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Charming Rustic 1900-Oysterman's Cottage In Historic Quinnipiac River Waterfront

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 4 / 2 miles EAST from downtown / with river view

EXPERIENCE NEW HAVEN DIFFERENTLY IN HISTORIC FAIR HAVEN QUINNIPIAC RIVER WATERFRONT. Two miles from downtown - on bus route - easy Uber or cab ride. Sleeps 4. 2 bedrooms: one master bedroom on the 3rd floor, a smaller bedroom on the first floor. READ the ENTIRE DESCRIPTION!

NEW & UNIQUE *** MAY - OCT SPECIAL: Access to the deck of our 31-ft Boat at the Marina (@ the dock only) less than 100 yards away, for a romantic morning or evening on the river - read a book, watch the birds, sip a cup of coffee or a glace of wine and relax. ***

This is a rustic place with all you need for a comfortable stay, ~ 900sf. This is NOT a luxury hotel in a gentrified neighborhood! This is our neighborhood, where we enjoy to live. New Haven is a busy town/city with people from all over the world working and living here! Our neighborhood is like a mini-world.

Parking for 2 cars on property.

Back yard with outdoor sitting, table and chairs.

Gas Heat and Central Air! (We preserve energy).

We are community members, live a few houses up the street and I, Nathalie, will come to greet you in person, give you a quick tour of the house and give you the key at time of arrival. Social Communication and mutual respect are assumed!

Check-in between 4 and 8pm. Check-out by 11am.

WARNING: The house is NOT SUITABLE to anyone with mobility problems or young children, because the stairs to the bedroom upstairs are quite steep, and the design is that of an open concept. There are no doors to the bedrooms, but the bedrooms are on separate floors and private.

Built officially in 1900, but with foundation indicating it was built in the 1740s, this house is a piece of New Haven Quinnipiac river history. The New Haven oyster industry was a major enterprise in the nineteenth century and in the early years of the twentieth century.

Single family house, OPEN concept, two bedrooms, kitchen, LR, private backyard, and parking for 2 cars. Enter through the second floor with an open floor plan from living-room to kitchen that flows through French doors to private stone patio; full bathroom with shower. Take the steps up to the main bedroom (queen-size bed) and its half-bath on the third floor (be aware of the steep stairs). The second bedroom (full-size bed) is located on the first floor. River views from living room and bedroom loft.

Relax in the cozy living room, lots of books available to you. There is a desk if you need to work, and Wifi. Iron table and iron available if you need to get ready for an interview or business meeting.

Watch the Oyster boats putter just yards from your front door. Walking distance to the Boat House Cafe breakfast place on the river.

Coffee and tea on the house, you can cook your own meals (fully equipped kitchen), or get a take out. Oven, garbage disposal and dishwasher. The space is warmly decorated, has fresh linens and towels. Washer and dryer on site. Lots of books. WiFi. No TV, by design.

Sit in the backyard and watch the birds in the tall tree (black walnut) while drinking tea. Walk down the street to look at historic houses, and watch the boats at the marina, rent a canoe or kayak to experience our beautiful river, check out the antique store across the street open on weekends, get a bottle of wine at classy Grand Vin across the historic Grand Avenue bridge, a pizza or ceviche down Grand Avenue.

New Haven has lots of RESTAURANTS to choose from, especially downtown. But diversity is also offered in our Fair Haven neighborhood. Along the busy and eclectic GRAND AVENUE, you'd find bakeries, and small eateries, with delicious sandwiches, pastries, and hot meals, of Italian and Latin flavors. We'll share our favorite addresses with you.

The Quinnipiac river historic neighborhood is one of the most overlooked neighborhoods of New Haven. Diversity of people and birds. City life with proximity to shops on Grand Avenue, and beautiful natural open spaces. Our bridge is an "asymetrical steel swing bridge". This side of town next to the Q river, also called Fair Haven, is beautiful, rich in history, cultures, arts, family-friendly, community-oriented, and safe. Parks, restaurants, shops, schools. People live here, work here, and do interact with each other. Expect city noises (cars, people).

Ask questions, and we'll try to answer them. We just want you to enjoy your stay, whatever the reasons you have to come to town.

Nathalie's HOUSE RULES:

I give special attention to MUTUAL RESPECT, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION AND NEATNESS. It's okay to be shy, or confident; it's NOT OKAY TO BE RUDE, oblivious, or snob. I establish trust by meeting my guests at arrival.

During their stay, guests will be respectful of the place as if it were their own. At the end of the stay, guests will tidy the place, dispose of their trash and recycling into city bins that are collected weekly; they will undo the bed and fold the sheets at the bottom of the bed; they shall wash all dishes, empty the dish washer, clean the kitchen. All doors will be locked. Heat or AC will be turned down to preserve energy.

in addition:

- Please keep your outdoors shoes at the door.

- Please keep the doors locked, the same key operates on all doors.

- There is no smoking in the house. If you smoke outside, please collect your cigarette butts into a safe place.

- Please empty trash cans into the respective city bins in the driveway, regularly throughout your stay, and upon departure (Note, we recycle and compost).

- Food should only be stored in the fridge or in sealed containers.

- Upon departure, leave your towels in the bathroom basket, and the sheets at the bottom of the bed.

- KEY RETURN: drop off the key @ my house - 29 GRAND AVE.

Welcome to the Oysterman’s House

Please find below a list of details about the house, what you’d expect to find, and where.


☐ The light switches (next to the entry door) turn on/off the kitchen lights.

☐ On the counter, there is sugar, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, tea, creamer…

☐ In the cabinets, there are glasses, plates and other cooking ware.

☐ Coffee filters will be in the cabinets, but coffee could be either in the fridge (open bag) or on the counter.

☐ Silverware is stored in the top drawer, left of the stove.

☐ Extra dish or hand towels are located in a lower drawer.

☐ Under or next to the sink, there are cleaning supplies: sponge, paper towels, dish soap, Clorox, dishwasher detergent, trash bags.

☐ Fire extinguisher is also located under the sink.

☐ Trash cans are located in the cupboards under the microwave: one is for regular trash, and the other one for recycling.

☐ TRASH MANAGEMENT: please regularly empty trash cans into the respective city bins in the driveway.


☐ The switches: the right switch will turn on/off the light feature above the sink; the left switch will turn the fan on/off.

☐ Towels, hairdryer, toiletries and First Aid Kit are located in the closet.

☐ Toilet paper stock is in the top shelf.

☐ TOWEL MANAGEMENT: upon departure, please leave your towels in the bathroom basket. If you stay for more than just a few days, feel free to use the washer and dryer from the basement for sheets, towels etc.



☐ Thermostat: adjust the temperature up or down (see owner’s manual in the house folder). Please preserve energy!

☐ Radio works!

☐ Scrabble board game in the desk’s front drawer.

☐ Extra extension cord in the desk’s side drawer.

First Floor BEDROOM:

☐ Switches: the lights of that room can be turned on and off from the switch located at the top of the stairs, next to the kitchen. There is another switch downstairs, closer to the door.

☐ Top bed lights: switch located next to the bed (right-hand side facing the wall)

☐ Door: the outside door is locked all the time. The same key opens all doors of the house.

☐ There is closet space, and you’ll find an extra blanket in the closet or on the bed.

☐ Extra sheets are stored in the dresser (top drawer).


☐ Switches: the light feature at the top of the stairs can be turned on/off from the switch at the bottom of the stairs, and the one at the top of the stairs (south wall; left button); the right button switches the upstairs bathroom lights.

☐ The light feature above the bed can be turned on and off from the switch located on the south wall, half way toward the bed (east).

☐ Extra sheets are stored in the dresser (top drawer).

☐ There is a battery-operated alarm clock.

☐ An extra bed cover can be found in the open closet space of the half-bath.


☐ Switches: lights can be turned on/off from the switch at the top of the stairs, right button.

☐ There are an iron, ironing board, and a vacuum cleaner.

☐ The toilet is operated with a pump.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

About Nathalie

I am Nathalie. I am French-American, originally from Languedoc. I moved to this country 20ish years ago for my work in biomedical research. My husband, Don, a technical designer and Renaissance man, and I live 100 yards from the cottage. We are like bees, always busy building things bigger than ourselves. We enjoy our family, friends, and each other's company, good conversation, food, and pretty things, like guitars, trombones, dragonflies, birds, rivers, trees. We like Jazz, books, listening to the birds, watching the sun rise and making a difference in our community. Neither of us like rude people but we will go out of our way for people we love and genuine people we don't really know. We host because we wish to share our love for the city of New Haven and for its Quinnipiac River history and waterfront.

Nathalie purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Nathalie chose Fair Haven Heights

Don and I discovered and fell in love with this waterfront community a few years ago. We became very involved in the neighborhood and have been working on different fronts with friends and neighbors to help restore the exposure it deserves. So when this little cottage came on the market this summer, we decided to acquire it to help preserve this piece of New Haven history.

Built in 1900, it used to be either an oysterman's house or a captain's house at a time when New Haven Oyster industry was blooming. Along the river, you'll find other historic houses, former taverns or tin shops, wood or coal dealers, etc.

The Quinnipiac River is a 45.5 miles (73.2 km) long, southward-flowing river. It rises in west central Connecticut from Dead Wood Swamp west of the city of New Britain. It flows roughly southward to Plainville, Southington, and Cheshire, west of the city of Meriden, through Wallingford and Yalesville, North Haven, and flows into New Haven Harbor, an inlet of Long Island Sound, east of downtown New Haven.

What makes this cottage unique

- Learn about the history of nautical New Haven.

- Learn about the Grand Avenue Bridge, an asymetrical steel swing bridge.

- Meet the diverse community, the most diverse neighborhood of New Haven.

- Enjoy the wild life, variety of birds, crabs and fish.

- Walk up and down the street for a few miles in parks we care about and where neighborhood kids play together.

- Contribute to restoring the positive image of the neighborhood.

- Contribute to the local economy.

- Grab a bottle of wine at Grand Vin stylish wine store across the bridge.

- Buy some fresh clams for a home-cooked meal of clams over linguine.

- Grab a pizza, a ceviche, a burrito, or a flan down Grand Avenue.

- Walk to the marina and the Boat House Cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and early dinner with an amazing view of the Quinnipiac river.

- Only two miles from downtown New Haven, its theaters, museums, fancy cafes and restaurants, international cuisine.

- Sit on the deck of our boat in the summer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fair Haven Heights in East Haven

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 6
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Half bath: Toilet, sink, and closet space
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , full bath: Toilet, shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking


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Charming Rustic 1900-Oysterman's Cottage In Historic Quinnipiac River Waterfront
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 38 reviews

Cute little house

  • 5 of 5

The house was in a fantastic location, and was super neat and clean, with an extremely friendly owner

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Oysterman House

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful and historic. The owner is a very sweet lady who loves to entertain the guests with the history of the house and the surroundings. It is fully equipped with all the necessities.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The historic cottage was nicely furnished, accommodating and charming.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the stay very much. It was close to downtown (where our daughter and her family live) and near to numerous quaint shops. The location next to the river was a plus. We hope to stay at the cottage on our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home and perfect host

  • 5 of 5

Close to Yale , on the water. Better than description .... super comfortable and charming. Perfect

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Property

  • 5 of 5

The Home is very clean and charming. The host is very kind and makes sure the property remains in pristine condition. We fully enjoyed our stay. I would recommend this property to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage. The stairs can be an issue with people with physical limitations - but would not stop me from returning. Liked that there were games we could play and the homemade soap from Nathalie. Also nice that there were some condiments available so we did not have to purchase a lot of basics to make a meal. Will return here next visit to see my son.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yale Center for British Art
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Boat House Cafe at the Quinnipiac River Marina
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Fair Haven Heights, Connecticut Shore

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter Monthly discounts
2 Jan 2018 - 8 Apr 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £46.94 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £144.42
Tax Rate 15.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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