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Your 1796 Connecticut Barn Cottage Awaits!

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A warm & welcoming antique New England cottage for a couple or small family.

A warm & welcoming antique New England cottage for both a couple or small family. Enjoy the gardens from your private patio, take a dip in the pool, read a book surrounded by fall foliage. Call The Benedict Barn Cottage home while exploring the area.

Escape to a 5-acre estate in scenic and pristine Bethel, CT just 70 miles from NYC.

This exquisite piece of New England history: The Oliver Benedict House on Codfish Hill. was built in 1796 and has had an incredible list of owners, including the one of the first families in Bethel (The Benedict Family), The (P.T.) Barnum Family and Helmsley/Spear Families.

Your stay on Codfish Hill will be in the 200 year old converted milk barn with private entrance, beautiful loft, exposed barnwood beams, tons of natural light, Jacuzzi tub, and full bath with wilderness and wildlife all around you. The barn cottage (where you'll be staying) is flanked by beautiful gardens and adjacent open space.

Codfish Hill is a great place for a relaxing getaway approximately 1hr from NYC. We are situated for day trips to state parks, ski hills, beaches, museums in Hartford and New Haven and several wineries on the CT Wine Trail.

Enjoy the seasonal swimming pool located in the main yard, coffee or tea on your own private patio surrounded by gardens, high speed WiFi internet and close proximity to Fairfield/Litchfield County attractions including state parks, amusement parks, ski resorts, apple orchards. Note: seasonal swimming pool is shared with main house.

Note: The listing says 2 bathrooms BUT - A 2nd bathroom will only be opened up for you to access if you have booked a stay, utilizing the 2nd bedroom, meaning you have additional guests in your party beyond 2. We will be here when you arrive to greet you and show you around (if desired). We love our little farm property and can't wait to share it (and its stories) with you!


As we are in the country, you will need a car. Some guests from NYC take Metro North to Bethel on the New Haven Line or Southeast on the Harlem Line and have Enterprise Car Rental meet them. If you need help figuring this out, we're happy to assist!


House Rules:

We love this home and know you will too. As such, of course we have a few ground rules.

Note: The 2nd bathroom will be opened up for you to access if you have booked a stay, utilizing the 2nd bedroom, meaning you have additional guests of 3 or more. If you are not booking the 2nd bedroom, you will also only have access to one bathroom.

- No pets.

- No smoking or other drugs, ever.

- No shoes in the bedrooms, please.

- All guests are responsible for their own pool safety and will be asked to sign a hold harmless agreement before using the pool.

- If you pick it up, please return it where you found it.

- The Benedict House Cottage is full of antiques that have been dug up (quite literally) on the property from the various owners over the years. Handle them sensibly and please enjoy them as we have.

- Kids are always welcome!

- Have fun, relax and have an awesome vacation!

More Details

Tom and Sally
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Tom and Sally

Hi there. Thanks for looking at our property. I'm Sally. My husband Tom and I have been remodeling this homestead since we purchased it in 2013 and we can't wait to share it with you! Tom is a designer and I am a stay-at-home Mom who also works part-time in his design business. We love cooking, making things with our kids and working in the garden.

We're a fun, relaxed & casual household and we love to travel. A family of five, we have two sons and daughter. We also have two sweet dogs (a Spinone Italiano and French Bulldog). We have lived in the area for over 15 years and love everything this great town has to offer.

We both love the outdoors and take great inspiration from the farms, woods, lakes, rivers, mountains and natural wonders that surround us. We are both antique fanatics and our most prized antique possession is this homestead! We are always willing to help out and will do our best to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Hope to see you soon!

Tom and Sally

Tom and Sally purchased this barn in 2013

Why Tom and Sally chose Bethel

In 1976 the Bethel Historical Society and Bicentennial Commission published a book entitled “A History of Bethel, A Commemorative Book". There is a chapter of the book highlighting Bethel's 18-century houses, one of which is our home. Because all early records were destroyed in the British Burning - we had to do some digging of our own. :)

Oliver Benedict (the original owner of the farm at our address) and the Benedict family were one of the first families to have settled in Bethel, CT. In fact, Oliver's father, Benjamin was one of the original seventy-one members of the First Congregational Church in Bethel which was established in 1759.

We know that Oliver's first child, Ira was born on June 3, 1772, and that he was paid 5 pounds In 1792 for his losses from the British as aresult of their march towards Danbury. This would confirm that he was living in Bethel in 1777 when 2,000 British troops led by General Tryon marched through Bethel on their way to burn the Revolutionary stores at Danbury.

There are stories that tell of local patriots warning the Bethel citizens of the British advance. One such story tells of a lone rider seeing the British approaching from the top of Hoyts Hill and rode not unlike Paul Revere to alert their neighbors. The British, as the story is told, thinking they were being met by a considerable army, halted their forces and sent scouts ahead to see if they would be met by rebel forces. A descendant of Thomas Taylor (one of the early Bethel settlers and friend of the Benedict family) told a story that her grandmother was riding home when she sighted the British and dashed into Bethel shouting, “The British are coming! The British are coming!"

We know in the coming days of 1797 damage was inflicted upon our home. Our home also likely played a role in the British Invasion/plan. Codfish Hill Road was an established foraging camp during the invasion (for crops or animals for food), and many homes in the area were damaged at that time.

What makes this barn unique

Bethel, CT is a charming town nestled in southwestern Fairfield County and is part of the Danbury metropolitan area. Bethel offers a rich colonial history, local flair and breathtaking rolling landscapes. The town is mostly residential and its main thoroughfare Greenwood Avenue has been designated as a Historic District. You can visit the other historic homes of Rev. John Ely and Seth Seelye - both on the National Register of Historic Places – The town is home to the Blue Jay Orchards for apple picking, Putnam Memorial State Park, Bennett Memorial Park and Taunton Pond. Also, for those who like to go antiquing, we have a variety of antique stores within 25 minutes in nearby Southbury and Woodbury.

The Codfish Hill area of Bethel is among the most historic, rural and beautiful areas in New England. Located just north of Huntington State Park in Redding, hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing and a host of other outdoor activities are right in our backyard.


Bethel Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master / Loft - 1 king
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Pack & Play Crib - 1 baby crib
    Sofa / Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Additional Space - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 3 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking


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Your 1796 Connecticut Barn Cottage Awaits!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Concord CA

Wonderful Experience !!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you!! We have enjoyed every minute of our stay. Incredibly charming!! Thank You Ajello family for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting, wonderful pool and perfect accomodations, couldn't ask for more!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rustic Connecticut

  • 5 of 5

Sally & Tom were incredible hosts. We will definitely rent here again. It was a great weekend.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property, very clean and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful. We're very happy

  • 5 of 5

We picked this property because of the location and proximity to where we needed to be. Upon arriving it was obvious the owners take tremendous pride in their home as the house is beautiful. The decorations are very well thought out and attention is paid to the smallest detail. The real added benefit is the park like grounds. There's a private patio off the kitchen that makes you feel like you're in a 5 star resort with beautiful trees, plants, flowers and incredible landscaping details.

The bedrooms are good size, well appointed and comfortable and the house comes equipped with everything you need from bed linens, towels, designer soaps and shampoo. The kitchen is fully furnished even has an espresso machine. They even put out snacks for our comfort and enjoyment.

Like I said, the experience was like being at a 5 star hotel, but you have a full house at a fraction of the cost.

We will definitely be staying here again when out travels bring us back to western Connecticut.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Montpelier

Quiet location within a comfortable setting

  • 5 of 5

This property was the perfect fit for us while we worked locally. As seasoned renters of Homeaway Properties, we appreciated the quiet location, welcoming instructions, and meticulously detailed house. Communication with the owner was clear and easy. We highly recommend this property for those looking to get away or in need of a place to stay while attending local meetings.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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