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Rhubarb Hill - a Charming 1850's Farmhouse

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

You will pay me directly, so that there are no fees that go to VRBO or HomeAway. This saves you about 10% in booking costs.

Enjoy this green woodsy retreat in beautiful Litchfield County and relax in a charming farmhouse that is spacious and great for entertaining! The dining room, once a rustic keeping room, has a stone wall, fireplace, and stenciled hardwood floors. You will feel as if you stepped back in time. The living room is the perfect size for intimate conversations or larger gatherings. Wide hardwood floors predominate throughout this comfortable home. Cook up a great meal or snack in the well-equipped kitchen with a professional Garland gas stove, microwave, two dish washers and other culinary gadgets. There is a full basement with washer/dryer/ironing board.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and two baths. The master bath is spectacular with a Jacuzzi, European-style shower, twin sinks, and great views of mature hardwoods and old stone walls. Relax in a queen size four poster bed while looking out over the expansive yard. There is a huge walk-in closet with ample storage. The second bedroom has a shaker-like feel with its queen bed and two closets. The third bedroom is small with two twin beds, great for kids. The second upstairs bathroom has a vintage feel with full tub/shower and sink.

The area:

House is walking distance to downtown New Preston and Lake Waramaug beach with boat rentals, swimming, rope swings and kayaking

Near the Steep Rock Land Trust with great hiking trails

Dine locally at the Historic Mayflower Inn as well as several wonderful local taverns and restaurants all within walking distance

Nestled between two villages New Preston and Washington Depot (home of the Gunnery School and the inspiration for Gilmore Girls)

15 minutes to Litchfield Connecticut with the best antiquing in Connecticut

$250 per night with a two-night minimum and $125 cleaning fee through April 30th

$1800 weekly rate

$5000 June

$6000 July

$6000 August

$15,000 Memorial Day to Labor Day

During the winter months, mid-October until mid March, I seek long-term rentals and only rent by the month.

Keywords: Renovated farmhouse with lovely garden setting

More Details

Julie Swaner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2017

About Julie Swaner

I lived in CT for thirty years but returned to Salt Lake City in 2000. During this time I have missed the springtime peepers, the wildflowers that predominate in bog and meadow, the quaint villages, shops, and covered bridges. I decided that I would re-establish a foothold in Litchfield County to be closer to my two daughters and son-in-law, who live on the east coast. We purchased this quintessential New England farmhouse so that we could be together periodically. The house is a wonderfully, intimate house with both old and new--well preserved but modernized and updated.

Julie Swaner purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Julie Swaner chose Lake Waramaug

Litchfield county is the loveliest part of Connecticut with its broad fields, meadows, and rolling ridges. It has fine stone walls, perfectly-sized towns, and very interesting diverse locals which includes artists, romantics, professionals, and backwoods bubbas. This region has great restaurants, cute taverns, museums, art galleries, and the most amazing inviting winding roads. Yet, it is so close to New York or Boston.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Nearby, there is access to Lake Waramaug for swimming (CT's largest natural lake), the Appalachian Trail for hiking, the Berkshires and Tanglewood for cultural events and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Housatonic River for its fly-fishing, and extraordinary antiquing in Litchfield County. This house is nestled among mature trees and lovely grounds. There are plenty of restaurants from cheap to very expensive, there are local vineyards, farmers' markets, bakeries, art galleries, and wine stores. Step out the front door and explore a marvelous vacation opportunity.


New Preston Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Beautiful master bedroom with large bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , We call this the blue room.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , cosy bedroom perfect for children
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Rhubarb Hill - a Charming 1850's Farmhouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Forest Hills, NY

2 weeks we would surely do again

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful getaway. After a few days we felt like we were at home. We spent 2 weeks and could have stayed on for another 2 weeks. Great location and all the comforts of home. Amazing kitchen and master bedroom with large and fabulous en suite bath.

Owner was very responsive to any requests. Would highly recommend without reservation.

A great 2 weeks!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend in New England

  • 5 of 5

This house is warm, beautiful and very comfortable. We had a wedding / family reunion in Warren over the weekend and we gathered from far and wide to see each other. Four of our group stayed at this property and it was wonderful. I could not recommend it more highly and would stay here again without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We arrived all type A with many plans to hike and swim, ended up enjoying the comfort of the house, cooking, hanging out together. Switching from indoor seating for outdoor, enjoying cooking together in the very well equipped kitchen, and eating.

We did do some biking and swimming, after all.

We'll surely be back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Haven, CT

Lovely home, beautiful yard, nice town

  • 5 of 5

This 1850s farmhouse is really lovely, spotlessly clean, and was very comfortable for the 5 of us (2 adults, 3 kids). The house and grounds are even nicer than the photos, and there were all kinds of pleasantly unexpected extra details. The master bedroom is beautiful, and the master bath is huge and fabulous. The 2 other bedrooms are also nice: one is great for 2 kids, the other pretty room, with a large queen, could easily work for a couple. In addition to the pleasant outdoor area shown in the photos, there is an outdoor table just off the kitchen, which isn't shown. The kitchen really has *everything* that a cook could possibly want, down to utensils for escargot! We had a great hike at Steep Rock (too early in the year to swim at Lake Waramaug) - be sure to stop at the nearby Pantry for picnic supplies.

This was a really wonderful, relaxing weekend at a charming, and very comfortable house!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Restful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We found Rhubarb Hill very comfortable and relaxing. Our hostess has thought of everything to make our stay comfortable. We loved the blending of old with modern conveniences.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. Glad to hear that it was restful and relaxing. I love knowing that my guests had a lovely stay with lots of amenities to make things easier. Cheers, Julie
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Wonderful CT Home

  • 5 of 5

This home is as beautiful as the pictures illustrate. We were comfortable from the moment we arrived and had everything we needed. The home is well appointed, clean and filled with all of the essentials. The location is perfect as it is near great shopping, essentials, lakes and restaurants. Neighborhood is beautiful and close to fruit picking orchards. I would highly recommend renting this charming home.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

New Preston Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $75

Travelers pay me by check three weeks in advance of arrival so that I can send the key.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks,
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lake Waramaugh Country Club
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Danbury CT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 202
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
New Preston eateries
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Mohawk Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Lake Waramaug
Car: necessary


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