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Nathaniel Clarke House: Sea Captain Estate, 1795

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Last min dIsc. Genuine New England Large Ppty-Weddings-Reunions w/large garden

Built in 1795 by Nathaniel Clarke (a descendant of Capt. Thomas Clarke, who sailed the Mayflower) The Nathaniel Clarke Homestead is steeped in maritime history and lore.

This is a five bedroom, 2 bathroom home with a working fireplace. The home sleeps 14 people and is ideal for vacations, weddings, corporate retreats or reunions. The house is convenient to beaches, exceptional restaurants, casinos and colleges. The greenhouse/garden was featured on HGTV, the home served as a setting/filming location for a 2012 Indie film "The Word". Need additional bedrooms? A nearby cottage can be rented with a combined discount.

The Nathaniel Clarke house remains an elegant emissary from a more genteel age. Enormous sugar maples shade the long back lawn of the property, which overlooks the Oyster River and tidal marshland. The front lawn is set back from Boston Post Road. The gardens surrounding the property boast a variety of heritage azaleas and jonquils. The attached greenhouse is hidden by enormous, ancient holly bushes.

On the inside, the house affords modern amenities while retaining its old world charm and quirks. Steeped in history and maritime mystery, the house is a classic that hearkens back to the time of pilgrims and yeomen who built New England from its pristine wilderness and made America the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

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This Old New England property features a large yard, garden, and three out-buildings- a historic jelly shed, attached barn and corn crib. While these out-buildings are technically off-limits to guests... (storage areas) the historic structures enhance the atmosphere of the home/garden/lawns.

The back yard features a grouping of Adirondack chairs, an outdoor grill area, picnic area, and a swing, hanging from a huge old maple tree. Read, enjoy a nice sunbath, or push your children on the swing.

The property is of course an ideal place for retreats and large parties such as weddings and other ceremonies, for which first class catering can be organized with our local chef and partner, at a very affordable cost.

The greenhouse is another one-of-a-kind feature and a particularly pleasant place to sit and enjoy the view of the garden, surrounded by huge maples, providing a nice shade during the summer time.

The property was featured by the HGTV Design channel and thereafter was selected for the shooting of the film "The Word", 2013 WINNER of BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE (Manhattan Film Festival) and 2013 WINNER – SILVER ACE AWARD (Las Vegas Film Festival). One of the primary scenes of the film that was filmed in the greenhouse.

The owners have given a particular attention to the quality of the linen and to the bedding to provide you with a very comfortable night sleep. The cleaning is handled by a crew of professional housekeepers.

The Fall season is spectacular in new England. Visiting the small towns of Old Lyme, Mystic, Essex, Chester, and their surrounding forests, or driving along the Connecticut River will create memories that last a lifetime.

Old Saybrook is the hometown of many celebrities, and more particularly of famous actress Katherine Hepburn, whose mansion is now a landmark.

Because it is located on the Long Island Sound, in Summer, Old Saybrook is well-known for its different sandy beaches.Harvey's Beach and Town Beach are available for public use, both providing clean facilities with very small crowds.

Need a break from the beach ? Stop to dine at some fine restaurants nearby. Travel just a little further and visit Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, take a ride with your kids across the countryside, see Beautiful New England the old-fashioned way on the Essex Historic steam train, enjoy a cruise on the Connecticut River or enjoy an evening at the Mohegan Casino. Peddle along the ocean side at sunset, head to the shops along Main Street or take a ten-minute drive to the shopping large outlets in Westbrook and Clinton.

Surrounded by the Long Island Sound and the Conneticut River, Old Saybrook is full of adventure for families looking for a getaway.

Old Saybrook is conveniently located at equal distance of New York and Boston by car, via I-95.

The property itself is a short ride from exit 57 (or 56 coming up eastwards).

The closest airport is New Haven, a 20 minutes ride by car. Direct flights are also available from Hartford Bradley Int'l, 45 minutes away, and from the various airports servicing New-York. Providence and Boston Int'l Airports are closer than the New York Airports. These can be reached by train and then shuttles. Old Saybrook is also directly connected by train to Newark Int'l Airport.


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Member since: 2006
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This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch, danish, turkish
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Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2018

Why J ST PIERRE LLC Y.Fournier BH chose Saybrook Manor

I saw so much potential in this beautiful home that had been passed down from so many generations of sea captains and descendants of the Mayflower Captain. It was a labor of love to turn this into a getaway full of colorful and soulful art collections, interesting finds, and modern comforts. I strived to preserve the character of the floors, the stairs, the rooms and the many nooks and crannies that make this house so unique. The house is bright and colorful yet still maintains its historic charm.

What makes this house unique

The house was chosen for the shooting of a feature film 'THE WORD'

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for 4 families...We loved our stay!! Many Thanksgiving jokes were told around the fire.....Thank you..
Nov 2016
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Saybrook Manor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
  • The house has five bedrooms, but we are able to bring in more beds to sleep over 14
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Please ask me if you need anything...Gas in not supplied for the grill, it can be purchased at Wallmart on Rt one...Firewood can be purchased at Maynards Fram Market.


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Nathaniel Clarke House: Sea Captain Estate, 1795
average rating of 4.8 based on 73 reviews
Hamden, CT

Great getaway!!!

  • 4 of 5

The Nathaniel Clark House was so charming and a perfect spot for our girls weekend! All the little details throughout the house were fantastic and really made the weekend feel extra special. Yvette was a pleasure to work with and available whenever needed. We are looking forward to a return visit someday.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Great House For Celebrating My Special Birthday With Family

  • 5 of 5

Grammy with her 6 grandkids and their parents spent 9 days in this comfortable and spacious house. The kids loved playing games and using the swing and hammock in the large shady yard. Breakfast at the dining room table followed by coloring or arts and crafts was a hit. Other meals were eaten outside, most often cookied on the gas grill. Cousins loved being together in the comfortable bedrooms. All enjoyed the large living room for games and quiet time. Everything provided as listed. Beaches and other activitiies nearby. The owner, Yvette, was always responsive from my first inquiry to a quick question during our vacation. Hope to return in a few years for another super family vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything you need in one place~

  • 5 of 5

This property comfortably sleeps many people, and has plenty of places to visit or retreat. The kitchen is fully equipped so it is easy to entertain, and the yard is almost completely shaded. We loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely old rambling home full of character

  • 5 of 5

This is a great rambling house that works well for large groups. We were in the area for a wedding and our extended family all stayed here. Lots of bedrooms and a large living room with comfy chairs. There was a lovely porch which were not able to enjoy since we spent much of our time away from the house. There was well stocked kitchen and we made use of it for breakfast. The outside area was also quite pretty

I would not hesitate to recommend this home

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home and location

  • 5 of 5

A group of eight women stayed here on a girls weekend. The house was comfortable, well appointed and was centrally located to everything we were interested in doing, including antiquing, outlet shopping and great restaurants. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful weekend here. Comfortably fit our group. The area was great and the owner was great to work with. I would definitely recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tweed New Haven
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Penny Lane Pub
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
New London
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Amtrak - Metro
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Pizza Palace
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Town Beach
Car: recommended

Things to do: obviously beach combing is a must, but bike and kayak rentals are nearby to tour the sound. If you’re into shopping, we have it all! Enjoy Main Street Old Saybrook, or tour the outlets in Westbrook and Clinton a few minutes away, or travel 10 minutes into the sailing village of Essex. Challenging public golf courses are nearby, most within a 30 minute drive. Old Saybrook offers Fenwick Golf Course located on the point off of Long-Island Sound where the late Katharine Hepburn resided. Other things close by include the Essex Steam Train and River Boat cruise where you can tour the Connecticut River. If you prefer romance, there is the Essex Dinner Train that will take you a step back in time with forties style fine dining and music.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning cost $175
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner will ask for your credit card to be left on file for a security deposit
Rates are subject to change.
Holiday rates vary. starting at 1000 a night---Pet fee is $100
Weddings start at $ 1000 for the rental of property.
Owner will ask for your credit card for a security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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