Set on an historic property, this guest house has been renovated and furnished for the sophisticated visitor. The house has rustic charm in its structure that is balanced by the worldly elegance of its furnishings. The house has its own driveway and is set off from the main house for partial privacy. The fully furnished top of the line gourmet kitchen has been recently built and offers custom cabinetry, Miele and Sub Zero appliances as well as most kitchen tools imaginable. The dining area seats up to six with the built in table extender. The living room is perfect for entertaining a large group or family with multiple seating options, a wood burning stove and TV equipped with Netflix streaming video, a DVD player, and cable. There are IPhone speaker docks in the kitchen as well as connected to the surround sound system in the living room. The furnishings are largely a combination of Grange Furniture (available through decorators only) and internationally sourced art and antiques from the owner's own collection. The lower bedroom offers two twin beds and a full bath with either Ralph Lauren (Teddy Bear) or Nancy Koltes (Toile) linens, depending on the age of the guests. The second level of this house is an extraordinary master suite with palatial arched windows (from Choate Rosemary Hall) and views of an open field and barn. This room boasts a king sized bed dressed in Ralph Lauren Suite linens, a sitting room, a chaise lounge by the television, streaming video from Netflix, and a DVD player. A small but full bath completes the upstairs bedroom.
Lyme is an upscale country destination with gourmet restaurants, farmers markets, endless hiking trails, numerous kayaking locations as well as world class beaches, all just minutes away. Lyme is two hours from NYC or Boston on the CT Shoreline. We are happy to help with any plans you would like to make and are happy to add a breakfast option to your stay featuring our own farm fresh eggs. We have bicycles, picnic baskets, blankets, coolers and other accessories available for a beach picnic or a night of outdoor music at one of many local venues. We are pet friendly too!
Here is the most unpleasant:
I hate to say this but I have had things go "missing." Any decorative objects, stored personal effects, artwork, etc should remain in the house.
Now on to the more mundane:
No smoking indoors and please let me know if I can provide an ashtray for outdoor use.
Please pick up after your pet(s) and inform me immediately of an accident.
Pots and pans are all calphalon or copper and do not go in the dishwasher.
There are butcher block boards for cutting so please don't use the countertops.
If you break something, let me know.
If you leave the house, please remember to turn off the lights and televisions.
The property is old and so is the septic... so please don't tax it with excessive water flow.
Nothing other than toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet.
Feel free to feed the chickens and ducks! They eat leftovers of most every kind.
Enjoy playing in the field and reading the Sunday Times in the adirondack chairs in the orchard - the NY Times is delivered to the end of your driveway Sunday mornings.
Have fun and relax! And let me know what I can do to make your stay more enjoyable.
Caryn and her son, Max provided a warm welcome along with a beautiful fire in the wood burner which immediately left us feeling at home. The house was exactly per the photos and everything was top quality, perfectly clean and so cosy. We spent two weeks at Caryns' and would highly recommend it to anyone. The location was perfect for us to spend time with our grandchildren in Chester and they loved to come visit us, feed the chickens and watch the alpacas in the back field. We took long walks in the surrounding areas, visited the coffee shop and just thoroughly enjoyed our time. Thank you Caryn, you are a wonderful hostess and we would definitely go back.
Caryn's place was super cozy; it had a wonderfully equipped kitchen and a full pantry, with a lovely master bedroom looking out into the yard. The house is wonderfully located in that it feels tucked away and yet it is easy to get to and near many wonderful surrounding towns. Caryn could not have been more helpful and kind; she gave us total privacy but made herself completely available anytime we needed help or a suggestion.
We did a girl's weekend here last year and enjoyed it so much that we came back this year too. It's about 2 hours from both NYC and Boston with beaches and hiking and quaint little New England towns less than 30 mins away. The home is lovely, and Caryn is a fabulous and helpful host.
We had a wonderfully relaxing time and experience in Old Lyme, and Caryn was a great host. Our "city kids" really enjoyed their small, hobby farm experience coupled with access to both Old Lyme beaches and so many other great shoreline towns.
Caryn is a very hospitable and creative host who furnished her "barn" with taste and delicacy. She turned it into a home with atmosphere, comfort and a very well equipped kitchen. The location is great for people that seek tranquility. Children will admire the alpaca's and the many chickens, as well as Xfinity that will show them any movie of their desire.
Thank you Caryn!
We were in Essex visiting friends and had decided to extend our stay. We wanted the comfort that our idealized country home would offer, ./its warmth, ./its history, ./its personal touches, ./the attention to detail, ./cleanliness, ./everything having its place. We were very pleased with our choice to stay with Caryn. Particularly, we enjoyed waking to the sounds and the sights of nature at our doorstep, ./the early morning northern view of the countryside through the beautifully appointed master suite's large palladium window, ./the hens, ./the roosters and the exotic Asian leopard cat, Betty, roaming the property, ./our Espressos at the neighborhood Ashlawn Coffee, just a short walk down the road, ./the fresh multi-colored eggs in the morning offered by our gracious host, Caryn, ./the omelets that we had made with them in her fully equipped gourmet kitchen. All had caused our stay to be memorable and one that we will want to have as an experience again.
We had been looking for a place last minute according to change of plans. Caryn offered her house the same day. We did a late check-in in the. evening and were very happy to get to this quiet place in the midst of nature.
The house itself was beautifully designed and well equipped. We found everything we needed and enjoyed the place and its surrounding area. Unfortunately, it wasn't as clean as we expected it. The former guest had dogs and you could still tell. Due to the 100€ cleaning fee we had different expectations. All in all we were happy to be able to get the place last minute. Caryn was very nice, open and helpful, so that we had a good time.
Unfortunately my normal cleaner was not available at the last minute and the floors were not their normal scrubbed perfect condition. My last guest left the day of Sandra's arrival and left a big job for a new cleaner... Other guests have commented about the cleanliness! I would have remedied the situation had I known and apologize again for some dog hair on the floor.
After nearly 18 years in NYC, most of which time was spent as an international investment banker, I am now a mom living in the country on an antique farmstead that we purchased in 2011. The main house dates back to 1697 and is a small cape with much of the original details still intact; some day it will become a restoration project for me but for now I am busy with the gardens, barns, animals, guest house... So far, we have gutted the guest house kitchens (yes, two) and rebuilt the main kitchen, done some cosmetic work and are in the process of relocating doors and windows (a conceptual state at the moment as I am always planning my next project! We have also taken on the grounds as a never ending project - clearing an acre of overgrown vines (Tarzan could have swung on them!), prickle bushes and poison sumac - those were fun summers :) Now we are leveling fields for the alpaca, building another barn, putting up fencing, building rock walls, planting hundreds of plants to create new garden beds (still working on that one :(, restoring a terraced garden for vegetables, and planting a fruit tree orchard. I do like to stay busy!
We have close to 4 acres that we are working on to create a farm. We currently have five suri alpaca and approximately 40 chickens of differing breeds; needless to say, eggs are plentiful and I am happy to share! We also have a very friendly (but noisy) dog - a yellow lab who will likely greet you first. We welcome your dogs, provided everyone plays nicely and doesn't make an indoor mess or chase chickens!
I bought this property so I could create a healthy farm environment for my family and support my efforts by renting the guest house. I greatly enjoy meeting the many guests we have had and look forward to welcoming more to our home.
There is much to do in and around Lyme: summer beaches are everywhere, fall leaf watching is beautiful, nearby marinas, excellent restaurants, well-run museums and art galleries, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos, hiking trails and boat launches, just to name a few. I am happy to help plan your visit if you tell me what you enjoy. If you want to picnic, we have baskets, blankets, and dishes/glasses available for your use during your visit.
Thanks for considering a stay with us in Lyme!