Blog :: 2015

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.

 

The Perfect Holiday Gifts: KMR Presents Leitz Leather Luxury Goods

Leitz Leather Bracelets with Gemstones and Luxury Hardware

KMR Arts Gallery will host the dynamic husband and wife team Eric and Sherry Leitz who will be showing theit latest collections of accessories. The holiday shopping experience will take place today, Friday December 11th and tomorrow, Saturday, December 12th from 11 am to 5 pm at the gallery which is located at 2 Titus Road, Washington, CT 06794.

Leitz Luxury Leather accessories are the epitome of bohemian chic. and the rock and roll chic bags, belts, cuffs and bracelets are individually hand crafted. Their clients read like a who's who of Hollywood and includes such stars as Tom Cruise, Janet Jackson and Will Smith. Their newest collection of bracelets and necklaces combine leather with cultured pearls for a sexy, modern look.

Gallery owner, Kathy McCarver Root is a big fan of the collection, "The Leitz leather designs strike the perfect balance: bold yet cool, sophisticated yet utterly wearable. Eric's sense of color, proportion and materials is impeccable. I love that each piece can be custom, with handsome embossed initials, stitching, and color choice. It's great to stay local, it really makes a difference to small businesses.... and who doesn't need a little rock n roll this time of year!"

Eric and Sherry Leitz with a Signature Handbag and Weekend Bag

 

HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING ALL!

 

 

Winter Fun at Holiday in the Depot in Washington, CT

                     The 24th Annual Holiday in the Depot will be held on Friday, Dec. 11th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the town center.

Festivities will kick off with the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree by a special guest at Bryan Memorial Town Hall. Students from the Washington Montessori School will sing carols as the tree is lit. Caroling throughout the Depot will be sung by the troubadours from The Gunnery School.

Santa will arrive by horse drawn hay wagon shortly after the tree lighting and will be available to listen to children's wishes and have his photograph taken with them until 8:30 p.m inside the Town Hall. Hay rides will be given by Utopia Percherons throughout the Depot.

There will be a special mail box for children's letters to Santa. Children can create a Christmas craft with the aid of Linda Morse and Gail Scribner from the Gunn Memorial Junior Library. There will be goodies from the Animal Welfare Society for pets and people, and at the American Legion Hall, the Washington PTO will have hot dogs and chili for sale and the Senior Center will have gift items for sale.

There will also be a Gingerbread House Contest at participating businesses in the Depot. Stop by each business to view their house and then cast your vote at Washington Supply Company for the best house in the Depot!

Don't miss the 6th annual New Preston Winter Walk which will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. The window displays are amazing and there will be great shopping and fun for all!

The 8th annual Slices with Santa will be held at the Washington Fire Department on Saturday, December 12th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This is an all you can eat event ($10 for Adults, $5 for Kids) and Santa will arrive at 6 pm. Funds raised will be distributed to the Washington Community Fund and the St. John's Fund to offset the cost of Washington's Holiday Baskets providing food and gifts at Thanksgiving and Christmas to nearly twenty-five families!

Make sure you stop by our offices during Holiday in the Depot for a glass of wine, holiday snacks and gifts for the kids!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

Happening in the Hills features Stacey's Holiday Gift Guide

Stacey visits Pergola Home in New Preston, CT- Photo courtesy of Mike Yanin

“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”
– Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

(Please note this is an excerpt from the Happening in the Hills feature, 'Stacey's Holiday Gift Guide') Before the holiday season, when I am compiling my gift lists for my family and friends, I am thankful that I live in a county with unique boutiques, artisanal gourmet stores and galleries. Instead of malls and big box stores, I try to find those destinations where I can find personal gifts that are perfectly suited to the receiver’s lifestyle and passions.

Men can sometimes prove to be more difficult to make purchases for and I always search out unusual gifts that he can use during a favorite activity. Try to avoid the tie, wallet and socks route! For example, if your husband, father or brother loves the outdoors, this Aztec patterned, faux fur-lined hat from J. Seitz is practical yet has style and is well-priced at $74. He will certainly think of you every time he wears it.

A real treat to his senses would be a selection of olive oils from Nutmeg Oil in New Milford. Flavors perfect for the holiday include: Mushroom Sage, Blood Orange, Cranberry Pear, and Fig Dark Balsamic Olive Oils. This will certainly add to his creative choices for sauces, dressings and glazes. Single bottles start at $9 and gift sets come in 4-to-6- pack sizes starting at $18. They can customize any gift set with oils as well as a mix of vinegars. Before you purchase, you can taste and try each of their products in the store.

Who does not love cashmere? …. these luxurious triangle shawls from R. Derwin Clothiers in Litchfield are perfect for winter parties in the country. The shawls, priced at $1,195 are made with Loro Piana cashmere yarns, fringed with leather and are a signature statement piece for the fashionista!

Another gift idea for women who love one-of-a-kind items for the home are these naturally patinated, zinc frame-wrapped mirrors from RT Facts in Kent. The mirrors are truly unique and special gifts, as RT Facts custom-makes each one. They are priced at $800 each.

I invite you to read the whole article in Happening in the Hills which feature more stylish gift ideas for men and women from Pergola Home, Privet House, J. Seitz & Co, Oliphant, Barkery Boo'Tique, Scott and Bowne, Terston, R. Derwin Clothiers, Nutmeg Olive Oil, RT Facts and KMR Arts.

READ THE ARTICLE FROM HAPPENING IN THE HILLS BY CLICKING ON THE LINK HERE.

Please find below the addresses and websites for all these unique shops and boutiques to be found in Litchfield County.

Barkery Boo’tique
38 Bank Street
New Milford
860.210.1312


J. Seitz
East Shore Road (Route 45)
New Preston
860. 868. 0119
www.jseitz.com


KMR Arts Gallery
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot
860.868.7533
www.kmrarts.com


Nutmeg Olive Oil Company
25 Main Street
New Milford
860.354.7300
info@nutmegoliveoil.com
www.nutmegoliveoil.com


Oliphant
29 West St
Litchfield
860.567.8199
oliphantdesign.com


Pergola Home
7 East Shore Road
New Preston
860.868.4769
info@pergolahome.com
www.pergolahome.com


Privet House
13 East Shore Road
New Preston
860.868.1800
info@privethouse.com
www.privethouse.com


R. Derwin Clothiers
(The Ladies Store)
43 West Street
Litchfield
860.567.4095
www.rderwinclothiers.com


RT Facts
22 South Main Street
Kent
860.927.1700
www.rtfacts.com


Scott and Bowne
27 North Main Street #1
Kent
860.592.0207
scottandbowne.com


Terston
27 North Main Street
Kent
860.927.1255
info@terston.com
www.terston.com

 

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!

 

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: info@kmrarts.com 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.

 

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Fun, Oh My!

There is great fun to be had this Halloween weekend at county farms where pumpkins abound and corn mazes provide fun for the whole family! Please make sure to call ahead to make sure hours of operation remain the same and the patches and mazes are open. We have all the phone numbers listed at the bottom of the page.

Dracula among the Pumpkins

Great fun for children!

A Variety of Pumpkins

An Aerial View of the Bunnell Farm Corn Maze

A Kid's Hay Maze at Bunnell Farm

Here is a list of County Farms you can choose to visit this upcoming weekend:

Angevine Farm: You can pick pumpkins in the field, visit the pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field and tractor-pulled hay rides. 40 Angevine Road, Warren, CT 06754. Phone: 860-868-7226.

Averill Farm: They have a pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises).250 Calhoun St, Washington Depot, CT 06794. Phone: 860-868-2777

Bunnell Farm - Pick your own pumpkins, horse and tractor drawn hay rides, visit the farm animals and a corn maze. They also have a flashligt maze this Friday and Saturday evening. (Bring your own flashlight!) 524 Maple Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: (860) 567-9576.

Harris Hill Farm: Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, corn maze, child-sized hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides and farm animals. 106 Ridge Road, New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: 860-354-5856.

Logue Farms: Pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze and other fall items including cornstalks, cider and apples.
59 Artillery Road , Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: (203) 263-5969.

March Farm: Pumpkins, Pick-your-own apples, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, haunted corn maze and tractor-pulled hay rides, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises) and petting zoo.160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751. Phone: (203) 266-7721.

Ruwet Farm: Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides and haunted house.
East Pearl Road, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-866-6338.

South Farms: corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, child-sized hay bale maze and pony rides. 21 Higbie Road, Morris, CT 06763. Phone: 860-567-9847.

ENJOY ALL THESE GREAT FAMILY ACTIVITIES ON OUR COUNTY FARMS!

A Crash Course in Parenting: Conversations on the Green

A Crash Course in Parenting will be a town hall style event that will take place at The Gunnery this Sunday, October 25th at 3:00 pm. All proceeds will benefit Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides referrals for affordable mental health and social services in Litchfield County.

This Conversations on the Green special event features Julie Lythcott-Haims & Jessica Lahey and the discussion will be moderated by Jane Whitney.

A former Stanford University Dean of Freshman and Undergraduate Advising, Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the award-winning “How To Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success.” The book, published earlier this summer, is an expose of the harms of helicopter parenting and a manifesto for allowing children to sally forth independently, and to develop the resilience and inner resourcefulness to become thriving adults. “Lythcott-Haims is a national treasure, a psychologist, sociologist and anthropologist rolled into one,” says Madeline Levine, the author of The New York Times bestsellers “The Price of Privilege” and “Teach Your Children Well.” “Witty, wise and dead-on, Lythcott-Haims is a tonic for what ails this generation of kids and parents.”
 

Jessica Lahey is a mother, educator, author, and speaker. She writes the bi-weekly column “The Parent-Teacher Conference” for the New York Times, is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. Her book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, was published in August to critical acclaim. A wise, engaging book, steeped in scientific research and tempered with common sense.” said Daniel T. Willingham, author of Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom. “Lahey offers one of the most important parenting messages of our times: Unless we allow our children to learn how to take on challenges, they won’t thrive in school and in life. Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. “Her extremely helpful book tells her story, compiles research, and provides hundreds of doable suggestions.”

The discussion will take place at the Gunnery School, 22 Kirby Road in Washington, Connecticut. A portion of all tickets is tax deductible and they are available at two levels; individual tickets are $45 and 'Angels on the Green' at $250 which includes preferred seating and a chance to meet the speakers at a cocktail reception after the 'conversation'.

For tickets or more information
email: greenwoodspresents@gmail.com or call 860-806-6003
or click here to register now.