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1853 Captain Wheeler House-Historic Seaport Home Garden-Rental Retreat

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

5 BR's with private bath, Sleeps 10. Cupola +2. Maximum 12

* Historic Sea Captain’s home - Thriving Seaport Village * Think about SPRING getaways & Summer Vacation. *

Cheerful & sunny. Ideal for extended family, couples & celebrations, reunions & wedding accommodations. This Italianate Victorian home restored by Owners, both architects, is well located for many activities. Tall ceilings, gracious rooms, large windows, striking detail & plank floors evoke a prosperous period in Mystic's Seafaring Heritage. 4 colorful & light-filled rooms on each floor enjoy views in 2 directions & 3 grace the wing. Step from the fully-equipped kitchen to a covered porch with dining for 4 & the garden with seating for more. Relax & visit in the large parlor, formal or informal dining room, porches or yard. Enjoy morning coffee rocking on the front porch as the sun rises. Pick 1 of 5 bedrooms, all with private bath on the 2nd floor. Our home is ready for your arrival be it a Summer Vacation, Fall Retreat, Winter Holiday or Spring Break. PLEASE note (as it may not be clear on this ever-changing site) that our rates are based on 8 guests & an additional amount will be shown on the quote for additional guests.

We are interested in your Inquiry: . . . . Please email & let us know if you are familiar with the Mystic & the area, the number and complement in the party and any other information which will assist us in responding. We enjoy sharing our home with others who appreciate historic houses and visiting a seaport village in a region which offers a rich history, culture, nature, water and other activities. . . . Mystic is a desired location for WEDDINGS with many fabulous possibilities from wineries to historic locations. Terrific FOOD catered by regional chefs. Abundant year round pastimes and recreational options for guests. The 1853 CAPTAIN WHEELER HOUSE is ideally suited for families of the bride or groom and wedding parties. . . . National Geographic Adventure Magazine September 2007 issue listed their '50 Best Adventure Towns, State-by-State'. These are the 50 best places to live and play in 5 categories. Mystic ranked as one of the top 10 Waterfront Places.

The 1853 Captain Wheeler House - Mystic Vacation Activities - Many things available in the area!

MYSTIC Seaport events: April ; Pirate Days - May ; LOBSTER Days & Rumrunner Lighthouse Cruise - June: SEA MUSIC Festival, WOODEN BOAT Show & small craft weekend - July 4th Independence Day Celebration, Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous - August: Model Yacht Regatta, Antique Marine Engine Exposition - September: Coastweeks Regatta, Marine Art Exhibition & Antique Vehicle Show - October: Columbus weekend Chowder Days, "Painting in Plein Air", Celestial Navigation & Beer Tasting - for the Holidays - LANTERN LIGHT TOURS, Community Carol Sing & Holiday Magic.

Community & Area Events: Mystic Outdoor ART Festival FIRST Weekend in August - Taste of Mystic, Olde Mistick Village - Argia Twilight Cruises, sail Fisher's Island Sound - Submarine Force Museum & USS Nautilus - USCGA - Coast Guard Academy & Tall Ship US Coast Guard Barque EAGLE - Garlic Festival, Sept - Mystic Eats Riverside Food Festival, Sept - Winery Visits: Stonington Vineyards, Jonathan Edwards & Saltwater Farm.

More Details

Property Manager
Ann or Rick - Members since 2000
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Ann or Rick - Members since 2000

One of us enjoying the opportunity to skipper on a friend's yawl. The other is below making lunch. We love to garden & enjoy the variety of trees, shrubs & flowers we are able to grow.

Why Ann or Rick - Members since 2000 chose Mystic

We fell in love with this wonderful home in anticipation of being here full time at some point. The historic and architectural character of the town and its buildings held a special appeal to two architects whose practice has focused on the restoration of historic properties, commercial and residential, for 30+ years. The house is in a protected historic district filled with a variety of well preserved early homes and the village maintains its character as one built on seafaring and boat building. We have a chance to practice our horticultural skills on a garden rather than the roof of our townhouse. However, there never seems to be enough room for all the trees and shrubs we admire. Mystic is conveniently located and on the Boston/NY Amtrak line. It is wonderful, friendly village with all the requisite services and offers many opportunities for relaxation and intellectual stimulation. Of course, the Mystic Seaport Museum (just a mile walk through the village and across the river) and ready access to to the great sailing waters in the environs were a great draw to us as well. We don't really consider this a vacation home as we live here much of the time. However, we love to share it with others who will care for it in our absence while they explore and enjoy what the area has to offer.

What makes this house unique

One seems never to have enough time to do what they choose to do while visiting because there is such a great choice. Our home has particular appeal to multi-generation family gatherings for a number of reasons. It is big enough to offer comfortable accommodation with 5 bedrooms, each with private bath, plus the cupola. It is also a short walk to the village so different age groups can roam at ease without relying on a car. Parents can take young children to the playground while others shop or just relax. Couples on annual getaways also like to visit and take Vineyard tours, try the many restaurants, visit the nearby museums, take a day trip to Block Island. It seems guests love to congregate at the house or in the garden visiting and reading and then go off in different directions pursuing a selected activity be it fishing, walking, antiquing, choosing a beach, biking, birding, or attending one of the many local events at the Mystic Seaport Museum or in town like the Taste of Mystic or the annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival.


Mystic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guest will be provided with helpful guidance & information on the house upon arrival.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Wing - toilet , combination tub/shower , private
    Captain Nat's - toilet , shower , private
    Sailmaker Jason - toilet , shower , private
    Cook Adam - toilet , combination tub/shower , private
    Navigator Nell - toilet , combination tub/shower , private
    Powder room - toilet
  • The third floor double bed room in the 'Lantern' must share a private bath on the second floor.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Wing - 1 queen , + bath
    Captain Nat - 2 twin/ single , + bath
    Sailmaker Jason - 2 twin/ single , + bath
    Cook Adam - 2 twin/ single , + bath
    Navigator Nell - 2 twin/ single , + bath
    Lantern - 1 double
  • Beds: 1 wing bedroom with queen & private bath (tub & shower), 4 corner bedrooms each with 2 twin beds and private bath (2 tub/shower, 2 shower only), 3rd floor lantern with double (not suitable for young children or those needing ready access to a bathroom at night & shares one of the private baths on the 2nd floor). * Our home is most comfortable with 8-10 guests. We can sleep 12 maximum. * LINENS provided & beds made. Bathrooms furnished with TOWELS and necessities.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
For HomeAway & VacationRentals, be sure to hover over the amenities with the ....for further information. * Kitchen is bright, functional & well equipped. Appliances include a Thermador 5 burner gas cooktop, Bosch double oven, SubZero refrigerator & freezer, dishwasher, food disposer as well as necessary small appliances. It is also well fitted with cookware, utensils & dinnerware. * Please note the maximum we can sleep is 12. The house is most comfortable with 8-10 in the 5 BR's with private bath on the 2nd floor. * Bikes are available to rent at Mystic Bike Rentals or Mystic Cycle Center and kayaks at King Cove Marina.


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1853 Captain Wheeler House-Historic Seaport Home Garden-Rental Retreat
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
Benton, PA

Beautiful home and perfectly placed in a beautiful community and close to attractions.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home for a big family to vacation together.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home, poor communication

  • 4 of 5

We had an amazing time in Mystic. The house was a great base for us and we were really comfortable there. It was a bit of a communication issue getting into the home as Ann wasn't super responsive in the week or so leading up to our stay.

The real issue came after the stay, Ann has been unresponsive and we still have not had our deposit returned to us. I have reached out several times and she will not return phone calls or emails. We left the home in great condition so I don't foresee any issue receiving the deposit back. Even if there was an issue I would expect that she would tell us that.

I recommend the home, location, etc, but I am disappointed by the owners. I hope you have a better experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful House & Hosts, Delightful Garden, Super!

  • 5 of 5

We visited Mystic last year on our spring sojourn and stayed in this wonderful house with gardens reflecting a strong horticultural interest. Many varieties of trees, shrubs and plants successively blooming. We arrive again shortly and are excited to re-visit some familiar places and discover new. A great home away from home with all of the comforts and necessities (the owners live here much of the time). Bedrooms are fresh and bright, the private bathrooms very convenient when all on the same schedule. House has great character and color with different places to sit and congregate. Early morning coffee rocking on the front porch, lunch for a few on the side porch and afternoon relaxing in the garden. Love the convenient location in this historic, friendly neighborhood with the church bells down the street chiming on the hour and playing music at noon and 6:00. Town is a short walk down the hill with many choices for dining. Definitely a boat oriented village with a long seafaring history. The Mystic Seaport Museum warrants more than a full day and is brimming with maritime history. There's a great local bookstore and several coffee shops. One could spend a week without a car (Amtrak is a 1 mile walk), it's not a necessity and bike rentals are available. However, it is desirable for venturing further which is what some of us did to the Submarine Museum and Florence Griswold. We thank our gracious hosts for sharing their special home with us.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to seeing you again! Thank you.
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Chicago, IL

Lovely home - Mystic Outdoor Art Festival week

  • 5 of 5

So happy to find this wonderful house available at the time of the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival! A bunch of us who attended art school together and went our own directions gather every couple of years to paint in a new locale. It was great to visit the Florence Griswold Museum, ramble the Art Fair and find varied sites to paint every day. I favored the river just a short walk down the hill. Another couple ventured 10 minutes away to Stonington Village (one to shop, the other to paint) and others to the boatyards just downriver. We collected names of restaurants that appealed, threw them in a hat & drew one for the night's sojourn. Loved the Dogwatch, Bravo Bravo, S&P Oyster & Laditude 41. A couple of nights we grilled at home in the well stocked kitchen and enjoyed the evening in the garden. We ventured forth for breakfast a couple of time to Kitchen Little, Somewhere in Time and Noah's. The house is in a friendly historic neighborhood which is visually appealing with many well cared for historic homes. The yards are gracious and varied and the walk to town easy. I can't remember anything we needed which was lacking. Just a note that there is no AC, but fans should they be needed. Even though it was hot a couple of days, the house stayed amazingly cool due to the large overhanging eaves and the afternoon sea breezes which wafted through the open windows. There was a lot to do and a very nice and low key time was had by all. Thank you.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the memento of your stay! It gives us fond memories of your visit and reflects your joint enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing you in future.
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Stellar Spring Visit!

  • 5 of 5

A spring getaway to catch up with siblings and in-laws and just relax and do our own thing. Found this beautiful house which was perfectly located for our needs. Ann was very helpful with regard to special requests for information as most had not visited Mystic before. It was easy for some to walk to the village while others jogged on a nice road along the river, and then all meet for lunch. There are a lot of great choices in town. The owners have created an interesting garden with many varieties of shrubs and the daffodils were blooming in full force. I just wish they had finished their plan identifying everything - obviously a work in progress. The house is comfortable and has a happy feeling reflecting the owner's interests. They are clearly not big on media, although there are several flat panel TV's in strategic locations and reliable wifi throughout the house. But, that's not the reason to visit this wonderful area or stay at the 1853 Captain Wheeler House. We hope to return, maybe to see the garden in the autumn.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit! Yes, the garden is a work in progress and also has a lot of fall interest!
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Newton, MA

Exceptional in every way

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we stayed here, and it probably won't be the last. It's a spacious, extremely well-maintained home within a short walking distance to the town, including the Seaport area. Great little architectural details throughout, and incredibly comfortable and relaxing. Nice big kitchen and dining areas to accommodate larger families as well. The owner was great to deal too, very pleasant and helpful. If you're considering coming to Mystic, you will not go wrong with this home.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments! It is such a pleasure to welcome back families who have enjoyed gathering in our home on past occasions. We have no doubt that your review will encourage others to enjoy our home while exploring all the area has to offer. We hope to see you all again before too long. Thank you!
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
TF Green - Providence
Nearest Ferry
9.5 Miles
New London
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
5 minute walk to many choices
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Esker Point
Car: recommended

Our peaceful, friendly neighborhood of historic homes & gardens is a short walk to the village. Mystic is midway between Boston & New York via I95 or Amtrak train. Ferry to Fisher's & Block Island or Orient Point from nearby New London.

There are many attractions & things to do for all. A perfect getaway for family reunions, wedding celebrations or gathering with friends. Enjoy the nautical charm of this historic New England village with excellent food, wine, shopping, cultural & recreational opportunities.

Spectacular, romantic 'lantern' room has views to Montauk, Watch Hill & Block Island. An area rich in history, seafaring, shipbuilding, art & architecture.

Other Activities: ALL SEASON activities include Gardens in spring bloom, US Coast Guard Academy, June Sea Music Festival & Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport, July 4th celebrations, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in August & Taste of Mystic in September.

Enjoy Mystic Seaport Museum & explore at Mystic Aquarium. Shop Olde Mistick Village, Visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Nathanial Palmer National Historic Landmark in Stonington, Florence Griswold Museum & Lyme Artist Colony, the Submarine Force Museum & Nautilus. Eat at Mystic Pizza! Tour the Vineyards & taste Wine!

There are many more! Please visit the ACTIVITIES link on our home page.

Golf: Many options in the vicinity


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

CLEAN ($150/10, $175/12) $125
Refundable damage deposit $750

Rates/8 Guests. The rate per night per additional guest applies to the full rental period, NOT to any guest's partial stay within the rental period.

Daily Rate stated applies ONLY to minimum stay days. Stays in excess of the minimum days noted will be prorated on the weekly rate.

3 night minimum. 4 night minimum Summer, Holidays, Graduations.

4:00 pm Arrival and 10:00 am Departure. For the 3 or 4 night minimum rental, guest may opt for either a 2 night/3 day stay or a 3 night/4 day stay with 2:00 pm Arrival and 6:00 pm Departure.

Refundable damage deposit $750 / 8 guests. $1000 / 9+ guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy. Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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