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Rhubarb Hill - a Charming Farmhouse dating from 1758

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Farmhouse Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Rhubarb Hill is a woodsy retreat in beautiful Litchfield County. Relax in a charming farmhouse that is spacious and great for entertaining! The dining room, once a rustic keeping room, has a stone wall, fireplace, and stenciled hardwood floors. You will feel as if you stepped back in time. The living room is the perfect size for intimate conversations or larger gatherings. Wide hardwood floors predominate throughout this comfortable home. Cook up a great meal or snack in the well-equipped kitchen with a professional Garland gas stove, microwave, two dish washers and other culinary gadgets. There is a full basement with washer/dryer/ironing board.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and two baths. The master bath is spectacular with a Jacuzzi, European-style shower, twin sinks, and great views of mature hardwoods and old stone walls. Relax in a queen size four poster bed while looking out over the expansive yard. There is a huge walk-in closet with ample storage. The second bedroom has a shaker-like feel with its queen bed and two closets. The third bedroom is small with two twin beds, great for kids. The second upstairs bathroom has a vintage feel with full tub/shower and sink.

The area:

House is walking distance to downtown New Preston and Lake Waramaug beach with boat rentals, swimming, rope swings and kayaking

Near the Steep Rock Land Trust with great hiking trails

Dine locally at the Historic Mayflower Inn as well as several wonderful local taverns and restaurants all within walking distance

Nestled between two villages New Preston and Washington Depot (home of the Gunnery School and the inspiration for Gilmore Girls)

15 minutes to Litchfield Connecticut with the best antiquing in Connecticut

$350 per night with a two-night minimum and $125 cleaning fee.

$1500 weekly rate

$4500 June

$5000 July

$5000 August

During the winter months, mid-October until mid March, I seek long-term rentals and only rent by the month.

Keywords: Renovated farmhouse with lovely garden setting

More Details

Julie Swaner
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

About Julie Swaner

I purchased this house is 2009 and have made a number of improvements, including a new roof, new heating system, new insulation, and upgrading of exterior doors. I did all of this while living in Utah with trips twice a year to CT.

I recently retired and returned to CT for part of the year. I live in Raleigh the other part of the year. I love to garden and this area is wonderful for lush perennials and spectacular trees. It is great for bird watching, exploring wild flowers, and gathering mushrooms after a heavy downpour.

I want to make sure you have a wonderful stay.

Julie Swaner purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Julie Swaner chose New Preston

Litchfield county is the loveliest part of Connecticut with its broad fields, meadows, and rolling ridges. It has fine stone walls, perfectly-sized towns, and very interesting diverse locals which includes artists, romantics, professionals, and backwoods bubbas. This region has great restaurants, cute taverns, museums, art galleries, and the most amazing inviting winding roads. Yet, it is so close to New York or Boston.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Nearby, there is access to Lake Waramaug for swimming (CT's largest natural lake), the Appalachian Trail for hiking, the Berkshires and Tanglewood for cultural events and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Housatonic River for its fly-fishing, and extraordinary antiquing in Litchfield County. This house is nestled among mature trees and lovely grounds. There are plenty of restaurants from cheap to very expensive, there are local vineyards, farmers' markets, bakeries, art galleries, and wine stores. Step out the front door and explore a marvelous vacation opportunity.

Or stay home and barbecue and then enjoy the evening patio for an outdoor firepit and 'smores.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation farmhouse rental in New Preston, Connecticut

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No walking or playing on stone walls. (This a safety issue) and the barn and cottage are off limits.
  • No drinking of red beverages in living room (brand new white sofa).
  • Have fun!
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Beautiful master bedroom with large bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , We call this the blue room.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , cosy bedroom perfect for children
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • long term renters welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Rhubarb Hill - a Charming Farmhouse dating from 1758
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Best Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect fall retreat. Our host provided all the amenities we would ever require, plus many extras. Wine and and fresh bread greeted us.

The house fulfilled our expectations for a charming colonial experience.

  • Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Mary and Dennis for your glowing response. Hugs and I miss you already! Julie
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Fall color Cozy comforts

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful colors, relaxing environment. Check out the apple farm up the road. Hostess was gracious and generous with daily ideas during our stay.

  • Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing,comfortable weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. House was clean and cozy. Close to lake, shops and wineries. Would like to go back one day. The kitchen is perfect for anyone who likes to cook! It was nice to sit outside on the secluded patio to enjoy early morning coffee or a drink in the afternoon! We all truly enjoyed the house and the property. And especially the blueberry cake Julie baked special for our arrival!!

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Very nice. Clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

No surprises. Great location.

  • Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mashpee, MA

Cozy finesse!!!

  • 5 of 5

Went through with our plan, despite the rain forecast, and we're all so very glad we did!!! We cooked awesome meals in the well-appointed kitchen, played twister, taboo, bananagram (other board games also available), walked to the Town's boutique shops and caught beautiful waterfall sight, 5-minute drive to Lake Waramaug State Park for nice trail hike in the woods and finished off with a truly remarkable dinning experience at White Horse Pub just 3 minutes down 202. Thanks for the wine and blueberry pound cake, Julie!!! The home was so much more than we could have ever hoped for - comfy bed, sitting everywhere, private nooks, gorgeous land/hardscapes throughout entire property, We truly enjoyed ourselves and can't wait to come back for a longer stay, rain or shine!!!

  • Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Luis and his family were delightful. Wish I could control the rain and the weather. Hope to have them return at a later date.
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Raleigh, NC

Delighful property and much to enjoy visiting in surrounding areas

  • 5 of 5

Rhubarb Hill truly is a charming place to stay! I could feel the busy pressures of my typical day slow to a perfect pace in this beautifully decorated home away from home. We enjoyed relaxing in a variety of comfortable places inside and out. There were plenty of kitchen tools for yummy meals when we weren't feasting a local restaurants, also Wi-Fi hookups to stay in touch and be entertained, and an amazingly comfortable bed and pillow (not to minimize the treasure of fresh air blowing in from a cool May breeze).

There's nothing quite so delightful as a New England day trip on country roads showing us an amazing array of green foliage accented by red leaf maple trees and bright pink bundles of flowers. We stepped back to the 1800's at the Old Sturbridge Village with a horse-drawn wagon ride, and watched a tinsmith and potter show us their trade, as well as reminiscing while viewing a wonderful assortment of nostalgic artwork at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Thanks for "refilling my bucket" in this relaxing haven!

  • Submitted: 24-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks,
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lake Waramaugh Country Club
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Brewster, CT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 202
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
New Preston eateries
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Mohawk Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Lake Waramaug
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation farmhouse rental in New Preston, Connecticut

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2018
May 31 2018 - Oct 31 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$173.3

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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