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Property Information

Rose Island Lighthouse
Office: One Washington Street
Island: Narragansett Bay
Newport Rhode Island 02840 United States

Rose Island Lighthouse

Rose Island Lighthouse – a historic and environmental gem in the Narragansett Bay, just off of Newport, Rhode Island. It's not just a lighthouse, but an 18-Acre island consisting of the lighthouse, Fort Hamilton military barracks, and acres of bird and wildlife refuge. We have 4 accommodations available for overnight stays. Children under 5 are not permitted to stay on the island overnight. **NOTE: The island is closed for bookings on Tuesdays, except for multi-night bookings not originating on Tuesdays or ending on Wednesdays.

Property Features

  1. Non-Smoking Property
  2. Fire Pit
  3. BBQ Area
  4. BBQ Area- Propane Grills
  5. Gift Shop
  6. Non-Smoking Rooms
  7. Sandy Beach
  8. Large Off Street Car Park

Accommodation Details

Rose Island Lighthouse

Lighthouse Keeper's Apartment

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Located on the second floor of the Rose Island Lighthouse, the Keeper's Apartment is the most spacious accommodation on the island. It offers spectacular panoramic views of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. The apartment features a queen-size bed, dresser, and a love seat in the bedroom, side chairs and a full size pull out sofa in the living room and a round table with four chairs in the dining room. It accommodates up to four guests comfortably and with the adjacent bunk room, an additional two children may be accommodated. The apartment is fully equipped - a refrigerator, gas stove/oven, microwave, and toaster. A French press is available for making coffee. All you need to do is bring your own food to warm or cook. It is the only room in the lighthouse that has a full bathroom with shower. There is a two-night minimum for reservations. **NOTE: The island is closed for bookings on Tuesdays, except for multi-night bookings not originating on Tuesdays or ending on Wednesdays.

  • Sleeps 6

Rose Island Lighthouse

Lighthouse Museum - First Floor

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For those looking for rooms with history and character, our first floor Curt Bunting and Wanton Chase museum rooms are available to rent as a package for up to four guests. These rooms are located in the first floor lighthouse museum showcasing many interesting historical photos and memorabilia. The first floor museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm to visitors coming to see the lighthouse via the Jamestown Newport Ferry. The museum closes after 4pm allowing guests privacy and to enjoy their stay. These rooms offer magnificent water views - Curt Bunting shows views of the northern part of the island and the Newport Bridge, while the Wanton Chase room shows views of the East Passage and Jamestown. A small kitchen pantry is equipped with a microwave, a small refrigerator, as well as a propane gas grill located just outside the lighthouse for grilling and cooking. Guests are asked to bring food and beverages in a cooler filled with ice for refrigeration. A five-gallon dispense of drinking water is provided. Accommodates up to four guests.

Non-Smoking Full Size Bed in Wanton Chase Queen Size Bed in Curt Bunting Linens/Towels Provided
Bay Views Solar Outdoor Shower Propane Gas Grills for Outdoor Cooking Fire Pit (bring your firewood)

  • Sleeps 4

Rose Island Lighthouse

Foghorn Room

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The Foghorn room sits upon a rock outcropping in front of the Rose Island Lighthouse where it housed the engine that powered the Foghorn, which was used to help ships navigate in the fog. The Foghorn is now gone, so guests can enjoy the peace and quiet this room offers. A staircase allows guests to climb up or down from this secluded hideaway. Sitting on a cliff with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, this charming 1912 building features a queen size bed, a small dining table and a small working wood stove (**guests must bring their own SMALL firewood**). A five-gallon dispenser of drinking water is provided. This is a seasonal room WITHOUT ELECTRICITY so guests are asked to bring food and beverages in a cooler filled with ice for refrigeration. Gas grills are available nearby for cooking or grilling. There are no lights in this room, so you will need a battery operated lantern or flashlights to light the room and your way to and from the outdoor bathrooms. Accommodates two guests. **NOTE: The island is closed for bookings on Tuesdays, except for multi-night bookings not originating on Tuesdays or ending on Wednesdays.

  • Sleeps 2

Rose Island Lighthouse

Fort Hamilton Barracks

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Step back in time and stay in our historic Fort Hamilton Barracks room. Fort Hamilton is a first system US fort built by the government in 1798 as a barracks for soldiers. Just steps away from the curtain wall of the old fort and beach front, the fortified barracks room features newly restored windows and mahogany doors that open to a small patio, lawn area, and Adirondack chairs. Sleep in the restored bomb-proof barracks room but in the comfort of a queen-size bed instead of a bunk. This is a seasonal room WITHOUT ELECTRICITY or HEAT, so guests are asked to bring food and beverages in a cooler filled with ice for refrigeration. A gas grill is provided for outdoor cooking and grilling. A five-gallon dispenser of drinking water is also provided. You will need a battery operated lantern or flashlights to light the room and your way to and from the outdoor bathrooms. This room is suitable for up to four guests with two sleeping cots to accommodate children or young adults at an additional charge.

  • Sleeps 4

Terms & Conditions


• The Island and the museum are open to the public from 10am – 4pm daily from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. If you are staying in any room other than the Keeper's Apartment you will need to tidy up your room and stow your gear prior to 10:00 am.
• The Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation may at any time schedule an event on the island. We will make every effort to inform guests prior to any event.
• Upon check out we ask that you change the sheets, bring the used sheets and trash out to the boat upon your departure, leaving the room as it was at check-in. The linens you will leave with us.
• HELP US KEEP THE ISLAND CLEAN. Per our carry-in/carry-out policy, you must take all of your trash and recycling with you off island. It should be disposed of responsibly in a public receptacle or your home trash/recycling.
• Rose Island overnight accommodations are made available by the Rose Island Lighthouse & Fort Hamilton Trust non-profit organization. To maintain the lighthouse and run our programs, we need your help in keeping the property clean and costs done. A check-list of clean-up duties will be provided to you upon check-in. If you do not complete your checklist and bring all used sheets and trash to the boat upon your departure, we reserve the right to levy a $75 cleaning charge to your card on file.
• We reserve the right to levy any additional fines and fees to damage done to rooms or the property
• April 1 through August 15 access to parts of the island is limited due to bird nesting.
• Each guest must have a bed based on the occupancy for each room. We do not allow sleeping on the floor or air mattresses.



Check-out time is 10:00 AM - PLEASE BE ON THE DOCK AT 10 AM FOR YOUR DEPARTURE, including with your used linens and all trash.

Our boat departs from Alofsin Pier N, Fort Adams State Park from April 1 - October 31. You must purchase an overnight parking pass from the Fort Adams Visitors Center gift ship prior to your departure.

The Jamestown Newport Ferry also travels to Rose Island during the summer. THIS IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH ROSE ISLAND - please go to to purchase tickets, organize parking and check the schedule.

The dock on Rose Island is only for use by the official Rose Island passenger boat, Rose, and the Jamestown-Newport ferry. Tie ups are prohibited from all other boats, unless otherwise arranged with the Rose Island Lighthouse & Fort Hamilton Trust.

Pets are not permitted to stay overnight on the island.

There is absolutely NO SMOKING inside the property; however designated outdoor smoking areas are available.

Children 5 and under are not allowed to stay overnight on Rose Island.

• For all overnight guests, we provide ALL linens, blankets, towels & drinking water.
• There is no refrigeration available in the Foghorn Room or the Fort Hamilton Barracks. Therefore it is necessary to bring all your food and drink (other than water) in a cooler. The Lighthouse Keeper's Apartment has a full fridge and the museum floor has a mini fridge.
• There are propane gas grills available for cooking with grill tools.
• A fire pit is available on a first come first serve basis. Please bring your own firewood and watch that the wind is not blowing toward the buildings.

Payment Policy

Rates/policies are subject to change and vary during high impact periods and special events and/or requests.

For overnight stays we require payment in full in advance for all reservations.

If you are staying for a week or more, we require a non-refundable $500.00 initial deposit, with the balance DUE IN FULL 90 days before check-in. Each deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Cancellation Policy

The Rose Island Lighthouse is an exclusive property where each reservation is both important and special. We have only a few rooms, therefore we cannot absorb cancellation costs, and require full payment at the time of your booking. ALL DEPOSITS ON ENTIRE PROPERTY BOOKINGS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.


If you cancel at least 30 days PRIOR to check-in, you will receive a full refund LESS a $75 cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 14 and 30 days before check-in, you will receive a 50% refund.

If you cancel WITHIN 14 days before you check-in, your payment is NON-REFUNDABLE.

We encourage you to secure travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances such as illness, etc.


From time to time, weather conditions preclude us from safely transporting our guests to the island. Our island manager may choose to cancel departures due to unsafe conditions on the water or the island at any time. If we have to cancel your reservation, you are entitled to a full refund. Alternatively, we can look to move your reservation until another time that works for you in that same calendar year. If there is not suitable availability within that calendar year, a full refund will be provided to you.

If you'd rather than canceling, you’d prefer to re-book for another date in the same calendar year, our staff MAY be able to re-book you.

If you ask to re-book MORE THAN 30 days before your reservation start date, we will attempt to accommodate you with a $35 re-booking fee. If there is no other availability before the season closing at the end of October, we will refund you.

Re-bookings requested within 30 days of your reservation cannot be honored and are subject to the cancellation policies above.

We will not be able to accommodate any re-booking for future calendar years.

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