About the property
- Cottage1600 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
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. AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH VRBO it is a short walk to the ferry dock and town. Recreated from a former surf shop, a 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. Grounds are complete with lawns for bocce, picnic table, boogie boards, 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
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
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 Block Island
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.
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6th year staying at Claudia's Surf City.
It took us 12 years to find the perfect rental on BI, but wow! was it worth the wait. This was our 18th summer vacation on Block Island and 6th straight year at Claudia's. Love absolutely everything about this Block Island property: location (walk to beach, walk to town and restaurants, walk to salt pond), ocean views and beach cottage charm. Wrap around porch with closing gates are perfect for keeping your tots or pups from heading to the beach without you. Outdoor shower is awesome and doesn't impact the island's fragile septic system. Claudia is a thoughtful property owner who is always ready to help with any issue that may arise. I've never had any problems with HomeAway (VRBO) - easy booking, important reminders, easy payment. Looking forward to next year already.
Now, if only we could get this island better wifi! After all, we now have wind power. Should be doable!
Loved this place- even during a tropical storm :)
We just returned from a lovely stay at Claudia's Surf City. The house is right on the beach so you can hear the waves crashing at night. It is an easy walk to town and the location is perfect. We loved the large wrap around porch and the pond out back. We didn't have great weather but we would definitely return to this spot! Claudia was accommodating and answered all our questions. No ferries ran for four days and we were able to extend our stay with our dogs thanks to her kindness!
Excellent location with cool vibe
Walk across the road to the beach or into town for anything you need. Location cannot be beat!
Claudia was in touch with us several times during our stay to make sure everything was good. It was a little small for our extended family, but we loved Claudia's Surf Shack.
we love this spot
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
Best Beach Vacation
Claudia's Surf City is the perfect beach house and walking distance to so much. Would definitely go back again.
Wonderful stay. Clean, beautiful and accessible to all. Thank you!
Tnx so much! Always happy when people like our little slice of paradise!
birding, clamming, landscape painting,bike and moped rentals, live music, farmers' market, fish market, berrypicking,island trail network, boat charters, skygazing