What We Love
- A luxurious, award-winning Relais & Châteaux hideaway in the Litchfield Hills, with breakfastImmersing yourself in nature, on 113 acres among Connecticut’s largest wildlife sanctuary
- Dining on "seed-to-table" meals, from the organic gardens, greenhouses and apiary
- Bedding down in one of the Relais & Châteaux beauty’s luxurious cottages
- Taking a yoga class, after a soak in the spa’s chromotherapy tub
What To Know
- Well-located for day trips to Boston and NYC (they're both just a 2-hour car ride away)
- The farm's wine cellar has more than 500 labels from 37 regions and 13 countries
- Free WiFi
The Litchfield Hills are alive with the vegetables, fruits and herbs that historic Winvian Farm grows on its three acres of organic gardens. As the name of this Morris, Connecticut AAA Five Diamond Award winner suggests, it’s not just any getaway; it prides itself on preparing as many ingredients as possible for its restaurant and cooking classes, also in three greenhouses, a henhouse and an apiary. This luxurious property is committed to the concept of “seed-to-table” – even the dining room’s bouquets of flowers are grown on-site.
In fact, Winvian Farm is committed to promoting a natural lifestyle in general. The 5,000-square-foot spa uses plant- and mineral-based amenities by Ren; accommodations are rustic cottages with porches, among woodlands and meadows; and there are tons of outdoor activities to try. The 113-acre Relais & Châteaux gem’s neighbor is the largest nature and wildlife sanctuary in the state, with miles of trails for all kinds of adventures. Ride your complimentary bike, swim in the 40-ft. pool, fish, kayak, canoe, snowshoe or cross-country ski – you should have no shortage of energy, from all the field-fresh fare you’ve been savoring.
Just as the lovely grounds are set among a sprawling nature sanctuary, you’ll have your own little sanctuary to call home. Wind down in a peaceful, individually named and decorated cottage, with a rustic flair, a touch of New England style and a host of truly luxurious comforts. Choose between a Tier Two or Tier Three Cottage, the latter offering high-end décor and a bit more square footage to stretch out in.
Amenities- King bed- Patio or screened porch- Private bath- Jacuzzi tub- Rainfall steam shower- Fireplace- State-of-the-art BOSE stereo system- Flat-screen TV- Complimentary Wi-Fi- Wet bar- Nespresso coffee- Harney & Sons tea
“Seed-to-table” perfectly sums up this hotel’s approach to dining. Ingredients for the offerings at The Restaurant at Winvian Farm draw from the greenhouses, organic gardens, apiary and henhouse that operate on the grounds. Feast on field-fresh vegetables, ripe fruits and other delights, in dishes that change with the season but might include chestnut-cabbage-lobster farfalle and Atlantic salmon with lentils, onion and sunchokes.For a perfect pairing, ask the waiter to pick you a wine from the extensive list, comprising 500 labels from 37 regions and 13 countries. Also be sure to order dessert, whipped up by Pastry Chef Selena Gearinger. Please note that the dinner dress code is smart casual; you’re politely asked to refrain from wearing T-shirts, shorts, jeans, tennis shoes or flip-flops.
The spa is an airy, light-filled 5,000-acre oasis. Its treatments include a cedarwood-juniper aromatherapy massage, a custom facial, body polishes and more. Take a soak in the hydrotherapy and chromotherapy tub, relax in the sauna, or warm up over a cheese plate or cup of organic tea by the circular stone fireplace. Finish off your wellness session at the yoga lounge or in the 40-ft. pool.
You’ll be on 113 acres, beside Connecticut’s largest nature and wildlife sanctuary, in the culturally rich Litchfield Hills region. Take your complimentary bike for a ride; go fishing, kayaking or horseback riding; play volleyball, croquet or bocce ball (or an indoor game in the game room); and hike and snowshoe over the acres of trails. Arrange a s’more roast, a cooking class or a golf day – even hot-air-balloon excursions are available. Little ones can tour a local dairy farm or sugarhouse, or play on Bantam Lake’s beach in summer.
How to Get There
My husband and I recently spent 4 nights in the Artist cottage at Winvian Farm. Everything exceeded our expectations, and details are below—
The Cottage: We were so eager to see what the cottage was like in real life. Upon entering the front door, we were amazed— sparkling clean, spacious yet cozy, featuring a lovely sitting room with a wood burning fireplace (materials included!), a deluxe bathroom (steam shower, oversized jacuzzi tub, heated floors, double sinks), a beautiful king bed that features a hidden TV that arises from the bed frame with a wall switch (a thoughtful design feature), a screened in porch and separate sitting area in the kitchenette with art supplies for when inspiration strikes. The bed was comfortable. We received turn-down service every time we left and were so impressed from start to finish. Furthermore, we loved the location. The resort provided two delightful bikes and it was an easy ride/walk to the main restaurant and spa while feeling very private. We couldn’t have been more pleased.
The Property: Absolutely stunning! Our visit was during the fall and the weather was gorgeous every day with rolling hills, impressive vistas and vibrant colors. The property is impeccably maintained— expect water features, a picturesque outdoor pool (usable summer only, but we admired it), a lovely greenhouse where they source restaurant ingredients and much more. We walked to see the different cottages and admired the creativity of our small little community — truly something for everyone, with architectural detail that would excite a discerning eye.
The Restaurant: We enjoyed the restaurant for dinner on Sunday night and Monday night. Each night offered varying selections with locally-sourced ingredients and much from the property itself. The setting is cozy and exclusive — only 5 tables surrounded by a large stone hearth. We were satisfied with the wine selection and the meals were fresh and inspired.
We also enjoyed the complimentary (!!) breakfast served each morning. It offered a great menu and we loved starting our mornings with farm fresh poached eggs with their house-made sausage patties. There was one server who was known for making a great latte, and it didn’t disappoint!
The Town: We mostly explored the towns of Litchfield and Bantam and we were captured by the oozing charm of it all. Litchfield in particular has a 1-2 block strip of nice retail shops — clothiers, interiors, restaurants. At The Village, we were among the locals and welcomed like old friends, getting recommendations and history lessons from the bartender. At Arethusa al Tavolo, we were among film producers and movie stars and had the best meal of our lives — truly, something for every desire.
The Activities: Spectacular! I will subcategorize these by the highlights:
Hiking/walking trails: So many to choose from! We did the boardwalk at Little Pond Trail as well as Mt. Tom State Park where we climbed up the lookout tower (note on Mt. Tom: rocky, uphill path, wear appropriate shoes and perhaps not for the elderly or young children).
Spa: Just lovely. We had a couples program which started with champagne and a cheese board by the fire in a private couples room, then followed by an aromatherapy Swedish massage and their chromotherapy bath. So relaxing; great staff.
Horseback riding: Winvian arranged for us to go horseback riding at Lee’s Stables which I would highly recommend! It was such a great experience and one of the highlights of our trip.
In summary, we would recommend Winvian Farm without hesitation and cant wait to come back.
The treehouse at Winvian is a unique and amazing place. It really feels like you're staying in a forest - or at least in a luxurious cabin in a forest. The room is surrounded by trees and the numerous windows are angled down to give a great view of the area around the treehouse.
Breakfast is served in the main house, but we ordered a delicious breakfast delivered to our room and ate in the upstairs area (yes ... it's a two-story treehouse!). Everything was extremely clean and since it's not attached to any other rooms or structures, it's really quiet. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the grounds of the farm are quite lovely for a morning stroll. The only thing preventing me from filling in that 5th rating circle is the high price - but if you can afford it, it's a great experience.
We loved our stay at Winvian Farms. We were able to bring our dogs which was a huge bonus for us. The staff could not have been more accommodating and the grounds and our cottage were impeccable. If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful, relaxing time, this is your place.