5 bedroom, 3 bath house that can accommodate a big group for a holiday or event
About Faye Zasada
I grew up in the Farmington Valley in the town of Simsbury, this was one of the first area's in Connecticut to be settled. My father was a golf course superintendent for Cliffside Country Club the golf course on Nod Road, below Talcott Mountain and Heublein Tower. I have lived in Connecticut for most of my life. I attended Pratt Institute, studying advertising and graphic design. We ran an ad agency during the 80's, a publication in the first part of the 90's and now several websites... We divide our time between our home in Watertown and a home in Honolulu. We like to say, "We work in Honolulu and vacation in Watertown."
Faye Zasada purchased this Estate in 1974
Why Faye Zasada chose Watertown
This property has a great relaxing vibe with its country setting on 33 undeveloped acres. When I attend college in Brooklyn I looked forward to driving up most weekends for a break. The cool country nights, gazing at stars and having a fresh lobster recharged me for the following week in NYC. This house will provide your group with a positive, happy experience. I have so many wonderful memories there of holidays and special celebrations. The house with the large formal living room and equally large family room lends itself to entertaining. I remember parties where the bar was set up on the porch and people flowed through from the living room, to family room and dining room areas. The kitchen is equipped with double ovens, microwave a larger type of counter oven, refrigerator, stove top. We have purchased a Sub-zero we expect to install this summer. We have also extend the property as a home for local families that have to relocate because of a fire or a flood for several months. Please call us for rates. We will try to help you. Regarding the History of the property The house was built in 1964 by John Pond a local builder, who sold it to our family in the 1970's. The land that the house is on and surrounding area was part of an original land grant to the "Judd Family" from the King of England in the 1600's. It encompasses a square mile. Across the street was Judd Farm Day Camp that ran up until a few years ago. If you walk towards Bethlehem on Judd Farm Road you will come to Townline Road which is a wonderful place to take a walk and enjoy nature. Bring your mountain bike and explore the trails that are around the local area. White Memorial is a park that is just up the road in Litchfield/Morris that you can wander on through trails for hours.
What makes this Estate unique
On a clear night the sky is full of stars. You can catch satellites traversing the sky and pick out constellations. There are some great apps that help with placing the planets of the night sky. While putting the house together for short term rentals I discovered the beauty of the porch area or AKA the mud room. It is beautiful to watch the snow come down or spring arrive in this sunny warm room. The kitchen is very functional and efficient for feeding a crowd. Every body loves to be in this warm inviting kitchen.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Our group of 10 had a wonderful time. House is super roomy and hosts great to work with. Thanks!!
Pretty house in pretty country
Faye and Paul are very nice and helpful. As a student film crew, we had a wonderful shoot at this beautiful location.
Pretty spot-comfty home
We had such a wonderful time here and being able to park our large trailer in the driveway was a must for us. The property is beautiful and Watertown is a great spot! Appliances work well, but could use some updating-a coil on a burner had disintegrated when we used it, and the shower was difficult to keep in shower mode, but the place is splendid and it’s a cozy quante spot to enjoy family comfortably.
As the saying goes - “No good deed goes unpunished!” Giving us 3 stars?
Shannan McDowell and husband/boyfriend booked the property for a week. They had no reviews. They asked if the house was ready the night before checking in and I offered them the opportunity to drive through from Pennsylvania to the House. Otherwise they told me they we going to sleep in a Walmart parking lot!
“Oh gosh” I said “Don’t do that just come tonight because the house is ready for you! “
1) They did not tell me they were pulling a 20+ foot trailer which they were living in!
They also felt it was O.K. to plug into the house utilities to run the trailer.
2) They paid a pet fee for 1 dog not 2.
3) Check out time is 11:00. I arived 11:30 and was greeted by an angry pity bull that the owner retrieved with the second one coming over to check me out. I stayed in my car.
4) I didn’t question the trailer, the umbilical cord to the electricity, the extra dog, but the 2 other beds that were used for guests that they didn’t pay or disclose were coming? That upset me! I was a bit curt.
“Oh we just had some cousins come!” Shannon said.
5) They did not tell me they melted the stove element. It wasn’t discover till right before the second group of guests showed up Nov. 6th. I asked our appliance technician about this:
“Stove elements go bad when they are turned on high and left without a pot to conduct the heat.”
That is $58 that I will not see since the deposit has been returned. They notified me in a review!
6) They reprogrammed the thermostat to be 78 with it turning 85 degrees at 10:00 p.m. The week before their arrival I put 475 gallons in for $1350. That galled me!
7) As for their complaint about the upstairs shower. The knob needs to be pulled all the way out and adjusted or the diverter will revert to the tub spout. You need water pressure to run a shower.
These guests were young and frugal but not honest with booking the property.
They should of told us of the trailer and hook-up,
They should of paid us for the extra guests
They should of paid us for the extra dog
They should of paid us for the stove element instead of bringing the issue up in a review 2 weeks after the fact.
Our stay was tremendous. It's a huge house but warm and charming. Faye and Paul were wonderful hosts. Thanks to Faye for her dining recommendations. Thanks to Paul for his attention to details. Having been raised in the area, we felt right at home for the entire stay and were able to get out and about, with ease, to gather up a myriad of memories. We highly recommend. Thanks, again!
Great that is was a memorable stay!
It was a blast.
Our friends and we stayed at the house for 3 nights. The house was great for 7 of us plus 2 dogs. We went to a local orchard for apple picking.. cooked and baked. It was a blast.
The home was cozy and my family enjoyed...
We are so glad we could share our family home with your family!