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Thanksgiving/Holiday Gem! Storybook Lakefront Estate, Cedar Sauna, 1 hr from NYC

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Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Stratford Estate Rental Photos and Description

7 acres, 4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Cedar Sauna, Private Dock, Boats. Sleeps 13

This secluded magical estate is located on an seven acre forest 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.

The warm and welcoming Lakefront Lodge is still available for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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.

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 projected movies, 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.

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.

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 a laundry room.

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, a sitting room with couches and access to a private deck and the stone patio. The Blue Bedroom has a king-sized bed, a twin bed, a small flat screen television, 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.

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.

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.

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).

Only a one hour drive to Manhattan.

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. We love animals.

The house sleeps 12 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 12 guests on holidays for reunion and family get togethers. $100 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.


-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.

*WINTER NOTE: The dock is unhooked from the shore around Thanksgiving (depending upon the first freeze.) The dock is attached again in the early Spring. You can still use the boats from the shore -- but take care during winter months. The hammocks are taken in during winter months. We are only offering the house for rent from Nov 1 - April 1 in 2016-2017. Spring and summer dates are not available this year. 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, My husband speaks Spanish.
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Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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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.


based on 20 traveler reviews

Thanksgiving/Holiday Gem! Storybook Lakefront Estate, Cedar Sauna, 1 hr from NYC
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

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: Hello Gary, Our house is still available for Thanksgiving this year. Let me know if you are interested! 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
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If you seek a lake house near NYC, this is it

  • 5 of 5

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.


  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Lake and comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Unique Lake Home

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! I'm surprised you gave us four stars after writing to me personally to tell me how much you loved your stay. If you ever have any suggestions during your stay our caretaker can come and help you. It appears that the person staying before you left the lights on day and night and caused few bulbs to burn out. Our caretaker could have replaced them for you. They have been replaced now. I hope to have you as a guest again. Best wishes, Cynthia
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Ultimate Relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Cynthia for opening your beautiful home to our family! We are from Florida but were in NY for a few days before we took the short drive to your home in Connecticut. Our 19 year old daughter was taking a summer course at her college that was close by so we picked her up on the way. Our 18 year old son was leaving to start his first year of college the following week and our 14 year old son was heading to Australia for a month. We carefully chose your property because we were looking for something quiet, secluded and relaxing to spend some quality family time together before everyone went their separate ways. We were not disappointed! The kids loved using the paddleboat and the kayak and it was like they had their own private lake. We did not see another soul on the lake the whole rime we were there! In the evening , we built a fire in the gorgeous great room and just enjoyed being together. And a bonus was the piano! Our son plays a little so he really enjoyed having a real piano because he usually just uses a keyboard. The property was amazing and the kids loves exploring it and were especially intrigued with the dollhouse! We had everything we needed and loved the feeling that we were far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, when in reality there were grocery stores and restaurants just minutes away. Thank you for a wonderful weekend! The Conine Family

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Sikorsky Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
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 Restaurant
1 Miles
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

Stratford Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Leaf Peeper Rate 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Family Rate 2016
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Winter Wonderland Rate 2016
Dec 2 2016 - Dec 13 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Christmas / Hanukah Rate 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
New Years Eve Rate 2016/2017
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
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

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.35%

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.

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Stratford Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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 38 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
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • The Spring Flowers Room - 1 queen , Lake view, cedar sauna & bathroom with a shower across hall
    The Ship Captain Room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 child bed , Walk in closet, air con, lake view, child beds are twin cots
    The Blue Room - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Lake view, private full bathroom, television, air con
    The Clocktower Suite - 1 king , Lake view, bthrms, steam room, sunken tub, tv, deck, air con
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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 caretaker house with a separate entrance for their own use if they are in town. The owner's pet potbellied pig may be in an outdoor pen on the grounds on occasion. We can recommend caterers. Events for groups larger than 13 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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