Tucked away in the hills & forests of Litchfield Co. in NW Connecticut this cozy retreat situated on 12 acres of landscaped grounds featuring extensive gardens of perennials & flowering shrubs is a perfect place for those seeking a tranquil hideaway
Our cozy guest house is tucked into a secluded forest environment. White-tailed deer and wild turkey and numerous songbirds (and hummingbirds too!) are regular visitors to the property, and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a ghost-like bob-tailed bobcat or a black bear that inhabit the area. There's a small pond visible from the guest house that is home to hundreds of gold fish, passing ducks, a Great Blue Heron that visits from time to time, and plenty of frogs that provide endless entertainment for our children.
Available year-round, each season is more spectacular than the other.
The guest house is comfortably heated during Winter and cooler Autumn months. All of the many windows are screened to allow the coolness of Summer evenings and scent of Spring flowers to freshen the guest house. A cedar deck is accessed from the bedroom from where views of the surrounding nature can be enjoyed, and where the mornings coffee can be taken, a good book read…..or one written…….
A little over 2 hours by car from Boston and New York City, we are located in the lovely hamlet of Barkhamsted in Northwest Connecticut, one of Litchfield County’s best kept secrets. With the beautiful lake McDonough Recreational Area and the Farmington River just a stone’s throw away, our guest house is surrounded by nearly 4,000 acres of State forests, with miles of walking trails punctuated with dramatic mountain outlooks all within walking distance of the property.
Our guest house is equally suited for a couple's romantic get-away, friends gathering for a holiday together, or quality time spent with the family. Our location is very peaceful and private. Explore the woods, harvest from our organic vegetable garden (seasonal of course) or orchard, hike the surrounding forest trails, use our home as your base while you ski at SkiSundown, or simply sit on the deck and listen to the birds and crickets. The master bedroom includes a bathroom with a tub and shower, provides plenty of space for your belongings, and comfortably sleeps up to 4 guests. Children are most welcome (but no pets, please).
The guest house is fully equipped with fridge, linens, and all kitchen supplies. Fast and free wireless internet included.
The guest house is attached to the main house, but accessible from a totally separate entrance.
Don't feel limited to the apartment and deck. Explore the gardens, fields, woods, walk up the road....whatever. Guest may feel free to stroll the grounds of the estate. Guests may use the picnic table and charcoal grill (seasonally).
You don't have to be that 'outdoorsy' to really enjoy this place. If you have a sturdy pair of shoes and clothing appropriate to the season, you can walk miles of quiet forest trails. Walk the roads, where there is only an occasional passing car to puncture our quiet world. A chair-and-book combination can be another good option, on the shaded deck, under the shade of an old maple tree, or by the pond.
If you wish, we are available to greet you. We can offer lots of great suggestions for outdoor adventures.
We have a few Bicycles & helmets to lend and a canoe to lend if you have a rooftop rack to carry it to Lake McDonough. No public Transport. You need to have a car.
Barkhamsted, (and part of our property), is surrounded by Peoples State Forest and American Legion State Forest and the watershed of Barkhamsted Reservoir, Lake McDonough, and the Farmington River. The Still River and the Farmington River join in nearby (3 miles from our house) historic Riverton, creating 4 miles of some of the best trout fishing in the United States. Indeed, fly fishing enthusiasts travel from around the country and the world over to fish this section of the river. Between Pleasant Valley and Riverton there is year-round catch and release of various species of trout. Kayaking, canoeing and tubing are popular pastimes on the Farmington River. The State Forests have many miles of hiking trails that can be enjoyed year-round for outdoor recreation.
We kindly request that our guests refrain from wandering onto our neighbors property, which borders our property to the North. The property boundary is clearly delineated. If there is any doubt about the property boundary, please don't hesitate to ask us.
Those visiting during the Summer months may have access to Stancliff Cove as our guests where they may bathe and frolic in the pristine waters of Lake McDonough.
We prefer not to host when we are absent from the property.
Interaction with guests
We are happy to greet guests when they arrive when we are present. When here, we are often busy in the gardens or the forest or out playing with the children. However, we are always available for guests who like to chat or need any help or info on local areas of interest. Generally we want to give guests all the personal space they seek, but we have greatly enjoyed getting to know our guests and conversing at their convenience when invited to do so.
Other things to note
The American Legion and People's State Forests total 3,900 acres and are located in Barkhamsted, CT. The West Branch of the Farmington River, designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service, divides the two forests and is the center point of river-based recreational activities including trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Rugged terrain with steep, rocky hillsides typifies the remainder of the forest. Other attractions include the 200 year old white pine picnic groves in the Matthies Grove and Whittemore Recreation Areas, over 11 miles of hiking trails, the Barkhamsted Lighthouse and other cultural and historic sites.
Located in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted, the initial 213 acres of People's State Forest were a gift from the American Legion in 1927, to provide citizens an example of proper forest management, as observed by U.S. soldiers throughout Europe during World War I.
The park's signature trail, the Henry Buck Trail, leads through the forest to the ruins of an old cheese box mill, climbs the cliffs, and continues down the north slope. The park offers many other hikes on its eleven miles of trails, (URL HIDDEN) as well as cycling on park roads. Seasonal interpretive programs and displays on forestry, mammals, Native American culture, and local history are based at the Stone Museum, open weekends between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. Visitors are also welcome to camp, hunt, picnic, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowmobile, ice hike, go boating, canoeing, and kayaking, play field sports, and fish.
American Legion State Forest offers 30 campsites in a wooded setting. The camping season begins in mid-April and ends on Columbus Day. Youth group camping is available at both American Legion and Peoples State Forests. Restrooms, a seasonally-operated museum, picnic shelters, and picnic tables are also available.
Other Things to Note
-Stop & Shop in Winsted (8 miles), Shoprite (15 miles), Marandino's (10 miles) are the nearest grocery stores in the area (much more convenient to pick up you provisions on the way to our place). The nearest wine and spirit shops are in Winsted, New Hartford and Collinsville.
-Water is from a well (regularly tested), and the water coming out of your tap is as fresh and delicious as you can find anywhere!
- The Guest House has a working smoke detector and CO detector.
- We only accept reservations from adults 18 years and older.
- We are generally flexible with check-in/check-out times. In the event that there are overlapping reservations, we ask that the current guests check-out at 11:00 am. Where there are overlapping reservations, we ask that arriving guests check-in is 3:00 pm
No swimming in the pond please.
No smoking in the house or on the property.
And, unfortunately, pets must vacation elsewhere
We hope that you'll help us protect Connecticut's beauty and resources by conserving as much as possible and recycling while you're here with us.
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After a lifetime abroad in countless countries worldwide, Olga and I have at last returned to the U.S. to settle with our three young children in idyllic Northwestern Connecticut. We're enjoying a peaceful life here, with most of our time spent raising the children and teaching them about the wonders and care of the natural environment that surrounds us. Olga and I spend much of our time taking care of the grounds, including gardening (Olga the flower gardens, me the vegetable garden and orchards). Olga still finds time for a daily run on country roads that wind through here, and I to trout fish on the Farmington River. Olga is a fabulous cook and loves to bake, which she does every day.