Blog :: 11-2015

Gracious Federal Antique Brick Home in New Hartford, CT

This circa 1829 home in New Hartford has been lovingly restored and sits on 2.2 lush acres with mature English perennial gardens, fruit trees,a meadow and deeded access to Jones Pond. The property is situated in the scenic Farmington Valley which is home to buccolic, historic towns and lovely countryside.

A View of the Town of New Harford

The area has many beautiful outdoor areas that can be enjoyed while skiing or hiking or simply walking through the town and enjoying the boutique and restaurant window fronts. Dining options include many establishments that use farm fresh ingredients and are inspired by the countryside around them.

Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT has a variety of Trails for all Levels

There are many places to enjoy nature in Farmington Valley during the various seasons. The 80-mile Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and the 26-mile Farmington River Trail are spectacular destinations to explore. Of course, after the fresh air and activites, there are a trio of restaurants in New Hartford that should not be missed!

Exquisite Cheese Plate from Quercibella in New Hartford, CT

Homemade Sups and Scones from the Passiflora Tearoom in New Hartford, CT

The Eclectic, Fun Atomsphere of Blue Sky Foods known for their Amazing Seafood and Burgers.

New Hartford is bordered by Torrington to the west, Barkhamsted to the north, Canton to the east, and Burlington and Harwinton to the south. It is a close knit community with a lot of charm.

As the town website mentions, "The Farmington River traverses the downtown area, providing scenic beauty to all who frequent the quaint shops and businesses located there. In the spring, fly fishermen can be seen casting their lines in one of Connecticut's most well known catch-and-release areas."

Around this historic home you can meander through the gardens and across the covered foot bridge to the shed and greenhouse.The interior of the house features many period architectural details, stunning wide board chestnut and maple floors, built-ins, 5 fireplaces, a first floor bedroom with a remodeled en-suite.

Charming Interiors throughout this Historic Home.

Gracious Design and Cast Iron Tub.

The Master Bedroom with Vaulted Beamed Ceilings.

An Cozy, Comfotable Living Room with Fireplace.

A Charming Guest Cottage.

Well Lit Interior Spaces with Period Architectural Details.

Click on the links to area places and restaurants to be directed to their websites. 





Winter in New England: Rentals to Enjoy the Season!

Washington, CT in Winter by Robert Crawford

New England is the quintessential winter paradise and the towns in Litchfield County are some of the most beautiful spots to spend snowy evenings. From farm stands with apple cider and donuts to cold weather sports, the area has a charm for visitors and residents alike. We have a selection of fully furnished winter rentals that are perfect spots from which to enjoy this wonderful season.

A view of Mohawk Mountain on a snowy day. The ski area also has cross country and snowshoe trails. Other great places to cross country ski or to snowshoe are the White Memorial Center in Litchfield, CT and the Pratt Nature Center in New Milford, CT.

Enjoy a Cider at Averill Farm in Washington, CT.

Pair your Cider with Homemade Donuts from Averill Farm !

A winter barn in Bethlehem, CT is in the heart of the countryside. Many visit Bethlehem to send their holiday cards with the stamp from the town of'Bethlehem. The town is also home to March Farms which has the most delicious farm fresh pies, cider and other culinary delights.

Close to all these areas, local shops and restaurants are these winter rentals that can be reached in approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from NYC. 

This exquisite home is in an excellent Washington location with all newly renovated 5/6 bedroomsand a gourmet kitchen. There is an open floor plan,a dining room that seats 25 and a screened porch. Completely private yet minutes to the Mayflower Grace Inn and Spa and all town amenities. A game room with pool table, ping pong, foosball, xbox, tread mill and rowing machine make this a great holiday getaway. Utilities included. Owner/Broker.Available Christmas week @ $10,000

The Open Kitchen is Perfect for Holiday Evening and Entertaining

This is one of Roxbury's finest homes. The 1792 colonial is renovated to perfection inside and out and loaded with charm. There are 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths in the main house and a guest house, barn with gym and play room (foos ball and pool table). Walk to the library and town park with playground. Available thru May '16 @ $4,500 per month

An Attractive Well Lit Room for Family and Friends to Gather.

A luxury cottage-style 3 bedroom and guest house is renovated to the highest standards with op of the line everything.The Kitchen opens to a great room, breakfast nook, and media room, sauna & luxurious decor. A long driveway, privacy and just 1.5 hours to NYC. Relax and Enjoy! Available Dec. @ $10,000, January - March '16 @ $5,000 per month.

Gracious Living and Comfortable, Chic Design.

A charming Washington Colonial with complete privacy on a lovely hilltop. There is an open kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Elegant and fresh furnishings throughout the home. Available thru May '16 @ $5,000 per month.

Cozy and Comfortable for Winter Evenings.

Fabulous home in top Washington location on West Church Hill Road. There are 5 bedrooms in the main house as well as large entertaining spaces, 4 fireplaces and a glamorous high-end kitchen with breakfast nook. A breezeway connects house to guest house and 3 car garage. Available thru May '16 @ $6,900 per month

Gather around the Fire for the Holidays.

This unique shingle-style home in Washington in a great location is set on 10+/- private acres close to Steep Rock trails. There is a spacious eat-in kitchen, a great room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. There is also a screened porch, gym and ping pong table. Available thru May '16 @ $5,000 per month.Thanksgiving week - 4 nights @ $5,000 or $1,250 per night

Fireplace and Vaulted Ceiling in the Great Room.

This Washington single level home has 3/4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms on a well maintained property. There is a tennis court, heated gunite pool. 2 car attached garage and play set. Conveniently located to restaurants, shops and hiking at Steep Rock. Winter rental @ $3, 500 per month, Annual rental @ $5, 000 per month, June - Labor Day @ $35, 000

Wonderful views from this Spacious Living Room.

Cozy up to this lovely renovated antique on the border of Washington and convenient to everything. Just 25 minutes to Mohawk Mountain ski area. There are 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and an open kitchen The gorgeous authentic barn houses a play room with a pool table. It is just 5 minutes to New Preston, Washington Depot and Northville market. Available any 4 - 6 week period between Jan. 1 and March 15th @ $6,000 for 4 weeks

Cozy and comfortable for the whole family.


Click on the links for more details and images of each property.



KMR Arts Holiday Event with Artist Beth Rundquist

Just in time for the holidays, KMR Arts presents Beth Rundquist, an internationally recognized portrait and landscape painter, who has created a specialty niche with her Silhouettes body of work. Beth will be at KMR Arts to exhibit her work and accept commissions Friday, December 4, from 10-5pm and Saturday, December 5, from 10- 5pm. The Silhouettes are a fab, fresh, modern take on the Victorian cutout silhouette. Rundquist’s pieces are available in modern color combinations: think turquoise blue on chocolate brown, acid green on lemon yellow, or hot pink on pale lavender...They are available in a range of sizes from 8 x 8 inches to 24 x 24 inches.

McCarver Root says, “When I saw Beth’s work at a friend’s house, I was enchanted by these groovy, modern interpretations of the Victorian silhouette. Beth’s art is personal yet it reaches beyond portraiture.”

In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, silhouettes became popular as cheap, quick ways of capturing likenesses. Often created by amateurs, especially women, they are now known as sentimental keepsakes of the Victorian variety, sweet mementos of anonymous everyday people from the past memorialized in ink, paint, or cut paper, and even painted onto porcelain. In the 19th century a silhouette artist was often times a woman, an amateur, who wanted to create a souvenir of her beloved. Pliny the Elder, writing around the 1st century AD, told the story of a 5th century Corinthian girl, Dibutade, who traced her lover's shadow, cast by candlelight, because he was leaving on a journey and she wanted to keep his image with her.


Another modern artist whose work incorporates the silhouette is Kara Walker. Walker’s rich, beautiful and disturbing work depicts silhouetted scenes addressing the historical legacy of violence, mistreatment and revenge between blacks and whites. Using the silhouette, a black-and-white medium popular during the era of 19th century American slavery, Walker brilliantly subverts the sweetness of the form, updating it into something too urgent and incisive to be anything but modern.

Appealing to both the established collector and the first time buyer, KMR Arts continues to celebrate photography. Kathy McCarver Root is a photography dealer, working with individual and corporate clients to purchase and install fine art photography. McCarver Root gained her experience over two decades while working as a photography editor for books (Lillian Bassman, Bulfinch, Weekend Retreats, Rizzoli) and prestigious magazines (Esquire, US Weekly, and InStyle). Kathryn McCarver Root named one of Litchfield County’s 50 Most Influential People by Litchfield Magazine. For more information, call: (860) 868-7533, email: or visit their website by clicking on the link here.


Housatonic Valley Association Auction Celebrates 25 Years

This Sunday, November 8th, the Housatonic Valley Association's annual auction to benefit the environment will honor auction founder Diane von Furstenberg. The auction will take place at 1 p.m at the Washington Primary School located at 11 School Street, Washington Depot.

Diane von Furstenberg and Christine Baranski- Photo courtesy of Litchfield Magazine

Actress Christine Baranski, currently a co-star in CBS's "The Good Wife”, will be joining other celebrities such as Anderson Cooper, Diane von Furstenberg, Seth Meyers, Mia Farrow, and Meryl Streep to co-chair this important fundraising event. These stars have homes in Litchfield and Berkshire Counties and are dedicated to the mission of the association.

As noted on their website, the Housatonic Valley Association, "a tri-state nonprofit citizen’s environmental group, works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of its communities by protecting and restoring the land and waters of the 2,000-square-mile Housatonic watershed from its source in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts area to Long Island Sound for this and future generations."


The auction will feature such items as a week’s stay for six people at a gated resort in the Dominican Republic; a vacation in a five-bedroom, 12th-century limestone village home with an extensive wine cellar in southwest France; a trip to a charming cottage in County Cork, Ireland; a $500 gift certificate from Manolo Blahnik USA; a bourbon tasting party for 25 people at the Litchfield Distillery; four tickets to see the last Connecticut performance of Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home.

Last Year's HVA Auction

This Year's Auction Catalog

To learn more about the Housatonic Valley Association, please click on the link here.

To donate, please click on the link here.