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Walk to Beach! Walk to Town! Garden efficiency sleeps 2 comfortably

Bedrooms 2
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

This 3 room, 1 bath year-round garden efficiency apartment is located in the scenic New England town of Madison, Connecticut on Long Island Sound. This 500 square foot efficiency is part of a stately old summer house built in 1918. Master bedroom has own cable television and full Murphy bed. 2nd bedroom includes a full fold down couch. Large living room with cable TV, fold out full couch, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, toaster oven and small refrigerator. Bathroom with shower. Deck next to tidal marsh great for bird watching or relaxing with a book. Picnic table and chairs right outside door. During summer months, ask about use of above ground pool as part of your experience.

This garden apartment efficiency is centrally located, yet tucked away in a wooded enclave. It is within a 10 minute walk of local town beaches as well as the in-town independent theatre. A fine French Bistro can be found a block away, right behind the local Audubon Shop. Hammonasett State Park is only a mile up the road.

Madison is one of a series of small seashore towns where boating, beaches, swimming, and gorgeous water views keep visitors coming back year after year.

Day trips to Providence and Newport Rhode Island, Old Essex CT, Yale/New Haven and Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, as well as Lake Compounce (the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America) are among the local venues for daytrips.

Madison is fortunate to have an independent theatre and one of America's finest independent book stores, RJ Julia. And of course there is a diverse selection of restaurants in Madison and surrounding towns. If you are bringing children, the town of Madison hosts a variety of summer camps (sailing, soccer, swimming etc.). Horseback riding camps for children and lessons for adults minutes away at fabulous Guilford Riding School. After a fun-filled day, visit Stone Temple Sanctuary for a relaxing massage. They are located just down the street from this conveniently located rental!

More Details

Criss Frick
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

What makes this apartment unique

10 minute walk to beach...marsh views...10 minute walk to grocery store, shops, library and dining


Madison Center Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large bathroom with shower (no tub)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 murphy bed , Pack and Play available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Walk to Beach! Walk to Town! Garden efficiency sleeps 2 comfortably
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Girls get-away!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this rental!!! It was perfect for a girls getaway for 3 nights at the beach. When she says walk to beach, walk to town, she really means it! Literally 900 feet to town and 10 minute walk to beach, along beautiful New England roads w/ lots of amazing Colonial homes to look at. We were very surprised by the high quality restaurants nearby- lots to choose from and really great food, and there are 3 lovely town beaches. It was very helpful to have the resident beach pass that Criss gave us for 2 days. We also visited Hamonassett State Park, which has a large beach and miles of easy hiking trails to discover, not to mention the amazing views of LI sound! What a relaxing, quiet, sunny weekend we had!!! Loved it, thanks to Criss and this great rental! We will definitely be back w/ our husbands and will rent the full 2 bedroom next time! We also loved just sitting in the back, staring at the birds, chipmunks, squirrels and bunnies, and at the serene salt marsh through the trees. Everything was just perfect, thanks Criss!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jande, so glad you had such a nice time. Thank you for a lovely review. Look forward to hosting you in the larger apartment in the future! Safe Travels!! Criss
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you for Awesome accommodations! Mrs. Frick was extremely friendly. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to spend a fun quiet weekend in the CT area!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property, well stocked apartment

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I stayed for the weekend at Criss's place. She upgraded us to her other apartment on the property at no cost. Everything was very clean and comfortable. Her home and the property are beautiful. I cannot say enough about the little town of Madison. Her property is definitely walk-able to town. Not sure about the beach--didnt want to try it with a snow storm and temps in the teens but others say it is! We felt very comfortable during our stay. Lots of extra blankets, etc, Kurig coffee make, etc. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place, comfortable beds, accommodating host, good location.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our week in this attractive apartment -- it is very close to center of charming town and several beaches, although walking to both is on a busy road without sidewalks. Host lives on premises and was responsive, pleasant and respectful of our privacy. Would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carol, thank you for your kind review. Enjoy time with family during the holiday season. Please come back in the future! Criss
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Last minute trip

  • 5 of 5

Criss was really wonderful in accommodating our needs for a last minute trip. Even though she was out of town, she was very accessible by phone. Our check in and check out were seamless. She even provided beach toys for our toddler. The apartment is in a great location, so close to the beach and close to town. The place feels bigger than it looks in the pictures, and is well stocked with toys and books to entertain toddlers. I would definitely recommend this rental. Thank you again!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Connie, I'm glad you found the efficiency met your needs. And thank you for your kind review. Enjoy the rest of this summer month! Criss
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A weekend with the owner

  • 2 of 5

The property did not live up to the reviews I had read. The room furnishings were not quite as described. I did not realize the owner lived in the same house and was working on a "weekend" construction project while we were there.

One person and a child would probably enjoy the unit- but 3 adult women, limited towels, not enough dishes to even have 3 cups of coffee together and a deck that felt off limits even though we were looking forward to bird watching did not make this Madison house one of my favorites.

I felt like we were visiting family and given the last space available, we felt like an inconvenience to Criss and could never really relax.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, you provide information regarding this rental that all guests should be aware: 1. Rental policy states, “Only the confirmed number of guests are allowed on the property.” Your VRBO request was for two guests, however, you arrived for an early check-in, at 1 PM, with three people staying. The cleaning crew had rushed to accommodate your early check-in, but had set up the apartment for the maximum of two people. I immediately supplied you with linens and another pillow for the pull-out sofa in the living area for the third person. I would have been happy to provide you with any missing items if you had texted, emailed, or called. It warrants repeating what you clearly state in your review and what is stated in the title for this property: this rental comfortably sleeps two people. When a guest requests a reservation for three or four people, I inform them it will be tight quarters, and most likely, will NOT fit their needs. This rental has two small bedrooms: One bedroom has a full murphy bed and the other bedroom has a pull-out futon chair that sleeps one person. A full bed can sleep two adults, but it is definitely smaller than a queen size bed. The living room area has a full size pull-out sofa bed. 2. This rental is not a stand-alone cottage: It is part of a multifamily home and is the bottom floor unit. This rental is an efficiency and has a refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, toaster oven and microwave. It does not have a stove or oven. Global warming has wreaked havoc on this rental maintaining an above ground pool! In the spirit of being eco-friendly, I welcomed a family in need of the wood from the pool deck, to deconstruct the deck and take the wood away. Their work schedule dictated they come on the Saturday your group was staying. The patio overlooking the marsh was fully available to you while the pool deck was being deconstructed. There is also a picnic table/chairs right outside of your apartment you could have used to enjoy the yellow and red finch, cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and butterflies. I spoke with your group a few times during your stay, asking about your comfort. No one complained or requested something changed. I attempted to do my best to accommodate you, starting with an early 1 PM check-in. I appreciate your review, because it highlights facts about the rental that people understandably miss, (or forget about) when requesting to reserve this property. As always, safe travels.
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Super Stop & Shop
Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale
Surf Club
Shoreline Diner
The Audubon Shop
West Wharf
East Wharf Beach Park
Seaview Beach
Hammonasset Beach State Park
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bradley (Hartford/Springfield), Green (Providence)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Bar Bouchee
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
New London to Long Island Ferries
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Guilford Lakes Golf Course (public)
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Madison Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Bar Bouchee and Elizabeth's Cafe
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mount Southington, Southington Connecticut
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Seaview and East Wharf
Car: recommended

This is a perfect rental for weekend retreats, get togethers, get aways, and weeklong/month vacations! 10 minute walk to Madison's independent theater, fine dining, Long Island Sound beaches, Madison village shopping, and the library.

This garden apartment efficiency is on the main street through the town of Madison, yet it is on a two acre wooded property that tucks it away into privacy. Bird watch from your deck that overlooks the tidal marsh. Lawn games are also at your disposal.

Relax with a book on your deck overlooking the tidal marsh, or stroll the beach or the sidewalks in town. There is something for everyone in your group to enjoy.


Rates & Availability

Madison Center Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Jan 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
May -December
May 1 2018 - Jan 1 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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