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.
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We had an incredibly relaxing night stay at the Winvian. Overall, the place is a secluded getaway where you can put everything down, unwind and relax. I loved biking around the property, the fact that you almost never see another person outside of the dining and common areas, and the general quaintness of the grounds. The food was absolutely fantastic.
The problem is the price/value. The rooms haven't been updated in a while. You notice it in little things. For example, our Bose surround sound only connected to FM radio. The A/C and lighting controls for the room are all clearly 10 years old or more. In addition, the jets in our jacuzzi bizarrely spewed out wood chips. After I notified management (one would think this would horrify them), they had the tub cleaned but obviously not fixed; the same thing happened the next day. Other than an apology, the hotel did nothing to take care of us. The staff are all terrific, but, again, there are only a few people on sight. There are times where you need to wait around for someone. These are not deal-breakers, but at $1,600 a night (which included only breakfast), there should be no mistakes, zero.
We loved the greenhouse. But the main room is strange. Its a beautiful room that needs a big couch or place to lay out and enjoy. But the seating and setup make that difficult.
At the end of the day, I'd love to come back to the Winvian, but I will not because of the price. We've been to some other similar resorts where things just had that little bit extra that made you feel like you were getting your money's worth. They need to put a little bit of the exorbitant nightly fees back into the property.
I recently stayed at the Winvian for two nights for work and it was wonderful. I stayed in the Stone cottage which was really great. The stone decor was very beautiful and it could not have been any more comfortable inside! I got a chance to take a tour of the property and see the outside and inside of all of the cottages which were amazing. The grounds are gorgeous. I was also able to enjoy several meals there which were delicious! I highly recommend Winvian!
We wanted a quick getaway just for the two of us to celebrate our anniversary and also as a mini Babymoon as we are having our 4th child at the end of the month. We fell in love with the property. The food, especially the free breakfast, was amazing. You can taste the freshness. The perks of being in a farm! It's a little pricey but definitely worth it!
We stayed for 3 wonderful days. Although the weather was not optimal for outside activities we still managed to have a wonderful time. Dinner was incredible and they were very accommodating to our dietary restrictions. Breakfast was delicious, and the mini croissant and Danish they bring out is INCREDIBLE. We enjoyed biking around the property, sitting by the pool was also very nice. We enjoyed the spa- great massages. The only thing i wish the spa offered was an indoor pool/hot tub. Our treatments though were great. We will be sure to return
We had an amazing week at Winvian! We stayed in the Stone Cottage and Beaver Lodge. We loved both. The beds and bedding were top notch, the baths, steam showers, mini bar, screened porches, bikes, wait staff, lovely grounds, charming communities surrounding Winvian, the pool and a lovely spa...were all top notch! The food at the Winvian was superb! We did breakfast most mornings, and several dinners. What a treat! The Chef was incredible, our food was beautiful and delicious! We also enjoyed West Street Cafe and D’Francos Pizza, and Altheusa Ice Cream! We kayaked at Bantam Lake and Lake Waramaug. We also ate dinner at Hopkins Inn at Lake Waramaug. The view at Hopkins was stunning...we sat on the balcony overlooking the lake. The food was good, but Winvian was the BEST! We took a day trip to Mystic, and toured the town...ate Lobster and saw the Mayflower 2 being restored.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! It is pricey, but we thought it was well worth it! Thanks to the manager for making everything right! Blessings!