The SpaceApartment is in the private lower ground level of modern home, lots of windows, gorgeous lakeviews with amazing wildlife and trees. Living room with TV, couch, comfortable chairs and board games on book shelves. 2 beautifully appointed bedrooms (one with TV) and each with queen bed, closet, alarm clocks with ports for smart phone charging and antique furnishings. One bedroom with TV and living room has another TV with couch and comfortable chairs. 8' slate pool table. Treadmill access. Fully appointed bathroom. Kitchenette has all amenities including medium fridge, coffeemaker, toaster oven, microwave, griddle, sink and utensils, glasses, dishes, mugs, etc. Coffee, tea, condiments etc. provided. No stove available. Outdoor private grill (charcoal and tools provided), canoe and life preservers, outdoor furniture/tables & chairs on backyard covered patio for your use. Also enjoy swing under deck. Please be respectful of neighbors' privacy and peaceful setting in this neighborhood. Guest AccessGuests access apartment through private entrance in rear of home past entrance to our private upper deck. Keys provided for access. Plenty of parking in area in spaces on blacktop above garage. Dock and lake access with full use of canoe and life preservers. Interaction with GuestsWe are always available by cell phone, email, or in person since we live in the upper part of the home. We respect your privacy but are available any time in person or by text or cell phone if needed. We are happy to provide recommendations for restaurants, activities, directions, etc. and also make that all available in writing in our welcome booklet. We want you to have a private, relaxing, fun and safe stay.
We keep the french doors locked and never come downstairs unless you contact us to do so for a particular reason. Sometimes Pepper will be outside running after squirrels and will likely give you a doggie "Hi". She is very friendly and will typically run back up the deck steps after greeting you. The NeighborhoodOur home is located on a beautiful private lake with egrets, bald eagles and ospreys. We have a swan family with 4-6 babies who also paddle around the lake. Fishing is quite good on the lake. No motors allowed on watercraft with the exception of electric motors.
The scenery is AMAZING all the time, but ESPECIALLY IN THE FALL (Sept-Late Oct.) when the foliage colors are fabulous from the house as well as from the canoe. We often see several Osprey at once and a bald eagle during these times.
Wildlife is everywhere and it is serene, quiet and peaceful. Getting AroundGuests need to have access to a car, as we are a 7 minute drive from town and grocery and other shopping. We are located about 3 miles to the town beach; 7 miles to Hammonassett Beach. We are 5 minutes off interstate 95. Extensive directions are available in the Information Welcome booklet.
We are near great parks where you can hike, stroll, picnic and swim as well (eg, Chatfield Hollow State Park).
We are located about 2 hours north of NYC and 2 hours south of Boston, 35 minutes to Middletown, 25-30 minutes to New Haven, 45 minutes to West Hartford, 40 minutes to Mystic Seaport. There is no public transportation access to our neighborhood.
Restaurants are plentiful within a few minutes to 15-30 minutes drive from our home. Movie Theaters and Shopping Outlets are within 7-15 minutes.
Closest airport is at Bradley Springfield (north of Hartford) which is about 55 minute drive from our town. Mystic Seaport is about a 40 minute drive. Newport, RI is about an hour drive. Many small quaint towns (eg., Madison, Guilford, Branford, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Niantic, Essex, East Haddam, Middletown) to explore and enjoy with museums and cultural activities are within easy driving distance from our home. Other Things to NotePlease LEAVE KEY(S) on Bar and TEXT OR EMAIL us that you are checking out of property and please lock door behind you. Thanks so much!
If you go out at night before dark probably good to turn on at least 1 outside light (just inside exit door to left) so you have light at the door when you return in the dark. (Lights will automatically be on where you park car and down path to the apartment.)
If you take a walk in the neighborhood, there may be a neighbor's dog or two that are not leashed.. but they are friendly.
We have a house generator so if there is a storm or inclement weather that causes an electricity failure... the lights might blink and go off for about 30 seconds but everything will then kick on again within a few seconds.
There are extra blankets in the bedroom closets and extra towels and amenities in the bathroom closet. Feel free to use those if you need to do so.