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

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, Basic understanding of spanish, mandarin and malay
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years or older. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Small pets are fine. Larger ones, depending on size, may require a fee of their own....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Oversized room with views to gardens...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Sun Room off Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    air inflated bed in place of office desk and chair...moreless

  • Television Alcove: 1 queen

    Bed is in place of coffee table along wall...moreless

  • 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.. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 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. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books:

    Dining room bookcase with travel books, non-fiction collections. 2nd floor hallway book nook with mysteries of all kinds, light fiction and local guidebooks. ...moreless

  • Games:

    Available upon request: US, UK, Indian editions of Monopoly, Apples to Apple, Taboo, decks of cards, chess set...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable television ...moreless

  • Television


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


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Exellent shopping, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and shops of all kinds along South Main Street and its two shopping plazas - 1 to 3 miles away....moreless

  • Rural:

    Farmland area among hills - partially paved road used for hiking, walking, jogging through a farmland area to the heart of the town....moreless

  • Village:

    South Britain Historic Village founded in 1715. 22 historic houses, 2 churches, the town's first library, first town hall, country store, and the last factory along the river....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Separate dining room with large picture window overlooking patios and gardens. Rectangular table seating six. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window units for comfort throughout the house. Party/Conference Area has screens/fans, no air conditioning....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Large dryer provided in laundry alcove,...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Three-Season Room of 400 square feet has oversized fireplace, seating for 16, television, and dining and buffet tables, Included as an option. Inquire as to terms....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric baseboard heating on thermostats throughout. Party/Conference Area has large fireplace supplemented with space heaters....moreless

  • Internet:

    Reliable high speed internet.....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    A full supply of clean linens, blankets and pillows is provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large conversation area near windows with wing-back chairs, love seat and couch seating 6 persons. Alcove seating for five to watch television located in wall cabinet....moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking for six - eight cars in paved lot easily accessible to carriage house's front entrance. Plenty of additional parking available as needed. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Ample freshly-laundered towels and washcloths provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Haier washing machine provided in laundry alcove....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Automatic drip coffee maker and many tea pots....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped with everything needed for cooking and baking....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    8 foot x 10 foot kitchen with tile topped sink and its adjacent countertops with continuous cabinets below. 30' x 60' work table with shelves above next to stove. 2 stools for in kitchen breakfasts....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, condiments, bottled water and paper goods are provided in large pantry....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    One bike available for use, additional ones for rent in Town located conveniently to near by bicycle trails....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio seating for meals and entertainment overlooking lawns and gardens. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Public golf course within two miles...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Tea Pavillion seating four under flowering trellis and skylight. There is also a gazebo in the garden that seats 8....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Tranquil 2-acres to the rear of the house with open lawns, gazebo, rose garden, orchards, and perimeter plantings. Beautiful throughout the seasons....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large grill available upon request...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Woodbury Ski Area within 20 minutes- bring your own equipment or rent at the ski area....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Town courts five minutes distant by car. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 5 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$165 $175
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,050 $3,950

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee $65
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Tax Rate 15%


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 for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Westchester NY
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pomperaug Golf Club
15 Miles
Nearest Train
Danbury CT
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Saki Asian Fusion, Southbury
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Woodbury Ski Area, Woodbury Ct
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Sandy Hook, Newtown, CT, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, Basic understanding of spanish, mandarin and malay
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

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  • living and dining rooms

    living and dining rooms

  • View from living room towards television area

    View from living room towards television area

  • television alcove sofa and stairs to second floor

    television alcove sofa and stairs to second floor

  • dining room with window to the landscape

    dining room with window to the landscape

  • kichen counter with seating

    kichen counter with seating

  • The lawns and gazebo on a late afternoon in May

    The lawns and gazebo on a late afternoon in May

  • master bedro
om with view toward sun room

    master bedro om with view toward sun room

  • second bedroom

    second bedroom

  • Greenhouse room seating sixteen or more

    Greenhouse room seating sixteen or more

  • Your host dozing before the fire in the greenhouse room.

    Your host dozing before the fire in the greenhouse room.

  • another view of the lawns, landscaping and gazebo

    another view of the lawns, landscaping and gazebo

  • Living room seating area

    Living room seating area

  • Living room with dining room in background.

    Living room with dining room in background.

  • kitchen with door and window views to patio and gardens

    kitchen with door and window views to patio and gardens

  • Outdoor patio

    Outdoor patio

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Sun room with desk and dresser.

    Sun room with desk and dresser.

  • Newly renovated bath room.

    Newly renovated bath room.

  • Greenhouse room upper level has more seating and buffet table.

    Greenhouse room upper level has more seating and buffet table.

VRBO #619354

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 20, 2017

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