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Seaside Cottage on L.I Sound - Branford,Ct for a Week or More

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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Pine Orchard Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Saturday is the changeover day for the minimum week long stay, ideal for a couple. Summertime: bask in the sun on the beach, or curl up with a book in the shade on the garden patio. Autumn: walk the shores, or sit by the fire. Spring: enjoy the bloom of flowers and the salt air. Every season has its own delights here on the Connecticut shore.

Halfway between New Your City and Boston, and situated at the back of a cluster of houses at 98 Limewood Avenue, the Ennis Cottage is away from street and traffic noise, but within 200 feet of a private beach. The cottage has been completely remodeled and is tastefully furnished and supervised by the owners.

In a minute one can sit with a panoramic view of Long Island Sound, between Haycock point and Indian Neck, looking out toward Green Island and the Thimble Islands. Fishing and boating are excellent.

A small park within one mile offers tennis, basketball, and a children's playground. A marketplace, liquor store, laundry, and three restaurants are within walking distance, and a larger mall and churches are with a few miles. The Branford Green hosts evening concerts, the Guilford Green that has a five acres of lawn, with Music on weekends, live Shakespeare on stage, surrounded by antique buildings with shops each unique and different from each other. Both towns offer Day Spas, Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, Gift Stores, Clothing and Shoe Shops, Excellent Restaurants, Historical Homes, (third largest collection in CT) Museums, Orchards that offer fruit picking throughout the season. Local Farms offer Fresh organic produce, and August offers The Guilford Fair c.1859.

15 minutes away come aboard a narrated cruise of the Thimble Islands, 18 minutes north to Clinton Outlet stores, 20 minutes away is the Essex Steam Train & River Boat that can take you to Gillette Castle State Park, or to the Opera House on the river, and 45 minutes you can try you hand at Fox Woods Casino or enjoy Mohegan Sun.

The entire house has been renovated. living room has wall-to-wall carpeting, a new full size futon and a love seat, several chairs, bureau, television, VCR, telephone, cathedral ceiling, wireless internet connection, and stove with gas log.

The kitchen is new and well equipped with gas stove, microwave and grilling oven, refrigerator, pots and pans, dishes, glasses, and silverware. The bedroom has a double bed with drawers beneath, closet, built in air conditioner. Wall-to-wall carpeting.

This is a completely remodeled cottage which is quiet, clean and comfortable. You will love the patio with picnic table, gas grill in the back garden, with tiki torches and flowers all around.

Deposit can be sent to Ron Hekeler at 135 Green Hill Lane, Cheshire, CT 06410 or 98D Limewood Avenue, Branford, Ct 06405

Returning guests use last years rates

Keywords: Seaside Cottage

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  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Ron Hekeler
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2016
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About Ron Hekeler

Retired professor and wife enjoying his grandkids, travel and being at the beach.

Ron Hekeler purchased this cottage in 1971

Why Ron Hekeler chose Branford

We bought in Branford because it was one half hour from our home, had a lovely beach and nice neighbors. We can go into New Haven to the theater, art galleries. Not far from the casinos and all our kids.

What makes this cottage unique

Love clamming, sailing on the Terviseks, swimming. Branford has many excellent restaurants, from really classy to outside patio dining in a marina. The center has a town green which has many activities through the summer, plus interestng shops and stores. We are a half hour ride to the outlet shops. And it is quiet.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just got back from spending a lovely week at Ennis Cottage. This was our first beach vacation with our 9 month old daughter and it was the perfect situation. The cottage was very clean and tidy; the kitchen had everything we needed and we loved spending time in our little private backyard with the grill! The beach was very easily accessed and it was lovely to meet all their wonderful neighbors. We enjoyed several of the local restaurants, especially the Tuesday night 2 for 1 lobster dinner at Lenny's Lobster Shack...not to be missed! Overall we had a lovely time and Ron and Bernadette were extremely cordial! Thanks so much!

Jun 2011
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Seaside Cottage on L.I Sound - Branford,Ct for a Week or More
average rating of 4.918919 based on 39 reviews

Unplugged, But Not Remote

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I needed to unplug. So, we spent the latter part of September at Ennis Cottage – a home-away-from home: comfy, cozy, clean, and well-equipped, cool during the hot spell, and warmed when weather turned cool. The bed, very important for my bad back, was totally comfortable and provided a really restful sleep. The cordial and conscientious owners provided a binder with answers to almost all the questions guests usually ask. Yet they were available to answer queries. A private beach across the street offered a super place to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and a great swim. Yet not far away was a wide selection of restaurants, plus great markets for fresh fish, meat and vegetables. Although we did check our e-mail daily, the tv remained untouched. So much to enjoy. The time flew, and it was hard to leave. Our thanks to the friendly and caring owners for doing everything to make us eager to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. We really enjoyed having you with us and having time to get to know you. Thank you for the suggestions. We look forward to having you stay with us again.
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Ft. Myers, Fl

The Ennis Experience

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent the last two weeks at the Ennis Cottage. We were sad to leave. It was the most relaxing vacation we have had in years. The cottage is immaculate, quaint and so convenient to restaurants, shopping and a beautiful beach. The owners have done a great job to create such a peaceful oasis. We absolutely love the Ennis Cottage and give it a 10 star rating!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having Janet and Richard with us. They were so enthusiastic about the house and property that it made us feel really happy. We have worked hard to provide a quiet restful place for our guests and Janet and Richard appreciated it.
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Look no further! This is the Place!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is perfect. The owners are very kind, welcoming and friendly. The cottage is very quiet, very private, very clean, near a cute little town, great restaurants in Branford. Very spacious living room with vaulted ceiling which makes it seem bigger than it looks on the photos. Nice well equipped kitchen. Cottage has nice private fenced in backyard. Really a great price for this place. Thank you for sharing your cottage with me, it was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, are we pleased with your review Janell. We really enjoyed having you here and having the opportunity to get to know you. Thank you so much for taking the time to review our cottage. We hope you and your family will visit us again.
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Great relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

Ennis Cottage is a cozy, well maintained and clean cottage a few feet off of a scenic Branford Beach. The description would make it sound like the apartment is low on square footage, but it is surprisingly spacious (the bedroom/bathroom is small, the living room is large and kitchen well organized).

The beach is across the street, with a small walkway. There is a moderate sized lawn and gravel path around the house, which was great for us - our toddler could run around safely. The beach area is also fenced in, again making it a little less worrying that the baby would run onto the street.

The views from the beach is great, you see the smaller Thimble Islands and there is a small boat.

Note: You do need a car (or a bicycle) to get around Branford.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having Raj and family (on their anniversary ) we are so pleased that they got to enjoy our cottage and hope they return soon again
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  • 5 of 5

Ennis Cottage is a gem! Beautifully and thoughtfully decorated and equipped. Lovely gas fireplace to chase off the chills of the early spring. Large backyard space with table and chairs for al fresco dining. The owners are welcoming and friendly! So close to great Long Island Sound. Nice walk to Branford center. Would absolutely recommend this spot! Fabulous!!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Theresa for this positive review. We totally enjoyed having you with us and hope you come again. We love it here and are excited when others appreciate it too.
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Wantage, NJ USA

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I went for a long weekend for our anniversary. The cottage was so cozy and cute, the back yard was perfect for a small BBQ,, very nice landscaping. Great getaway for us, and right across from the beach. We really like that they supplied really nice beach chairs and an umbrella. The beach was great and private. The owners were very accommodating and friendly. Very stress-free booking. We will definitely be returning! Also, Branford has a lot to do!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted when our guests really enjoy themselves here as much as we do. Although we were not at home and had my son and daughter in law to meet them, I'm pleased that they felt welcomed.
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Assaggio Restaurant
"Lovely contemporary restaurant in the center of Branford"
Thimble Islands Cruise
"A must do for newcomers to the Branford shore. "
Le Petit Cafe
"Prix fix menue, top shelf dining in the town's charming center"
Waiting Station
"Breakfast and lunch at the Waiting Station is superb. "
New Haven
"Visiting the city is wonderful. Park at our rr station and take the train in. Yale Universi..."
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
"Great place for shopping. Only 1.2 hour away. "
Bistro @ Chamard
"Charming vineyard with two choices of dining. Right near the Clinton Crossings Outlets"
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Tweed New HAven
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
E. McHenry's
Nearest Ferry
21 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Branford Station
Nearest Motorway
Rt 146
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Lennies, The Stand, Pizza, Mexican
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Limewood Grove
Car: recommended

Private neighborhood beach, Clamming, kayaking around the Thimble Islands, explore the Ct River, the casinos are an hour drive, Outlet shopping 1/2 hour drive.New Haven has theaters, museums, galleries.


Rates & Availability

Pine Orchard Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 28 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning, optional $100

Rates are subject to change. Extra person above two is $5.00 per night
Within 30 days before arrival the rental fee is nonrefundable unless we are able to
rebook the property. If we rebook the property we will refund a prorated share of the rental fee for each day we are able to fill less a $25 cancellation fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Pine Orchard Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 490 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
new stove and refrigerator, off street parking, private beach within 100 feet.

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