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Little House in the Big Woods

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Last updated: 01/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms (3 beds) 1 Bath, (Sleeps Maximum of 4)

The Little House at Jericho is an early American farmhouse located on the Abington side of Pomfret, Connecticut, in a secluded storybook location on 145 acres of preserved land adjacent to the Airline Trail, the Wolf Den State Forest, Mashomoquet State Park and the New England Forestry Foundation's Chase Kimball Memorial Forest. The site is ideal for bird-watching from the deck over-looking the pond or at the Audubon Society's Grasslands preserved sanctuary nearby, for long walks in the woods, cross-country skiing, fishing, or just for a place to get away from it all. Use of the tennis court is allowed, but hunting is strictly prohibited, as is use of any off-road vehicles. It is ideal for an artist or author's retreat.

The Little House has been lovingly preserved by eight generations of the same family who have lived at Jericho since 1814. This antique house has one large downstairs and two small upstairs bedrooms, a spacious living/dining room with a huge granite fireplace, and can sleep up to four people comfortably. Furnished with period country antiques, guests feel transported into the 18th century, until they slide back a door to find a modern kitchen with a view over an orchard and pond from a large deck, and a newly updated bathroom. It is not suitable for the disabled or for extremely large (obese) people, because it is a pre-1800 house with period furnishings.
Jericho is situated close to Hyde, Pomfret and Rectory Schools, as well as the numerous scenic drives, destination restaurants, antique stores and boutiques in Windham County. This historic little house is nestled in the forest, far from the stress of daily life, but only a short drive from Old Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport. It is also less than an hour's drive from Hartford, Providence and Worcester and only a 20 minute drive from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Boston is 90 miles Northeast and New York City 150 miles Southwest.

Keywords: cottage, little house, historic farmhouse, antique house, secluded getaway
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a very old house, over 225 years old, so smoking, or any fires, are not permitted...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    The floorboards are antique and soft pine, originally from the Eastford Congregational Church, so dog claws would scratch them and therefore dogs are not permitted. As everything is hypoallergenic, no pets are allowed, including the owner's dog, a very friendly beagle who knows that he is not allowed in the Little House....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 3-4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Bedroom 3: 1 double


  • Double Beds (1) the beds are all antique 18th century ones, and two are 3/4 size, slightly smaller than double beds. The upstairs beds are rope beds with organic custom-made latex/cotton/wool mattresses, reminiscent of the 18th century, but more comfortable. Beds are made up with 100% cotton linens, washed and ironed professionally for each rental...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • The bathroom is fully stocked with Crabtree and Evelyn la Source products, clean sets of towels for each guest, and a supply of anything you might have forgotten, including a hair dryer, shower cap, toothbrush, etc....moreless

Other Amenities

  • There is a tennis court and over 144 acres of preserved woodland, adjacent to the Airline Trail, Mashamoquet State Park, the Wolf Den State Forest and the New England Forestry Foundation Memorial Forest. The Audubon Society's Grassland Bird Conservation Center is also close by, as are a number of destination restaurants (Sharpe Hill Vineyard, the Golden Lamb, the Vanilla Bean, Grill 37, 85 Main, Coriander, etc.). Old Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport are near enough for day trips, in opposite directions, and scenic local towns provide many attractions (i.e. Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, antiquing and Bradley Theater in Putnam, Logee's for exotic plants in Danielson, Storrs Adventure Park, Skydive Danielson, etc)...moreless


  • Books:

    A selection, especially on bird watching in New England and Naturalists, also recent nature, fashion and country style magazines...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    flat screen ROKU with DVD player discretely provided in an antique cabinet in the living room. IPOD speakers also provided, with IPOD, as desired ...moreless


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


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Excellent hiking and x-country skiing on Airline Trail, and in New England Forestry Foundation Forest and Wolf Den State Forest, Audubon and Goodwin Conservation centers nearby...moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    there is a pond, which is not for swimming, as there are fish, turtles and other aquatic life, but there is a dock, lots of frogs, and fishing is permitted....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Adjoining dining area seats 4-5 in antique low ladder back chairs and has an antique high chair for a small child...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    not really necessary in such an old house, but available...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Due to the age of the house, the fireplace is decorative...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    concierge service is provided...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    use of the fireplace is discouraged due to its age...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We have tried to include everything you might need - tell us if something was omitted, please...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    there is a small, but fully-equipped kitchen (stove, fridge, microwave, coffee-maker, etc) leading onto deck and stocked with all basic needs., including coffee and tea, olive oil, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Small electric...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Because the property is 8 miles from the nearest supermarket, the refrigerator is kept stocked with fresh 1% milk, orange juice and Thomas' English muffins...moreless

  • Stove:

    4 burner electric- small, apartment size...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    the large deck was built in 2011 and overlooks the pond and the woods. It is an ideal place to watch the wildlife near the pond. ...moreless



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from 13 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning fee $80
  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 01/24/2017
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8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Grill 37
40 Miles
Nearest Train
Hartford, New London, Providence or Worcester
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Golden Lamb, Vanilla Bean

Car: Necessary

This is a very secluded location, but under 50 miles to Hartford, Providence, Worcester and New London, 90 miles from Boston. It is also very close to Sharpe Hill Vineyard and the Golden Lamb Buttery


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1814

About the owner: After a career as an international civil servant, I retired in 2011 to the farmhouse where I spent summers as a child and with my own children and have restored the small guesthouse behind my house. The 'Little House' is an 18th century farmhouse where my great-grandfather was born in 1823 and it has been occupied by the same family for seven generations. The bathroom is entirely new, as is the expansive deck on the back, but the rest is the original house, wide pine floorboards that originally came from a Congregational church nearby (when my parents did the first restoration in 1952) a huge fireplace, exposed beams and a warm cozy atmosphere.

Why the Owner Chose Pomfret, CT, USA:
The Quiet Corner of Connecticut is a delightful area, unspoiled and rural, but only a short drive to Boston, Providence, Hartford and Worcester. Pomfret is a particularly pretty town with a great deal of preserved woodland in a region with a wealth of historical significance. For anyone interested in American history, wildlife and bird-watching, this area has great appeal and is central for day trips to all of Southern New England's attractions

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I love the solitude in this secluded location. The deer feel safe here, and people tend to want to return to this peaceful sanctuary, where wildlife abound. Like most of New England, the weather and the seasons are always changing and bringing new surprises. What I like to do most is walk in the woods, or just sit and read in the serenity of Jericho

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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/24/2017

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  • antique fireplace in great room

    antique fireplace in great room

  • downstairs bedroom

    downstairs bedroom

  • One of the Little House bedrooms upstairs

    One of the Little House bedrooms upstairs

  • deck behind Little House

    deck behind Little House

  • The lane to the Little House in February

    The lane to the Little House in February

  • New fallen snow invites you to x-country ski or snowshoe, right off the deck

    New fallen snow invites you to x-country ski or snowshoe, right off the deck

  • deck in summertime

    deck in summertime

  • table on deck

    table on deck

  • Evening in springtime

    Evening in springtime

  • Entrance


  • Pond


  • Bee Balm

    Bee Balm

  • dining area

    dining area

  • Third bedroom

    Third bedroom

  • the renovated bathroom

    the renovated bathroom

  • winter view from deck into the Big Woods

    winter view from deck into the Big Woods

  • A very private place in a blizzard in January

    A very private place in a blizzard in January

  • Stone bridge over brook

    Stone bridge over brook

  • back door

    back door

  • Irises in springtime

    Irises in springtime

  • Roses in June

    Roses in June

  • Woodland path

    Woodland path

  • Haying the front field

    Haying the front field

  • 4th of July!

    4th of July!

VRBO #390767

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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