Yankee Magazine, 'Best of New England' 'Best Hilltop Cottage'
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
East Haddam cottage description
Awarded Yankee Magazine's 'Best of New England', 'Best Hilltop Cottage' in 2012, this private, secluded and romantic getaway is perfect for two or four people.
Built in the early 1930's by a famous novelist and completely renovated and enlarged in 2010, the approximately 800 sq. ft. 'Laurel Cottage' includes a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with double pedestal bathtub and a large subway tiled shower. A cozy double brass bed in the Great Room with a view of the stone gas fireplace set in a beautiful wood paneled wall, and a luxurious pull-out queen size bed on the all season sunroom, accommodates four comfortably and two indulgently.
The views from the sunroom across the Connecticut River are spectacular in any season.
Completely furnished with Mission and Arts and Crafts style antiques of the early 1900's with William Morris reproduction wallpapers, the cottage is truly a spectacular destination for discerning travelers.
Located on a bluff above the Connecticut River, the cottage is private and ultimately romantic in any season. Sit in front of the glow of the stone fireplace, take a luxurious bubble bath for two in the double pedestal tub, cook a special breakfast or dinner for two in the charming fully appointed kitchen, or just sip champagne and enjoy the views. It is your private retreat.
Your special stay starts with a walk down the pine needle path through a stand of tall pines and into a clearing surrounded by Mountain Laurel. A walk across the granite patio provides you with a sweeping view of the Connecticut River Valley that the Nature Conservancy calls, 'One of the last great places on earth.'
Step into the inviting entry hall that contains glowing wood paneling, book shelves and an antique buffet.
To your left, through a 1920's Belgian antique stained glass door, is the fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, oven/range, coffee maker and toaster oven. All dishes, utensils and linens are included.
GREAT ROOM (BEDROOM):
To the right of the entry hall takes you into the 'Great Room', with wood paneled fireplace wall, antique light fixtures, antique wide board floor, a cozy double brass bed and a dining table for four. A comfortable seating area in front of the gas log fireplace includes two chairs and a loveseat with coffee table. A period armoire holds a CD/Cassette/FM radio stereo system for your enjoyment.
From the Great Room, step through French doors into the Sunroom, which contains High Definition, wide screen satellite television, a queen size pull out sofa bed (with special ten inch thick mattress for supreme comfort), antique wood floor, and an antique enameled table with four chairs. The room has windows on three sides with panoramic views of the hills and river valley.
From its perch high up on a bluff it has been described as, 'Feeling like you're in a tree house looking down on everything'. Eat breakfast or have your morning coffee looking out over the hillside.
Although fully air conditioned, there is also a ceiling fan and the windows on three walls can be opened to catch the breezes.
Off of the Great Room is the bathroom, with wood wainscoting and William Morris reproduction wallpaper and antique wood floor (that also contains radiant heating).
A beautiful double shower with subway tile and copper glass tile accents adorns the bathroom as does a double pedestal soaking tub where you can relax and soak while you look out at the beautiful hills and river.
GRANITE STONE PATIO:
You can also enjoy al fresco dining on the spacious stone patio taking in the views of the state park and the hills across the Connecticut River. A gas cooker set in the 1930's stone fireplace on the patio provides you with wonderul dining options. The farm stand within walking distance also provides fresh vegetables in spring, summer and fall.
An Adirondak style picnic table that seats eight comfortably and has an umbrella to shade the sun graces the patio as does an Adirondak chair for two where you can watch the sun come up over the river or just relax.
The cottage contains dressers and closets to store your belongings and bed linens are provided. The cottage has central heating and air conditioning and has wireless internet (wifi) throughout.
In addition to all the above, for an additional charge we can also arrange for on-site massage and laundry and maid service.
Restaurants, theaters, spas, farm markets, museums, art galleries, bird watching, hiking, kayaking, water sports, golfing, ice skating, biking and points of interest abound in this area of the Connecticut River Valley.
Complimentary parking is provided on the grounds.
- 1 story
- 800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
- Brass full size bed in the romantic Great Room is outfitted with cozy pillows and quilts and surrounded by glowing wood panelling, antiques and a gas stone fireplace. Comfy cozy pull-out queen wicker sofa bed in the all-season porch is surrounded by large windows for stunning views across the river to the hills beyond and includes a private door to the expansive stone patio....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Stunning bathroom has a gleaming wood floor and paneling plus reproduction William Morris wallpaper. The double size walk in shower has a frameless glass door with white subway tile interspersed with beautiful copper colored glass tiles. In addition to the large shower is a fabulous double size bathtub for the utlitmate bubble bath. A sink with large granite counter and toilet complete the room...moreless
- Double pedestal tub, double shower Gas Fireplace in bedroom/great room Wood floors Stone patio Views of the Connecticut River and beyond Central air and heat plus ceiling fan and radiant floor heat Fully equipped kitchen Furnished with Antiques Private and romantic spot Perfect for Honeymooners Perfect for Girls' Weekends...moreless
- Satellite / Cable
- Music Library
- CD Player
- Tourist Attractions
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
- Autumn Foliage
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Recreation Center
- Wildlife Viewing
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
local services and businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
sports and adventure activities
- Equestrian Events
- Ski Privileges Optional
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Jet Skiing
- Ice Skating
- Water Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Hunting Small Game
- Surf Fishing
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Climbing
- Sleep Sofa /Futon
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Broadband Access
- Thermos Bottle
- Towels Provided
- Basic Soaps
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Ceiling Fans
- Wireless Internet
- Iron & Board
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street
- Hair Dryer
- Gas Fireplace
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Living Room:
- Air Conditioning:
- Local Maps
- Filtered Water
- Toilet Paper
- Linens Provided
- Security System
- Alarm Clock
- Housekeeper Optional
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- 4 Ring Stove
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Golf Cart
- Walkway To Water
ReviewsWrite a review
25th Wedding Anniversary
25th Wedding Anniversary
The Laurel Cottage is a wonderful and cozy place to rest and relax. We were more than pleased with the layout of the cottage. The amazing views were enjoyed from every room as well as the outdoor patio. Jeff & Maryan made us both feel very welcome. We look forward to our next visit.
- Guest Loren & Amanda (Cobleskill, New York)
- Date of stay 09/15/12
- Review Submitted 09/18/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank you to our charming guests for the lovely review of our Laurel Cottage guest house. So glad they chose to celebrate their special wedding anniversary in this private and romantic spot. It is always rewarding to us to know that our guests have enjoyed their stay. And, yes, the views are wonderful, especially enjoying that very early morning coffee on the patio while watching the mist rise off the river.
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|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
The charge of $300 plus tax per night is based on double occupancy. An additional charge of $35 per guest per night plus tax applies for third and fourth guests. A one time charge of $25 plus tax will apply to set up the queen sofa bed.
- rate per 3rd guest per night: $35 + tax
- rate per 4th guest per night: $35 + tax
- Tax Rate 15%
This owner accepts: Credit cards.
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Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: Jeff owns a Retained Executive Recruiting firm and places top executives for international clients. He is also past Chairman of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and a former Press Secretary and aide for a U.S. Congressman. Maryan operates the Nehemiah Brainerd House Bed & Breakfast and Laurel Cottage. Formerly a Human Resources Director for a chemical company for 28 years she and Jeff have restored the Nehemiah Brainerd House, the Laurel Cottage and a 1791 central chimney colonial home in Bethel, CT. Jeff and Maryan enjoy traveling, antiques, restoration, architecture and fun conversation with their B&B guests.
Why the Owner Chose East Haddam:
We both feel that the Connecticut River Valley, and Haddam in particular, offer the best of nature, along with the arts, theater, history, great restaurants, sight seeing, activities for the sports minded and all that makes Connecticut a fabulous place to live and visit.
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Adirondack chairs on patio at Autumn
Pull out Queen sofa in sunporch
Brass double bed in Great Room
Laurel Cottage through the pines.
Seating area by fireplace in Great Room.