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The House At The Top Of The Hill

Bedrooms 1
Space 74 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Simple cottage with 1 bedroom and 1 bath perfect for a couple but will sleep 5

Quiet, remote, escape from the big city...this is Prudence Island. Our cottage is very simple, but extremely adequate to sink into Prudence and forget the mainland. Our rate of $750 per week is less than half of the average rate for a cottage on Prudence Island, but you will have the same opportunities to experience what makes Prudence Island so special. The Island offers an unhurried pace of life and is like a step back in time. You will find no commercialism here. When you board the ferry in Bristol, Rhode Island, leave all your stress on the dock. If you are looking for the buzz of big city night life or the excitement of a theme park, then you have come to the wrong place. If you are looking for total relaxation and a renewal of your spirit, then Prudence Island is for you.

Prudence Island is a whale-shaped island in the center of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Accessible only by ferry or private boat, it feels like a million miles away, but is only a short distance from Providence-Rhode Island's capital, and the mansions of

Newport, Rhode Island. There are no motels, restaurants or convenience stores, so plan on bringing everything you need. If your in-laws decide they need to pop in during your Island vacation, they need to know in advance that there are no instant accommodations on the Island. They will stay with you, eat the food you have brought and deplete your toiletries. There is a very small store that carries some essentials, but there is no guarantee they will be operating or open when you need them. Of course, you can leave the Island and go to the mainland, but you may not want to.

There are several websites on the internet to help you better get a feel for Prudence and the exciting areas around the Island to visit during day trips. Prudence Island, The Farnham Farm, Prudence Conservancy, Newport and Bristol Rhode Island are all good searches to start with. Explore the Internet, then make your reservations to explore one of the world's little pieces of heaven-Prudence Island.

More Details

Elizabeth Lilley
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

About Elizabeth Lilley

Prudence Island has seen many generations of my family. We are true Islanders and have been going to Prudence for decades. We currently live in North Carolina and don't get to go to the Island as much as we would like to, but that will change with retirement! Prudence is the only place I go that truly renews me to face the real world.

Why Elizabeth Lilley chose Newport and Aquidneck Island

Prudence is a family place. I can't imagine not going to Prudence. The Island is not for everyone and you either love it or hate it. If you love it, it becomes part of you and you need it to renew yourself for life's stress. The people who aren't happy with Prudence are those that want to be entertained and need a certain lifestyle to be happy. Prudence has no commercialism because the Islanders do not want it. People and nature make up Prudence and that is all you need to have one of the most relaxing vacations you have ever had.

What makes this cottage unique

No commercialism, a step back in time. People are friendly. No one cares if you have makeup on or not, or what your current fashion statement is. Everyone waves, speaks and is actually nice! Since Prudence is an island, there are beaches all around and every one is different. We have majestic New England rocks in front of our cottage, but if you walk 3 minutes down the hill, there is more of your traditional beach with coarse sand. If you go to the west side of the Island, the beaches are fine sand and you can often go and not see another person. You will not want to watch television or constantly have your Ipad on-there is too much to do and see.


Portsmouth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 74 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • bathroom with shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • private bedroom with a double bed, 2 dressers and a closet
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
The cottage is your typical New England summer cottage with the weathered cedar shakes. It is small and simple, but has all you need to become an Islander for a week or so. There is nothing fancy and it may be described as more of a cabin. There is no air conditioner, but nights are cool and we seldom even turn on the fans. The property sits at the peak of the Island and goes right down to the coastline. There is one private bedroom with a double bed, two single beds in the living/main room area and another single bed on the glassed in porch. The kitchen is adequate, complete with microwave. There is a television that receives one or two local channels for those of you who need your daily news. There is a gas grill but you will need to bring your own propane. There is also a new charcoal grill and there may or may not be charcoal and starter, so it is best to bring that also. Since there is no commercialism, you need to bring every you need to enjoy your stay at Prudence.


4/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

The House At The Top Of The Hill
average rating of 4.0 based on 5 reviews
Lake Worth

Wonderful view. Well equipped cottage.

  • 4 of 5

Relaxing weekend with 13 and 9 year old grandsons. Parking was difficult. Not easily accessible for seniors or those with mobility issues.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a lovely, rustic cottage with beautiful, peaceful views and ocean breezes. Truly enjoyed it!

  • 4 of 5

Our family just spent a little over a week in this cottage and had a wonderful time. Windows on all sides provided plenty of ocean breezes. Plenty of space for family of five to spread out a bit. Indoor and outdoor shower were a plus, as was the washer and dryer.

The island is a friendly breath of fresh air, beauty, and tranquillity with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. We look forward to another visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The secret to happiness is expectation

  • 4 of 5

The secret to happiness is expectation, so let me help you set yours.

This is an old cottage, on a hill, with the best view on the Island.

Pros: the view, the view, the view. Outdoor shower is awesome, oh and did I mention, the view. Outside, this is probably one of the best houses on the island, just breath taking.

cons: Inside, not so much, its an old cottage, the beds are comfortable but old, the kitchen is old but works, the house is old, but it works. No tv, too many beds, not enough traditional furniture (couches and what not), and you have to hike up a small hill to get to it from the road, so everything has to carried up a small hill.

So its an old cottage, it is a great bed and shower, but not a place where you want to host a lot of people for dinner or have them over for the day. This is a great place to get you on the island, and it will do everything you needs it to.

So I loved the house, and hopefully you will to.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very well stated and accurately describes our cottage. We have been Prudence Islanders for many generations and like so many other true Islanders, the simplicity of our cottage is the essence of what Prudence is for us. We have debated many times whether or not to make changes and upgrades to the cottage, but we always come back to not wanting to change the overall feel of Prudence. The cottage has everything one would need, but quite possibly not everything someone may want. As time goes by, I am sure we will make some changes to the cottage, but hopefully never so much that it changes what Prudence is all about-simplicity, no commercialism, a much needed escape from the "real" world and time spent with loved ones. I believe this person gets it....
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Very accommodating

  • 3 of 5

The views were great and the island was very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 3 out of 5 stars is considered average, but it indicates to me that a renter was potentially disappointed or unhappy in some way concerning their experience with our cottage or with Prudence Island. I attempted to contact this renter to find out if there were any problems that may need to be addressed for future renters or what went into their decision for the 3 stars. I never received a response, so it will just remain unanswered. I try to find out if a potential renter has ever been to Prudence before as it is very different from most of your "typical" vacation spots. It is like a step back in time when everything was simpler and easy and that is the way owners of property on Prudence want it to remain. There is no commercialism, the cottages are simple and the beauty comes from nature and the people surrounding you. Some people have never experienced this type of vacation and don't really get it. There is no question, people either absolutely fall in love with Prudence or really dislike the nothing commercial to do simple atmosphere. There wasn't much communication prior to or after this renter's stay, so I can only assume they may be comparing what they experienced on Prudence Island to something quite different.
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Excellent Cottage and Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed in this cottage during one weekend in July. Overall we had a great time on Prudence, and found the cottage to be excellent. The owner was very nice and easy to deal with, and the description on this site was accurate.

For those not familiar with Prudence, there are no restaurants on the island, so you have to bring your own food and cook all your meals. The cottage has a kitchen with pretty much everything you would need, including pots, pans, utensils, and dinnerware, as well as all major appliances (stove, microwave, oven, toaster oven, and charcoal grill).

The bathroom sink and shower were a bit small, but otherwise they were fine. There is also a washer and dryer, which I was grateful for after spending so much time on the trails. Overall everything was clean and well-maintained. My favorite thing about the cottage that I have to mention was the spectacular views. The views from the porch/back yard overlook the east side of the bay, where you can enjoy beautiful sunrises and moonlight.

Overall I would highly recommend this cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

~swim off New England rocks in the salty Narragansett Bay

~fish for striped bass and flounder

~take the ferry to historical Bristol or visit the mansions in


~bike around the Island(the Island is only 7 miles long and 2 miles


~hike along the coastline and pick up shells

~get lobsters from a local Islander and have a lobster/clam bake

~bring your scuba gear or snorkel and explore the Bay

~dig quohaugs or steamers (two native clams) and serve them at your

clam bake

~bring your kayak and do some sea kayaking

~explore different areas of the Island-the desert, the Audibon

Sanctuary, the one room school house, the Prudence Island

Conservancy land areas, the sandy beaches and rocky beaches

~watch the sunset from the beautiful west shore sandy beach

~pick blueberries or blackberries in season

~hike one of the many trails

~take a program offered at the restored Farnham Farm or visit their


~watch the deer families as you sip your mornng coffee

~sit on the bench at the peak of the Island (this property) and watch

the tug boats, sail boats and ocean liners as you scan the horizon

from Fall River, Massachusetts to Newport, Rhode Island

~simply do nothing and breathe


Rates & Availability

Portsmouth Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

deposit/cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Weekly Rate: $750 - $750

We require a $100 deposit when you make a reservation. If you choose to thoroughly clean the cottage yourself, we will return this $100 after the cottage is inspected for cleanliness and any damage. You can also opt for us to keep the $100 and use it to hire someone to clean the cottage.
$125.00 per night with a minimum 3 night rental
$750.00 per week-May-October

We require $100.00 per week deposit to reserve your vacation. This
will be held as a damage deposit to be returned after you stay. The
entire rental is due within two weeks of your vacation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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