- Style Idiosyncratic rural retreat
- Setting Wild woodland, perfect pastures
If it’s peace, quiet and rustic style you’re after, then Winvian, a beautiful, 113-acre boutique resort in Connecticut, ticks all boxes. And there’s not a hint of tweeness in sight. The 18 cottages that surround an antique-filled, colonial-style farmhouse all have their own individual design scheme – from fairytale woodland to whimsical helicopter interior.
Need to know
- Rooms 19 cottages.
- Rates Double rooms from $650.00, excluding tax at 14.44 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 11.56% per booking on check-out.
- More details Rates include daily breakfast.
- Facilities Spa, gym, beauty treatments, CD/DVD library, free WiFi, laundry service, valet parking. In rooms: king-size bed, flatscreen TV, CD player, DVD player, iPod and iPod dock, free WiFi, open fireplace, underfloor heating, Nespresso coffee system.
- Check–out 11am. Check-in, 3pm.
Children Under-fives stay free. There’s a charge of US$250 a night for under-12s and US$550 a night for under-18s. Extra beds and baby cots are available, and babysitting can be arranged for US$20 an hour. The restaurant offers a children’s menu.
- Also Pets are allowed at the resort. Winvian has three pet-friendly cottages: 'Greenhouse', 'Connecticut Yankee' and 'Stone'.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms As all of the cottages at Winvian are individually designed, your favourite will no doubt come down to personal taste. We loved ‘Helicopter’, based on a Connecticut Coastguard chopper, which is unbelievably bold and outrageous.
- Packing tips Bring plenty of warm and waterproof clothes – you’ll want to get out and explore the 113 acres of surrounding woodland. Leave wellies, snowshoes, and cross-country skis at home, though. All are provided free of charge at Winvian.
- Also The ‘Charter Oak’ cottage has an oak tree growing up through the middle of it.
Food and drink at Winvian
- Hotel restaurant The Winvian Restaurant serves up delicious Italian- and French-inspired cuisine against a traditional fine-dining backdrop of white tablecloths and fresh flowers. Chef Chris Eddy learnt his trade under Alain Ducasse.
- Dress code Smart country casual.
- Top table Ask for a table by the window, so you can soak up the gorgeous views while you wait for your starter.
- Last orders 9pm in the restaurant; the honesty bar stays open all night.
- Room service 9am till late. Sandwiches, charcuterie, cheeses and afternoon tea are available once the kitchen closes.
- Hotel bar The casual Vivian’s Pantry Bar and the Games Room Bar only really get busy just before dinner.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details