The perfect family or romantic getaway.
The guest house is a peaceful relaxing retreat in the country just two hours from NYC or Boston. The second story is the master bedroom and a wonderfully peaceful escape. Cook in, dine out, hike, bike, go to the beaches, watch the sunset on the CT River, sit by the fire pit in the alpaca field or the adirondack chairs in the orchard, go for a bike ride through the hills of Lyme and across the river to Chester via the ferry... These are some of my favorite things to do here at the farm. Come for a visit and explore the Shoreline CT beaches, go "leaf watching" in the fall, relax by a roaring fire in the winter, inside or out. We have many local marinas (if you arrive by boat), excellent restaurants, well-run museums and art galleries, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos which offer varied entertainment, endless public hiking trails and boat launches, just to name a few. I am happy to help plan your visit if you tell me what you enjoy. If you want to picnic, we have baskets, blankets, and dishes/glasses available for your use during your visit.
Set on an historic property, this guest house has been renovated and furnished for the sophisticated visitor. The house has rustic charm in its structure that is balanced by the worldly elegance of its furnishings. It is set off from the main house for partial privacy.
We are a rural residential neighborhood with ready access to I-95. The neighborhood is a popular walking route - the triangle formed by the two roads on either side of the property and the connecting road is a 1.4 mile walk and you will likely see walkers out and about, especially on weekends, undoubtedly heading to the Lyme Farmers Market! The entire area along the shoreline (but particularly Lyme) is a very popular area for cycling too. Large groups go up and down Bill Hill on weekends on a regular basis so if you are so inclined, bring your bike and experience the hills of lyme!
There is public transportation in Old Saybrook (Metro North and Shoreline East trains). There is a cab service available out of Old Saybrook too. Car rentals are also in Old Saybrook. Public transportation locally is pretty much non-existent and you will need a car but Uber has finally come to CT and there are drivers in the area. The beaches are too far for me to bike (5 miles) but if you are a seasoned triathlete and a glutton for punishment on a basic three speed, then perhaps that is an option for you.
The property is close to 4 acres and is currently home to seven suri alpaca and approximately 40 chickens of differing breeds; needless to say, eggs are plentiful and I am happy to share! We also have a very friendly (but noisy) dog - a yellow lab who will likely greet you first. We welcome your dogs, provided everyone plays nicely and doesn't make an indoor mess or chase chickens! I bought this property so I could create a healthy farm environment for my family and support my efforts by renting the guest house. I greatly enjoy meeting the many guests we have had and look forward to welcoming more to our home.
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About Caryn and her vision
After nearly 18 years in NYC, most of which time was spent as an international investment banker, Caryn is now living in the country on an antique farmstead that she purchased in 2011. The main house dates back to 1697 and is a small cape with much of the original details still intact; some day it will become a restoration project but for now, Caryn is busy with the gardens, barns, animals, fencing, guest house, the School, catering... To date, projects in the Guest House have included gutting the kitchens (yes, two) and rebuilding the main kitchen, floor restoration, as well as some cosmetic work. Next up are door and window relocation but that remains in a conceptual state at the moment as the outdoors has become the focus. The grounds have proven to be a never ending project - clearing an acre of overgrown vines (Tarzan could have swung on them!), prickle bushes and poison sumac - those were fun summers :(( A green fence of Leland Cypress now encloses the property on the NW edge; a big improvement over dead trees and bittersweet vines!
Not one to sit and relax much... you will likely find Caryn out working in the field or barns. Current projects include fostering the expansion of the School for American Handweaving, now located in the Studio Barn, leveling and restoring fields, preserving both the original root cellar (that my alpaca love to use to play "king of the hill") and an old barn foundation that will eventually house a morning meditation studio, building a new cedar fence to create a back yard for the Guest House, building and repairing rock walls, planting hundreds of plants to create new garden beds, attempting to become a gardener thanks to a terraced vegetable garden, and planting a fruit tree orchard. Next on the list: historically appropriate windows for the main house!
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Peaceful guest house in the country just two hours from NYC or Boston..