The Matthews Group wins Award for Number One Rental Team at William Raveis Real Estate

Stacey and Pels Matthews winning the Award for Number One Rental team Companywide at William Raveis Real Estate

Why not find your ideal summer rental from the team that has the top accolades for rentals in Litchfield County. The Matthews Group, known for their sales of  exceptional luxury homes in this area, are also known for the spectacular properties they list for rent. They offer summer retreats with many amenities that are the pefect country life paradise.

Here are a selection of wonderful summer rentals that are still available for the season.

James Taylor built It! This lovely five bedroom home in Washington has both provenance and unique country charm. There is a light-filled gourmet kitchen with cathedral ceilings that is perfect for summer entertaining.. A heated gunite pool featured below is in a beautiful buccolic setting. The property abuts the Steep Rock Land Trust.

Below is a Washington shingle-style home, a stunning country retreat on 10+/- private acres. A vaulted great room and chef's kitchen make this a wonderful interior space for entertaining. Some of the wonderful amenities include an exercise room, sauna, Har -Tru lighted tennis court and a heated pool/spa. The home is located in prestigious area near to Steep Rock hiking and close to the town center.

Historic Rock Gate Estate is the perfect property for a relaxing summer in the countryside. The carriage house is on the Washington Green, built in 1885 and designed by Ehrick Rossiter! There are 3/4 Bedrooms with 5 full baths. There is fabulous stone terrace off the back as well as a pool, barn and a private yard.

This West Morris home has a unique rustic elegance with spacious, well-lit rooms. The interior is newly finished in a modern eclectic barn style with 5+ bedrooms, gourmet kitchen and light filled open floor plan. The house comfortably sleeps 14. The outdoors boasts a Gunite heated pool with cabana, a fire pit, stone terrace and access to the Bantam River.

Summer Camp for kids and adults! Below is a 5 bedroom main house plus a 2 bedroom guest house in A++ Washington location. There is a Gunite heated pool, a pond with boats/fishing, a media room with foos ball, In the barn, there is a climbing wall, basketball and ping pong and an extensive gym. Outdoors is a paddle ball court, play house, golf cart and an in ground trampoline. An expansive high end kitchen opens to a stone terrace with a BBQ.

This Cozy rental is in the Warren estate area and near Lake Waramaug and the Hopkins Inn. There is a 3 bedroom main house and 3 bedroom guest house. The home is beautifully firnished and has an open kitchen layout, large foyer and a huge stone fireplace. Outdoors, there is a stone terrace with views, a large lawn, stone walls and a heated gunite pool.

This modern barn style house on Nettleton Hollow has privacy with long views. The home has an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms including a 4 bed bunk room. A luxurious master suite is at opposite end of the house. A retractable glass walled dinning room for indoor/outdoor entertaining in any weather is a superb feature. There are xpansive views, lawn and open areas. What a superb country getaway!

Uber Charm exudes from this sophisticated Bridgewater antique. The home is completely renovated with a 5 bedroom main house and a 2 bedroom guest house. Outdoors there is a heated gunite pool surrounded by all flat land abd impeccable gardens. The property is featured below.

There are breathtaking distant views from the Washington retreat seen below. The home has 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a large country kitchen and open living space. Outdoors, there is a large deck. a 60 ft. pool, a barn with indoor basketball court and  a 2 car garage. A long private drive offers complete privacy in a top location. You can hike to Steep Rock Land Trust from the property.

The all newly renovated house below has 5/6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and a gourmet kitchen and is in an excellent location. There is an open floor plan, a dining room that seats 25 and a lovely screened porch. The property is minutes to the Mayflower Inn and Spa and all town amenities. The heated pool has a Jacuzzi. For family fun there is a game room with apool table, foos ball, xbox, tread mill and a rowing machine. All utilities are included in the rental price.

We were very honored to win the number one rental team award and we look forward to helping you find the perfect rental this summer!

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Elegant Equestrian Estate in Litchfield, CT

A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.

Pam Brown

Fox Chase Farm is an elegant estate with a four bedroom main house and a four stall horse barn with a finished play room above. There is plenty of grassland for riding and there are numerous equestrian facilities for clinics, events and competitiions in the area. The one bedroom guest apartment has a separate entrance and a large private deck. This is a wonderful space that could easily be used for in-laws or a caretaker.

The Red Barn is in a Lovely Setting

A gorgeous stone terrace leads to a water garden with 5 waterfalls, an organic vegetable garden, expansive lawns, antique trees and spectacular perennial gardens. This is truly country life at its best. Every corner of this property has lush vignettes of natural beauty.

The Gardens and Waterfalls

Another View of this Exquisite Garden

The main floor master suite is truly glamorous with his and hers baths, walk in closets, and a large adjoining sunroom with lots of natural light.


The Master Bedroom

A Magnificent Sunroom

There is a cherry paneled library and a high end kitchen which is perfect for entertaining. Additionally, there is a full house generator and a heated three car garage to enjoy the winter weekends. The house was renovated eleven years  ago with many other improvements in the last three years.

The Den with Fireplace and Cherry Paneled Bookshelves

The Kitchen is Spacious with Lovely Views of the Property

This country estate is just a short drive to Litchfield town or Bantam where you can visit the renowned Arethusa Dairy Farm shop for ice cream or take in a movie at the historic Bantam Cinema. The shops in Litchfield offer a variety of country chic clothing or unique home design items, try R. Derwin Clothiers and Oliphant Design on Main Street.

All this in just two hours from New York City!

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Recent Editorial about Stacey Matthews and The Matthews Group

Recent Tabletop Styling by Stacey Matthews

We had two recent articles that appeared in Rural Intellegence and Happening in the Hills. One featured indoor plant design and the creative vision of Stacey as well as terrarium creator, Audra M. Viehland. Please find below an excerpt from the story:

"Gardeners might think that they are the caretakers of their plants, but there's another way to look at it. In some native languages, writes author Robin Wall Kimmerer, the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us." Two women in the Rural Intelligence region, Stacey Matthews and Audra M. Viehland, combine their green thumbs with an artistic aesthetic that incorporates nature into interior design. These plants, now works of art, become caretakers of sorts. Who's not happier surrounded by objects of beauty?"

Photo courtesy of Audra M. Viehland

A lovely Window Ledge in the Matthews Home.

To read the entire article in Rural Intelligence, please click here.

Edward Larrabee Platform House in Litchfield, CT

Happening in the Hills featured the significant Marsters home, an architectural gem and a perfect example of a platform house design originally conceived by Edward Larrabee Barnes. The design of the house and its provenance were the focus of this article. Below is the introduction to the story:

"The Marsters House, originally built in 1953, is a significant example of the 'platform house', a design conceived by renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Every detail stays true to early modernism with clean lines and an elegant grid of rectangular indoor and outdoor rooms. The provenance of the house adds to its interest as the home was designed for Ted Marsters, a classmate of Barnes at Harvard, and his wife Kathy who is the sister of Rufus Stillman, a patron and supporter of Marcel Breuer and modernist architecture in Litchfield at that time."

The Family Room of the Marsters House

Another View of the Exquisite Exterior

To read the entire article in Happening in the Hills, please click here.


Breezy Crest Farm in the Town of Bethlehem

Breezy Crest Farm in Bethlehem, CT

Breezy Crest Farm is a beautiful, antique colonial located in the charming, historic town of Bethlehem, CT. Built in 1841, this five bedroom, 2 ½ bath home is on two acres of prime farmland. Stone walls and a pond complete this country property with extensive gardens, fruit trees and berries.

Many of the original features of this charming, vintage house have been maintained while many updates have made the home comfortable for modern living. There are new mechanicals, cedar siding and new windows throughout the home.

The lovely formal living room has original wide board flooring and wood beams as well as a brick fireplace

The spacious formal dining room is perfect for entertaining and has wide board flooring, wood beams, and French doors.

A large updated kitchen has new granite counter tops and custom wood cabinets made from reclaimed lumber original to the home.

Happy Chickens at Breezy Crest Farm

Peaceful, pretty surroundings around the home.

There are beautiful views all around Bethlehem town. 

The town of Bethlehem was Incorporated in 1787. It is located approximately 95 miles north of New York City and quaintly referred to as Connecticut’s “Christmas Town". Each year the Post Office processes thousands of Christmas cards hand stamped with special Christmas cachets and mailed with the Bethlehem post-mark

The Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem

The town’s history includes the founding of the first theological seminary in the country by the Rev. Joseph Bellamy, whose home proudly stands today as the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden under the auspices of The Antiquarian & Landmarks Society. The restored circa 1754 home is a must see for visitors to the area and includes a formal parterre garden, with a collection of peonies, roses and lilacs.

The Chapel at the Regina Laudis Abbey

Bethlehem is also the home of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, a working Benedictine Abbey founded in 1947 by Mother Benedict Duss and Mother Mary Aline Trilles de Warren from the Abbey of Notre Dame de Jouarre, a 7th century Abbey located northeast of Paris, France. When the nuns arrived in America, they were taken in by Lauren Ford, a local artist internationally known for her religious artwork, who helped them establish the religious community. The Abbey is currently home to an 18th century museum quality Neopolitan Creche and hosts an annual Christmas Fair each year.

Film actress turned Nun Dolores Hart greets a Llama at the Abbey

March Farm is a great place to pick apples, see farm animals and walk through their field mazes.

The Sheep at March Farm.

The Bethlehem Fair takes places every September with many exhibits, horse contests, tractor pulls and animal exhibits.

Horses facilities are plentiful in and around Bethlehem town. Here are some riders enjoying the outdoors at Far Meadow Farm. Whether on horseback or on foot, there is much to enjoy in this beautiful, historic town.

For more information about Bethlehem town, please click here.

The Beauty of a Stone House in a Country Setting

The Exterior of a Stone House on New Preston Road in Meryall, CT

The charm of stone houses brings to mind the traditional English, Irish and French country estates that are settings for films and novels. In varying tones and texture, these facades are exquisite and unique.

We have two perfect examples; one in the Merryall community of New Milford and the other located in Washington Town. Both have unique architectural details and are set in buccolic, tranquil countryside.

A peak from the private driveway of the lovely stone work on the front of the house.

Even a canine visitor enjoys the the setting of this Stone House in Merryall. 

This unique 1834, three bedroom home with additions has a three bedroom attached guest house, a game room, a stone terrace, pool, barn, gardens, all on over 7 acres.

A charming gazebo by the pool on the New Preston Hill property.

Another charming stone house is located on Old North Rd in Washington, CT

This 1920’s stone and wood home is in a much desired Washington location. There are four bedrooms, bluestone terraces, a pool and a new tennis court with views on 5+ acres.

A closer view of the stone work by the patio.

Another view of the exterior.

You can walk to the Washington Green from the house yet this property is in a totally private setting abutting protected meadows.


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Please feel free to call our offices at 860-868-0511 if you have any questions on these two listings.


Roxbury Luxury Retreat on the Shepaug River

This exquisite family compound simply has it all with over 10 acres with Shepaug River frontage. This provides plenty of options for outdoor activities including tubing and fishing from your own back yard!

The Shepaug River is a 26 miles long river in Connecticut. The river begins in Warren and runs south through Washington, Roxbury, and Southbury, where it joins the Housatonic River at Lake Lillinonah. It is a pristine flowing body of water running through beautiful countryside such as this property.

Nature in all its Forms enhance the Grounds

The Stunning Poolhouse also serves as a Guest house

A view from above of the Poolhouse and Pool

Beautiful Landscaping around the Property

The interior is spectacular with a five bedroom main house that includes a gourmet eatin kitchen that opens to a family room with a cupola. There are main and second floor master bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms and a finished lower level with a gym and a sauna. 

A beautifully designed Master Bedroom

A light-filled Master Bathroom

Splendid Patios for Entertaining

Quiet Spots to sit and enjoy the Countryside

This Uber Chic Barns boasts a Game Room and a Guest Room

The Allure of Roxbury

Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe in Roxbury, CT

In a recent article, writer Amanda Ruggieri wrote that Roxbury was a 'town that couldn't contain Marilyn Monroe'. What the town has ultimately become is a haven for writers, artists, composers and actors as well as all those who enjoy the buccolic beauty of this particular spot. Here is a brief excerpt from her well-written story:

"Hidden among thick trees and hilly farmland, looped with stone walls and studded with red barns, the Connecticut town of Roxbury is 75 miles and a world away from New York City- not to mention Hollywood."

The countryside is abunduntly beautiful and has attracted the greatest American writers including Arthur Miller, William Styron and Gay Talese. Roxbury was also home for the much loved Irish author Frank McCourt and is home for other luminaries such as Candace Bushnell, Denis Leary, Jerry Adler and Stephen Sondheim.

Photo Credit: Amanda Ruggieri

Luxurious trails, fieldstone walls and lush fields are found throughout Roxbury. Incorporated in 1796, the town retains its historic charm with many classic colonial homes that are perfect architectural examples. The more contemporary houses are beautifully designed and meld well with the exquisite gardens and landscaping. Featured below are three Roxbury listings with exceptional appeal. 

Edgehill Farm

Edgehill farm is made up of three homes which are set on 21.66 Acres. The main house is an 1860 colonial revival that was renovated in 1910. 

Beautiful Landscaping surrounds the Pool Area

Stunning Porch Area for Entertaining

Southbury Rd Property in Roxbury

This Roxbury Luxury Cottage-Style has a long winding gated driveway that leads to this 3 bedroom main house as well as a studio guest house.

Exquisite Gardens

An Enchanting Pool Area


Washington Woodbury Road Property

This is a beautifully crafted classic with complete privacy. The home is elegantly renovated with fabulous architectural details. There is a gunite pool with Jacuzzi, stonewalls, perennial gardens, a rushing brook and a covered bluestone terrace

A Gorgeous Outdoor View

A Pool Area made Tranquil by Nature

There is a fun quote in Ruggieri's article from Roxbury Town Clerk, Perter Hurlbut: 

"It's not Fifth Avenue or Beverly Hills," he'd told me. "But you have to go a long way to beat this place."


To see more properties in Roxbury, CT, please click on the link here


Charming Antique Country Retreat in New Preston

A lovely antique country retreat in New Preston, CT.

New Preston is a rural village in the northwestern corner of the town of Washington in Litchfield County. In the early 19th century, there were several mills and factories along the Aspetuck River which flows from Lake Waramaug into the village center. More recently, there was a retail renaissance on the main street starting in the 1980's with the opening of distinctive antique stores, garden shops, home and gift emporiums that include J.Seitz & Co, Pergola, Privet House, Dawn Hill Antiques and DK Schulman Design.

The New Preston Village Center

This exquiste antique home in New Preston was once a Quaker meeting house and retains many original details. Above is a side view of the house and patio.

There are exposed beams and vaulted ceilings throughtout the two bedroom/ two bathroom home.

Both bedrooms have a rustic and elegant charm.

The kitchen opens to a stone terrace and professionally landscaped gardens.

There is a hideaway gunite pool area with a tiered terrace and gardens.

A one car garage has an attached studio.

New Preston is nestled next to Lake Waramaug, a pristine scenic water body perfect for water sports, sunset picnics, hiking and biking.

This is a perfect house and village for a weekend getaway in Litchfield County. The house is under ten minutes to the restaurants of Washington and Bantam including Community Table Restaurant, GW Tavern and Al Tavolo well as the many distinctive shops. All of this is an easy drive from New York City in just ninety minutes.

Luxurious Landscapes and Gardens in Bridgewater

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.


Bridgewater is nestled in the hills just to the south of New Milford and is one of the smallest and least developed communities in Litchfield County. It boasts a charming small town green with important historic architecture. The Burnham Library, featured below, was built is 1925 and has been supported in the past by such literary luminaries as Pearl Buck and Archibald MacLeish.

The Bridgewater Village Store is famous for its Bridgewater Chocolates, homemade breads and pastries, gourmet food items, soups and salads, specialty sandwiches, and gifts. True to its Yankee roots, it is also well known for being the last remaining dry town in Connecticut. Farm stands abound in the area and add to the buccolic beauty of the countryside.

There are special properties in this quintessential New England town that will appeal to thouse who love the outdoors. They are true delights with beautiful landscapes and gardens.


A house on Curtis Road with a lovely, lush garden corner with a large urn and a variety of greenery.

The Vegetable Garden

A border by a brick wall.

A close up in an enclosed garden spot.

This exquisite  1940's colonial has four renovated bedrooms and a 1990 addition that has a newly built guest house/barn/studio. There is a glamorous sun room with heated bluestone floors and floor to ceiling windows. It is a spectacular property with a brick walled garden and elaborate perennial plantings, some of which are featured above. For more information, please click here.


This is another property in Bridgewater that has a stunning outdoor setting. The ivy covered brick federal home makes for the perfect country destination with an ideal combination of antique country charm and recent renovations. There is a gorgeous brook, stone walls, english boxwood garden, mature trees and a heated gunite pool. A further bonus is that the property abuts the Bridgewater land trust.

The pool is in a beautifully landscaped area.

The sweeping drive is private with a peek at the stylish, chic landscaping.

Here is another beatuiful house on Sanford Road in Bridgewater with a wide vista from the lawn.

A charming archway and plantings.

This renovated antique has all original details: wide board floors, large hearth fireplaces and exposed beams. There is a gourmet open kitchen with a butler's pantry and a new gunite pool. Located on a quiet country road and just 1 hr from New York City.

We hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the buccolic, beautiful town of Bridgewater.


Horse Heaven in Litchfield County

Photo Courtesy of Ann Leary

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.

~Sharon Ralls Lemon

Equestrians love the beautiful countryside in Litchfield County, the trails in Steep Rock Preserve and the world-class centers for instruction and horse shows. Here we highlight two stunning properties with every amenity for horse and rider as well as two of the area centers.

This magnificent equestrian property in Washington, CT has every amenity for horse and rider to enjoy country life. There is a 8, 800+/- sq. ft main house with 7 bedrooms and 6 full/ 3-1/2 baths. The chef's kitchen opens to a family room and breakfast nook which look out to the pool. Multiple outbuildings include: barn-style pool house/game room with baths and changing rooms, guest house, studio with several offices and 16 stall horse barn with large paddock areas. All this is set behind stone walls and mature landscaping on 20+/- acres directly adjacent to steep rock land trust. You can ride horses directly from the property along the Shepaug river and through thousands of acres of conserved land.


A charming red rustic barn beautifully situated on an open field among the paddocks.

Plenty of room for grazing and turn out.

The Steep Rock Preserve offers many miles of trails that are perfect for hacking out with your horse. Here is our friend Kisten Feldman, founder of Steep Rock Honey, who we featured in an earlier blog post. There are many easy access points where you can park your horse trailer and venture out with friends.

There are some wonderful opportunities for instruction in the area with top trainers. Here is clinic at the Washington Equestrian Center with renowned professional Frank Madden. This facility has a spacious indoor for winter exercise.

Another area riding center, White Bridge Farm, has exceptional instructors like Katja Eilers who is a successful dressage competitor and trainer. This equestrian center is based in Litchfield, CT.

Close to this trainig center is an another superb esquestrian estate in Goshen, CT. There is 100+/- acres with a 7 stall heated Morton barn, outdoor rings and open spaces to ride your horse. The home is in immaculate condition with a gourmet kitchen, breakfast nook and a main floor master suite. The family room opens to the enclosed pool area and looks over acres of open fields and a large pond.

The Heated Barn is in a lovely setting surrounded by trees.


Spacious Areas around the stable make a relaxing environment for horse and rider.