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Stunning Riverfront Estate

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 3,400 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

5 Bedrooms

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.

3-1/2 Bathrooms

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.

Kitchen

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).

Living Room

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.

Dining Room

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.

Wraparound Porch

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.

Knowles Landing:

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).

Shipbuilding History:

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.

The Neighborhood:

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.

Nearby:

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

More Details

Owner
Sue Weintraub
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 27, 2017

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our group of 10 stayed at this spectacular property for a long Columbus weekend - from rental to departure - we could not ask for more! Our host, Sue, was wonderful with communication - providing suggestions for the area prior to our arrival. She was helpful and accommodating throughout our stay. The house was amazing - offering gorgeous views of the Connecticut River - the pictures did not do the property and home justice as it well exceeded our expectations. The home was comfortable, well appointed and easily accessible to major roadways and attractions. We will definitely return to this gem, hopefully for longer next time!!!
Oct 2014
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Amenities

Middle Haddam Historic District Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 1st Floor Bathroom/Mudroom - toilet , Washer/dryer is located here as well as supplies
    2nd Floor Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Marble bathroom with skylights, 2 sinks
    2nd Floor Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fun, black-and-white tile bathroom with great tub/shower
    3rd Floor Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Jacuzzi, double sinks, skylights, stained glass windows
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2nd Floor Guest Bedroom - 1 double , There is a bathroom with tub/shower right next door.
    2nd Floor Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Marble batthroom with shower in this light-filled bedroom.
    3rd Floor Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Bathroom, Jacuzzi, walk-out deck overlooking River-skylights
    Sun Room - 1 double , Access via 2nd Floor bedroom or den - 180-degree river views
    Library/Bedroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , River views, large closet, full bathroom across the hall
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The Connecticut River stretches 407 miles from Canada to Long Island Sound and captivates even the most reserved observer with its beauty. 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. 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! Middletown boasts 133 restaurants from sushi and Thai to Italian and Mexican.

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average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
5

The perfect 50th anniversary celebration

  • 5 of 5

It is hard to say enough wonderful things about this stunning riverfront estate that would do Sue, our host, and the property justice. Everything we experienced significantly exceeded our very high expectations. The property is breathtaking and our family loved every minute of our time there. The area also has many cultural attractions that we enjoyed including the Goodspeed Opera House (where we took in a delightful show), many state parks and great antiquing venues. Sue was incredibly attentive and helpful. She went out of her way to make sure that all 10 of us (6 adults and 4 kids ranging in age from 10-14) found something to do to make our stay extraordinary. I could go on and on raving about our time, but suffice it to say that any host who provides drums for the kids, kayaking tips, access to a garden for picking fresh lettuce, and help with an emergency medical situation deserves the "host with the most" designation. Sue's welcome pack is also a treasure trove of info and tips that every visitor can use to ensure a memorable stay. We highly recommend this property to any family or group that appreciates beauty and kindness.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You and your family were the perfect guests! And I so love when everyone takes advantage of all the magic that this Connecticut Riverfront estate and the area has to offer! Hearing your family drumming on the West African djembes when I was outside gardening was such fun, and it seems there were some very exciting and competitive volleyball and badminton games in play during your stay! Look forward to your speedy return! Sue
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5

Wonderful riverside weekend

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful and secluded, but convenient.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful! History, nature, and all the comforts necessary for a wonderful and relaxing vacation.

  • 5 of 5

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.

Cindy

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing by the River

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great time at Knowles Landing. The house is very comfortable and spacious. We spent so much time on the front porch playing games and watching the boats go by. This is a wonderful house for a large family or a group of friends to spend time together. The house had everything you could ask for and I look forward to staying here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Bradley International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Miles
Smokey O'Grady's
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
Chester Ferry to Hadlyme
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Portland Golf Course
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Middletown Train Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Route 9
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
DaVinci's Pizzaria
Nearest Ski
43 Miles
Sundown in New Hartford
Nearest Beach
29 Miles
Old Saybrook Beaches
Car: necessary

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!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $250

CLEANING FEE is $250

PAYMENT: 50% due in advance; balance due 21 days before Check-in.



CANCELLATION POLICY:
50% Refund up until 3 weeks prior to arrival, except for any HomeAway processing fees (2.5% fee charged on US credit card charges)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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