Thimble Islands Bed & Breakfast is a luxury home on the coast of Connecticut's Long Island Sound in the historic Town of Branford, founded in 1644. On its southestern border is the small village of Stony Creek. This shoreline community occupies an exceptionally beautiful and unique section of the Connecticut shore, overlooking an archipelago of tiny islands known as the Thimbles. Today twenty-three of the Thimble Islands are inhabited with summer cottages and a few very elegant year-round homes. The bed & breakfast ocupies a secluded area of Stony Creek harbor overlooking ten of the Thimbles.
Our premier location in picturesque Stony Creek is the principal attraction of our bed & breakfast. The water views from sunrise to sunset are enchanting and magical, in all seasons. Everything about the home is oriented to the water, from the spacious living room filled with southern light, the dining room and porch overlooking the garden terrace and Stony Creek harbor, to the two elegant guest rooms featuring magnificent water views and private baths. We are the only b&b or hotel in Stony Creek.
The outstanding reputation of the beauty of New England is finely represented in this area and draws our guests from around the country and abroad. The area offers many attractions to visitors from exploring the many lovely historic towns, to kayaking and biking, hiking and birdwatching, taking summer narrated tours of the Thimble Islands, shopping at elegant boutiques and malls, enjoying the cultural scene rich in museums and theaters, and indulging in a diversity of fine restaurants. We are located just twelve miles from one of the country's finest universities, Yale University.
At Thimble Islands Bed & Breakfast we believe that one of the most important aspects of the b&b experience is the quality of the hospitality. We are totally committed to making our guests' stay with us as comfortable, relaxing, informative and enjoyable as possible. We are delighted to share conversation anytime, to gather with our guests after the afternoon's activities for complimentary wine & cheese, or to respect our guests' wishes for total privacy. Serving our guests is what has made our experience as innkeepers so rewarding.
Check-in: 1:00 to 6:00 pm. If arriving after dark, please call for special assistance. By special arrangement we will accommodate late-night check-ins until midnight.
Check-out: 11:00 am.
Cancellation Policy: must cancel two weeks ahead of reservation.
Deposit Policy: One night or half of total bill. One night fee non-refundable.
Pets: No pets allowed.
Smoking: Outdoors only.
- Minimum Stay Required: Weekends, Peak Season
- Pet Friendly: No
- Smoking Policy: Outside Only
- Family Friendly: Over 6
Food & Wine
Thimble Islands B&B offers an extensive menu of breakfast choices including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian selections. We start with a variety of teas, coffees and juices. The first course is generally a bowl of fresh-cut fruit salad. Main course selections include fresh-farm eggs cooked to order and a variety of pancake, French toast and oatmeal dishes. Our two house specialties are a caramelized onion, shitake mushroom & gorgonzola cheese omelet and a crème brulee French toast. Breakfast orders are taken the day before and are served at our guests' request generally between 8:00 - 9:00 although we can be flexible with the time. Also in late afternoon we offer our guests complimentary wine & cheese, which is served on the porch overlooking the garden terrace in summer or in front of the fireplace in the living room in winter.
- Meals Offered: Breakfast
- Breakfast: Complimentary
- Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables, Communal, Flexible Times
- Breakfast Service: Full
- Complimentary Breakfast: Yes
- Offered Amenities: Complimentary Beverages, Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Early Coffee/Tea, Complimentary Evening Hors d'oeuvres
- Special Diets Accommodated: Yes
- Restaurant on Premises: No
- Pub/Tavern on Premises: No
Rooms & Suites
Thimble Islands B&B has two luxury guest rooms, each with private baths and magnificent views of Stony Creek harbor and Long Island Sound. The Egret Room has a king bed and is decorated with silk draperies, art and antiques. The walls and tray ceiling were painted by an artist in shades of peach and lavender to match the colors of the winter sunsets. The adjoining bathroom has an air-jet tub with surround windows, a large walk-in shower, marble sink and Venetian plaster walls. The Heron Room, decorated in seaside tones of blue, tan and white, is the master bedroom with queen bed, two large windows with water views, two upholstered chairs and water silk draperies. Its very large adjoining marble and limestone bath features double sinks with granite top, a closeted commode and a large walk-in shower.
- # Rooms: 2
- Beds: Queen, King
- Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Antique Furnishings, Bathrobes, Hair dryers, Private Entrance, Telephones, Whirlpool or Jacuzzi, Alarm Clocks, Ironing Boards, Laundry Facility
- Entertainment: Cable TV , CD Players, DVD/Blu-Ray Players
- Handicap Accessible: Limited
Innkeepers Julie & Tony Broom are always available and are delighted to assist guests with dinner reservations and to provide a tourist map of the shoreline region with suggestions of our favorite restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping, and scenic places.
- Internet Services: Wireless, Complimentary
- Corporate Rates: No
- Front Desk/Security: Onsite
- Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Laundry Facility, Concierge Services
- Location Type: Suburban, Coastal, Waterfront, Small Town/Village
Weddings & Events
We may accommodate elopement packages for up to 10 people. Our suburban property is too small to host large events, but there are two large wedding facilities within four miles of our b&b. We frequently have guests who are on their honeymoon or who are attending local weddings.
- Weddings & Events Capacity: 1-19
- Events Supported: Elopement
- Wedding Services & Amenities: Wedding Planner, Officiant, Caterer, Florist, Photographer
- Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor
Business Travel & Events
Thimble Islands can host a day-long business retreat for maximum 20 people, with continental breakfast, catered lunch, soft beverages throughout the day and afternoon snacks. Parking is limited on site but there is off-site parking nearby.
- Meeting Types: Business Meeting, Retreats