GRACIOUS COUNTRY HOME IN WASHINGTON/NEW PRESTON, CT

Sheila Sullivan

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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GRACIOUS COUNTRY HOME IN WASHINGTON/NEW PRESTON, CT

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4 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, Great Room (Sleeps 8)

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Step back in time into a house steeped in history but beautifully restored with all the modern comforts and amenities. This historic 210 year old home was part of the original Underground Railroad running thru CT during the Civil War. The tunnel leading into the house is still intact. The house was built by one of the areas largest iron masters, Samuel Forbes for his daughter and son-in-law. The wedding trees planted upon their marriage still grace the front entrance.

Set on more than 2 1/2 exquisite acres with a beautiful private pond, a small barn, perfect rows of white hydrangea, fragrant lilac bushes and gardens, the John Adam House, built in 1799, has been impeccably restored over four years to its initial grand manor house splendor, and is available by the weekend, long weekend, week, month or season at surprisingly affordable rates.

Graced with 11 foot ceilings, 12 over 12 windows throughout, and well proportioned rooms, the house can easily accommodate families or reunions and comfortably sleeps 6-8 people.  The house has a 4 zone heating system and central AC throughout. There are 3 wood burning fireplaces and 2 gas fireplaces upstairs.

The fully equiped kitchen will make any serious cook happy with a professional 6 burner, double oven Wolf stove, Bosch dishwasher, a large refrigerator and plenty of prep space. It opens directly to the spacious and light-filled 15' x 25' post and beam great room where you can relax in front of a roaring fire, watch television on the 42' screen or simply sit and read and take in the outdoors. This room opens to the outside with a French door leading to the deck with a large stainless steel DCS grill and a table for al fresco dining. On the side of the kitchen is the formal dining room which is 15' x 25' with a massive original keeping room fireplace. The table comfortably seats 12-14. Off the dining room a hallway leads to a beautiful guest room with a queen size Grange sleigh bed with its own perfectly renovated full bath with Waterworks fixtures and shower. Adjacent is the front parlor (15' x 20') with baby grand piano and wood burning fireplace. Mudroom and brand new LG washer and dryer complete the first floor.

A staircase in the Dining Room leads to the upstairs. On one side is the sun-filled master suite (15' x 30') with 3 exposures. Originally a ballroom with a vaulted ceiling, the room boast a paneled fireplace that has been fitted with natural looking Eiklor gas logs. The comfortable king size bed has Frette linens that you can really sink into, and a large bath outfitted by Waterworks. There is a large separate dressing room to complete the suite.

There are two additional bedrooms upstairs, one with red toile wallpaper and twin beds and the other with a full size antique iron bed and antique armoire. In between is a sitting room study with a paneled fireplace with gas logs and large flat screen TV over the mantel.  A bathroom with another Waterworks shower make these bedrooms a complete suite.

The house is about 4 miles from Washington Depot, the Washington Green, the Mayflower Inn and Spa, Winvian Spa, 3 miles from Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Vineyard, seven miles from Litchfield, and 8 miles to Kent.

Please call for availability.  All requests are confirmed by payment and a signed standard CT short-term lease contract.  Any occupancy of less than 30 days requires a 12% CT renter's tax.  

Keywords: Single Family Home

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
Dear Bill and Sheila,



It is an understatement to say your home is lovely. Charm, style and warmth

may add some justice. On behalf of myself and the girls, we thank you for

sharing a little slice of heaven with us. We look forward to getting up here

again.



Sincerely,



Michael Sturgis
Mar 2009
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Sheila Sullivan

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We live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan during the week We have a very busy and wonderful life in New York but really look forward to our escape to CT on the weekends where we can truly relax. Now that the house if finally done, we're really enjoying it. We love entertaining and having family and friends come stay.

Sheila Sullivan purchased this house in 2003

We have always loved Litchfield County. I grew up about 40 minutes from here and dreamed of having an old house some day. We appreciate the historic architecture in the area as well as the incredibly beautiful countryside. The area has an abundance of things to do from cultural offerings, year round activities outdoors, antiques, shopping and more. It seems there's never enough time to do all that we'd like to do.

It was our dream to buy an old home and restore it. We fell in love with this house after seeing just a picture of it. It was a true labor of love. The house has a rich and interesting history which we sought to preserve. The interior is painted with historical colors and is filled with many period antiques while absolutely comfortable. All the rooms are spacious with extra high ceilings and doorways so you always have a feeling of openness. The extra large kitchen is a joy to cook in with all the space one would ever need to cook great gourmet meals. The great room has double height ceilings and lots of windows on 3 sides so it's always flooded with sun. It's truly a special and unique home.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

5
based on 4 traveler reviews

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Gracious Country Home in Washington/New Preston, Ct
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SO PLEASED TO HAVE VISITED ......!!

  • 5 of 5
Our group of five old friends (three from the West Coast of Canada and two from the UK) descended upon Forbes House and made this our base for relaxing and exploring Connecticut for a week after attending a wedding at nearby Washington. Despite staggered arrival times, our hostess Sheila was there to welcome all of us and thereafter was readily accessible by phone to answer any questions we had. Her beautiful character home was everything we had anticipated from reading about it on the VRBO website - and more. How difficult it is to describe the comfort and warmth of a home well-lived in through the ages that embraces its visitors. The clean spacious rooms, comfortable beds and linens, a well-stocked and equipped kitchen that begs to be the hub of group meal preparation amid laughter and conversation, thoughtful and pleasing decor with seating areas to spend quiet time, modern bathroom fixtures, and a barbeque equipment cupboard to excite and stimulate the outdoor eating senses - and we put the deck to good use in this way a great deal of the time. It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the house to carry out plans for visiting the nearby charming small towns and villages, exploring beautiful country lanes (the narrow and sometimes unpaved route from Kent through Bull Bridge to New Preston is a wonderful drive), and venturing further afield to Hartford and New Haven, both easily reachable within 90 minutes or so. We were unfortunately unable to secure a reservation for dinner at the highly rated Community Table restaurant, but delicious ice cream at nearby Bantam was easily obtained and oft repeated. A memorable week for all of us was made possible by Sheila's careful attention to detail in providing for her guests all the necessary comforts to create a welcoming and relaxing environment.
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Washington Litchfield County
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MARVELOUS HOME

  • 5 of 5
I have rented this house for my clients the last two years, and they all love the place.
The owners, who are incredibly hospitable and caring, have created a home that
exudes a warm excellence. If you want an environment that is rich in antique
and yet friendly and comfortable, you will not find a better place. Not only is it
clean and well-maintained beyond expectation, it is impeccable. I assure you,
you will not want to leave when your stay is over.
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Washington Litchfield County
London, UK
5

WONDERFUL COUNTRY RETREAT

  • 5 of 5
As soon as we stepped into the delightfully atmospheric No 7, we knew we were in a much loved and beautifully restored home. After the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, we were thrilled to sink into the deep cosy sofa in the Great Room and idle our way through the numerous publications and books. We made a few sorties out – to Washington for lunch at The Pantry (so good, in fact, we went twice), a wonderful dinner at The Community Table and we even tried tasting nine different wines at the annual Hopkins Vineyard Wine Fair. There is so much to do and see in the area, but we just loved being back at the house - allowing the historic ambience and calm New England comfort to restore us.
  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Washington Litchfield County
New Milford CT
5

  • 5 of 5
I had rented the home for my brother who was visiting from Germany with his family.The residence represents gracious New England living with all the modern amenities.It was hard to leave.

Roman Alder, New Milford CT
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Train
20 Miles
Wassaic
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Rt. 84
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Lake Warramaug
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Mohawk Mountain
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Lake Warramaug
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Community Table (CT)
Car: necessary
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Availability & Rates

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Washington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 30 2014 - Sep 14 2014
7 night minimum stay
$2,500
$10,000
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2014 - Nov 29 2014
5 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Holiday
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$2,000
$5,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

housecleaning $175
Property Damage Protection $69
Notes Utilities will be additional

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Washington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Microwave
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) Frette sheets and down mattress pad, european goose down duvet, Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • VCR
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • winery tours
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • water skiing
  • golf
  • rock climbing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • snowmobiling
  • jet skiing
  • racquetball
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • snowboarding
  • rafting
  • cross country skiing
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • skiing
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