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Your private waterfront Sandy beach...

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights

About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath, 1 outdoor shower, (Sleeps 6), one level living

Private waterfront sandy beach, swimming, sailing, crabbing, fishing, movie on the beach, tennis, biking, trail, convenient store, outlet. Near by Lyme fine art academy, Coast Guard academy, Mystic seaport, Yale University, CT College, Gillette castle, Mohegan/Fox wood casino, Race track, Florence museum, Timber Island...great family beach community.

Small dog consider.

Rates: $1,200 - $3,000

Keywords: New England traditional beach cottage on Long Island Sound.

Elly Buckingham
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, mandarin
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2017

About Elly Buckingham

Professional Real Estate consultant.

live and raised 3 children at Hawks Nest Beach for the past 35 years. Enjoying Green, Organic, swimming, music and travel.

Elly Buckingham purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Elly Buckingham chose Connecticut Shore

Old Lyme is a classic, small New England Town within easy reach of Boston, Providence and New York. Hawk's Nest Beach is a private, friendly, family-oriented neighborhood.

What makes this cottage unique

Nothing extraordinary, just a great, single - level cottage directly on the beach, the view's across Long Island Sound to the eastern most tip of Long Island. To the left is the Atlantic Ocean.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Your private waterfront Sandy beach...
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews

A real beach cottage just as you might have imagined!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, anytime you stay in a home away, one's stay often depends on the responsiveness of the owner. Elly was just great. She responded to my many questions while getting settled. She provides the firewood for the firepit...well used by our crowd of 6 people with guests from other cottages. The cottage is small and the three bedrooms take a bit of organizing. Initially, the big bedroom had no bureau or closet. Using some ingenuity, we "borrowed" a bureau from one of the other bedrooms which had shelves and places to hang clothes. While the kitchen is small, it has everything you need and most of our time was spent either on the beach (where there was a picnic table, chairs, firepit, and another small table) or on the inside porch. The location is GREAT and parking was wonderful with 3 spaces and more behind the garage. There is no dishwasher but I found this not to be a problem. Beds were very comfy. It was very quiet even with neighbors next door. We had three couples and while it was close quarters, we all got along fine. I would recommend this lovely beach cottage to anyone. And Elly, thank you for making our stay great. Glad we finally got the WiFi right. Our problem, not yours.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you taking time to write the review for my cottage. I am sorry that you didn't see the 4 large pull out drawers under the bed for your convenient. I had a portable hanger for cloths was in laundry room which moved by some family. Thank you for the suggestion, a hanger on the wall would be nice. Will looking for a one for future use. Thanks.
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West Hartford, CT

Great hosts, love the cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented this cottage during Labor Day Weekend for a little get-together, and it was the perfect location! It's right on the beach, plenty of space. The cottage was clean and definitely had that feel as if it was "home." Neighbors were all very friendly. Wifi included, plenty of chairs inside and on the beach, including a picnic table. In addition to this being a great rental, Elly is a wonderful owner! Very accommodating, such as with parking spaces, and just for anything we needed or had questions about. It was also a pleasure meeting her husband! I highly recommend this cottage and working with Elly and her family!!! :)

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

After years booking hotels when visiting our Conn. family, we tried something different and rented this lovely beach house. At this quaint cottage on the beach we had our most memorable visit ever. The kids will be talking about this one for years to come. Daytime relaxing on the beach, BBQ meals, and smore's by the fire pit at night. For me, the best was at the end of our stay, my husband said, "Well done picking this place."

All the necessary rental conditions were met: clean, comfortable beds, well stocked kitchen, 1 & 1/2 baths, washing machine. The owner Elly could not have been nicer... very accommodating. We look forward to another stay next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

I recently celebrated my daughter's 16th birthday with five of her friends at this cottage. Being right on the beach and having that beautiful view from the cottage is so special and breathtaking and is something you can only experience if you are right on the beach. The cottage is decorated very light and breezy and is absolutely adorable. The updated kitchen is wonderful and the beds are comfortable. Enjoying sitting on the beach, eating on the porch, reading on the deck, and sitting at tables right on the beach with umbrellas and shade was great. Elly is committed to making sure your experience at her cottage is all that it should be and was available for assistance or just to ask a question. Enjoyed A.C. Petersen's Drive-In, Bill's Seafood in Westbrook, Teddy's Pizza on Route 156, and visiting the Bookbarn in Niantic. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Summer 2014

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed the cottage. It was so nice to see sunrise abd set from back porch. This place (Hawks Nest Beach) is great place for family andcouples. We will be coming back in near future.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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tolland ct

Very Disappointing

  • 1 of 5

My family was happy to find a last minute ocean front property to take a vacation. We have an infant and were excited that the owner had a washer machine so that we could pack less and wash while we were there. When we arrived the owner was not there and we had to wait for her so that we could get into the cottage. The cottage itself was fine. However the cable was disconnected from the house leaving us without cable for the week. When we went to use the washing machine the hoses were not long enough to hook up to the bathroom sink. At the end of the vacation we cleaned the cottage as we would our own house. We are very neat people. My husband vacuumed all rooms and her sliding glass door track so that it would work. We scrubbed the bathroom and cleaned the kitchen. The day after our departure we sent the owner a text stating we had a great time and also asked if we left the cottage to her satisfaction. We received no response. A week and a half later we sent her another text asking when we would expect to receive our deposit back. This time she replied she sends all security deposits out at the end of the month. At the end of the month we received a partial security deposit with a note attached stating " kitchen floor, fridge, microwave,and stove top dirty" She says it took 2 hrs to clean @ $75 and hour. We again sent her a text to contact us so we could discuss this issue. Again no response. The next day i called her and left a message. This time she called back. I started by telling her i believe you have us mixed up with someone else. I also asked her why she never responded to our text the day after our departure if we left the place such a mess. Her response "she was tired". Now i think we all know how much effort it takes to reply the word "No" and hit the send button. So i ask why she said nothing about the place being a mess when i contacted her about when we could expect our security deposit. That time she had replied but made no mention of the place being left a mess.She said the mess was caused by spaghetti. Now folks I can tell you for a fact that we never had spaghetti. Which again i told her i believe you have us mixed up with someone else.She did not want to hear anything i had to say. Now keep in mind its a small cottage. I think if we left the place such a mess that it took 2 hrs to clean the items she had listed she would of had no problems responding to our earlier text. I highly recommend Hawks Nest just find yourself another rental

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 99% of our wonderful guests leave the cottage in the same condition in which they found it upon arrival. The other 1% are represented by the above review.
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
New Haven
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Rustic Cafe, Old Lyme INN, Hideway restaurant
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
New London, E. Haddam
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Black Hall, Old Lyme. Fenway, Old Saybrook
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Old Saybrook, New london
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 95
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
White Sand Beach, Miami beach, Sunview beach
Car: recommended

Lyme Art Acadamy, CT College, Coast Guard Academy, Yale University, Mystic Seaport, Old Saybrook steam train, Mohegan/Fox wood casinos, Flourence Musem, Gillet Castle, Thimber Island, Race track.


Rates & Availability

Old Lyme 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 17 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $300
no $0
cleaning fee $130
Refundable damage deposit $300

$300 refundable security deposit.
3 + confirmed parking spaces.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Old Lyme Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1.5 bath room and 1 outdoor warm water shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , A day bed and a pull out bed
  • There is one Queen size bed, two double size bed, (1) Day bed., and a pull out bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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