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Gracious Country Home in Washington/New Preston, Ct

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Last updated: 09/05/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

4 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, Great Room (Sleeps 8)


Step back in time into a house steeped in history but beautifully restored with all the modern comforts and amenities. This historic 210 year old home was part of the original Underground Railroad running thru CT during the Civil War. The tunnel leading into the house is still intact. The house was built by one of the areas largest iron masters, Samuel Forbes for his daughter and son-in-law. The wedding trees planted upon their marriage still grace the front entrance.

Set on more than 2 1/2 exquisite acres with a beautiful private pond, a small barn, perfect rows of white hydrangea, fragrant lilac bushes and gardens, the Samuel Forbes House, built in 1799, has been impeccably restored over five years to its initial grand manor house splendor, and is available by the week, month or season at surprisingly affordable rates.

Graced with 11 foot ceilings, 12 over 12 windows throughout, and well proportioned rooms, the house can easily accommodate families or reunions and comfortably sleeps 6-8 people.  The house has a 4 zone heating system and central AC throughout. There are 3 wood burning fireplaces and 2 gas fireplaces upstairs.

The fully equiped kitchen will make any serious cook happy with a professional 6 burner, double oven Wolf stove, Bosch dishwasher, a large refrigerator and plenty of prep space. It opens directly to the spacious and light-filled 15' x 25' post and beam great room where you can relax in front of a roaring fire, watch television on the 42' screen or simply sit and read and take in the outdoors. This room opens to the outside with a French door leading to the deck with a large stainless steel DCS grill and a table for al fresco dining. On the side of the kitchen is the formal dining room which is 15' x 25' with a massive original keeping room fireplace. The table comfortably seats 12-14. Off the dining room a hallway leads to a beautiful guest room with a queen size Grange sleigh bed with its own perfectly renovated full bath with Waterworks fixtures and shower. Adjacent is the front parlor (15' x 20') with baby grand piano and wood burning fireplace. Mudroom and brand new LG washer and dryer complete the first floor.

A staircase in the Dining Room leads to the upstairs. On one side is the sun-filled master suite (15' x 30') with 3 exposures. Originally a ballroom with a vaulted ceiling, the room boast a paneled fireplace that has been fitted with natural looking Eiklor gas logs. The comfortable king size bed has Frette linens that you can really sink into, and a large bath outfitted by Waterworks. There is a large separate dressing room to complete the suite.

There are two additional bedrooms upstairs, one with red toile wallpaper and twin beds and the other with a full size antique iron bed and antique armoire. In between is a sitting room study with a paneled fireplace with gas logs and large flat screen TV over the mantel.  A bathroom with another Waterworks shower make these bedrooms a complete suite.

The house is about 4 miles from Washington Depot, the Washington Green, the Mayflower Inn and Spa, Winvian Spa, 3 miles from Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Vineyard, seven miles from Litchfield, and 8 miles to Kent.

Please call for availability.  All requests are confirmed by payment and a signed standard CT short-term lease contract.  Any occupancy of less than 30 days requires a 12% CT renter's tax.  

Keywords: Single Family Home
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 09/05/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 3400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms


  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:


  • Stereo
  • Television:

    2 Flat screen TV's...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    HCAV throughout the house...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace:

    Gas Fireplace in Master Bedroom and adjacent sitting room on opposite side....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced air...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    2 sets of linens are provided for each bedroom, towels for each bathroom...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    (4) 4 telephone extensions in the house...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Brand New LG steam washing machine...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    3 wood burning fireplaces (Great Room, Dining Room, Parlour)...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    If interested, we can arrange...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Gourmet equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Brand New Bosch dishwasher...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    stove has 6 burners, 2 ovens (one is extra wide), and a salamander....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Double oven and single oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    6 Burner Wolf Professional Stove with double ovens, Salamander...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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from 5 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 16 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$2,200 $5,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • housecleaning $175
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Tax Rate 6%



Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 09/05/2016
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4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Lake Warramaug
20 Miles
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rt. 84
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Community Table (CT)
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mohawk Mountain
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Warramaug

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: We live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan during the week We have a very busy and wonderful life in New York but really look forward to our escape to CT on the weekends where we can truly relax. We especially love entertaining as the house is perfect for it.

Why the Owner Chose New Preston, Washington, CT, USA:
We have always loved Litchfield County and dreamed of having an old house some day. We appreciated the unique history of this house being built by one of the areas largest iron masters and also the fact that it was part of the Underground Railroad. The house was not typical of it's time but rather was designed as a manor house with it's large, beautifully-proportioned rooms and high ceilings. Unlike a lot of old homes that we looked at, this house is full of light with it's 7' tall windows downstairs and it feels very open.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
It was our dream to buy an old home and restore it. We fell in love with this house after seeing just a picture of it. It was a true labor of love. The house has a rich and interesting history which we sought to preserve. The interior is painted with historical colors and is filled with many period antiques while absolutely comfortable. All the rooms are spacious with extra high ceilings and doorways so you always have a feeling of openness. The extra large kitchen is a joy to cook in with all the space one would ever need to cook great gourmet meals. The great room has double height ceilings and lots of windows on 3 sides so it's always flooded with sun. It's truly a special and unique home. The location is great too, as it is close to Kent, Litchfield, New Preston, the center of Washington and just a few miles from Lake Warramaug.

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Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 09/05/2016

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Great room at the holidays

    Great room at the holidays

  • Wolf Professional 6 Burner Stove with 2 Ovens (one double) and Salamander

    Wolf Professional 6 Burner Stove with 2 Ovens (one double) and Salamander

  • Mudroom with Laundry

    Mudroom with Laundry

  • George Washington Staircase

    George Washington Staircase

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Dressing room with double closet

    Dressing room with double closet

  • Bedroom 4

    Bedroom 4

  • side view of house

    side view of house

  • Front flower garden

    Front flower garden

  • Great Room

    Great Room

  • Country kitchen (20' x 25')

    Country kitchen (20' x 25')

  • Kitchen, breakfast area

    Kitchen, breakfast area

  • Dining Room at the Holidays

    Dining Room at the Holidays

  • Guest Bedroom, downstairs

    Guest Bedroom, downstairs

  • Master BR (15' x 25') with wood burning FP, dressing room, master bath,

    Master BR (15' x 25') with wood burning FP, dressing room, master bath,

  • Hallway to Master Bath and Dressing Room

    Hallway to Master Bath and Dressing Room

  • Guest bath upstairs

    Guest bath upstairs

  • Side yard and pond

    Side yard and pond

  • Yard with Barn, pond

    Yard with Barn, pond

  • Side garden

    Side garden

VRBO #223786

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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