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Charming Historic Cottage, 130 Footsteps To Private Beach, Sleeps Five, Peaceful

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,180 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1130 Square Foot Cottage, Private

Master bedroom has queen bed, second bedroom has twin bunk beds, third bedroom is a sleeping porch with a full bed. This cottage was one of three guest cottages that. along with her 'Bungalow', formed the estate of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Frequent visitors to 'The Bungalow' were writers such as Jack London, who may have written Call of the Wild in this very cottage (or down the street in a local tavern). The floors are warped with age but the wood paneling is warm with the memories of the visitors who were drawn to this neighborhood for it became the site for many social gatherings that brought together literary and artistic figures of the day. Ella Wheeler Wilcox described this spot in her poem GRANITE BAY

At Granite Bay, such beauty lies,

In rocks, in waters and in skies,

As poets dream of Paradise.

The rocks that clasp fair Granite Bay

First saw her charms at break of day

And flushed to pink from somber gray.

To guard this bay from rude alarms

And shelter her from all that harms

Great trees reach out protecting arms.

Down to the very water's edge,

Between the granite rocks they wedge,

And watch in silence from each ledge.

Defending points and islands stand

And reefs of rocks run out from land,

To keep rude billows well in hand.

The river and the bay are friends;

One slender arm the river bends

And all her anchored boats defends.

So much one island loves her grace,

He fronts all dangers in his place,

To shield the beauty of her face.

Loved by the forest and the shore,

While sun and moon, and skies adore,

The strong rocks hold her evermore.

At Granite Bay the wild winds rest;

The sunlight is her welcome guest;

The moon goes mad upon her breast.

Not here is heard the sea gulls' scream.

They come, but only come to dream:

Far out at sea their sorrows seem.

At Granite Bay, far out at sea

My cares and troubles seem to me;

Love, joy and hope remain, these three.

Though forth my wandering footsteps stray,

To realms and regions far away,

My heart dwells here, in Granite Bay.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Branford in New Haven County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1180 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , The washer and dryer are located in the bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , This sleeping porch is for summer use only as it has no heat
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
The beach is the main attraction, only a short walk down a quiet street.


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Charming Historic Cottage, 130 Footsteps To Private Beach, Sleeps Five, Peaceful
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Quaint comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

Has the feel of a cabin. Ample space, nice kitchen, good internet speed. Beds are a bit too firm. Would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Connecticut weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Kathy was a fabulous host and very easy to communicate with. We stayed at her cabin for 3 nights while visiting friends and family in the area. This historic cottage was stocked with everything we needed for our stay. She even provided a few beach chairs and towels to use at the private beach located a stones throw from the house. Our kids enjoyed swimming at short beach and playing on the rock islands just a short swim from shore.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic beach cottage in great location!

  • 5 of 5

My family just finished staying a week here at this cottage, and it was ideal for the 4 of us. It is just as pictured: cozy and comfortable, yet one block walk to the private beach. The neighborhood is filled with super friendly people who are happy to get to know you and chat as they walk their dogs. The sleeping arrangements worked out great, with a futon on the sleeping porch for one son, the bunk beds in a separate room for 2 other kids, and I had the master. There is only one bathroom and it is up a steep flight of stairs, but it is large and the shower is awesome. Also has super washer and dryer that we used a lot.

The beach is fairly small but so private-lots of days no one was there. Swimming was good, and the shoreline is lovely. Beach towels were provided, as well as a couple of chairs. Even though the property is small, we were able to entertain a party of 10 without difficulty. There is a great grocery store nearby-5 minute drive-and we were able to stock up on everything we needed. There is a small grill in the backyard which we used constantly. And there are several good lobster/seafood/burger restaurants that are a 10 minute drive and excellent.

The owner Kathy was available whenever we needed help. Even though she was super busy, when my son wanted an additional sports channel for a soccer match, she was able to get it for us on very short notice.

If you don't need too much space and love old historic beach cottages with slanting floors and lots of charm, I would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3.3 Miles
Tweed New Haven Regional Airport
Nearest Beach
40 Metres
Short Beach
Car: necessary

Thimble Islands, 7 miles away

Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary, 10.3 miles away

Lighthouse Point Park, 4.5 miles

Pawson Park Wildlife Marsh, 5.3 miles away


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £446.58

There are two parking spaces only belonging to the house. It is so close to the beach that parking other than in the spaces belonging to the house is not permitted by the Short Beach Association. The grass yard is only 40 square feet, in other words, no yard whatsoever ! The BBQ grill behind the house is on a brick patio which is 60 square feet (tiny), and there is no picnic table out there.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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