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Rhubarb Hill - a Charming Farmhouse dating from 1758

New Preston, Washington, CT, USA
  • Farmhouse1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay0 - 2 nights

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

Rhubarb Hill is a woodsy retreat in beautiful Litchfield County. 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

$350 per night with a two-night minimum and $125 cleaning fee.

$1500 weekly rate

$4500 June

$5000 July

$5000 August

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


Julie Swaner

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 16, 2018
About Julie Swaner

I purchased this house is 2009 and have made a number of improvements, including a new roof, new heating system, new insulation, and upgrading of exterior doors. I did all of this while living in Utah with trips twice a year to CT. I recently retired and returned to CT for part of the year. I live in Raleigh the other part of the year. I love to garden and this area is wonderful for lush perennials and spectacular trees. It is great for bird watching, exploring wild flowers, and gathering mushrooms after a heavy downpour. I want to make sure you have a wonderful stay.

Julie Swaner purchased this Farmhouse in 2009

Why Julie Swaner chose New Preston

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. Or stay home and barbecue and then enjoy the evening patio for an outdoor firepit and 'smores.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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)


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • 2.5

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            There is a public beach on Lake Waramaug and a private beach for residents of the Town of Washington. Your stay includes a pass for the resident beach. The pass must be returned. Free kayaks.
          • Mountain View


              • Historic
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Fireplace
                      • Free Long Distance
                        Only within the US
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Baseboard hot water and Mitsubishi mini-duct system for heating and air conditioning.
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Can accommodate up to 5 cars in driveway.
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        Wood burning fireplace in living room and dining room. Renter must supply wood.


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            I have wonderful collections of lots of crockery and dishes.
                          • Dishwasher
                            2 dishwashers
                          • Kitchen
                            Well-furnished kitchen, dishes, serving platters, bowls, pots, everything. As a former caterer, I have lots of things.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Lots of pots, frying pans.
                          • Oven
                            Garland stove
                          • Pantry Items
                            Basic staples on hand.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Brand new stainless steel refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Garland professional range
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Beautiful dining room and outside dining as well.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Internal in the TV
                                  • Music Library
                                    On CharterNet
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    WiFi and many cable channels
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                    Croquet and board games
                                  • VCR


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Free kayaks and canoes during the season at Washington Town Beach.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Lovely gardens
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        Close to Mohawk Mountain.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • alternative lifestyle

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • jetted tub


                                                  • museums
                                                  • churches
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • marina
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • playground
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • synagogues
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • roller blading
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • ski lift privileges
                                                              • ski privileges optional
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowboarding
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting
                                                              • wind-surfing

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 1:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                17 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Best Fall Getaway

                                                                Mary and Dennis O.

                                                                It was the perfect fall retreat. Our host provided all the amenities we would ever require, plus many extras. Wine and and fresh bread greeted us.

                                                                The house fulfilled our expectations for a charming colonial experience.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thanks so much Mary and Dennis for your glowing response.

                                                                Hugs and I miss you already!


                                                                Fall color Cozy comforts

                                                                Bobby H.

                                                                Beautiful colors, relaxing environment. Check out the apple farm up the road. Hostess was gracious and generous with daily ideas during our stay.

                                                                Relaxing,comfortable weekend getaway!

                                                                Catherine B.

                                                                We had a wonderful time. House was clean and cozy. Close to lake, shops and wineries. Would like to go back one day. The kitchen is perfect for anyone who likes to cook! It was nice to sit outside on the secluded patio to enjoy early morning coffee or a drink in the afternoon! We all truly enjoyed the house and the property. And especially the blueberry cake Julie baked special for our arrival!!

                                                                Very nice. Clean and comfortable.

                                                                Paul F.

                                                                No surprises. Great location.

                                                                Cozy finesse!!!

                                                                Luis C.Mashpee, MA

                                                                Went through with our plan, despite the rain forecast, and we're all so very glad we did!!! We cooked awesome meals in the well-appointed kitchen, played twister, taboo, bananagram (other board games also available), walked to the Town's boutique shops and caught beautiful waterfall sight, 5-minute drive to Lake Waramaug State Park for nice trail hike in the woods and finished off with a truly remarkable dinning experience at White Horse Pub just 3 minutes down 202. Thanks for the wine and blueberry pound cake, Julie!!! The home was so much more than we could have ever hoped for - comfy bed, sitting everywhere, private nooks, gorgeous land/hardscapes throughout entire property, We truly enjoyed ourselves and can't wait to come back for a longer stay, rain or shine!!!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Luis and his family were delightful. Wish I could control the rain and the weather. Hope to have them return at a later date.

                                                                Delighful property and much to enjoy visiting in surrounding areas

                                                                Julie S.Raleigh, NC

                                                                Rhubarb Hill truly is a charming place to stay! I could feel the busy pressures of my typical day slow to a perfect pace in this beautifully decorated home away from home. We enjoyed relaxing in a variety of comfortable places inside and out. There were plenty of kitchen tools for yummy meals when we weren't feasting a local restaurants, also Wi-Fi hookups to stay in touch and be entertained, and an amazingly comfortable bed and pillow (not to minimize the treasure of fresh air blowing in from a cool May breeze).

                                                                There's nothing quite so delightful as a New England day trip on country roads showing us an amazing array of green foliage accented by red leaf maple trees and bright pink bundles of flowers. We stepped back to the 1800's at the Old Sturbridge Village with a horse-drawn wagon ride, and watched a tinsmith and potter show us their trade, as well as reminiscing while viewing a wonderful assortment of nostalgic artwork at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Thanks for "refilling my bucket" in this relaxing haven!


                                                                New Preston, Washington, CT, USA

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