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Serenissima: peaceful getaway, secluded property with own swimming pond & garden

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

This ultimate relaxation property consists of a three bedroom house with large eat-out terrace, and beautiful views overlooking your own private 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, unwind and immerse yourself in a natural environment, with friends and family. There is a 20's style screened-in outhouse with two changing rooms overlooking the pond. Near the diving deck is a stone BBQ and fire pit for entertaining. Mature and beautiful flower gardens and trees surround the pond, as well as an extra 7 acres of forest that backs on to over 100 acres of the Edwin Teale Audubon Bird Sanctuary–great for long walks, forest bathing, tuning into swaying trees, fluttering birds, rippling water, and reconnecting with nature. It has a large herb and vegetable garden, and the pond is ideal for swimming, canoeing and fishing. There are two small waterfalls, one flowing past the house and one pouring into the pond; you can hear running water from two of the bedrooms and the living room. There are three walk bridges that cross streams on the property. This place is perfect for a tranquil and restorative summer vacation where you can tune into the smells, textures, tastes and sights of nature, and leave stress behind.

Rented with a 3-day minimum. The price ($175/night) is for 4 people. Add $15/night for 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 in advance, and it can easily be arranged).

Go to 'Links & Video' to see a drone video of property.

More Details

Pia Rigby
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2017

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 and my sister lives nearby.

What makes this house unique

Totally private, with an incredible view from the house of a large, beautiful, stream and spring-fed pond. Sun and shade, great for forest bathing. Perfect for contemplation and creativity.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hampton in Windham County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • 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 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bath and shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2 queen, and 2 single
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
  • 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
  • fitness centre
  • 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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Serenissima: peaceful getaway, secluded property with own swimming pond & garden
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews

Tranquil, peaceful eclectic property

  • 5 of 5

Our family had such a wonderful time our week staying at Serenissima. We are a family of four (including two children ages 5 and 8). We spent every day swimming, floating, and canoeing around the pond. Went for a hike at the neighboring Audubon sanctuary as well as an organized hike at the Audubon Center at Pomfret. We loved the frogs that created us as we approached the pond. The pictures don't do the property justice. We stayed for the week of July 4th and it cooled down to more than comfortable (even had to close a couple windows some nights!) with out A/C. We loved the co-op in Willamantic for groceries (about 20 minutes away), but there are closer options. We met Pia on our first day there. She was a lovely person and answered all our questions and more. We would love to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you, and I'm pleased you all enjoyed it. I will look forward to seeing you again. Pia
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New Rochelle, NY


  • 5 of 5

Thank you, Pia for sharing your property and allowing us a few days in this earthly, confined paradise. As someone said before in a review, it's difficult to share my thoughts about your property; by now, after three stays there and a fourth one coming, I have a sense of "ownership" and want to keep this secret to myself-my all time favorite property! Four days of total relax for us and for the dogs. The property, being naturally confined, helps the dogs not to stray away. We enjoyed the pond, the canoe, the deck, the dock, the night fires, sauntering again and again across the bridges. It is simply heavenly! We got to see more animals this time too! It was a pleasure finally meeting you. Thank you for your hospitality! Will be back very soon! xoxoxo

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolute pleasure having you stay! Thank you and see you again soon.
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Relaxing, beautiful, spiritual place...

  • 5 of 5

A few of us writers came together for a retreat weekend at Serenissima and we LOVED it. The property is very private and serene. We loved the evening bonfires and morning walks around the pond and gorgeous neighborhood. Pia was wonderful. We will definitely be coming back for another visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! It was great having you, too!
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New Rochelle, New York

Great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

Just enjoyed another relaxing stay and it was perfect. So beautiful, so peaceful. Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from our getaway in Hampton, CT. Pia and Mary were such a pleasure to deal with and made sure we felt right at home. The property is absolutely beautiful and the pictures do not do it justice. The property is secluded and it's a great place to relax and get away from it all. We brought our two Labradors with us and they loved swimming in the pond. The house is kept very clean and is so homey. There is no TV there (we knew that ahead of time from previous reviews) so we brought some puzzles, games, iPad for the rainy/lazy days. We had such an amazing time and I look forward to our future stays here!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Greenwich, CT

Having our daughter and grandson with us made it a special time. When they left, it was too isolated

  • 5 of 5

It is a beautiful property. We did have to call because there was no water at one point, but it was taken care of quickly. The one suggestion we have that would improve a stay is to freshen it up a bit, especially the downstairs bedroom area so it isn't as musty / damp.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Go to 'Links & Video' on this site to see a drone fly over of the property.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hampton, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £23.08
Refundable Damage Deposit £384.7

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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