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Unique Lakefront Estate, 7 acres, Private Dock, Cedar Sauna, 1 hr from NYC

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Lakefront estate on a private woodland peninsula, fireplace, sauna, chef kitchen

This secluded magical estate is located on an seven acre woodland and park-like lakefront peninsula. The rustic Tudor 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, unique 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, an aerial lyra swing, 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.

5 BEDROOMS: The Clocktower Bedroom has incredible lake views from french doors, a king-sized bed, a queen-sized round 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 Cinderella Chef Bedroom is off the kitchen. It features a twin bed. There is a full bathroom right next to it.

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 pig named Nini who grazes outside in the backyard pen. Nini is an actress and is quite friendly. There is a separate apt on the property which is occupied by our animal sitter. She feeds Nini, the homing pigeons and koi fish while we are away. There is also a caretaker, Joe, on call. He will make sure the driveway is plowed and will shovel paths, 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. The homeowner is available 24/7 via text during stays in order to assist with any questions or concerns.

SIZE: Square footage: 5,000 interior, 7.5 acres of land (Main house: Great room, dining room, sun room, commercial kitchen, 6 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 friendly potbellied pigs are considered for $100 per visit. We have a large dog run, a pig barn/pen, and a chicken coop. Other animals are considered on a case by case basis.

SLEEPS 16 (OR MORE): The house can sleep 16 in beds: 2 king beds, 2 queen beds, 1 full bed, 4 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. We have one full-sized mattress in the linen closet. We suggest that guests to bring pack and plays for infants.


-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.



-5 Firepits

-3 Fireplaces

-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

*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.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, My husband speaks Spanish.
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Cynthia

Artist, children's book author, playwright living in NYC. My children's book dollhouse sets are on display in the house.

Cynthia purchased this estate in 2007

Why Cynthia chose Connecticut Shore

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.

What makes this estate unique

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.


Stratford Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • The Hall Loo and Cedar Sauna - toilet , shower , Cedar sauna room off bathroom
    The Chef's Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located off the kitchen
    The Blue Room Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Lake view
    The Clocktower Room Bathroom - His - toilet , shower , The steam shower connects to Her bathroom
    The Clocktower Room Bathroom - Her - toilet , tub , shower , The steam shower connects to His, huge sunken tub, lake view
  • The Hall Loo contains a cedar sauna room big enough for several people. All bathrooms are on the first floor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • The Spring Flowers Room - 1 queen , Lake view, cedar sauna & bathroom with a shower across hall
    The Blue Room - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Lake view, private full bathroom, TV/cable/DVD, air con
    Cinderella's Kitchen Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Small bedroom off the kitchen. Full bathroom next to it.
    The Sailor's Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Air conditioner, lake view, child beds are twin cot
    The Clocktower Suite - 1 king , 1 queen , Lake view, 2 bthrms, steam rm, sunken tub, tv, deck, air con
  • 5 bedrooms sleep 17 (one bed is a cot and another is a Queen blowup mattress - stored in the linen closet). All bedrooms are on the first floor except The Sailor's Room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Caretaker: A caretaker is available for any household problems you might have if the owner isn't available. The owner reserves an attached art studio with a separate entrance for their own use if they are in town. The owner's two potbellied pigs live in a barn with an outdoor pen on the grounds. We can recommend caterers. Events for groups larger than 16 are available for an additional fee. Please ask the owner for a quote. We need to know the number of guest and all details. The house and grounds are perfect for parties and corporate meetings.


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Unique Lakefront Estate, 7 acres, Private Dock, Cedar Sauna, 1 hr from NYC
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The entire Rhodes Family with grandparents over 80 stayed at this charming home for our son's graduation from Yale. Very spacious, great grounds, and beautifully decorated estate. We are already planning a reunion!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique Home to Celebrate ANY occassion!

  • 5 of 5

What a truly amazing time we had at this unique house as I celebrated my 50th! You really need to take your time and walk around and enjoy all of the unique finds that are hidden throughout this house...lots of surprises! We had an "adult" weekend right after a snowfall so we did not get to enjoy any of the outdoor amenities unfortunately but that didn't matter! Our guests included musicians who used the pianos (there are two) and we brought along our own accoustic instruments so we forgot all about the outdoors! :) The house is stocked nicely with all of the items you would need to cook & bake as well as towels, etc... We loved the Master Bedroom with a view of the was very peaceful way to wake up and enjoy the sunrise. Plenty of space to spread out when needed and the dining areas provided an area to be more cozy. Cynthia is SUPER responsive and helpful to ensure a wonderful getaway! Hope to return in a warmer time of the year to enjoy the outdoors! THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible, creep-tastic weekend of mystery

  • 5 of 5

I and eight of my very closest friends had the unrivaled pleasure of staying in Cynthia's one-of-kind Connecticut estate last weekend. You would have had to legally evict us and/or pry us out with large crowbars (we loved it that much), but Cynthia was so nice and responsive that we wouldn't have wanted to make her life more difficult. Have you ever wanted to star in your own murder mystery, minus the murder? Cynthia's house is the perfect place for you to live out your real-life game of Clue dreams. Set on a beautiful lake, complete with paddle boats, each room of this house is more fantastic than the last. The entire weekend felt like one big treasure hunt, and the constant refrain was, "Oh my god. Come check out this _______," as we discovered mind-bending surprises at every turn. I thoroughly recommend a stay at this house for anyone who is a boring person - simply spending time here will make you interesting by default.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Storybook setting is accurate description

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the Storybook Lodge! One error: Two of the bedrooms suites have extra large king beds (The Blue Room has an additional twin sleigh bed), The third room, Spring Flowers Bedroom" has a Queen bed. The room upstairs you refer to as the "dorm" is "The Captain's Room." It is usually used by children. It has a full bed, two twins and a twin cot. We also have an additional cot and couches. A fifth art studio bedroom with a round queen bed is sometimes available, if needed. Come again!
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Grand house!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gary! We now have flatscreen TV and DVD player in the Great Room. Cheers, Cynthia
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Fabulous Week

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's true! It's hard to leave the house, isn't it? There so much to do there -- during all of the seasons. I'm glad the pup had a great time too! Come back again soon. Best wishes, Cynthia
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Sikorsky Memorial Airport
Nearest Ferry
7.7 Miles
The Bridgeport & Point Jefferson Steamboat Company
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Oronoque Country Club
Nearest Train
4.2 Miles
Stratford Train Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Merritt Parkway
Nearest Ski
36.5 Miles
Powder Ridge Park and Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Short Beach

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $99

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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