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Down By The Bay Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Newly renovated three-bedroom, two-bath waterfront home

Prudence Island is the unique, undiscovered yet welcoming jewel of Narragansett Bay. A vacation here is a true escape and one that will remain as a fond memory for years to come. The property is a year-round newly renovated three-bedroom home, traditionally and attractively-styled with panoramic views of the bay.

The first floor of this bright and immaculate home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen, spacious dining room, tasteful living room, full bath and sun room with ten windows providing clear views of the water and the mainland beyond. The second floor features three comfortable and inviting bedrooms as well as a bath with shower. Outside is a front deck where you can watch the gorgeous sun rise over the bay while having your morning coffee. The spacious rear deck is perfect for grilling and al fresco dining while enjoying the evening breezes. It also features an outside shower great for rinsing off while still enjoying the sunshine. Relax in the yard on the hammock while sipping a summer beverage and devouring your favorite novel. You’ll enjoy the comforts of this property so much you may find it difficult to take leave to explore the island, but there’s much to see and do.

Steps from the front deck is a beautiful private beach with clear waters perfect for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, clamming, snorkeling, boating and more. While some of the coastline here is rocky (water shoes recommended), throughout the island there are many sandy beaches you’ll want to explore.

Prudence Island is very scenic and secluded, abounding with preserved natural areas that comprise 75% of the island. The serenity and slow pace here give it the feel of a simpler time and place – one without restaurants, bars or retail shopping areas. Basic provisions are available at two small country stores so it’s recommended that vacationers bring their own supplies.

The island has a mix of paved and unpaved roads with few cars on-island making them ideal for biking, walking and jogging. Prudence has an impressive and well-maintained trail network featuring trails of varying lengths that link to interesting historical sites – birdwatchers, bring your binoculars! Sandy beaches are plentiful – and offer vacationers a secluded and tranquil escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of modern life.

This traditional island community is close-knit yet very welcoming with lots of activities to take part in. Look out for upcoming events and old-fashioned activities posted at the exit of the ferry parking lot – summer ice cream socials, pot luck dinners and other events are casual, enjoyable and good clean fun! There’s blueberry picking at Farnham Farm, movie nights at the Prudence Island Association community center, story hour at the Homestead Library and great programs for kids and adults at the Narragansett Estuarine Research Center. The unique one-room school house (currently serving seven island students) also provides fun summer programs open to all children visiting the island.

Prudence Island is accessible by ferry, water taxi or private vessel. The reliable Prudence and Bay Islands Transport ferry service travels between Bristol and Prudence several times a day and the crossing takes approximately 25 minutes. The ferry landing, and nearby country store, is a 5-minute walk from the house. Vacationers should consult the ferry website and are encouraged to make vehicle reservations well in advance of their trip.

Vacationers seeking experiences beyond the island can utilize the ferry for day trips to nearby Bristol, with its quaint downtown featuring a variety of shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and taverns. A half-hour drive north from Bristol brings you to Providence, Rhode Island’s capital and the state’s largest city. A half-hour drive south from the Bristol ferry landing is the beautiful and historic city of Newport, with its famed Bellevue Avenue mansion tours, renowned Newport Jazz Festival and great seafood dining.

Amidst the beauty and tranquility of Prudence Island and the comforts of this lovely waterfront home, your vacation here is sure to be a wonderful and memorable getaway. We’re sure you’ll want to come back again and again.


More Details

Tom & Mary McKnight
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 12, 2017


Prudence Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • The house offers three comfortable well appointed bedrooms as well as a fold-out couch with queen-size mattress in living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • recreation center
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Linens and towels are not provided, however, there is a washing machine and dryer on the premises. Pillows are provided for each bed.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Peaceful Long Weekend on Prudence Island

  • 5 of 5

This property is fantastic for those looking to get away. Prudence Island is a great place to walk and explore, and Tom and Mary's cottage was a great base for us. We enjoyed walking up, down, and across the island, then relaxing on the porch watching the water. The cottage looked exactly like the pictures, and you can tell that they put a lot of work into the place recently. It was a very comfortable place for us to enjoy a long weekend. Tom, Mary, and Katey were also very helpful throughout the whole process and responded quickly to my many questions.

The ferry and general store are very close (3 min walk), but it's better to bring most of your own provisions as the store selection is limited and there are no restaurants on the island. I would also recommend bringing a car or bikes if you're staying for more than a long weekend so you can explore the outer reaches of the island more easily.

The only downside of the trip was missing the last ferry of the day... we had to pay the water taxi ($30pp without a reservation) to take us across to Prudence.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
TF Green Airport, Warwick, RI
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Prudence Island Ferry - a short walk from house
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Cross country skiing options on island
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
Across road from house - steps away from house
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Payment is made directly to owner via check or money order. We do not accept credit cards or PayPal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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