Beautiful Arts & Crafts Style a-Frame on Lake- Perfect for Quiet Retreats

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The house, originally a cabin, was converted into a two bedroom year-round home in the 1980s. You walk into the main floor that features a full-sized kitchen, a full bath, and lovely open dining room and living room that walks out onto a gorgeous deck. The living room also has a Hearthstone wood stove available for use in the colder months (November-March). There is a sleeper sofa in this area that sleeps 2.

A spiral staircase takes you up to the loft room, which has a full-sized bed and skylights.

Heading down the spiral stairs you will find another bedroom with a queen sized bed with an attached full bathroom, and a third bedroom with a twin bed and room for one twin air mattress, that is provided. The downstairs master bedroom has a queen sized bed, gym quality treadmill, a walk in closet and sliding doors that access the lower deck and yard. Take the stone path down to the dock to Ashford Lake, a small and peaceful private lake. We have two kayaks available for guest use, a hammock, a fire pit and some outdoor seating.

A clothes washer and dryer are located in the kitchen pantry area.
There is free parking for two vehicles adjacent to the house.

The kitchen is fully equipped for all of your cooking and baking needs, and there is a grill on the upper patio for guest use as well.

There is free parking for two vehicles adjacent to the house.

Take the stone path down to the dock and find a hammock, fire pit, and 2 single person kayaks, all for your private use.

You will also have access to the private beach minutes down the road.

The Neighborhood

The house is situated in a quiet residential community in Connecticut's Quiet Corner. Come stay for your next antiquing trip to Putnam, or vist to UConn, or trip to the Woodstock or Brooklyn Fairs. Take in a show at Putnam's Bradley Play House or UConn's Jorgensen Center. The lake community is home to families that live there year round, as well as some who keep seasonal homes.

The speed limit on the roads surrounding the house is 15 miles per hour and is strictly observed. The community has covenants/ rules we will familiarize you with before your stay.

Getting around

There is no public transportation locally. A car rental would be recommended for the duration of your stay. There are beautiful hiking trails in the woods nearby, and quiet dirt roads for mountain biking.

Other Things to Note

There area is flush with wildlife- birds, woodpeckers, bunnies, deer, turtles- we also have two resident outdoor cats that you will see roaming about on the property, or out on the deck.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Please be 25 years of age or older unless renting with older adults...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    It should be noted that there is a spiral staircase in between all levels. Gates available upon request....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Books:

    Adult reading and children's books available...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Scrabble, Chess, Risk, Sorry, Cribbage, Playing Cards, Uno and more...moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD player and iPod dock for iPhone 4...moreless

  • Television:

    Amazon FireTV with Netflix and Amazon Prime available...moreless

  • Video Library:

    A few videos available...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Private beaches are a short walk down the road....moreless

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront:

    We are right on Ashford Lake, a private lake that is great for swimming. No gas engines are allowed. Two kayaks are available for guest use....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Upper patio seats 4 comfortably and there is a table on the lower deck that seats 2....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    During the winter season if needed...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central Heating and Cooling system...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided


  • Coffee Maker:

    Auto-drip and french press...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Indoor and Outdoor dinnerware...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The Kitchen is fully equipped for all your cooking needs....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Deck / Patio:

    Upper and lower decks, walk out through sliding glass doors. Connected by an outdoor spiral staircase. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 one person kayaks...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane grill on upper deck...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Life jackets, floats and noodles...moreless



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from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 19 - Nov 22, 2016
2 night min stay
$1,000 $3,500
Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$199 $225
Fri, Sat
* 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 $59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning Fee $75

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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42 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bradley International
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Courthouse, Crossings, The Stompin Ground
88 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pomfret Center Golf
36 Miles
Nearest Train
Hartford Amtrak
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
60 Miles
Nearest Ski
Wachusett Ski Mountain
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
East Beach

Car: Necessary

Welcome to Ashford Lake!

We hope you enjoy your stay. While you are in the area, you may want to explore some of the surrounding towns and attractions. Here is a list below of some of the places we enjoy, as well as some practical additions that you may find helpful (gas, shopping).

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or text Lisa at 860-978-6140.

Very Nearby:

Eastford Center, 10 minutes

• Coriander restaurant and café, - Breakfast and lunch 7 days per week, dinner Wed-Sat. Great sandwiches and baked goods, with good veg options.

• First Niagara, bank and ATM machine

• United State Post Office

• Buell's Orchard, Pick your own strawberries/blueberries/apples/peaches depending on the season at the family-owned Buell's Orchard

Ashford, 5-10 minutes,

• Ashford Dairy Bar, Ashford, ~5 minutes

• Midway Pizza, Ashford, ~10 minutes.

• Cumberland Farms Gas Station, rt. 44 gas and a small convenience store

• Mobile Station, rt. 44 has a Dunkin Donuts, gas and a good-sized convenience store with wood, ice, and some groceries.

Pomfret, 15 minutes,

• Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, Great sandwiches, lunches, coffee, and outdoor seating in good weather. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered depending on the day of the week. Good vegetarian options. Entertainment on most weekends.

• - WeLikIt Ice Cream, ~15 minutes - Excellent ice cream/farm stand. The ice cream is made by the owner. Waffles cones made to order!


Mashamoquet/ Wolf Den State Park

Union, 15 minutes,

Bigelow Hollow State Park, features hiking, boat launch, picnic areas, and swimming

Dayville/Killingly, 25 minutes northeast

Killingly Commons Shopping Plaza, featuring Target (with Starbucks), Stop & Shop, TJ Maxx, 5 Below, Michael’s, Lowe’s, Staples, Diva Nails, Verizon, Dunkin Donuts, Frozen Yogurt, Gas, and much more…


Putnam, 20 minutes north

Putnam features numerous good restaurants and a nice downtown with quaint antique stores, galleries, and pottery. 85 Main in Putnam is a real gem. Bella's Italian restaurant also is very good, and Victoria Station Cafe is a great spot for coffee or dessert. Stomping Ground and Crossings are good pubs, the former with entertainment by local bands, the latter a microbrewery. The Bradley Playhouse has good community theater, although there's not always a show on, depending on the weekend. In summer, there's River Fire in Putnam on some Saturday nights, with music and other goings-on.

Antique Shopping in Putnam

Putnam is home to a number of antique stores and consignment shops, the largest of which feels like a museum: Antiques Marketplace. Other gems include Silver Circle Gallery and Sawmill Pottery Silver Circle Gallery and Sawmill Pottery. In Oct, check out the corn maze at Fort Hill Farms!

Other Upcoming events in the Putnam area

Fun for Kids

Gertrude Warner Museum - Gertrude Warner was the author of the children's book series The Boxcar Children. This museum is very small (it'll be a 15 minute visit) with limited hours (Sunday afternoon), but if you're kids are into the series, it's a must, and it’s FREE!

Restaurants in Putnam

85 Main Diverse menu, ranging from sushi and seafood to vegetarian, to eclectic. You can't go wrong here. Nice atmosphere, with outdoor seating in good weather. A bit pricey but worth every penny!

Bella's – Pizza, Italian, great outdoor seating!

Victoria Station Cafe, A wonderful cafe, great atmosphere, a wide menu of coffee/tea drinks, excellent pastries and cookies baked on the premises, indoor and outdoor seating.

Other Putnam gems: Jessica Tuesday's, Stomping Ground, Crossings

Putnam also has a Price Chopper downtown, and a Walmart.

Storrs Mansfield, 20 minutes south

Check out the award-winning, student-run UConn Dairy Bar, Jorgensen Theater

UConn Museum of Natural History (small but good for kids),

UConn Benton Museum of Art, ~20 min

Fun for Kids

Adventure Park at Storrs, CT, Zip lines! Aerial obstacle courses! Great fun for families (kids ages 7 and up)

Mansfield Hollow State Park

Mansfield Drive-In Movie Theater, gets first run movies!

Restaurants in Storrs

Dog Lane Café, same owners as Vanilla Bean in Pomfret and 85 Main in Putnam

Oriental Cafe


Storrs also has a Starbucks and a Price Chopper.

Woodstock, 20 minutes northwest

Roseland Cottage tour

Fun for Kids

Restaurants in Woodstock

Sweet Evalina's, A country Ice cream stand/restaurant/general store. Great pizza (some days/nights), burgers (including veg) and sandwiches. Indoor or outdoor seating.

Stogqy Hollow, Woodstock, ~15 minutes

Roseland Cottage tour

Sturbridge, 40 minutes northwest

Learn about life in colonial New England at Old Sturbridge Village; a favorite with kids! Sturbridge itself is a nice town for shopping or a bite to eat.

If you are in the area:

Willimantic, 30 minutes southeast

Willimantic Brewery

Coventry, 35 minutes southeast

Coventry Regional Farmers' Market


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: Fred works for the United States Geological Survey, located in Storrs, CT, and Lisa is currently at home with their 7 year and 2 old children. Fred and Lisa love to travel themselves, and have visited Switzerland, Italy, France, Denmark, and many places throughout the US together. Lila, their daughter, is also very well travelled for a 5 year old, accompanying them on most of their trips!

Why the Owner Chose Ashford, CT, USA:
Fred fell in love with the home and put a lot of love and care into it over the years. He loves mission style furniture and the Frank Loyd Wright style of homes, and a lot of the woodwork in the house is inspired by those interests. When Fred and Lisa became pregnant with their second child, they realized a need for more space, and so purchased a home in the neighboring town of Woodstock. They hope to keep the lake house and use it in the summers and perhaps as a retirement home later in life.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house in situated in northeastern Connecticut, which is a beautifully scenic and peaceful part of New England. The area is flush with farms, and you almost feel like you are stepping back in time while driving along the country roads here. There are several small lakes in the area, most of which are for residents, so they do not get busy or touristy. Find and like us on Facebook to follow lake house news!

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  • Back of the cabin

    Back of the cabin

  • Toasty fire in the wood stove

    Toasty fire in the wood stove

  • View of the dock from the yard

    View of the dock from the yard

  • Loft bedroom, full sized bed

    Loft bedroom, full sized bed

  • Woodstove


  • Living room and view of upper deck

    Living room and view of upper deck

  • Living room view 3

    Living room view 3

  • Upstairs bathroom

    Upstairs bathroom

  • Kitchen window

    Kitchen window

  • Downstairs bed with twin great for kids

    Downstairs bed with twin great for kids

  • Master bedroom featuring queen bed and walk-out to deck and yard

    Master bedroom featuring queen bed and walk-out to deck and yard

  • The lake in winter

    The lake in winter

  • View of house from street

    View of house from street

  • View of the yard from the upper deck

    View of the yard from the upper deck

  • Loft bedroom view 2

    Loft bedroom view 2

  • Loft bedroom view 3

    Loft bedroom view 3

  • Living room, pull-out sofa for 1

    Living room, pull-out sofa for 1

  • Living room view 2

    Living room view 2

  • Kitchen area

    Kitchen area

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • Lake Association Beach 5 min walk from house

    Lake Association Beach 5 min walk from house

  • Master bedroom with crib and 2 dressers

    Master bedroom with crib and 2 dressers

  • Downstairs Master bathroom, also accessible from the hallway

    Downstairs Master bathroom, also accessible from the hallway

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, October 28, 2016

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Ashford, CT, USA #612055

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