Chicks in the Sticks: Winvian Winter
It has been a fantasy for years and years to stay at a Relais & Châteaux property. They are just always so expensive that I can’t afford them. Well, I still can’t afford them. At Winvian Farm, the cheapest night is Tuesday. They close down the restaurant and the spa, and it’s in the woods so it’s not exactly conveniently located to restaurants, and it was still over $800 a night! No matter. I have a sidekick and I make her pay for half of everything I do. We headed for Morris, Connecticut on a Tuesday morning, armed with wine, cheese, and cookies, for a single night at Winvian Farm.
Winvian Farm is a 113 acre retreat in the area of Litchfield Hills. Nestled into the surrounding meadows and woods are 18 individually designed and themed standalone cottages. Each has a story to tell: Artist, an arts-and-crafts bungalow; Greenhouse, a glass-roofed, light and sky filled whitewashed house; Maritime, an ode to Connecticut’s historic lighthouses; and Treehouse, a wonky, two-story suspended house up in the air. Winvian Farm is like it’s own little themed Stepford neighborhood!
As two ladies rooming together, we obviously chose the very romantic and intimate Beaver Lodge. Ob. Vi. Ous. Ly. Please salivate over the description of this cottage: Beaver Lodge is a splendid, two-story sanctuary of wood and stone on the edge of Beaver Pond. A dome of interlocking sticks canopies the master bed, trees rise to the ceiling, and a spiral staircase winds around the tree trunk to the loft, where a table for two and a twin sleeper sofa overlook the forest below. A beautiful double-sided stone fireplace warms the relaxing space. The fabulous Beaver Lodge bathroom is a watery world of its own with radiant-heated river rock floors and a Jacuzzi that fills from the ceiling.
The interiors were so cozy, that we checked in and never left. (How could we? The place is a fortune!) The champagne was flowing, and we spent the evening trying to keep the wood-burning fire alive, taking bubble baths, roasting s’mores, signing Christmas cards, coloring, and watching Love Actually.
The next morning, the restaurant was open so we drove to the main house for breakfast. Truffled scrambled eggs – yummmm. In keeping with the theme of the hotel luxury experience, breakfast was a fortune. And of course, before we left we needed to have a #crafternoon! We made use of the sunny lofted space and friendly bright red table to make worry dolls. Which was a children’s craft kit, but truly, show me the 6-and-up year old that can make a worry doll. Just show me. Winvian Farm is located in Morris, CT – about a 2-hour drive from New York City. One night a week, Tuesday, the prices drop significantly. Bless your heart if that doesn’t even matter to you. There is a beautiful spa, occasional yoga classes, and an organic farm.