The historic Red Shutters, built in 1812, has recently been lovingly restored and is in its third summer rental season. This charming 5 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse is located on West Side Rd. (no dirt road to contend with) on 5.3 acres of beautiful property with ocean and sunset views and a back yard with expansive rolling pasture, stone walls and old apple and pine groves. You can hear the ringing of the SW bell buoy and watch as the horses (and the occasional peacock) walk past your yard from the nearby horse farm.
There are gardens, many beautiful trees and shrubs, and several sweet outbuildings on the property: 'The Candle House, 'Potting Shed,' 'Garden House,' and 2 barns. We are within walking distance to Greenway Trails, Cooneymus Beach, Rustic Rides horsebackriding farm.
The kitchen/living/dining area is airy and open with a brick chimney and woodstove located in the center. Enter the kitchen from the back deck, pass the mudroom and the ample pantry, walk into the living area and step down through the french doors to the sunroom with southern light. There are 3 bedrooms off the living room including the master bedroom with bath and 2 bedrooms upstairs. The other full bath is on the 1st floor off the sunroom.
Wide plank maple floors and some painted wood floors. Kitchen: granite countertops and new appliances. You can see the ocean from most of the first floor rooms and bedrooms as well as from the front yard and the 2nd floor of house. Deck with furniture, outside shower, propane grill in back yard. Old fashioned charm with new bathroom and kitchen. Piano in dining/living room. This is one of Block Island's historic landmark properties.
Eileen and Steve Miller and their 13 year old son, Andre, have lived year round on Block Island for 15 years. Steve is a contractor in the winter and a charter boat captain in the summer. He loved restoring the farmhouse and its outbuildings, preserving their unique character. Eileen is an artist, teacher, and healer who sells her oil paintings at the Farmer's Market and leads painting workshops. Steve and Eileen keep busy and creative in the off-season with weekly practices with their a capella singing friends and by performing regularly with the African drumming group, The Block Island Drummers.
We love the quiet and the sunsets on the West Side of Block Island where we have lived for 13 years. We recently bought The Red Shutters (also on the West Side) which is renowned for its charm and its history. We knew the prior residents who owned the property for the last 50 years and who were avid gardeners and opened their hearts and home to the residents and visitors of the Island. We have heard countless stories of people's sweet memories of visiting the Red Shutters for gardening tips, honey, candles, and camaraderie. We hope to continue the tradition.
The back deck is private and quiet with open views of rolling pasture. There are mature rhododendron bushes, forsythia, smoke bush, pussy willow, holly bushes, large swaying pines and old apple trees, maple and birch trees, and deciduous conifers. We are looking forward to seeing the many iris, lilies, and daffodils bloom and to restoring the old veggie garden. We love the outbuildings which include the Garden House, the Potting Shed, the Candle House and the 2 barns. We also like not having to ride a dusty and rutted dirt road to get home--we are right on West Side Rd. at the corner of Old Mill Rd. We like walking the Greenway Trails which are right next to our property and we like the 20 minute walk to Cooneymus Beach for sunset and beachcombing strolls. We also love to watch the horses go by from nearby Rustic Rides Farm. Also very exotic are the peacocks that sometimes pass by the property and roost in the pine grove.