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Tranquil Carriage House and Gardens set in the Historic Village of South Britain

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Great views of lawns and gardens from home, patio seating & sky-lighted tea room

This is a charming, two-story home across from the 1835 Congregational Church in historic South Britain and the surrounding foothills at the border of Litchfield County.. It is an easy 75-minutes away from NYC by car and 2 hours by bus.

The two-story carriage house was built in 1795 as part of the main house. The first floor space for the carriage is now a very large living room and adjacent television viewing area (bedroom 3 at night). A kitchen and dining room wing was added with views out to the grounds. The second floor is reached by an open stair. The former hayloft and stable master's quarters are now a super-sized master bedroom, a sun-room office with windows facing 3 directions, a second smaller bedroom, a modern bathroom with shower, and a washer/dryer area.

Adjacent to the Carriage House is a 450 sq. ft. sky-lighted 3-Season Room (April to December) with a profusion of plants, an over-sized fire place, lounge and dining seating, buffet and bar, and views opening to to the lawns and gardens. This space is perfect for parties, meetings, conferences, buffet dinners, even weddings on the lawns. This space, if available, can be rented by the day if you would like to have it.

More Details

Jay Carow
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

About Jay Carow

Jay Carow is an architect who specializes in design of public buildings and restoration/adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and who has lived and taught architecture in the US, Malaysia and Iraq and practiced architecture in Chicago as a principal for nearly forty years. He currently works a few days a week and usually is found in NYC on weekends.

Jay Carow purchased this house in 2010

Why Jay Carow chose Southbury

The property is located at the heart of the Village of South Britain with its 22 historic homes, two churches, a 1904 library, 1873 town hall which is now a museum and the last remaining factory of 22 that had been here at the start of the 19th century. Enjoy exploring the village's history and the many opportunities for hiking, biking, cross country jogging, riding horses, playing golf and swimming. The area's nearby antique shops and the beauties of the rolling hills and picturesque towns of Litchfield County are 4-star attractions. There are modern shopping centers a mile or two away that can be reached either along main roads or an uppaved farm road with scenic barns and cows in the pastures. There are opportunities for recreational activities of all kinds, including hiking, jogging, biking, skiing, swimming, tennis and golf.

The location is 65 miles, 90 minutes from New York City and 15 mnutes from both Danbury and Waterbury with commercial centers and cultural events. Historic Woodbury founded in 1680 is a neighboring town with numerous historic homes and landmarks.

What makes this house unique

The two acres of landscape, gardens, orchard and woods are wonderful for outdoor gatherings of all kinds. The Gazebo and rented tents can provide shelter in case of rain. The Main House can be added to the rental for more overnight stays and to provide it's 3- season room with fireplace which can accommodate in the 3-season room up to 40 standing and 20 for dining. A buffet table and bar serve guests from the upper level.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Southbury in New Haven County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom has an all new 32" square shower and a new tropical wood vanity counter with raised basin. Ample storage is provided in the nearly five foot long sink cabinet and large floor to ceiling shelving cabinet. A south facing window brightens the room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Oversized room with views to gardens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Sun Room off Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , air inflated bed in place of office desk and chair
    Television Alcove - 1 Large Double Bed , Bed is in place of coffee table along wall
  • Master Bedroom: a 220 sf suite with queen size bed, dressing table, dresser, closet, north and east facing windows. There is also an opening to the Sun Room with a large desk and chair, storage alcove, and south facing window. Second Bedroom: 104 sf that includes queen size bed, dresser, north and west facing windows and a large hall closet with two tier clothes rods and floor to ceiling shelves..
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
The property has bird feeders and bird bath but a walk of ten minutes brings you to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. There are many historic buildings open to the public nearby and a Country Store a short distance away. The antique shops in Woodbury - the largest center on the Antiques Trail - are 15 minutes away.


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Tranquil Carriage House and Gardens set in the Historic Village of South Britain
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful home, beautiful property, extremely nice host!

  • 5 of 5

First time using this site. We had a great experience! We pulled up to a beautiful home and was greeted by Jay. He is very nice and eager to help. The home is warm and inviting. It is close to so many cool places, hiking trails, antique shops, markets, and more! Wonderful stay. I Would love to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alex and her husband were wonderful guests and are now new found friends. We shared glasses of wine .after taking them on my tour of the main 1795 house which is basically unchanged since it was built except for new kitchen and baths and a skylight over what had been the open summer kitchen with its huge cooking fireplace.
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Great host

  • 5 of 5

We needed a weekend off and this was the perfect place. It is not to far from anything in Connecticut while being nice and quiet. The carriage house is well kept and pretty. The owner is gracious and kind. Enjoy your stay!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable and lovely property.We were there for a month

  • 4 of 5

The carriage house is part of a historical property. The inside has been renovated and is good for both a short or long stay. Jay, our host, was friendly and helpful with our questions.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home with charm!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for opening your home to me and my family! We enjoyed being together and meeting up with other family in the area. The accommodations were welcoming and comfortable! We will definitely look to stay at your home the next time we are in the area!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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relaxed comfort

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay in this quaint yet spacious historic carriage house.Jay the owner/manager who lives in the main house was most welcoming and helpful.the fauna and flora were awesome and jay tends to a beautiful vegetable and flower is my choice to stay next time i am in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great home for a short or long stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed as we were visiting the area. The property is clean, well kept and Jay is a terrific host. The property and area are typical colonial New England. You can't go wrong.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Westchester NY
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Pomperaug Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Danbury CT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.25 Miles
Saki Asian Fusion, Southbury
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Woodbury Ski Area, Woodbury Ct
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
George C. Waldo State Park
Car: recommended

There are two roads to the Main Street of Southbury both cross the Pomeraug River. South Britain Road is the simplest way following along the river. The scenic way is through scenic dairy and fodder farms along a partially dirt road used by many joggers and hikers. Trails branch off this road into the hills or down to the distant river and its woods. As the road nears its end it passes through woods and crosses the river to reach the busy center of town.

Woodbury is a few miles away with its earliest historic buildings and the beginning of the Antiques Road.

Woodbury is the beginning of Litchfield County with its quaint towns set in the scenic hills and landscape. Each is distinctive in its own way. Explore the many historic buildings, events, main streets with shops and restaurants.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Southbury, Connecticut

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Memorial Day
26 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Labor Day
30 Aug 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4th of July
3 Jul 2019 - 8 Jul 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £60.15
Property Damage Protection £74.44
Pet Fee £59.4

Rates are subject to change until booked.

For rental of 1 week or longer electric cost to be assessed and paid based on meter reading and utility rates at check out.

Party/Conference Greenhouse room available for additional hourly or daily rates.

Children under 5 years and pets to be approved prior to arrival.

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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