|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This secluded magical estate is located on an seven acre woodland and park-like lakefront peninsula. This house is surrounded by water on three sides, which offers magnificent views from almost every window. With its steeply pitched roof, stone facade, and waterfall pond the house wouldn’t be out of place in the English countryside or Germany’s Black Forest. One reaches the lodge via a long private road through the woods.
This is the perfect place to gather with a group of friends and/or a family get together -- well-behaved dogs are welcome! We can seat large groups for dinner in the dining room or Great Room. Due to the artistic touches guests have said that they felt like they were in a movie set.
GREAT ROOM: Inside you’ll find a cavernous wood-paneled Great Room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a huge working fireplace, a baby grand piano, a victrola, built-in library filled with books, comfy faux-fur draped couches and an enormous wrought iron chandelier. It's the perfect place to watch movies (large flatscreen TV/DVD), play board games or read by the fire. The owner is a children's book author/illustrator and her books are available for reading out loud while looking at the dollhouse sets which illustrate them.
DINING ROOM: The stately wood-paneled dining room features a gas fireplace, giant wooden tables, a built-in wine wooden wine rack and oil paintings. The dining room is adjacent to a glass and wood conservatory filled with cozy seating, trees, plants, an upright piano, another dining table, a working fountain and tree trunk columns.
KITCHEN: The kitchen is a chef's paradise. It features a Viking professional gas stove with griddle, a Sub Zero two door refrigerator, a interior barbecue grill and plenty of counter space with stools.The kitchen is well appointed with every type of plate, bowl, wine glass, cup, platter, coffee, utensil and cooking tool imaginable. A Nespresso cappuccino/latte maker and professional juicer is available upon request for those who know how to use them. The spice cabinet is filled with all types of exotic and traditional spices. Off the kitchen is a laundry room with a washer and dryer.
4-5 BEDROOMS: The Clocktower Bedroom has incredible lake views from french doors, a king-sized bed, two clock tower windows, his/her full bathrooms, a massive sunken tub, a steam sauna shower, a flat screen television (cable) and access to a private deck and a stone patio. The Blue Bedroom has a king-sized bed, a twin bed, a small flat screen television (with DVD player/cable), a full bathroom, views and a lakeside door. The Spring Flowers Bedroom has a queen-sized bed and lake views. The bathroom with a cedar steam shower is across the hall. The Ship Captain Room (upstairs) has two twin beds, a queen bed, two twin cots, a small stairway library and lake views. The Art Studio bedroom (circular queen-sized bed, deck, bathroom) can be available for parties larger than 13 -- upon request ahead of time only.
GROUNDS: Outside you’ll find a secluded lake with a private floating dock, a large stone patio with cafe lights, manicured grounds, three decks, rolling hills, a koi pond, a babbling brook, a butterfly garden, a child's playhouse, hammocks, a swing and huge pines circling the home. You can dine al fresco on the giant double length picnic table on an octagonal deck. Other activities: Boating/swimming/fishing/ice skating on the pristine lake, napping in the hammocks, playing house in the child's cottage, swinging, sunbathing on the patio and roasting marshmallows in one of the five fire pits.
MISC: Pet homing doves fly free on the grounds. The owner also has a potbellied miniature pig who might be found grazing outside in her pen if the homeowner is in town during your stay. The owner has a separate apt on the property. She will greet you, give you the keys to the house, show you the lights, heat and other details. When she is away a caretaker is on call. He will plow the driveway and shovel the snow, if necessary. Firewood and a wheelbarrow is available outside for your use. This isn't a bed and breakfast. We want to give you complete privacy and autonomy.
SIZE: Square footage: 5,000 interior, 7.5 acres of land (Main house: Great room, dining room, sun room, commercial kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, cedar sauna room, steam shower, laundry room, heated towel rack; Outbuildings: Boathouse, folly tower, Hansel & Gretel child’s house).
DISTANCE: Only a one hour drive to Manhattan.
PETS: Well behaved dogs and potbellied pigs are considered for $100 per visit. We have a large dog run, a pig pen, and a chicken coop. Other animals are considered on a case by case basis.
SLEEPS 13 (OR MORE): The house sleeps 13 in beds: 2 king beds, 1 queen bed, 1 full bed, 3 twin beds, 2 cot beds. Our rates are for 6 people in Fall/Winter/Spring and 13 guests in the Summer and on selected holidays. $50 per person per night is added to the fee for each additional person. A $100 flat fee is added to the quote for each dog. We do allow camping and air mattresses as long as the extra per person fees are paid. A fee must be paid ahead of time to use the fifth Art Studio bedroom.
-Furniture as seen in the pictures
-A private dock*
-A fully appointed kitchen (ask Cynthia if you need something specific--we probably have it)
-Baby grand piano, an upright piano, sheet music
-Plenty of parking on the grounds
-Central air-conditioning throughout most of the house, window units in some rooms
-Small airport in town - 1 hour from JFK (NYC)
-Train station in town (to NYC or New Haven)
-Cedar Sauna Room
-Indoor Barbecue Grill
-Outdoor Stone Grill (not electric)
-Boats (1 kayak, 1 paddle boat, 1 canoe and 2 rowboats) -- please note, we do not allow you to bring your own boats without permission.
-Board games, books, and water toys
-Life preservers of all sizes (even for dogs)!
-Professional kitchen with dishes, plates, silverware, pots, trays, wine glasses, champagne glasses, tablecloths, and everything you'll need other than your groceries. We usually have coffee, tea, sugar, spices, salt, pepper, and oil in the cabinets. We provide dishwashing soap, dishwasher soap and two rolls of paper towels
-Washer, dryer and ironing board in a laundry room.
-We provide shampoo, soap, toilet paper, blow dryer, lotion and other necessities in every bathroom.
-A fully stocked linen closet with bath towels, additional blankets, hand towels, and wash cloths.
-Large fenced dog run
-Dog (or mini pig) pen
*WINTER NOTE: The dock is unhooked from the shore around Thanksgiving (depending upon the first freeze.) The dock is attached again in April. You can still use the boats from the shore -- but take care during winter months. The hammocks are taken in during winter months. The house is sublime and extremely comfortable during the fall and winter seasons.
WEDDING NOTE: Please note, we do not allow weddings at the lakefront lodge.
Artist, children's book author, playwright living in NYC. My children's book dollhouse sets are on display in the house. http://www.butwhowillbellthecats.com
Cynthia purchased this house in 2007
This property is a private waterfront oasis located only 1 hour from Manhattan. In the summer swim in the lake, dry off in the hammock and relax in the cedar sauna. In the fall boating is still possible and the leaves are bright and colorful. In the winter read a book by the huge fireplace, cook in the professional kitchen and dine in the wine-colored dining room. This is truly a special place to hold family get together for the holidays or to escape for a romantic weekend vacation. Need a place to write your next novel or paint your masterpiece, look no further. The views from every window are incredible. I have had yearly family reunions here ever since I bought the home. It is a treasured event that my family looks forward to every year.
It's extremely rare to find a private, 7 acre lakefront estate only 15 minutes from public ocean beaches, 1 hour from Manhattan, 20 minutes from New Haven and 1 hour from Hartford. You have all of the benefits of complete privacy and relaxation with fine dining, theater and nightlife close by.
Our group enjoyed the grand gathering room and well equipped kitchen to their fullest. There are surprises and artistic whimsical surprises to be hunted like treasure throughout the house and surrounding grounds. The fall weather was brisk and the interior of the Lakefront Estate was warm, inviting, and cozy. When planning your vacation in this grand space, do note that there are only four bedrooms - - one is the luxurious master suite, one with a queen size bed, one with a queen size bed and a single bed with ensuite bathroom, then a second floor dorm room with three beds. Our group was able to make the accommodations fit our needs. The dorm was a bit close quarters for those assigned to this space.
Overall we highly recommend this private estate for family gatherings.
The kitchen and grand dining room are really a wonder to experience.
A group of nine of us stayed for the long Thanksgiving weekend and loved the Lakefront Lodge. The house is large, clean and cozy with lots of character. The grounds and, of course, the lake were gorgeous and private. The bedrooms were comfortable, the common rooms were grand (with a magnificent wood burning fireplace in the living room) and the kitchen was well stocked and fun to cook in. No TV's in the common rooms, just in a couple of bedrooms, but hopefully you aren't coming to all this natural and man-made beauty to watch TV!
Cynthia, We all had a wonderful time at your intriguing home, so much so that we only left it twice during the week. The house was great and had everything we needed. The option of going for a swim, taking out a boat, relaxing in a hammock, or using the sauna are not the choices we usually get to pick from. Hanging out on the dock with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine was a treat as well. I enjoyed reading your books and getting to see the amazing dioramas you created. When my brother starts packing his car his dog usually hops in and won't get out so he doesn't get left behind. This time he took a look, went out to the back yard, and wouldn't move when my brother said let's go (to be honest, we all felt that way.) You almost ended up with another rescue dog! Thanks for a great time.
The house, of course, is lovely - as evinced by all the photos. What I didn't get a sense of was how stunning the lake is. We brought paddle boards up and had a great time. A few of us also brought our goggles and went on awesome morning swims.
If you run, there's a forest near by with single track trails (short ones, but still, trails).
The backyard lawn is perfect for lounging (it's flat and large). There are hammocks, an outdoor dining area, and a fire pit.
Oh - the kitchen is stellar. Usually, rental homes have poor kitchen facilities no matter how lovely the home. This house had professional, industrial grade facilities.
The Lake could not have been more beautiful. We went with a group of couples and it was perfect for a weekend away from the madness of Manhattan. The house is large and enough room to sleep comfortably. Overall, great experience and Cynthia was a pleasure to deal with!
This house is location is beautiful and the home is truly a work of art including the art inside of the home that the owner created. The lake was incredibly clean and the temperature was perfect for swimming. My only comment is that the house can be dark in some rooms, but to some it might add to the historical ambiance of the house. Plenty of room to move around both inside the house and on the property.
The house is one hour from Manhattan and is situated in Fairfield County between Westport and New Haven. The home is privately situated 1/2 mile from the main street and sits on a peninsula in a private lake.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Winter Wonderland Rate 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
Spring/Summer Paradise Rate
Apr 3 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
1. The lake association does not allow outside boats are allowed without permission. Please discuss this with the homeowner before you bring any boats or devices that will enter the water.
2. Please see the agreement for all house rules.
3. We require additional insurance coverage for events.
4. I require a phone call with the renter before all bookings. Booker must be older than 26.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.