|Minimum Stay||2 - 6 nights|
The Captain's House, a 3,400 SF 3-level renovated Victorian, features 5 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, gourmet kitchen,wraparound deck, badminton/volley ball court and 40' dock. A magical place to relax & recharge...
Knowles Landing is one of the most beautiful waterfront estates on the Connecticut River. This maritime historic landmark is centrally located midway been NYC and Boston, 25 minutes south of Hartford, and 45 minutes north of New Haven. This stunning 5 bedroom renovated Victorian Captain’s House has an open floor plan and all the modern conveniences you could want – from AC to granite kitchen counters, WIFI, a wraparound porch (with a working signal light) and a delightful afternoon breeze to relax and celebrate life.
Like in Sweden and Japan, it's shoeless at the Captain's House -- bring slippers, socks or some new flip flops. Sorry...no smoking or pets....my lab-mix Sophie, however, will be thrilled to receive some extra attention!
Located in a quiet historic village, Middle Haddam has a rich and colorful history of shipbuilding, sea captains and commerce. This 2-acre property includes the 3,400 SF, 3-level Captain’s House which sleeps 8 in style; a 2,100 SF, 3-level renovated Carriage House (host’s studio); gazebo; badminton/volleyball court and deep-water 40’ dock.
Bedroom #1: The 3rd floor master bedroom suite with a walk-out deck offers a commanding view of the River and property. Queen size raised bed for exquisite river views, skylights, exposed brick with dramatic lighting, sitting area, large bathroom with shower, 2 sinks, stained glass windows and Jacuzzi is the ultimate private getaway!
Bedroom #2: The 2nd floor master bedroom has a Queen size bed, wonderful views of the River, marble bathroom with a shower, 2 sinks, and skylights. This bedroom opens up to a spacious bedroom with panoramic River views and serves as an extra bedroom (see below).
Bedroom #3: The 2nd floor sunroom bedroom is accessed either through French doors off the den, or through a door from the 2nd floor master bedroom. This light-filled bedroom has 3 walls of windows offering a 180-degree riverscape and a delightful afternoon breeze. King-sized bed with storage drawers below. There is a large wardrobe closet and a desk stocked with office supplies, a Mac computer and a wireless printer.
Bedroom #4: The 2nd floor bedroom off the main stairs has a full-size bed and a bathroom next door off the hallway with tub and shower. This bedroom faces the River and offers a lovely view of the glimmering waters from the comfort of your bed.
Bedroom #5: The cozy library bedroom faces the River on the 2nd floor and has a full-size bed. There is a large closet, and bookshelves filled with great eclectic reads. A full bathroom with a tub/shower is just across the hallway.
2nd Floor Den
From the hallway you can access the den with a 42" Smart TV and incredible River views. This large, window-filled room has two coaches, one of which is a very comfortable pull-out Queen size bed with a Posturepedic mattress.
The 2nd and 3rd floor master bedrooms have bathrooms ensuite with double sinks and sunlight flooding in thru skylights and windows. The 3rd floor bathroom also has a Jacuzzi. The 2nd floor hallway bathroom has a bathtub/shower. The 1st floor 1/2-bathroom is off the side entrance and kitchen. This large, airy bathroom/mudroom has a gas log fireplace, washer-and-dryer, skylight and closets. You can also access the backyard from the mudroom where there is a clothesline.
The first floor has a flowing, open floor plan with 9’ ceilings, downlights and large windows to capture gorgeous views of the River. The kitchen is a cook’s dream with granite counters, 2 large sinks for the sous chefs, a brass bar sink, Subzero frig, regular and convection ovens, and gas stove top. Eat in the kitchen for a casual meal or savor your gastronomical feat in the dining room (seats 10) with wonderful etched granite fireplace and river views. The kitchen is stocked with cooking and serviceware, utensils, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, French press, water boiler and kettle, and basic supplies (oil, vinegar, spices, fresh ground coffee, tea, mustard, ketchup).
Off the kitchen, the large living room faces the river with breathtaking views out the picture window. Facing west, the sunsets reflecting off the water are simply spectacular! Open the screened French doors, turn on the paddle fan and choose from settle in on one of many comfy chairs and coaches. There is also a gas log fireplace and a stereo with a collection of jazz CDs.
Entering from the kitchen or the foyer, this stunning dining room seats 8-10 with wonderful lighting and river views. There is a wet bar located in the adjacent kitchen. For larger dinner parties, the foyer serves as a wonderful extra dining space to seat an additional 10 guests.
When I give my guests a tour of the Captain's House and bring them out to the wraparound porch with the awesome river views, the lush green trees across the water, the gentle sloping lawn to the tennis court and dock…they absolutely melt. Most of my guests enjoy using the porch, complete with lighting and power, as an outdoor family and dining room.
The Captain’s House (Victorian) is for you and your guests to enjoy. There are chaise lounges and chairs available on the lower riverfront lawn to bask in the sun or under the shade trees. Looking for some exercise and sport? There is a badminton and volleyball court overlooking the River (formerly the Hartru tennis court). Up for a game of croquet or horse shoes? The lawn on the River offers the perfect level playing field – just ask.
The river is usually at its calmest in the early morning and late afternoon. A kayaker’s paradise, there is an easy launch area just to the right of the dock. There are 4 very stable kayaks for your use with flotation devices. Arrangements can also be made if you would like to dock your motor or sail boat at my 40’ deepwater dock. I have mooring whips which worked well for my 25’ fiberglass Chris Craft and power is available.
The Connecticut River stretches 407 miles from Canada to Long Island Sound and captivates even the most reserved observer with its beauty. Known to have the best carp and channel cat fishing in the country – 42 pounds is the state record and was caught in the CT River. We also have the best striped bass fishing in the Northeast! Every Spring, the bass chase the herring up the River. A salt water fish, bass have a high tolerance for fresh water. Striped bass over 40 pounds have been caught in the River and there are bass tournaments all season – many fishermen cast in front of the dock where the fish like to gather.
In the late afternoon, seize the opportunity to sit on the dock and just watch the River life. Be patient and you may see the fish jump, an eagle soar, or blue heron fly by in search of their next meal.
If you would like to fish, you will need an inland fishing license which can be purchased online.
Who Should Stay
Ideal for couples, groups of friends, families with teenage or older children, history buffs, adventurers, nature and water lovers, fishing enthusiasts, runners, bicyclists, boaters, artists, authors, lovers of life. This property is not ideal for individuals who might have difficulty with many stairs and hills.
This quiet River oasis was once a destination for vacationers to get out of the City back during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many would travel by steamboat to the Landing where there was a steamboat house for tickets and baggage (the steamboat house burned down before the property was purchased, but the foundation still remains in front of the dock).
Situated atop a commanding hill, this landmark Victorian was built in 1886 by the daughter and son-in-law of local steamboat Captain Edward W. Simpson. Middle Haddam was home to more than a dozen sea captains – some credited with capturing British ships off Long Island during the Revolutionary War. Trade to the West Indies is documented as far back as the 1770s.
The local taverns, shops and inns, which were later converted to lovely homes and a local library, enjoyed financial success until the early 1930s when steamboat service died out along the Connecticut River.
The Connecticut River:
The Connecticut River has been named one of the “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy. One of the most beautiful rivers in the world, it has no industrialization along its shores and its waters are rated clean enough for anything but drinking. It is a summer breeding ground for osprey and the largest concentration of wintering eagles on the East coast when it is a common sight to see eagles flying above the River in search of food.
Walk to the Middle Haddam Library, just up the street with a wonderful collection of books, DVDs and historical references, or take a stroll down Shad Row past the waterfalls and onto Shipyard Road. The Middle Haddam Post Office is also an easy 10-minute walk over a wooden bridge off of Blacksmith Road.
Stop & Shop and other stores are just 2 miles away up RT 66E. Less than a mile away is the best takeout pizza in the area. Great hiking at the 130-acre Hurd State Park is just 2.2 miles south off of 15, or travel east on 66 and follow the signs to the East Hampton Air Line State Park trailhead – a great path that extends 22 miles to Windham.
Local Entertainment, Theatre & Art:
Mohegan Sun Casino is an easy 32-mile drive, and the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House is 9.5 miles off of Route
Your host has had a design/photo business for over 30 years. After many years of producing hi-end full color brochures and catalogs, website design and photography have become my main focus.
For the past 25 years I have lived and worked at Knowles Landing. It's been quite the adventure renovating the Captain's House (Victorian) and the Carriage House.
An avid kayaker, I have competed in equitation and hunter/jumper shows with my Percheron-thoroughbred mare, enjoy organic gardening, building rustic furniture, hiking, and searching for edible mushrooms.
I was born in the Greater Hartford area and graduated from the Boston University School of Public Communication.
Sue Weintraub purchased this estate in 1989
My boyfriend and I stayed at host homes in Capitol Hill in DC and at a former President's estate in Virginia. The experiences exceeded our expectations.
Recently, while watching an eagle soar overhead, I realized Knowles Landing would make the ideal 'Home Away' – what a wonderful opportunity to meet people and embark on a new adventure. Making connections, sharing, enjoying life.
I am sending out the call....looking for good people who love life and nature. Knowles Landing is sure to capture your heart...
The Connecticut River...the fish jumping...eagles soaring....the owl hooting at night...kayaking across the River behind Dart Island to watch the painted turtles and blue heron....or paddling south to stop in East Haddam or at the Blue Oar restaurant on the River for a great meal....the beauty and colorful history of this village...it's all magic!
Add in the proximity of so many gastronomical, cultural, recreational and educational destinations and this location is so perfect.
Our group of 10 stayed at this spectacular property for a long Columbus weekend - from rental to departure - we could not ask for more! Our host, Sue, was wonderful with communication - providing suggestions for the area prior to our arrival. She was helpful and accommodating throughout our stay. The house was amazing - offering gorgeous views of the Connecticut River - the pictures did not do the property and home justice as it well exceeded our expectations. The home was comfortable, well appointed and easily accessible to major roadways and attractions. We will definitely return to this gem, hopefully for longer next time!!!
We had a wonderful stay at the Captains House over the MLK weekend this month. Sue, the owner, was very friendly and accommodating - made us feel right at home. The house and the entire property are awesome (as is, really, all of Middle Haddam - which is a charming historic village...) One could sit endlessly on the comfy sofa, with the cozy fire ablaze, looking out the huge picture window at the beautiful Connecticut River. The house is nicely decorated - beautiful and tasteful (and, so clean!) The lights strung on the porch, the flowers/vases placed in various locations throughout the house, the jazz music playing in the background, the coffee that Sue ground specially for us: all helped us feel welcome and set the tone for a special weekend. The kitchen is well-stocked with dishes, pans, utensils, and appliances - enough for groups of 12 or more. And, if you should need them, Sue keeps many 'basic' cooking ingredients in the cupboards. When my family has rented houses in the past, we've typically found that one or two of the bedrooms are 'sub-par'. This is not the case at the Captains House - all the bedrooms/rooms (and bathrooms) are great. Our weekend at the Captains House ranks right 'up there' in terms of positive family get-away experiences. Met all of our expectations - and then some!
SUE IS A VERY NICE,UNDERSTANDING,AND FLEXIBLE PERSON.SHE IS VERY ATTENTIVE TO THE PROPERTY AND GUESTS WHILE ALWAYS MAKING HERSELF AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.
MY WIFE AND I SPENT THE WEEKEND THERE WITH OUR CHILDREN.WE ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY.
The house was perfect for our family! Stocked with everything you could want. Super clean and very well cared for. Amazing wrap around porch looking out over the river. Owner had all the lights on for us when we arrived at night and walked us through all the logistics of the house. Definitely will be back!
The photos don't lie. The house and property were beautiful. We rented the property to attend a wedding and the house and grounds were an excellent place to gather and catch up with one another over the weekend.
Sue is a wonderful hostess, from the fresh flowers throughout the house, immediately responding to a minor shower head problem or supplying life vests for kayaking without delay she handled it all. Thanks so very much.
We are a group of seven women who all loved this place! The house is wonderful; historic with modern conveniences, beautifully decorated. The attention to detail was evident everywhere---plenty of supplies--lots of kitchenware---great sheets and pillows and beds---good towels---We had such a great time that we are now trying to find a workable date in the fall to return--so we can use those kayaks and hang out on the porch watching the sunset!! Sue was a fabulous hostess---wonderful service and availability.Thank you!!
The property was beautifully welcoming and our hostess, was a remarkable woman.
The breathtaking views of the river greeted us every morning, while the fire pit by the water relaxed us before turning in at night.
Gillette Castle is a wonderful attraction and a terrific place for photos.
We enjoyed a ferry ride across the river and had a fantastic lunch at River Tavern, a quaint restaurant in Chester.
The house is immaculate and has everything imaginable...
Including "Drums," which beckoned us to embrace our hidden, musical talents...
Unfortunately, it would appear, mine are still hidden!
But, the memories of our drum circle and staying at "The Captain's House" at Knowles Landing will last a lifetime.
Local Entertainment, Theatre & Art:
Mohegan Sun Casino is an easy 32-mile drive, and the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House is 9.5 miles off of Route 151. Be sure to visit nearby Chester with wonderful one-of-a-kind shops, fantastic restaurants, the Norma Terris Theatre and Connecticut’s acclaimed contemporary impressionist artist Leif Nilsson’s Studio – all less than 15 miles away.
Gillette’s Castle and State Park are just 13 miles south in East Haddam. The visitor’s center and tour provides an exceptional view into William Gillette’s inspiring life as an inventor, playwright and actor. In neighboring Portland, check out the Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park – an outdoor adventure sports park with rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, scuba diving and much more!
For the sports-minded adventurers, you might enjoy paddling down the CT River to the wonderful Blue Oar Restaurant (we can arrange to pick you and the kayaks up at the Blue Oar). Outside waterfront casual dining with a Caribbean flair. It’s BYOB, open 7 days a week through Labor Day for lunch and dinner. You want to plan to paddle down with the current going out. Depending on wind, current, paddle speed and rest stops, it will take you 2 to 3 hours.
Less than 6 miles away is the public 18-hole regulation Portland Golf Course set in the rolling hills of the Connecticut River Valley. Challenging and enjoyable for players of all ages – excellent turf conditions, restaurant, pro shop and friendly staff.
Across the River, Middletown boasts 133 restaurants from sushi and Thai to Italian and Mexican. Plan to go to O’Rourke’s Diner, for a special breakfast treat; just over the Middletown-Portland Bridge on the left – get there before 8:30 to avoid the line out the door on weekends.
Priam Vineyards in Colchester, just 10.5 miles from Knowles Landing, offers tours and wine tastings March thru December. Concerts are scheduled every Friday night ($12/ticket).
Wesleyan University Center for the Arts:
Check out Wesleyan's calendar for wonderful concerts, film and dance programs just 8 miles away!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£400|
CLEANING FEE is $250
PAYMENT: 50% due in advance; balance due 21 days before Check-in. If you are staying for a week or longer, payment should be made directly to the Owner. Please contact Sue at 860.614.0120 to setup
50% Refund up until 3 weeks prior to arrival, except for any HomeAway processing fees (2.5% fee charged on US credit card charges)
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.