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Rustic Luxury on the Beach- Booked for season

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4 adults, 2 kids)

They aren't making any more spots like this one. The classic beach house is between a tidal pond and the most beautiful beach on the island. Never available on craigslist, it is a short walk to the ferry dock and town, with restaurants and shops. Recreated from a former surf shop, Claudia's Surf City, the rustic open kitchen/living/dining area opens out onto covered porch and decks with water views all around.

Upstairs the master bedroom and en suite bath look out to sea. Two other cozy bedrooms, one with a full-sized bed and the other with twin beds, share a separate bath with clawfoot tub. Grounds are complete with lily pond, lawns for bocce, picnic table, water toys, goldfinches and outdoor shower.

No TV! Laze in hammocks indoors or out and rediscover peace and love. Sleep to the sound of the waves.

Keywords: beach house, house

More Details

Claudia Dowling
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Claudia Dowling

A former journalist (People, Life) and now vacation rental owner on Block Island, once known as Claudia's Island, Claudia Glenn Dowling seldom travels without a truckload of substandard chairs. Google me at Claudia's Surf City or under my name.

Claudia Dowling purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Claudia Dowling chose USA

I ran a surf shop, Claudia's Surf City, in the summer, but I realized that I could make more money renting houses than surfboards. With my brother, a skilled carpenter, I built the surf shop out, purposely putting in amenities like lavish bathrooms and driftwood stair railings. The first season, 2000, was a great success. The next year, we added porches. We have continued to improve Claudia's Surf City every year while retaining its quirky quality. It is now the sine qua non of a classic beach house.


New Shoreham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Large soaking tub, separate shower. En suite.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Claw foot tub. No shower.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , outdoor shower , The outdoor shower is the best!
  • If you google 'the best shower in the world' you get the outdoor shower at Claudia's Surf City.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Small room with bunks side by side
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1) The two bunks can be pulled together to form a double bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
en suite soaking tub, outdoor shower, rowboat on backyard tidal pond, windsurfer, fire circle, herb garden, classic Chambers stove, vinyl LP collection, enormous library, picnic table, sunsets, sunrises, the sound of the waves at night. . .


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Rustic Luxury on the Beach- Booked for season
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

we love this spot

  • 4 of 5

we have stayed at Claudia's on Block Island several times and was the first place we have rented since we started renting houses instead of taking our boat. We have tried several other locations on the island which were nice but the location and feel of the house is just totally Block Island. we sit in the house and watch bikes, mopeds ,joggers, and toy loaded vehicles cruise by while ferry's come and go on the hour right out front. Our kids can walk easily into town and the grocery store and nightlife are also very very close. Great outdoor shower which is a must on Block. Only thing that needs attention is the grilling equipment. suggest getting a good gas grill and anchoring it to a spot. great time

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Beach Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Claudia's Surf City is the perfect beach house and walking distance to so much. Would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay. Clean, beautiful and accessible to all. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tnx so much! Always happy when people like our little slice of paradise!
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Summer Bliss

  • 5 of 5

This is our third year staying at Claudia's Surf City. What an amazing spot in the world. We absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing it with us, Claudia!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tnx so much! We love it here and are glad you do too!
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Weston, MA


  • 5 of 5

We were so relaxed and happy at this quintessential beach house located directly across from the beach. There are french doors at the front of the house that we kept open all week long. The breeze from the ocean literally swirls in and around the house, and straight out the back. The house has two hammocks and a porch swing (my fav place to sit in the mornings with coffee and watch the world wake up). There are gates on the porch that when closed, allowed our dogs to be outside with us at all times...huge bonus for us personally! Views from the upstairs bedroom are silly beautiful...keep the curtains open to watch the sunrise from your bed:) The record player and extensive album collection really made our stay special. This house is funky and fun, there are items of interest wherever you look. Super house, location and owner, cant wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love people who appreciate our place--they are a special breed! Tnx for appreciating our feng shui!
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  • 5 of 5

I (we) LOVED our stay at Claudia's Surf City. This is our second time staying and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The house is adorable and the views are breathtaking. It has something to offer everyone. Truly - heaps of books, a great record collection, hammocks, bocce, insane views, best outdoor shower ever - what more could we want? The wrap around porch was perfect for eating, relaxing, and sorting whatever rocks/shells the kids collected that day. I cannot say enough about the outdoor shower. Loved it so much I showered during a rain storm. The location of the house is close to perfect. Our family (twins-4, daughter-5 and a big super mutt) spent most of our time walking to town and to the beach. Claudia was so great with us and was more than accommodating. Thank you for providing a such a wonderful getaway home!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It makes us happy when people enjoy a place we love so much! Couldn't agree with you more about the shower. . .
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Car: not necessary

birding, clamming, landscape painting,bike and moped rentals, live music, farmers' market, fish market, berrypicking,island trail network, boat charters, skygazing


Rates & Availability

New Shoreham Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 13 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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