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Little House in the Big Woods

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Last updated: 08/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Pomfret house description

The Little House at Jericho is an early American farmhouse located on the Abington side of Pomfret, Connecticut, in a secluded storybook location on 145 acres of preserved land adjacent to the Airline Trail, the Wolf Den State Forest, Mashomoquet State Park and the New England Forestry Foundation's Chase Kimball Memorial Forest. The site is ideal for bird-watching from the deck over-looking the pond or at the Audubon Society's Grasslands preserved sanctuary nearby, for long walks in the woods, cross-country skiing, fishing, or just for a place to get away from it all. Use of the tennis court is allowed, but hunting is strictly prohibited, as is use of any off-road vehicles. It is ideal for an artist or author's retreat.

The Little House has been lovingly preserved by eight generations of the same family who have lived at Jericho since 1814. This antique house has one large downstairs and two small upstairs bedrooms, a spacious living/dining room with a huge granite fireplace, and can sleep up to four people comfortably. Furnished with period country antiques, guests feel transported into the 18th century, until they slide back a door to find a modern kitchen with a view over an orchard and pond from a large deck, and a newly updated bathroom.

Jericho is situated close to Hyde, Pomfret and Rectory Schools, as well as the numerous scenic drives, destination restaurants, antique stores and boutiques in Windham County. This historic little house is nestled in the forest, far from the stress of daily life, but only a short drive from Old Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport. It is also less than an hour's drive from Hartford, Providence and Worcester and only a 20 minute drive from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Boston is 90 miles Northeast and New York City 150 miles Southwest.

Keywords: cottage, little house, historic farmhouse, antique house, secluded getaway

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Not Allowed:

            The floorboards are antique and soft pine, originally from the Eastford Congregational Church,, so dog claws would scratch them and therefore dogs are not permitted. As everything is hypoallergenic, no pets are allowed, including the owner's dog, a very friendly beagle who is not allowed in the Little House....moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Events Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 3-4

          • Bedroom 1: 1 double


          • Bedroom 2: 1 double


          • Bedroom 3: 1 double


          • Double Beds (1) the beds are all antique 18th century ones, and two are 3/4 size, slightly smaller than double beds. The upstairs beds are rope beds with organic custom-made latex/cotton/wool mattresses, reminiscent of the 18th century, but more comfortable. Beds are made up with 100% cotton linens, washed and ironed professionally for each rental...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: combination tub/shower, toilet


          • The bathroom is fully stocked with Crabtree and Evelyn la Source products, clean sets of towels for each guest, and a supply of anything you might have forgotten, including a hair dryer, shower cap, toothbrush, etc....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            there is a small, but fully-equipped kitchen (stove, fridge, microwave, coffee-maker, etc) leading onto deck and stocked with all basic needs., including coffee and tea, olive oil, etc....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Because the property is 8 miles from the nearest supermarket, the refrigerator is kept stocked with fresh 1% milk! orange juice and English muffins...moreless

          • Dining:

            Adjoining dining area seats 4-5 in antique ladder back chairs and has a high chair for a small child...moreless

          • Stove:

            4 burner electric- small, apartment size...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Child's Highchair
          • Oven
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 5 people


          • Fireplace:

            Due to the age of the house, the fireplace is decorative...moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            not really necessary in such an old house, but available...moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            use of the fireplace is discouraged due to its age...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            concierge service is provided...moreless

          • Babysitter
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Washing Machine
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Parking Off Street
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Heating
          • Towels Provided
          • Parking

          Other Amenities

              • There is a tennis court and over 144 acres of preserved woodland, adjacent to the Airline Trail, Mashamoquet State Park, the Wolf Den State Forest and the New England Forestry Foundation Memorial Forest. The Audubon Society's Grassland Bird Conservation Center is also close by, as are a number of destination restaurants (Sharpe Hill Vineyard, the Golden Lamb, the Vanilla Bean, Grill 37, 85 Main, Coriander, etc.). Old Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport are near enough for day trips, in opposite directions and scenic local towns provide many attractions (i.e. Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, antiquing and Bradley Theater in Putnam, Logee's for exotic plants in Danielson, etc)...moreless


              • Satellite / Cable:

                flat screen with DVD player discretely provided in an antique cabinet in the living room. IPOD speakers also provided, with IPOD, as desired ...moreless

              • Television
              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player


              • Internet
              • Wireless Internet

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                the deck was built in 2011 and overlooks the pond and the woods. It is an ideal place to watch the wildlife near the pond. ...moreless

              • Tennis:

                There is a tennis court with backboard...moreless

              • Balcony


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

              • Waterfront:

                there is a pond, which is not for swimming, as there are fish, turtles and other aquatic life, but there is a dock, lots of frogs, and fishing is permitted....moreless

              • Rural:

                Excellent hiking on Airline Trail, and in New England Forestry Foundation Forest and Wolf Den State Forest, Audubon and Goodwin Conservation centers nearby...moreless

              • Water View


              • Restaurants
              • Golf
              • Tennis
              • Cycling
              • Swimming
              • Hiking
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Massage Therapist
              • ATM/Bank
              • Walking
              • Bird Watching
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Skiing
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Boating
              • Antiquing
              • Horseback Riding
              • Scenic Drives
              • Eco Tourism
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Synagogues
              • Festivals
              • Churches
              • Live Theater
              • Arboretum
              • Winery Tours
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Sledding
              • Fishing


              Write a review 4.9
              from 8 traveler reviews
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              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay

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              • Property Damage Protection $49
              • Taxes Not included

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              Last updated: 08/21/2014
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              40 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Hartford, New London, Providence or Worcester
              8 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              3 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Golden Lamb, Vanilla Bean

              Car: Necessary

              This is a very secluded location, but under 50 miles to Hartford, Provience, Worcester and New London, 90 miles from Boston


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1814

              About the owner: After a career as an international civil servant, I retired in 2011 to the farmhouse where I spent summers as a child and with my own children and have restored the guesthouse behind my house. The 'Little House' is an 18th century farmhouse where my great-grandfather was born in 1823 and it has been occupied by the same family for seven generations. The bathroom is entirely new, as is the expansive deck on the back, but the rest is the original house, wide pine floorboards that originally came from a Congregational church nearby (when my parents did the first restoration in 1952) a huge fireplace, exposed beams and a warm cozy atmosphere.

              Why the Owner Chose Pomfret:
              The Quiet Corner of Connecticut is a delightful area, unspoiled and rural, but only a short drive to Boston, Providence, Hartford and Worcester. Pomfret is a particularly pretty town with a great deal of preserved woodland in a region with a wealth of historical significance. For anyone interested in American history, wildlife and bird-watching, this area has great appeal and is central for day trips to all of Southern New England's attractions

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              I love the solitude in this secluded location. The deer feel safe here, and people tend to want to return to this peaceful sanctuary, where wildlife abound. Like most of New England, the weather and the seasons are always changing and bringing new surprises. What I like to do most is walk in the woods, or just sit and read in the serenity of Jericho

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              Speaks: english, french, spanish



              • antique fireplace in great room

                antique fireplace in great room

              • One of the Little House bedrooms upstairs

                One of the Little House bedrooms upstairs

              • downstairs bedroom

                downstairs bedroom

              • deck behind Little House

                deck behind Little House

              • winter view from deck into the Big Woods

                winter view from deck into the Big Woods

              • back door

                back door

              • Third bedroom

                Third bedroom

              • Evening in springtime

                Evening in springtime

              • Entrance


              • Stone bridge over brook

                Stone bridge over brook

              • Pond


              • Bee Balm

                Bee Balm

              • dining area

                dining area

              • the renovated bathroom

                the renovated bathroom

              • front door at Christmastime

                front door at Christmastime

              • back door

                back door

              • deck in summertime

                deck in summertime

              • table on deck

                table on deck

              • Irises in springtime

                Irises in springtime

              • Roses in June

                Roses in June

              • Co-host & official greeter, Dog Hammarskjold, is not allowed in the Little House

                Co-host & official greeter, Dog Hammarskjold, is not allowed in the Little House

              • Woodland path

                Woodland path

              • Haying the front field

                Haying the front field

              • 4th of July!

                4th of July!

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              This listing was first published here in 2011.

              Date last modified - Friday, July 18, 2014

              $200 per night (USD)

              3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 4

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              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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