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.
- Aesthetically superb. Truly, very very good work and a tip of the hat to the artist.
- Sonos music system throughout the home was a very nice plus. We used it regularly and loved it.
- Very nice host, accommodating etc
- Fast wifi (I went to unplug, so it's nice but not required for sure)
- Cute town
- Ladybug infestation (hundreds daily)
- mold/cat or dog hair? I have no known allergies (tested last month), but my sinuses were messed up to the point that it was painful to stay. Related to bugs? Stepping outside into the cold air was instantly revealing, so not weather related. IDK.
- Heater is insufficient for first floor, about 50F with outside temp between 0-15F. Which would make the first floor a very bad place to sleep in the winter.
- Stove/oven, looks cool but smells like a gas leak. They should probably take the aesthetic hit and get a more modern oven or go with a wood burning which would look cool and provide a lot of much needed extra heat for the first floor.
- Parking drama (minor issue, hard to explain but a bother none the less)
- "In the trees" is about 25 feet from the main road in the town. My mistake for not trying to do a (website hidden) street view or something. Would definitely feel more secluded in the summer with leaves on the trees.
I would not rent again. A summer trip might be completely different but the bugs and sinus issues were beyond what I feel is reasonable/comfortable. I hate leaving a less than flattering review and your experience might be different - but I have not exaggerated and feel compelled to be honest.
Thank you for the feedback Jason. We now have an extra space heater on the first floor to get it up to 75 degrees. It was minus 7 while you were here so thanks for letting us know. The lady bugs come in for a month or so every year in January. Our professional cleaner will work harder during this time. Also I hope you enjoyed the free breakfast at the wandering mouse our very cute local cafe. The house is on a hill in town and walking distance to the cafe. Thanks for appreciating the decor and for loving the 7 Sonos speakers we have.
Host was very communicative and Mary was so helpful and kind! The house itself is wonderful. Really well done interior, so much charm, and so close to skiing, hiking, and more! We hope to return soon.
Spent a lovely winter weekend in the Victorian house in West Cornwall. The house is cozy and clean, has a very stylish top floor to lounge in and an amazing bathtub. The bed is super comfy! Also had delicious breakfasts at the Wandering Moose Cafe. And Mary was very helpful in making sure we got into the house.
Stayed here over New Year's. The house was incredible; warm and cozy. Beautifully decorated. We hope to make it back again!
This house is so cute and the interiors are beautifully and very creatively done. The owners obviously love their place, which you can feel. They weren't in town but Mary was enormously kind and helpful with any questions I had. She even brought me her hairdryer to use, not because I asked for hers but because I was looking around for one. Adore the clawfoot tub, master bedroom and even the second bed was such a cozy little cave. The living room also is very cozy and love their choice in furnishing and decor.
I'm so curious what the house is like in summer as it's winter at the moment. I'm sure it's even more fabulous to have all the windows open and greenery all around.
Really appreciate the fantastic speakers for music, something you don't always think about when traveling but so appreciate having if available.
You have to park in the post office's lot bc the house doesn't have it's own driveway so make sure your car is all the way to the back as far left and close to the bushes as possible to avoid getting trapped behind other cars during the day (and also avoid the stink eye from the post office lady).
Larry's home is just as cozy and adorable as the pictures portray. He and Mary were both super helpful and sweet. It's a beautiful home in a quaint and lovely town. It was the perfect get-away...I will return and recommend to friends! Thank you!
We had a fantastic time! It was actually our first vacation using AirBnB and we couldn't have been happier with the experience. The house was exactly as described. Really quite a magical place to stay. The area was relatively new to us - we loved the village of West Cornwall and made use of the Saturday Farmer's Market - the local café (the Wandering Moose) was excellent too. If your visit includes a Saturday, do call in at the wonderful homestore Ancient Industries which above the post office opposite.
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