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
Unique accommodations, generally very friendly and accommodating staff. Dinner service is excellent - a lot of care and attention goes into it clearly. They are also very helpful with organizing activities in the area.
Our 17th Wedding anniversary was spent at The Winvian Farms this past weekend. When we arrived at the gate we dialed in and were given direction to the check-in area and greeted by Lyndsey with refreshing cocktails. The old New England smell of a fireplace greeted us as we entered the first floor bar area that had a pool table, shuffleboard, 4 comfy leather chairs surrounding a fireplace. I played some Pool but the table needs a complete overhaul and hadn’t been brushed in a long time. Other than that the charm of the bar was so relaxing.
After a brief overview we were escorted to our cottage by Lyndsey. The Treehouse cottage was fun and chic with a whimsical flare. A winding walkway led us up to a 2 tier staircase and to the entrance and Lyndsey showed us around. Everything was perfect but careful on the walkway as it’s very loose in some places and a metal edging is rusty and high in some areas. I know it’s the character of it but I just think it needs some attention for safety reasons.
After setting up our bags I headed up to the loft area and it was a really cool & comfortable space with a gas fireplace to set the mood and listen to music. There was also a desk, landline phone, strong WiFi and enough room to spread out and lay out our attack on what the Litchfield hills would have to offer.
The bedroom area was just enough for the two of us as the rest of the space was filled with an luxurious King size bed, gas fireplace, an ample tub and a separate glass & tile shower with steam feature, double sink and toilet. Everything operated perfectly but the outside window in the shower area was in need of some repair. The adjoining private patio was perfectly sized for a couple, a bottle of wine, snacks and also private enough for other outdoor sports.
All in all a great space and a lot of character. We strongly suggest this cottage for a romantic getaway as we got a lot of unique value for the cost.
We would strongly suggest getting to know the many activities you can enjoy on the grounds. There was so much that we wanted to do but just didn’t plan well... so we asked to stay another night!
Yes we did! They couldn’t keep us in the Treehouse and were offered 3 other cottages to choose from and we settled on the “Charter Oak”. This was another trademark cottage that our Monday afternoon host Erin helped us arrange while we enjoyed a day at their on grounds spa.
The Charter Oak was equally as nice as the Treehouse but more in the old New England spirit. In the middle of the room was a large tree that towered to the ceiling. Lots of room and the bathroom was gigantic and just awesome sapphire blue tile. Some broken tiles and window frames needing repairs in the shower/bath area but overall a very comfortable room.
The Monday morning at the spa was incredible and very relaxing. We followed up with a nap. Great stay and amazing staff and amenities. A must stop for the discerning customer wanting the best experience.
Our lovely stay was completely ruined by the most miserable breakfast service we have ever been subjected to anywhere. Our server was completely inexperienced, had a very limited grasp of English, and was totally unsupervised. When we complained, we did not receive an apology but merely a lame excuse that they were training new staff. Clearly there was no "training" whatsoever. We will not be returning.