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Classic Connecticut Beach House

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Madison Center House Rental Photos and Description

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 on the beach, eating on the screened porch, strolling into town or partaking in many of the low key but enjoyable activities Madison has to offer.

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. 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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Philippa Mannino
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2016
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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 two Italian classes. My husband owns 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. R.J. Julia has a stream of well-known authors, the library has many interesting events and there is always something we want to see on at the Madison Art Cinema. The French restaurant Bar Bouchon is always a favorite with the locals and the new Moxie has good food and a lively bar scene.


based on 19 traveler reviews

Classic Connecticut Beach House
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

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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Happy Family time

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a lovely time. Your home is comfortable and we felt right at home. Everyone in the family, all 5 of us, quickly carved out our favorite spots. We highly recommend your home to anyone who wants to feel like a local.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved this house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, if very hot, two weeks at this charming beach house in August 2016. The location is the best,, the sweet little municipal beach just steps away was perfect for our family, and we can't wait to come back. The owner is unbelievably available and responsive. It was a perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy long fall weekend

  • 5 of 5

We are new to the VRBO scene and I was a bit apprehensive. This rental worked perfectly for our long fall weekend for our my husband, myself and our teenage son and his friend. The spaces were private, the house was cozy and the owner added personal touches like a welcome basket and brochures about tourist attractions. We biked, hiked, watched stars on the beach, walked along the beach, went into town, dined at the local restaurants, went to the Madison art fair, saw the national seashore and toured the Thimble Islands. There is a lot to do within walking distance and short driving distances and for all ages.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Fall Weekend Escape

  • 5 of 5

My 3 high school friends and I rented this beautiful house for a weekend in October. We enjoyed walking on the beach and going into the town of Madison for a little boutique shopping and nature seeking. The owner left us such wonderful, thoughtful amenities - small special touches that really made a difference. We enjoyed using the gas fireplace one evening as it got a little chilly. On our last day, we walked to Cristy's and had a great breakfast; it gets very crowded, be prepared to wait. Thank you, Philippa, for everything; we couldn't have asked for a better weekend!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. In leaving a few extras for you, I put myself in your shoes as to what would make you and your friends feel a little bit pampered. Of course, chocolate and wine were the first things that came to mind! Thanks for taking such good care of the house and hope you'll make a return visit.
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Thanksgiving Retreat

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we stepped inside, we fell in love with this quaint beach house. Even at the tail end of November, we enjoyed walks on the beach, collecting sea shells with the kids, and watching the sun set over the water (hard to do on the East coast!). And when the cool temperatures hit, we cozied up by the gas fireplace and were surrounded by beachy summer decor and relaxed comfort. I think we found a great get-away spot to come back to! Thank you Philippa for sharing your cottage with us! Wonderful memories. Hope to come again soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I concur that even out of season the area has charm to spare. Winter walks on the beach are invigorating and especially enjoyable under a cloudless sunny Connecticut sky of the sort we've experienced this autumn. Cozying up by the fire afterwards is the perfect reward for braving the elements. So glad you enjoyed the house. Come back soon.
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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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 15 2016 - Mar 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
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

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Madison Center House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Window fans and mobile a/c unit

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