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Rhubarb Hill - a Charming Farmhouse dating from 1758

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 30 nights


About the property

Farmhouse Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Rhubarb Hill is a woodsy retreat in beautiful Litchfield County. Relax in a charming farmhouse that is spacious and great for entertaining! The dining room, once a rustic keeping room, has a stone wall, fireplace, and stenciled hardwood floors. You will feel as if you stepped back in time. The living room is the perfect size for intimate conversations or larger gatherings. Wide hardwood floors predominate throughout this comfortable home. Cook up a great meal or snack in the well-equipped kitchen with a professional Garland gas stove, microwave, two dish washers and other culinary gadgets. There is a full basement with washer/dryer/ironing board.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and two baths. The master bath is spectacular with a Jacuzzi, European-style shower, twin sinks, and great views of mature hardwoods and old stone walls. Relax in a queen size four poster bed while looking out over the expansive yard. There is a huge walk-in closet with ample storage. The second bedroom has a shaker-like feel with its queen bed and two closets. The third bedroom is small with two twin beds, great for kids. The second upstairs bathroom has a vintage feel with full tub/shower and sink.

The area:

House is walking distance to downtown New Preston and Lake Waramaug beach with boat rentals, swimming, rope swings and kayaking

Near the Steep Rock Land Trust with great hiking trails

Dine locally at the Historic Mayflower Inn as well as several wonderful local taverns and restaurants all within walking distance

Nestled between two villages New Preston and Washington Depot (home of the Gunnery School and the inspiration for Gilmore Girls)

15 minutes to Litchfield Connecticut with the best antiquing in Connecticut

$325 per night with a two-night minimum and $125 cleaning fee.

$1800 weekly rate

$4500 June

$5000 July

$5000 August

Nov-April, $2,000 per month

During the winter months, mid-October until mid March, I seek long-term rentals and only rent by the month.

Keywords: Renovated farmhouse with lovely garden setting

More Details

Julie Swaner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2018

About Julie Swaner

I purchased this house is 2009 and have made a number of improvements, including a new roof, new heating system, new insulation, and upgrading of exterior doors. I did all of this while living in Utah with trips twice a year to CT.

I recently retired and returned to CT for part of the year. I live in Raleigh the other part of the year. I love to garden and this area is wonderful for lush perennials and spectacular trees. It is great for bird watching, exploring wild flowers, and gathering mushrooms after a heavy downpour.

I want to make sure you have a wonderful stay.

Julie Swaner purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Julie Swaner chose New Preston

Litchfield county is the loveliest part of Connecticut with its broad fields, meadows, and rolling ridges. It has fine stone walls, perfectly-sized towns, and very interesting diverse locals which includes artists, romantics, professionals, and backwoods bubbas. This region has great restaurants, cute taverns, museums, art galleries, and the most amazing inviting winding roads. Yet, it is so close to New York or Boston.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Nearby, there is access to Lake Waramaug for swimming (CT's largest natural lake), the Appalachian Trail for hiking, the Berkshires and Tanglewood for cultural events and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Housatonic River for its fly-fishing, and extraordinary antiquing in Litchfield County. This house is nestled among mature trees and lovely grounds. There are plenty of restaurants from cheap to very expensive, there are local vineyards, farmers' markets, bakeries, art galleries, and wine stores. Step out the front door and explore a marvelous vacation opportunity.

Or stay home and barbecue and then enjoy the evening patio for an outdoor firepit and 'smores.


New Preston Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No walking or playing on stone walls. (This a safety issue) and the barn and cottage are off limits.
  • No drinking of red beverages in living room (brand new white sofa).
  • Have fun!
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - 1/2 bath on main floor
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Beautiful master bedroom with large bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , We call this the blue room.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , cosy bedroom perfect for children
    Bedroom 4 - There is NOT a fourth bedroom
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Rhubarb Hill - a Charming Farmhouse dating from 1758
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Best Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect fall retreat. Our host provided all the amenities we would ever require, plus many extras. Wine and and fresh bread greeted us.

The house fulfilled our expectations for a charming colonial experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Mary and Dennis for your glowing response. Hugs and I miss you already! Julie
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Delightful home with many accents

  • 5 of 5

Completely enjoyed our stay in this home during a visit to the area for a wedding. We used the well stocked kitchen to bake a strawberry rhubarb pie with local ingredients! Lovely patio and the master bath is amazing...the tub provides a very relaxing soak. We stayed here with our teenaged children and were quite comfortable overall, and were treated with a loaf of home-baked banana bread as a welcome! Close to some nice shops as well. Very nice stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very quaint and cozy!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends and I stayed at this wonderful farm house while returning for our 35th reunion at Kent School. We did not spend a lot of time at the house, but enjoyed the accommodations and all slept comfortably! Highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fall color Cozy comforts

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful colors, relaxing environment. Check out the apple farm up the road. Hostess was gracious and generous with daily ideas during our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing,comfortable weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. House was clean and cozy. Close to lake, shops and wineries. Would like to go back one day. The kitchen is perfect for anyone who likes to cook! It was nice to sit outside on the secluded patio to enjoy early morning coffee or a drink in the afternoon! We all truly enjoyed the house and the property. And especially the blueberry cake Julie baked special for our arrival!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Very nice. Clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

No surprises. Great location.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks,
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lake Waramaugh Country Club
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Brewster, CT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 202
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
New Preston eateries
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Mohawk Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Lake Waramaug
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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