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
We took this getaway at Winvian Farm after a grueling two year project came to an end, and I really needed to exhale and unwind. This was the right choice. We stayed in the Connecticut Yankee Cottage with our dog, Henry. It was quiet, comfortable and the bathroom was incredible. The grounds were perfect for nice walks and the spa treatments were relaxing. We told them we were vegan and we weren't expecting the outrageously exquisite meals that the chef prepared for us. It was heaven - he really is a talented chef and prepared beautiful, colorful, creative and delicious vegan dinners for us. We got to hike in the area and explored the surrounding cities too. It was really a beautiful place. I still think about it, and hope to return sometime soon.
Winvian remains charming, brimming with good will and quirky fun. As it has aged a bit, evident in the dings and repainting in the rooms, some of the challenges to the place are clearer. The staff is friendly and well meaning and generally helpful. But I would guess it is hard to attract highly trained staff to the northern hills of Connecticut, because the overall effect is imprecision.
If rooms were $500 per night, it would get five stars, but with a competing, great hotel down the road and at $1000 per night, it gets three.
My wife and I visited Winvian Farm for our 1 year anniversary. We drove from NYC and it took about 2.5 hours. The entire weekend was incredible. The food, the cottage and the entire experience was really special. We went hiking, took a 10 mile bike ride around Bantam Lake, we had a picnic lunch organized by the hotel, we had massages and facials and we had a bon fire s'mores set up for us after dinner. The staff good not be more accommodating and they want you to feel at home. Lastly, we had a private fencing lesson, which was a unique and special experience. We will definitely be back.
There is no words that can be typed to truly describe the class and sophistication of the food and service of the Winvian. We ended up having a 10 course tasting menu with a few bottles of wine and we were more than pleased. The food melted in your mouth with such flavor. The attention to detail with presentation was amazing. Giovani was our server and he was a delight. He was so sweet and made us feel right at home. We can’t wait to go back!
We had a lovely stay at Winvian a few weekends ago. Arrived and received champagne and snacks and had the most wonderful dinner on site. Pre-dinner drinks in the game room were also good. Love the fireplaces and the unique cabins. This time we stayed at Library which was one of the more expensive cabins, it was nice and climbing up the ladder to the mezzanine floor was fun. However, I don't know why the disparity in pricing between cabins -- our first visit we did helicopter which is about $500 cheaper and I actually think a better cabin than the Library cabin. Helicopter had a nicer and bigger jacuzzi tub and steam shower and was just more spacious overall (and the helicopter is an amazing thing to see). I did enjoy the bigger fireplace in the Library, but I don't think it was worth the extra cost. I'd like to try out more of the really out there themed cabins like tree house and camping and maybe go back to helicopter, but I would probably not choose library again.