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Tranquil Carriage House and Gardens set in the Historic Village of South Britain

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

2-bedroom, 1500 sf home with modern conveniences and a party room option

In the foothills at the gateway to Litchfield County. Charming, recently renovated, two-story, carriage house. Large windows open onto magnificent views of two acres of lawns, gardens and woods.

The residence features a spacious living room comfortably seating twelve or more in conversation and television viewing areas. The dining room is a step up from the living room with its large window opening out to the open patio and roofed over tea room with views into the open lawns and gardens with its own gazebo. There is a full kitchen with plenty of work space with doorway out to the patio seating eight for drinks or meals overlooking the landscape within the comfort of its hedges and trellises. The second floor is reached by an open stair and consists of a super-sized master bedroom with an adjacent sun room/office area, a second smaller bedroom with two windows, a newly renovated and updated bathroom, and washer/dryer facilities. Most of the furnishings are period pieces from historic homes in the South.

Adjacent to the Residence is a 450-square foot Three-Season Room (April to December) with a profusion of plants, an over-sized fire place, and a wall of glass or screens that opens out to the landscaped gardens. This space is an optional rental that's perfect for parties, meetings, conferences, buffet dinners, and relaxation with its seating for 16 and mammoth fireplace.

More Details

Jay Carow
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Basic understanding of spanish, mandarin and malay
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Jay Carow

Jay Carow is an architect who specializes in design of public buildings and restoration/adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and who has lived and taught architecture in the US, Malaysia and Iraq and practiced architecture in Chicago as a principal for nearly forty years. He currently works a few days a week and usually is found in NYC on weekends.

Jay Carow purchased this house in 2010

Why Jay Carow chose Sandy Hook

The property is located the heart of the Village of South Britain with its 22 historic homes, two churches, a 1904 library, 1873 town hall which is now a museum and the last remaining factory of 22 that had been here at the start of the 19th century. Located at the beginning of the Connecticut Antiques Trail and the scenic roads and Towns of Litchfield County. Enjoy exploring the village's history and the many hiking, biking, cross country trails, the area's antique shops and the beauties of the rolling hills and picturesque towns. The location is not only attractive due to its closeness to New York and country setting but also for its conveniences - the modern shopping centers of Southbury are a mile away along a partially paved farm road past barns and cows. There are opportunities for recreational activities of all kinds, including hiking, jogging, biking, skiing, swimming, tennis and golf.

The location is 15 miles from both Danbury and Waterbury and a few miles from the beautiful hills and towns of Litchfield County. All three places have ongoing cultural events and noteworthy historic landmarks. I look forward to letting you know more everything by finding my architectural firm online by searching my for my name, Jay Carow, and asking for it. I can help you with everything about your stay directly.

What makes this house unique

The two acres of landscape, gardens, orchard and woods are wonderful with their seasonal changing of light and colors. View them from large windows of the Coach House Residence and the Greenhouse Meeting/Party Room. Enjoy them from the two patios and the gazebo set in the landscape.


Sandy Hook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom has an all new 32" square shower and a new tropical wood vanity counter with raised basin. Ample storage is provided in the nearly five foot long sink cabinet and large floor to ceiling shelving cabinet. A south facing window brightens the room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Oversized room with views to gardens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Sun Room off Master Bedroom - 1 queen , air inflated bed in place of office desk and chair
    Television Alcove - 1 queen , Bed is in place of coffee table along wall
  • Master Bedroom: a 220 sf suite with queen size bed, dressing table, dresser, closet, north and east facing windows. There is also an opening to the Sun Room with a large desk and chair, storage alcove, and south facing window. Second Bedroom: 104 sf that includes queen size bed, dresser, north and west facing windows and a large hall closet with two tier clothes rods and floor to ceiling shelves..
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
The property has bird feeders and bird bath but a walk of ten minutes brings you to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. There are many historic buildings open to the public nearby and a Country Store a short distance away. The antique shops in Woodbury - the largest center on the Antiques Trail - are 15 minutes away.


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Tranquil Carriage House and Gardens set in the Historic Village of South Britain
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful home, beautiful property, extremely nice host!

  • 5 of 5

First time using this site. We had a great experience! We pulled up to a beautiful home and was greeted by Jay. He is very nice and eager to help. The home is warm and inviting. It is close to so many cool places, hiking trails, antique shops, markets, and more! Wonderful stay. I Would love to stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alex and her husband were wonderful guests and are now new found friends. We shared glasses of wine .after taking them on my tour of the main 1795 house which is basically unchanged since it was built except for new kitchen and baths and a skylight over what had been the open summer kitchen with its huge cooking fireplace.
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Great host

  • 5 of 5

We needed a weekend off and this was the perfect place. It is not to far from anything in Connecticut while being nice and quiet. The carriage house is well kept and pretty. The owner is gracious and kind. Enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable and lovely property.We were there for a month

  • 4 of 5

The carriage house is part of a historical property. The inside has been renovated and is good for both a short or long stay. Jay, our host, was friendly and helpful with our questions.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home with charm!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for opening your home to me and my family! We enjoyed being together and meeting up with other family in the area. The accommodations were welcoming and comfortable! We will definitely look to stay at your home the next time we are in the area!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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relaxed comfort

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay in this quaint yet spacious historic carriage house.Jay the owner/manager who lives in the main house was most welcoming and helpful.the fauna and flora were awesome and jay tends to a beautiful vegetable and flower is my choice to stay next time i am in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great home for a short or long stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed as we were visiting the area. The property is clean, well kept and Jay is a terrific host. The property and area are typical colonial New England. You can't go wrong.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Westchester NY
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Pomperaug Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Danbury CT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.25 Miles
Saki Asian Fusion, Southbury
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Woodbury Ski Area, Woodbury Ct
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
George C. Waldo State Park
Car: recommended

Litchfield County begins a few miles to the north. There are scenic hills and landscape, and quaint towns to explore at all times of the year - these are the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning fee $65
Tax Rate 15.0%

Rates are subject to change until booked.

For rental of 1 week or longer electric cost to be assessed and paid based on meter reading and utility rates at check out.

Party/Conference Greenhouse room available for additional hourly or daily rates.

Children under 5 years and pets to be approved prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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