*THIS PROPERTY IS RENTED THROUGH August 2015 * This small home of 1400 sq ft is a three bedroom furnished cottage with two new full bathrooms and is located on 18 acres overlooking Hatch Pond, two and a half miles south of the town center of Kent, CT, 15 minutes to the Harlem Valley-Wingdale (Metro North) train station, minutes from area boarding schools and close to area ski slopes. The cottage is a perfect get away for city dwellers, parents visiting students at area schools and for those interested in getting a taste of the area before and while looking for a place to live.
The house sleeps five comfortably with one queen, one full and one twin bed, The sofa is very comfy for one, for a few nights. Six is the maximum number of guests. The washer and dryer are located in the basement. Cable television, wireless internet, a landline with free long distance and a cell tower across the pond will keep you connected to the world if you wish.
There are five other buildings on the compound that was formerly the Southern New England Ice Co. The owner uses the former bunkhouse as an antique gallery and farms a portion of the land with organic vegetables. 'The Bunkhouse - Antiques' is open on Saturdays from May through September. Hatch Pond is a haven for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and bird watching. Privileges to share the boatshed located across the road are extended. Bring a kayak or canoe! Extended spring and summer guests may have a section of the vegetable garden to plant. Lots of lawn for outdoor games. Room in the garage to store bikes, skis, etc. Pick apples from the small orchard in the fall. No smoking indoors please. A nice clean well behaved dog is welcome.
My rates are listed below. The property is great all year round for different reasons at different seasons. No cleaning fees. No additional guest fees. Taxes are included in the stated rates. It is my preference to have guests for longer stays - monthly, seasonally. Ideally, I seek a summer tenant or two and a school year tenant. Therefore its hard for me to commit to a short stay, weekend even a week or two, sooner than 6 weeks out. I am glad to 'pencil' you in for a short stay far in advance but cannot make that a firm reservation until 6 weeks prior. Early checkin the day of your arrival and late checkout are usually not a problem - come early and stay late, make it a full vacation.
Keywords: country house, lakeside, cottage, get-away
Welcome to Hatch Pond in South Kent, Connecticut. I am the property owner who lives in a home ten minutes drive from here. I consumated my love with this area ten years ago when my partner and I bought a historic house as a weekend get away from NYC. I started out coming to the area for short weekend breaks from the city. It very quickly developed into a place where I wanted to spend more and more time. I moved my antique business here (to the former bunkhouse of the winter ice workers, about a hundred yards from the cottage). I still go back and forth to the city, but Kent has become HOME.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2008
This cottage was on our scenic route to town and we always admired the property. When we discovered it for sale, we came up with a way of how to make the dream of owning it possible. I moved my business into the barn/bunkhouse (very small, appointment only antiques), renovated and furnished the cottage to rent for vacationers and began farming some vegetables.
Kent is admired for its beauty and variety. The beauty is obvious; the Housatonic River and the surrounding Litchfield Hills. The variety comes as a discovery after being here for a while. It is a community that has revealed its general openmindedness and 'live and let live' attitude.
Hatch Pond unfolds itself as a place of amazing beauty and serenity yet, very close to the many ammenities of the area. The ability to walk across the road to the boatshed and take in the morning or evening calm with a cup or glass of whatever is a magical elixir - come here and relax.
I think that you and yours will enjoy a stay here even for a brief time. Careful though, you may just fall in love with it yourself and find yourself looking for something a bit more permanent - nice folks, always welcome :-)
Our family with two kids ages 6 and 9 were lucky enough to rent the beautiful Hatch Pond cottage for June and July. It is an easy drive or train ride from NYC and a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Kent and Litchfield county. Highlights include kayaking on Hatch pond, playing ping pong in the boathouse, relaxing on the beautiful grounds near the house and near the pond, and enjoying the bounty of amazing vegetables and herbs from the garden! The owner is very caring, friendly and simply a wonderful person and host. The house is very comfortable and charming with lots of nooks and crannies and cozy places to read and relax. We highly recommend Hatch Pond!
We had a picture perfect Thanksgiving weekend on Hatch Pond in this lovely cozy house. Can't wait to come back for more when the pond isn't frozen! But even in the cold, the woods were lovely, and the stars at night were bright and beautiful. The wood burning stove kept us warm (with some help from the perfectly modern thermostat-control heating in every room). And the kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make a delicious turkey dinner. Overall, the experience was everything we were hoping for, and we'd recommend this tasteful, comfortable house to anyone looking for a cozy country getaway.
My family and I had the pleasure of renting this beautiful cottage on Hatch Pond for the month of July 2013. We loved everything about it - the tasteful decor, across the street location of Hatch Pond with access to a boat shed full of kayaks and canoes, proximity to the center of town which is filled with chic boutiques, great restaurants, and grocery stores, and most of all, the fabulous grounds of the house which include an amazing vegetable garden which has a variety of herbs, vegetables, fruits, lettuces, etc, and last but not least - the owner Michael. Michael was so fantastic, generous and hospitable and made our stay even better. The house is fully stocked with every modern amenity you need, all you have to do is bring yourself! This place is not to be missed! A very easy commute from NYC and a great central location in Lichtfield County from which to explore the surrounding areas.
I am a teacher at a nearby prep school who rented the Hatch Pond cottage for the last two school years (Sept-May) and had a wonderful experience. The cottage is comfortable and very well appointed. There is great cell reception (ATT) and wireless for those, like me, who need to work while staying at the cottage. The setting is just beautiful all year round. There is lots of space outside and although there are neighbors nearby, it is very private. The town of Kent is 3 miles away and is only one of Litchfield County's many beautiful small towns. There are lots of restaurant options within 20 minutes of the cottage. Finally, I have never had a better landlord. He is flexible, easy to reach, and happy to address reasonable concerns. He keeps the place in beautiful shape because he so obviously loves it. He is there when you need him but respects his renter's privacy. I hated to leave this great little spot.
We have 2 small children and have returned to Hatch Pond several times for winter weekends and for the whole month of August summer 2010. The owner is incredibly flexible and helpful towards his guests. The house is tastefully decorated, yet comfortable and not too precious for children and the large grounds are immaculately kept. There's plenty of room to run around outside or snuggle up with a book in one of the many cozy rooms. It's warm and toasty in the winter and cool in the summer. The property feels private and secluded, though the lovely town of Kent is only 10 minutes away by car. There's a metro north train 15 minutes away, for visiting friends. The pond/lake across the road from the house is sublime. There's a private boat house with canoes and kayaks available to use and a swimming hole. The area has lots of activities for adults and/or families. There's hiking trails, restaurants, bars, waterfalls, country fairs and music festivals, an outdoor recreation area with a spring filled pool in the summer and ice skating and skiing nearby in the winter. I would highly recommend this property as a vacation rental or for the very luck as a year round rental.
We are repeat renters at this lovely home and accompanying property. Most recently we stayed during the Thanksgiving break, but we have also enjoyed staying here for a brief respite from the City during the dead of winter and the height of the summer. The house has been decorated by a discerning eye with comfort in mind. Beds and linens are very nice as are the dishes, pots and cutlery. Overall, it had a welcoming and familiar feel. We found plenty to do in all seasons . We have kayaked and swam in the lake in the summer, snow-shoed and cross-country skied on Hatch pond in the winter, and hiked and cooked feasts during the late fall. And read and relaxed every season! The nearby village of Kent is small and charming, with an excellent bakery, coffee spot and wine store. (Not to mention an exquisite Belgian Chocolatier!) The proprietor of this property is a very reliable and interesting fellow who we have found to be quite flexible and fair. - SW Family (2 adults+2 young boys)