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Steps from the beach in small private community that borders bird santuary

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Large screened-porch With Views Of Water From Most Rooms.

A vintage beach house that's been in our family since 1945. It was built in 1924, modernized in the 1950s and lovingly maintained/updated by our family ever since, with new roof, foundation, etc. as needed. We visit twice a year to open and close, and rent in between. Located in last community before the undeveloped Griswold point reserve at the mouth of the CT River. Guarded entry to four street, safe walking community of 100 houses. New community recreation center. Beautiful White Sand Beach is only 15 miles from New London and 25 miles to Mystic, CT, 2.5 hours from NYC., 35 miles north of New Haven's MTA stop.

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Property Manager
Maya Blue
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2017

About Maya Blue

My grandparents bought this house when they lived in New York City. They spent the entire summers here with my mother and aunt. My grandfather would take the train up on the weekends. Now my aunt and uncle own it and rent it during the season. They spend a week or so at the end and beginning of the summer, vacationing and making improvements on the house. I help them with the online listings like this.

Maya Blue purchased this house in 1945

Why Maya Blue chose Connecticut Shore

My mother, aunt and myself and our families have been coming to this house since we were babies. It's a safe and special place that still shuts off the water for six months during the winter. The beach house is a warm and welcoming, well loved home full of lots of happy memories.

What makes this house unique

The mile long walk to Griswold point, a bird sanctuary protected by the Nature Conservancy. The small front lawn and the house are shaded by 2 large maple trees. There is a wraparound screened-in porch where one can watch the water and listen to the waves. We now have an outside shower.

Tenants can take part in a recreation program for kids and there's a Community Center for events. White Sands Beach is a quiet and safe community, great for the summer and peaceful and beautiful in the spring and fall.


Old Lyme House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs - toilet , shower , On back porch by kitchen door. Good for de-sanding.
    Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , Small claw foot tub. Hand held shower. A bit tight
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Twins - 2 twin/ single , TV, closet and dresser, windows on two sides.
    Master - 2 twin/ single , Master bed has an ocean view. Windows on two sides.
    Double - 1 double , Dresser and small closet. Windows on two sides.
    Radio Room - 1 twin/ single , 1 murphy bed , Single with trundle bed. Closet. Was granpa's radio shack.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A fantastic community for kids. There's a recreation center run by the White Sands Beach association within a 10 minute walk that has a tennis court, baseball, swimming lessons, etc. Its only a few steps to the beach and the calm water of Long Island Sound. We love our house and we'll work with you to make sure it's the right one for you.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Steps from the beach in small private community that borders bird santuary
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Fabulous from start to finish

  • 5 of 5

Although we have been to White Sand Beach many times in the past, this was our first stay at this cottage and it was fabulous. It met all our expectations of what a cottage at the beach should be: large, roomy, comfortable in a great location with a view of the beach and water. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you might need to cook - although we didn't cook much. What's a vacation for if not to eat out and take advantage of nearby great seafood? The bedrooms were roomy and bright with comfortable beds, plentiful bureaus and closets for storage; and the claw-footed tub heaven to soak in! Our favorite thing about the cottage was the big screened-in porch overlooking the beach. The perfect place to hang out, gaze at the water and people watch. The cottage was immaculate, well-maintained, and well stocked. Maya, the owner, was great: pleasant and responsive. We can't wait to go back next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Agree - Location, location, location.......

  • 5 of 5

I agree with the previous review - you would be hard pressed to find a better location. We rented the cottage for a family reunion; five adults, two children and it worked out great for all our needs. If we weren't at the beach, we were on the screened in porch - perfect for meals, games, reading, visiting - The beach is very safe for children and the views are spectacular. The walk to the bird sanctuary is beautiful, but as everyone warns, check the tide tables and do this at low tide. The signs were gone when we were there as the piping plovers were nesting and the reserve itself was closed, so we only walked on the rocks near it and not into the reserve. The cottage is a comfy, older cottage and the pictures provided by the owner are spot on. The bedrooms are all upstairs and therefore might be a challenge for some. The new outdoor shower was an excellent addition. We all used it to get sand off and rinse off beach shoes. It worked out great. It's not enclosed, but has both cold and hot water, so the kids never hesitated or complained about rinsing off after a day on the beach. We found the owner to be wonderful to deal with, helpful and willing to answer any and all questions we had prior to booking. The neighborhood beach community was quiet the week we were there and perfect for family walks. We would not hesitate to rent this property again. All in all an excellent week full of wonderful memories.....and yes, we had a ice cream jar filled with money which the kids just loved. The ice cream truck is a daily fixture, visiting at least 2 or 3 times throughout the day. We actually had such great weather we only ate out once and our only site seeing was Gillette Castle one morning. The beach was our main reason to be there and it was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a weekend with friends here at the end of May, and had a wonderful experience. The location is incredible, just a stone's throw from the private beach. We had two small children with us and it was a perfect set up to play on the beach but meander back to the house for meals, bathroom trips and afternoon naps. The house itself is spacious and well-stocked with a great wrap-around screened-in porch. With tons of seating, this porch has a great view and pleasant breeze, the perfect spot to share a meal in the evenings or sit and read. All in all, we had a great time and would definitely consider this for another family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guilford, CT

Beach House Peacefulness

  • 5 of 5

We rented this quaint beach house for the first time this summer. We only live 45 minutes away from it but we didn't feel like dragging our 3 small kids into a long summer car ride to the Cape in order to spend some time at the beach and liked the option of running home or to the office if necessary. The house was everything we could need, big enough, clean and stocked with all the amenities of home. The location was absolutely perfect, 50 feet from a lovely, clean beach and the ice cream man made stops several times per day. The private community it's located in was safe for our kids to walk or ride in the street and everyone was friendly. This was a perfect Staycation for us and we look forward to many summers at "the beach house".

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Haven, CT 06516

Beach lover

  • 5 of 5

Spacious beach house with everything you need in a wonderful location. The beach is lovely and you can walk along the beach past the bird sanctuary all the way to the Connecticut River. I loved sitting on the big wrap-around porch and looking at the water and the activity. Many activities and restaurants nearby. When I could drag myself off the beach, we went to Mystic and the Casinos. From the upstairs bedroom you can lie in bed and see the beach and listen to the waves. You won't be disappointed

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Distant family member

  • 5 of 5

My kids loved this place at any age. We never worried about wind or waves, quiet at night, peaceful.

I could fish early or late from the beach, just for fun. migratory bird layover! The best!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bradley International Airport
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
New London, CT
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Old Lyme Country Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Old Saybrook, CT
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Interstate 95, Exit 70
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Old lyme pizza palace, Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
White sands beach
Car: recommended

White sands beach is in Old Lyme CT, a charming small town with an art school and shopping plaza with a hardware, super market and other stores. The larger town of Old Saybrook within 15 minutes, is a full size town on Interstate 95 with an Amtrak train station and commuter rail to the Metro North and other transport in New Haven, CT. Within about 20 minutes in New London, are large malls, major box stores, a ferry, etc. A casino is within 30 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Old Lyme House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 13 2017 - Jun 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Peak summer
Jun 18 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

There is a 5% discount for 2 or more contiguous summer weeks. We have Special Offers available for spring and fall.

$350 refundable Security deposit. One/half non-refundable rental amount paid to owner to confirm reservation; Balance and security deposit paid by first day of rental. PayPal a possibility

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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