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Branford Connecticut 06405 United States of America

Listing # 54694

Rates From USD 1900 Monthly
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 2, 2021

A home in Stony Creek where islands float on a sparkling sea...

This light-filled guest house is a perfect writer's/artist's/scholar's retreat situated in the lovely seaside village of Stony Creek, Connecticut, twelve miles from Yale in New Haven. Adjacent to the main neo-Victorian house, it is a private, wholly self-contained residence with its own independent access.

The main floor houses the master bedroom and bathroom, a separate study/office, and an open plan living, dining and kitchen area under a cathedral ceiling. A handsome captain's ship ladder gains access to the spacious and bright second bedroom/office/studio in the open loft above. A door from the living area opens onto a wide balcony. Beautiful, old growth trees provide the backdrop from the apartment's many windows.

This apartment is fully furnished and equipped with all basic necessities: linen, appliances, pot and pans and dishes, etc. It is centrally heated and cooled. It has a smart wood burning stove to brighten dark wintry days and ceiling fans for when you don't want the air conditioning. There's a flat screen TV with Apple TV for streaming, and high speed internet with wifi. You may be able to borrow our kayaks if you so wished. Step out and walk down to the beach to watch the sun slip into the water at dusk.

Stony Creek is a very special place, hidden away in plain sight. It is an old oystering and quarry workers' village (its quarries still yield the famous pink granite) surrounded by Long Island Sound and its myriad Thimble islands. Further back in time it was a favoured summering and fishing spot of the region's Native American tribes. The inevitable gentrification has not despoiled its charming, eclectic character. Our house and apartment is located in the heart of the village across the street from the Sound, within 30 seconds to five minutes by foot to its numberless attractions: the little public beach with its gazebo and waterfront park; the Stony Creek Market, an excellent deli/cafe, as well as the new Thimbleberry Cafe; the surprisingly munificent Willoughby Wallace library; the Bayview Park with its basketball court and playground; our very own post office; a quaint little gift shop and sundry art galleries; and the town dock from where you could catch a boat for a cruise around the islands or launch a kayak.

Beyond all these conveniences, are the immediately accessible walking, biking and hiking trails across beautiful salt marshes (look out for egrets, herons, ibises, osprey...) through deep woods, and along Stony Creek's gold coast. Fall is brilliantly beautiful here and in the winter, when the snow falls, it becomes a magical place (you might even get out your cross-country skis)! Its a small, picturesque, funky place. The seasons are beautiful and the sunsets over the water always spectacular. The natives are friendly and involved in doing all manner of interesting things.

Stop & Shop (the supermarket), the Stony Creek Package store (some nice wines), pharmacies, cleaners, gas stations, and a nice gym at the local Y are within a 5 minute drive. Ten minutes down the scenic Rt. 146 will bring you into Guilford, a quintessential colonial New England town with its classic Green and to the cornucopia of Bishops Farm Market (which is more than it's name implies). A little further down the winding road and you're in Madison where you can catch art house movies at the the Arts Cinema, find excellent cheeses at the Cheese Shop or browse through an astonishing collection of books at RJ Julia's. Ten minutes in the other direction will bring you to the centre of Branford and its several excellent restaurants.

It's 15 minutes to New Haven and Yale which offer a rich stew of cultural, intellectual and culinary delights. And then, of course, an hour and half away, there's New York City!

Our small family lives in the main house. Your lives do not have to intersect with ours, but we're available if assistance or advice is required.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
900 Sq. Feet
Suited for
3 people
Property Type
Guest House


Available from Tuesday, June 1, 2021 until Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Available from Wednesday, September 1, 2021 until Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Minimum Stay
4 week(s)
Flexible With Dates
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*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Branford
Postal Code - State or Province 06405 CT
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Stony Creek, seaside village in Branford.
Closest University Yale University
University nearby Weslyan University, Quinnipiac University, Southern Connecticut University, University of New Haven

Rental Price:

USD 1900 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
Summer rental: $2250/month
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Holiday Term
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Summer Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • ArtStudio
  • Other: Loft bedroom convertible to studio or second study


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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I am an independent writer and editor and also work part time at our neighborhood library. My husband is a writer and journalist. Our son is in his senior year at college. We live in the lovely village of Stony Creek and share our home with a sweet Persian cat. We've lived and travelled across the world and welcome people from everywhere.

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You will love this airy, well appointed apartment in the scenic coastal village of Stony Creek, CT. The space is perfect for an individual or couple but has room for guests too. Bring your laptop and books. Everything else you need is provided by friendly and accommodating on-site landlords. Easy commute to Yale, and a short drive to the charming shoreline towns of Branford, Guilford, and Madison. I only wish I could extended my stay beyond the 4 1/2 years I've rented the space. My departure is your opportunity. Enjoy! Excellent MBMatheron 12/13/2017 3:05:00 PM