Huge incredible old stone steps as you walk up to fron porch


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

Amazing victorian house in the trees. Drive under a covered bridge and see the house on a hill above the quaint town. A painstakingly preserved and decorated 3 story house with French mirrors, Moroccan lamps, Shaker furniture, and Persian carpets.

The space

As featured in New York Magazine! Amazing historic victorian (ca. 1870) in front of a stream, in Historic West Cornwall, right past the covered bridge, nestled over 3 floors on a small hill in the middle of the trees. Retaining every historical feature. Oozes of charm & style. With a farmers market right across the street in summer and skiing right in town at Mohawk Mountain in winter.

The house has amazing furniture retaining a great historic feel while adding a lot of charm and style. It's perfect for artists and couples wishing a romantic get away from the city. The house is on 3 floors overlooking the stream and town, right over the covered bridge and close to restaurants, a coffee shop, antiques, and the Housatonic River. With a great garden and huge stone steps. Enjoy views of the creek from the front porch and from patio on the second floor.

Located in a historic West Cornwall, right past the covered bridge on the Housantic River about 2 hours from NYC. Accommodates 2-4 people comfortably in 2 bedrooms in 1,400 square feet of space over 3 floors.
- 2 bedrooms - note guest bedroom has a heavy linen curtain separating it for the living space but not a door.
- 1 old claw foot bathtub and separate toilette. No shower. Please note the bathtub is separated from the bedroom with a linen curtain. Again no door. Also it is accessed via the bedroom.
- 1 main living room with huge cathedral ceiling
- 1 historic kitchen -- 1930s stove not working. Kitchen is rustic with found wood shelves and original 1890s open shelves. We have a toaster oven and induction hot plate for cooking. Full size refrigerator.
- 1 - dining room, and fantastic day bed
- 1 large front porch and patio on the second floor
Pets are considered with security deposit. No smoking. Linens/towels included. Washer/dryer.

From the May 20th 2013 New York Magazine article
"Even the drive to this three-story 1870s Litchfield County Victorian is picture perfect: Pass through a covered bridge and you'll spot it peeking through the leaves, perched on an oak-dotted hillside. The two-bedroom, one-bath house has undergone a top-to-bottom interior restoration and a systems overhaul, which means you can bask in period charm (bay windows, a claw-foot tub, exposed-beam ceilings) without forgoing the ease of modern conveniences (reliable plumbing and electricity). The décor is a shabby-chic mix of plush velvet chairs, Shaker furniture, perfectly weathered Oriental rugs, and knickknacks from local haunts like Michael Trapp's antique shop (7 River Rd.; (phone number hidden)), just up the road. Fill your days with walks to the nearby stream, afternoon dips in Cream Hill Lake, and kayaking excursions on the Housatonic River."

The house is set on 1 acre, on small hill in front of a creek. About 3/5 the property is wooded on a hill. The sloped nature of the land combined with the woodland and water edges give the property a private feeling in summer, but with the walkable amenities of a country hamlet (post office, restaurant, café, antique shop – all in view of the covered bridge).

Nearby are the historic towns of Kent, Lakeville, Litchfield, Great Barrington, and Millerton.

Guest access

Entire house. Please note that once during your stay we may need to have a highly trusted real real estate broker show the house one time. You will have ample notice if this happens and it will be quick.

Front porch, second floor stone terrace, outdoor seating including 2 benches, 1 chez, 1 outdoor chair, and a small outdoor dining table.

Interaction with guests

Happy to help with any questions. Mary our neighbor who helps to manage the house is there for you.

Other things to note

Please no pets. It's an old house with lots of interesting furniture and antiques. Please be careful of mud and of keeping the place clean and tidy when you leave. It's a home.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: 4PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $40 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $150
Security Deposit: $750
Weekly Discount: 30%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 12AM (midnight)

Please note that once during your stay we may need to have our trusted broker show the house as it's currently listed for sale. You will be given substantial notice if this is the case.
Keep the place as you found it and please clean before you leave. Garbage goes in the trash cans by the post office.
Check in is at 4pm.
Checkout is at 11am.
Email and call Mary to arrange an arrival time -- (EMAIL HIDDEN) or call (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Please keep the place clean and especially please take care of the furniture.
Wash all dishes and leave bed linens gathered on the floor for easy washing.
No smoking anywhere in the house or outside the house.
No candles please.
No pets
No parties
Please do not use towels for cleaning make up or dark colors.


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Robert User Profile
June 2017
Probably the most beautiful house I have ever stayed in. Very secluded and the sound of the running stream nearby is very calming.

Sean User Profile
May 2017
great communication, easy check-in & a fantastic area! would definitely return!

Duncan User Profile
April 2017
This house was just perfect for what I needed. Was traveling by myself and needed a week of solitude to get some creative work done. And boy was this the perfect spot. Very quiet, lovely, unique house. A little rough around the edges, and I mean that only in the best way. I'm so glad this house has not been renovated with brand-new windows and floors and fancy new appliances. It's perfect just the way it is. Close enough to some markets and restaurants , but far enough away that you have all the peace and quiet that you need. One thing to note, is that if you have someone in the second bedroom, they'll need to walk upstairs to use the bathroom, as it is shared by the master bedroom. No big deal for me, but just in case that sort of thing matters to you... The house is charming, and feels full of history and stories. The third floor living room is so light and airy and peaceful. I had a few lovely lunches sitting on the front porch, listening to the babbling river below. What are unique space! I can't wait to come back again.

Jonathan User Profile
March 2017
The house was historic and beautifully decorated, situated in quaint area. We loved our stay.

Keren User Profile
March 2017
This house is a great find - the interiors are thoughtfully done; sophisticated, with a cool mix of antiques and textiles from all over the world. The exterior of the house looks like a haunted Victorian dollhouse. The surrounding town is quiet, quaint, and magical during snowfall. It is an old house, the windows are drafty and the kitchen is quiet minimal - no working oven, no dishwasher. But for a tiny weekend trip it's fine. Lovely place.

Gregory User Profile
March 2017
This is a wonderful place for a weekend getaway from the city. We went on a very cold weekend and barely left the house - it's such an interesting place to explore. The cooking situation has been covered in other reviews - you basically need to plan around having a single induction stove too, but it works quite well (one quirk with it is that you need to have a pan or pot in it so stove top espresso makers don't really work). I can't wait to return. It was so amazing without any leaves on the trees, but probably would be that much better when the top floor feel perched in a forest canopy. Communication the property manager was great, the sonos sound system throughout is an added bonus. Could be ok for two couples, but a lot less privacy in the downstairs nook that serves as a second bedroom. This place is amazing. Would even consider buying it. The framed underwear thing in the bathroom is weird.

Becca User Profile
February 2017
Everything was even better than expected. The only thing we wished we knew was to bring slippers and warm clothes - it's an old house and a little chilly in the winter compared to our over heated brooklyn apartment. Mary was amazing and very helpful yet not overbearing. The house is even cooler than you think with beautiful furniture, a funky layout, and lots of charm. I wouldn't recommend this to a group but for a couple it's a dream come true. Thanks for having us!

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