About the property
- Estate3400 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 6 nights
This 2-acre CT River estate combines the best of luxury, history and adventure!
The Captain's House, a 3,400 SF 3-level renovated Victorian, features 5 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, gourmet kitchen,wraparound deck, badminton/volley ball court and 40' dock. A magical place to relax & recharge...
Knowles Landing is one of the most beautiful waterfront estates on the Connecticut River. This maritime historic landmark is centrally located midway been NYC and Boston, 25 minutes south of Hartford, and 45 minutes north of New Haven. This stunning 5 bedroom renovated Victorian Captain’s House has an open floor plan and all the modern conveniences you could want – from AC to granite kitchen counters, WIFI, a wraparound porch (with a working signal light) and a delightful afternoon breeze to relax and celebrate life.
Like in Sweden and Japan, it's shoeless at the Captain's House -- bring slippers, socks or some new flip flops. Sorry...no smoking or pets....my lab-mix Sophie, however, will be thrilled to receive some extra attention!
Located in a quiet historic village, Middle Haddam has a rich and colorful history of shipbuilding, sea captains and commerce. This 2-acre property includes the 3,400 SF, 3-level Captain’s House which sleeps 8 in style; a 2,100 SF, 3-level renovated Carriage House (host’s studio); gazebo; badminton/volleyball court and deep-water 40’ dock.
Bedroom #1: The 3rd floor master bedroom suite with a walk-out deck offers a commanding view of the River and property. Queen size raised bed for exquisite river views, skylights, exposed brick with dramatic lighting, sitting area, large bathroom with shower, 2 sinks, stained glass windows and Jacuzzi is the ultimate private getaway!
Bedroom #2: The 2nd floor master bedroom has a Queen size bed, wonderful views of the River, marble bathroom with a shower, 2 sinks, and skylights. This bedroom opens up to a spacious bedroom with panoramic River views and serves as an extra bedroom (see below).
Bedroom #3: The 2nd floor sunroom bedroom is accessed either through French doors off the den, or through a door from the 2nd floor master bedroom. This light-filled bedroom has 3 walls of windows offering a 180-degree riverscape and a delightful afternoon breeze. King-sized bed with storage drawers below. There is a large wardrobe closet and a desk stocked with office supplies, a Mac computer and a wireless printer.
Bedroom #4: The 2nd floor bedroom off the main stairs has a full-size bed and a bathroom next door off the hallway with tub and shower. This bedroom faces the River and offers a lovely view of the glimmering waters from the comfort of your bed.
Bedroom #5: The cozy library bedroom faces the River on the 2nd floor and has a full-size bed. There is a large closet, and bookshelves filled with great eclectic reads. A full bathroom with a tub/shower is just across the hallway.
2nd Floor Den
From the hallway you can access the den with a 42" Smart TV and incredible River views. This large, window-filled room has two coaches, one of which is a very comfortable pull-out Queen size bed with a Posturepedic mattress.
The 2nd and 3rd floor master bedrooms have bathrooms ensuite with double sinks and sunlight flooding in thru skylights and windows. The 3rd floor bathroom also has a Jacuzzi. The 2nd floor hallway bathroom has a bathtub/shower. The 1st floor 1/2-bathroom is off the side entrance and kitchen. This large, airy bathroom/mudroom has a gas log fireplace, washer-and-dryer, skylight and closets. You can also access the backyard from the mudroom where there is a clothesline.
The first floor has a flowing, open floor plan with 9’ ceilings, downlights and large windows to capture gorgeous views of the River. The kitchen is a cook’s dream with granite counters, 2 large sinks for the sous chefs, a brass bar sink, Subzero frig, regular and convection ovens, and gas stove top. Eat in the kitchen for a casual meal or savor your gastronomical feat in the dining room (seats 10) with wonderful etched granite fireplace and river views. The kitchen is stocked with cooking and serviceware, utensils, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, French press, water boiler and kettle, and basic supplies (oil, vinegar, spices, fresh ground coffee, tea, mustard, ketchup).
Off the kitchen, the large living room faces the river with breathtaking views out the picture window. Facing west, the sunsets reflecting off the water are simply spectacular! Open the screened French doors, turn on the paddle fan and choose from settle in on one of many comfy chairs and coaches. There is also a gas log fireplace and a stereo with a collection of jazz CDs.
Entering from the kitchen or the foyer, this stunning dining room seats 8-10 with wonderful lighting and river views. There is a wet bar located in the adjacent kitchen. For larger dinner parties, the foyer serves as a wonderful extra dining space to seat an additional 10 guests.
When I give my guests a tour of the Captain's House and bring them out to the wraparound porch with the awesome river views, the lush green trees across the water, the gentle sloping lawn to the tennis court and dock…they absolutely melt. Most of my guests enjoy using the porch, complete with lighting and power, as an outdoor family and dining room.
The Captain’s House (Victorian) is for you and your guests to enjoy. There are chaise lounges and chairs available on the lower riverfront lawn to bask in the sun or under the shade trees. Looking for some exercise and sport? There is a badminton and volleyball court overlooking the River (formerly the Hartru tennis court). Up for a game of croquet or horse shoes? The lawn on the River offers the perfect level playing field – just ask.
The river is usually at its calmest in the early morning and late afternoon. A kayaker’s paradise, there is an easy launch area just to the right of the dock. There are 4 very stable kayaks for your use with flotation devices. Arrangements can also be made if you would like to dock your motor or sail boat at my 40’ deepwater dock. I have mooring whips which worked well for my 25’ fiberglass Chris Craft and power is available.
The Connecticut River stretches 407 miles from Canada to Long Island Sound and captivates even the most reserved observer with its beauty. Known to have the best carp and channel cat fishing in the country – 42 pounds is the state record and was caught in the CT River. We also have the best striped bass fishing in the Northeast! Every Spring, the bass chase the herring up the River. A salt water fish, bass have a high tolerance for fresh water. Striped bass over 40 pounds have been caught in the River and there are bass tournaments all season – many fishermen cast in front of the dock where the fish like to gather.
In the late afternoon, seize the opportunity to sit on the dock and just watch the River life. Be patient and you may see the fish jump, an eagle soar, or blue heron fly by in search of their next meal.
If you would like to fish, you will need an inland fishing license which can be purchased online.
Who Should Stay
Ideal for couples, groups of friends, families with teenage or older children, history buffs, adventurers, nature and water lovers, fishing enthusiasts, runners, bicyclists, boaters, artists, authors, lovers of life. This property is not ideal for individuals who might have difficulty with many stairs and hills.
This quiet River oasis was once a destination for vacationers to get out of the City back during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many would travel by steamboat to the Landing where there was a steamboat house for tickets and baggage (the steamboat house burned down before the property was purchased, but the foundation still remains in front of the dock).
Situated atop a commanding hill, this landmark Victorian was built in 1886 by the daughter and son-in-law of local steamboat Captain Edward W. Simpson. Middle Haddam was home to more than a dozen sea captains – some credited with capturing British ships off Long Island during the Revolutionary War. Trade to the West Indies is documented as far back as the 1770s.
The local taverns, shops and inns, which were later converted to lovely homes and a local library, enjoyed financial success until the early 1930s when steamboat service died out along the Connecticut River.
The Connecticut River:
The Connecticut River has been named one of the “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy. One of the most beautiful rivers in the world, it has no industrialization along its shores and its waters are rated clean enough for anything but drinking. It is a summer breeding ground for osprey and the largest concentration of wintering eagles on the East coast when it is a common sight to see eagles flying above the River in search of food.
Walk to the Middle Haddam Library, just up the street with a wonderful collection of books, DVDs and historical references, or take a stroll down Shad Row past the waterfalls and onto Shipyard Road. The Middle Haddam Post Office is also an easy 10-minute walk over a wooden bridge off of Blacksmith Road.
Stop & Shop and other stores are just 2 miles away up RT 66E. Less than a mile away is the best takeout pizza in the area. Great hiking at the 130-acre Hurd State Park is just 2.2 miles south off of 15, or travel east on 66 and follow the signs to the East Hampton Air Line State Park trailhead – a great path that extends 22 miles to Windham.
Local Entertainment, Theatre & Art:
Mohegan Sun Casino is an easy 32-mile drive, and the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House is 9.5 miles off of Route
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About Sue Weintraub
Your host has had a design/photo business for over 30 years. After many years of producing hi-end full color brochures and catalogs, website design and photography have become my main focus. For the past 25 years I have lived and worked at Knowles Landing. It's been quite the adventure renovating the Captain's House (Victorian) and the Carriage House. An avid kayaker, I have competed in equitation and hunter/jumper shows with my Percheron-thoroughbred mare, enjoy organic gardening, building rustic furniture, hiking, and searching for edible mushrooms. I was born in the Greater Hartford area and graduated from the Boston University School of Public Communication.
Sue Weintraub purchased this Estate in 1989
Why Sue Weintraub chose Middle Haddam Historic District
My boyfriend and I stayed at host homes in Capitol Hill in DC and at a former President's estate in Virginia. The experiences exceeded our expectations. Recently, while watching an eagle soar overhead, I realized Knowles Landing would make the ideal 'Home Away' – what a wonderful opportunity to meet people and embark on a new adventure. Making connections, sharing, enjoying life. I am sending out the call....looking for good people who love life and nature. Knowles Landing is sure to capture your heart...
What makes this Estate unique
The Connecticut River...the fish jumping...eagles soaring....the owl hooting at night...kayaking across the River behind Dart Island to watch the painted turtles and blue heron....or paddling south to stop in East Haddam or at the Blue Oar restaurant on the River for a great meal....the beauty and colorful history of this village...it's all magic! Add in the proximity of so many gastronomical, cultural, recreational and educational destinations and this location is so perfect.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful! History, nature, and all the comforts necessary for a wonderful and relaxing vacation.
Amazing! The Captain's House is beautifully decorated, restoring the history of the home while providing modern comforts.
My family enjoyed kayaking, fishing, swimming, relaxing, and making s'mores in the fire pit without ever leaving the property.
Sue(owner and host) was very helpful and went out of her way to make us feel welcomed.
I was sad to leave and hope to return for a longer visit.
Extraordinary weekend get-away!
This amazing property is highly recommended for anyone looking for peace and tranquility. Sue is an exceptional host -- friendly, responsive, and genuinely cares about each and every guest. The property is truly stunning. We stayed during an extreme cold snap and were mesmerized by the view of the Connecticut River. From the cozy comfort of the living room, we watched ice flows drift and eagles flying in a clear blue sky. My husband and I had the whole house to ourselves and enjoyed every minute of our stay. The third-floor loft was magical with a comfortable bed, luxurious bathroom, and magnificent views. The kitchen was well-appointed with everything we needed. The only complaint is that our visit was too short!
Good and bad
The house was beautiful and the host was very friendly and accommodating. The 1st floor room was the most comfortable. But the gas fireplace to our back and no TV it was not the best place to spend evenings. Even worse, it was too cold downstairs. And if you increase the temps downstairs the upstairs gets blazing hot. Mattresses were rock hard so I pulled a muscle in my neck. The couches upstairs were not comfortable at all so we couldnt enjoy it. Finally, because of all the heat upstairs I got dehydrated and so sick that I had to leave 2 days early. No refunds or discounts were offered which I found kind of disappointing.
Overall it was a miserable experience for me, my wife and my daughter. They couldnt wait to leave. I gave it 3 stars because I feel bad to give anyone less and hurt a business. But between my neck, getting sick and losing so much money I should have given it 1. I wouldnt recommend this place .
More than 825 guests have stayed at my riverfront property and have given glowing reviews, plan to return and given referrals. Here are a few quotes from some of the 25+, 5-star reviews: “One could sit endlessly on the comfy sofa, with the cozy fire ablaze, looking out the huge picture window at the beautiful Connecticut River. Met all of our expectations and then some!” And from a group who stayed last winter, “the attention to detail was evident everywhere – plenty of supplies – lots of kitchenware - great sheets and pillows and beds. We had such a great time that we are trying to find a date to return.” (They just booked a return visit.) And from an autumn stay, “we have rented many houses over 30 years…this one is in the top 10!”
Wonderful riverside weekend
Our family had a wonderful time celebrating my mother’s birthday at this incredible home. Sue responded quickly and thoroughly with helpful information when I sent my inquiry. Sue clearly wanted to make sure her property would meet the needs of our family before we booked and during our stay. Upon arrival she gave us a welcome tour then made herself kindly available but was never intrusive. She left fresh beautiful flowers from her garden in every room and started us off with a supply of coffee & cream when caffeine was definitely needed.
There were 9 of us staying at night with plenty of sleeping spots, towels, kitchenware, full tank on the barbecue and enough restrooms for a comfy stay.
The property is wonderful with a dock, grassy space, lawn furniture along the river. There were 7 kayaks so our group could go out together. Our stay was too short so we’re coming back to play badminton and roast marshmallows on the fire pit.
On second thought, I take all of the nice things I said back - you shouldn’t book this place, leave it open for us!
Beautiful and secluded, but convenient.
Sue W. makes this place special. Inviting us to raid her lovely garden for salad added an extra friendly touch and the kitchen invites culinary adventures. Dining on the spacious porch was divine.
Relaxing by the River
The vacation at Knowles Landing was amazing. The house had everything we needed, plenty of bedrooms and baths for 2 families, a wonderful chef's kitchen, exciting fishing and the views from the front porch to entertain both day and night.
Sue, the owner, was gracious and helpful as well as very knowledgeable about the surrounding area.
Local Entertainment, Theatre & Art: Mohegan Sun Casino is an easy 32-mile drive, and the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House is 9.5 miles off of Route 151. Be sure to visit nearby Chester with wonderful one-of-a-kind shops, fantastic restaurants, the Norma Terris Theatre and Connecticut’s acclaimed contemporary impressionist artist Leif Nilsson’s Studio – all less than 15 miles away. Destinations: Gillette’s Castle and State Park are just 13 miles south in East Haddam. The visitor’s center and tour provides an exceptional view into William Gillette’s inspiring life as an inventor, playwright and actor. In neighboring Portland, check out the Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park – an outdoor adventure sports park with rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, scuba diving and much more! Kayakers: For the sports-minded adventurers, you might enjoy paddling down the CT River to the wonderful Blue Oar Restaurant (we can arrange to pick you and the kayaks up at the Blue Oar). Outside waterfront casual dining with a Caribbean flair. It’s BYOB, open 7 days a week through Labor Day for lunch and dinner. You want to plan to paddle down with the current going out. Depending on wind, current, paddle speed and rest stops, it will take you 2 to 3 hours. Golfers: Less than 6 miles away is the public 18-hole regulation Portland Golf Course set in the rolling hills of the Connecticut River Valley. Challenging and enjoyable for players of all ages – excellent turf conditions, restaurant, pro shop and friendly staff. Food Lovers: Across the River, Middletown boasts 133 restaurants from sushi and Thai to Italian and Mexican. Plan to go to O’Rourke’s Diner, for a special breakfast treat; just over the Middletown-Portland Bridge on the left – get there before 8:30 to avoid the line out the door on weekends. Local Vineyard: Priam Vineyards in Colchester, just 10.5 miles from Knowles Landing, offers tours and wine tastings March thru December. Concerts are scheduled every Friday night ($12/ticket). Wesleyan University Center for the Arts: Check out Wesleyan's calendar for wonderful concerts, film and dance programs just 8 miles away!
Rates & Availability
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CLEANING FEE is $250 PAYMENT: 50% due in advance; balance due 60 days before Check-in. CANCELLATION POLICY: 50% Refund up until 90 days prior to arrival, except for any HomeAway processing fees (2.5% fee charged on US credit card charges)