Enjoy this 4-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom summer retreat, steps from a gorgeous beach.
About Sheila Fleming
I was born and raised in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. My background is in landscape architecture. In 1999 I moved to Pennsylvania to work as a land planner with a non-profit land trust in Chadds Ford. In 2005 I met my husband and we married in 2007. We now have a home in West Chester, Pennsylvania with our four dogs Louie, GeGe, Jack and Chase. We love York Cottage and visit there often to enjoy the solitude of Long Island Sound, the casual pace, the fabulous local restaurants and friends I have known all my life.
Sheila Fleming purchased this Cottage in 1924
Why Sheila Fleming chose Madison Center
York Cottage has been owned by the Fleming family for three generations. Built in 1924 by Mr. Charles Fleming and his wife Mary who lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the cottage was to become a summer retreat for their family. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming would vacation here with their two children, Robert and Shirley during the summers. Madison was the ideal location because relatives lived there, including Ray Wiswell who owned a tract of land, subdivided it, and built the cottages on Parker Avenue and Flower Avenue. Ray and his wife Glad would eventually live in the cottage next door. Toronto was once named York when it was capital of the new colony of Upper Canada, and so the Flemings named their property York Cottage after the historic capital of Canada. At York Cottage, four bedrooms provided plenty of room for the Fleming family and guests, and a right-of-way for Flower Avenue and Parker Avenue residents provided easy access to the beach. A small bedroom was constructed off the kitchen to accommodate the nanny who cooked, cleaned, and helped care for the young children. After Mrs. Fleming passed away the cottage was owned by Dr. Shirley Fleming who left the cottage to her brother Robert when she passed away. Robert left the cottage to his four children – Mary, Margaret, Sheila and David - when he died in 2005. We hope you enjoy the rustic charm of our little retreat by the sea. It has been lovingly kept in its original condition to preserve its historic appeal. It is a sturdy cottage that has weathered several major hurricanes including the Great Hurricane of 1938, Hurricane Irene in 2012, and Hurricane Sandy in 2013. Despite the challenges that mother nature brings, the Fleming family is committed to preserving this classic example of the New England seaside cottage for generations to come.
What makes this Cottage unique
The family-friendly neighborhood makes this property unique. Tucked away in a cluster of historic cottages on a quiet street, this is the ideal location for children who like to ride bikes or skateboard down the street. The semi-private beach is only steps away so you can easily take a break from the sun and retreat into the cool cottage for an ice cold beverage. If you like to fish, cast a line off the beach or go to the West Wharf just a short 5 minute walk and try your luck. The Madison Beach Hotel has family movie night in the summer during the week and the neighborhood is invited to pull up a chair and enjoy the show. This truly is a gem of a location surrounded by friendly neighbors, fabulous beaches and first class dining only a block away. How nice it is to go out for cocktails or dinner and stroll home afterwards. Oh, and the Good Humor Truck visits daily, bells jingling, to deliver ice cream for the kids. It truly feels like taking a step back in time to when life was simpler.
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Rustic and Relaxing
This is indeed a family friendly cottage! Easy trek to the beach with all our stuff; and quick walk back for lunch or an outdoor shower. We weren't as worried about sandy feet or a place to deposit our wet gear -- great screened in outdoor porch in the front and a generous clothes line in the back. This family friendly cottage is a family favorite!
Week of blessing at the York Cottage
We had a sensational stay at the York Cottage. I grew up about a mile from the York Cottage so we are familiar with the area. I loved walking out the door just steps away from the beach. It was glorious to walk only a few steps very early early morning, and enjoy the semi private beach, at that time it was isolated and felt like my own personal oasis. My husband enjoyed the upper level peaceful porch (as we call it) with an amazing view of the sound. Since we grew up there in the area, we enjoyed having friends over for dinner, eating on the lower porch and sharing the peaceful and glorious views. Everyone loved the charm and originality and wonderful craftsmanship of the cottage. The cottage has all the necessities such as sheets, towels, tp, paper towels, dish soap and even some assorted spices. It is a glorious home away from home. It was a wonderful week. (If you are not from the area, Lobster Pound in Guilford for a beautiful view and fabulous lobster roll and cole slaw is a must!) Great memories!
Perfect beach cottage
We loved staying at York Cottage. It had everything we needed and it was so clean! Location can't be beat. Looking forward to staying there in the future.
Great Shoreline Getaway.
The House is beautifully quaint. We loved it ! Well equipped kitchen *****. The wrap around porch is a Highlight and the fact you can see the water from both porches and 3 of the bedrooms, 2 with a shared porch 2nd floor and another bedroom from the window. Beach is just a short walk from the front door. Highly recommend this. If you're into bubble baths the claw foot tub will make you want to come back again and again. P.S. Nicely decorated throughout.
Great vacation home!
This property was a perfect location, close to the beach and other fun things to do in coastal CT. Sheila was a pleasure to work with and our experience at this beautiful home was amazing!!
A Second Wonderful Visit
Our family has been vacationing on the CT shore for about 100 years. Our parents owned a house in Madison for 35 years and now that their home has been sold, we have found the perfect place to visit, York Cottage, a charming historic Madison home. We enjoyed our favorite Madisin activities and lovely walks for our second visit.Thank you for another lovely vacation, Sheila.
It is within walking distance to the Madison Beach Hotel, which offers cocktails and formal dining, and Cristy’s Madison Restaurant which offers indoor and outdoor dining with a casual atmosphere.
Stroll along the beach to the West Wharf to fish or walk to the Madison Surf Club to enjoy a large playground, snack bar, and public beach. Walk or bike into the town of Madison where you will find restaurants, coffee shops, bookstore, art cinema, unique shops, and other essentials. Drive ten minutes to outlet stores or to the Shoreline East Train that will take you to Grand Central Station, New York. Nearby tourist attractions include Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride, and Hammonasset Beach State Park.