3 bedroom, 1 bath, on private beach
- english, spanish
About Annie Wohlgenant
We are new "empty-nesters", with both our girls in college far from our home in Colorado. We love friends, family, the outdoors (skiing, fishing, rafting, biking, hiking, beachcoming, surfing, sailing), animals of all kinds, traveling, cooking, reading, learning from others who have different histories, perspectives and experiences. (If you have a hankering for the Rocky Mountains and rivers, you might be interested in our properties in Salida, for fishing, hiking and mountainbiking, or Breckenridge for skiing and boarding!)
Annie Wohlgenant purchased this Cottage in 1952
Why Annie Wohlgenant chose Waterford
Driftwood was built by a decorated Navy soldier in 1952. His daughter was like a grandmother to our children and a mother to us. We have been blessed to be coming to Driftwood since our children were small, and hope that one day our grandchildren will play in the waves! We inherited the property recently. While our hearts ache missing her, we know she loved sharing Driftwood with others who also loved it. (FYI - There aren't any vrbo reviews because until now, this property has been rented privately to friends and family who have returned, year after year, some for 50 years or more.) So, welcome to Driftwood! We hope sharing this place with you will help to make the whole world a little better!
What makes this Cottage unique
It's a little piece of heaven - a sanctuary from the busyness of the Northeast. From the porch, take in the sea and sky. We wake early and stroll down the beach to birdwatch at Harkness. We spend the days playing or resting, according to our own hankerings, and we gather for sunset cocktails and seafood fresh off the grill. There's something so wonderful about walking a few paces from the beach, dipping your sandy feet in the iron tub and rinsing off in the outdoor shower. We've never slept so soundly and peacefully. We also love friendly our friendly neighbors. They all have a way of respecting your privacy, but making you feel welcome.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Second time here!
We love this property. We came once in October, and could not wait to come back. We stayed here towards the end of May, with lots of sunshine and gorgeous long days. The area is so remote, it never feels crowded, it is like your own private beach for the most part. I enjoy that it is a cottage, which is safe for my crawling babies (no stairs! no pool!) and cozy enough to feel like its your own home. The owners keep the property very clean and well organized. Check in is easy and there is a supermarket nearby so as soon as you get your provisions you are all set :) We hope to return many more times.
We stayed for three nights with our family celebrating our son's graduation from the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in New London. We could not have asked for more ideal setting for this special family occasion. The view is magnificent. The water is just steps from the front deck. The cottage is utterly charming - everything is clean, fresh, and well appointed. We loved having a glass of wine in the evening on the deck, and went right back out in the morning with our coffee. The kitchen has everything you need, including lovely dishes and glassware. This place is great for a family gathering, but would be a wonderful romantic retreat for couples as well. We would be regulars here if we didn't live in California! Don't miss a special stay in this lovely beach cottage! We will definitely be back.
Great property at a beautiful location, friendly and accommodating hosts.
This house is immediately overlooking the beach and in my estimation within a couple dozen feet of the water at high tide. The cottage is small but very comfortable, and certainly large enough for 3 of us to spend the week of 11/25 to 12/2. Whoever did the insulation gets an A+, even though there were a few very windy nights with a lot of crashing waves, I don't recall ever feeling even a hint of a draft. Combined with the fireplace, that makes this a fine all season rental. The only negative, but not enough to bring this down from 5 stars for us... the bathroom fixtures are packed pretty tight and may be difficult to negotiate for someone with long legs. Overall, our week at Driftwood was enjoyable and we would recommend staying there if the opportunity occurs.
We absolutely loved this place and cannot wait to come back. I brought my entire family, including twin babies and a dog, and we felt right at home. The view is priceless and the environment is very tranquil and serene. I am literally going to book it again for the Spring. The owners have made it very easy to feel at home. Bravo! Thank you for making this place available.
Wonderful Beach Front Location
A perfect place for relaxing on the beach. The house was clean, well supplied, and comfortable. You can’t beat the sound of waves easing you to sleep every night.
Comfortable, cozy, stunning views
Perfect hideaway for our honeymoon.
Even when raining so peaceful to sit on the window seat & watch the waves.
Had beach almost to ourselves.
Connecticut is a small state in New England which is densely packed with unique attractions, breathtaking natural beauty, and diverse museums. You can go zip-lining, golfing, sailing, fishing, dine in an elegant restaurant or feast on great clam chowder in a waterfront shack, all in one day. Settled by Dutch, and covered by fragrant maples and ancient oaks, Connecticut is the home of Yale University, Peabody Museum, Mystic Aquarium and Lake Compounce.
Near the Driftwood Cottage the formality of garish affluence fades. The moneyed commuter enclaves like Greenwich and New Canaan, turn into relaxed seaside towns. Mansions give way to clam shacks. Kayaks outnumber yachts. This is the slice of Connecticut we know and love.
About the farthest west we venture is to New Haven to wander through Chapel Street’s indie boutiques under the shadow of Yale’s neo-Gothic buildings. But to this day, the real reason to visit New Haven is the pizza, which — sorry, New York — is the best in the country.
Frank Pepe started it all in 1925, when he fired up his coal oven and started making tomato pies with a thin crust — a local style known as “apizza.” They are now legendary, drawing everyone from the food critic Alan Richman to Bill Clinton.
The stretch along Route 1 from Guilford to Old Saybrook is a favorite. Roll down the window, get a whiff of salty air and feel your tires ripple over the steel drawbridges that cross the inlets and marshlands. Canoes flit along tributaries, and cruisers and sailboats decorate the Sound. You may want to hit the state’s largest public beach, at Hammonasset State Park.
Beyond the maritime influence, what makes this outing distinctly Connecticut is the mix of antique and bric-a-brac stores, 17th-century homes and cemeteries, ice cream stands and book barns. There are bait-and-tackle shops, and farm stands selling strawberries and squash. Town centers — like the one in Madison, where you’ll find the beloved independent bookstore R. J. Julia — are lined with American flags. Roses poke their heads through white picket fences while lush oaks and elms and the occasional purplish orb of a massive copper beech collide beautifully with the blue summer sky. It is small-town America at its best.
The picturesque landscape continues along Route 156, where you can kayak the Connecticut River Estuary Canoe and Kayak Trail, past regal heron and fishermen looking to land striped bass. Or you might take the route to the Hallmark Drive-In, a landmark in Old Lyme that has sold homemade ice cream for 100 years. Nothing says summer more than licking a mint-chip cone at a weathered picnic table.
The final stretch of Connecticut’s coastline is about as close to heaven as you get — a belief confirmed by a hand-painted sign nailed to a tree in the sleepy town of Noank: “This is our little bit of heaven; so please don’t drive like hell through it.” It cautions the parade of cars flocking to Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, a seasonal restaurant at the water’s edge reached by a small, winding road. But you can’t go to Connecticut and not have a lobster roll. And as all the Japanese tourists documenting their meals with digital cameras attest, the quarter-pound of succulent, buttered lobster meat at Abbott’s, sculptured into a perfect round puck and served on a seeded hamburger roll, fits the bill.
Past downtown Mystic’s upscale boutiques lies Stonington, the last town in Connecticut. Out on a peninsula, a lonely stone lighthouse, which dates to 1840 and has seen everything from British bombardments to Category 3 hurricanes, stands across from a wee public beach. In every direction, water. Here, feeling the sun, solitude and sea air, you'll ask yourself, "Why leave now? You might say, "We've just had the best vacation ever, let's stay a couple weeks longer and come back again next year."