|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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The special magic of this unique property captured us on first sight. The peace and tranquility, closeness to nature and spectacular views make this cottage a place difficult to leave.
This Branford shoreline cottage, located in the village of Short Beach, is warm and cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. It provides a peaceful and quiet setting with spectacular views of salt marshes and the Farm River, where Osprey and Egrits nest and feed just off the deck. It's just a short walk to beaches and trailheads and an easy drive to Yale and New Haven.
We offer a SMOKE FREE, natural environment perfect for quiet safe meditative thought and relaxation, walking distance to beaches, hiking trails and gentle beauty of the Connecticut shoreline, while less than 10 miles from the museums, galleries, theater and other cultural attractions of New Haven and Yale.
Keywords: Yale visitor housing, Connecticut Shoreline vacation retreats, zen, yoga, meditation retreats
We've lived in Connecticut for decades and fell in love with the Branford shoreline. It offers the longest and most spectacular coastline of any Connecticut town, boasts a gorgeous town green surrounded by a variety of first rate restaurants and is an easy drive from New Haven and Yale.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2011
This cottage is warm and cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. It provides a safe and peaceful setting with spectacular views of salt marshes and the Farm River, where Osprey and Egrits nest and feed just off the deck. It's short walk to beaches and trailheads and an easy drive to Yale and New Haven.
The cottage is perfect for relaxing in total privacy close to nature and offers the comforts and conveniences of a high end inn at a fraction of the cost.
The cottage is just the perfect place to stay for a relaxing, quiet retreat. We really enjoyed the indoor and outdoor space immensely. in the early evening we were able to sit and watch an osprey as it surveyed the landscape below from a tree on the edge of the property. We loved the marsh and water views. Made me pine of my younger days growing up back east. We will be back for sure. Thank you for a wonderful stay. The cottage is delightful!
We were very pleased with this find. As others have mentioned, this is a great place to relax, take in the quiet of the Marsh, enjoy the deck, birds, and admire the tree at different times of day. The cottage is quite comfortable, with all the amenities you'd expect from your home. Every detail is carefully considered. You feel like you are somewhere remote, but are a short distance from US1, the grocery store, restaurants, the beach, etc. The best of both worlds. Hope to return. Thank you!
My best friend and I found the Zen Cottage to be a wonderful getaway! She and I have done this kind of trip several times, and Blair and Barbara's property is the most carefully equipped, comfortable place we've stayed. In addition to the regular kitchen utensils, we found a coffee cake and butter, olive oil, and even orange juice. The information folder also contains a savers card for the nearby Big Y grocery store. The Cottage has a cozy living room, a TV room, a bathroom with shower and Yeardley soap, and two double beds, one with a view of the wetland and one with a foam mattress so deliciously comfortable that I bought one for my house. The tidal marsh fills and empties every day, which is fascinating, and there were nesting raptors right outside the property, which we could watch from the porch while we ate dinner. It was truly ideal, and Blair was terrific to communicate with. I recommend this spot without hesitation to anyone who'd like a quiet getaway.
The owner's in no way understated the charm of the Zen Cottage. The views WERE spectacular, the cottage was well-appointed and very comfortable, and the location is both completely private and serene, as well as five minutes from the highway. My only regret was not having more time to enjoy the pleasure of just sitting on the deck and relaxing. I'm hopeful of the opportunity for another visit later in the summer!
The cottage was absolutely precious!! The furnishings and decor were so pleasant and relaxing. The backyard and deck were perfect for entertaining friends and squirrel watching. The neighborhood was peaceful and quiet yet very accessible to New Haven and surrounding communities. Biggest surprise in little Branford was Jojotos Venezuelan restaurant. What an awesomely delicious menu and fun place for an evening out!! I wish we could have stayed longer at the cottage but reality calls.
My stay at Zen Cottage was wonderful - so much so the I've already booked return visits. My mother has recently moved into a nearby Senior Residence, and Zen Cottage is a short distance from there. After traveling the world on business for many years, I decided long ago that when traveling for pleasure, I much prefer a private rental to a hotel. I've had fabulous VRBO and AirB&B stays in Berlin, Munich, Sarajevo, Ljubliana, Paris, Strasbourg - and now, in Branford! Zen Cottage is up there with the best of them. The owners have created a cozy, serene cottage, equipped with every convenience - full kitchen, comfortable beds, Wi-fi, ROKU - and stunning views of the Farm River. I used Uber to get around, and never waited more than 10 minutes for a pick-up. Mother had her version of "Ferris Buellers Day Off", and after a trip to Guilford, a dinner of Irish Bacon & Eggs, and 2 Judy Dench movies, decided to spend the night. She loved the place. I'm a longtime associate of a nearby monastery, and I'll be back in May, after a 4 day stay in heavenly silence, to enjoy Zen cottage with my mother.
Quiet, peaceful location, with spectacular views overlooking Farm River marsh. Short walk to beach and hiking trails.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
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maximum rental period is one week!