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Pia Rigby

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian
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Serenissima: peaceful getaway, secluded property with own swimming pond & garden

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Connecticut

This ultimate relaxation property consists of a 3-bedroom house with large eat-out terrace and beautiful views overlooking own private, swimming pond. The entire property is very secluded and contemplative; with a winding driveway off a local road. It is a unique and quiet place to relax and unwind around friends and family. There is a 20's style screened-in outhouse with 2 changing rooms overlooking the pond. Near the diving deck there is a stone BBQ and fire pit for entertaining. Mature and beautiful flower gardens and old trees surround pond (and an extra 7 acres of forest of which 3 sides back on to the Edwin Teale Audubon Bird Sanctuary–great for long walks). Large, maintained vegetable garden ( herbs and vegetables) and the pond is ideal for swimming, canoeing and fishing. There are 2 small waterfalls, one flowing past the house and one running into the pond, you can hear the running water from one of the bedrooms. There are 3-walk bridges crossing streams. Perfect for a tranquil and restorative summer vacation.

Rented with a 3-day minimum. The price ($125/night) is for 4 people. Add $10/night per any additional guest; with a maximum of 6 people.

On the property of 10 acres there 3 structures: the main house, the change-room by the pond, and a small cottage where my caretaker sometimes stays when doing chores (if you do not want anybody staying there, please speak to the owner and it can easily be arranged).

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Pia Rigby (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian

About Pia Rigby

I lived in NYC for 25 years and now am in Italy. I come to the States often for work, family and friends.

Pia Rigby purchased this house in 2014

Why Pia Rigby chose Connecticut

A peaceful place to relax, create and get away from it all and yet still be near NY and those close to me. My parents had a second home in the area for years.

What makes this house unique

Totally private, with an incredible view from the house of a beautiful, fresh water swimming pond. Sun and shade, great for gardening and has a vegetable garden. Perfect for contemplation and creativity.


based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Serenissima: peaceful getaway, secluded property with own swimming pond & garden
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

Quiet oasis

  • 5 of 5

Pia's place is so nice! The garden and pond are beautiful and relaxing, while her house has everything you need for a stress free stay. Despite visiting in mid-July, we beat the heat with many fans, and the cooling effect of the woods. Pia was welcoming to our two dogs, which was great because many places won't allow them. Although the well water smelled a little of sulfur, the filter on the kitchen sink was very effective for drinking water and we noticed zero residual scent after showering. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love,y private retreat

  • 5 of 5

I almost don't want to tell you how much I love this place so it'll be my secret . It's a great secluded retreat in the middle of a nature reserve . I usually listen to NPR obsessivly but while I was there I enjoyed the constant bird songs so much I almost got annoyed when my friend put on music ( music I normally love ) .

The house is simple but has everything you need ( though doesn't have a few things you might want like TV , microwave or a dishwasher ) and is laid out well with an open living room kitchen , two upstairs bedrooms and one very private downstairs bedroom with a patio which is perfect for anyone like a surly teen or a romantic couple that would like some extra privacy .

The kitchen was well equipped for cooking with plenty of dishes , pots and pans , a full size refrigerater and stove and ample counter space .

The surroundings are bucolic with a pond , waterfall , lots of flowers , butterflies and birds

. My dogs were in heaven .

There are also some charming small towns and cities nearby for day trips with loads of restaurants and antique stores etc.

Just the place if you want to get away from it all .

The only thing I didn't like was that the water is sulphury and the water pressure is not great . However , though those things would normally really bother me I loved the place so much it was hard to get annoyed by anything .

Pia the owner is easy going and delightful . She is there if you need her and not if you don't . I really enjoyed meeting her and liked her immediately .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice, quiet, peaceful, secluded

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this property for a few days last week. It was great. Clean, orderly but not sterile. It was very peaceful and had a nice garden feel. We were only a couple but there was room for 4 more so long as everyone can share the one bathroom. The house has well water - fairly strong sulfur smell/taste so bring bottled if this bothers you. We thoroughly enjoyed sunbathing on the dock over the pond. We always felt safe and secure. The kitchen was a good size and had enough pots, pans, etc. for normal cooking needs. The pond did not look inviting to swim in but then we're from costal Florida (spoiled!). There was no AC but the screened windows provided a nice flow of fresh air that kept the house cool enough. I did not notice if there was heat beyond the wood-burning stove in the bottom floor - ask if going in the cold months. There was a good sized grocery store 15 minute drive away. There are a few light hiking places close by as well.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry that the pond sadly this year wasn't as clean as usual. There were 2 acts of nature: - a beaver dam further upstream burst in May flooding into the pond - the usually warm winter created an invasion of gypsy moth caterpillars. This made most of the trees drop half eaten leaves into the pond Hopefully next year it will be back to normal!😔
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Secluded peaceful Eastern Connecticut hideaway

  • 4 of 5

We had a very good return visit to this property. (Last time was in early winter.) There were plenty of fans for keeping cool in the summery heat, the kitchen had all the things we would need, and the housekeeper was readily available had we needed anything. The place was clean and comfortable and the setting is idyllic. We would definitely stay at Pia's place again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Really relaxing visit

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was perfect for the two of us and our dog, it offers several outside hanging out options and was really peaceful inside and out. Mary the caretaker was attentive and helpful. Very relaxing...the pond dock was great for feet dipping.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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magnificent garden

  • 5 of 5

We love the garden and landscape and the high ceiling of the house. It's a quaint back road and beautiful country area to explore.

The kitchen is pretty much fully equipped. It's perfect to cook and eat in every day. The owner had quick respond and well communication.

We want to go back and explore for more.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed it and you are welcome any time!
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Hartford Bradley international
Nearest Ferry
37 Miles
New London
Nearest Train
37 Miles
New London
Nearest Motorway
12.5 Miles
Route 395
Nearest Beach
42 Miles
Ocean Beach Ct
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ashford, Eastern Connecticut

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £23
Refundable Damage Deposit £381

Need a car. Maximum 6 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Connecticut, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bath and shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2 queen, and 2 single
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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