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. There's three places to Ski one is right in town! A painstakingly preserved and decorated 3 story house with French mirrors, Moroccan lamps, and Persian carpets.
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. There is no house like it. Retaining every historical feature. Oozes of charm & style. With a farmers market right across the street!
The house has historic detail in tact, with new plumbing, heating, and electric. It 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 minutes away from 2 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 4 people comfortably in 2 bedrooms in 1,400 square feet of space over 3 floors.
- 2 bedrooms (1 queen bed, one queen 4 poster bed) – 3rd floor extra single sofa bed
- 1 old claw foot bathtub and separate toilette. No shower.
- 1 main living room with huge cathedral ceiling
- 1 historic kitchen, dining room, and fantastic day bed
- 1 large front porch and patio on the second floor
All utilities are included: Heating, hot water, electricity, wifi, Fully furnished. Pets are considered. 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."
Most amazing, unique experience you can have in a truly character filled country house.
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.
Entire house. 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.
West Cornwall is right over the covered bridge. There is a farmers market across the street, Wandering Moose Cafe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you are a short drive from at least 5 great towns.
It's a bit over a two hour drive from New York City.
Keep the place as you found it. Garbage goes in the trash cans by the post office. Check in is at 4pm. Checkout at noon.
We absolutely loved our stay. We actually came all the way from the west coast, Crescent City, CA to visit this beautiful living dollhouse after seeing it as a featured listing on Airbnb and planning for about a year to work the trip into our travels so that we could stay here. That's a lot to live up to and this place did live up to expectation and more.
It is truly a magic setting and the town is adorable and river near by is just so picturesque. The tub is lovely. The kitchen is adorable, the third floor is beautiful, sitting on the porch eating breakfast or drinking tea was perfect. The home is wonderfully decorated in a mix of classic with modern. The fact that this historic home is built into the surrounding rock is architecturally stunning.
The home was perfect for relaxing and although one doesn't need to venture out to have a wonderful time here the falls nearby are beautiful, the little restaurant in town delightful and tasty, and the covered bridge lovely. I went running while we were there and the whole area could have come out of a magazine. I stopped often ad took photos.
The home was super clean. Mary was great with her communications and made sure we found the home even when we arrived fairly late at night. Our only wish was that we could have stayed longer.
Thanks so much to Larry for opening this lovely home to others to share and thanks to Mary for all her hard work and communications. We are thinking about when we can come back already! We highly recommend!!!
Even more charming than the description! Communication was great and we had everything we needed to enjoy the rock cottage and the beautiful surrounding area. Hope to be back!
Larry and Mary were great hosts. They answered several questions before our arrival and left some handy information sheets in the house once we were there. The house was as described - vintage chic. We loved hearing the creek run all day and night - very relaxing. The house was very nicely decorated and it really felt like a getaway. Even without AC, in the middle of summer, we did not find it to be hot. I will say that the bathtub is literally just a bathtub, there is no shower. Although that is listed and it does show it in the pics, just a fair warning in case that is not your thing. But we found it to be nice and relaxing. Lots of small towns, hiking, rafting, etc nearby. We enjoyed our stay! A very unique experience!
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Larry's house. His house is even better than the pictures. Our only regret was that we could not spend more time there. We definitely hope to come back in the future, and strongly recommend this house to anyone looking to spend some time in a restful and beautiful place.
This might be the best decorated weekend home in a 20 mile radius. The layout is quirky and the kitchen is pretty bare bones (understandable given the building's age) but the top floor is really stunning--such a wonderful place to sit and talk with friends. I'd recommend to anyone staying the area.
I’m not long back into the desperately humid, heaving metropolis of New York City and all I can say is I already achingly miss Larry’s most wonderful little home.
It’s wrecks of relaxation and simple comforts. One of the major highlights for me was resting on the wickedly opulent lounge on the side porch, propped up on fluffy cushions, while I whiled away the hours listening to the stream just below the house.
The area is a haven for artisanal products made with quality and care. Food produce from the smattering of farmers markets could not be more fresh and tasty. There is a litany of wonderful bookshops and antique stores both a short walk and a short drive away if you into such things (Many only open on Saturdays so beware of that!). If you’re a hiker there is also some fantastic little walks barely a stones throw in distance from the door. Coffee shops made to rival the quality of NYC baristas are also available for anyone who craves a seriously good morning espresso.
The house itself is as charming as the photos make it seem. Well appointed, furnished and set-up it leaves you needing nothing nor wanting anything more during your stay. It’s by no means modern and if you’re more into architectural chic places with huge TV’s and white washed spaces then you might not be accommodated for. But the charm pours out of the place in bucket loads and almost forces you to simply relax and enjoy all the fantastic views and sounds of the country. If your seriously attached to your connection to the main stream, the Internet is fantastically fast and the wireless sound system is amazing.
Larry and Mary were extremely friendly and amazingly helpful, even we made mistakes or misunderstood their clear directions they expressed nothing but infinite patience and care. Wonderful hosts for certain.
One of the main reasons for our trip was to get some photography done (Aside from escaping the hustle and bustle of the city) and both the house and the surrounding countryside lend themselves splendidly to the task.
So it is a big A+ from me and I would highly recommend this gorgeous house to anyone looking for a serious escape from their everyday life and a place to unwind, read and simply enjoy the simpler things.
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