Our family of 4 (my wife, myself, and our 2 kids ages 4 and 6) just spent a week at Jocelyn's home in East Lyme, and it was exactly what we needed in our lives.
We live in Manhattan so the allure of a home with a backyard, close to the beach, is pretty strong. Every morning we'd take the short walk down to the beach with our kids. The waves are tiny so the kids were happily able to hop around without getting knocked over. Also, the sand was delightfully soft.
There's a cute little ice cream shop/corner store just a 2 minute walk away, where you may run into some of the locals. Everyone is so friendly, it's really refreshing.
The cottage itself, while not huge, was everything we needed. 3 separate bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom, and a little solarium. Jocelyn has done a wonderful job decorating the place with various ocean-themed art pieces.
Also the town of East Lyme/Niantic is only a short 5 minute drive away, and has a lovely main street full of exactly the kind of cute shops you can imagine in a seaside town. Of note was a children's museum that our kids really loved.
On our last night, our kids begged and pleaded to stay for an extra day or two. I wish it was possible but sadly life back in the city was calling.
One final but important note. Jocelyn is just a wonderful human being. In addition to being there when we arrived, she was super responsive whenever I texted her with any questions. Our kids peppered her with questions about the kinds of birds, plants, and other assorted wildlife in the area, and she was so sweet with them.
I have no doubt that when next summer rolls around we'll check back in to see when this little cottage is available :)