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Beech Tree Cottages
Reviewed 8 June 2012

My brother and I spent a night at Beech Tree Cottages a few weeks ago each in a different cottage and found our rooms smelling of mildew. The lighting was poor, screens dirty and mirror much to high in the bathroom. We moved to another location in the area and had a much nicer experience. We would not consider this location for a future visit. We did not need any additional services. Not a happy camper...

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Joyce W
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BeechTree1187, Manager at Beech Tree Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2012

Dear Joyce,

We appreciate your business and appologize for any discomfort you may have experienced during your stay. We are so sorry that your time with us did not meet your expectations. We have taken into consideration the suggests that you posted here and noted at check-out.

Unfortunately, with an older seasonal property, maintenance issues do arise and we do our best to make improvements as often as needed. We can assure you that there are no traces of mildew in the cottages; however, the cluster of mature pine trees beside the cottage building you and your brother stayed in do create a shady atmosphere and fill the air with a woodsy scent, particularly after a rainy spell like we had in June. The window in the bathroom does contain an aluminium screen, which has oxidized over time. We plan on replacing this along with the bathroom mirror according to your comments.

We thank you for your suggestions and feedback.

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Reviewed 10 October 2011

My sister and I stayed at the Beech Tree Cottages in mid-September, and overall it was a very good experience. The staff were quite friendly and welcoming and helpful. We shared the large cottage, so we each had a bed - one in the bedroom, the other on the futon in the living room. The cottage was very charming and comfortable - just like the cozy cottage we'd imagined. The kitchen was fairly well-equipped - refrigerator, microwave, sink, some dishes/utensils. Oddly, there were no knives, and it would have been helpful to have napkins (paper or cloth) or paper towels. There was an A/C unit in the bedroom. Had it been particularly hot, I think we would have been uncomfortable - I don't foresee staying here in the dead of summer - but it was fine given the weather we had. If you need it particularly dark for sleeping (or sleeping late in the mornings), this isn't the place for you - lots of light bled through windows and doors, some of which were totally uncovered. The screen door was torn, which was frustrating - we would have liked to let in some cool evening air, but we didn't want the bugs. We loved how secluded the cottage felt, and the grounds of the cottages were lovely and well-kept. The only problem with the location - we were in a cell-phone dead zone, so be forewarned! We didn't get to take advantage of being near the beach and the town of Madison (we were in town to care for a sick relative), and we assume that would add a lot of value to staying here. We loved being in the cottage and loved its simple, pretty decor (not over-the-top "country," thank goodness!), but the minor problems we identified might keep us from returning. Also, their cancellation policy is a bit draconian - 10 days advance notice. We understand that this allows them to keep their prices low - the large cottage was $140/night (not including tax) - which helps to make up for the cancellation policy (and the other problems we've identified). Overall, I'd recommend this place if you're not very particular and are looking for affordable charm and comfort. The Madison/Guilford area has a dearth of good places to stay, and the Beech Tree Cottages certainly offers a nice, more "homey" alternative to places like the Comfort Inn.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Nature4Me
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

We just spent 3 nights here in a large cabin with our two small children. I don't think I could have picked a more perfect place. The cabin was clean and nicely decorated, with plenty of room to spread out and prepare meals. Ours was not in perfect condition - some of the windows had no screens, others had torn screens, but that didn't matter to us at all. There was a huge lawn for our older son to play in, and trees to block the main road so it felt private and safe. The hotel offers free bikes to ride to the beach, and town beach passes as well. It is very well located, close to Hamonasset and not far from Madison center. Highly recommended...I don't think there's a better value in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank AmyNYC
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

Rooms are small but clean. Bathrooms are older, but again clean. Very cozy. Patio with tables and umbrellas, bikes to use, close to beach. Quiet spot.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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2  Thank rosef79
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

I wasn't sure what to expect considering the pictures available on the website were limited...I assumed the worst, but needed accomodation fast and took my chances.

My girlfriend and I were blown away by these cute cottages...very reasonably priced too!...An easy bike ride to hammonasset state park...you could walk it if you wanted to...just down the street from the Fish Tale Restaurant. We spent the week catching blue crabs and snapper and just enjoying the shore...GREAT time.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank AAwilly
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

We just got back from a 2 nights stay (mother and daughters 9, 11) and I can describe it as fancy camping. The cottages with kitchen were not available so we got the smaller one. It was cozy and nicely decorated. The ground offered badmington rackets and net, so we played. It is a very relaxing environment. The town of Madison is so nice. We will definetely go back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank linefrombedford
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Reviewed 23 April 2010

We got a nice cozy cottage. It had a small kitchen with a sink, mini fridge, coffee maker, and a microwave. There was also grills outside! We bbq for one night and it was great! The cottages are so cute. There is a living room, a cozy bedroom, and a full bathroom. The grounds are kept clean and quiet. The people that own the place are really nice (I think it's family owned). They are willing to answer any questions. They even gave us free passes to go to the private beach that is down the road. Hammonasset State Beach is literally a walk away. The town of Madison is a short drive away. I recommend this place for a nice long weekend get-a-way. It may get too boring for a whole week. But it was peaceful and relaxing and the price is really decent.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank cheetahangel
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Address: 1187 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443-3334
Region: United States > Connecticut > Madison
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Madison
Price Range: £83 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within a three-acre landscaped estate in the beautiful shoreline community of Madison, Connecticut, Beech Tree Cottages is the perfect destination for short excursions, romantic weekends or family vacations. Originally built in the 1930s as a seaside retreat, Beech Tree Cottages was lovingly restored by the Talmadge Family and has remained family owned and operated since 2000. The cottages offer guests a unique alternative to the hotel experience at affordable prices just seconds from the beach. Walk or bike to Hammonasset Beach State Park - Connecticut's largest beach, with 2 miles of beach front to enjoy and 400 acres to explore. ... more   less 

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