Gracious Country Home in Washington/New Preston, Ct
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
RESERVE NOW FOR SUMMER 2016!
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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- 3400 sq. ft.
- 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
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 14 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance
- Gas Fireplace:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
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Dec 17 - Jan 1, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- housecleaning $175
- Property Damage Protection $79
- Tax Rate 6%
Utilities will be additional
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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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Great room at the holidays
Wolf Professional 6 Burner Stove with 2 Ovens (one double) and Salamander
Mudroom with Laundry
George Washington Staircase
Dressing room with double closet
side view of house
Front flower garden
Country kitchen (20' x 25')
Kitchen, breakfast area
Dining Room at the Holidays
Guest Bedroom, downstairs
Master BR (15' x 25') with wood burning FP, dressing room, master bath,
Hallway to Master Bath and Dressing Room
Guest bath upstairs
Side yard and pond
Yard with Barn, pond
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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