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I don’t know how to express in full how truly serene and beautiful both the house and the surrounding areas are...
— Trip Advisor Review
Probably one of the most memorable four days of my life.
— Trip Advisor Review

The Paradise Farmhouse is the perfect place to bring people together in a unique and private setting. It is ideal for family vacations, wedding parties and company outings, as well as retreats for birders, artists, writers, educators, health & wellness professionals and non-profit board or staff.

The Farmhouse provides overnight accommodations:

  • for up to 16 people

  • in 6 beautiful bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms,

  • with indoor dining for up to 20 people,a fully equipped kitchen, and outdoor patio with seating for 8.

Meeting space is available in nearby Mabel’s Studio, please inquire for pricing and availability.  For an additional fee, you may add on an educational program or naturalist-guided hike, depending on availability.

To view the Farmhouse calendar and pricing
visit our VRBO page or Airbnb page.

The Paradise Farmhouse at Norman Bird Sanctuary is the finest home and property in which I have ever had the opportunity to stay.
— Trip Advisor Review
Yankee Magazine 2015 Editor's CHoice
Best Retreat House
— Yankee Magazine Editor's Choice
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For more booking information or to schedule a tour, contact Jeannie Santos, Site Rentals & Guest Services Manager or (401) 846-2577 ext. 18

To view the Farmhouse calendar and pricing visit our VRBO page or Airbnb page.

The Paradise Farmhouse embraces the history and diversity of Mabel’s land to create a unique venue for ecotourism programs, while keeping with her vision. It is our hope to share this magnificent resource with urban youth groups, ornithologists, environmentalists, health & wellness groups, artists and people from around the world who are interested in exploring her property.

The 6,000 square foot structure has six bedrooms (each with private bath) and provides overnight accommodation and comfortable common spaces for guests participating in multi-day programs and conferences at Norman Bird Sanctuary. The sustainable design is based on the existing footprint of the structure and strikes a balance between preserving the building’s historical significance with up-to-date function and comfort. The restoration of the Paradise Farmhouse is an exciting opportunity to share the beautiful, natural resources of our wildlife refuge and surrounding areas with new visitors and learners. Beyond windows and walls this project represents the vision of Norman Bird Sanctuary to educate and inspire.

We had sixteen people (3 generations) and everyone slept comfortably...
The miles of beautiful trails provided a great place to get away and activities for the adults and kids.
— Trip Advisor Review

Property Guidelines

Please respect the plants and animals of this beautiful place by observing the following rules:
NO dogs, smoking, drones, horses, bikes, kites, motorized vehicles, jogging, littering, or collecting of any kind.

To protect the wildlife and preserve the sensitive habitats, Norman Bird Sanctuary does not allow visitors to bring dogs, cats or other domestic animals on the property.

Visitors with disabilities and their service dogs are welcome. Service dogs must be on harness or leash, under the control of their handler, and remain on the trails at all times. Waste must be picked up and removed. Norman Bird Sanctuary's Universally Accessible Trail meets ADA standards, so visitors with mobility devices can participate fully and have access to enjoy nature.

Emotional support and therapy animals are not permitted.

Package your stay with Naturalist Guided Hikes and a Bird-watching Ecotour

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Bird-watching travelers and wildlife enthusiasts now have the exclusive option to book the NBS Education Team to lead guided hikes through the seven miles of trails on NBS’ 325-acre property. Just let the Education Team know how long you’d like to spend on the trails and they will plan a hike to the best places to find birds and other wildlife at NBS. Don’t miss the breathtaking views from one of our two rocky ridge trails overlooking the ocean.

For passionate birders and Farmhouse visitors looking to see more of Rhode Island, the NBS Education Team is now offering customized Ecotours to explore the best seasonal locations to find rare birds and interesting wildlife. For the smallest state, Rhode Island is an impressive hub for birding. The Education team will tailor the itinerary to group goals, whether that be a high species count, a specific rare bird, or just to explore the scenic coasts of Rhode Island.  Common hotspots include Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Napatree Point, and Beavertail State Park.