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

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Fair Haven Heights - The Oysterman's House

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

EXPERIENCE NEW HAVEN DIFFERENTLY IN HISTORIC FAIR HAVEN QUINNIPIAC WATERFRONT. Two miles from downtown - on bus route - easy Uber or cab ride.

Sleeps 4. 2 bedrooms.

Parking for 2 cars on property.

Gas Heat and central Air! (Please preserve energy).

Owners live a few houses up the street.

The owner will come to greet you in person, give you a quick tour of the house and give you the key at time of arrival. Communication and mutual respect are assumed!

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

Note: The stairs to the bedroom upstairs are quite steep, and the design is that of an open concept, so the house is not recommended if you experience knee or walking problems or have toddlers or young children (1- 4).

Built in 1900, this house is a piece of New Haven Quinnipiac river history. The New Haven oyster industry was a major enterprise in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and in the early years of the twentieth century. (New Haven's oyster industry:1638-1987, by Virginia M. Galpin. New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1989).

Single family house, 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. There is one bedroom (Queen-size bed) and a half bath upstairs, on the third floor (be aware of steep stairs). There is a second bedroom (full-size bed) 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. 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. .

Sit in the backyard and watch the birds in the tall trees. 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.

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.

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


I give special attention to MUTUAL RESPECT, COMMUNICATION AND NEATNESS. It's okay to be shy, or confident; it's NOT OKAY TO BE RUDE, oblivious, or snob.

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 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).

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

- Upon departure, please leave your towels on the bathroom floor, and the sheets at the bottom of the bed.

- KEY RETURN: I can meet you or you can drop out the key @ 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 in the cabinets (vacuum-sealed un-open bag).

☐ Silverware is stored in the top drawer, right to 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 microware: 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 for the entire house is in the top shelf.

☐ TOWEL MANAGEMENT: upon departure, please leave your towels on the bathroom floor. 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.


☐ 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 door is locked all the time. There is a key hanging below the door for emergency exit or else. 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
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016
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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 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 and and 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 East Haven

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.


based on 15 holidaymaker reviews

Charming Rustic 1900-Oysterman's Cottage In Historic Quinnipiac River Waterfront
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Amazing way to get away!!!

  • 5 of 5

Had such an amazing time while staying here!!! I felt like I was at home! I had our bridal party at the house to get ready the day of our wedding and everyone had a great time and couldn't stop talking about how great the house was and enjoyed the water views! They even loved the homemade soaps that is left for guests. My new husband and I can't wait to return to the house in the future to celebrate our future anniversaries.

Thank you so much for your everything and for allowing us to celebrate our love in your home. We are beyond greatful.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place on the river!!

  • 5 of 5

What a charming cottage on the river. Nathalie was so helpful from beginning to end. Everything is described wonderfully. My husban and our two teenage daughters stayed here for a few days during our Connecticut vacation. It's a great location. The pizza place around the corner was great. We had the chance to visit lots in new haven and hartford. Would return in a heatbeat. Will tell all of my friends where to rent if coming here

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful and memorable week!!

  • 5 of 5

My thirteen year old daughter and I booked this charming house for a week of mother/daughter time. The experience was incredible and one that we will never forget. The house was absolutely perfect for the two of us. It was very cozy and clean. The location was ideal for our first trip to Connecticut. There was so much we wanted to see and do. Everything was within 45 minutes or less from our location. We took a day and rented bikes from a store on College St. (highly recommend), and took a lovely bike path that took us through the Yale campus. The community was safe and the house was within walking distance to a great cafe, just down the street. We were blessed to visit an area of the United States we had never been to and if we are ever able to return, I hope this lovely place will be there to welcome us. Special thank you to the wonderful owners, who made us feel so welcome and made our trip such a memorable one. In the south, we would refer to the owners as "the salt of the earth". Thanks, Nathalie.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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milford ct usa

Very charming historic property. Comfortable and welcoming .

  • 4 of 5

Well kept. Came with all you need for a long or short stay. Loved the view of the river and seeing the oyster boats. We stayed for a month and would go back again .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sioux Falls, SD

Very nice and historic spot with easy access to Yale - fantastic owner and neighbors!

  • 5 of 5

Hotels are limited when it comes to Yale reunions - so we were fortunate to find this quaint, comfortable and very clean home within about a 10-minute drive to campus ($7-$8 Uber ride). While only my wife and I stayed, there would be plenty of room for four people with the 2 nicely appointed bedrooms, relaxing living room and well-equipped kitchen. Owner recently installed central A/C which is very welcome when outside temperatures climb above 80 degrees - given the picturesque sunny riverfront location of this home. Owner and neighbors were incredibly helpful and accommodating. I would definitely hope to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oysterman's House – Perfect spot for graduation!

  • 5 of 5

The Oysterman's House was the perfect retreat for me to prep for my Doctoral defence and then celebrate at graduation!! The house was clean, interestingly quaint, and pleasantly appointed with just the right sized furnishings and decor. The book collection upstairs had my 19 year old son engaged - great classics! The three of us slept extremely well since the beds were SO comfortable. The house layout was perfect for the three of us – with privacy and a second bath.The kitchen was well stocked–loved the French press! Could've used some tumbler glasses for drinks and a solid salad bowl but we managed to make some great food during our 5 day stay.

Nathalie was a super helpful hostess. She thoroughly showed me through the house on arrival, recommended the best restaurant for my celebration party- Atelier Florian - where Oysters at happy hour were in keeping with our theme!! She invited us to the neighborhood River Fest on our departure day and let us leave at a leisurely pace.

If you don't do stairs well- beware, there are lots and they are steep. Otherwise this is a definite return spot on our list. Thanks Nathalie & Don for being part of my doctorate finale.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Xmas and NY 2016
20 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £164
cleaning fee £41 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fair Haven Heights in Connecticut Shore

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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