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----WHITEGATE COTTAGE-- The simple life - 12 miles out to sea.

Bedrooms 1
Space 640 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-4)

On the south end of Block Island natural quiet prevails. Off of the main road and away from the crowds of summer sits Whitegate Cottage. Sited on the edge of a green meadow, it is built in the old Block Island style facing south.

WHITEGATE cottage has 2 stories with the bedroom upstairs and the living area / full bathroom with a stall shower downstairs. There is a spacious front deck with table, chairs and umbrella- perfect for a sunny breakfast or evening cocktails. It is private, quiet and special.

The cottage shares a property with the main house and a small (micro) vineyard (WHITEGATE VINEYARDS) but it is currently not being operated.

On the main floor there is a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, microwave, blender, toaster, coffeemaker and all needed kitchen implements etc, but no range. There is a gas grill outside. An outdoor hot / cold shower is in the back of the house -perfect for washing off after the beach or the best morning shower possible on a sunny day.

The living / dining area on main floor is comfortable, casual and airy. Upstairs with windows on all 4 sides the breeze at night will keep you cool so we stock warm blankets.

Whitegate cottage is at the southern end of the island where the spectacular cliffs on the coastline provide unsurpassed views of the Atlantic and the island interior. You can walk to Vail Beach, Black Rock Beach and Rodmans Hollow.

Town center and Crescent Beach (the biggest and most popular beach) are about 3 miles away.

Upstairs : a ships ladder (A BIT STEEP, NOT SUITABLE FOR THE HANDICAPPED, ELDERLY OR UNACCOMPANIED SMALL CHILDREN, see photo below) leads to 3 beds (2 twin and one full) with a desk and sitting area. The couch in the sitting area is also a twin bed reconfigured as well.

There are ocean views from upstairs and at night you will hear the surf crashing on the cliffs nearby. The walls, floors and walls are all natural wood in keeping with the island look and feel. WHITEGATE is owner (hands on) operated to insure that the cottage is always perfect for your visit.

The cottage has its own back road and parking area separate from the main house. There is a front and back lawn as well as a shady garden path to enjoy. There is a flagpole on the front deck where we fly the just seems to fit this Summer are welcome to bring & fly your own choice of flag.

Block Island is a country setting. There is no traffic light, Starbucks or mainland chain store of any kind. There is one gas station, one bank and one food market. But there is a brilliant night sky, green island meadows, golden hay fields and the blue Atlantic surrounding your world.


We rent by the week from Saturday to Saturday. If you are interested in renting, and want to bring a car, book a ferry reservation at once. But be flexible on times and even days. It's Block Island...nothing is easy but its all worth it.

We allow one dog up to 30 pounds.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a new 8% tax on rentals in Rhode Island as well as a 1% Block Island tax.

Keywords: Block Island, house

More Details

Mike Nolan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, Block Island-ese
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Mike Nolan

We spend as much time as possible on island in the summer. We are constantly amazed by the natural beauty around us. Living on this island is so unique in that its the smallest town in the smallest state in the USA. Its a mixture of pristine beaches, scenic farmland with grazing cows and rugged cliffs formed by the raging sea.

Mike Nolan purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Mike Nolan chose Rhode Island

Our property was the Mitchell farm in the 19th century. Hand built stone walls surround our land. Sheep formally occupied most of the property. We have found all sorts of relics from the past around the property..bottles, buttons, pottery shards, iron tools and so on.

What makes this cottage unique

We had the cottage built in 1996. It was built in the island style with gable returns, hand cut fish scale shingles and wainscoting throughout. We added the full bath in 2005 along with a very sophisticated and environmentally friendly waste-water system which conforms to the very strict island codes. Walk to Vail Beach...quiet, unspoiled and a parking lot for 3 cars.


Block Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hot / Cold outdoor shower


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average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

A great escape from the world. Whitegate is simple, but beautifully situated. Great views from the windows and the front deck. Peaceful hours sitting in the breeze. The Nolans are very conscientious hosts who want you to enjoy the island as much as they do. This is not the place for you if you want to be in the middle of town or surrounded by luxury. But if you want beauty, quiet, and a chance to let time slow down, it's pretty close to perfect. The outdoor shower was a hit with us too.

A few things to know:

The ladder style stairs to the second sleeping floor are definitely tougher to get up and down than regular stairs. It's ok if you're in reasonable shape, but worth being aware of.

It's a nice spot for biking and walking, but town is a hike from here, with serious hills. We definitely were glad to have a car.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boston, Massachusetts

sweet, cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Whitegate Cottage is a lovely little getaway place in the quietest part of Block Island. The cottage itself has an awful lot of charm and it's located on a lovely property which has a small vineyard. There's a kitchenette combo hangout area on the first floor. A television is there if you're so inclined, we were not. The kitchenette has many appliances if you'd like to cook your own meals and a full size refrigerator. We actually cooked most of our meals when we stayed here, and nothing was lacking. The bathroom has an excellent shower with great water pressure and lots of hot water and a heated towel rack which I imagine would come in really handy in the summertime when there might be a bit of damp in the air. Mike the owner lives in a large beautiful home on the property and he leaves the door open to part of his cellar so you can use the washer and dryer and also there's a great clothes line to get that wind and sun dried fresh laundry effect. To get to the sleeping quarters you go up a ladder-like set of stairs to the second story which is one large open room with extremely comfortable beds and warm blankets, with windows on all four sides open to the lovely sea breezes. There is also a very nice deck where you can sit and see the ocean a bit off on the horizon and there are two comfortable chairs with cushions to hang out there and drink your coffee in the morning sun. I especially appreciated Mike's pets policy which allowed me to bring my small dog who loved his vacation as well. It's a short walk to an absolutely gorgeous beach where you will likely have the place to yourself. I have been here twice and definitely plan to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Maureen. Happy to hear you enjoyed.
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Lovely Cottage on a Beautiful Island

  • 5 of 5

A week at Whitegate Cottage stopped time and let us relax and breathe in the extraordinary beauty that is Block Island. The cottage is charming and was built with love. While it's a small house, it feels spacious. You're up on a hill with beautiful views. Breezes constantly come through the open windows. The clarity of the sky at night is phenomenal. On a clear morning you can see the ocean in the distance from the upstairs bedroom, and if the surf is active you can hear the waves breaking. The Nolans were gracious and friendly. They gave us wonderful suggestion for nearby beaches and walks with breathtaking views. I've never had such a lovely, relaxed vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. We truly appreciate sharing the cottage and meeting interesting guests. Thank you.
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New Hope, PA

A Charmer on Block Island

  • 5 of 5

Whitegate Cottage is a perfect example of why we love our VRBO vacations. Where else could you stay in a charming cottage with personal touches, get insider tips on best enjoying the destination and really feel like you are living like a local. (Oh, and be able to bring a beloved pet.) If you like chain restaurants, amusement parks and hotel amenities, this is NOT for you. But if you want to an active, natural getaway in an incredibly scenic spot, Whitegate Cottage would be ideal. We particularly liked waking up to birdsong, having coffee on the deck (always breezy!) and then setting out to explore the island by foot or bike. Vail Beach and Rodman's Hollow are near by and afford stunning views. The ship's ladder to the second floor may make this property unsuitable for some--but we found that climbing it was great exercise. The cottage also doesn't have a stove, but we successfully made pasta on the hot plate. And, at the end of the day, the outdoor shower was awesome!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kind review means a great deal to us. Thank you! We appreciate VRBO as we have met so many warm, interesting people. Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review. It was a pleasure meeting you.
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Exceptional Place!

  • 5 of 5

What a marvelous place. Block Island itself is extraordinary, and Whitegate Cottage is a perfectly lovely spot from which to take advantage of all that the island has to offer. A quick walk to several incredible beaches, and an easy bike ride to the rest of the island - but outside of the busier 'town' - we couldn't believe our luck. The cottage is small, but easily accommodated myself, my husband and our two kids. We never felt cramped. Thoughtful touches like a towel warmer, a portable hamper in the bedroom, furniture that was both pretty and practical, and a secluded outdoor shower all added to an overall feeling of casual luxury. Mike Nolan, our host, was attentive and responsive and was quick to respond to questions. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cottage, and would absolutely recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the positive review. We appreciate. I would like to say that you were wonderful; guests and we feel lucky to have had you stay in our little cottage. thanks Mike
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Great Location

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is in a great location - quiet and secluded. We really enjoyed our stay. Our only recommendation is that the mattress on the full size bed be replaced, we found it very uncomfortable. Other than that we couldn't have asked for a cuter place.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the overall positive comments on Whitegate Cottage. Sorry you found the mattress on the full size bed uncomfortable. This is the first we have heard of it but we have ordered a new mattress to ensure all of our guests are completely satisfied. As our guests know we take personal care of the cottage from meeting them at the ferry and taking them to our cottage the first time to sharing our own beach chairs etc to keep guests packing to a minimum. Thanks again, it was very nice to meet you. best Mike
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Miles
Block Island
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Block Island Ferry
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Vail Beach (snake hole)

Walk to Vail Beach. Short walk to Rodman's Hollow. Great biking / hiking area.


Rates & Availability

Block Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
post labor day
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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