|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Property Damage Protection||£48|
|Cleaning||£122 + Tax|
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.