The minimum stay is 60 nights, though the VRBO system cannot reflect this. The daily rate listed is correct.
A modern, clean, and bright 1400 sf condo with a 2-car garage underneath and a walk-up to a 2-floor living space that starts 20 feet up in the air (at tree level!).
We are .1 mile from the town marina (5 houses), .25 mile from the beach, and 1 mile to the village green. There are ocean views from our living room, our bedroom, and the upstairs deck.
The first floor has an entirely open floor plan with a kitchen, dining room, sunken living room, den, and half bath with washer and dryer. The second floor is the bedroom with a full bath.
The kitchen has a enormous u-shaped counter with a big round chopping block. There is a dishwasher, refrigerator, and a gas oven and stove. There is a reverse-osmosis water filter at the sink for great drinking water. We're leaving the cabinets stocked with plenty of dishes and utensils and our All-Clad heat conducting pots and pans so you can take advantages of cooking on the gas stove.
The kitchen is separated from the dining room by one side of the counter. The dining room has a 5-foot-square table with super comfortable leather-upholstered wooden chairs. On one wall of the dining room is a framed antique quilt (one of three framed antique quilts in the house; the other two in in the stairways). On the other wall is bookshelves and my easel, which I'm leaving in case you want to play around with some painting.
From the dining room, step down two steps to the living room and look up to a high clerestory of windows from which you can see the moon, and lower wall-to-wall windows with beautiful sunrise views and the sea out above the trees (remember, we're almost 30 feet in the air at this point). My mom's oriental rug is on the floor, there is a built-in desk with an Aeron chair, and we are leaving our guitar in case you want to do a little strumming. Next to the desk is a gas fireplace (with a hidden on/off switch on the underside of the desk), and there is a cushy u-shaped sectional couch and ottoman perfect for curling up on. The hearth below the fireplace slides out to reveal a 46-inch flat screen TV with a PS3 and a DVD player. The TV is currently not hooked up for cable, but if you give us enough notice, we are glad to arrange for it to be hooked up. Otherwise, the TV is hidden and you'd never know it was there.
On the other side of the kitchen is the den, also sunken by two stairs, and also with wall-to-wall windows and views of trees and the sky. Here there is another desk with another Aeron chair. A soft white rug, a suede upholstered rocker with ottoman for watching the trees and reading in, and lots of bins and baskets for all of your stuff.
The bathroom on the first floor doubles as a laundry room and is lined with shelves and wire baskets for storage. There is a counter great for folding, and beneath that rotating compartments for diving up laundry, or for anything else you want to use them for. There is a long frosted window at the top of one of the walls in the bathroom to let in the light from the den. And beneath the sink is our vacuum cleaner and all of its attachments, should you decide to use it (if you'd prefer to have someone come in and clean while you are staying, let us know and we'll help you to arrange that).
Upstairs you'll find a small storage closet with an ironing board and sewing machine and yoga mat and (I love this part) a laundry chute that delivers your dirty clothes to a compartment in the downstairs bathroom. (We'll be sure to leave detergent down there for you.) The closet is also the place to find fluffy organic towels for your bath or shower.
The bedroom itself has a huge leather chair in the center—the kind of chair that you do not want to get up from—and a coffee table in front of the chair. Behind the chair is the ceiling-to-floor, wall-to-wall glass slider that leads out to the deck (where, over the trees, you can see the water of the Cove). In the garage we keep two low wooden chaise lounges that fit well on the deck but take up most of the space out there. If you want us to put them up there for you, let us know, or else you can carry them up from the garage if you decide to once you get here.
On one of the walls of the bedroom is a low bookshelf. On the other wall is a completely built-out 15-foot wide and 8-foot tall closet with ceiling-to-floor sliding frosted doors. The photo I'm including of the closet only shows the left half of the inside of the closet; we kept the door to the other half closed so you could see the doors shut, but that right half is the mirror image of the left half as shown. Every drawer and shelf and bar is cleared out for you, and the closet is stocked with black wooden hangars.
The bed has a queen-size Temper-Pedic mattress that is amazingly comfortable. We have traveled the world and stayed in some pretty fabulous hotels, but never have we found a mattress as comfortable as this one. We spent a small fortune on it, and never once have regretted doing so. We are sure that after sleeping on it you'll be e-mailing us to ask for the exact model number.
The upstairs bathroom has a large slanted window that lets in a lot of light. There is a bathtub with jacuzzi jets and arm rests perfect for soaking, and a shower head that delivers lots and lots of very hot water.
The lighting throughout the house is very intentionally designed and all built-in. The first floor has canisters with dimmer switches throughout, plus indirect lighting bars in the clerestory over the living and near the ceiling of the den. Up in the bedroom are two more indirect lighting bars, one on each end of the room. There are reading lights on the wall on either side of the bed, and the closet lighting also dims and is great with the frosted closet doors closed to create atmosphere up there in the evening.
This place has central air that is powerful and cold and yours to use as you'd like. Also, there is a ceiling fan in the den that you can use with windows open on both sides of the room to generate gorgeous ocean cross-breeze.
There is high-speed wireless internet waiting for you, and if you'd rather not bring your laptop along, let us know and we'd be glad to leave a computer set up for you. There is no landline telephone in the place, but we've always gotten good reception with our cell phones. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but please email if you have any questions at all if if you'd like us to take any more photos for you.
And if you can't wait to learn more as you wait for me to email you back, check out this New York Times article about the building:
This is our home and we absolutely love everything about it. When we first saw this place, we were looking for a house to buy, not a condo, but this space feels like where you'd want to be if you were on vacation. We walked out and knew it would be our home. We have lived here for over 12 years now, and it has never lost for us a feeling of peacefulness. And while we each grew up in houses in which the furniture faced inwards, in this place the windows are so huge that the trees and the sky are an integral part of the indoor space. So our furniture is all facing the windows, and our walls are the colors of the outside so that we feel like we are living in an extension of the beauty around us. And of all of the units in this cool building, only ours has the tree outside in the parking lot, so from the den and from the bedroom, you really do feel as if you are in a treehouse. When I'm home and need to get grounded, I can look in any direction, find a tree, and breath along with the wind through the branches.
We love how modern this space is. And not only that, but the architect understood how to create an inviting space—a space that feels good to be in. It's almost indescribable, but no matter where you are in our home, you will feel like you want to stay.
The Guilford marina, 5 houses away from us, is a beautiful place to walk, sit, watch boats sail in and out, and have dinner. There is a lovely view of Grass Island and it's little 1940s red shack.
The Stone House restaurant is one of the best restaurants around, with a great menu in the dining room and an incredibly cozy bar for lighter fare. Behind the Stone House is The Little Stone House with take-out gourmet sandwiches, outdoor seating, and live music on Thursday nights. And don't miss the hidden lobster shack behind The Moorings restaurant--go through the lot of the Moorings to the little shack with a lobster on the side, walk through the shack as if you were there to buy lobsters, and out the other side is a hidden dock surrounded by water on three sides where you can get a delicious hot lobster roll before 5pm each day.
A quarter of a mile from us is the town beach, Jacob's beach, a mecca of local kayaking. The beach has a sweet view of the sound, and is being completely re-landscaped for a Memorial Day 2013 opening. On the walk down to Jacob's Beach is a bocce court. If you take a right there and walk across the soccer field, you can find the path to what we call 'the little beach'—a tiny beach with a giant piece of driftwood and no matter when we visit, there is never anyone there. It's a lovely place for some real peace and quiet.
Another special shoreline spot is Chaffinch Island (3 miles from us), a little park of rolling grassy hills and an extensive peninsula of rocks that you can climb out to and see tidal pools of snails and crabs and usually cormorants and a family of egrets. This is an amazing place to sit on the rocks and write, or take a picnic, or watch the sunrise or sunset.
The walk from us to the Guilford Green is exactly 1 mile of historic houses and well-kept sidewalks. This is the most walked mile in town, and you are bound to meet friendly passers-by. Every weekend in June, July, and August, the Green hosts a crafts fair or festival of some kind, and often live music or theater (including Shakespeare) outdoors at night. The Green is surrounded by gift shops and thrift shops and clothing boutiques, an independent bookstore, Breakwater Books with a friendly staff and a great selection; an independent coffeehouse, Cilantro, with sandwiches and fantastic chocolate chip cookies; Page Hardware, family owned since 1939; Rituals, a full-service day spa; an Italian restaurant (Quattro's), Thai (Som Siam), Mexican (Rancheros), American (Whitfields), pizza (Centro), chocolate and wine bar (Ballou's), and a breakfast place (Sunny Side Up); Guilford Food Center for groceries and sandwiches; a dry cleaner, two package stores, and the Guilford Public Library.
Bishops Orchards (2 miles from the property, west of Route 1) has a huge selection of local vegetables and prepared dinners plus pick-your-own fruit fields throughout the summer when you can pick peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries (go early in the day for the best picking and a cool breeze).
FoodWorks (2 miles from the property, east on Route 1) is a large natural foods store with every alternative health product you can imagine, a deli/cafe, and fresh organic smoothies.
For more gourmet prepared foods, see Antonio at La Rosticceria. He always has prepared meat and fish and vegetarian dishes that you can take back to our place and warm up and feel as though you were in one of Italy's finest restaurants (Antonio owned restaurants in Italy for years before moving his family to Guilford). Antonio also makes award-winning cupcakes.
If you ask me, I will give you the number of my favorite massage therapist in town (she is amazing), though you'll have to book time with her 2-3 weeks in advance. And I can also describe to you how to get out to the little red shack on Grass Island via a long golden beach that reaches out between the sea and the marsh (we lived here for years before we figured this one out!).
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|$600 deposit required to hold reservation, and will be returned immediately after rental period if there has been no damage.|
|Fees And Taxes||Housecleaning during your stay and cable TV all require advance notice and are provided at the renter's expense.|
Property available beginning June 1, 2013.
Minimum stay is 2 months.
Two-month stay is $84 per night plus deposit.
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