About this listing
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. It is set off from the main house for partial privacy - we do share a driveway, but I am respectful of your 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. There is an expansive food pantry replete with most any staple you may need to enjoy cooking during your stay. I just ask that if you use something other than flour/sugar/spices, that you replace it.
The dining area seats up to six with the built in table extender (larger table cloths are in the chest next to the door along with napkins and serving bowls).
Outdoors there is cushioned seating and a low table along with a gas grill and a propane fueled heater for cooler nights. I have a charcoal grill and a smoker I'd be happy to share too if you are so inclined...
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 or Nancy Koltes linens. There are extra pillows/linens in the armoire.
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 area, a chaise lounge by the television, streaming video from Netflix, and a DVD player. There is a closet area with a shoe rack and rolling rack with hangers. A small but full bath completes the upstairs bedroom.
We have additional sleeping options - two twin cots with feather beds as well as a queen sized raised inflatable bed (the Frontgate version of an air mattress).
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. I am happy to help with any plans you would like to make and are happy to offer eggs for breakfast, fresh from our own chickens. We have bicycles (nothing fancy but they have wheels), 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!
The guest house is entirely open for guest use. I have set up a fire pit in the alpaca field and am happy to set that up for you. The barns may be messy so I prefer no guests visit the animal enclosures but feel free to roam the property!
Interaction with Guests
I am always available to help with adventures, dining, or anything else you may need during your stay. Call or text me at any time and I will get back to you the next time I find my phone. You can drop in to my house at any time as well!
You let me know how much you want to see me. I am here to help but want to give you privacy at the same time. If you want me to check in with you, I will. If you prefer to be left completely alone, I am fine with that too. The only thing I need to do is check on animals and that involves walking toward the Guest House to get to the barns and using the hose in the back yard to fill the waterers. I do not to do this when guests are enjoying the outdoor deck but please just let me know if you prefer more privacy!
We are a rural residential neighborhood with the best coffee shop in New England a short walk down the road. This is a popular walking route - the triangle formed by the two roads on either side of the property and the connecting road is a 1.4 mile walk and you will likely see walkers out and about, especially on weekends, undoubtedly heading to the coffee shop.
There is public transportation in Old Saybrook (Metro North and Shoreline East trains). There is a cab service available out of Old Saybrook too. Car rentals are also in Old Saybrook. Public transportation locally is pretty much non-existent and you will need a car. The beaches are too far for me to bike but if you are a seasoned triathlete and a glutton for punishment on a basic three speed, then perhaps that is an option for you.
The entire area along the shoreline (but particularly Lyme) is a very popular area for cycling. Large groups go up and down Bill HIll on weekends on a regular basis so if you are so inclined, bring your bike and experience the hills of lyme!
Other Things to Note
The house was an old barn. It is rustic. This is a farm.
The furnishings are high end, eclectic and international. This would not, however, be a good choice for those with a minimalist aesthetic or need for a sterile environment. just saying.
If there is anything less than a 5-star rating, please let me know so I can fix it for you and/or for future guests!
Here is the most unpleasant:
I hate to say this but I have had things go "missing." Any decorative objects, personal effects, artwork, etc should remain in the house. I'd also appreciate your making sure all game pieces make it back into the boxes so future guest can enjoy the same activities.
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 don't remember where something belongs, leave it out (my cleaners don't remember where things go on the shelves either...) and I will put it away for the next visitors.
Please do not put anything away if it is not in the same condition in which you found it (yes, someone put a waffle maker on the shelf without cleaning it... Luckily I found it first!) Not to mention the coffee put in the water reservoir... If you do not know how to use one of the appliances, ask and I will tell you!
If you break something, let me know. Or if someone else broke something and didn't let me know, please let me know!
If you leave the house, please remember to turn off the lights and televisions.
Please turn off the outside lights at night. The switch is in the downstairs hallway.
The property is old and so is the septic... so please don't tax it with excessive water flow. Also, if everyone in your group wants a hot shower, the first ones in shouldn't stay too long.
Nothing other than toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet.
Feel free to feed the chickens! They eat leftovers of most every kind. I have a plastic compost bucket in the kitchen (above the stove) for those who are interested/willing to compost kitchen scraps.
The alpaca are friendly but fearful; please let them approach you if you want to pet them. They really do not like to be chased. Especially by dogs.
Dogs must remain on leash - they are unfortunately the biggest danger to both chickens and alpaca.
The chickens do range freely and occasionally leave behind a mess... I hose off the deck daily but am happy to do so upon request as well!
Enjoy playing in the alpaca field or reading the Sunday Times in the adirondack chairs in the orchard field - the NY Times is available upon request on Sunday mornings.
We have several lawn games available - bocce, croquet, and many others. Ask and I will share.
If ANYTHING is not clean/working/up to your expectations, please let me know so I can fix the situation! I can't examine every pot/pan/appliance between visitors and therefore may miss something that a previous guest put back on a shelf in a condition not up to my standards. My apologies if this happens but please let me know!
Have fun and relax! And let me know what I can do to make your stay more enjoyable.
Caryn was an incredibly gracious host and our family (2 adults, 2 young kids) had a wonderful time staying here.
Caryn was amazing! My brother and I rented her guest house for my parent's 30th wedding anniversary, and we had such a great weekend! Each morning we had farm fresh eggs waiting for us, and Caryn went above and beyond to help make the weekend special for my parents! My family is not a "farm" family per se, but we enjoyed every second and loved learning about what Caryn does! Caryn is lovely and so is her property! We can't wait to get back!
Caryn was an incredible host. She was available, accommodating and inclusive. She would tell us each day of area happenings and bring us eggs freshly hatched! The setting was beautiful, serene and secluded. The converted barn is super cosy, well maintained and perfect for a long weekend. Caryn has done a wonderful job of decorating to make it feel both lush and rustic. Turns out we even had a few friends in common!!
Caryn was an excellent host. The guest house is actually a smaller farm house that sits right on her farm. Our daughter loved having her very own petting zoo in her back yard and visited the friendly alpaca and chickens every day. Caryn is so helpful, sweet and bends over backwards for anything you could possibly need. She even shares her fresh free-range eggs from her farm. The house is comfortable and feels like home. Caryn is happy for you to have guests and entertain—we had family and friends over for cookouts every day. Ashland Farm coffee was a bonus—a five minute walk right down the road. And the beach in Lyme is about a 15 minute drive. A unique spot and great experience. You won't be disappointed!
It was great... Caryn was so easy to contact via text message. I had to stay there with my staff for a nearby wedding and it was just perfect. Really cute and quite. It felt like home!
The chicken and alpacas were so so fun!!
Caryn is an amazing host and her country guest was beyond what we had imagined based on the pictures. If you need a break from the big city, are visiting friends in the area this sellf-contained country retreat is the place to be. Amazing location. So well equiped and decorated. And free eggs? You're not going to find a better place to stay anywhere in the area. Electicly stylish and comfortable, well equipped and quiet place is gonna make you feel like home the minute you walk in. Book it now and enjoy this outstanding place. We are already thinking of coming back. Karyn is super helpful and will make your stay go as easy as you can imagine.
Absolutely wonderful and relaxing experience in a beautiful scenic Connecticut area. Caryn was so hospitable and welcoming and helped us throughout our entire stay to ensure we had an lovely, enjoyable time. She recommended local restaurants, walking trails and helped us with directions to places we wanted to see. The accommodations were warm and welcoming and we were absolutely thrilled to have such a kind host. It was a blast cooking in the gourmet kitchen with all the appliances a master chef would want.
About the Host, Caryn
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!