The SpaceThe house, originally a cabin, was converted into a two bedroom year-round home in the 1980s. You walk into the main floor that features a full-sized kitchen, a full bath, and lovely open dining room and living room that walks out onto a gorgeous deck. The living room also has a Hearthstone wood stove available for use in the colder months (November-March). There is a sleeper sofa in this area that sleeps 2.
A spiral staircase takes you up to the loft room, which has a full-sized bed and skylights.
Heading down the spiral stairs you will find another bedroom with a queen sized bed with an attached full bathroom, and a third bedroom with a twin bed and room for one twin air mattress, that is provided. The downstairs master bedroom has a queen sized bed, gym quality treadmill, a walk in closet and sliding doors that access the lower deck and yard. Take the stone path down to the dock to Ashford Lake, a small and peaceful private lake. We have two kayaks available for guest use, a hammock, a fire pit and some outdoor seating.
A clothes washer and dryer are located in the kitchen pantry area.
There is free parking for two vehicles adjacent to the house. Guest AccessTake the stone path down to the dock and find a hammock, a fire pit, and two kayaks, all for your private use.
You will also have access to the private beach minutes down the road.
There is free wifi in the house, as well as Amazon FireTV(Netflix, AmazonPrime), DVD player, and a small selection of movies and board games. There is a CD player and AM/FM stereo combo. Interaction with GuestsWe try and meet all guests at check-in, and give tips about the house. If for some reason we can’t make it over, we live close by, and if you need anything during your stay we are a short drive away. The NeighborhoodThe house is situated in a quiet residential community in Connecticut's Quiet Corner. Come stay for your next antiquing trip to Putnam, or visit to UConn, or trip to the Woodstock or Brooklyn Fairs. Take in a show at Putnam's Bradley Play House or UConn's Jorgensen Center. The lake community is home to families that live there year round, as well as some who keep seasonal homes. The speed limit on the roads surrounding the house is 15 miles per hour and is strictly observed. The community has covenants/ rules we will familiarize you with before your stay. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation locally. A car rental would be recommended for the duration of your stay. There are beautiful hiking trails in the woods nearby, and quiet dirt roads for mountain biking. Other Things to NoteThe Ashford Lake House is for sale! Find it on (URL HIDDEN) or come to an open house on September 4th from 9-5!
If you are traveling with children, contact me and I will send you a special offer. We charge extra per night for more than 4 adults, but if you are a group of 6 with 2 or more children it will not be any additional money per night. Baby gates, pack n plays, and high chair are available at no charge with prior notice.
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The area is flush with wildlife- birds, woodpeckers, bunnies, deer, turtles- we also have an outdoor cat that you will see roaming about on the property, or out on the deck.
The lake is quite a different place in the winter compared to other seasons. The lake itself freezes, and the only activity on it is the occasional ice fisher and perhaps some skaters. Our rule of thumb is that we don’t go out on the ice unless others are already out. We advise people to use extreme caution on and around the lake at all times and do not take responsibility for our guests use of the lake or any accidents associated with use of the lake or our equipment.