House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
- english, french, german
About Barry Aldrich
Whit and Barry have been welcoming visitors to their vacation homes in Charlestown, RI and St. Croix, USVI for nearly thirty years. Now retired, Whit, a native of Madison, CT, made his career in interior design, landscape design and antiques. Barry, from Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, retired as Contracts VP and Ethics Officer from a major Boston area defense firm in 2004. Their next chapter brought them to the island of St. Croix where they spent twelve years running a successful vacation villa, Villa la Chatiere, where they welcomed hundreds of guests from around the world, many returning year after year. While on the island, Whit also volunteered at the Botanical Garden and Animal Welfare Center and Barry volunteered as Development Director for a low-cost spay/neuter non-profit. In 2013, Whit and Barry returned to the mainland where they purchased a historic riverfront home in Gloucester County, Virginia which they work daily to restore while, in their spare time, lending their talents to the Gloucester Mathews Humane Society and continuing to support their feral cat colony on St. Croix. Aside from their interest in animal welfare, Whit and Barry enjoy historic home restoration, antique collecting, gardening, entertaining and caring for nine St. Croix cats and two Virginia newcomers.
Barry Aldrich purchased this House in 1892
Why Barry Aldrich chose Charlestown
Quitan is lovingly maintained and continuously updated to combine seamlessly the best of classic summer cottage living with the modern amenities that their guests will enjoy and require for a perfect family vacation. Whit's experience in design and horticulture provide a beautiful setting for your stay and Barry's experience in contracting and ethics ensure an easy booking and refund process upon which guests can rely. No guest question goes unaddressed and no other owner or manager will go to greater lengths than Whit and Barry to ensure a perfect and personalized stay in Charlestown.
What makes this House unique
A stay at "Quitan" is a unique vacation experience. There are few, if any, available rentals that offer a comparable combination of history, comfort and beauty.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
The renter is required to execute our standard rental agreement, tailored with their dates, mailing address, contact info and names of max of guests.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The owners were very welcoming to us, with all the info we could have asked for. The house & grounds were clean and beautiful; love the old charm, photos, history! We loved sitting on the screened in porch having our morning coffee and watching the boats, butterflies, bees, birds and cranes!
Unfortunately, we won't be returning as the staircase is not easy for a handicap person - me! But I would absolutely recommend Quitan to anyone!
Dear Diane and Mark, We so appreciate your stay and your 5-star review. I agree that a multi-level home may not have been the ideal choice for you but, I must say, you are a "trooper and a sport." I am glad that you enjoyed the house with its privacy and history and the first floor porches and decks with their front row seat on nature and activities on the salt pond. It was a pleasure meeting your family and we greatly enjoyed the gift of fresh tomatoes from your garden - the best we have tasted all summer! Thank you again and all our best wishes. Barry
Great Waterfront Property
We had a great week and will look to rent again. The location is beautiful with lovely grounds, very private and safe. The house was very spacious, well stocked and has a private dock that made it easy to travel from the back yard to pond, ocean or sand bar for happy hour. Very convenient. The house and yard has a New England charm you just can't find with many other homes in this area. It was a pleasure and we hated to leave. We explored Green Hill Pond, Foster Cove, Ninigret Pond and hiked thru Ninigret Park as well during our stay. It's close to other attractions and many great restaurants (Newport, Block Island, Naraggansett). The owners were very friendly, responsive and fully accommodating.
Thank you again Quay, Whit and Barry!
Dear Doug and Nancy, We are so pleased that you and your family had an enjoyable visit to "Quitan". As you found out, there is a great deal to enjoy on the water and at the area's restaurants and recreational attractions. We will certainly look forward to welcoming you again should you make a return visit. We appreciate your stay and your careful care and enjoyment of our family home. Sincerely, Barry
Lovely spot and a great house
Dear Rich and Molly,
We are pleased that you had an enjoyable stay and found that our process and service made the whole experience easy and worry-free. We are happy to hear that you wish to return and will look forward to greeting you again on a future Rhode Island vacation. Many thanks to you and your family.
Barry, Whit and Quay
Fabulous waterfront vacation!
Our stay at Quitain was wonderful! From the very beginning of the rental process everything went extremely smooth! The property owners are the best; very communicative and accommodating. Upon arrival we were greeted by one of the property owners and given a tour of the home and property with some historical background which was fascinating! Throughout the house there was beautiful art and antiques, you could tell this family has had many memories and greatly cares for this home. We loved the location; close to Charlestown and Green Hill beaches and the waterfront access was perfect for kayaking and exploring the salt pond. The house was spacious and comfortable, you could find a quiet nook for some alone time or spread out for some family time throughout the inside or outside. There was also an ample amount of closet space! We share this because it was extremely nice to be able to completely unpack (tuck the suitcases out of site) and feel at home, rather than living out of a suitcase! The beds were comfy, comforters and pillows perfectly clean and all the appliances were new and worked great!!!
I can not speak highly enough of our stay and could go on and on. 5 STARS all the way!!!
It was our pleasure to work with you and to have had you and your family as guests in our home. We are doubly pleased that you enjoyed your vacation and feel rewarded that our continuous efforts toward customer service and home and garden maintenance and improvements were appreciated. We thank you for your stay and for your considerate care of our home. We hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again in the future. Sincerely, Barry, Whit and Quay.
Idyllic Summer Getaway
Tucked away down a long driveway on a private road, the house is very quiet and private. The property is on a small cove of Ninigret Pond with lovely water views and is surrounded by beautiful old trees, verdant lawns and well tended gardens. While the house is a historic classic cape, it has been extremely well maintained and has all the modern amenities one needs. The private dock is ideal for having a small skiff / boat to zip across the pond to the beach which is never crowded unlike the nearby town beaches more easily accessible by car. The dock is also a great launch for paddle boarding and kayaking which are very popular activities on Ninigret. Only minutes from the house are all the essentials (supermarket, liquor store, drugstore, gas station) and not much further are larger towns with ample choices for restaurants and shopping. Last but not least, the homeowners are lovely people who are extremely attentive and will help you with anything you need during your stay. Our stay at the house was one of the best we’ve had renting and we will definitely return.
Dear Sarah and Peter,
We greatly appreciate your positive review but, more important, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our family's long-time summer home. The property has been a place of enjoyment and solace for five generations of our family and it is rewarding to welcome guests such as you who appreciate its unique history and who treat it with care during their stay. We spare no effort to ensure our guests' satisfaction and peace of mind from the very first contact to the prompt return of their security deposit and we always welcome and consider suggestions as to how we can improve their vacation experience. We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again in the future. Many thanks to you both!
Barry and Whit
Classic New England Summer Getaway
For a classic family summer getaway "Quitan" sublimely fit the bill. Situated on a peaceful inlet on Ninigret Salt Pond with water views from four outdoor/indoor spaces and every one of the three bedrooms, Quitan gracefully hosted our family vacation. We were a total of 6 adults, two of whom are in their 80s. While age has slowed down the elders in our family, they nevertheless were able to enjoy the classic New England water views from the porch off the kitchen for breakfast, the screened porch at the back of the house throughout the day, the 3-season room off the living room with glorious breezes for cocktail hour and sing-alongs (we had a guitar player in our family circle) and the outdoor 2nd floor deck for the daily sunsets which never failed to move us. Quitan’s boat dock is just off the rear of the house and ideal for kayak, canoe, paddleboard or boat launches to take full advantage of the salt pond. There is a breachway on the other side of Ningret Salt Pond which leads to the open Atlantic as well.
While we opted to cook our own meals, taking advantage of the very well-outfitted kitchen with new appliances, indoor/outdoor dining spaces at Quitan, local seafood from the Charlestown Super Mini and farm fresh fruits, vegetables and home-made pies from Peaches farm stand, there are certainly great dining and entertainment options nearby including the Matunuck Oyster Bar, The Haversham House Tavern and the Theater by the Sea to name a few. Beaches in the area are abundant. Charlestown Beach and East beach are the nearest, but Narragansett with its crashing surf is not far away.
We spent a day exploring nearby Newport with its bustling harbor, stately mansions, and restored 18-19th century downtown, but found ourselves longing to get back to Quitan's quiet porches to watch the migrating geese and many other varieties of waterfowl, hummingbirds, and hares on the lawn.
Quitan is a rare and special place, a family home that has been well loved by the same family for more than a century. She welcomed us in and took very good care of our family and we in turn reciprocated as her caretakers for the week. As we sat around the farm table in the dining room by candlelight enjoying our last night together in this special place, we found our thoughts wandering already to a return to her next summer.
Dear Ray, We are very appreciative of your stay and for your time in posting a review. It is especially rewarding for us to hear that you enjoyed our special spot on the Rhode Island shore and that our efforts at providing a comfortable and trouble-free vacation experience are appreciated by our guests. Your return week has been reserved for you and we will look forward to greeting you again next summer. Best wishes to you and your family until then. Barry