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Storybook Lakefront Estate, 7 Acres, Private Dock, Cedar Sauna, 1 Hr from Nyc

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The Great Room features a baby grand piano, perfectly in tune.

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Last updated: 12/02/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Sleeps:13
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

This secluded magical estate is located on an seven acre forest and park-like lakefront peninsula. This house is surrounded by water on three sides, which offers magnificent views from almost every window. With its steeply pitched roof, stone facade, and waterfall pond the house wouldn’t be out of place in the English countryside or Germany’s Black Forest. One reaches the lodge via a long private road through the woods.

This is the perfect place to gather with a group of friends and/or a family get together -- well-behaved dogs are welcome! We can seat large groups for dinner in the dining room or Great Room. Due to the artistic touches guests have said that they felt like they were in a movie set.

Inside you’ll find a cavernous wood-paneled Great Room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a huge working fireplace, a baby grand piano, a victrola, built-in library filled with books, comfy faux-fur draped couches and an enormous wrought iron chandelier. It's the perfect place to watch projected movies, play board games or read by the fire. The owner is a children's book author/illustrator and her books are available for reading out loud while looking at the dollhouse sets which illustrate them.

The stately wood-paneled dining room features a gas fireplace, giant wooden tables, a built-in wine wooden wine rack and oil paintings. The dining room is adjacent to a glass and wood conservatory filled with cozy seating, trees, plants, an upright piano, another dining table, a working fountain and tree trunk columns.

The kitchen is a chef's paradise. It features a Viking professional gas stove with griddle, a Sub Zero two door refrigerator, a interior barbecue grill and plenty of counter space with stools.The kitchen is well appointed with every type of plate, bowl, wine glass, cup, platter, coffee, utensil and cooking tool imaginable. A Nespresso cappuccino/latte maker and professional juicer is available upon request for those who know how to use them. The spice cabinet is filled with all types of exotic and traditional spices. Off the kitchen is a a laundry room.

The Clocktower Bedroom has incredible lake views from french doors, a king-sized bed, two clock tower windows, his/her full bathrooms, a massive sunken tub, a steam sauna shower, a flat screen television and access to a private deck and a stone patio. The Blue Bedroom has a king-sized bed, a twin bed, a small flat screen television (with DVD player), a full bathroom, views and a lakeside door. The Spring Flowers Bedroom has a queen-sized bed and lake views. The bathroom with a cedar steam shower is across the hall. The Ship Captain Room (upstairs) has two twin beds, a queen bed, two twin cots, a small stairway library and lake views.

Outside you’ll find a secluded lake with a private floating dock, a large stone patio with cafe lights, manicured grounds, three decks, rolling hills, a koi pond, a babbling brook, a butterfly garden, a child's playhouse, hammocks, a swing and huge pines circling the home. You can dine al fresco on the giant double length picnic table on an octagonal deck. Other activities: Boating/swimming/fishing/ice skating on the pristine lake, napping in the hammocks, playing house in the child's cottage, swinging, sunbathing on the patio and roasting marshmallows in one of the five fire pits.

Pet homing doves fly free on the grounds. The owner also has a potbellied miniature pig who might be found grazing outside in her pen if the homeowner is in town during your stay. The owner has a separate apt on the property. She will greet you, give you the keys to the house, show you the lights, heat and other details. When she is away a caretaker is on call. He will plow the driveway and shovel the snow, if necessary. Firewood and a wheelbarrow is available outside for your use. This isn't a bed and breakfast. We want to give you complete privacy and autonomy.

Square footage: 5,000 interior, 7.5 acres of land (Main house: Great room, dining room, sun room, commercial kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, cedar sauna room, steam shower, laundry room, heated towel rack; Outbuildings: Boathouse, folly tower, Hansel & Gretel child’s house).

Only a one hour drive to Manhattan.

Well behaved dogs and potbellied pigs are considered for $100 per visit. We have a large dog run, a pig pen, and a chicken coop. Other animals are considered on a case by case basis. We love animals.

The house sleeps 13 in beds: 2 king beds, 1 queen bed, 1 full bed, 3 twin beds, 2 cot beds. Our rates are for 6 people in Fall/Winter/Spring and 13 guests on holidays for reunion and family get togethers. $100 per person per night is added to the fee for each additional person. A $100 flat fee is added to the quote for each dog. We do allow camping and air mattresses as long as the extra per person fees are paid.

Amenities/Details:
-Furniture as seen in the pictures
-A private dock*
-A fully appointed kitchen (ask Cynthia if you need something specific--we probably have it)
-Baby grand piano, an upright piano, sheet music
-Plenty of parking on the grounds
-Central air-conditioning throughout most of the house, window units in some rooms
-Small airport in town - 1 hour from JFK (NYC)
-Train station in town (to NYC or New Haven)
-Cedar Sauna Room
-Indoor Barbecue Grill
-Outdoor Stone Grill (not electric)
-Boats (1 kayak, 1 paddle boat, 1 canoe and 2 rowboats) -- please note, we do not allow you to bring your own boats without permission.
-Hammocks*
-Swing
-5 Firepits
-3 Fireplaces
-Board games, books, and water toys
-Life preservers of all sizes (even for dogs)!
-Professional kitchen with dishes, plates, silverware, pots, trays, wine glasses, champagne glasses, tablecloths, and everything you'll need other than your groceries. We usually have coffee, tea, sugar, spices, salt, pepper, and oil in the cabinets. We provide dishwashing soap, dishwasher soap and two rolls of paper towels
-Washer, dryer and ironing board in a laundry room.
-We provide shampoo, soap, toilet paper, blow dryer, lotion and other necessities in every bathroom.
-A fully stocked linen closet with bath towels, additional blankets, hand towels, and wash cloths.

*WINTER NOTE: The dock is unhooked from the shore around Thanksgiving (depending upon the first freeze.) The dock is attached again in the early Spring. You can still use the boats from the shore -- but take care during winter months. The hammocks are taken in during winter months. We are only offering the house for rent from Nov 1 - April 1 in 2016-2017. Spring and summer dates are not available this year. The house is sublime and extremely comfortable during the fall and winter seasons.

WEDDING NOTE: Please note, we do not allow weddings at the lakefront lodge.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, My husband speaks Spanish.
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    30 for the person booking.We do not allow groups of friends under 30 years of age. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    At your own risk. This house features a lake, pond, and brook without fences. Extreme care needs to be taken with children as there are no lifeguards or fences....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We will consider well-behaved dogs and mini pigs for an additional fee. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The whole house is on one floor with many cathedral ceilings. We have a ramp with hand railing on the back door, house entrance is 30' wide. Bathroom entrance is 27' wide. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 13

  • The Spring Flowers Room: 1 queen

    Lake view, cedar sauna & bathroom with a shower across hall...moreless

  • The Clocktower Suite: 1 king

    Lake view, bthrms, steam room, sunken tub, tv, deck, air con...moreless

  • The Blue Room: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    Lake view, private full bathroom, TV/cable/DVD, air con...moreless

  • The Ship Captain Room: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single, 2 child bed

    Walk in closet, air con, lake view, child beds are twin cot...moreless

  • The Art Studio : 1 queen

    This room can be made available if more beds are needed. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

  • The Hall Loo and Cedar Sauna: toilet, shower

    Cedar sauna room off bathroom...moreless

  • The Chef's Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Located off the kitchen...moreless

  • The Blue Room Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Lake view...moreless

  • The Clocktower Room Bathroom - His: toilet, shower

    The steam shower connects to Her bathroom...moreless

  • The Clocktower Room Bathroom - Her: toilet, tub, shower

    The steam shower connects to His, huge sunken tub, lake view...moreless

  • The Hall Loo contains a cedar sauna room big enough for several people. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Caretaker: A caretaker is available for any household problems you might have if the owner isn't available. The owner reserves an attached caretaker house with a separate entrance for their own use if they are in town. The owner's pet potbellied pig may be in an outdoor pen on the grounds on occasion. We can recommend caterers. Events for groups larger than 13 are available for an additional fee. Please ask the owner for a quote. We need to know the number of guest and all details. The house and grounds are perfect for parties and corporate meetings. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    British classics, art books, coffee table books, children's books and more are located in The Great Room book shelf. Please do not remove any books from the house....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Yes. In The Blue Bedroom and The Great Room....moreless

  • Games:

    Board and card games are located in the drawers in the Great Room credenza. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Yes. In two bedrooms....moreless

  • Stereo:

    There is a Bose player for your iPod and a working Victrola in The Great Room on top of the piano....moreless

  • Television:

    The Clocktower Bedroom and the Blue Bedroom have flatscreen TV with cable/DVD.The Great Room has a flatscreen TV/DVD player (cable coming soon). We have a Sharp projector upon request ahead of time....moreless

  • Toys:

    There is an adorably decorated child's house, some water toys, water noodles, board games, frisbee, drawing paper, crayons, etc....moreless

  • Video Games:

    There is a Wii system and small game library in the cabinet below the TV in the Great Room....moreless

  • Video Library:

    There is a DVD video library in the cabinet below the TV in the Great Room....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    There are views of the lake from almost every room....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The house sits directly on the lake. There are views of the lake from every bedroom....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    The ocean is only 15 minutes away via car. Walking to the ocean is not possible....moreless

  • Rural:

    The house is completely surrounded by trees, lake, marsh and river. It feels extremely rural although the village and town are nearby. A car will be necessary....moreless

  • Village:

    The town center is 10 minutes away via car. The neighboring town shopping area is 5 minutes away via car. A car will be necessary....moreless

  • Water View:

    There are views of the lake from almost every room....moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining/seating for up to 40 in the Great Room can be provided. The dining room seats 10. The attached sunroom seats 8. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 40 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air, additional air conditioning in The Blue Bedroom, The Ship Room, and the Clocktower Room....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer is available for your use....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Two fireplaces: wood, gas.Total of 5 fire pits. (Large stone firepit by the lake. Fire pit on the dock. Fire pit on the patio. 2 other fire pits near the octagonal deck.)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room:

    Baby Grand piano, wood burning fireplace, cathedral ceiling, plenty of comfy seating, tv with a DVD player....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking for cars, vans and RVs....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are provided in the linen closet....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and laundry soap are available for your use....moreless

Kitchen

  • Kitchen:

    Indoor brick BBQ grill, Sub Zero refrigerator, bar sink, large counter, professional oven. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Yes....moreless

  • Oven:

    Garland Professional Range. Gas....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, some spices, sugar, coffee, tea, misc. items....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Stainless steel Sub Zero, 2 door with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Garland Professional Range. Griddle. Gas....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Yes. ...moreless

Outside

  • Boat:

    2 row boats, 2 paddle boats...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Two decks (one octagonal in the center of the park like back yard with a giant picnic table that seats 20), a deck off the Clocktower Bedroom, and a stone patio off the Master bedroom....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    1 kayak, 1 canoe...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Stone patio, wood decks, wood dock, hammock, stylishly decorated wood child's house....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is a stone charcoal grill outside, a regular round charcoal grill outside, a brick indoor bbq grill in the kitchen and a large stone fire pit by the lake and brook....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Life preservers (all sizes -- even doggie), noodles, floats...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Cedar Sauna Room in the Hall Loo and a Steam Shower in the Clocktower Bedroom bathrooms....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Wonderland Rate 2016
Dec 2 - Dec 13, 2016
2 night min stay
$500
$3,500 $12,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Christmas / Hanukah Rate 2016
Dec 16 - Dec 27, 2016
4 night min stay
$1,000
$6,000

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

New Years Eve Rate 2016/2017
Dec 30 - Jan 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,000
$6,000

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Winter Wonderland Rate 2017
Jan 5 - Mar 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$500
$3,000 $10,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Spring/Summer Paradise Rate
Apr 3 - Sep 4, 2017
2 night min stay
$2,000
Fri, Sat
$7,000 $24,000

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Tax Rate 6.35%

Notes:

1. The lake association does not allow outside boats are allowed without permission. Please discuss this with the homeowner before you bring any boats or devices that will enter the water.

2. Please see the agreement for all house rules.

3. We require additional insurance coverage for events.

4. I require a phone call with the renter before all bookings. Booker must be older than 26.


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

  • IL Palio Restaurant

    "Our favorite Italian restaurant in the area. Ask for Adrian and tell him Cynthia and Russell..."

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  • Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway

    "Another favorite restaurant is the farm-to-table Parallel Post in this hotel. $$$"

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  • Jimmies of Savin Rock

    "Forget about the restaurant and head to the Savin Rock public beach and boardwalk. They allo..."

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  • Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry

    "Take the ferry across the sound to Long Island, NYC. Cars can go o the ferry too!"

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  • New Haven

    "The home of Yale University, several wonderful museums, great restaurants and more."

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  • Greater New York City

    "NYC. Need I say more? It's only one hour away by car and the commuter Amtrak train stops in ..."

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  • Speakeasy Dollhouse, NYC (immersive theater)

    "An immersive theater event based on an actual Prohibition-era murder. Tickets are in advance..."

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  • Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel

    "Immersive Theater in NYC. Highly recommended."

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  • Yale University

  • Union League Cafe

    "It's not a cafe. It's a high end French restaurant with good food, delightful drinks and fab..."

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  • Barnum Museum

    "Circus! PT Barnum was from CT."

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  • Plaza Diner Restaurant

    "Inexpensive, yet good diner food. Always open and friendly service. Great for breakfast. $"

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  • Vazzy's Cucina

  • Asian Bistro

    "Fresh Sushi and hibachi."

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  • Wells Hollow Farms

    "Visit with their cows, goats, chickens and bunnies while you eat their delicious ice cream. "

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  • Wells Hollow Farms

    "Visit with their cows, goats, chickens and bunnies while you eat their delicious ice cream. "

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  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns

    "The most amazing meal I ever had. It's hard to get a reservation, but keep trying. It's so w..."

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  • Super Stop & Shop

    "Great grocery store. Everything you'll need. And gas is next door. "

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11 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sikorsky Memorial Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7.7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
The Bridgeport & Point Jefferson Steamboat Company
3.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Oronoque Country Club
4.2 Miles
Nearest Train
Stratford Train Station
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Merritt Parkway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
36.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Powder Ridge Park and Ski Resort
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Short Beach

The house is one hour from Manhattan and is situated in Fairfield County between Westport and New Haven. The home is privately situated 1/2 mile from the main street and sits on a peninsula in a private lake.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2007

About: Artist, children's book author, playwright living in NYC. My children's book dollhouse sets are on display in the house. http://www.butwhowillbellthecats.com

Why Stratford, CT, USA:
This property is a private waterfront oasis located only 1 hour from Manhattan. In the summer swim in the lake, dry off in the hammock and relax in the cedar sauna. In the fall boating is still possible and the leaves are bright and colorful. In the winter read a book by the huge fireplace, cook in the professional kitchen and dine in the wine-colored dining room. This is truly a special place to hold family get together for the holidays or to escape for a romantic weekend vacation. Need a place to write your next novel or paint your masterpiece, look no further. The views from every window are incredible. I have had yearly family reunions here ever since I bought the home. It is a treasured event that my family looks forward to every year.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
It's extremely rare to find a private, 7 acre lakefront estate only 15 minutes from public ocean beaches, 1 hour from Manhattan, 20 minutes from New Haven and 1 hour from Hartford. You have all of the benefits of complete privacy and relaxation with fine dining, theater and nightlife close by.


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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

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Photos

  • The Great Room features a baby grand piano, perfectly in tune.

    The Great Room features a baby grand piano, perfectly in tune.

  • Our private dock.

    Our private dock.

  • Great Room with a giant fireplace, comfy faux-fur covered seats and a library.

    Great Room with a giant fireplace, comfy faux-fur covered seats and a library.

  • Clocktower Bedroom and deck.

    Clocktower Bedroom and deck.

  • Front of house with waterfall into pond.

    Front of house with waterfall into pond.

  • Chef-style Kitchen: Commercial stove, Sub Zero fridge, indoor BBQ grill)

    Chef-style Kitchen: Commercial stove, Sub Zero fridge, indoor BBQ grill)

  • The back of the house.

    The back of the house.

  • The Blue Bedroom has a king sized bed and its own full bathroom.

    The Blue Bedroom has a king sized bed and its own full bathroom.

  • The back grounds facing the lake.

    The back grounds facing the lake.

  • View of the lake from the dock. We have paddleboats, kayak, canoe & row boats!

    View of the lake from the dock. We have paddleboats, kayak, canoe & row boats!

  • The stone patio facing the lake.

    The stone patio facing the lake.

  • The king-sized bed in the very large Clocktower Bedroom.

    The king-sized bed in the very large Clocktower Bedroom.

  • The wood paneled dining room features a fireplace and a wall-to-wall wine rack.

    The wood paneled dining room features a fireplace and a wall-to-wall wine rack.

  • Lake facing patio and Clocktower Bedroom at night.

    Lake facing patio and Clocktower Bedroom at night.

  • The large sunken tub in the  His/Her bathroom suite in the Clocktower Bedroom.

    The large sunken tub in the His/Her bathroom suite in the Clocktower Bedroom.

  • View of the house, dock and waterfront peninsula from the water. Very private!

    View of the house, dock and waterfront peninsula from the water. Very private!

  • The koi pond and waterfall at the front entrance circular driveway.

    The koi pond and waterfall at the front entrance circular driveway.

  • Path to the dock from the house. This is the view from the master bedroom.

    Path to the dock from the house. This is the view from the master bedroom.

  • The Spring Flowers Bedroom

    The Spring Flowers Bedroom

  • The Sunroom has floor and ceiling windows. Filled with plants and Moroccan seats

    The Sunroom has floor and ceiling windows. Filled with plants and Moroccan seats

  • The cedar dry sauna room has two benches to lie on or it seats five.

    The cedar dry sauna room has two benches to lie on or it seats five.

  • The private driveway is 1/4 mile long through the woods and wetlands.

    The private driveway is 1/4 mile long through the woods and wetlands.

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