4 bed, 1.5 bath, antique farmhouse on nature preserve
Gwen and Patrice Demombynes
About Gwen and Patrice Demombynes
This home has been in the Demombynes-Tippett Family for many, many years. It is part of a private association, and was built in ~ 1830 or so, based on the hand-hewn chestnut beams that make up the structure of the house. It was lovingly restored and winterized over the years, without altering it's antique character.
Why Gwen and Patrice Demombynes chose Cornwall Bridge
This is a very desirable location, 2.5 hours from New York City. The owners don't live in the area, and we use the house mainly in the spring and fall. We are willing to share it with people who will appreciate it's history, location and charm, for those hot summer months when getting out to the country is such a joy.
What makes this Cottage unique
This is a unique and special home. People who enjoy the history of antique homes, and the charm of less-than-perfect cottages will fall in love with this place and this area.
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Old and Charming
This house is close to 200 years old, but well maintained. Gwen the owner is freindly, and helpful with any issues. Property is convenient to main roads to Sharon, Goshen, Kent, etc., on hill with some mountain views. New heating system for hot water and hydronic radiators. Plenty of parking. No road noise. Washer and Dryer in basement.
Happy Country Abode
We had lovely month in Cornwall Bridge. The house is very basic but had all the necessities for our stay. The kitchen was well outfitted although disorganized. When we arrived, the house was quite dirty (lots of dust, cobwebs, dead bugs, etc.), so we spent the first two days of our time there getting it in better order. I suggest that guests bring their own linens. The overall community was very friendly. We enjoyed meeting neighbors and taking walks in the woods. Don't miss the sculpture walk!
Thanks for the review, Kelly. We are glad you were able to enjoy the area. I’m sorry it was dusty, it should have been cleaned thoroughly before you arrived. I woukd have had the cleaner come back if you had let me know! We are working to improve the organization and keep linens, etc., updated and fresh. We are just installing a new on-demand hot water system. Gwen
Quaint, Charming, Peaceful Farmhouse
I just spent one month at the Beehive guesthouse. If you are looking to get away from all of the hustle and bustle and find some peace and quiet, this place is for you. With only 11 other houses on this private road, you climb up the side of the mountain and into an oasis of chirping birds and crickets and the buzzing of insects to fill the air. It is an old farmhouse. It is simple and not pretentious. It has everything you need. Yeah, you are going to get some insects and moths inside with you (and somehow I still can't figure out, a bird made it in!)....but isn't that part of the country charm? I have never in my life drank water so perfectly clear, clean and refreshing. I had such great joy watching the fascination of my cats as they watched out the windows and held conversations with chipmunks in the mornings, and as they watched the swirl of moths in the evenings. All of the neighbors that I met were so friendly, welcoming, and inviting.
I enjoyed hopping around to the various farm stands and farmer's markets (one of the neighbors, Alisa, sells produce grown on the mountain on Saturdays in West Cornwall) to get supplies for my daily meals. Megan's farm located at the Kent Land Trust, just south of downtown Kent even has a freezer full of local farm raised meats for sale! Make sure to bring singles, fives and change with you for the farm stands to pay for your goods as you can stop in day or night and help yourself to what you need. I loved my stay at the Beehive and in Cornwall so much that I have just put an offer in on a property two streets away!
Audobon Center on Route 4 heading towards Sharon is great for kids to visit or take classes.
Mt. Tom has a good swimming lake, but the Pond is on the association property, down Pond Road about a short 1/4 mile, and is great for a swim.
Housatonic River is great for tubing or kayak or canoe, start up in West Cornwall at the covered Bridge.
Movie theatres are in Bantam or Torrington. Torrington has all the big box stores.
Lots and lots of great hiking, Appalachian Trail runs through the area
Kent Falls is a great picnic area, on the road to Kent, swimming in the falls.
The town of Kent is the closest with several restaurants, bakeries, grocery store, touristy stuff.
Visit the Stanley Museum for historical museum info about the area (Stanley Tools!)
Great Restaurants in Kent, West Cornwall, New Preston. Also plenty of good restaurants in, Bantam, Torrington, Litchfield.