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Westport on the Water: Pool, Dock & Boats--Casual Elegance--Walk to Town & Train

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 30 nights


About the property

SUMMER Rental: On the river, with pool, and great beach, golf & park priviledges

SPEND JULY AND AUGUST PLAYING BY THE WATER! Or longer if you'd like. This is a rare opportunity for a two-month rental of a home that is normally booked very early for much longer...Spend the summer on the water...A waterfront home is both soothing and entertaining, providing a view that changes not just from day to day, but from minute to minute. Located just a short drive or bike ride to Westport's renowned Longshore Club Park with beaches on Long Island Sound, one of CT's top golf courses, numerous sports venues, and great children's playground, your summer can be filled with outdoor activities. Fabulous location with exquisite home, furnished for owners. Private, dead-end road leads to this recently-renovated stylish 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on the Saugatuck River. Located in a sought-after neighborhood, walking distance to town and the trendy Saugatuck Center. A gourmet kitchen, luxurious baths, and welcoming balconies are complimented by hardwood floors, original art, handmade rugs and fine furnishings. Enjoy views of the river with world-renowned rowers, colorful kayaks, canoes, native herons, egrets, and swans. Set off by kayak or canoe to one of many riverside restaurants, or catch live music, under the stars. Fish from the dock. Lay beneath towering pines catching a cool on-shore breeze during the day or bask in the light of one of two outdoor fireplaces as the sun sets. Relax on the stone patio overlooking the pool and river, or enjoy the changing hues of the water from indoors. In the evening, entertain in the formal dining room or by firelight at the river's edge. Comfortable, gracious living in a camp-like setting nestled on 3/4 of an acre with 155' of riverfront. Quiet, private property that's close to the beach, golf, an amazing number of great dining venues, live entertainment and more. Close to NYC. Commuters can walk, or choose the cute town bus to ride to the train station -- pick up is at the end of our private road.


There is so much to do in and around Westport. Check out some opportunities: The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, with over 50 nights of free entertainment under the stars. The Saugatuck Rowing Club and Fitness Center is a world-class rowing and fitness club with exceptional dining and special event facilities. The club offers extensive rowing programs for all levels, from complete novices to Olympic-bound athletes. Fly fishing instruction and supplies are just down the river at Westport Outfitters. Be sure to look at the pictures under “Recent Catches” The 18-hole Longshore course at the Longshore Club Park Golf Course features 5,845 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 73. Celebrating its 88th season in 2018, the Westport Country Playhouse has produced more than 700 plays, 36 of which later transferred to Broadway.

WESTPORT IS THE NUMBER 1 TOWN IN CONNECTICUT with a population of 25-50,000 people. Westport has 26,000. Check out Connecticut Magazine's article

3, 6, 12, 24 MONTH OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN OUR HOME: Our property isn't a vacation rental--it's our full-time home! As such, it offers a lot more than what you usually find elsewhere. Nothing on the property was purchased with the thought that 'this will be good enough for our renters.' Everything in our home was hand chosen to make our lives richer. Here's our story: The summer of 2010 was the first time we offered our newly-renovated house as a rental, and we sailed to Maine. All went well and every summer we plan to sail off again, for the summer, or longer. We live and work from our home and love the location! We're walking distance to the train (to NYC), fabulous shopping, a tremendous number of restaurants and free live concerts in the summer. It's great here, but sailing is our passion and we've cruised, living and working aboard, venturing as far south as the Bahamas. We hope our wanderlust will provide a unique opportunity for another family to live in our home for an extended period of time.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Kathy

During the summers of 2010 through 2017 and winter of 2014/2015, we offered our recently-renovated house as a rental, and we sailed along the Northeast, going as far north as Maine and as far south as Georgetown, Bahamas. We live and work from our home and love the location! We're walking distance to the train (Metro North to NYC or New Haven), fabulous shopping, restaurants and free live concerts in the summer. It's great here, but sailing is our passion and we love being liveaboards/work-aboards. We hope our wanderlust will provide a unique opportunity for another family to live in our home for an extended period of time.

Kathy purchased this house in 1997

Why Kathy chose Westport

Living and playing on the water! Morning kayaks from your dock, paddle the canoe to over a dozen restaurants along the river. Fish, the Saugatuck River is a destination for residents and non-residents alike. Trout, both native and stocked by the state, provide diverse fishing up and down the river. Saugatuck species include Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout, as well as Striped Bass and Bluefish.

*** Plus there is so much to do in and around Westport. We're walking distance to the train (to NYC/New Haven), fabulous shopping, restaurants, theater, and free live concerts in the summer. Check out some opportunities: The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, with over 50 nights of free entertainment under the stars. The Saugatuck Rowing Club and Fitness Center is a world-class rowing and fitness club with exceptional dining and special event facilities. The club offers extensive rowing programs for all levels, from complete novices to Olympic-bound athletes. Fly fishing instruction and supplies are just down the river at Westport Outfitters. Be sure to look at the pictures under “Recent Catches” The 18-hole Longshore course at the Longshore Club Park Golf Course features 5,845 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 73. Celebrating its 85th season in 2015, the Westport Country Playhouse has produced more than 700 plays, 36 of which later transferred to Broadway. Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2005, the Playhouse became a state-of-the-art producing theater, preserving its original charm and character. The Playhouse creates five live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from April through November.

What makes this house unique

Living on the water with a private dock makes kayaking and canoeing an easy treat. Paddle to dinner at one of many excellent riverside restaurants, or catch one of the many free concerts at Levitt Pavilion. Towering pines, cool river breezes, a heated pool, and fine fishing from the edge of the property makes our home feel like summer camp. Experience sunset as the evening cools sitting by the pool or the river's edge with a fire burning in one of the two outdoor fireplaces. Relax!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family rented their lovely, renovated Westport home for the summer of 2010. It was a dream summer with a clean house, state of the art appliances, friendly neighbors, and wonderful accommodations. The owners were wonderful, and gracious landlords in every sense.

The pool and grounds were kept up weekly, and Kathy was always available if I had any questions regarding the house, or town itself.

Not only was the house fabulous, the town of Westport offered many amenities we loved. The beach, golfing privileges, easy access to trains and restaurants were the complete summer package. Indeed, we are entertaining the idea to rent again this year after the birth of our 2nd child.
May 2010
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Westport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • River ...
  • Town ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , 2 pers shower, 2 pers cast iron soaking tub, 2 sinks, view
    First Floor Bath - toilet , shower , Glass door shower, oil painting, antique hard wood floors
    Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks, extra-long soaking tub with flat floor, windows
  • All three bathrooms were designed to delight: The Master Bathroom is bright and spacious. Designed for the comfort of a couple, both the glass walled shower and cast iron tub were built for two. Double sinks and vanities ensure that you share your space only when you want to. The chandelier and radiant heat marble floor keep the Master Bath warm and cozy. The Guest Bathroom has two sinks, radiant heat tile floors and a an extra-long soaking tub specifically designed for bathing kids and non-slip for older folks.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Queen pictured, cathedral ceiling, fan, balcony & waterviews
    Riverview Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Balcony and waterviews, cathedral ceiling, bright and airy
    Treehouse Guest Room - 1 double , 'Treehouse' views, shade gardens, cathedral ceiling & fan
    Salmon Room - 2 twin/ single , Day bed w/trundle, cathedral ceiling and fan
  • The master bedroom suite and guest bedroom have a balcony overlooking the pool, lower lawns and river. Cool river breezes and the quiet river sounds of birds taking flight and rowers' paddles plying the water are an everyday comfort in the summer. The master bedroom is currently furnished with a queen bed, but a king can be made from the Riverview Guest Room beds. All bedrooms have soaring ceilings, both the Master and Riverview Guest Room have rough hewn beams circa 1901. Hardwood floors with low pile wool room rugs create a low allergen sleeping environment. A whole-house attic fan that quickly evacuates hot air, three-zone air conditioning/heating, in addition to towering shade trees and river breezes makes the second floor sleeping area easy to keep comfortable at all times.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Included with the house are two boats and equipment. Choose between a two-person kayak or the canoe to explore the local flora and fauna, or go out for lunch in town or dinner down river. Numerous waterfront venues beckon. Launching is easy from our dock and float. The river waters are flat and easy to paddle. Or go for a ride. Westport is a popular bicycling destination with bike clubs from NYC routinely using Westport as it's starting point. Explore the Gold Coast!


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Westport on the Water: Pool, Dock & Boats--Casual Elegance--Walk to Town & Train
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Great house, property, location, owners and town!

  • 5 of 5

This was the best rental experience we've ever had. The location is impossible to beat: it has river access directly off the property (including kayaking and paddle boarding off of the backyard dock) and is in walking distance to town, train station, farmer's market, restaurants, live music, food and other stores). The owners are a lovely couple who were accessible and responsive throughout the summer to answer any questions we had (and they even kept us abreast of town events and alerts); the house is wonderfully maintained with great modern appliances (a REAL CHEF's kitchen!), fantastic bathroom showers and tubs, and it has a great heated pool with good shade but enough sun. Lastly, it is only a 5 minute drive to best beach! We feel in love with the town because of our extended summer rental at this location. We would and have already recommended the house to friends!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this glowing review! We really wanted you, your husband, and extended family to love our property and hometown. Thanks for being such nice and thoughtful renters. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Lovely home, beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

My family came from 3 places around the world to meet for my daughter's wedding. This home was so beautiful, we all loved the setting, the amenities, the friendly host and helpful next door tenant. Everything we needed was close to hand, and it was a very enjoyable time!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to provide the home in which you all gathered for your daughter’s wedding. I enjoyed sharing in your excitement and particularly loved hearing your daughter squeal, “Oh my gosh, this is perfect!” as she walked in the door. Based our conversation, I will now be offering guests the opportunity to have me stock the refrigerator with some of their preferred items before they arrive. Thanks again for choosing our home for your stay.
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new york

Superd in every way!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, two daughters and I immensely enjoyed the three month period that we rented this wonderful house which came fully equipped with a heated pool, a dock , a kayak and a canoe! Every room was beautifully furnished and incredibly comfortable to live in. Virtually every window has a view of the property's lovely gardens. It was delightful to have the opportunity to Kayak in the river, or swim in the pool and --at the same time-- be within easy walking/ driving distance to Westport's superb stores and restaurants.The Owners ( Kathy and Julian) were the warmest and most responsive landlords that one could possibly wish for. Everyone in our family easily assigns this outstanding property a five star rating.

Doug Stern

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were very lucky to find this property on a short notice. My husband and I recently had our first child and were looking for a perfect getaway that will be close enough to Manhattan but yet still feel like a vacation. This house was perfect. It was exactly as described on this site. The owners (Kathy and Julien) were very lovely and answered all of our questions quickly and patiently. The property was so relaxing! We loved hanging out in the kitchen and living room; both overlooking the river. We also took advantage of kayaking which was a huge bonus. The neighbors were also very friendly and welcoming. We really felt like we were part of this lovely community. The town was a short walk from the house (20 minutes). The beach and supermarket were a short drive (5 minutes at most). At the end of our 7 night stay, we extended it for 2 more nights. We were lucky enough that Kathy and Julien were flexible to accommodate our last minute request. We would've extended it for more but we had to go back home. We look forward to coming back here in the near future.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you loved your stay and want to come back! You'll be pleased to see the town just complete a brand new sidewalk leading to our celebrated Farmer's Market and downtown. We look forward to seeing you again soon
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Riverside Charmer

  • 5 of 5

We spent the best summer in recent memory at this Westport gem. We reside in Manhattan and greatly appreciated the home's proximity to the Metro North train station. We could travel back and forth easily and so could our grown children who were able to come and go according to their schedules. This is an underrated yet highly valuable convenience.

We place a high priority on a waterfront property and the Saugatuck River is this home's defining feature. The tidal river is endlessly interesting due to its dramatic rise and fall. Wildlife of all kinds thrive in and around the water, so there is always something to observe and enjoy.

Massive trees provide a beautiful canopy and flowering perennials contribute constant color to the lush and private yard. We spent most of our time on the patio or in the pool.

Kathy and Julian have created a tasteful and comfortable home that incorporates the charm of a former barn and many modern elements such as large windows and beautiful finishes. All of the appliances and fixtures are modern and in perfect working order and the kitchen is well equipped.

The nearby farmer's market kept us supplied with gorgeous fresh produce and flowers and I ended up cooking far more than I usually like to for a vacation, but it was a pleasure.

Kathy and Julian were highly responsive to any questions and concerns that we had and were always a pleasure to deal with.

We would have no hesitation to stay here again would highly endorse it to our friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect ten!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this beautiful home for three months (June, July, August 2013). The house is on a lovely tree lined street creating a mood of relaxation as you drive in. On arrival, the home itself is charming, well furnished, and pristine. The kitchen is quite modern and great for cooking as well as being extremely well appointed. The house has good fung shui. This is a happy place.

It is easy to just move-in and unpack. The owners are very friendly and readily available when needed. They were away but remained very accessible. They know the area well and are happy to give you lots of info.

Everything you could need or want is there — including a canoe and a kayak which you can take down to the floating dock and paddle to dinner. (There are three restaurants nearby where you can dock.)

The house is very well located, (literally) three minutes from everything in Westport, but you would never know it. The river is a few steps down from the pool in the backyard. It is utterly charming.

The well furnished outdoor patio was our most used space. They have a fabulous new grill and lots of seating. The "River Room" was the most used interior room, it's all windows with views of the river, pool and trees. Everyone gravitated to the kitchen and "River Room" which are open to each other.

It is an ideal set-up. We entertained friends from the city a good deal and had a wonderful time getting to know the rhythms of the river. There was total privacy.

The maintenance work (pool, lawn mowing and gardening) happened without us having to do anything. The workers were extremely polite, very accommodating, and always reliable.

The Westport Playhouse is nearby, as are weekly outdoor concerts, markets and fairs. There is a sailing school less than one mile away. There are plenty of places to shop for fresh food and lots of other shopping is easily available.

We received our deposit back (with full documentation of utilities used) very quickly. The owners are very, very nice people and great to rent from.

All in all, this is a great situation. We were very pleased. I would recommend this property to a friend or a relative anytime of the year. A perfect TEN stars.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
White Plains Airport w/easy parking;LGA & JFK also
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Many! Kawa Ni, Whelk, Black Duck, Viva Zapata's,
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Bridgeport, CT daytrip Port Jefferson, Long Island
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Longshore Club Park (w/ driving range & lessons)
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Westport, MetroNorth Line
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Exit 17 off of Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Rive Bistro (kayak to many great restaurants!)
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Fly Fishing School, Westport Outfitters
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Compo Beach playground, ball fields, skate park...
Car: recommended

Attractive, upscale and artsy, Westport, Connecticut, USA: One hour to NYC & LGA, 45 minutes to the White Plains airport. One mile to town, train, beach, golf. Imagine canoeing, kayaking, fishing and bird watching from the our dock on the river. Head up river by kayak for great restaurants, shopping and exceptional outdoor concerts. Head down river for more great on-the-water eateries, a world class rowing club and fitness center, get introduced to local fly-fishing by experts, continue on to the acclaimed Longshore Sailing School, Long Shore Golf Course and driving range (one of the top 10 public accessed golf courses in the state), tennis, pools and beaches. Look south and recognize that you're on Long Island Sound. Or discover Broadway quality shows at the Westport Country Playhouse by seeing a great play with leading American actors. Want more great entertainment? Walk to the train, ride for an hour south and explore NYC and experience the real Broadway. And there's always New Haven for a never-ending choice of shows, cultural events and Yale spawned festivities and excitement.

Other Activities: Boating, Rowing, Sailing, Kayaking, Parasailing, Hiking and many open spaces, Basketball, Racquetball and Tennis Courts, Shopping, Health/Beauty Spas, and great restaurants and bars.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $10,000
Cleaning, weekly $100

Year-long rental with flexible dates. All ground maintenance, lawns, gardens, trees, and pool, provided. Property flowers from early spring - late fall. Flower-laden peonies and irises, adorn the property May - June. Mature perennial gardens with flowers, hydrangea bushes and a variety of Rose of Sharon flower from June - late October. Fabulous waterfront property, inside and out! Boats included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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