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Scenic & Serene 20 Acre Estate, near NYC

People15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Escape to a 20-acre estate in scenic and pristine Easton, CT (55 miles, approx. one hour from NYC). Enjoy this exquisite 5-BDR, 2 full & 2 half bath home designed by the renowned Carl Gunther; with its own pond and walking trails. Near the Aspetuck preserve, beaches and skiing.

This is our weekend home, "Nirvan" (it means bliss in Sanskrit). The custom house built by the renowned Carl Gunther sits on 20 acres, with its own pond and trails – approximately one hour from New York City. The house has 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, a library, study and sunroom. There is also a pool table and games in the basement.

The Town of Easton.

Easton is a lovely New England town with lots of farms, nature trails and great neighbors. It's called the town where "farmers and yuppies co-exist”.

"Nirvan" sits in the midst of the a 1700 acre nature preserve. In the 90s, Paul Newman and others banded together to purchase over a 1000 acres (685 in Easton, the rest in Westport and Weston) to add to the existing reserve and save the Trout Brook Valley from development. In the summer, you'll notice that the temperature drops 5-10 degrees as you enter Easton (thanks to all the trees).

Nirvan is located down the street from both the Aspetuck reservoir and Nature preserve so you can enjoy hiking trails and fruit (apples and blueberries) picking in the orchards of the preserve.

There is a small river beach about 5 mins from the house at Aspectuck Park (across the street from the Bluebird Inn, on Route 58), which also has a children's playground and baseball field. You can access the beaches of Westport in 15 minutes, and the ski slopes of Mt. Southington in an hour.

Don’t forget to ring the bell in the attic (above the garage)…just a fun thing the kids like to do each time we are there.

The New York Times describes Easton as "The town has many charms, including 7,000 acres of open space (40 percent of the town's total acreage), three reservoirs with splendid vistas, old stone walls that once served as farming fences, winding roads that are used as much by horses as by cars, and a cemetery rumored to be inhabited by a ghost known as the White Lady.

These delights have attracted celebrities and historic figures. The journalist Ida Tarbell, Helen Keller and the actors Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Eileen Fulton have lived in Easton. And the actress Anne Baxter, the playwright and novelist Edna Ferber and the CBS News anchor Dan Rather have all spent time there as weekenders".

Some articles on Easton.

Contact Information

Feel free to call us if you need anything / something doesn’t work.

Directions

Most GPS applications can find Nirvan easily. However cell reception is patchy in many parts of the Merritt Parkway, so you may want to make a note of the directions before you set out.

Outdoor Activities

1. Nature Preserve

Norton road ends at the Aspetuck Nature Preserve (less than 5 minutes after you take a right out of the drive way). You can enjoy hikes, trail running and biking. Please refer to the map (in the glass jar in the sunroom) to get there.

2. Kayaking

There is a pond on Norton road, on your left as you drive up to the house. You can kayak on this. You can also kayak from a spot on the 136 in Westport.

3. Skiing

The ski slopes of Southington are approximately one hour away and easy to get to.

4. Apple & Pumpkin picking

Silverman's Farm is well known for pumpkins and apples. They also have a petting zoo, hayrides and a store.

5. Beaches

There is a small river beach about 5 mins from the house at Aspectuck Park (across the street from the Bluebird Inn, on Route 58), which also has a children's playground and baseball field.

The beaches of Westport and Fairfiled are (about 15-20 mins) are equidistant from Nirvan. We usually go to the Sherwood island beach, and go later in the evening when the crowds are smaller.

6. There are a number of things nearby (within 15-20 minutes) - all of which our family has enjoyed. There is the adventure center in Bridgeport with ziplining, and also the Beardsley zoo in Bridgeport. The Westport playhouse has some nice shows, and the Childrens museum in Norwalk is very good. The Norwalk seaport and aquarium is excellent. If you venture further afield (about 30 mins away), New Haven is nearby with Yale university, the Peabody museum, and a whole host of other museums and shows.

Shopping and Groceries

1. Tea and sugar are in the canisters on the counter (only the tea is in the correctly named container!). Coffee and creamer etc. are in the cabinets above. We have a stovetop Italian-style coffee maker. The toaster is in the corner cabinet near the cooktop. These cabinets have been labeled.

2. The town of Westport and Fairfield are the nearest shopping locations (approximately equi-distant). You can go on the 58 (Blackrock turnpike) to shopping in Fairfield (Trader Joe, Shoprite, CVS, Old Navy, Starbucks, Wine Store, etc.) You can go on 136 to shopping in Westport (Trader Joe, etc.) Sport Hill farms in Easton also has good organic vegetables.

Restaurants

1. The Bluebird Inn on route 58, is a short walk or drive from Nirvan. It's a great, historic brunch place - that looks pretty much as it did when it started. (Parts of the movie Revolutionary Road were shot here). We like to go there on Sat mornings.

2. There are a whole bunch of great places to eat in Fairfield and Westport. Yelp!

3. We love the food at Barcelona. It's located in the Hi-Ho motel in Fairfield and has great food. It's always packed. We go often to Lilac House (Asian /Japanese / Chinese) Mumbai Times (Indian) and Sakura (Japanese) in Westport.

TV, Wii, Board games and indoor activities

1. There are some board games in the playroom closet and also in the library.

2. There is a wii in the library. Accessories and games are on the shelves in the library.

3. There is a telescope in the sunroom, along with a starchart.

4. The bird feeder outside the sunroom attracts lots of cardinals, blue jays and a host of other birds. The bird guide is on the table in the sunroom.

5. There is a pool table (ping pong set also) and other games in the basement.

Outdoor games

1. Soccer goals and a ball are in the garage, along with a basketball

2. Badminton racquets, net and shuttles are also in the garage

3. There are a couple of other outdoor games – horse shoes and croquet – also in the sunroom.

Housekeeping

1. There are 4 King size beds in the four large bedrooms, and one twin in the small upstairs bedroom. There are fresh linens on all the beds.

2. There's also a double pull out couch in the 4th bedroom extension and a double pullout in the living room (near the fireplace).

3. Bed linens are in the closet at the top of the stairs (next to upstairs bathroom). There are some comforters and blankets there as well. There is a twin and Queen air mattress stored in the linen closet. Towels and extra toilet paper are in the closet in the master bathroom. Extra sheets for the king beds are in the bench in the master bedroom.

4. The Carerra and Calcatta marble counter tops in the kitchen and bathrooms are susceptible to staining. Please be careful with cosmetics, wine, lime juice, tea, pasta sauce etc. Especially wine and lime juice. If something spills, PLEASE clean it immediately to prevent damage.

5. Dish detergent and some cleaning supplies are under the kitchen sink. Laundry detergent and other supplies are in the closet next to the garage.

6. There is extra toilet paper in all the bathroom cabinets. Extra kitchen towels are in the pantry (off the kitchen, first door on the way to the laundry room).

7. The hand-vac is located across the pantry and the floor vacuum is in the landing to the basement (the door is in the foyer, under the stairs).

8. You can rinse recyclables and put them in the blue recycling bin (opposite the pantry, or in the big green recycling container outside the garage).

9. Please do not use soap / bubbles if you run the Jacuzzi in the master bath. You can use soap / bubble bath only if you use it as a regular soaking tub.

10. We have a septic, so please don’t put food waste down the kitchen sink.

Thermostat

The touchpad thermostat in the master bedroom controls the temperature for the entire house.

ENJOY, and please call us anytime if you need anything.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Easton around the Fairfield County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Reviews

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(4 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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Beautiful Location, Owners well reactive to issues

  • 4 of 5

The house is in a beautiful location, and it's really lovely though we had issues with AC/cleanliness but owners were wonderful to work with, both crediting us and getting a repairman to quickly fix the AC and following up on the cleaners lack of cleaning with new people. Owners said they are redoing the kitchen shortly, so I'd definitely give them another chance and would stay here again assuming these issues had been addressed.

We were 11 staying and it was a comfortable house for us though we had to double up on the large beds and use the couches/air mattress. Dining area was small but we found additional tables/chairs to use and worked out wonderfully. Grounds are beautiful and house is super charming!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house and property for a group!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this beautiful house and property. The land around is gorgeous. The hosts were easy to work with. This house is perfect for a large group of people. There's plenty of space. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice, stylish house with great space for a larger family together.

  • 5 of 5

The hosts are nice and welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice stay

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated the owners' hospitality in allowing us to stay in their peaceful home in Easton. We loved the proximity of the home to the wedding that we were attending, to the Olde Bluebird Inn (which has an outstanding breakfast selection), and to the beautiful hiking trails that are just a short walk from the home. The home offers a very private and peaceful setting and was suitable for our family of five.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Easton,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£2,214
for 3 nights
From
£685
From
£723
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £114.16
Property Damage Protection £44.9
Refundable Damage Deposit £380.55

House Rules Summary

• Check-in time is 3PM
• Checkout time is 12 noon
• No parties, events or outside entertainers.
• No outside guests - please do not have dinner parties or gatherings or invite anyone who is not staying at the house
• Not suitable for pets
• No smoking

Details
1. We can flex check-in and check-out time for an additional cost
2. We have severe allergies, and can tell when the following rules have not been abided by, so PLEASE:
a.NO nuts especially peanuts in the house as we maintain a nut-free environment.
b.Absolutely No smoking (including electronic cigarettes/ chewable tobacco)
c.Don't bring pets
d.Do not use the fireplaces

Please treat this like your own home. This means you Remember
2.All kitchen and bathroom counter tops are expensive Calcatta and Carerra marble, so please be very careful about wine, lemon juice, make-up and wipe up any spills quickly.
3. Please remove outside footwear when you are inside the house as we have nice, light colored carpets.
4. Please don't leave children unsupervised in the garage/mud room area as there are sharp outdoor equipment, power tools, highly inflammable materials, pesticide, fertilizer etc.

Checkout Procedure:
1. Put the key back in the lock box
2. Rinse and put all recyclable material in the recycling green bin (big one) next to the garage
3. Put all garbage double bagged in the black bins in the garage side shed. If you don't do this the wildlife will get to them :)
4. Return all furniture to its original position
5. Please tidy up and put all used linen by the washing machine.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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