The Scranton Seahorse Inn

818 Boston Post Road , Madison, CT 06443 USA (Show map)


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.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

A Gem of an inn, in a Gem of a Town

4.2 on November 14, 2017

My husband and I have been staying with Michael at the Scranton Seahorse Inn since 2013. Since that time, we've developed a friendship with innkeeper Michael (and his dogs Cash and Theo), who always makes us feel at home when we visit. We stayed in the first floor room, the Madison Getaway, this last visit, and it was SPECTACULAR. Between the giant Jacuzzi, and the working fireplace, plus the private porch, we were comfortable and relaxed for our anniversary weekend. We brought a bag of our local farm CSA items for Michael, and he used them at breakfast each day. His breakfasts are unlike anything you'll find anywhere else--things like an egg roulade stuffed with butternut squash and leeks, or a market frittata with spinach, roasted parsnips and an heirloom tomato salad. I cannot say enough good things. To say we enjoyed our stay is a true understatement. Michael consistently goes out of his way to ensure that every guest has their needs met, and has an unforgettable vacation. The Scranton Seahorse Inn will always be our happy place.

Beautiful B&B exceeded expectations

4.8 on September 19, 2017

What a fantastic stay we had here! The inside and outside grounds were fantastic. The gathering space inside and out were perfect, some of the outside seating could use updating but overall it was beautiful. We were here for the weekend for a wedding and I can't say enough about our room, the cleanliness of the inn and staff, not to mention the fantastic breakfast Michael made each morning. He was so attentive and was sure to accommodate everyones dietary needs. I have been to many beatiful B&B's in New England, Arizona and Ireland- this one is one of the top on my list.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much for such kind words. It really was a great time having you big group here for the wedding. So glad you were able to enjoy the space - inside & out - while you were here. Be sure to visit us in the winter it's a peaceful beautiful time to enjoy the Connecticut shoreline. See you again soon.

- Michael (innkeeper)

Once again...

4.8 on August 25, 2017

Once again our stay was wonderful...we've stayed here several times as it is close to home and a great value for a quick getaway. Michael is a wonderful host and great cook as well. We've been to a couple of his dinner events on Friday nights and they fantastic. You merit such fun people. Madison is a beautiful town with lots of history, beautiful homes, great downtown shops and rrastaurants close to the beach too. Highly recommend a stay. You will make it a favorite place too.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you! I love seeing you guys when you visit! It was great meeting your granddaughter too! See you soon. Be well.

- Michael (innkeeper)

Warm & Charming B&B!

5 on August 18, 2017

First time staying here. A very warm welcome and a most pleasant stay. Breakfast was superb and the conversations with our host were most enjoyable. Location was perfect as we were able to enjoy walking the town and shops without driving. Beaches are close and our host had wonderful recommendations for sightseeing and restaurants. Will definitely return for another visit.

Quiet and relaxing!!!

5 on July 12, 2017

Alex and I had a wonderful stay at the Scranton Seahorse Inn. We are sure to visit again! Mike was a wonderful host!

Wonderful Stay

5 on July 07, 2017

We just returned from a 2 night stay over there Fourth of July holiday. A perfect location to enjoy all the festivities. Easy walk to town and beach. Michael is a very friendly host and great chef! Looking forward to our next visit!

Charming Bed & Breakfast

5 on May 23, 2017

A wonderfully kept, charming Inn in the heart of beautiful Madison, Ct. The breakfast was delicious and the room clean and extremely comfortable. Private bath with a powerful shower as well. We're looking forward to returning as soon as we can!


4.0 on May 10, 2017

The breakfast is excellent. Cozy place to stay as well.

Excellent Stay!

5 on May 08, 2017

Highly recommend. Adorable, clean room. Delicious breakfast. Excellent location.

A Wonderful Experience at Scranton Seahorse Inn

5 on April 06, 2017

Michael is an awesome Innkeeper with a warm and friendly personality. We totally enjoyed our two night stay and Michael's breakfasts were delightful, tasty and nice presentation! We would gladly return especially during summer! Thank You Michael! Skip and Lois - New Hampshire

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Rooms & Rates

Ocean Dreams

Unwind after a day at the beach or shopping in nearby boutiques in the large bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and rain shower. Dream your ocean dreams in the queen sized bed covered in the ocean colors of green and blue. You'll want to slip on one of our comfy robes enjoy a morning coffee in the cozy sunlit nook. A small cable TV and free WiFi access is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Town View

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. There is a cozy nook with a table and chairs where you can share wine and cheese or read a book. Slumber in the comfy queen sized bed and dream of the beach or what's cooking for breakfast. A bright bathroom, jacuzzi tub and gentle rain shower complete this guest room. A small cable TV and free WiFi access is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Seaside Garden

Walk up the beautiful hand-painted stairway and enter the front hall of the Scranton Manor. The Seaside Garden room offers a vantage point from the second floor to look out on the town and Main Street. It’s soothing colors promises a restful evening in a queen size bed. The private bathroom offers both tub and shower conveniences. A small cable TV and free WiFi access is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Long Island Mist

It's the whimsical collection of items in Long Island Mist that makes this the innkeepers' favorite. Books of a nautical theme and shells stacked 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. A small cable TV and free WiFi access is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Madison Getaway

Our first floor deluxe guest room has an inviting working 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, water fountain and gazebo. Your guest room includes a cozy sun porch where you can relax with a book or newspaper. Step outside directly onto the large porch where you can lounge in the whicker rockers, sip lemonade or some wine and watch the town go by. Cable TV and free WiFi access is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Sunlight Serenade

This room is a guest favorite. Whether you visit in the midst of winter or the height of summer the Sunlight Serenade 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. The private bathroom includes a handcrafted mosaic sink and a shower. A small cable TV and free WiFi access is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Sereno’s Retreat

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. Tucked away in the rear of the home, it is a bright and sunny gem of a room with 5 big windows looking out onto the rear gardens. You have a beautiful view of our giant Norway Spruce which is also the tallest in Madison. Serano's Retreat is a favorite of many of our guest but it is also our smallest room and is outfitted with a full sized bed. This guest room has a private bathroom with shower. A small cable TV and free WiFi access is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

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Location Type

Downtown, Oceanfront, Village


Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.)

Area Attractions

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone , parking on site, Jacuzzi tubs in three rooms, Fireplace in one room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No We provide a smoke free environment for our guests.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Some rooms not appropriate for children. Must Call.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes We have select pet rooms available. Call for availability.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends in high season (May - Oct)
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations can be held by check or credit card for the full amount of nights reserved.
  • Cancellations: A full refund will be given for cancellation or changes to booking prior to 14 days. After 14 days, refunds are be based upon the rental of the room.
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Michael Hafford

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

In addition to being a pastry chef, Michael is an animal lover, loyal New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan, 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.

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten & Dairy Free

Signature Dish

Market Frittata
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!


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