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Classic Connecticut Beach House

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

Our classic Connecticut beach house will take you back to a simpler time when days had an unhurried quality and people had time for one another. In fact, we bet you'll feel tempted to put technology on hold to enjoy spending time with your nearest and dearest browsing the great selection of books and gifts at R.J. Julia booksellers, catching a great movie at the Madison Art Cinemas, walking the Greenline trail to Hammonasset or exploring the many beautiful shoreline towns nearby that have something to offer whatever the season.

About our house: we know that comfort and facilities are as important as old fashion charm, so of course we have Wi-Fi internet and basic cable t.v. The house is attractively furnished with a fully equipped kitchen. There is a large wrap-around veranda, plus screened-in porch and small 'breakfast' balcony with sea views off master bedroom. The finished attic doubles as a playroom/office (if you must work!) or room for extra overnight guests. The garage has parking for two cars and room for two more in front of garage. Use of bikes. Outdoor shower. Large corner lot with ample yard.

In other seasons, our house is still a lovely place to stay. We have just replaced the wood burning fireplace with a gas fireplace which is much easier to use and keeps the downstairs really cosy. The Madison Beach Hotel is open year round, as is Christy's on the next block. Winter walks on the beach are one of our favorite pastimes as our bike rides down Middle Beach Road to admire the changing colors of the marshes and the great variety of wildlife at Hammonasset State Park, which has free admission after Labor Day.

Located one house back from the beach with views of Long Island Sound, close to the Madison Beach Hotel, which offers cocktails overlooking the sea and is open for lunch and dinner. In the summer, you may walk up the beach or along the road to the Madison Surf Club that has a large playground, snack bar and many family-oriented activities. A good spot for more casual dining is 'Christy's' about a block away. They are famous for their pancakes and have established quite a following in town. Walk or bike into town, only a mile away.

Madison has much to offer including: beautiful beaches, many restaurants, independent bookstore (with book signings and other events), art cinema and numerous one-of-a-kind shops. Ten minutes from outlet stores, convenient for Shoreline East Train, with connection to Grand Central Station, New York. Close to picturesque seaside towns of Stony Creek and Mystic Seaport.

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Philippa Mannino
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

About Philippa Mannino

I'm originally from England but feel very much at home in New England. My husband is Italian and feels equally at home here, especially as there is good pizza to be found locally. I manage a number of properties we rent - including our beautiful apartment in Tuscany - and teach Italian. My husband has his own business which installs and manages charging stations for electric vehicles. We both love to cook, garden, play tennis and be outdoors.

Philippa Mannino purchased this house in 1999

Why Philippa Mannino chose Madison

More than a vacation rental, this is our treasured refuge. We bought this house in 1999 when we were about to be transferred to South America - we couldn't bear the thought of not coming back to Madison. The town has so much to offer: small enough for people to say hello when you pass them on the street, large enough to offer everything you need in the way of shopping and entertainment. The easy train ride to New York or Boston was also a big plus for us.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy having breakfast on the veranda, sunset strolls to the wharf, listening to music on the lawn of the Madison Beach Hotel. We can bike into town and pick up bagels and the newspaper. If we feel energetic, we can cycle all the way down the beach road and come back through town. On summer evenings, we arrange to meet friends at the Surf Club for a picnic dinner - although we also love eating on our screened porch. In winter, there is no shortage of things to do in town. Our beloved bookstore, R.J. Julia holds many book signings by well-known authors, as well as drop-in bookclubs and events for children. Scranton Public Library also offers interesting events, a good DVD library and story time for children. The Madison Art Cinema is a shoreline favorite for finding those movies not shown at the blockbuster theaters. There is always something worth watching at this cinema. The French restaurant Bar Bouchee is always very popular with with the locals. It has a real French bistrot atmosphere and menu to match. For a great hamburger and contemporary American cuisine and a lively bar scene, we recommend Moxie on Wall Street.


Madison Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder room - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Two bedrooms have queen size beds, Two bedrooms have one twin.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Window fans and mobile a/c unit


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Classic Connecticut Beach House
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
Madison, Ct

A wonderful winter getaway at the beach

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming beach house with old fashion flavor, a cozy gas fireplace, warm with sunny windows facing south, a large dining table for friends and family, plus a tub on 4 legs for a leisurely soak, and a shower overlooking Long Island Sound. It was a pleasure to stay here.

Too bad the cold weather canceled out sitting on the beautiful porch!

Another plus is the nearby Madison Beach Hotel for a special meal or two, and the close walk to West Wharf to check the surf in the morning and the stars at night.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad we were able to offer you a refuge during your home renovation. It sounds as if you were really able to get away from it all. Thanks for your lovely review and best of luck. Philippa
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Spring break in Madison!

  • 5 of 5

Great house very close to the beach. Rooms were very comfortable. Easy interaction with host who was very responsive throughout our stay.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Willimantic, CT

Sue Adams

  • 5 of 5

Great cozy place for our family holiday; nice atmosphere w/gas fireplace. Beds good. Great location for easy walking access to beach, golf course and close to town center.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the few days away at this cozy, quaint home in such a lovely spot. Just about1/2 a block from the beach, I spent time down by the water, we took long walks and enjoyed meandering through the town of Madison. Also enjoyed relaxing by the fire at night. Philippa was lovely and only a phonecall away if needed.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marietta, GA

July 2016 Rental :-)

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this Madison beach house last July! The owners, Guy and Philippa Mannino, were welcoming, thoughtful and attentive from the moment of our arrival. We had the pleaseure of spending some time with them, and their love of this house (and Madison) was very evident, which made us love it all the more! The house is a stone's throw from the beach, which we enjoyed in some capacity each of the 30 days we were there. The proximity to the Madison Beach Hotel with its wonderful views, restaurant, weekly (free) outdoor movies and concerts enhanced our stay, and instilled a sense of community. We walked to Christy's on more than one occasion for brunch, and enjoyed the best pancake ever! One of our favoite things to do was ride bikes (provided) to town to pick up some groceries, go to the book store (RJ Julia, a must) or get an ice cream cone at Ashley's. There are also several quaint shops, great restaurants and a movie theatre in town which we took advantage of. We recommend this vacation home to anyone looking for an opportunity to spend some time on the Connecticut shoreline in general, and Madison in particular :-)

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing family week

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at this quintessential beach home. It is a very comfortable home in which to relax, walk to the beach, take walks and navigate the area. The location is great. The owner is lovely and supplies the home with all the basics. We recommend this vacation home.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bradley, Hartford
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Madison Beach Hotel and Christy's of Madison
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Christie's and Madison Beach Hotel
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
West Wharf
Car: recommended

Madison exudes New England charm. In summer, the uncrowded beaches, parks and variety of outdoor activities make this a popular family destination. The nearby hotel has free summer concerts and is particularly convenient for last-minute dining, as is the new Christy's of Madison, on the opposite corner. The town is lively throughout the year with the independently-owned bookstore, R.J. Julia hosting many author events and the in-town Madison Arts Cinema offering carefully selected movies as an alternative to the usual blockbusters.


Rates & Availability

Madison Center House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring/early summer
May 14 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $800

Fall/winter rates do not include Thanksgiving and Christmas - please contact me for a quote

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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