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Make the Right Move - A Great New Addition to William Raveis Real Estate!

William Raveis Real Estate recently announced the launch of the William Raveis Sports and Entertainment Division. Headed by former Red Sox relief pitcher, Chris Resop, who became a real estate agent after his Major League Baseball career, this new division provides premier concierge relocation and lifestyle services for athletes and entertainers, worldwide. Wanting to further William Raveis' ongoing commitment to supporting communities through charitable giving, a donation will also be made to a charity of the athlete or entertainer's choice for every home purchased -- William Raveis calls it Make the Right Move.

Chris Resop is an accomplished Realtor with over a decade of experience selling luxury homes and securing rentals for former league teammates and other athletes. William Raveis also has a long history of working with top athletes, celebrities, statesmen, and most recently assisted Chris Sale with his move to the Boston area.

"Chris Resop and his agent network were absolute professionals and found my family exactly what we were looking for. His team was highly knowledgeable, professional, and easy to work with." -- Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox

Chris Resop, who worked alongside William Raveis Chairman and CEO Bill Raveis to create the new division: 

"During my 14 years as a professional ball player, I pitched for six major league teams and moved more than 30 times, so I know that while a team trade can be thrilling, the sudden-up-rooting that often accompanies it puts an athlete and his family under a tremendous strain. Finding a new home for elite professional players, entertainers and their families requires discretion and sensitivity, along with a keen and instantaneous knowledge of the luxury real estate market and local communities, which is what our William Raveis' Sports & Entertainment division is all about."

 

Handpicked by Resop, the real estate agents are certified, including the signing of a non-disclosure agreement to protect the privacy of their clientele. Because of the urgency associated with a sudden move, Resop is known for responding rapidly to his clients' calls. The Sports & Entertainment division will also leverage Raveis' well-established white glove relocation and home goods services which include carrier line selection, packing, and unpacking services, shipment, tracking, transporting of vehicles and other valuables.

This next step looks like a great addition to all the wonderful services William Raveis already has to offer!

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. For more details and pricing, please click here.

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.

The Pool at the Washington Shingle-Style Home. For Pricing and more information, click here.

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.

The Rock Gate Estate has Historic Architectural Details. For more images and pricing, click here.

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.

The Kitchen is Spacious with Views of the Property from Every Window. For more details and pricing, click here.

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.

The Pool Area. For Pricing and Details, Clcik here.

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.

The Pool is in a Stunning Setting. For more details and pricing, click here.

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!

The Dining Room with Spectacular Views. For more details and pricing, click here.

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.

Great Pool for Family Fun in the Summer. For rental details, click here.

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.

What a Spectacular Country Setting around the Pool! For rental pricing, click here.

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.

A Perfect Pool, A Perfect Spot for Summer Relaxation. For more images and rental details, click here.

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!

If you wish to look at all our rentals, please click here.

 

ENJOY!

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.

For more informations and images of Breezy Crest Farm, 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.

 

For images and information on the property on New Preston Hill Road property in Merryall, CT, please click on the link below:

http://www.matthewsgroupre.com/listing/X30803442/new-preston-hill-rd-merryall-ct-06776/

 

For images and information on the property on Old North Road in Washington, CT, please click on the link below:

http://www.matthewsgroupre.com/listing/X86199252/40-old-north-rd-washington-ct-06793/

 

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

 

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.

For more images and information about this property, please click here.

Clcik 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.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

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

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