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A Coastal Getaway For The Whole Family

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,490 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom With Ocean Views And Passes To A Private Members-only Beach

Welcome to the beautiful “Crabby Cottage”! Located in the heart of the Great Neck and Pleasure Beach in Waterford, the Crabby Cottage offers a little bit for everyone. Whether you want to “get away from it all,” or you’re looking for a central location where friends and family can enjoy the beach (including passes to a nearby private beach), Crabby Cottage is a great choice.

Fully furnished and offering four bedrooms, bath, and outdoor shower, our Cottage can accommodate up to eight people. Lounge and dine on the sprawling enclosed porch. Open kitchen seats up to nine. Soak in the ocean air and relax in the nautical-themed Cottage. Fully renovated top-to-bottom in 2015, including new granite countertops, custom glass backsplash, and stainless appliances.

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Plenty of parking. Pets considered. Owners are very knowledgeable and accessible – They live a short walk away.

Spacious yard with fire ring, seating, picnic table and water views. Propane grill.

The main bedroom includes a queen bed. Two additional bedrooms each have full beds. Finally, the fourth bedroom has a bunk bed with twin mattresses, perfect for kids.

The Cottage is also available for longer-term rentals during the offseason. Perfect for temporary workers at Millstone, Electric Boat, Pfizer, or the colleges. Inquire for rates.



During the months of July and August, only full-week rentals are typically allowed.

* Spring/Fall Season (May 1 to June 30 / Sept 19 to October 31) -- $1,575 per week plus $100 cleaning fee. Weeks typically begin on Saturdays.

* Spring Season Partial Week (May 1 - June 30 / Sept 1 - October 31) -- $225 per day plus $100 cleaning fee. NOTE: Partial weeks not allowed during July and August.

* Summer Season Weekly Rates (July 1 to Aug 31) -- $1,645 per week, plus $100 cleaning fee.

Pet Fee Policy: Approved pets are a one-time fee of $100 each. Maximum of two approved pets per reservation.


Attractions and Things To Do:

While the Crabby Cottage is tucked away in a rural shoreline community, it is extremely accessible to various things to do and see. The area lends itself to varied attractions such as casinos (Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, both less than 30 minutes away), Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, shopping outlets (Clinton Crossing and Tanger Outlets, both less than 30 minutes away), fishing and beaches, numerous bars and restaurants, quintessential New England scenic fall foliage and a ten-minute ride to the New London ferries which offer service to both Block Island, RI or Long Island, NY. Don’t forget about the local movie theater and Children’s Museum.

Harkness Memorial State Park is less than 3 minutes away. Mitchell College, Connecticut College, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are also about 10 minutes away. Crabby Cottage is a great spot to celebrate parents weekend, graduation, or a family vacation. Great Neck Country Club Golf course abuts the rear of our property and it has a full bar/restaurant that is open to the public.

Of course, many visitors who come to this area are primarily interested in the beaches and fishing. Ocean Beach, Harkness Memorial Park and Rocky Neck Park are popular destinations. Or use our four personal passes to enjoy the local and private Pleasure Beach. However, there are other small, local beaches and opportunities for water access for those seeking more solitude. Please inquire with the Owners to learn about these local spots. In addition, are you looking to do some fishing? Ask the owner, Capt. Crabby Bill for his personal GPS coordinates for the local hot spots. There is a public boat launch only a few blocks away.

More Details

Bill & Cindy Stevens
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Bill & Cindy Stevens

Hello. My nickname is "Crabby Bill," and my wife Cindy and I jumped at the opportunity to buy this house. I've spent my life living and vacationing in the area. In fact, we live just a few houses away. Cindy and I have an ocean-obsessed rescue dog named Cassie and a conniving cat named Captain Awesome.

Bill & Cindy Stevens purchased this house in 2015

Why Bill & Cindy Stevens chose Waterford

This area of Connecticut and especially this part of Waterford is a little known and hidden gem. Little has changed in this area in the 40 years I've been coming here. However, a lot has indeed changed over the years just within a short drive. While the house is in a very rural, beach side community, you are less than ten minutes from the quaint town of Niantic, where you can meander through the shops, restaurants or watch a movie. Or go explore the galleries in the city of New London. And of course there is downtown Waterford with grocery stores, banks, restaurants and the Crystal Mall. Everything you want or need is within striking distance.

What makes this house unique

Walk along the ocean or use our four passes to the private Pleasure Beach, a members-only beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for such a lovely cottage! We could tell that you paid a lot of attention to detail to make our stay comfortable. All the added touches like extra paper towels to even a crab net was greatly appreciated. I also would like to compliment you on your decor! So lovely! The house was extremely clean and well organized. There was nothing that we needed that wasn't already here. Thank you! Lots of continued success!
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Waterford, Connecticut

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1490 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full Bath - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Blue Room - 1 large double bed
    Yellow Room - 1 double bed
    Biege Room - 1 double bed
    Bunk Room - 2 single bed
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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A Coastal Getaway For The Whole Family
average rating of 4.875 based on 25 reviews
Horseheads, NY

Wonderful home with a lot of charm! Lots of amenities - we did not need anything but groceries.

  • 5 of 5

Very well-kept and welcoming. The kitchen was well stocked and had everything we needed. Loved the extra space on the enclosed porch. Able to walk to the beach and the passes to a private beach area were awesome. Loved the fire pit out back - close to the neighbors but they are delightful and sitting out there every evening with a fire going did not seem to bother them. Would definitely go again and spend more time. Great place to gather the family - kids had a great time too!

  • Review Submitted: 04/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crabby Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Cute, cute house!! Lots of things to love: Great location, nice quiet neighborhood, close to the exclusive membership beach, loved the porch, great sized lot for playing Frisbee, etc. Close to Niantic Boardwalk. Very appreciative for the beach passes!! My kiddos enjoyed the foosball table, roasting marshmellows over the fire pit, and catching crabs at Pleasure Beach. Only negative for us is our average family height, which is 6 feet, that made it a bit on the uncomfortable side to sleep due to the footrails and bed sizes. Our son hit his head on all door frames and some of the ceiling lights. Yet, I know we aren't your typical family and would highly recommend this house to anyone. It was a pleasure working with Cindy.

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice cottage

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the crabby cottage. We were there to drop off our daughter for reporting in day at the US Coast Guard Academy. Very clean and well stocked.

  • Review Submitted: 28/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Go Bears! All the best!
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing.this house is a must stay! Beaches so nice! Near everything!

  • Review Submitted: 20/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Hope to see you again!
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights in a well equipped house. There were 7 of us and we enjoyed the stay . The owners are very helpful and respond to all inquiries promptly

We received 11 pages of shopping, dining and attractions" recommendations

  • Review Submitted: 30/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the five star review. We are very happy you enjoyed the Crabby Cottage. Please come back and visit us again. All the best!
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Family gathering

  • 5 of 5

This cottage served us well. We enjoyed the area and were able to celebrate the USCGA graduation for my son. Cottage was very clean and had all the amenities we needed for this momentous time. Cornhole was a smashing fun time! The firepit was great and the grill was put to use.

  • Review Submitted: 22/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. Congratulations to your son! Bill was happy to hear you loved the Cornhole as he spent many of hours making the boards so it is nice you enjoyed them! All the best!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Providence (PVD)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Great Neck Country Club
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
New London Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Great Neck Country Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Waterford Speedbowl
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Southington Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Pleasure Beach
Car: recommended

1. Outdoor Activities and Attractions

1. Ocean Beach Park (

Just a five-minute drive away is Ocean Beach, for your kids or the kid in you. Ocean Beach is both a crystal white beach and amusement park. The amusement park offers arcade games, mini golf, waterslides, children's waterpark, carousel, arcade, Olympic-sized pool, and Workout World gym. Ocean Beach also offers a food court and a bar/restaurant.

2. Harkness Memorial State Park ( Visit and stroll Harkness State Park with beautiful gardens and ocean frontage. Tour the mansion. Offering sprawling lawns and elegant gardens, Harkness provides visitors with ocean access and breathtaking views of Long Island Sound.

3. Pleasure Beach

Private members-only beach (four passes included with rental). White sand and seasonal life guard.

4. Niantic Beach Boardwalk ( Less than a five minute drive is one of the nicest – if not the nicest – beach boardwalks in Connecticut. Over a mile long, there is free parking at each end of the boardwalk. Enjoy the sand, a stroll, and the surf!

5. Eugene O’Neill Theater ( At the O’Neill Theater you can watch new plays, musicals, puppetry and cabaret before it reaches Broadway. Writers and directors, puppeteers and singers, students and audiences alike take their first steps in exploring, revising and understanding their work and the potential of the theater they help create. The O'Neill itself is the recipient of two Tony® Awards, in 2010 for Regional Theatre,

6. Fishing: Bring your boat and use the nearby public launch. Or plan a half-day or full-day fishing trip aboard the three popular charter boats. The Sunbeam, Black Hawk, and Mijoy all offer a range of options for targeting striped bass, bluefish, porgies, sea bass, fluke and flounder. (,,

7. Sound View ( With a beautiful beach, pavilion and beach bar, Soundview is an extremely popular sun-soaked destination for sand-seekers.

8. Rocky Neck State Park ( ): The beautiful, gently sloping, soft sandy beach, picnic areas, diverse trail systems and salt marsh viewing platforms make this park ideal for families. Try crabbing or fishing. Look for ospreys, cranes, and herons or other waterfowl.

9. Essex Steam Train ( ): The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

10. Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport ( ): Mystic has a wonderful aquarium, and Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the world. There are fantastic dining options in Mystic, including the famous Mystic Pizza. Mystic, a quaint little village that holds Mystic Seaport & Museum, Mystic Aquarium, Olde Mystic Village (great shopping) and some wonderful restaurants is only 15 minutes away.

11. U.S. Nautilus Museum ( Submarines have fascinated people from Alexander the Great to the Beatles, from Jules Verne to John Holland. You'll find out why when you visit the nation's finest displays and collections of America's submarine heritage. The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$132.17
Pet Fee AU$132.17
Damage Deposit AU$660.85

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.