About this listing
Less than 2 hours from New York City, this bucolic area (Litchfield County, CT) is known for it's beauty, social luster and solitude. Many noteworthy people have made it their second (home away from) home.
Our masterfully restored and enhanced 1779 Colonial property is on the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places, and is rich with history yet modern comforts, offering you a sophisticated, private country experience on 7 acres, replete with horses. Our 15 baby chicks arrived in early May, and guests can now help themselves to fresh eggs laid by organically-fed, free-range chickens.
This two-story cottage includes a cobblestone (propane-fueled) fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen fully appointed and stocked so that you can cook and eat in if you so choose. Awaken to a selection of coffees, teas, hot cocoa and/or hot cider. And while nearby Marty's Cafe in charming Washington Depot is a favorite for our guests who like to slip out for a cappuccino or latte early in the AM, we have just added a Jura Capresso F9 semi-automatic espresso machine, complete with fresh-roasted "Inspiration" beans from a local coffee roaster so that you can stay in and make your own. And, for foodies that crave a "farm to table experience"--we can provide you with lots of suggestions re: where to find local, sustainably and in many cases organically grown produce, poultry and beef.
If you choose to eat out over cooking in, we are near an eclectic selection of restaurants, ranging from a Southern Barbecue to a British pub, and one that features organic/sustainable fare that you won't have to procure or prepare yourselves. And for those that love live music, we are just one-half hour away from the Infinity Music Hall. And the highly acclaimed Warner Theater in Torrington CT (also just one half-hour away) has a great variety of both shows and performers.
We are near fabulous antique shopping, numerous artist's studios, independent bookstores and boutique shops, and several highly renowned spas (The Mayflower and the Winvian). In the alternative, for those that like to be pampered--we can arrange for you to have a Shiatsu massage right here in the privacy of the cottage.
And for those that love the outdoors, walking, running and cycling trails abound! Kent State Park, White Memorial and Steeprock Preserve are all less than 20 minutes away. And of course, there are several fantastic, scenic and challenging golf courses nearby. (Want to train out of New York with just a backpack and your bikes? We'll pick you up and drop you off at the Metro North station at Harlem Valley/Wingdale--just 20 minutes away).
For skiers, Mohawk Mountain is less than 20 minutes away. They literally invented snowmaking, so as long as it's cold enough out during the evening hours (11P-7A) for them to have their snow guns operating (which cover 100% of the mountain), they'll be white and deep enough for you to ski to your heart's content. Guests who like to challenge themselves by visiting different ski areas over the course of their stay can also venture East to Ski Sundown (which is 40 minutes away) or North into the Berkshires, and traverse the trails of Berkshire East, Butternut and/or Catamount ski areas--all less than 90 minutes away. Regardless, we are confident that you will enjoy your recreational time skiing in the area, and your après-ski time relaxing by our (thermostatically-controlled) fireplace, or by taking a rejuvenating steam shower in our (heated) marble-floored bath.
During the Summer, with advance notice (your car's registration info and an $80.00 fee payable to the Town of Warren), you can have access to a private, beautiful and secluded town beach located just 5 miles away on one of the cleanest lakes in New England.
Do you have a child attending a private school in Litchfield County? We are proximate to many area schools, including Canterbury, Kent School, South Kent School, Hotchkiss, Rumsey Hall and the Taft School.
Our guests are free to roam the property, feed the horses, gather eggs from the chicken coop, swing on our tree swing and even pounce on our trampoline.
Interaction with Guests
We normally greet our guests at check-in time, offering a brief tour and whatever area suggestions they may like. From that point forward, they are entitled to the privacy our property (and County!) offers. That said, we are a fun-loving, gregarious family (especially Jax, our dog) and just love getting to know our guests that would like to get to be known!
Other Things to Note
We have just installed a Level 2 charging system, so for our green-minded, like-minded guests, we offer a complementary charging station for your Volt, Leaf, Prius or i3.
With our WiFi, and a super-duper, semi-automatic espresso machine, our setting and our guest cottage rivals (and beats!) any Starbucks you'll find.
If you would like to bring your dog, we do add a small fee, and ask that he/she be crated when you are away from the cottage.
Our beverage corner is replete with a selection of coffees, teas, hot cocoa and hot cider.