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Elegant Country Retreat : Near New York City, Litchfield

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Wonderful Country House Overlooking Gardens, Pastures, Woods With All Amenities.

Want a little piece of heaven? Here it is. Our three-story 1830 house with extensions is surrounded by wide lawns, pastures, towering old maple trees, and gorgeous flower gardens. A hand-hewn post and beam barn is home to two friendly horses. Wake up in the morning and watch wild turkeys and deer on our lawns and pastures. Relax on a chaise under the grape arbor before enjoying a feast grilled on the patio. Later, under the stars, roast marshmallows and sing songs around our fire pit. Kite flying, Frisbee or croquet anyone? Right here on our lawn. Our well-appointed kitchen has everything you could need for serious cooking and entertaining. Dine around our antique Irish wake table with a fire crackling nearby. Relax by our fireplaces, read a book in our library. or just be quiet and peaceful. Our 5 bedrooms, library, three baths, and two large living rooms offer plenty of room for even large gatherings. The place is a kids' paradise. Cupboards of blocks and books. Wi-Fi, 3 TVs, DVD, Roku, CD player and a large collection of CDs.

Venturing further afield you can browse the CT. Antiques Trail in Woodbury, famous for its many shops. Walk and ride miles of hiking/biking trails.We even have a family-owned amusement park, Quassy, with a wooden roller coaster ride. Tube on water and snow. Swim in nearby lakes. Winter is for cross country skiing

The area has several nature preserves and museums.

Reserve now for the holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's especially. Our New England Fall is dazzling.

More Details

Betsy Crowell
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About Betsy Crowell

We chose the sheer beauty of this place with our large family of children and grandchildren in mind. And as a retreat from our busy lives in NYC. We are a horseback rider, a gardener, a fine art photographer, a therapist, a retired administrator, birdwatchers, a handwriting analyst, a rather serious cook. One of us grew up in Wyoming, the other in CT. Friends for forty years. 5 children and 3 grandchildren between us. Happily married.

Betsy Crowell purchased this house in 2004

Why Betsy Crowell chose Connecticut

We searched far and wide in the area for a house set in a really beautiful pastoral setting. It had to be both intimate and cozy for two of us and large enough to easily accommodate our large family gatherings. We looked for wildlife and birds; stillness on a country road. It had to be an easy drive from New York City. When we saw the place on a spectacular New England day in the Fall we snapped it up. The next year we built a barn for several Icelandic horses and began developing some seriously beautiful gardens.

What makes this house unique

The radiance of a day in the Fall . Combined with the charm of a vintage house. Rock walls, a real old dining room with a cozy fireplace, enough bedrooms on several different floors to house our families in relative peace. Light and more light shining through the floor- to -ceiling 12 over 12 windows in the living room. The craftsmanship of an old house. Lots of space, inside and outside. Two sets of stairs. All of this two hours from New York City.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Regina and Steve were an owner's dream- guests. Our communications were easy and clear. Our house was in tip-top condition when we returned after their stay:

Indeed, we continually remark about their care and thoughtfulness. When the horses escaped and were found on the back lawn, they were calm and arranged for their return to the barn. Finally, they left us a really helpful list of improvements we could make, all of which we are implementing. All in all, we couldn't have better guests. Ever
Jun 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Middlebury in New Haven County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom on third floor with Master Bedroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Third floor, second bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Second floor bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Our bathrooms are pristine clean and small.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Second floor, East bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Second floor West bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Third floor, Master Bedroom, with ensuite bath - 1 Double Bed , Panoramic views out the window overlooking pasture and woods
    Third floor, NW Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Third Floor, SE Bedroom - 1 Bunk Bed
  • Bedrooms are furnished with country furniture, quilts, and linens. Many books. A room air conditioner is in each. The Master bedroom has an antenna TV, Roku, and ensuite bathroom. The bedrooms on the second floor are smaller. The new SW Bedroom has a bunk bed (2 twin size beds)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water tubing
We have a private security system.


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Elegant Country Retreat : Near New York City, Litchfield
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Flying Pig over Christmas with our two children and it was nothing short of magical. The property is beautiful and the house has such charm. Plenty of room to spread out. We built a fire each night and we're able to easily entertain a group of 12 adults and 6 kids one evening.

We hope to be back soon!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a nice review. You know that this works both ways. You, also, were the perfect guests. Do return. We welcome you anytime. Betsy Crowell
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A slice of New England heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely stay at the Flying Pig Farm. The grounds are amazing and the house is a gem.. Cannot wait to stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marlton, NJ

Peaceful environment, manicured gardens, quaint and spacious home

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our "college roommates" reunion. Everyone loved sitting under the vine covered terrace overlooking the very private grounds and gardens. And it was entertaining to witness all the bird activity around the property.

We also enjoyed the large fire pit and of course the added bonus were the gorgeous horses who roamed the property. The photos on the site are great, but it's even nicer in person! It's clean and very well maintained.

This was a peaceful getaway where a few friends could reconnect and put life on hold for a weekend. The location is ideal for long country walks with little car traffic.

The home was charming and spacious. We wanted for nothing and owner Betsy (and caretaker Bob) were just fantastic.

We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved how much Diane and her six college friends enjoyed our place, every inch of it. They left the house just as they found it, complying to the letter with our house instructions. Diane wa a pleasure to do business with: she was thorough and patient, particularly when she found my daughter's rent bill instead of our rental agreement. We will roll out the red carpet when she and her friends return as we hope they will. Really the perfect guests in every way.
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Wonderful beyond anticipation

  • 5 of 5

We spent two absolutely perfect weeks at this lovely home. Room for all 3 generations to enjoy each other and find some alone time. The 3 and 6 year olds were amazed at all the places to discover – inside and out. And the books and toys!! And the entertainment of the birds, the turkeys and the chipmunks. Youthful exuberance was contained when they ran around the expansive grounds. And the chance to pet the horses and ride Duchess. Such memories they will carry with them. We were in Middlebury to visit friends and family and what a blessing it was to have found this home. We entertained several groups for lunch on the patio and someone in each group noted that it was as if we were in Provence. A truly delightful and relaxing place to stay – a wonderful retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, very well kept, pleasant, comfortable and suitable accommodations

  • 5 of 5

The place comfortably fits 10 guests. We were a triathlon team visiting the area to race at Quassy Rev3. The house was clean, spacious yet homey. It was a great location with an awesome patio. Betsy the owner was so pleasant to deal with and accommodating and she even left us a bottle of wine to enjoy. She is very responsive. I highly recommend this place as a great location to stay for the space and the patio. The only drawback is that if you do not have 4 couples going, it is highly suggested you are close enough and comfortable sharing a bed or bring an inflatable mattress. There are 4 queen/full beds and two twin. Luckily for us, our team is like a family so we had no issues with this. But I am sure this was my fault for being too excited about the race that I may have overlooked the fine print. I would definitely rent again if I plan to be in the area or participate in the Quassy race again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We also have a queen sofa bed and a twin mattress available. Wish I had known that they needed more beds!
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  • 5 of 5

When we drove up the Flying Pig Farm took our breath away. The house is charming. Old, atmospheric, so many intriguing details, beautifully maintained,completely comfortable and super clean. We appreciated the detailed instructions that offset any concerns we might have in an older house. Everything worked well and it felt like every possible question or want had been thought of in advance. And the grounds...lawns stretched out, flowers, trees. The back patio was a delight. We were there even when it wasn't that warm because the views, the birds, the horses, wild turkeys in the morning, made it so desirable. What a lovely, serene, quiet spot. Definitely a slice of heaven. Beds were comfortable, linens soft, soaps the best, easy socializing in the sitting rooms and the kitchen full of everything you could possibly need or want. And enough of all for a very large group. Our family, including mid twenty year olds, loved the house.. We felt completely at ease and at home in a house full of interesting and lovely things, obviously well loved and enjoyed. And it seemed subtly evident that much thought and effort had gone into making the oldness of the house so welcoming to today's visitors. Voted best ever on our vrbo list.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Oxford, CT
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Pies and Pints, Ceviche Latin Kitchen
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
New London, CT
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
The Golf Club of Oxford Greens, Oxford, CT
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Metro North in Naugatuck, CT
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 84 to I 88
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Good News Cafe & The Market, Woodbury, CT
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Cross Country nearby & Woodbury Ski Area
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Hop Brook Lake or Quassy Amusement Park
Car: necessary

We are located in a quiet rural area. Towns within 15 miles are Middlebury, Woodbury, Watertown, Naugatuck,, Southbury, Oxford, and Waterbury. Yale U.in New Haven is about 30 minutes away. The Yale Art Gallery and the Museum of British Art are favorites for day trips. Flanders Nature Center and the CT Antiques Trail are in Woodbury as is the Glebe House Museum with Gertrude Jekyll's famous Gardens and the Woodbury Ski Area. Quassy Amusement Park on Lake Quassapaug is 4 miles away. Great rides and a beach for kids especially. In Litchfield (30 minutes away) find the White Memorial Foundation with 4000 acres of land dedicated to environmental conservation: a wildlife sanctuary and Museum, birding, camping, skiing, boating, canoeing and fishing on Bantam Lake and Bantam River. 35 miles of trails, and picnicking. In the summer you will find local farm stands. Apple picking in the Fall. And, of course, that famous New England Fall of maple and other trees in a glory of red, orange, and yellow foliage.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Middlebury, 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
25 May 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest
23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £116.53
Additional Guest Fee £38.84 per person per night
Damage Insurance £45.84

This is a child friendly place and those under 6 are free.
Coffee and tea for the morning.
You are welcome to use our kitchen supplies. Plates and glasses by the dozens. Extra folding chairs and a folding table to use in or out. Lots of outdoor furniture. Four bird feeders welcome mostly sparrows, two cardinals, a flicker and a variety of woodpeckers, a few titmice, redwing blackbirds, mourning doves, and wild turkeys. Hummingbirds sip from the blue-black salvia. Butterflies from the butterfly bushes. Our kitchen garden is full of mint, thyme, oregano, and herbs.
Evenings on the terrace by candlelight are lovely.
Please let us know if you have any special requests.(see "Email Owner") We are happy to consider hosting specia events: weddings or business gatherings. Contact us about that.
We love our place and hope that you will, too.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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