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Little House in the Big Woods

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

The Little House at Jericho is an early American historic 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 writer’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 small 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, artist or writer’s sanctuary

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2018

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


Pomfret House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 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:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • 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)


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Little House in the Big Woods
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews

Magical, quiet and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, Karin. I enjoyed having you and hope that you come back. Warm regards, Eliza
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Colonial cottage near the woods

  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable, comfortable little house! Eliza, our super host, was fantastic. She had our refrigerator stocked as well as many other necessities one may need. (Wifi and Roku too!)

The cottage is like an early american Sturbridge village home but with an updated kitchen and bathroom

From the large deck we enjoyed the views of the pond and woods and walked on the paths around the property. Eliza's house is next door but the way everything is situated it still felt secluded,peaceful and private.

We would definitely go back to the little house in the woods!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind review, Beverley and Roger. I really enjoyed meeting you and hope you will return. You were wonderful guests- even making a repair- they don’t come any better than you! Please come back!
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Authentic Antique Cottage

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Away-from-it-all cottage with delightful grounds and access to historic towns

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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!)
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Manchester, CT

an amazing find!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A world away!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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.
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Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Grill 37
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Hartford, New London, Providence or Worcester
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Property Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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