Experience a 1752 Saltbox Colonial in Historic Guilford Ct.
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Guilford farmhouse description
Experience the charm of historic Guilford CT in colonial style. The Benjamin Fowler house at Peddlars Farm is an authentic 1752 Saltbox colonial decorated with charming antiques. The four bedroom house easily sleeps 6 and features a dining room, living room, large eat in kitchen and spacious screen in porch. You will be amazed at the large stone fireplace and wide board floors throughout the house. Bring your best recipe and cook in the beehive ovens. There are two bathrooms, both recently redone and the kitchen includes dishes, cooking pots and glasses. Bed linens are included, you bring your own towels. The master bedroom features a 19th century queen size sleigh bed with a 1780 chippendale dresser. The second bedroom has two antique full size beds. The downstairs bedroom has a wonderful canopy bed and a bay window. Barbecue and relax while your children experience what it is like to live in a 250 year old house. Who knows, George Washington may have slept here.
- 3700 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 7-15
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Satellite / Cable
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
- Pier Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Ice Skating
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Fly Fishing
- Hunting Small Game
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Basketball Court
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Outlet Shopping
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Sight Seeing
- Enjoy colonial Guilford CT with over 100 houses built before the revolution and a quintessentially New England green and town center. Guilford boasts 4 antique house musuems to combine with extensive outdoor activities. Check out Westwoods trails with miles of hiking, ideal for the beginning or the experienced hiker. Enjoy the miles of bike trails through beautiful countryside. Look for weekly farmers markets at Dudley farm and great fresh fruits, vegetables and baked goods at Bishops Orchards farm market. Enjoy fresh fruit picking including apples, pears, peaches, raspberries and blue berries. Enjoy fine dining in Guilford and surrounding towns. Take in fresh new musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House. And for the shoppers, enjoy Clinton Crossing and Tangier outlets in nearby Clinton and Westbrook. ...moreless
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Staying in this house was everything that I'd hoped for. We (group of 15) stayed here for two nights very comfortably. There were plenty of beds and couches to go around, and for those of us who did need sleeping bags (it says it sleeps up to 14 but realistically only about 8 or 9 can get beds) there was ample floor space and plenty of clean areas. The house got rather cold at night but some rooms had heating which was perfectly effective and kept up with the charm of the house. As well, all electronics, like TV and wi-fi, and electric appliances, like the fridge and the microwave, were well-kept and in great condition. There were plenty of plates, mugs, bowls and utensils, and the hot water in the showers was excellent! All in all I would recommend this house again to anyone who wants a comfortable and interesting place to stay, whether it be two nights or two weeks!
- Guest Jeff (Virginia)
- Date of stay 10/13/13
- Review Submitted 10/18/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children.
We had a wonderful time in this historic house. Just about anywhere else a place like this would be a museum. I mean, it's older than the United States! The turnpike is pretty close, but there are enough trees so the noise isn't that much of an issue. It's very spacious and has a very authentic feel to it, but with all the convenience of a modern stove, dishwasher, etc.
- Guest Yael B. (Chicago)
- Date of stay 08/11/13
- Review Submitted 08/27/13
We have travelled extensively and often rented homes. This is the first negative review we have ever written. The owner was very friendly and helpful on the phone when we were initially booking and making arrangements. Our experience after we arrived was quite a contrast. We emailed the owner after our arrival late in the evening to let him know we were disappointed and not happy with the cleanliness of the place and the fact that there were not enough dishes for our group of eight, despite having confirmed with him by phone prior to arrival that the property was well equipped for our party of eight (two families of four, travelling together). His singular emailed reply was the following, "Feel free to leave. I personally cleaned the house for three hours today so I doubt I could ever meet your expectations." Despite our requests, we never heard again from the owner after this and were left to fend for ourselves. We spent time doing our own cleaning, washing down dried grime that had dripped down the cupboard fronts, cleaning hair found in the fridge, scrubbing toilet bowls, etc. This was not difficult but also not what we had imagined for a vacation activity. Kitchen was not supplied with needed dishes for eight and owner never remedied this despite our requests. Sufficient plates, but only 6 mugs and 5 bowls. Even after cleaning, other than eating breakfast in shifts and washing bowls in between, we elected to eat out rather than cooking meals at the home as we had originally planned. Fortunately, many wonderful places to eat nearby. The yard and surrounding area were very beautiful & the historic experience of staying in a colonial home would have been wonderful if it were not for the above. We especially loved the screened porch with a view of the yard and nearby barn. Additionally, I expect it is a simple error that the home is listed as wheelchair accessible on the website since this is clearly not the case with multiple steps or stairs and tight corners as would be expected in such an historic home. The cold water tap in the tiny second floor bathroom was also not functioning. I anticipate that there may be a final owner reply to this review but this is at least a brief summary of our experience. I also imagine it could be a very different experience for others with the above issues easily resolved and more appropriate and helpful responses and actions from the owner when potential difficulties or disappointments are encountered.
- Guest David W.
- Date of stay 08/05/13
- Review Submitted 08/20/13
We had a wonderful stay. We were in the area for a long weekend to visit extended family and this was the perfect spot to retire to every night. We had more than enough beds for 8 of us one night (6 most nights). The screened-in porch (not mentioned in the listing) was great for coffee in the mornings and winding down in the evenings. We were also pleasantly surprised that this old farmhouse was retrofitted with AC, which kept us sufficiently cool. Be prepared for rustic living, but for the price, this place can't be beat.
- Guest Jon K.
- Date of stay 07/18/13
- Review Submitted 07/28/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
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- Nearest Airport: bradley airport at 50 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: bridgeport ct at 30 Miles
- Nearest Train: guilford ct at 5 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: I 95 at 5 Miles
- Nearest Beach: jacobs beach at 2 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Augers at 5 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Ski Sundown at 40 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Guilford Lakes at 7 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Stone House at 5 Miles
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: A lover of antique houses. I am a native of Guilford Ct and I purchased this antique home in 2006 as a second home for my family. When a small farm with another antique house became available, we decided to keep this house and let others enjoy an antique house as much as we did.
Why the Owner Chose Guilford:
The Benjamin Fowler house is one of the ten oldest houses in Guilford CT, being built as an integral leanto Saltbox center chimney colonial. The integrity of its historic structure and charm of its massive fireplaces along with its pastoral setting made me fall in love with one of the nicest houses in Guilford CT.
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Care to try cooking dinner over an open hearth? Bring the baby, cradle available
Second floor hallway looking toward the master bedroom. A lonely candlestand.
Master bedroom. 19th century sleigh bed. Chippendale dresser, exposed beams.
Second bedroom on the second floor, two antique rope beds. Colonial living.
The other side of the second bedroom, an antique rocker in the left foreground
First floor bedroom with an antique canopy bed and oriental rug.
The living room, relax, watch TV, talk to the relatives on the wall.
Living room showing the doors to the screened porch.
Kitchen eating area. that's one big fireplace.
The kitchen, don't worry, the stove just looks old, its gas and electric.
the other side of the kitchen
The dining room features an antique table and chairs and a huge fireplace
The other side of the dining room. Uncle Zachariah watching your table manners
A view of the staircase in front of the center chimney. So many turns.
a romantic fireplace in the bedroom.
Second bedroom, another view. Exposed beams, antique oriental rug.
The first floor bedroom with the picture window.
The other side of the first floor bedroom with propane stove and empire chest
A different living room perspective
Living room fireplace with original molding.
Kitchen eating area, hitchcock chairs, hutch table settle.
the history of the house on a plaque
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