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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 then backs on to over 100 acres of the Edwin Teale Audubon Bird Sanctuary–great for long walks, forest bathing, tuning into swaying trees, leaf peeping, 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 or fall vacation, where you can tune into the smells, textures, tastes and sights of nature, and leave stress behind.

The property and surrounding area is known for its beautiful autumn foliage, and is ideal for 'leaf peepers'. The colors reflected in the pond from the house are glorious.

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 ae 3 structures: the main house, the change-room by the pond, and a small cottage where a caretaker sometimes stays when doing chores and repairs. (If you do not want anybody staying in the cottage, please speak to the owner, and with sufficient notice it can easily be arranged).

More Details

Pia Rigby
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

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 Hampton

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 in summer and leaf peeping in fall. 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: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • 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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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
Falll has arrived, and Hampton is one of the ten best places for foliage in Connecticut.


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Serenissima: peaceful getaway, secluded property with own swimming pond & garden
average rating of 4.864865 based on 37 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: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 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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Georgia, USA

Nature at its summer best!

  • 5 of 5

My family thoroughly enjoyed this rustic and poetic retreat. If you’re a lover of New England then you’ll be in heaven with this property. When a home away from your own home is your goal, look no further, you’ll find everything you need here. You may even be inspired to try a few old things like Pia’s vintage linens, old fashion quilts on a cool morning, or vases filled with black eye susan. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a secret place lost in time.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for being such gracious guests.
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Loveliest Week!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two dogs spent a good part of a week here and loved it! The house is very pretty and clean, and the grounds are beautiful. Pia was so communicative and helpful over email. We all had a wonderful time and hope to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York, NY

Beautiful secluded summer property

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property if you want to get away from it all and really enjoy your privacy. The house is simple, but very well equipped. There are sufficient pots and pans and an impressive variety of coffee-making devices. The garden is very well maintained, there is everything you may need for water related activities in a little shack by the pond. The pond itself is very cute and great to sit by, swim in or take the boat out on.The fire place next to the pond is also very charming. We had a great time there enjoying all of those things. Pia was super accommodating with us as I reached out to her to request that no one stay in the cottage while we were there.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wilbraham,, MA

Beautiful setting, great for hiking & bird watching

  • 5 of 5

Other reviews have said it...the pictures don’t do the property justice. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The property is next to a nature preserve with nice hiking trails. The house itself is well-appointed. Pia provides everything you need, and she’s very responsive. The lack of TV is no issue...the scenery, along with Pia’s vast library of books, will keep you well entertained. No AC, as the windows are all crank-outs & wouldn’t be able to accommodate one, but Pia provides fans in every room. We were quite comfortable the whole time, as the house gets good cross breezes.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, and it was great to meet you.
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New Rochelle, NY


  • 5 of 5

Thank you, Pia, once again, on this fourth visit! I feel so at home here, that it’s always so difficult to leave! xoxoxo Till soon!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Love having you. Pia
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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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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £382.4
Pet Fee £22.94

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