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Little House in the Big Woods

Pomfret, CT, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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 people, because it is a pre-1800 house with period furnishings and is not wheelchair-accessible.

Jericho is situated close to 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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About Eliza

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.

Eliza purchased this House in 1814

Why Eliza chose Pomfret

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

What makes this House unique

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


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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


      • 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.

      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
        • Ski-In
          Cross country skiing only
        • 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.


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      concierge service is provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                      not really necessary in such an old house, but available
                    • Fireplace
                      Due to the age of the house, the fireplace is decorative
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • 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


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          We have tried to include everything you might need - tell us if something was omitted, please
                        • 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.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Small electric
                        • 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
                        • Stove
                          4 burner electric- small, apartment size
                        • Toaster


                            • 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
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 5 people


                                • Books
                                  A selection, especially on bird watching in New England and Naturalists, also recent nature, fashion and country style magazines
                                • 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
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  A few classic wooden toys are available


                                    • 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.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Lots of that
                                    • Tennis
                                      There is a tennis court with backboard


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge


                                                • arboretum
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • massage therapist

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • golf
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • 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)

                                                                  15 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Magical, quiet and cozy.

                                                                  Karin L.

                                                                  Best part - driveway that transforms you to another time and place. Cottage was cozy, comfortable, quiet and convenient to everything in the area. Everything we hoped for and more! Thank you, Eliza, for sharing your quiet quaint, corner of CT with us!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you very much, Karin. I enjoyed having you and hope that you come back. Warm regards, Eliza

                                                                  Authentic Antique Cottage

                                                                  Kristine M.

                                                                  We had a wonderful time in Pomfret at 'The Little House". We hiked to the Wolf's Den, went antiquing in Putnam, visited a gorgeous chapel at The Pomfret School, attended a wonderful festival at Roseland and ended our stay with a magical evening at The Golden Lamb Buttery.

                                                                  I would recommend a visit to "the quiet corner" any time of year!

                                                                  Away-from-it-all cottage with delightful grounds and access to historic towns

                                                                  eliza m.

                                                                  We loved spending time at the cottage, which dates from the 18th century (I think), and has been in the owner's family for many generations. The back deck overlooks woods, a pond, and lawns with old fruit trees. Inside, the cottage is like a very elegant house in miniature -- and with real antiques. We stayed only for a long weekend, but the quiet of the place rejuvenated us and made us feel we had really been "away." Also, we really enjoyed the private tennis court, set amid trees and grass.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, Eliza, Peter and Lucy,

                                                                  I very much enjoyed having you here and hope you will return. You were excellent guests and it was fun for me to see the tennis court being appreciated.

                                                                  All my best,

                                                                  Eliza (your name-twin!)

                                                                  an amazing find!

                                                                  Danielle O.Manchester, CT

                                                                  a great house & attentive host! the perfect place for our wedding guests to stay together near our venue (Golden Lamb Buttery). would recommend to anyone who is looking for a place to stay in the quiet corner.

                                                                  A world away!

                                                                  My partner and I live in New York City and while we love it, sometimes we just have to take a break from it all. The Little House in the Big Woods was just what we were looking for. It was a 3hr drive from NYC but, a world away. Having all those acres to walk and enjoy, and to have some distance from the rest of the world, was lovely. Staying in the house was like stepping back in time but, with all the modern conveniences that we are used to. The woodwork is very beautiful and the furnishings and lighting are enchanting. The back deck was a wonderful place to start the day surrounded by nature. One morning a humming bird stopped by! The fireplace is grand and although it is listed as a feature of the house, it is for display only and there is no fire pit to use outside. That was the only aspect that was missing for us. If you want to grocery shop or go out to eat, there is a large shopping center 15-20mins away. That was perfect for us because we felt like we were alone in the wilderness, and yet, everything was within reach if we wanted it. Eliza was the perfect host. She took the time to give us a tour of the house and property, introduced us to all the hens, and made us feel instantly welcome! She was also available in person, or by phone or text if we had any questions. The house and property are just gorgeous and Eliza has stocked the house with anything you may need during your stay. We only had time to spend the weekend at the Little House in the Big Woods but, it was such a wonderful experience that we returned to NYC happy, relaxed, and rejuvenated! Next time, we would love to stay longer. Thank you Eliza!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your kind review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciated your leaving the house sparkling! I hope you will return someday.

                                                                  Little House great lodging alternative for Uconn Parents visiting from out of town

                                                                  Jane B.

                                                                  Last weekend my son graduated from the University of Connecticut, and I was lucky enough to find this great treasure of a house, with the most inviting outside deck facing the pond and secluded forest. In the morning we had coffee watching the birds and in the evening my family all sat up late stargazing. The house & property were so relaxing and comfortable! We usually stayed at a hotel when visiting UConn in the past, but they were always 30-40 mins away, and a bit dull. The Little house was 20 mins to campus and allowed us much better space than a hotel room ever could. The surrounding town of Pomfret, ~15 mins away, offered terrific and un-crowded options for dining. don't miss Rosie's Drive thru at the top of the road on your way in. The seafood was delicious.

                                                                  My husband & I only regret we did not fine Eliza's wonderful hospitality sooner! She provided all manner of bath products for the very modern bathroom as well as TP, paper towels, garbage bags, etc and she even stocked the fridge with a bit of milk, muffins and coffee which was so nice. I heartily recommend this house to anyone looking for a calm and peaceful retreat in a beautiful and scenic part of Connecticut!


                                                                  Pomfret, CT, USA

                                                                  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

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