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
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.
Have traveled a lot for business and pleasure over last 40 years, however the service at Winvian Farm might just be the most welcoming and honoring ever experienced. AT check-in and every meal, the staff made us feel special...the hand-written note from management recognizing our anniversary was a keepsake