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A Sweet Haven of Tranquility! Nature Lovers, hear the flow of the River, peek at the Mountain through woodlands in our newly renovated 'Vintage Style' Garden Cottage. Nearest neighbors are llamas, sheep, a goat, Organic vegetable farmers, Upscale riding stables, Eagles soaring over the Housatonic River. Close to Twin Lakes, Bartholemew's Cobble Hiking Trails, Private Schools, Lime Rock Park & Berkshires Arts Scene.
You will love 'coming home' to your Peaceful Getaway! The comfortable family home is perched on a hill overlooking the Housatonic River and Canaan Mountain. The first thing you will notice is the musical sound of the River! A flight of steps from the driveway brings you to the entrance of the very convenient Mudroom / Pantry before entering the welcoming Open Floor Plan of the home, which makes it the perfect place for gathering and entertaining with Family and Friends.
The recently refreshed Kitchen was designed with several work stations for meal preparation, many pro chefs have worked in this kitchen - you'll enjoy it , too - with plenty of counter space, 2 sinks, dishwasher, new stainless appliances - refrigerator with ice maker, and gas range for those gourmet meals. The island counter seats four and is great for a quick lunch or for guests to sit and snack and keep the cook company. Anything you might need in the kitchen is provided, as well as loads of fun vintage dishes from the owner's collection. The Dining Area is cozy country chic and roomy enough for ten to gather at the Farmhouse style table and Banquette.
Adjacent to the dining area are the French Doors leading to the Screened Porch, which is the hub of activity in the warm summer months, especially evenings! A dining table for six is welcoming with a garden setting better than any restaurant al fresco dining experience. Several comfy chairs and Grandma's old Porch Glider make this a great extension of the home itself...a restful place to relax with a book on a rainy afternoon! Decorated in a Rustic Style with and authentic hand carved Totem Pole and hanging Adirondack Canoe, you may not want to leave this space at all!!
Out the back door of the Screened Porch, and also accessible out the Kitchen / Mudroom door is a small but efficient porch with the Gas Grill, prep table, planters filled with herbs for your use for summer meal preparation and a garden bench for the chef's assistants!
The Living Room area faces the sunny South Deck, accessible through the 8' sliding doors. The lush and lovely planters and chaise lounge chairs for sun worshipers make this deck feel like an extension of the gardens. It connects with the screened Porch area, making the outside traffic flow work really well and entertaining a Summer Breeze!
Back inside, the family will surely gather around the large Living Room coffee table for fun and games or hors d' oeuvres and cocktails before dinner. If the kids need a place of thier own, the cozy adjoining Family / TV room is the space for them. French doors also connect to the South deck. A small office area in this room is a great bonus if needed, as well as the 'catch all' closet.
The warm stucco and barn-sided walls, combined with original paintings by local, and not so local, artists, as well as the owner's extensive collection of vintage pottery, hand sewn pillows and unique decorator touches makes you feel at home, not just in any old rental house!!
The new Tile shower and Pedetal Sink with vintage lights and medicine cabinet in the first floor bath make it comfortable and convenient.
The second floor of the home has an open balcony area overlooking the downstairs, a vaulted ceiling with skylights and a ceiling fan giving a very airy feeling to the house, which is just under 2,000 sq.ft. The Library Wall in the balcony area is filled with good reads, both old and new, and loads of games and puzzles for you to enjoy during your stay.
The Master Bedroom is a haven with it's Queen size bed, luxurious linens, comfy chair and large south east facing picture window to watch the sun and moon rise. There is a TV in the room as well. Two medium sized closets connect to the tiled upstairs bathroom and convenient Laundry Area. The Vintage clawfoot / built-in tub with the European style handheld shower faucet is perfect for a rejuvenating fragrant herbal soak!
The 'Kid's Room' is perfect for kids and adults alike, with a fun farmland mural painted on the wall, a good sized closet and two twin beds set up 'head to head' for those nights of whispering stories and secrets together. A porta crib is also available if needed.
The Balcony Bedroom is warm and inviting with a super comfortable day bed, which can expand to sleep two, and there is another twin bed as well. A large closet is just across the hall from the bedroom. The French Door leads to the upper 'hideaway' balcony with the best view in the house and some great chairs to enjoy it in. If you are a star gazer, this is the place to do it! Many shooting stars have been seen and wished upon from this porch!
Oh, and don't forget the ever present, soothing sound of the River...it will bring peace to your soul!
Hope to hear from you soon!
Keywords: Peaceful Country Home, 2 Hrs from New York City, 3 Hrs from Boston, Great for Kids of all ages who Enjoy Playing in the Great Outdoors. Close to Private School and Lime Rock Park
Our home is surrounded by delightful gardens and landscaping, including a water feature, which attract a variety of birds & butterflies, all designed by the Homeowner, a professional gardener, see www.sweethavenfarmct.com. In addition to two 1st floor decks and the 2nd floor hide away balcony, there is a large screened porch for dining, sitting, even napping if you are lucky! There is also a vine covered cedar Gazebo with a fire pit available for use on the 8 acre property. You will undoubtedly see deer, wild turkeys, racoons and occasionally hear the distant call of coyotes from the 500+ acres of forested Mt Tom between our home and the beautiful Twin Lakes. ...moreless
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Kayaks are available for use, Great area for both Mountain Biking and Road Cycling, Insider access to Lime Rock Park, through Homeowner, if desired.
Year Purchased: 1979
About the owner: We have lived and raised our family here for over 30 years, building and improving our home as the family grew. Now that they have moved on we are downsizing our lives and ready to be traveling more ourselves. We are both successfully self-employed, Noreen as a Floral & Garden Designer, and Don as an Automotive Restoration specialist. Our businesses are located on the same property, but not within site of the Rental Home.
We have always enjoyed sharing our special 'Sweethaven' with family and friends and now, we look forward to sharing this area with others, as well.