This 1859 Colonial house is located on the Connecticut river in the quaint town of East Haddam. Sunlight and cool breezes in the summer, and watch acres of trees change color along the river in fall. In the winter, wood-burning and propane stoves make the sitting rooms cozy. Enjoy theatre at Goodspeed Opera House, farmers markets, restaurants, and shopping in Essex and Chester, boating on the river, and hikes on the home's 1.3 acres or nearby Matchimoodis, Hurd, and other state parks.
Guests have access to the entire house. The home has original details throughout, including wide-plank wood floors, original glass in the windows, a dutch door in the kitchen leading out to a brick terrace, and traditional paint colors from the mid-1800's. Furnished with a mixture of modern and antique pieces that make it feel comfortable and clean. The views from almost every window are breathtaking - the wide Connecticut River to the front, and old-growth trees and limestone walls stretching up in the back to the cliffs above. Dishes, cookware, and silver are a combination of new and antique, with a blender, french press, full refrigerator, water heater, and other appliances. In the sitting room you will find art books and games, and the living room has a modern oversized chaise lounge that can be used for sleeping if there are more guests than the bedrooms can accommodate.
There is a 2nd full bathroom with shower on the ground floor of the home, and two extra rooms that do not currently have beds or furniture. Guests are free to use these rooms if they wish. There is a washing machine and dryer on the ground floor as well. On the back patio, there is a charcoal grill that may be used.
If you are bringing a dog (no cats allowed), please notify us in advance and be sure to keep the dog on a leash for safety when on the property; route 149 in front of the house has periods of high traffic and a speed limit of 40 mph. There is a medium-sized dog bed in the home; please keep dogs off other furniture.
There is a barn-studio located on the terrace above and behind the house that the owners use to store canoes, paddles, and life jackets, which guests are free to use. In case of power outage, there is a propane generator on the property that starts up immediately to avoid disruptions in power.
The home is located in the historic district of East Haddam, CT, enabling guests to enjoy the serenity of the woods and the river while also being able to walk to the village of East Haddam. Along the way, you will pass gorgeous colonial-era homes, the local library, a cemetery established in the early 1700s, the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, and amenities like Common Ground cafe, the Sweet Shop, the Gelston House restaurant, and the Goodspeed Opera House. A quick trip down highway 9 brings you to the villages of Essex and Chester, which are known for their boutiques, restaurants, antique shops, and other amenities. Along with boating and hiking (and cross-country skiing in winter), the house provides easy access to swimming at the Moodus reservoir and Cedar Lake, and visits to Gillette Castle. East Haddam is located 20 minutes north of Old Saybrook and other shore towns, where there is public access to ocean beaches. 20 minutes to the north is Middletown and Wesleyan University.
Guests without a vehicle can take Metro-North to Old Saybrook and take either a taxi or a bus from there to East Haddam.