7.14.2016

Winvian Farm | Litchfield Hills, Connecticut

The main house at Winvian Farm, built in 1775

Located in the foothills of the Berkshires, in the unspoiled northwest of Connecticut, are the Litchfield Hills. This charming, quiet, yet vibrant area of Connecticut has taken special care to preserve its history, while including unique and modern shopping and dining opportunities. The shops you'll find here are generally one-of-a-kind and will usually be housed in beautifully renovated, old buildings and homes. It is the best of both worlds - the historic and the uniquely new.

Fabulous dining in downtown Litchfield, Connecticut

Litchfield, Connecticut is the home to the first law school in the nation.


Litchfield home, built in 1773




Signature white house with black trim you'll find all over Litchfield


The Litchfield Hills are known for their scenic, rolling farmland, lush forests, and abundance of carefully preserved, colonial homes. This scenery has been a draw for many from New York City and other urban centers, seeking a quiet second home, or even a main residence, in an utterly charming environment. Many families have stayed for generations, and there's little reason to wonder why. This is a community very involved and invested in its past and future.

Years ago, I lived just outside of the Litchfield Hills, and when I was looking for a day surrounded in old, New England charm, I escaped to Connecticut's northwest. One of my favorite stops was West Cornwall, a tiny town along the Housatonic River, set against Litchfield's signature green hills. There are so many charming towns to explore in the Litchfield Hills.

West Cornwall covered bridge

West Cornwall, Connecticut

In Morris, Connecticut, one of those charming, rural Litchfield towns, you'll find Winvian Farm, a luxury resort and spa, with a restaurant that serves a delicious, 5-star cuisine. The resort is built around the 1775, colonial home of Dr. Seth Bird. A suite inside the home may be reserved, or one of 18 individual, private cottages on the 113-acre property.

In front of Winvian Farm's historic home

Our cottage, called Industry. Each cottage has its own unique theme and architecture.

Morning coffee on our porch

The tree house cottage

On the Winvian Farm grounds




The Winvian Farm gardens, where many ingredients are grown for the restaurant.

Each cottage comes with a set of its own bikes.

Dress: Anthropologie | Bracelets: c/o Sisco + Berluti | Shoes: Nine West


Winvian Farm feels like a true escape, a cottage getaway tucked into the woods where you never have to leave the property to experience luxury, relaxation, dining, or adventure. After a day of biking and exploring the grounds, we were treated to one of the most sumptuous meals I've ever consumed. Prepared with local ingredients, including from the resort's own garden, it was a true delight to relax with a martini and course after course of expertly prepared dishes. All this while being serenaded by the frogs just outside the restaurant window. And, after indulging in a 5-star cuisine, I ended the day with a glass of wine and a bath by the fire. Truly perfect.



The casual, yet luxurious, atmosphere of Winvian Farm had me wishing I could stay a week, but, alas, I had to get home. Departing was made less painful by the picturesque scenery of the Litchfield Hills I got to meander through on my way home.

On Winvian Farm's exquisite grounds

St. Bridget Church c.1883, Sharon, Connecticut




Thank you, Winvian Farm for the amazing stay! It was truly one of the most unique resort experiences I've ever had the pleasure to experience. I found Winvian Farm to be the ideal way to experience the hidden gem that is the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.

2 comments:

  1. great post! My sister lives outside of Litchfield and I stayed at Litchfield Inn which was disgusting. Will definitely stay there next time. Your pics are gorgeous! Do you take your own pics? They are great!!

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  2. This place looks fabulous! I often come to the Litchfield area for the wineries. I will have to come visit for lunch one day.

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