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This is a sunny, quiet, cheerful home on the quiet side of Stonington Borough, yet within a 5 to 10 minute walk of all the good restaurants, the library and the farmers' market. The town beach is less than a mile walk from the house. The house has a pleasant back yard planted with shrubs, perrenials and a complete herb garden where you will want to have morning coffee at the garden table or sit under the cherry tree in the Adirondack chairs and read. Sit on the front porch in the waning afternoon sun with a cocktail and watch the tennis players across the street. Ideal for a couple or a small family. Well-behaved dogs will be considered. The kitchen is well-equipped .
Note that when you look at the map you will see this is on the 'other side of the tracks'. This is a good thing. I moved from the heart of the Borough to the other side of the tracks because it was so much quieter. You will also see that it is close to the tracks, but that does not mean there is loud train noise. The Borough is a 'quiet zone' which means that trains cannot blow their whistle going through and the trains are electric so they are quiet.
The footbridge over the tracks into the other side of the borough is just 300 feet from my front door.
The other advantage of being on the quiet side is that you will always have a place to park.
I'm a professor at a college in the area. This is my principal home but I spend a lot of time in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and in California so I am happy to rent this house, especially in the summer. I have rented other peoples homes using Home Away when I travel so I am appreciate that people are looking for something more personal than a hotel room.
Candace Howes purchased this house in 2003
This is a lovely older home that was both beautifully and comfortably decorated. A soft leather couch and chair in the living room was complemented by such a comfy rocker that it put one guest to sleep. It was a perfect place for game night.
The house was plenty big for two adults and three teenage girls, all of whom enjoyed the spacious garden and backyard. For the price of one night in one room at an also-lovely B & B (where we've also stayed),on the other side of the train tracks you can enjoy three bedrooms and plenty of room to spread out here. You just have to walk over the pedestrian bridge and you're here. No more or less train noise than you'd hear on the other side and it was barely noticeable.
A big plus: There's a block-long renovated factory filled with art galleries, a glass blowing studio, yoga and a great bakery just two blocks away.
You can also walk to DuBois Beach - stopping along the way for coffee or shopping - or drive and park in the lot (if you're early enough) or along the side streets.
And for fun for the kids/teens: Try one of the many programs at New England Science and Sailing along Water St. to mix a little marine education. .
The house was perfectly clean, well maintained and the owner was very helpful leading up to the rental. We'd highly recommend it to anyone with or without kid s or a dog. Stonington doesn't get the surf of nearby RI beaches, but it's just minutes from RI so there are plenty of other public beach options, plus Mystic Seaport or Watch Hill for shopping on rainy days.
This is a bright, comfortable, attractive house with easy access to S'ton boro on foot or by car. Breezes from Fisher's Island Sound, a lovely herb garden out back, and Adirondack chairs under the pines. Our small son enjoyed the excellent crib, walks around town, and time at the playground. We swam at Watch Hill---twenty minutes away. Communication with the owner was easy and pleasant. A very happy choice for a ten-day stay.
We loved our long stay in this beautifully curated yet completely comfortable home. The location is wonderful, with tennis court access so easy we felt they were our own. The kitchen is equipped for every cook. We love it here.
My husband and I stayed at this home for 3 nights in late July. The owner provided prompt communication in advance of our stay. When we arrived, she welcomed us and offered to answer any questions. She also left a packet of information.
The home is quite old and rich with historic features, such as a servants’ staircase. The house is tastefully decorated, though, as mentioned in the listing, some of the living-room furniture is worn. We found the bed in the master bedroom to be comfortable. The only window air conditioning unit (no central air) is in this room. We had several fall-like days during our visit, so AC was not necessary, but this might leave some renters uncomfortable on very warm days. There is no television in this room if you like to watch TV before bed; there is only one small TV in the living room. In terms of other rooms, there is a second bedroom that could have been used by another couple. (We found that it was a good amount of house for just two people.) The kitchen was stocked with equipment that we needed to cook several meals. There are 1.5 bathrooms; we found the shower to have warm water and good water pressure.
It would have been nice to know a few things ahead of time, such as that the third bedroom/study and upstairs hallway were in the midst of a painting project and that we would need to bring our own grilling utensils for the outdoor grill. And while the home was generally clean, there were a few small things that might bother some guests, especially with the assumption that the previous renter has paid the $80 cleaning fee, including mold in the shower and ants in the kitchen—the latter of which the homeowner addressed when alerted of the issue.
There are two nice outdoor spaces—the backyard complete with an herb garden and a front porch that faces tennis courts across the street. Behind the tennis courts are Amtrak railroad tracks. Though the trains are not allowed to sound their horns, they are high-speed trains that can definitely be heard as they pass by. We found that there was much more train traffic on weekdays than the weekend. The sounds can be ignored during the day, but they did wake up this light sleeper with the windows open at night.
There is plenty to do in the area. We’d recommend a meal at Noah’s, watching a sunset at DuBois beach, a Saturday morning visit Stonington Farmer’s Market, a stroll through downtown Mystic, and a tour (and bottle of wine, of course) at Stonington Vineyards.
Stonington Borough is the peaceful destination for those who don't want the commercialism of Mystic but also want the amenities of the area. The Borough, as it is called by locals, is a small very old fishing village with a superb collection of 18th and 19th century residential architecture and beautiful gardens. Stonington has the last remaining commercial fishing fleet in the state nestled into a beautiful harbor. There are dog parks, a children's playground and a very lovely public library and multiple good restaurants all within a 5 - 10 minute walk. There is a reason why it is a destination for New Yorkers looking for a weekend escape from the city.
Follow an early evening stroll down to the point with a drink on the dock at a local restaurant. Farmer's markets every Saturday in the Borough and close by on Tues, Thursday and Sunday mean that summer cooking is easy.
The Borough is also accessible to the attractions of the area - Mystic Seaport, the Mystic Aquarium, Rhode Island's famous beaches, great cycling, wineries, great restaurants.
Take a ferry trip for the day to the north fork of Long Island and go sight seeing and wine tasting. Spend an evening at one of the two casinos within 20 minutes drive where you can gamble or catch a show or go to one of the many very good restaurants.
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