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View the water in Long Island Sound from the wide windows and the huge deck.

Avis Pohl

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 90 nights

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Avis Pohl

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2014
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View the water in Long Island Sound from the wide windows and the huge deck.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 90 nights


Milford House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Bring the kids or just have a quiet getaway in Hillside Beach - a newly re-built house located on a one-way street serving only the residences on three blocks. It is a safe, quiet place to completely relax on vacation. Walk a few feet down to the water's edge and watch the birds, boats and just enjoy the quiet lapping of the water on an inlet of Long Island Sound. A kiddie playground across the street compliments the equipment for kids in the house.

A beautiful beach a short distance away is surrounded by interesting mansions. Bicycles can be carried on the Metro-North train which goes to Milford, within three miles of Hillside Beach so there is no need for a car. Several good restaurants are within walking distance and many will deliver food to you at Hillside Beach. Summer weather is generally warm with short rain showers to keep the flowers blooming around the house all summer.

Great place for a winter getaway to tuck in and enjoy the fireplace and watch it snow through the high winter and hurricane-proof windows.

A perfect quiet location in a beautiful resort area: Hillside Beach is a newly renovated property on beautiful Long Island Sound. It is located in a resort area quiet neighborhood of primary and second residences. Everything in the house is new including the kitchen and bathrooms, outdoor patios and deck.

A waterside playground for kids is across the street.

The house has a beautiful view of Long Island Sound from the large deck, the and the floor-to ceiling great-room windows. A well-equipped kitchen and an outdoor grill with a dining table or outside deck patio furniture make staying at Hillside Beach convenient and fun.

A nice sandy beach with a lifeguard is just a short walk away and fishing can be done from the retaining wall or from nearby piers

A kayak launching spot is at the end of the street. Bike and boat rentals are available in downtown Milford.

A great retreat for commuters: Come 'home' at the end of a workday by Metro North Train to the Milford Train station just three miles from Hillside Beach to a summer outdoor retreat, or park the car in the garage and tuck in to the cozy house with a warm fireplace and enjoy the experience of winter on the waterfront.

Guests coming to Hillside Beach by train or plane may use a taxi or Enterprise Car Rental for pick up at local Metro North or New Haven Amtrak train stations.

Easy access to Interstate 95 makes Hillside Beach easy for 90 minutes driving from New York City.

Restaurants are within walking distance and more are located in nearby Milford and West Haven easily accessible by car or bicycle.

Academic or seasonal winter rentals are very popular and offer a cozy, warm home within driving distance of some ski resorts or a pleasant place to stay in and watch the snow falling outside of the double-pane hurricane-proof windows.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Avis Pohl (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2014

About Avis Pohl

I grew up in Iowa and have lived in several states and in Europe and have owned vacation property in Colorado and in New York City. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York and love our Connecticut vacation home as a retreat from the busy city life. Besides this home that we offer for rental, we have our family's vacation home in West Haven, just a few miles from Hillside Beach. I am proud of the many reviews my guests have given on their stays at Hillside Beach.

Avis Pohl purchased this house in 2010

Why Avis Pohl chose Milford

I have a family vacation house just a few miles away on Long Island Sound and realized that while many people requested to stay in our home, I would like to have a property nearby to rent to vacationers and to people who work in the area during the academic months of the year.

The house has proved to be a very good buy since it is rented 365 days each year with a waiting list besides.

What makes this house unique

The views from the house's location are what enticed me to buy this house and to have it re-built. I changed the interior design to take advantage of water views and re-designed the house so that there are large front windows facing the water and are high enough to look over the houses downhill and the street below. The view outside the dining area makes the very large deck a wonderful place for breakfast and entertaining guests for a barbecue. The master bedroom at the back of the house offers quiet privacy and has it's own sliding door out to the back patio and terraced garden large enough for playing croquet or building a snowman.

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 90 nights
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based on 12 traveler reviews

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View the water in Long Island Sound from the wide windows and the huge deck.
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Southbury, CT, USA

Excellent Academic Year Rental

  • 5 of 5

It was a pleasure to stay at Hillside Beach for the 2013-14 academic year. This recently-remodeled house is in great condition, and it comes nicely furnished.

Avis, the owner/manager, is very professional and easy to work with. The monthly rate for the academic year was a fraction of the summer rate, and it included all utilities. Overall, I believe the nine-month rental was an extremely beneficial arrangement for a house of this size, location and quality.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We needed somewhere to stay while visiting family and friends in Connecticut and Long Island. How wonderful for us that we found this place! Its central location was very convenient, whether we drove to visit others or they came to us. The ocean view and breezes were delightful, and the house itself beautifully laid out and appointed. We felt so much at home, in fact, that our own beds seemed strange on our first night back in Lexington.

Avis was gracious and accommodating of our schedule, and John and Kristen were wonderfully responsive to our needs. (The fresh flowers were such a lovely welcome!) We are planning our next visit and look forward to staying here again. We cannot say enough to recommend this house or Avis and her people!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Hillside Beach during Christmas 2012. This place exceeded our expectations - it was impeccably clean, Avis and her associates were beyond helpful and the decor was even more updated than the pictures online. We were driving to Connecticut from Michigan and planned to arrive late on Thursday night - after driving all day, we were delighted to find the driveway lights on, a warm house, and Kristen had even picked up some groceries for us so that our boys (ages 9 months and 4.5 years) had milk and snacks as soon as we walked in the door. All of the amenities were as listed online, but beyond that, Avis had a Christmas tree and decorations for us to celebrate the holidays, as well as a giant box of toys for our boys to play with. Being a detail-oriented person, I was excited that Avis kindly provided prompt email responses to my many questions (both before and during our stay). John lives close by and was also available to help. Based on another person's review, we also did the Polar Express train ride and would highly recommend that to anyone with kids - ours loved it! This was the first property we have ever rented and it was a tremendously wonderful experience. We cannot say enough great things both about this beautiful property and how fantastic Avis was to work with. I would absolutely recommend Hillside Beach to anyone, but not for Christmas 2014, we loved it so much that we already asked to reserve it again :)

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the joys of renting vacation homes is my association with the guests. Phone calls and emails before they come makes me feel that I already know them and can't wait to meet them. It was such fun for me to drive by Hillside Beach one evening and see the Christmas Tree through the great room windows that Michelle and her family had decorated. One of my special gifts this Christmas was a beautiful candle from these very appreciative guests. We will welcome them back for Christmas 2014!
Hampshire, UK

Christmas in Connecticut

  • 5 of 5

My family have just returned from the most fantastic holiday in Milford. Hillside Beach was a real home from home, right down to the Christmas tree. We had everything we needed at hand, I managed to do all my holiday baking without a hitch. Avis was a pleasure to do business with, and made the organisation of our trip so much easier. She made sure we had everything we needed to celebrate the festive season. We were fortunate enough not to have to call upon John, although he obviously made himself known to us. It was very reassuring to know that help was just a couple of doors away if we needed it.

The location could not have been better - just steps from the beach and a 5 minute drive to the store. My daughter was very pleased that we were only 8 minutes away from the Westfield Mall!

The property itself was spotlessly clean and very well maintained.

We were very lucky to manage to get seats on the North Pole Express, at Essex Steam Train Museum. That was a most magical experience, enjoyed by adults and children alike. We were also able to get to the Trolley Bus Museum at East Haven. They were trialling being open for the week after Christmas, which was a bonus for us. We also visited the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden, which was so much better than we had hoped. However, you just can't beat skimming stones on the beach then stepping home for a hot chocolate.

It is safe to say that everything exceeded our hopes and expectations.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was fun for me to prepare Hillside Beach for Tracey and her family by leaving a Christmas tree and a suitcase full of decorations and tree ornaments for the family to decorate the house themselves. They found that there are fun and interesting things to do in the winter by driving short distances from Milford besides staying warm and cozy in front of the fireplace enjoying family togetherness.

Come One Come All!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Hillside in July and it was by far the Best vacation home we ever stayed in, the house was supper clean and the view from the big window was awesome. I was eight of us and we had plenty of room and the kitchen was well stocked. The deck was nice to enjoy and the fireplace was nice touch at night time, the beds was also nice and soft just like the one from home. The playground for the kids was just a cross the street and the beach is only a block away, we met some great neighbors there and had them over for dinner a couple of nights so that was great also, John the care taker was great and was very helpful with our needs. We can't wait to come back again next year and Avis is the BEST to deal with and very understanding, better hurry and set your date cause it will be one of the best place you will ever stay at. Thanks again AVis!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate our guests sharing their reviews of the pleasant vacations they have at Hillside Beach. Thanks to them for taking their time to let others know what a great vacation home we have to enjoy all year around. Avis

Nice Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family I enjoyed staying here. The house was clean and nice. There is a playground for the kids a few doors down. I would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm happy that the guests from Memphis had a nice stay at Hillside Beach while "Dad" was working as a consultant. This house is a great home away from home for all seasons.


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Hartford, CT
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Sloppy Jose's
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
West haven, CT
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Milford, CT
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I 95
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Beach House
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Killington, VT
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Biking in the Area is Easy and Enjoyable, Driving Distance to Many Historic and Tourist Locations Like Mystic Seaport, Yale University, Ferries to Port Jefferson. NY, Fall Foliage Drives Throughout New England, Ski in Vermont. Several Public Golf Courses Nearby. One and one-half hours from Manhattan by train or car.

Owner's corporate discount is available for Enterprise Car Rental to pick up at local train stations and airports.

Other Activities: Boating, miniature golf, shopping, kayaking


Rates & Availability

From $325 Per night

Milford House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Notes Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed.
The person responsible for the reservation must be at least 25 years old and present a valid credit card to the owner if asked.
Check-in is 4pm and check-out is 11am.
Summer Rentals are Friday to Friday with a 7-day minimum rental period.
Fifty percent of the rental fee is due 60 days before arrival and the remaining amount is due 30 days before arrival as agreed in the terms and conditions of the signed rental agreement.
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Milford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Master Bath has shower and a window. Main bath has tub with shower, window, a skylight, and open shelves for clean towels and toiletries. Downstairs half-bath for dressing after coming in from the beach and hosing off the sand outside the door.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-size sleep sofa
  • Master Bedroom Suite has a TV, private bath and sliding Master bedroom doors open to a patio and terraced garden. Bedrooms all have, fans, air conditioning and forced-air heat.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Private Patio and Terraced Garden Outside the Master Bedroom, Large Deck outside the dining area, Open Floor Plan overlooking the water. Trundle Bed Makes 2 Twin Beds or One King, Separate laundry room with washer and dryer. Entry level coat closet and powder room.

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