7 acres of peace and privacy w/ lake at the end of the driveway.
- english, Very broken Spanish
About Arlene Charest
We are an older couple happily married over 40 years. Pete is still actively involved in our growing business (see CTPOSTANDBEAM). Our large, beautiful family is scattered over the east coast, close enough to enjoy our grown children all of the grand and great grandchildren. The only one still at home is our precious chocolate Lab, Sadie, our fur baby. I am fully involved in keeping up the endless perennial gardens at the log house and our small, 100 year old "garden of eden" that we were fortunate enough to discover, only a mile from the log home. We were able to downsize into that dream cottage where I can garden endlessly with Sadie by my side. My other interests are drawing, biking, serving as Literacy Volunteer and with visually impaired. Pete continues to be a full-time businessman selling post and beam plans, connectors, and tooling all over the US, Alaska and other countries. The large 3-bay barn set away from the house is where Dennis Royer, Pete’s assistant packs and ships the tooling and connectors. He and Pete hustle while the guesthouse is unoccupied but try to stay away when you are there unless there is need for something to be done at the house that can’t wait. Wonderful Sarah mows lawns once a week but tries not to come early in the morning. I try to text or call guests when I know she is coming in case children or pets might be outside. Occasionally a customer of Pete’s will find he is in the middle of a large construction 🔨 project and is short half a dozen pins or a tool he wishes he had bought in a timely way; Dennis or Pete will slip quietly into the barn to wrap the precious part (to him) and ship it. We will try to make sure the UPS truck doesn’t come when you are there, shipping at the UPS store instead.
Arlene Charest purchased this House in 2007
Why Arlene Charest chose Winchester
We lived in Bethlehem for over 35 years where we ran our company "Better Barns" building high end small modular buildings -- and beautiful reproduction barn door hardware. We sold the company to move on to a totally new concept in post and beam framing, starting Connecticut Post and Beam. The log home was suddenly available, our dream home, with a huge 3bay workshop apart from the house, 4-car garage under -- Walk out basement with toilet accommodations for a Gardner with dusty shoes. It was the perfect home for us, for Pete to work, room for any and all visiting family, and room for endless perennial gardens. The time came when I hit 80 that we had to downsize.When Pete does have to visit the shop to pack connectors and have them picked up by UPS, our customers are not disturbed, do not see his truck parked behind the work shop or hear any noise; his need to come to the shop is in frequent and only when absolutely necessary because a customer cannot continue without an additional number of connectors for his project The sparkling lake at the end of our driveway would have been reason enough to buy that wonderful spacious appealing home. Great being all on one level when a biking accident left me with a broken leg and ankle. What an amazing home in which to recover with bright, sunny room off the kitchen overlooking gardens -- deck in front to roll out, watch the multitudes of birds at the feeder and the occasional bear stroll by. Shade or sun, comfort in any weather. To sit and read, play outside games out back or cook out in the super new picnic area with table, gas grill and fire-pit. Perfect for young people, active adults or older family -- endless pleasant hours pass for young and old. We love that house as much as the little place where we now nest. We left the log house just the way we lived in it so comfortably and happily, with the addition of a few beds and some extra towels. It's already to move into and stay as long as your time allows
What makes this House unique
Honestly, it feels as if you have finally arrived in the Adirondacks at the cabin you reserved. We did that once and that was what appealed to us the most about the house you're going to stay in. You just never want to leave, and many of our guests choose to return. You can sit quietly and read a book, play yard games or card games, hike in any of dozens of grand trails from gentle to wild, in safe, but wild State Parks, all within 20 minutes of home. Culture, class, sophistication or plain old country close by. Sports car or bike enthusiasts-- come one come all. The NW corner of CT has it all.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We adore Arlene and Pete’s cabin! It was the perfect getaway for the July 4th weekend. We had 5 humans and 4 pups and had such a great time using the kayaks and being so close to the lake. The place is secluded down a long driveway away from the road so the pups could run freely and we didn’t worry they would get in trouble. We enjoyed a fire and grilled every night. Arlene and Pete were so helpful if we had any questions. Would absolutely stay again!
I booked this property for guests that were coming as part of a reunion. I had some families staying at my lake house and the other 2 families stayed at this property. The owners are lovely, however I don't think they were prepared for 2 families with children to stay. I will have to read their requirements for the guests again, but they were not happy with the fact that the day of departure the towels and linens were left for the cleaning crew to do. Also they were not prepared for all of the paper plates and toilet paper to be used up. One family did do their laundry prior to leaving as they were headed to Martha's Vineyard. The washer did not work that great however, there was a note from the owners explaining that the water only filled up half way and that the washer was delicate. The children made smores at night and the owners found melted marshmallows on the outdoor furniture which they were not prepared for as well. Again, it was a lovely location and the guests really enjoyed themselves. The owners are lovely but not able to handle many children.
Amazing weekend away
My friend and I, and our puppies, had the most relaxing four days here. The house is awesome with everything you could want. We spent our days at the lake or chilling in the back yard, watching the puppies run around the garden while we cooked on the bbq. Cell service was sketchy but to be honest it was nice to unplug. Arlene and Pete could not have been lovelier. We hope to return!
Beautiful Cabin, Gracious Hosts!
This was a beautiful cabin, on a wonderful property complete with a fabulous butterfly garden. We loved sitting out on the front porch to watch the hummingbirds flying around the flowers, and drinking coffee in the screened-in back room with a balcony over the fire pit. The set-up of the rooms was a little strange, and did not allow for too much privacy, so it might be be especially best for a family (the rooms are mostly all connected by doors that could be seen through, and unless you go outside, some rooms require walking through others to get to the rest of the cabin). With the beautiful weather allowing us to go around outside, and with the use of a strategically placed blanket over a door, we managed to make it much more private, and it was no problem! We also LOVED the short walk down to the lake, where we enjoyed kayaking in the day, and Star-gazing at night. However, the real treasures of this cabin are its hosts, Arlene and Pete. They were so attentive and generous, from being available to answer our every question to bringing us extra firewood so that we didn’t have to leave for errands. They were so eager to help, and we were just blown away by their kindness and warmth. Pete’s workshop is on the grounds, and we did notice him coming and going (so again, a little less private than we may have expected), but when we saw him, he gave us wonderful information and advice about the property, and even showed us around his workshop! I imagine that if any visitors ever had any problems or concerns with privacy or anything in the cabin, a quick text to Arlene letting her know would have them doing anything in their power to make things perfect for you. We had a wonderful time, and would absolutely recommend this cabin to others looking for a peaceful retreat on a beautiful property owned by a truly gracious couple.
Perfect way to relax and recharge
There are so many wonderful details to This house, our week in the log house was great. Perfectly placed on park like grounds, private with all the summer details you need living by the lake. Kayaking and fishing by day, or swimming, and fire pits and s’mores at night. The owners were so gracious sharing their favorite dining spots and best tomatoes and sweet corn farms. We loved our week in this modern up to date home with all the amenities at your fingertips, can’t wait to visit again . Peter and Arlene were the loviest couple, and their beautiful home is a hidden gem in CT.
Private, secluded, beautiful grounds. Short walk to lake for swimming, fishing, or boating. House was great, very cozy and well stocked. Owner was so nice, came by and brought us a ton of wood for the fire pit and made sure we had everything we needed. Would definitely stay again.
The cities of Danbury and great Barrington are about 45 minutes in either direction. We are only an hour from Hartford which is a joy for tourists as well as night lovers with everything from museums to shows and recreational centers. We live here because we love it wild, private and quiet. The lake
is a tremendous joy year round. Just walking down to the lake from the house and across the dam and back refreshes a person anytime of the year. It is so beautiful and each season has its own splendid show. An hour drive takes one up into lovely town in MA, to every avenue of entertainment from the Rockwell Museum to an amazing stroll around Stockbridge. It seems that every town in New England dresses up between Thanksgiving and Christmas, holds special events from fairs and holiday shows to towns like nearby Collinsville which has closed streets so the whole neighborhood can stroll about and experience the special pace of that treasure right outside of Avon and Canton. Summers are amazing with wild and exciting tubing on the Farmington and housatonic rivers. Never mind the fishing!!!! There must be at least a dozen spectacular Fairs spread out from Spring to Fall, sort of culminating in the huge Springfield exposition, and experience one would remember for sure. With the ever changing seasons, and the ever changing weather in each, life is never boring in New England and it is always so so beautiful.