, barn swallows (nest under dock)...etc.
Additional House Info: Floor plan allows privacy - Four bedrooms- 3BR & 1 bath up, 1 bedroom with queen bed & full bath beside it on first floor. LOVELY cupola acts as small LR on 3rd floor & has deck off it. Huge master bedroom has sitting area with two sofas with entire corner of windows overlooking water plus table with high speed internet including wireless access throughout premises. Kitchen is fully-equipped. There is a washer & dryer, porta crib & highchair. Large LR has Cable TV & VCR/DVD, cable internet connection, older stereo. Bring all linens & leave neat & fairly clean (cleaning service does come between rentals; linen rental service near). NO Pets (I SOMETIMES allow by special arrangement). Garage - ping pong(new table 2009) & game sitting area in loft (unfinished walls per town orders), bikes with 20-27 inch wheel bases, use at own risk) and stroller, porta crib, toddler railing, booster chair & highchair. Gates can be drawn across top of 1st fl deck stairs & 2nd fl stairs inside house. Enclosed outdoor shower also has sink/mirror. Lots indoor & outdoor games provided. The house does not have AC, but fans in each BR, ceiling fan in cupola, & attic exhaust fan.
Word of caution- summer of 2014 some people had large parties & also had too many people staying overnight. Neighbor reported 10 cars & parked all over grass. Once & septic overflowed & we had to have pumpout midweek. WE MUST INSIST ON NO MORE THAN 9 (ONE EVEN THEN MUST SLEEP ON SMALL COT) STAYING OVERNIGHT & MAXIMUM OF 5 CARS DURING DAY. I'M SORRY, BUT WE WILL HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN THAT. NOT ONLY CAN THE HOUSE NOT HANDLE LOTS OF PEOPLE ON A REGULAR BASIS, BUT IT IS UNFAIR TO NEIGHBORS WHO LIVE THERE FULL TIME. PLEASE CONSIDER THAT YOU WOULD NOT WANT NEIGHBORS WHERE YOU LIVE TO HAVE LARGE PARTIES EVERY WEEK ALL SUMMER, NOR COULD YOUR HOUSE SURVIVE SUCH NUMBERS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!!
Cupola & roof deck offer spectacular viewing for sunsets, sunrises, storms, watching sailboat races & other boating across peninsula. Great Island has so many peninsulas that it is interesting & fun just walking or biking around. (I leave hard plastic raft plus small plastic kiddie wading pool, as well as other games, toys, etc. mentioned elsewhere).