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Stonington Borough Home - Magnificent Harbor Views in the Heart of the Village

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 180 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath house,spacious living areas, great water views (sleeps 6-8).

Located opposite Stonington harbor, the house offers spectacular waterfront views. It reflects the Borough's history, having served as an ice storage facility for the clipper ships, then storing coal for the railway, and then becoming an artist's studio and residence. Renovations over time have modernized the residence, but many old elements remain including old ship planking floors on the second floor and the high ceiling on the first floor, giving the living/dining area its airy ambience.

The house occupies three stories with stairs connecting the first and second floors and a spiral staircase connecting the second and third floors.

The first floor is dominated by a two story open ceiling and large windows. The living area has comfortable seating and both sofas fold out into double beds. The dining area can seat 6 comfortably. A good sized kitchen with "breakfast nook" completes the first floor.

The second floor offers a spacious living area with large windows providing spectacular views of the harbor leading out to Long Island Sound. The room is comfortably furnished with numerous chairs, sofa, loveseat, tables, lamps, plus a large library. There is an additional private "reading" area on the landing, which overlooks the living/dining area on the first floor and the courtyard entrance to the house. The master bedroom with double bed and a full bathroom with shower/tub are also on this floor.

The third floor has two bedrooms, each with floor to ceiling windows providing panoramic views. One has two single beds, a seating area and a bathroom with shower. The other has a double bed, a seating area, and a half bath (toilet and sink).

The courtyard entry has a charcoal grill, small table and seating, and is ideal for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while enjoying the scenery and grilling.

This has been a family home for over 30 years. When my parents retired from the U.S. diplomatic corps they wanted to live in a place that looked out on the water and which offered the charm, culture, and history they experienced during their many years of world travel. They found it in this house and the Borough - panoramic views of Stonington Harbor and Long Island Sound, plus proximity to surrounding historic houses, museums, shops, restaurants, and cultural events - all literally a short walk away. There are many happy family memories in this house. The house still contains items they collected from travels around the world. We want to share with our guests its very special character and the story it tells.

More Details

Property Manager
Stevens Parr
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 19, 2017


Stonington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Bathroom 1 on second floor has toilet, sink, tub/shower Bathroom 2 on third floor has toilet, sink, and shower Half Bathroom on third floor has toilet and sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Second Floor Master Bedroom - 1 double
    Third Floor Bedroom With Half Bath - 1 double
    Third Floor Bedroom With Half Bath - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs Living Area - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Two sofa beds - each can sleep two
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • tennis


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Stonington Borough Home - Magnificent Harbor Views in the Heart of the Village
average rating of 3.7142856 based on 7 reviews
New Jersey

Absolutely Darling!

  • 5 of 5

This home is absolutely darling! Comes with all amenities, and is neat and clean! Views are spectacular and the location is incredibly wonderful. THE BOOK NOOK IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! We loved the library and seating area to read and relax to enjoy the magnificent views!! Prime location to beach and town, as well as within driving distance to CT and RI attractions. We took trips to Mystic, Newport and Block Island, it was an incredible vacation. We are so grateful to Steven and Sharon for their generous hospitality and kindness. We hope to visit again soon! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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great area, so much to do!

  • 3 of 5

This was a very interesting house and in a great location right on the water. I was taken aback upon arriving to find that we were sharing the house with two other tennants. One tenant in a small apartment that shared our tiny patio, and the other out the back door with three small dogs that were not very happy we were going by. The people who lived there were very nice but it would have been nice to know they were going to be a part of our vacation before hand. The home is not set up to be condusive for a beach, bike or fishing stay, as there is no place to keep materials, clean up, is difficult for children and older adults, and no beach chairs were provided. There was no beach pass to the private beach at the end of the point. In my experience this has always been provided by the rental. There is no bathroom on the first floor, and the stairs to get up are difficult with railings a bit scary. This house would be perfect for people who want to read, antique, walk, but other ocean front activities will be challenging in this space.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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False Advertising with a Nice View

  • 2 of 5

The property falsely claims that there is an "elevator", "spiral staircase" and "air conditioning".

The elevator has been out of service for quite awhile (the doors to it are nailed shut). It would be (if it worked) the only reasonable way to get to the two bedrooms on the third floor. The only other way is the so-called "spiral staircase" which is really a medal spiral ladder that is just barely wide enough for a person's body. One has to carry luggage over one's head to get it into the two third-floor bedrooms. The spiral ladder is difficult for an older person with arthritis, very difficult and dangerous for our small granddaughter and impossible for our dog. Moreover, without the elevator, one must pass through the first third-floor bedroom to get into the second third-floor bedroom. In other words, no privacy.

The property's claim of "air conditioning" really means only about 30% of the property is air conditioned--only the three bedrooms. The first-floor (kitchen, living room, and dining room) and second-floor family room have no air conditioning. In addition, the three first-floor rooms (roughly 900 sq. ft.) are ventilated only by a 3 ft. by 3 ft. screen in the outer door (half of the door is plastic). There are many fans, but they just blow the hot air around. If the back door is opened for more ventilation, three neighbor dogs try to jump through that screen door at you. The result is sweat was running down my face cooking dinner, and eating dinner as well as watching TV at night are also sweating activities--and this for an "air conditioned" property.

The property does have a very nice view of the harbor and is very nicely furnished.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our advertising aims to provide renters with a complete and accurate idea of the house, since we want to meet expectations and needs. Through three years of renting, we have almost always met or exceeded that objective. When the elevator stopped functioning, we sought to eliminate all references to it in our description of the house. The effort was not thorough enough and obviously led to this renter’s disappointment. We apologize for that. However, in any successful rental relationship, the need for honest communication cuts both ways. So, we take issue with the renter’s other claims. The spiral staircase is a normal spiral staircase and is clearly displayed in photo 10 of the house interior, captioned “2nd floor living area - note spiral stairs to 3rd floor.” We explicitly state: “Not suitable for children under age 10 due to open staircase design.” When this renter reserved the house, he said there would be “6 adults, 0 children.” Then he brought the “small granddaughter” he mentions, and, per our tenants, a second young child. He put the two children at risk, and subjected us, without our knowing, to an unacceptable potential liability. Nowhere in our ad do we claim the house is totally air conditioned. In the amenities section, we say: “Air conditioners in all 3 bedrooms. Portable fans available, if needed, for other areas.” The house sits right off the water benefitting from the harbor breezes. The living areas are comfortable if the fans are properly used, doors and windows kept open. Despite our explanations, the renter was not running the fans at proper speeds, or keeping the windows upstairs appropriately open. His rationale for using the fans incorrectly was “they just blow the hot air around.” The back door was not opened because “three neighbor dogs try to jump through that screen door at you.” These dogs are three little dachshunds who are only briefly let out for potty time… We always try to learn from our renters’ input. We did not adequately edit references to the elevator. That won’t happen again. We have removed all mentions of it and fully notified all coming renters. We now know we need to better vet our renters. Had we done so with this person, he could have found a better suited place, and we could have found people who appreciate a charming and comfortable house of which we are very proud!
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Easthampton, MA

Lovely Get Away!

  • 4 of 5

I spent a week here in July with my sons and daughter in law. The house is a quaint, historic home located right on the marina, a block from lovely shops and restaurants, and about a 10 minute walk from Dubois beach! We absolutely loved our time there! My only concern was the spiral staircase - which was tricky to go up/down and very narrow (and the elevator was out). Everyone in my group was adult but I would say that the home isn't well formatted for small children. The owners were also kind, generous and thoughtful . This was one of my favorite rentals through Home Away!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful views, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Came here in October for a kayak symposium. Several of us stayed in this abode but there is so much room, none of us really felt crowded. Getting to the third floor does require one climbing a narrow spiral staircase so top floor great for kids. There is also an elevator that will get you there and its worth getting to 2nd or third floors for the view of harbor. The hosts are great and very responsive - definitely would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bolingbrook, IL

Nice location

  • 3 of 5

Very nice owners and very hospitable. Location is great but house is very out of date. Uncomfortable bedding, no bath on first floor, a challenge to go up and down the 3 floors. Convenient location and ample free parking. A/c units in bedroom windows are pretty loud and lots of fans throughout the home to help stay cool.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Water Street Cafe

There is so much to do, either walking out the front door or getting in the car and travelling a short distance.

Just down the road is Mystic Seaport, with its fabulous historical village, and its wondrous collection of sailing ships, and boats. Next door is the world class Mystic Aquarium. Besides its fabulous collection of underwater life, the aquarium is also home to Robert Ballard’s Institute for Exploration. Ballard of course discovered the wreck of the Titanic.

Other nearby places of historical and/or scientific interest: Old Lighthouse Museum, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Babcock-Smith House, Nathaniel B Palmer House, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Gillette Castle State Park, Stonington Old Lighthouse, Brant Point Lighthouse, Watch Hill Lighthouse, Submarine Force Museum & USS Nautilus, and The Dinosaur Place At Nature's Art.

For gaming of all kinds, Foxwoods Resorts and Casino and Mohegan Sun are just minutes away by car.

Some of the finest beaches anywhere are also close by: Misquamicut Beach, Ocean Beach Park, Westerly Town Beach, and Watch Hill.

Golfers will find a number of excellent options: Weekapaug Golf Course, Foxwoods Resort Casino Golf Course, Elmridge Golf Course, Lindhbrook Golf Club, Pequot Golf Club, Richmond Country Club, and the Winnapaug Golf & Country Club.

Sailing is available just minutes from the house at Dodson’s Boat Yard. It is a prime recreation in Stonington, as all kind of craft navigate Watch Hill Bay, Block Island Sound, Long Island Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. Cruises are also available at Mystic Seaport as well as elsewhere. The Block Island Ferry operates out of New London during the summer.

If parks and nature are your passion, the area provides many options: Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Pequot Woods Park, Knox Preserve - Avalonia Land Conservancy, Mystic River Park, Rotary Park, Pafford Woods, Napatree Point Conservation Area, and lovely Wilcox Park.

The area features a thriving artistic community. For theater there is Granite Theater, Theatre By The Sea, and the Garde Arts Center. Every July the town of Westerly features “Shakespeare In The Park,” a production of one of the Bard’s plays out in the open at charming Wilcox Park. Music is supplied by the famous Chorus of Westerly. There is also the Westerly Pops, and there are ongoing productions from the Salt Marsh Opera Company. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are year round venues for star musical performers of every genre.

The Florence Griswold and Lyman Allyn museums are famous for their outstanding collections. Other galleries include the Mystic Arts Center, Cutwater Marine Gallery, Finer Line Gallery, Kensteincamp Art, Lily Pad Gallery, Scala Studio, Newbury Studio, Finer Line Gallery, and the Red Couch Art Studio, to name a few.

Just around the corner on Water Street in the Borough is one of the best stretches of antique shopping in the region.

Wine making is widespread in the area and the vineyards are very hospitable to visitors. Some of the better known among them: Maugle Sierra Vineyards, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Langworthy Farm Winery, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, and Stonington Vineyards.

In the summertime, on the common a block away, the farmer's market offers fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, and baked goods every Saturday. Even in the colder months this market is still open, a couple of minutes away at the Velvet Mill. The Velvet Mill is also the home of numerous artists studios and shops of various kinds.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
One time cleaning fee $150

Rates are subject to change until confirmed
No refund except if reservation is replaced by others
Cleaning fee $150

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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