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Unique Houseboat Experience in Beautiful Newport Harbor! Great summer escape!

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq ft
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Houseboat, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Offering lower rates for early June! Please call for details.

Newport has always been a vacation destination. While the City by the sea offers a host of accommodations, why not make this vacation a unique experience with your very own home on the water aboard the Lilypad, a charming, spacious houseboat moored in beautiful Newport Harbor. You can't get much closer to the sea unless you are a fish!

Start your day with a fresh cup of coffee while taking in the view of the harbor through the broad windows that offer a constant changing seascape. Swim in the refreshing salt water off of Lilypad deck. Stretch out and relax in the sun on the spacious top deck, then as early evening arrives enjoy a sunset drink as the sky turns a dusky pink or with any luck "red sky at night sailors delight". If you want to take in the action in downtown Newport , no need to drive, Lilypad offers free water taxi service to down town and back to the houseboat, just minutes away. So you can enjoy the evening without worry of traffic and who will be the designated driver. An added bonus is the water taxi across the harbor gets you up and close to many of the magnificent yachts, both sail and power, and under a full moon it can't be beat. Or if peace is what your soul craves, just relax with a book aboard the Lilypad, pausing to glance up at various sailboats that make their way to a day of sailing at sea.

If you book the Lilypad July 4th week. You will have front row and top deck seating on board to view Newport's fantastic display of ceremonial fireworks under the stars! For the music enthusiasts the Newport Folk and Jazz festivals are some of the best in the world. Which are held at Historical Fort Adams State Park. Lilypad is moored next to Fort Adams. The water taxi will pick up you and your guests from the Lilypad bring you to the festivals, downtown and back to the Lilypad as often as needed.

Of course, this being a houseboat, you need to be mindful of services we take for granted on land. Be conscious of your water consumption, become friendly with on board generator when running various appliances... but all this your affable hostess Danielle will explain when she greets you on board and is just a phone call away.

Make your next trip to Newport an adventure to remember, every resort offers hotel accommodations, but how often do you get to live on a houseboat?

Feel free to bring your own provisions and cook on board. If you prefer not to cook we can provide catering/provisioning for small intimate dinners, birthday and cocktail parties!

The Lilypad will be available year round. We bring the Lilypad to a marina in downtown Newport October15-May15 where she will be dockside. There is a charming boating community within the marina. Filled with classic sailboats and powerboats of all sizes. While staying onboard during this time period you will have access to a indoor, heated pool and sauna. You will also be in walking distance to great restaurants, stylish boutiques and historical landmarks. Enjoy the views from Lilypads upper deck of Newport Harbor and the colorful sunsets of the cooler season. There are a lot of festivals and events to enjoy during the fall and winter months and the city by the sea is beautifully decorated for the holiday season.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2018


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house boat rental in Newport, Rhode Island

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • long term renters welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Launch service (water taxi) is included. 360 degree views of the harbor and Newport.


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Unique Houseboat Experience in Beautiful Newport Harbor! Great summer escape!
average rating of 4.774194 based on 31 reviews

Girlfriends' getaway on the Lilypad!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our time on the Lilypad -- the cool breezes, the refreshing water, the sunny upper deck -- it was an experience like none other! The harbor views were amazing, and the houseboat was well-equipped and perfectly maintained. Danielle explained to us how everything worked, so all we had to do was sit back and relax.

  • Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful experience! Highly recommend!!

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I stayed at the Lily Pad over the weekend. We had plans to go see the mansions, instead we were so enamored by the scenery, we only left to eat dinner and get odds and ends at the local boutiques. If you have never slept on a boat, I highly recommend it. The harbor is absolutely breath taking. The water is clean and serene. Danielle is so sweet and you can sense how much the Lily Pad means to her. I give the entire experience 5 stars! You won't be disappointed. I read other reviews prior to booking and my biggest concern was our privacy, air conditioning and tv.

What I can say is that we felt like we were on an oasis. My only encounter with the neighboring boats was waving to them while they were driving by half a mile away.

There wasn't any air conditioning, but none was needed. My fiancé and I wore sweat shirts in mid August. It was chilly at night & with the harbors cool breeze, you definitely don't need ac.

The tv, I can live without tv, my fiance brought his laptop and watched about 10 minutes of a movie. The action was on the harbor, in the sky and the comedy was in his company. All we needed was a weekend together, work free. Lily Pad is truly a gem. I highly recommend staying here rather than a hotel any day!!

Book and enjoy! Our memories will last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best trip we've ever had! ☘

  • 5 of 5

The lilypad was our home away from home for 5 days & what better way for us to spend our July 4th weekend than on the water!! No one knew what to expect- which was the best part of the trip!Our expectations were exceeded-it was PERFECT from start to finish.We arrived a little later than others but Jp was a gem in the water taxi, Danielle checked in to make sure all was good, we arrived mid storm and the show we got with all the windows was magic! We sat played cards, had some beers sat on deck listened to the rain & watched the Lightning! Loved it!

My boyfriend and I along with two friends who are a couple,stayed on board with us & after that one down pour we had crackin weather for the rest of the week-lilypad was perfect for our trip, we had access to the water taxi almost instantly when we called- we had perfect space for the four of us & the water was never an issue we were good for three days until we needed a refill. If your looking for a break away from the norm this is the place to be, I cannot recommend it more- we have everyone told to go up and stay with Danielle-no point staying in a hotel room when you can stay on a boat - hotels you've got to leave to do something- we didn't have to do anything- it was all there for us! We spent the majority of our time on board with fishing rods,we brought ourselves, we went swimming- having a couple of cold beers and sitting on the top deck reading a book soaking up the sun! Headed out on the zodiac to go for a walk around fort Adams state park. That was the best part, i don't think we will stay in a hotel again after our experience it was the best we've ever had in the states & we cannot wait to get back again next year!! Danielle you were a great hostess,add us right at home

From start to finish -I am so glad To have come across your lilypad she is a gem to have & anyone who doesn't stay is missing out! Roll on next summer so we can have our first family holiday with you and start our tradition on board the lilypad and the wonderful neighbours up there!! 🙌🏽☘ we love it!

  • Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newport RI

Total Bliss

  • 5 of 5

We stayed from 8/7-8/9. It was a surprise to my husband for our 17th Wedding Anniversary . The boat is quaint, charming and downright wonderful. Danielle was excited to help pull off the surprise. With no tv it was effortless to unplug which is what we both needed. The lilypad was perfect to enjoy each others company . The beautiful scenic ocean views will surley put any couple in a romantic mood. The water taxi service was on time and the crew amazing. I want to note that the lilypad would be a great boat for families as I often thought how my grandkids would enjoy being there. Danielle is the best host ever! We will be back!

  • Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Island, NY

Houseboat Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

The Lilypad turned out to be a vacation, an adventure, and an oasis all rolled into one sweet little houseboat! I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience Newport from the oceanside in. The water taxi service is very reliable, and we even met other boaters who we became friendly with. The houseboat itself is well equipped, peaceful, and very clean. Our stay on the Lily pad was one of our very favorite trips.

  • Submitted: 28-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

The best vacation EVER!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I saw the photos of the Lilypad I was hooked ! We needed a few quiet days to relax and enjoy each other while doing some sightseeing and enjoying some meals out on the town . Danielle's houseboat was perfect !!!!

It is fresh and clean, beautifully decorated and the water taxi is a fun and easy way to get around . Danielle is a perfect host - showing us everything when we arrived and available all during our stay .

I was worried about the water use and this was silly as we only used 1/2 the water ... just a little mindfulness not to leave the tap running endlessly did the trick . Not only have I recommended the boat to friends we plan on returning soon as I want to relax in the early morning on the front deck with my coffee and watch the gulls and the clouds float by ... debra solomon

  • Submitted: 8-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Downtown Newport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Downtown Newport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Newport National
Nearest Train
40 Miles
North Kingston
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Easton's Beach

Lilypad in the summer season is moored in beautiful Newport Harbor. You will see boats of all shapes and sizes passing by. You can see the Pell bridge lit up in the evening. There are historical mansions on rolling greens across from the Lilypad. And you will see marine life!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house boat rental in Newport, Rhode Island

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July 4th week
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Nightly Rate
Jul 26 2018 - Jul 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
63rd Newport Jazz Festival
Aug 3 2018 - Aug 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
International Boat Show
Sep 14 2018 - Sep 16 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Newport Food &Wine Festival
Sep 21 2018 - Sep 23 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$104.83
maintenance fee C$99.52

We offer one night stays on week nights. There is a 2 night minimum on weekends and a 3-5 night minimum on holiday and event weekends. Rates are based on a two person occupancy. There is a $50.00 extra person rate. The water taxi charge is $3.00 per person per ride. Holiday/event rates are $500-$600pn.Cancellation Policy- in the unlikely event that you must cancel with less then two weeks notice we must ask you to take the responsibility for you entire reservation. Please understand that our season is to short and we only have one houseboat to absorb last minute cancellations. If guests cancels less than 7 days in advance, the nights not spent are not refunded. If guest arrives & decides to leave early, the nights not spent are not refunded. If we can rebook the dates cancelled for the total rate of the charter then we will refund your money.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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