Great Island House Rental Photos and Description
4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 8, LOTS to do & watch
We are one of 2 houses on a tidal peninsula, 2 story colonial, 3rd fl. cupola with roof deck for 360 degree water view across several peninsulas- quite unique, detached garage with play loft- ping pong, etc, Screened Porch, Main Deck, Dock-new 2013 (tie your own boat there - up to 25ft), Rowboat, Canoe, Bikes, Lots Indoor and Outdoor Games. Quiet, private 3/4 acre. House is set up with a few different private areas. LR (2009) new sofa, leather loveseat & 2 matching club chairs; new Weber grill. ALL rooms have lovely views. Many areas got new carpeting fall 2010, & throughout the house regular repairs & replacements yearly are made. New refrigerator was installed in 2013, & new roof & siding 2014.
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.
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).
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
I exchanged this house for a NJ shore rental when my parents retired to Cape Cod. It was a halfway point for us to meet, & sometimes they'd even take the kids for a week ( I was single parent awhile)! I've always rented out as it is only way I can keep the place, & even then I don't fully break even when one factors in waterfront taxes & lots of maintenance due not only to renting out but frequent strong winds with salt spray. I remarried to a teacher in 1992. We do most of the upkeep ourselves with some help from grown sons. The grandkids now love the place as much as their dads did & still do. I kept my 1st married name so as to have same name as my kids.
This place has been my refuge as it is always so peaceful (even in poor weather), especially with all the upheavals in my family. While still a single parent, I got masters degrees in Health Advocacy- the college solicited me as I had already been recognized for public advocacy- & Math (Before kids I taught high school math 5 yrs, then tutored it 5 years till 3rd son born. When youngest was 3, I got elected to the school board on platform not to vote for me unless they voted yes for the budget- it had been defeated for years. I noted how the quality of schools affects real estate values. I said 1st impressions are strong for everyone, hence keeping class sizes small for k-3 was critical. I prepared a huge report sent to 100s- Do you want the public to vote on YOUR salary?)
I've now done public advocacy for ~45 years. Google my name- I'm in 6 WhosWhos including WW in America. 1st link is my blog/ top link my petition, www.advocateforlegalaccountability.com & Need to Create Checks & Balances on Our Legal SYSTEM, no matter the topic. PLEASE sign & pass along. There's been HUGE resistance for YEARS by media, gov't, ESP. legal system to this discussion! Take simple 10 question quiz, YOU BE THE JUDGE- ~3rd blog entry. Google documentary, NoWayOutButOne- mom/kids got asylum FROM U.S. courts!
I'd been looking on & off for 2 years, & actually came here to see another house. That was more expensive, I didn't like layout, & views poor. Exasperated realtor said she'd just heard re new listing she hadn't seen. We got halfway down the driveway & I said- 'I don't care what the house looks like inside!' I lucked out- placed full bid. 2 others came later that day! As description states, you can see water from every window across a few peninsulas. It's got 3/4 acre & shares peninsula with only 1 other house. The incoming tides bring fish attracting lots of shore birds. It is peaceful just staring out or quietly canoeing into the many coves. Watching from the cupola (I added it & roof deck as well as more windows below) is amazing, especially lightning storms & both sunsets & sunrises as it has 360 degree view. I've already described lots re the property itself & re the uniqueness of Great Island with its many peninsulas, the within walking distance fishing port, the town & general area elsewhere on this website, so I won't repeat it here.
Again, I think that's been pretty well described above, but I'll add a bit. I like that the house layout with one BR & full bath on 1st floor & other 3 BRs & bath on 2nd lends itself well to sharing with friends or extended family (1st floor helps if someone is infirm, too) & with privacy. Sharing also makes it very cheap, & I do need to reemphasize that I don't even break even with all the expenses. All rooms have water views, though of course some are better. The cupola & roof deck even act as a separate private area.
LASTLY- renting out the place, especially when one hires out the work as little as possible, is a LOT of work. Sometimes I get frustrated that I spend far more time at chores here than relaxing! HOWEVER, believe it or not I actually DO take some pleasure in being able to share such an unusual spot with others, & even the chores aren't so bad when you can often look up to watch the ever-changing views & birds!