The SpaceEscape to a 5-acre estate in scenic and pristine Bethel, CT just 70 miles from NYC.
This exquisite piece of New England history: The Oliver Benedict House on Codfish Hill. was built in 1796 and has had an incredible list of owners, including the one of the first families in Bethel (The Benedict Family), The (P.T.) Barnum Family and Helmsley/Spear Families.
Your stay on Codfish Hill will be in the 200 year old converted milk barn with private entrance, beautiful loft, exposed barnwood beams, tons of natural light, Jacuzzi tub, and full bath with wilderness and wildlife all around you. The barn cottage (where you'll be staying) is flanked by beautiful gardens and adjacent open space.
Codfish Hill is a great place for a relaxing getaway approximately 1hr from NYC. We are situated for day trips to state parks, ski hills, beaches, museums in Hartford and New Haven and several wineries on the CT Wine Trail.
Note: A 2nd bathroom will be opened up for you to access if you have booked a stay, utilizing the 2nd bedroom, meaning you have additional guests in your party beyond 2.
________ Guest AccessEnjoy the seasonal swimming pool located in the main yard, coffee or tea on your own private patio surrounded by gardens, high speed WiFi internet and close proximity to Fairfield/Litchfield County attractions including state parks, amusement parks, ski resorts, apple orchards. Note: seasonal swimming pool is shared with main house. Interaction with GuestsWe will be here when you arrive to greet you and show you around (if desired). We love our little farm property and can't wait to share it (and its stories) with you! The NeighborhoodBethel, CT is a charming town nestled in southwestern Fairfield County and is part of the Danbury metropolitan area. Bethel offers a rich colonial history, local flair and breathtaking rolling landscapes. The town is mostly residential and its main thoroughfare Greenwood Avenue has been designated as a Historic District. You can visit the other historic homes of Rev. John Ely and Seth Seelye - both on the National Register of Historic Places – The town is home to the Blue Jay Orchards for apple picking, Putnam Memorial State Park, Bennett Memorial Park and Taunton Pond. Also, for those who like to go antiquing, we have a variety of antique stores within 25 minutes in nearby Southbury and Woodbury.
The Codfish Hill area of Bethel is among the most historic, rural and beautiful areas in New England. Located just north of Huntington State Park in Redding, hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing and a host of other outdoor activities are right in our backyard. Getting AroundAs we are in the country, you will need a car. Some guests from NYC take Metro North to Bethel on the New Haven Line or Southeast on the Harlem Line and have Enterprise Car Rental meet them. If you need help figuring this out, we're happy to assist!
There are also lots of car shares in the area. If desired
guests can also rent our electric car (on site) through Turo (previously relay rides) at a discounted rate. Other Things to NoteIn 1976 the Bethel Historical Society and Bicentennial Commission published a book entitled “A History of Bethel, A Commemorative Book". There is a chapter of the book highlighting Bethel's eighteenth-century houses, one of which is our home. Because all early records were destroyed in the British Burning of Danbury not all historical data for our home has been readily available. So we have done some digging of our own. :)
Oliver Benedict (the original owner of the farm at our address) and the Benedict family were one of the first families to have settled in Bethel, CT. In fact, Oliver's father, Benjamin was one of the original seventy-one members of the First Congregational Church in Bethel which was established in 1759.
We know that Oliver's first child, Ira was born on June 3, 1772, and that he was paid 5 pounds In 1792 for his losses from the British as aresult of their march towards Danbury. This would confirm that he was living in Bethel in 1777 when 2,000 British troops led by General Tryon marched through Bethel on their way to burn the Revolutionary stores at Danbury.
There are stories that tell of local patriots warning the Bethel citizens of the British advance. One such story tells of a lone rider seeing the British approaching from the top of Hoyts Hill and rode not unlike Paul Revere to alert their neighbors. The British, as the story is told, thinking they were being met by a considerable army, halted their forces and sent scouts ahead to see if they would be met by rebel forces. A descendant of Thomas Taylor (one of the early Bethel settlers and friend of the Benedict family) told a story that her grandmother was riding home when she sighted the British and dashed into Bethel shouting, “The British are coming! The British are coming!"
We know in the coming days of 1977 some type of damage (likely to the house and outbuildings) was inflicted upon our home, our home also likely played a role in the British Invasion/plan. Codfish Hill Road was an established foraging camp during the invasion (for crops or animals for food), and many homes in the area were damaged at that time.