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Family-friendly cottage in a quiet neighborhood

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,245 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Enjoy this 4-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom summer retreat, steps from a gorgeous beach.

This classic Connecticut beach house with rustic charm offers comfort and convenience. Four upstairs bedrooms include a master bedroom with king bed and an ensuite veranda with ocean view, second bedroom with full size bed and shared ensuite veranda, third bedroom with two twin beds and ocean view, and fourth bedroom with bunk beds overlooking the yard. A downstairs bedroom offers a full bed with yard view. Modern, bright furnishings are found throughout with a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and living/entertainment room. The large wrap-around, screened in porch and upstairs veranda provide ocean views and opportunities for outdoor dining, relaxation and play. A full bath is located upstairs and a half bath is located downstairs. An outdoor shower provides hot and cold water after a long day at the beach. The corner lot includes a grassed open yard and gardens. York Cottage is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood on a family-friendly street with little traffic. It is located one cottage back from Long Island Sound and is only steps from a semi-private beach with stunning beach views. It is within walking distance to the Madison Beach Hotel, which offers cocktails and formal dining, and Cristy’s Madison Restaurant which offers indoor and outdoor dining with a casual atmosphere.

Stroll along the beach to the West Wharf to fish or walk to the Madison Surf Club to enjoy a large playground, snack bar, and public beach. Walk or bike into the town of Madison where you will find restaurants, coffee shops, bookstore, art cinema, unique shops, and other essentials. Drive ten minutes to outlet stores or to the Shoreline East Train that will take you to Grand Central Station, New York. Nearby tourist attractions include Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride, and Hammonasset Beach State Park.

NEW*** Linens and towels are provided. There is no A/C, no washer/dryer. Tents/camping is not permitted on the beach.

More Details

Owner
Sheila Fleming
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 3, 2017

About Sheila Fleming

I was born and raised in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. My background is in landscape architecture. In 1999 I moved to Pennsylvania to work as a land planner with a non-profit land trust in Chadds Ford. In 2005 I met my husband and we married in 2007. We now have a home in West Chester, Pennsylvania with our four dogs Louie, GeGe, Jack and Chase. We love York Cottage and visit there often to enjoy the solitude of Long Island Sound, the casual pace, the fabulous local restaurants and friends I have known all my life.

Sheila Fleming purchased this cottage in 1924

Why Sheila Fleming chose Madison

York Cottage has been owned by the Fleming family for three generations. Built in 1924 by Mr. Charles Fleming and his wife Mary who lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the cottage was to become a summer retreat for their family. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming would vacation here with their two children, Robert and Shirley during the summers. Madison was the ideal location because relatives lived there, including Ray Wiswell who owned a tract of land, subdivided it, and built the cottages on Parker Avenue and Flower Avenue. Ray and his wife Glad would eventually live in the cottage next door. Toronto was once named York when it was capital of the new colony of Upper Canada, and so the Flemings named their property York Cottage after the historic capital of Canada. At York Cottage, four bedrooms provided plenty of room for the Fleming family and guests, and a right-of-way for Flower Avenue and Parker Avenue residents provided easy access to the beach. A small bedroom was constructed off the kitchen to accommodate the nanny who cooked, cleaned, and helped care for the young children. After Mrs. Fleming passed away the cottage was owned by Dr. Shirley Fleming who left the cottage to her brother Robert when she passed away. Robert left the cottage to his four children – Mary, Margaret, Sheila and David - when he died in 2005.

We hope you enjoy the rustic charm of our little retreat by the sea. It has been lovingly kept in its original condition to preserve its historic appeal. It is a sturdy cottage that has weathered several major hurricanes including the Great Hurricane of 1938, Hurricane Irene in 2012, and Hurricane Sandy in 2013. Despite the challenges that mother nature brings, the Fleming family is committed to preserving this classic example of the New England seaside cottage for generations to come.

What makes this cottage unique

The family-friendly neighborhood makes this property unique. Tucked away in a cluster of historic cottages on a quiet street, this is the ideal location for children who like to ride bikes or skateboard down the street. The semi-private beach is only steps away so you can easily take a break from the sun and retreat into the cool cottage for an ice cold beverage. If you like to fish, cast a line off the beach or go to the West Wharf just a short 5 minute walk and try your luck. The Madison Beach Hotel has family movie night in the summer during the week and the neighborhood is invited to pull up a chair and enjoy the show. This truly is a gem of a location surrounded by friendly neighbors, fabulous beaches and first class dining only a block away. How nice it is to go out for cocktails or dinner and stroll home afterwards. Oh, and the Good Humor Truck visits daily, bells jingling, to deliver ice cream for the kids. It truly feels like taking a step back in time to when life was simpler.

Amenities

Madison Center Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1245 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
  • Bedrooms 1 and 3 share a second floor screened porch - a perfect place to enjoy morning coffee or evening cocktails. Bedroom 2 has an ocean view. Bedroom 4 has bunk beds for the kids with a garden view. A downstairs bedroom with double bed is located off the kitchen and is nice for physically challenged visitors who prefer to stay on the first floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
Bethlehem, CT
5

Perfect beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at York Cottage. It had everything we needed and it was so clean! Location can't be beat. Looking forward to staying there in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Great Shoreline Getaway.

  • 4 of 5

The House is beautifully quaint. We loved it ! Well equipped kitchen *****. The wrap around porch is a Highlight and the fact you can see the water from both porches and 3 of the bedrooms, 2 with a shared porch 2nd floor and another bedroom from the window. Beach is just a short walk from the front door. Highly recommend this. If you're into bubble baths the claw foot tub will make you want to come back again and again. P.S. Nicely decorated throughout.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Nearly six months after our stay at York Cottage and we're still raving about it. We enjoyed our walks along the promenade and into the quaint town of Madison. The accomadations were everything we could imagine and more...fresh, clean, prestine. Furnishings were lovely. All linens provided - a bonus. The close proximity to the beach was ideal. I especially enjoyed the breezey porches - morning reads or playing Monopoly. Overall, this was one of the most pleasant family vacations ever. So grateful to the Fleming family for sharing this little gem with us. Hope to return again next year!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

This property was a perfect location, close to the beach and other fun things to do in coastal CT. Sheila was a pleasure to work with and our experience at this beautiful home was amazing!!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Falls Church, VA
5

A Second Wonderful Visit

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been vacationing on the CT shore for about 100 years. Our parents owned a house in Madison for 35 years and now that their home has been sold, we have found the perfect place to visit, York Cottage, a charming historic Madison home. We enjoyed our favorite Madisin activities and lovely walks for our second visit.Thank you for another lovely vacation, Sheila.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than described!

  • 5 of 5

This beach cottage is a little gem with everything you could want...in a lovely neighborhood, .steps to the beach, walk to playground, town and restaurants, and stocked with lots of games and beach toys. The kitchen is fully equipped, outdoor shower is terrific, and the screened in porch is big and comfortable. There isn't a thing we didn't have and it was immaculate. It was a perfect beach vacation experience, the owner is lovely and accommodating, and we look forward to returning. Thank you, Sheila!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Christy's Madison Restaurant
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Madison, Shoreline East Train
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Madison Beach Hotel
Nearest Beach
Semi-private neighborhood beach
Car: recommended

It is within walking distance to the Madison Beach Hotel, which offers cocktails and formal dining, and Cristy’s Madison Restaurant which offers indoor and outdoor dining with a casual atmosphere.

Stroll along the beach to the West Wharf to fish or walk to the Madison Surf Club to enjoy a large playground, snack bar, and public beach. Walk or bike into the town of Madison where you will find restaurants, coffee shops, bookstore, art cinema, unique shops, and other essentials. Drive ten minutes to outlet stores or to the Shoreline East Train that will take you to Grand Central Station, New York. Nearby tourist attractions include Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride, and Hammonasset Beach State Park.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $150
Property Damage Protection $99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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