About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 nights
Cottage, 6 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps At least 12
A beautiful Ocean Front 10 room Victorian with a Full Wrap around porch overlooking the Ocean. A new Kitchen was installed in 2007. Each Bedroom has one bed in it. 4 rooms have Queen Beds, and 2 rooms have Double Beds, and a crib setup is available if needed. Three of the Bedrooms overlook the Ocean. The House is located only 2 miles away from the center of town with many fine restaurants. It is 10 Minutes to New Haven and only 5 minutes to Stony creek where you can cruise the Thimble Islands and have Breakfast or Lunch. Within 40 minutes of travel time, you can visit the Mohegan Sun Casino, and shorter travel time to the Clinton Premium Outlets which include Ralph Lauren, Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many more! 10 minutes to Yale university which is often rented for most functions at the university by parents and alumni.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 11, 2018
About Francis Wihbey
I purchased the house as a second home. I will eventually move here full time, in the mean time I rent it out on occasion to help with the expenses. I classify the house as my personal residence, but yet like to offer it to others to enjoy on their vacation. As you can tell it is really not a rental property, but i have satisfaction in having other people enjoy the views and relaxation time.
Francis Wihbey purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Francis Wihbey chose Pine Orchard
I purchased this vacation home to eventually retire to. I use it for a retreat and to vacation.The views are breathtaking over looking the thimble islands as well.
What makes this Cottage unique
Breakfast out on the deck. Watching the ocean and boats go by. Walking during the day. The house is is overwhelming with charm and warmth. The linens and towels are of high quality.
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A beautiful house for friends to gather
We have been staying at this house every fall for the past number of years. Each time we come we have a wonderful time with the house making all the difference. The house is so comfortable, an absolutely lovely setting, with the beach and the view. The six bedrooms are great for accommodating our large group. The large living room , porch and open kitchen make gathering and visiting so easy. Fran the landlord, is such a pleasure, he is so helpful and makes you feel so welcomed. We plan to stay at this lovely house for as long as we come for our annual weekend each fall. Would recommend for a family vacation, reunion or girls get away Weekend.
Beautiful beach house!
We just finished a week-long family vacation at this house, and it exceeded all our expectations. The house is beautifully decorated and has a rustic, beachy character, while still being extremely comfortable. Family members ranging in ages from 13 to 84 all had a wonderful time. The house is a terrific launching point for kayaking (we rented two kayaks for the week from Action Sports in Branford, who will deliver them and pick them up right at the house), biking, nature walks (Trolley Trail, in particular), swimming at the private rocky beach in front of the house (bring water shoes), running, etc. And, of course, it's wonderful to just sit and gaze out at the water from the back lawn or large patio of the house. Fran is a terrific host -- always available but not intrusive. The kitchen is terrific (great to have two dishwashers!), and the six bedrooms are all varied and charming. There are TVs in most rooms, and very strong wifi, allowing streaming video (including to the Apple TV connected to the main TV in the living room). There are also air conditioners in most rooms, but with the strong night breeze off the Sound, we didn't need them. We are very grateful for finding this place, and definitely plan to be back.
Beautiful Place in Branford. A Hidden Gem
I spent my 33rd birthday here with a few friends and we had the best time. The house is very clean and well-stocked and Fran is extremely helpful. I could always reach him by phone. The bedrooms are very nice and comfortable. And the view! Extraordinary. Wish it had been warmer, but still a very nice stay. Would love to come back again. Recommend to anyone who has a lot of friends or family who like to cook and drink.
A Splendid Week in a House that Felt Like Home
Our extended family had a splendid Christmas week in this lovely home. It is difficult to know what to highlight first: the location was perfect for us, the views to LI Sound are great, we all walked in the nearby land trust, the small town of Branford was a treat to stroll. The living spaces in the home are varied so that if you are a family who only gets together once or twice a year, there are plenty of spaces to talk one on one, as well as to group up. Lots of TVs for kids who want some entertainment - I think every - or nearly every bedroom has one. One lovely touch was a great big cuddly bear on the bed of what became our kid room. It's always great to have comfort in new places and Big Boris - as we called him, was ever so thoughtful. Others have mentioned the kitchen - we came with a lot of things that experience taught us would not be there for our use (strainer, turkey baster, roasting pan) and that box got left in the car and never delved into. The kitchen is beyond well stocked. It also came with oils, vinegars, spices, etc. So generous and unexpected. The bed linens were very nice - lots and lots of good towels, many throws and pillows throughout the house as well. A huge bonus was Fran. Always an email or phone call away, always with an answer to questions, nothing too much trouble. THE BEST thing, I think, however, was how at home we all felt from the moment we stepped through the door, as if it was a place we returned to year after year - a family retreat. Quite Splendid.
Character with a view!
This house has endless character and a spectacular view of LI Sound. With six bedrooms, two bathrooms, large kitchen and two large living areas we had plenty of space and amenities for our extended family to visit and enjoy! Although it was November and to cold to sit outside, the home has a gorgeous wrap around porch for outside enjoyment. If you are looking in this area, give Fran a call!
Enjoyed Our Stay
Family vacation at this home was great; very quiet neighborhood, plenty of room for all of us (7 adults and 3 children)! Tons of bath towels! There were 2 TVs in the main living space which was great for the children to watch their shows while the adults watched theirs. A couple of the bedrooms also had tvs. Yard was big enough for the children to play in and with the use of lawn chairs and our beach chairs, we made a "fence" so the children and their ball did not go over the "cliff".
Met a friendly neighbor who gave us insight into restaurants and beach areas. This house is not on what I would call a beach, there is no sand and although you could get into the water from the shore, it was difficult for the children (4 and younger) who ended up with many scratches, bruises and bleeding knees.
Husband and children loved going out in the kayak! We all loved spending time sitting on the porch overlooking the Sound.
It would be helpful if there was a book of directions to restaurants and/or menus, directions to local grocery areas and local beaches. Would also be helpful if you had a cabinet or two available for guests to put their food and kitchen items in.
Fran was very easy to work with and very accommodating!
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