Let us tell you all about our getaway (a mere 30 minutes from our homes) to Winvian Farm, in Morris, CT.
Winvian Farm is gated, so there’s no taking a casual drive through, making it all the more mystical and intriguing. Our only prior knowledge of the Winvian Farm luxury resort is from studying the website (which we may have done at length). For weeks since arranging this trip we’ve been saying things to each other like, “I hope we get the Beaver Lodge” (Bev) or, “I think it’s going to be the Helicopter” (Lora). Winvian Farm boasts eighteen unique resort cottages and the Hadley Suite, designed by fifteen different architects. Each cottage has its own special character and vibe.
Have a quick look here then come back…
We’d describe Winvian Farm as part-fairytale, part-adult-Disney, and lets throw in a bit of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Mag-i-cal.
At check-in, we discover we are to stay at the Library Cottage – of course, our love of books! Perfect.
Our host, Brendan Finn, lets us follow him in our car a couple of minutes through the woods (the cottages are nestled all over 113 acres) to the Library Cottage. The outside is cute, the inside is just plain awesome!
Brendan shows us around – explains how to lift and lower the tv, (which we instantly forget) how to use the luxury steam bathroom (forgot) and the log fire (thank goodness it’s all written down in the leather bound book) and then departs, instructing us to come over for dinner when we’re ready.
The wood-y feel of the cabin, the skylight in the ceiling, and the big open hearth inspires us try to come up with a word that’s higher than glamping. Lux-amping? Decad-amping? If you come up with something, let us know in the comments!
After a very quick scan of: guest book entries, bathroom smellies, special treats, plush robes, and a handwritten postcard welcoming us from owner Maggie Smith – we set off back to the main house for dinner…or rather, for our “dining experience.”
Back to the main building which houses the check-in suite, family game room, bar, sunroom, and upstairs, the Winvian Restaurant.
We’re led up a wooden staircase, past the restaurant’s wall of many AAA Five Diamond Awards. We can tell we’re in for a very special dinner. From here, I’ll let Lora’s pictures do the talking. Incredible edible art coming up….
Such pretty, interesting food. We float back to our cottage and finally, finally, use the facemasks that we’ve been bringing on each getaway trip, never having the time to use them! Something just makes you relax out here. Such a lovely little break from our crazy, busy lives!
Despite having just had dinner and dessert…we still have room for tea and cookies. We pick out three books each from the hundreds that line the walls – these would be our hypothetical three we’d read if we had a week to spend here. Alas, this was just to be a one-night getaway. So, hypothetical they will remain.
It’s a crisp, spring morning as we walk up to the main house for breakfast. We’re feeling so zen and it’s so peaceful here we’re already trying to figure out how this could become some kind of annual tradition.
After breakfast, bikes must be ridden and swings must be swung on.
A cute dog we met…
Spring IS coming! We could see a lot of vegetable garden work going on. Almost all ingredients served in the Winvian Restaurant are grown here on the estate. They have greenhouses, organic gardens, an apiary, root cellars, fruit trees, the works!
Refreshed, revived, and recharged, we bid Winvian farewell, hopefully, to return again soon!
Lora’s Fave Thing: Feeling like we were in a far away, dreamy place, not a mere 30 minutes from home.
Bev’s Fave Thing: The way the staff magically appear whenever you need them – like friendly ghosts!
155 Alain White Road, Morris, CT 06763
Clothes by J.Mclaughlin – check out the fashion feature here
Words: Bev Pics: Lora