Completely renovated in late 2009, Baywoods Lodge offers the privacy and tranquility of a large forest-backed setting within view of the sea and your private neighborhood beach, offering unlimited hiking and biking opportunities. But right in the center of Rhode Island's most popular historic towns and beaches, with Wickford, Narragansett, Jamestown and Newport only 3 - 8 miles away.
An authentic hand-hewn log home, Baywoods Lodge boasts 1450 square feet on two levels, a sunroom, and over 1000 sq feet of decks and balconies to enjoy the forest setting. The home has been newly transformed into a luxurious lodge, reminiscent of those of the American aristocracy of the 19th century, featuring fine Oriental rugs, 19th and early 20th century antiques, and hand-carved wood paneling. A state-of-the-art kitchen, two-story living room with fireplace, new bathrooms, and a Master suite with balcony and separate dressing room add to its unique charm.
Our Location: Our Saunderstown location is arguably among the most convenient in Rhode Island, offering local beaches and woodlands, and water sports, sightseeing, shopping, or fine dining only minutes away. Just off two thoroughfares, scenic 1A and RI 138, you can drive to Wickford in less than 5 minutes, and to Narragansett, Jamestown, or Newport in 7 – 12 minutes. Providence is less than 30 minutes away.
The area offers plenty of hiking or bicycling opportunities as well, with a pleasant bike trail to Rome Point - a wild and beautiful peninsula in Narragansett bay from which you can view seals in the wintertime, and Casey Farm - a working farm of the early 1700s.
A Romantic History: When we first purchased Baywoods Lodge, we and everyone else who visited remarked on what a wonderful 'aura' it had. Then we found out why.
According to our 91-year old neighbor, Baywoods Lodge was built in 1971 by a couple who were very much in love. The man had it built by Vermont artisans of hand-hewn logs, for his girlfriend. Then, when it was finished, he painted “I love you, honey” on the rafters in the basement. If you check, you can still see the words, in the laundry room.
Saunderstown History: Saunderstown was first settled sometime around 1680 by the Willett family of New York. The first owner of the area was Thomas Willett, the first mayor of New York in 1664. His son, Captain Andrew Willet was the region's first resident from 1680 to his death in 1712. The land then fell into the Carpenter family's hands, by inheritance, in 1776. Until the late 1800's the area was known as Willettville.
It received its present name in honor of the ship building family of John Aldrich Saunders, who settled there in 1856 and constructed a marine railway and shipyard. The Saunders family constructed ships and maintained a summer hotel and a ferry service to Jamestown, Newport, Wickford, and Providence.