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On the Beach — 1 Week Left! in Madison

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  • bedrooms 3
  • baths 1
  • sleeps 6
  • pool no
  • hot tub no
  • pets allowed no
  • type House
  • community Circle Beach
  • rates (USD) $ 1,150 - $ 2,250 / week

vacation rental description

We have one week left this summer at our family's beachfront cottage — July 12-July 17.

Grab it quickly!

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  • Summer only, by the week Saturday to SaturdayQuiet nature retreat.
  • It sleeps a maximum of 6 people, no exceptions.
  • It is rented Sat-Sat only, no partial weeks, single nights, weekends only.
  • It is a summer beach cottage and not available after Sept 26.
  • We are not yet accepting reservations for next year, summer 2015. 
  • Did we mention it's quiet, and right on the beach?

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All about our family's wonderful beach cottage ...

On the beach. Our family's 1938 historic wood cottage is directly on Circle Beach, a quiet cove of Long Island Sound with 20 cottages on a small peninsula of sand. It's a classic New England cottage with original rustic knotty-pine walls, but with all the modern creature comforts you need, too.

It's a quiet, beautiful, natural retreat for just you and your family.

A large screened porch overlooks the beach where you can read a book while watching the kids and sandpipers on the beach below. And a wall-to-wall beach-deck underneath the cottage puts you on the beach with comfortable seating and patio table.

Private beach at the door. No need walk a few blocks to the beach with your paraphenalia. The beach is at your door! Uncrowded, private, quiet, and convenient.

Quiet nature retreat. The cottage is surrounded by nature: Long Island Sound on the south, and Ox Marsh / East River Wildlife Area on the north and west. It's adjacent to 100+ acres of preserved beach and marshland. Egrets, great blue herons, gulls, sandpipers, ducks, ospreys, and dozens of other shorebirds thrive here and you'll often spot them from the porch while having your morning coffee in your PJs.

Boaters and kayakers delight. A free state public boat launch is just down the road where you can launch your boat across from Guilford Harbor and head out to the Sound, or launch your kayak for leisurely trips up the East and Neck Rivers that run behind the cottage through the wildlife preserve where you'll spot countless shorebirds.

360 degree views. Watch spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the porch, living room, and bedrooms. Gaze at the ospreys in the marsh while you're still in bed. Identify the various sandpiper, egret, and gull species from the waterside porch. Watch the sailboats and ships pass Falkner's Lighthouse about 5 miles off shore. Everywhere you look, it's gorgeous. 

The fishing's great. Surfcast from in front of the cottage and catch tonight's supper...striper, porgie, flounder and more. Or launch your boat and fish farther offshore for larger fish. Or join a fishing charter at a neighboring harbor and go for blues.

Our family's home for 60+ years. Five generations of our family have enjoyed the cottage. We're sure yours will, too. Because it's our family's summer home, we maintain it with lots of TLC and outfit it with comfortable, inviting furnishings. Enjoy our seashell collection from our beach and from around the world. With several artists in the family, you'll find family oil paintings, photographs, and pottery. And don't hesitate to tap into our book library, kids toys and picture puzzles. This is not an ordinary beach cottage rental, that's for sure!

It's ready for your family. There are always breezes here at the beach, so come cool off and chill out for a while.  Expect temperatures 5-to-10 degrees cooler than inland. Just bring your bed linens, towels, and flip-flops and you're all set for a relaxing, cooling vacation at the beach.

*** N O T E S ***

  1. WEEKLY rentals only, Sat. 3:30 pm - Sat. 11:00 am.  — No exceptions. No single-night, partial weeks, or weekends-only reservations. However, multi-week reservations are OK.
  2. June-September only (this is an unheated summer beach house).

  3. Sleeps a maximum of 6 people — No exceptions.

  4. Bed linens and personal towels are NOT provided. You must bring your own.
  5. Our historic cottage is NOT appropriate for weddings, wedding receptions, reunions, or other large events. The number of daytime occupants allowed is 16, including the 6 sleeping there.
  6. We do not accept inquiries for the following summer. If you'd like to rent in Summer 2015, please contact us in March 2015, not before then.

Contact the owner for the cottage's website URL with more details and photos.

house rental amenities

3 bedrooms (2 with double beds, 1 with twin bunk beds), sleeps 6.

Recently remodeled spacious kitchen well appointed with cookware, dishes, refrigerator, electric cooktop, microwave/convection oven, and small appliances. (Note: no dishwasher, unless you bring the kids, that is.)

Recently remodeled indoor bath with shower.

Cable TV, WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop), and CD/radio.

Large screened porch with dining table, chairs, and patio set.

Washer and utility room, clotheslines underneath the cottage.

Sandy private beach.

Wall-to-wall outdoor deck underneath the cottage (at beach level) with seating and eating areas.

Ceiling fans in the 2 larger bedrooms and living room. Additional portable fans are stored in the utility room.

Area underneath the cottage is accessible: has wall-to-wall deck, 2 parking spots, clothesline, enclosed outdoor hot shower, beach chairs, patio set, picnic table, and gas grill. 2 additional parking spots are in the driveway.

>> Contact the owner to get the cottage's website URL for more details and photos.

We accept MasterCard, Visa and PayPal.

activities and attractions in Madison Connecticut

Fishing, kayaking, and canoing directly from the cottage. Public boat launch is at the end of our beach road.

Cottage is adjacent to the East River Wildlife Area and 100+ acres of preserved rivers and marshland. Well-known for birding, canoeing, and kayaking.

New Haven is 20 minutes west: Yale University, Peabody Museum, Long Warf Theater, Little Italy/Wooster Street, great cafes.

Historic Guilford is next door: colonial houses and museums, Henry Whitfield House (oldest stone house in NE), Guilford Harbor, gourmet restaurants, weekly fairs and events on the town green.

Madison's town green hosts weekly events, fairs, flea markets, concerts, and a farmers market. Golf at the Madison Country Club.

Hammonasset Beach State Park is on the east side of Madison has a nature center, beach walk tours, nature hikes, and kids activities.

Branford's Trolley Museum has trolley rides and activities.

Thimble Islands (Branford) has boat tours of the unique bay and islands...and stories of pirates treasure.

The Madison Audubon Shop conducts bird walks and nature hikes.

Mystic and Groton are 25 minutes east: Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Groton submarine base and tours, Univ. of Connecticut Marine Sciences center at Avery Point has environmental workshops for kids.

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos are 45-60 minutes east. Foxwoods has an award-winning native american museum that is separate from the casino and is an excellent day trip for families.

New York City is a 1.5-hour train ride. Grab the Shoreline commuter train at the Guilford or Madison stations. At New Haven, transfer to the Metro North commuter line to Grand Central in NYC or to Amtrak to Penn Station in NYC.

Or take Amtrak from New Haven north to Boston for a delightful day trip to beantown and the Red Sox.

Fishing charters book out of Branford, Guilford, Old Saybrook, Mystic, and Groton harbors.


vacation rental rates

Rental time is from 3:30 pm Saturday until 11:30 am the following Saturday, no exceptions, no partial weeks.

Cottage is available by the week from June 7 to September 27. ONLY weekly rentals, Saturday to Saturday.

Discounts for multi-week rental: $25/week.

Early-season rate (June 7-20): $1150 / week.

Summer season rate (June 21 - Sept 5) $2250 / week

Late season rate (Sept 6 - 26) $1250 / week 

Summer rate (June 21 thru Sept. 5): $3000 per week.

Fall rate (Sept 6-27): $1275 per week. 

Check the online calendar for available dates.

We rent ONLY by the week, Saturday to Saturday. No partial weeks, single nights, or weekends only.


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