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The Simple Life—Booked for season

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 157 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4 adults, 4 kids)

ONLY THROUGH VRBO! This neo classic beach house, never available on craigslist, sits on a tidal pond with the most beautiful beach on the island at the end of your driveway. You don’t need a car, as it is just a short walk to the ferry dock and town. A post and beam house with loftlike spaces, the downstairs has a kitchen/living/dining area and French doors opening out onto a covered porch oceanside and a back deck with water views.

The master bedroom, with king bed and huge en suite bathtub, looks out to sea with a private balcony. The Green Room has a queen bed and its own balcony, while the Birds' Nest has four twin beds, two up a ladder in a loft. Two rooms share a separate bath with walk-in rain shower. Grounds are complete with outdoor shower, lily pond, lawns for croquet, boogie boards, goldfinches and pheasants. Wifi but no TV! Laze in hammocks and rediscover peace and love. Sleep to the sound of the waves.

Keywords: House, cottage, vacation rental

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About The Owner

A former journalist (People, Life) and now vacation property owner/manager on Block Island, once known as Claudia's Island, Claudia Glenn Dowling has honed her bedmaking skills and seldom travels without a truckload of substandard chairs.

You can Google me at Claudia's Surf City.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why The Owner chose USA

I ran a surf shop, Claudia's Surf City, in the summers long ago. With my brother, a skilled carpenter, we converted it into a cottage. When my daughter got married, the family expanded, and we built Hannah's Honeymoon Hideaway, a post and beam house. Our first guests came in 2006, and we continue to improve Hannah's Hideaway every year, polishing it, if possible, to a brighter sheen. It is now the sine qua non of simplicity, functioning as perfectly as a beach house as a shell for a nautilus. You can see more pix and videos in links on Claudia's Surf City

What makes this cottage unique

Though on the beach and close to the ferry dock and town, you can retreat to a private world that feels far from mainland cares. After even a weekend on Block Island you feel as if you've had a wonderful break from reality.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in New Shoreham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 157 m²
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Custom rain shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , outdoor shower , The outdoor shower is pure heaven
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , En suite, huge soaking tub with hand shower
  • 2.5+ outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Balcony overlooking the beach
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Balcony overlooking the tidal pond
    Bedroom 3 - 4 single bed , Loft with two twin mattresses. Two twin beds downstairs.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) Two are mattresses, and room is only suitabe for kids under 12
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
On the beach, post and beam house with loftlike space, walk to town, huge soaking tub, outdoor shower, picnic basket, croquet set, many books and CDs, puzzles, games, kids' room with four twin beds—two in a loft, balcony overlooking ocean in master suite, balcony overlooking tidal pond in queen guest room, hammocks, beach towels, boogie boards, pheasants, muskrat


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The Simple Life—Booked for season
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

An amazing property right across from Crescent Beach.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house that accommodated us very adequately. Master with round soaking tub, lovely queen bedroom with balcony looking out at the pond. Centrally located just across the street from Crescent beach, pond at the back great for kayaking and paddle boarding. Everything is there and the internet is sufficient.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, though I would call the Internet islandwide "barely adequate!"
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Southport, CT

The happy house!

  • 5 of 5

truly a special place that has brought so much joy to our family. simple yet so perfect. amazing location, walk to everything. ditch your car for the week. cross the road to the beach or head right for a cocktail. the house is super cozy and has everything you could ask for. fabulous front porch--would love to see new furniture out there bc we literally live out there but otherwise just heaven on earth!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breezy Easy

  • 5 of 5

The property met all of our expectations. House was clean. Location was perfect. Enjoyed ready access to the beach and town. Owner checked in to make sure all was well. Opening the front and back doors to let the breeze flow through the house was spectacular.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to know others love our place as much as we do!
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The best vacation rental on BI

  • 5 of 5

Can't count the number of years we have returned to this property; not only is the location perfect but the quality of the house and the casual comfort it affords a family or group is unsurpassed. The owner has left no detail unattended for her guests and anyone lucky enough to stay here will walk away with memories of a lifetime.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tnx so much! Appreciate those who come back year after year after year. Becomes a relationship rather than a business arrangement.
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Great Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The property is exactly what we were looking for! Family friendly (no-breakables), comfortable and the best location on the island!!

You can walk to anywhere!!

We had such an amazing time and will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sandy Hook, CT

Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

The best place to be on Block Island is right here. This was our second stay and I cry every time I have to leave. The house is perfect and has everything you need. You will feel relaxed and calm the moment you open those doors and breath in that ocean air. The location cannot be beat because you can walk everywhere. Our favorite place to watch the sunset is The Oar, make sure you go and try the fried chicken and mudslides. There are so many places on the island to explore and you will never feel rushed because that is the way there. We would spend our days on Mansion Beach with our dogs and go for long walks all through the day. The owner is the greatest and is so gracious to share her beautiful home with all of us. I cannot wait to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

sunsets, sunrises, the sound of the waves at night, birding, clamming, landscape painting,bike and moped rentals, live music, farmers' market, fish market, berrypicking, island trail network, boat charters, skygazing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance A$74.57

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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