About this listing
Walk to downtown Middletown, a small city on the Connecticut River, and Wesleyan University. This bedroom has a king bed and shares a bathroom with one other room. Guests may also use the kitchen, garden, and hammock (weather permitting).
Clover Nook is set next to a ravine complete with a creek that can become a torrent in the spring. It is a two-family house with a door between the kitchens. The space is very flexible. I can offer one or two bedrooms with access to the kitchen or all of my side of the house except my office. The large bedroom (this listing) is at the back of the house, has a king bed, and faces the rising sun. Guests in this room share a bathroom with the small bedroom. I usually cannot accommodate last-minute bookings.
Guests are welcome to use the kitchen for making beverages or simple meals. The house has wireless Internet, but we do not have TV. There is only one TV. When the weather is good, guests are welcome to use the garden and the back area. I hesitate to call it a patio because it is where I pot plants, but it is where we grill and build fires. We have a battered fire pit and plenty of wood.
I work at home, so my office is pretty much off limits, but everything is negotiable.
Interaction with Guests
I will be in the house during your stay. I may sleep in the small bedroom or in the apartment next door, so if any questions or problems come up, I'll be right here. If you need to do laundry, you must pass through my office to get to the laundry room, which is fine with me.
This is an ethnically and culturally mixed neighborhood, and it is mixed zoning. Clover Nook once housed a beauty parlor; we found two of those old-fashioned hair dryers with the huge hoods in the basement. Toward the end of the street stands a collection of very small houses that were probably built to house mill employees. At the very end is the house where the songwriter Henry Clay Work was born. Among his best-known tunes are "Marching Through Georgia" and "My Grandfather's Clock." There is a statue of Work on Middletown's South Green, which is a few blocks from the house.
Downtown Restaurants (listed in order of distance, farthest away first)
Located at 574 Main Street, Tibetan Kitchen is an unassuming little place with great food. I have no idea whether it is authentic, but it’s certainly delicious. There is something for everyone here: curries, soups, dumplings, and more and lots of vegan and vegetarian options. BYOB (there is a corking fee). Bring patience—service can be slow and the place can get very busy, but the wait is well worth it. Also bring cash—no checks or credit cards are accepted. Closed Sundays.
Iguanas Ranas Taquería
Iguanas Ranas, 484 Main Street, is a family business that started small and keeps growing. I like everything I’ve had there but adore the fish tacos. The place gets noisy at night, so we usually go for lunch and try to get a table in the window. Full bar. Closed Sundays.
Café 56, at 102 Court Street, is one of our favorite Middletown restaurants. Open for breakfast and lunch, it features foods and culinary traditions from different countries and ethnicities. From the website: “The goal at Café 56 is to provide the customers with the experience of the different tastes from around the world.” The chef and owner is Sabrina Cortes, who is from Guatemala City. She also serves, buses tables, chats with everyone, and generally sees to everything.
Ed Thereault bakes scones, croissants (real ones), country buttermilk biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and a variety of coffee cakes and muffins every morning. He also creates delicious desserts; some of his specialties include the Café 56 red velveteen cake with caramel buttercream icing and a coconut lime cake. Closed Sundays.
Fiore II Restaurant
This Italian restaurant, at 332 Main Street, is very pretty inside and out. All the food looks wonderful, but I always end up ordering scampi and trying to talk someone into sharing a bowl of lobster (website hidden) and wine are available. I don’t know whether other alcohol is served, but I’ll find out and revise this. Closed Mondays.
Amici Italian Grill
Amici’s, 280 Main Street, specializes in northern Italian cooking. It has a full bar and is often crowded, especially on weekend nights. Open every day for lunch and dinner.
Middletown does have a bus system, and I have a schedule, but most people drive, walk, or bike. Parking at Clover Nook is available in the driveway.
Other Things to Note
When a guest arrived recently, she asked if we could recommend a good massage therapist. We said sure--ours. Lugging her table, Joan made a house call. Everyone was pleased, and Joan decided she would be happy to do it again. If anyone who books at Clover Nook would like to arrange for a massage, I will pass along Joan's number after the booking, and Joan and the guest can make whatever arrangement they like.
We have an ancient cat who has the run of the house; however, she was never allowed in the large bedroom and hasn't been in the small bedroom for years.
No smoking is allowed in the house. I will consider accommodating well-behaved small dogs or very-well-behaved larger dogs.