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.
The house has historic detail in tact, with new plumbing, heating, and electric. It has amazing heirloom furniture retaining a great historic feel. It’s perfect for artists and couples wishing a rustic 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, huge stone steps. Enjoy views of the creek from the front porch and from patio on the second floor. Perfect for skiing at local Mohawk Mountain and Butternut. Come up in autumn for beautiful autumn foliage, hiking, antiquing, & wine tasting.
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.
We could not be more pleased with our stay at Larry's house.
The ambiance is incredible, the amenities luxurious.
Convenient to all yet completely secluded, it's the perfect getaway.
And, while not without the quirks of an old home, they were part of what made the stay unique and charming. From furniture to linens, dishware to landscape, Larry's house is immaculate and full of character.
We look forward to returning.
This house is very special. It is an art piece. It is well decorated with a sophisticated style that inspires. The location is special, and pretty ideal for a weekend getaway with so many activities within a very short distance, many of them walking distance. The town is adorable, with the covered bridge as the centerpiece. There are shops, restaurants, river rafting, strolling and hiking without having to travel far from home.
I do however caution people to read the entire description of the house carefully, and review the photos. I can understand why this house would not be for everyone. If you are expecting a sterile, hotel environment, this is not it.
We found this house provided a unique travel experience that will be remembered always.
My husband, friends and I had a nice time staying at Larry's house in West Cornwall. However, I wouldn't recommend it wholeheartedly to other Airbnb guests, due to a few issues that we didn't expect. Hopefully, the host can resolve them easily!
- Beautiful location -- very scenic and close to great hikes and cute towns! (especially Kent).
- Mary, the caretaker, is easy to communicate with and kind.
- The third floor common room is gorgeous and very well decorated.
- Reasonable check in and check out times
- Good central heating
- Clean, fresh sheets and towels -- for the most part. We were 4 guests and were only given 3 clean towels!
- The kitchen was very dirty, which became apparent as soon as we tried to use it. Although the sink and counters were superficially clean, the dishes were full of dirt, some had mold on them, and we had to wash everything before we could use it. The hot water boiler was moldy so we had to wash out a pot (caked with grease) to boil water for coffee.
- The bathtub isn't very accomodating -- although we were warned about it in other reviews, it is worth noting here that there is only enough hot water to fill it a quarter of the way, and you need to use a plastic cup to rinse yourself. Some of us just skipped taking a shower all weekend!
- The house is a bit musty smelling, and if you have dust or other allergies, you probably want to skip it.
- The second bedroom doesn't have a door, just a curtain -- not a big deal but worth noting.
With that said, if you view it like "glamping" and don't plan to cook, I think you would be fine!
The house was built in 1870 and has been renovated to preserve it to look as it was found. Our guests find it utterly unique and charming. There are no Formica counters or home depot bought floors. The kitchen counters are made from reclaimed wood, the dishes are from Denmark and are heirlooms, and the cooper pots do look warn ever though in their case they are new. The bathtub is a claw foot tub and you need to use only hot water to fill it up. It’s an amazing place for the guest that appreciates character, a sense of place, and a unique and special house.
We had a great time at Larry's place. The house is gorgeous! You can experience a different life in each floor of the building. If you are an artist or an architect you will definitely love it. Mary (the neighbor) is a lovely woman and could be a great help if you need her. We will definitely go back for another trip!
The house was exactly as per the photos and couldn't have been more unique and one-of-a-kind. Truly was a memorable stay. The decor was amazing, the old details were amazing. I won't ever forget the moment when we pulled into the post office and saw the house in the trees in the background and realized it was the one!
Beautiful home and town - beyond words. Can't wait to go back!
Loved this charming Victorian house. It was the perfect blend of rustic and modern. The furnishings were extremely comfortable and I could easily have stayed for a week. It just started to get cool when we were there but the heat on each floor was quick to warm up the place (coming from NYC this temperature control was magical). The kitchen is very well stocked with everything you'd need as well as teas, spices and basics like that.
Also, warning. The bed is so insanely comfortable you may never want to get out of it. Can't say enough good things about this charming and magical house!
The house is lovely, charming and idiosyncratic, set in the trees off the main road in Cornwall. The rooms are beautifully decorated, yet rustic and all you hear is the sound of the stream rushing by at the foot of the house. We really enjoyed our stay here. The beds were very comfortable and the claw foot tub was delightful. There is a farmer's market literally across the street on saturday, and you can also walk down the block to eat at the Wandering Moose. Super convenient to Lime Rock Park. One note for those with asthma or sensitive lungs, the old house does not have great air circulation and is a little musty. One of our guests had a problem with that. Also, parking is in the lot shared with the local post office. Otherwise a delightful stay, and we would certainly come back again!
The house is a truly special space. We had the perfect weekend escape here. Would love to stay again soon!
We abandoned our plans to spend two weeks in this house upon arrival, reluctantly spending even one night amidst the noxious, damp, musty smells, dirty kitchen, and atmosphere of general decay.
This guest was special. The house is from 1870 and has its original window frames and floors. These do not smell new as the house has been around for 144 years, which is the reason why all of our other guests love it. It is full of charm and character and is in a wonderfully special setting.