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Victorian West Beach Cottage

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Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Westbrook Center Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath + outdoor shower, ,sleeps 7


An easy walk down Post Ave. to West Beach with porch views of Long Island Sound. Bring your parents and your kids and grandkids and enjoy a fun, relaxing time together. Wonderful beach with sand flats at low tide for the kids to build sand castles on. Large dining room table with extra chairs for all to gather at. Authentic post and beam cottage built by shipwrights with pegged mortise and tenon joints at the corners. Come and experience the West Beach of over 100 years ago.

Family cottage circa 1889 with many original features including remaining knob and tube wiring and brass pin windows. Antique beds and furniture throughout. Front upstairs connecting bedrooms with one double and one 3/4 mattress open to a sleeping porch. Sea breezes flow in through the doorways and between the rooms. Two back bedrooms, one with a double mattress and a smaller one adjacent to stairs with an extra-long twin. Enclosed side porch entrance with an indoor line to dry clothes on wet days and store beach gear and bikes. Sidewalk loops around the back to an outdoor hot/cold enclosed shower, protecting tender feet returning from the beach . Refinished original wood floors upstairs and down.. Large kitchen with full dining room that opens through an archway to a full living room. Downstairs enclosed front porch provides a protected refuge to enjoy the "outdoors". Upstairs front sleeping porch is screened in with higher walls for privacy. The large kitchen is convenient for preparing those big shore dinners for a crowd. There is plenty of extra cutlery to feed them all. Full marble-top server in the dining room is ready for your serving plates. After the meal, the original sink with a deep set tub easily accommodates a team-building wash-up. Child safety gates provided. Guests provide their own linens, as well as bed pillows.

Enjoy a traditional final walk along the beach wall to check out the visibility across the Sound before turning in. Fall asleep to the tolling of the church bells at First Congregational Church of Westbrook marking the hour.

Go back in time to another era when extended families gathered at these summer cottages and enjoyed card games, musical soirees, and conversation. Read the September 12, 1895 description of West Beach "cottagers" in this New York Times article:

Additional attractions within walking distance include a unique little museum with a "Replica of David Bushnell's "Turtle" – The First Operational Submarine" which is located on the walk into town via S. Main St. (check hours):

The Westbrook Annual Drum Corps Tattoo and Muster is a thunderous event occurring in late August. If you don't walk into town to see it you are going to participate from a distance anyway - much better up close:

Attractions within walking distance also include concerts on the town green in Westbrook center, a pleasant walk including a short shady diversion on South Main St. off Rte 1/Boston Post Rd. past the old cemetery (ghost sightings have been reported).

Car trips somewhat further afield take you to the nearby Essex Steam Train Museum offering scenic train/boat tours with dining options. The Historic Griswold Inn in Essex dates back to 1776. Down the street from the Inn is the Connecticut River Museum. The Ivoryton Playhouse and the Goodspeed Opera House satisfy your local theatre needs. As Westbrook is located between NYC and Boston, you can even take the train to Broadway or historic Boston. Outlet stores are right off of I-95 in Westbrook and in Clinton. Casinos are a drive away. Boat tours of the Thimble Islands are pleasant for all and a big hit with the kids (pirates!). For a unique adventure go up to Chester and take the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry to access Gillette Castle in Hadlyme.

See Visitor's Guide at:

See VRBO #394631 at the back of the property.

Keywords: You will enjoy the easy access to the best Connecticut shoreline beach. seasonal rental, summer cottage, vacation rental, vacation home, beach getaway, beach cottage, beach home, beach rental.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Mary DuQuette
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
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September 9, 2016
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About Mary DuQuette

I am a third generation owner of this property, now living in San Diego, CA. I return to Westbrook every summer to unwind and regroup. It's my place of renewal.

Mary DuQuette purchased this cottage in 1915

Why Mary DuQuette chose Westbrook

Purchased by my grandparents in 1915 when 'venturesome cottagers' began to populate the CT shoreline to escape the industrial atmosphere of the cities and it's associated ailments. It remains my favorite escape, full of childhood memories of family and fun.

There is a unique history of this cottage and the one adjacent and the former cottage across from that. Those two were mirror images of mine, with some variation in the placement of the kitchens. They were all moved from possibly Quotonset Beach at the turn of the 20th Century, floated on barges and then pulled up from West Beach on horse-drawn sledges.

A unique historical neighborhood with many of the original families still present. Read the September 12, 1895 description of West Beach "cottagers" in this New York Times article:

What makes this cottage unique

My grandmother visited beaches all along the CT shore in the early 20th century and settled on West Beach as the best beach. It is a lovely sand beach nestled into a crescent of the CT shoreline with a view of Long Island across the Sound. Great for swimming and for children to play on the sand bars.


2 traveler reviews

Victorian West Beach Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Seymour Ct

Our third stay.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this cottage the past 3yrs.

The accommodations are great. The cottage has a special charm.

The outdoor shower is wonderful.

The best part is the location, just 300 ft from the beach, in a nice neighbor.

It is conveniently located near everything

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is especially gratifying when guests enjoy it so much they come back. I love to see family traditions of gathering together in Westbrook. There have been so many over the many years. Maybe that's the charm.
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Lynchburg, Va.


  • 5 of 5

This was thoroughly enjoyable. The cottage is very clean & well maintained. You can immediately sense the 100+ years of enjoyment people have experienced there as soon as you enter the cottage. Located under 200 steps from a very nice beach that is visible from the front porch. MANY great restaurants are within short driving distance.

The beach community setting is very relaxing for adults, and safe for young children.

I would return in the future and would recommend without hesitation to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It always pleases me when vacationers enter into the historical spirit of my cottage and relax back in time. I hope that they come away feeling rejuvenated and uplifted. It's the "gift of the sea" to paraphrase Anne Morrow Lindbergh or, in this case, the "gift of West Beach". I appreciate the lovely review and apt description of the area. I look forward to many more people enjoying similar experiences over the years.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Bradley International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Haywire Burger Bar
Nearest Golf
1.9 Miles
Clinton Country Club
Nearest Train
1.07 Miles
Shore Line East Westbrook Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Bistro Mediterranean Tapas and Bar
Nearest Beach
0.06 Miles
250 ft (5 houses) to West Beach, Long Island Sound
Car: not necessary

Mini-Golf Saybrook Point is a fun activity for kids and adults alike in a very pretty setting at the mouth of the Connecticut River


Rates & Availability

Westbrook Center Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early summer shoulder 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Full summer season 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late summer shoulder 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700

Inquire of owner for any off-peak specials as well as all other details prior to finalizing rental.

Refundable Damage Deposit is per week of rental.

First payment secures the reservation.
Security deposit of $500.00-700.00/week held at check-in and returned after departure inspection.
Saturday to Saturday only; check-in 11 AM check-out 11 AM or as individually arranged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Westbrook Center Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Enclosed outdoor shower hot & cold water
    Bathroom indoor - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 3/4 size mattress
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , extra long twin
    Sleeping Porch - Upstairs screened front porch with high railing.
  • Double Beds (2), 3/4 bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Guests provide their own linens.

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