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Historic Circle Beach—Private beach is at the door!

Bedrooms 3
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 BR, sleeps 6. Open airy floorplan. Large kitchen, screened porch, beach deck.

Life at the beach won't get better than this!

Or more relaxing. This is a quiet nature retreat that's perfect for couples and families.


Just a few weeks are available this year to enjoy your vacation at our charming, comfortable, quiet, private beach. Our cottage is family owned and operated: It's our home, not a commercial real estate venture.

On the beach — Our family's 1938 historic wood cottage is directly on Circle Beach, a quiet cove of Long Island Sound with 20 cottages on a small peninsula of sand. We are located just 20 miles east of New Haven. It's a classic New England cottage with original rustic knotty-pine walls, but recently updated with all the modern creature comforts you need, too. It’s a charmer that is light, airy, and nicely appointed.


Having a wedding, family reunion, or large gathering?

This is NOT the place.

See more details at the end of this page.


A large screened porch overlooks the beach where you can read a book while watching the kids and sandpipers on the beach below. And a wall-to-wall beach-deck underneath the cottage puts you on the beach with comfortable patio seating and table.

Private beach at the door — No need walk a few blocks to the beach with your paraphernalia. The beach is at your door! Uncrowded, private, quiet, and convenient. Circle Beach is a small, residential beach used by owners for R&R. It is not Hammonasset (that's on the other side of town) or Fire Island NY (that's across the Sound!).

Noticed how often "quiet" appears in this description? That's a hint!

Quiet nature retreat — The cottage is surrounded by nature: Long Island Sound on the south, and Ox Marsh / East River Wildlife Area on the north and west. It's adjacent to 100+ acres of preserved beach and marshland that's perfect for birding and kayaking. Egrets, great blue herons, gulls, sandpipers, ducks, ospreys, and dozens of other shorebirds thrive here and you'll often spot them from the porch while having your morning coffee in your PJs.

Boaters and kayakers delight — A free state public boat launch is just down the road where you can launch your boat across from Guilford Harbor and head out to the Sound, or launch your kayak for leisurely trips up the East and Neck Rivers that run behind the cottage through the wildlife saltwater preserve where you'll spot countless shorebirds.

360 degree views — Watch spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the porch, living room, and bedrooms. Gaze at the ospreys in the marsh while you're still in bed. Identify the various sandpiper, egret, and gull species from the waterside porch. Watch the sailboats and ships pass Falkner's Lighthouse about 5 miles off shore. Everywhere you look, it's gorgeous.

And it's quiet because this is a residential neighborhood of property owners, not a commercial rental.

The fishing's great — Surfcast from in front of the cottage and catch tonight's supper...striper, porgie, flounder and more. Or launch your boat and fish farther offshore for larger fish. Or join a fishing charter at a neighboring harbor and go for blues.

Our family's home for 65+ years — Five generations of our family have enjoyed the cottage. We're sure yours will, too. Because it's our family's summer home, we maintain it with lots of TLC and outfit it with comfortable, inviting furnishings. Enjoy our seashell collection from our beach and from around the world. With several artists in the family, you'll find family oil paintings, photographs, and pottery. And don't hesitate to tap into our book library, kids toys and picture puzzles. This is not an ordinary beach cottage rental, that's for sure!

It's ready for your family — There are always breezes here at the beach, so come cool off and chill out for a while. Expect temperatures 5-to-10 degrees cooler than inland. Just bring your bed linens, towels, and flip-flops and you're all set for a relaxing, cooling vacation at the beach.

*** N O T E S ***

1. WEEKLY rentals only, Sat. 4:00 pm - Sat. 11:00 am. — No exceptions. No single-night, partial weeks, or 'weekends-only' reservations. However, multi-week reservations are OK.

2. June-September only (this is an unheated summer beach house).

3. Sleeps a maximum of 6 people — No exceptions.

4. Bed linens and personal towels are NOT provided. You must bring your own.

5. Our historic cottage is NOT appropriate for weddings, wedding receptions, reunions, or other large events. The number of daytime occupants allowed is 16, including the 6 sleeping there.


Contact the owner for the cottage's website URL with more details and photos.

More Details


Madison Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Maximum number of occupants: 6 (overnight sleepers) + 6 daytime guests = 12 total per day.
  • Quiet hour is 10 pm each night, including weekends.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Hot water shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The 2 larger bedrooms have overhead ceiling fans.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This is a raised cottage on pilings approximately 12 feet above the sand. Therefore it is not handicapped accessible.


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Historic Circle Beach—Private beach is at the door!
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Ideal for families with kids

  • 5 of 5

The Chagnon Family Cottage was simply ideal for our needs: two grandparents, their daughter and two granddaughters (ages 2 and 5). As can be seen from the photo, the house is right on the beach, and the water is very shallow for a long distance out, so the kids could play safely.

The cottage itself was just right: not a luxury place that would be inappropriate for little ones, but simple, cozy, comfortable, and altogether pleasant. The screen porch and the ground level under-deck are both wonderful places to relax and enjoy the world. Prospective renters should understand that it is a summer cottage and not a year-round home.

The neighbors were another asset: very friendly and welcoming.

Madison is a convenient location and there is lots to do in the area for all ages. The kids especially enjoyed the dinosaur skeltons at the Peabody Museum in New Haven. We took lots of very enjoyable beach walks.

I believe that the photos on the HomeAway site of the cottage depict it very accurately.

Our 5-star rating is based on what we expected and what we wanted. It's a great cottage in a great place. It isn't a 5-star luxury mansion on the French Riviera.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bevi and Jacqui Chagnon
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2018

About Bevi and Jacqui Chagnon

Our grandparents loved the water and bought this wood fisherman's cottage in 1948 for our family weekends. Now that 5 generations have spent their summers here, we have nearly 70 years of memories! The photo with the blue beach umbrellas shows a recent family gathering of us cousins.

This is not a commercial investment property for us but rather our treasured family summer home that we let others enjoy when we can't. In the photo of the beach picnic, that's our family's 3rd, 4th, and 6th generations keeping up the summer tradition.

Bevi and Jacqui Chagnon purchased this cottage in 1948

Why Bevi and Jacqui Chagnon chose Madison

Sitting on a private beach in a small cove of Long Island Sound, it is the perfect meld of quiet tranquility and nature retreat. But when you need a family outing, shopping, or restaurants, they're close by and just down the road.

What makes this cottage unique

Quiet, casual historic wood cottage.

On the water with quiet, private beach.

Fully renovated with a cook's kitchen, indoor shower, screened porch, and outdoor wall-to-wall beach-deck.

And did I mention that it's quiet? Ahhhh...peace and quiet!


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tweed Airport, New Haven
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Old Saybrook, CT
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Madison Country Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
AmTrack - New Haven, Metro No. Commuter - Madison
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt 1, Boston Post Road
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown Madison
Nearest Beach
Ours! Cottage is right on the beach!
Car: necessary

Beach front cottage is on a quiet, private beach with only 20 cottages. Surrounded by Long Island Sound on the south and 100+ acres of a wildlife tidal marsh preserve to the north and west. Swim, fish or sail on Long Island Sound, or kayak and bird watch in the rivers behind the cottage.

5 minutes away: Downtown Madison and Guilford have many ongoing activities on their village greens, movie theaters, dining, and shopping.

20 minutes away: New Haven has Yale and its world-famous museums, dining, and Little Italy (the birthplace of pizza and calzone). Branford has boat tours of the Thimble Islands and seafood dining. 2 large premium outlet malls are nearby, Clinton Crossing in Clinton and Tanger Outlet Center in Westbook.

45 minutes away: Ferries to Long Island from Old Saybrook. Tours of the Naval station and submarines at Groton. Mystic is home to Historic Mystic Seaport and the Connecticut Acquarium. Historic Essex houses many shops and restaurants and is the home of the Essex Steam Train which travels along the Connecticut River Valley.

Many music arenas and off-Broadway theaters are in southern Connecticut. The Oakdale Theatre arena in Wallingford has top music and entertainment acts. Plays and musicals are held at The Kate (Old Saybrook,, the Goodspeed (E. Haddam,, Long Wharf Theatre (N. Haven,, and Yale Repertory Theatre (N. Haven,

1 hour away: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are 2 of the world's largest casinos. Foxwoods also has an award winning museum on Indian culture and worth seeing even if you don't gamble at the casino.

1.5 hours away: Providence RI and Newport RI which is home to many festivals and the historic seaside mansions.

2 hours away: New York City to the south and Boston to the north are excellent day-trip destinations.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $300

Discount available for multi-week rental.
$50 discount per week if 2 or more weeks are rented.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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