Located in the heart of the village of Madison on the Connecticut shoreline, The Scranton Seahorse Inn was the home of the 2005 Connecticut Designer Showhouse. The Inn is housed in the historic 1833 Greek revival home of Sereno Scranton. The Scranton Seahorse Inn offers guests the convenience of luxuriously appointed accommodations along with the charm and ambience of a historic New England homestead – a place where you can enjoy the grace and charm of earlier times amid the comforts and conveniences of today. Featuring seven guest rooms (three with jacuzzi and one with fireplace ), each with private bath, cable TV, state of the art heat and air conditioning and internet access. The Inn is conveniently located close to beaches, charming boutiques, elegant restaurants, and outlet shopping.
Our first floor deluxe suite has an inviting fireplace, a large two person Jacuzzi with rain shower and queen size bed. Look out the front window and have a wonderful view of the charming village of Madison. From the back windows, there is an ever changing vista of the gardens and gazebo. When the weather allows you can step directly onto the side porch where you can relax, sip lemonade and watch the town go by
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The guest room called Seaside Garden has a vantage point from the second floor. Located at the front of our historic home you look out on the town and Main Street over our gardens. The soothing colors promise a restful evening in a queen size bed with quality linens and ammenities. This room has a private bath with tub and shower.
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It's the whimsical collection of items in Long Island Mist guest room makes this the innkeepers' favorite. A collection of books and shells atop the original built in chest of drawers, the wall art and the morning sunshine makes this room feel like your somewhere special. And you are! This room has a private bathroom and shower.
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Whether you visit in the midst of winter or the height of summer our Sunlight Serenade room will surround you with the warm colors of the earth and sun. The thickly mattressed queen sized bed will lull you into sun-kissed dreams.
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Follow the words on the walls to sleep, imagine and dream. Unwind after a day at the beach or shopping in nearby boutiques in the large private bathroom with a Jacuzzi and rain shower. Dream your ocean dreams in the queen sized bed covered in the ocean colors of green and blue.
Nightly Rate: $175/$150
This room is named after the homestead’s original owner, Sereno H. Scranton. We like to think of him cozying away after a day of ship trading or planning for the building of nearby bridges. This quiet room is tucked away in the back of the home with a gorgeous view of the back garden and gazebo. If you're a history buff we keep a collection of papers and books about the Scranton family in our library. This guest room has a double bed, private bathroom and shower.
Nightly Rate: $130/$110
Each of our queen guest rooms are unique and all have special charm. All guest rooms have a private bathroom and some are outfitted with a tub and shower while some have just a shower. Our queen beds are dressed with luxury linens and comfy pillows. You'll find convenient heating and central air controls in each room as well as televisions with cable and DVD players. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the inn.
Nightly Rate: $180/$140
What a rare treat to delight in a large and roomy space all to yourself in a quaint historical home. Be surrounded by five sunny windows that offer a panoramic view from so many different vantage points. Relax in the Jacuzzi and be soothed by the gentle rain shower and slumber in a queen size bed.
5 on January 11, 2014
We enjoyed the whole Inn experience. Being "off season" gave us the opportunity to relax and unwind. Michael prepares delicious breakfasts. I tried a new way to make grapefruit and will be adding it to my own Sunday brunches. The hospitality made us feel comfortable the moment we walked in with personal touches such as a welcoming message near our room. Michaels warm and friendly personality really shines through. We enjoyed meeting his two Labs after breakfast. They add to the charm.
5 on November 14, 2013
We have extended family in Madison and make a trip there a few times a year. The Seahorse has become a home away from home for us so much so that it's part of the reason we we visit our kids and grandkids so much. Michael and his mother (and sometimes the dogs) always make us feel special and welcome. Our rooms and the inn have always been spotless and comfy. Each room has it's own AC setting which is important to us. We get to walk to the beach in the mornings before breakfast which is always a highlight since we don't live near the ocean. The food is always creative, fresh and abundant. I'm gluten free and even on waffle day I'm taken care of. Michael allows outsiders to come to breakfast (for a fee) too. The inn is on the main road but set back so it's quiet but we opt for the room towards the back just in case. There is a great bookstore just 2 minutes walk that is a must. We don't usually eat out when we are here but there are plenty to walk to from the Seahorse.
Thank you guys! Meeting you and your family has been one of the highlights of this adventure. Looking forward to seeing you in February.
3.6 on October 25, 2013
Pros: Very convenient location, easy walking distance to downtown. Clean and quiet. Added charm of the front of the house decorated up for Halloween. Breakfast was quite good. I noticed that another reviewer complained about small portions but I found them ample. However, Michael did NOT offer more as he said he does in his reply to said guest. Cons: Quirky and (sometimes) rather tiny rooms come with the territory in converted old homes. However, rather than presenting them as such, Michael's cropped photos of the rooms goes beyond reasonable marketing-speak in my view. In short, some rooms don't remotely "measure up" to a five-star review or experience. The bathroom switch powers a dim light/exhaust fan combo that was old in '78. Honestly, you wouldn't find this in a Motel 6. We arrived in the early afternoon (when check-in is allowed) to a locked main entrance with the innkeeper INSIDE the house. The word "unwelcoming" comes to mind. You would have thought the place was in a bad area of Bridgeport rather than lovely Madison. Overall, you take the good with the bad. Certainly that this inn has been rated so highly by some guests is ... rather shocking. I just want potential guests to have a different viewpoint from this seasoned traveler.
Thanks for staying with us. It’s unfortunate your impression with the inn wasn’t what I work hard to perfect. I tried and have learned from experience that leaving the doors open and unlocked is not really an option, even when I’m INSIDE. Since this is a bed and breakfast in a large house (not a hotel with a front desk and excess staff) I have decided to ask guests to ring a doorbell at either entrance when they arrive. Even though we are in lovely Madison and it is safe there is a lot of pedestrian traffic by the inn going into town and to the beaches. Why invite trouble? Ringing the bell also alerts me when guests are arriving. It's a big house and I could be anywhere (welcoming guests, in the kitchen or my favorite, doing laundry!) and the doorbell is my signal that a guest has arrived. It takes seconds to drop what I am doing to open the door and welcome new guests. The alternative is them wandering around wondering where to go or where I am where I am. Once checked in guests have their own keys to come and go and are encouraged to lock the doors behind them. So while you found ringing the doorbell unwelcoming my intent was exactly the opposite. I will take another look at the photos on my website but I can say with 100% certainty that there is no trickery or magic cropping in the photographs to make any guest room look bigger than it is. Most guests think the photos don’t do the inn justice and this is my intent. Having guests pleasantly surprised is the experience I strive for rather than what yours was. All of our bathrooms were remodeled in 2008 and each comes with multiple lighting options - one of which is the light/exhaust combo. Unfortunately the combo won’t go away soon since it is a code requirement. Thank you again for the feedback. Your comments have encouraged me take a step back to assess what I think I’m doing right and consider changes.
5 on September 07, 2013
A perfect escape from the everyday routines the room was warm and spotless. Breakfast was great. Michael was the best host attentive to every detail of our stay. The common areas in the inn are beautifully appointed. Great local restaurants within walking distance from the inn. We will be back!
5 on September 04, 2013
My husband and I just stayed here this past weekend for our first anniversary. We loved it! The inn is incredibly charming and cozy and Michael is the perfect host. His cooking is right out of a TV show and his welcoming and friendly personality makes you want to sit and chat with him for hours. We will be back for sure. A+++ P.S. The jacuzzi in the Madison Getaway room was great! :)
Thank you so much for staying and then writing such nice things. I really enjoyed our conversation while you were here. I hope we see you both back here for your 2nd, 3rd, 4th….!
Beachside, Downtown, Village
Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.)
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Foxwoods and Mohegan Casinos, Yale University, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports
Historic Inn, Country Inn, Bed and Breakfast
Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi
parking on site, Jacuzzi tubs in three rooms, Fireplace in one room
In addition to being a pastry chef, Michael is an avid gardner, hiker, cyclist, art enthusiast and traveler. He is a lifelong CT resident with great knowledge and appreciation for all the sights to see in CT. A foodie through and through Michael enjoys fine dining and has great recommendations for either a casual meal or one for special occaisions.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten & Dairy Free
Our frittatas are made with local farm eggs and local produce the we purchase each week from Madison's Farmer's Market or pick from our own gardens. We use local cheeses from CT farms such as Cato Farms or Beltane's. Whatever the combination - it's fresh and local. Muffins, breads, and coffee cakes are baked daily on premise. You'll be asking for second helpings of our homemade granola that is sweetend by syrups from Connecticut sap trees and honey from local apiaries. Our breakfast times vary but if your plans have you on the road very early we can provide a healthy and high energy breakfast-on-the-go package for you. If you prefer to sleep in - let us know!
Warm up with us during the month of March. Our standard queen rooms are just $99 per night. A full hot breakfast is always included. Call 203.245.0550 to book your $99 room today.