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Garden Retreat House- 1 hour north of NYC. Stroll gardens, farm.

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 28 nights


About the property

1 bedroom barn house in Ridgefield,CT - at Garden of Ideas

Beautifully furnished two-story retreat house in the Garden of Ideas, an 8 acre oasis in Fairfield County. Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield Playhouse, Weir Farm National Park, a charming Main Street--these wonderful attractions and more are in town. Just one hour north of NYC. PLEASE NOTE: MINIMUM STAY IS 30 DAYS.

The retreat house is approximately 1000 square feet with an open floor plan. It is bright and airy with window views of the lovely expansive grounds.

First floor is living space, kitchen and half bath. There is a fireplace forwarmth & ambiance. Kitchen is brand new and well-appointed. There is a library of horticultural/gardening books and a selection of board games. There is no tv, but there is wireless. Linens are provided. Kitchen is equipped. Guests should bring foodstuffs other than coffee/tea/sweeteners/creamer, salt&pepper, olive oil, vinegar.

Second floor is large bedroom (queen bed) with full bath. The bedroom is spacious enough to accommodate setup of our queen size inflatable air mattress or pack and play for additional guests.

The Garden of ideas is a ornamental stroll garden and farm. You can relax in the gardens, utilize our plant library to learn about vegetables or ornamental plants, birdwatch (wood ducks, great blue herons, kingfishers, yellow warblers, baltimore orioles and more). Your kids can play in the sandbox while you chat with the locals. On lovely weather days -- especially on weekends--there may be other unobtrusive visitors to the grounds; this is not a destination with total seclusion.

Cook for yourself using some of our local produce (available seasonally) or dine at one of many great local restaurants.

A car is useful to travel three miles to village. If you don't plan to leave the property, it's possible to get here by train/taxi (ask us how).

Points of interest within an hour's drive:

Dia Museum in Beacon, NY

Storm King Art Center in NY

Chuang Yen Buddhist Monastery - anyone can visit!

Pepsico Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Park Purchase, NY


Poughkeepsie Walkway over the Hudson

More Details

Ilsa & Joe
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About Ilsa & Joe

We make our living as farmers and landscape designers. Quality of life is very important to us. We love art, design, good food, and interesting people. - owners Joe Keller & Ilsa Svendsen

Ilsa & Joe purchased this guest house in 1970

Why Ilsa & Joe chose Fairfield County

This is a family compound with three generations living on site. Joe grew up on the property.

What makes this guest house unique

Our grounds are an oasis of beauty and species diversity in the heart of suburban sprawl. Our stroll gardens are home to abundant bird life and plant species. The retreat house has been tastefully furnished to offer you a place to restore yourself or reconnect with family and friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We'll be back!
Mar 2013
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Ridgefield Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bath - toilet , on first floor
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , on second floor
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Main Bedroom Suite - 1 queen , also available: air mattress, pack and play
  • Large bright open bedroom on second floor. Room for air mattress on floor.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Garden Retreat House- 1 hour north of NYC. Stroll gardens, farm.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Gorgeous early spring break!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had a great stay at the Garden of Ideas. It was still a bit cold to fully appreciate all the outdoor wonders this place has to offer, but we definitely got a taste of it by watching the beautiful water birds on the marsh, walking the lovely footpath bridge, and finding sculpture heads nestled in the melting snow. The house was perfectly decorated, and very warm and cozy. It had everything we needed for our short stay and more. Loved the Keurig coffee maker - great touch. The only thing I would say is I think the living room furniture could be a bit more comfortable as there wasn't really a good place for us to cozy up in front of the fire. However, we loved hanging out on the extremely comfy bed and playing the acoustic guitar which is left out for guests. All in all, a truly delightful trip to Ridgefield.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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An incredibly peaceful and relaxing space.

  • 5 of 5

The grounds of this property are simply magical. It is a truly special and unique property. Once of the best aspects to us was how well thought out all the amenities were, and how comfortable the house was. Ilsa and Joe were responsive and accommodating, and it's clear that they care about their property as well as that their guests enjoy themselves. It was lovely to use herbs and veggies fresh from the farm on site in our meals, and listen to the bullfrog pond at night. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Wonderful, Fantastic Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The guest house is as described, and even better. It is well sized, beyond cozy cottage feel, with enough space for a family of adults to enjoy a wonderful holiday together, cook together, play board games, sleep without any feeling of space limitations. We spent Christmas here and are thrilled that it was the perfect home for the holidays for our family! The gardens are lovely to walk, explore, and lounge any time of year- plenty of entertainment with the ducks, metal sculptures, bells, art pieces, and thoughtful poetry and philosophies among the gardens.

The interior certainly is designed with the eye of a professional to maximize visual space, open floor plan and flow, and includes a perfect kitchen for those who love to cook- a true delight including the 5-burner varied-size-rings stove, Keurig coffee maker. The ambiance is rustic in an up-scale way, wall treatments are soothing, restful with an artist's touch in the details. I love the large carved deep rich blue bird perched on the large bell wood mount that can be seen with every glance out the living room window. It draws the blue into the house and complements the interior blue/grey colors. We loved the ambiance created by the iron stove in the living room; it heated the entire house.

All was very clean, tidy, great amenities including speedy wifi. Ilsa and Joe were most accommodating to our family needs, available and responsive to communications, and quick to action after the Christmas Eve snow storm to clear the walkways and driveway of snow. We enjoyed the last of the swiss chard growth from their covered green house. The guest house is very private. We were able to play frisbee and build a snowman at midnight in the gently falling snow without concern for disturbing any of the very distant neighbors (we hope!).

This guest house is so convenient to the entire region of wonderful New England-type towns- Ridgefield, Norwalk, Wilton, etc, and close to major town Danbury and the fun Stew Leonards, and just 1 mile from the NY border. It's a short jog around the bend in the road to Ridgefield HS, yet provides a remote, far-away-in-the-country feel on the expansive property with rustic gardens, farm and wildlife marsh.

Loved everything about it and we would love to return during the warm season to experience the full wildlife and growth on the property. Many thanks for a most wonderful holiday experience in the Garden of Ideas Guest House

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
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Ridgefield Playhouse
Sarah's Wine Bar
luc's cafe
109 Cheese & Wine
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Katonah Museum of Art
Deborah Ann's Sweet Shoppe
Weir Farm National Historic Site
ridgefield hiking trails
Walkway Over the Hudson
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Thali Regional Cuisine of India - New Canaan
Silvermine Arts Center
Saltana Cave, LLC
Chuang Yen Monastery
Little Pub
PepsiCo Inc.
Storm King Art Center
The Ancient Mariner
"looking for a late night bar, this is your option"
Cutting Board Cafe -- CLOSED
Steve's Bagels
Winter Garden Ice Arena
Nearest Airport
27 Miles
White Plains, NY
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
121 Bar & Restaurant North Salem, NY
Nearest Golf
3.7 Miles
Ridgefield Golf Course
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Metro North - Harlem line (Purdy's Station)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
close to I-684 in NY & i-84 in CT
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
many in village of Ridgefield & North Salem, NY
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Thunder Ridge Patterson, NY
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Great Pond - fresh water pond/beach
Car: recommended

Our guest house is located in a ten-acre garden/farm oasis in one of Fairfield County's most charming towns -- just one hour north of NYC.

You can stay on the property to connect with nature, birdwatch, read and cook with fresh local farm products from our on-site farm stand. And you might travel downtown (3 miles) to dine in great restaurants, walk the picturesque Main Street, shop, wander through the Aldrich Museum or see a show at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Or how about touring Weir Farm or Keeler Tavern, national historic sites?

The area also affords many opportunities to golf, horseback ride, and hike.

A great getaway!


Rates & Availability

Ridgefield Guest House Rental Rates

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28 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

For stays longer than one month, contact us for pricing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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