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What We Love

  • Heated floors in some bathrooms
  • French windows in the restaurant overlooking well-manicured lawns and gardens
  • Vacherin for dessert: vanilla bean ice cream, raspberry sorbet and fresh berries
  • Bulgari bath products

What To Know

  • Children 12 and under are not permitted at the property
  • Some rooms are on the small side, and others have a shared balcony that overlooks the parking lot
  • Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant is closed Saturdays for lunch and Sundays and Mondays for lunch and dinner
  • Sports jackets are required for men in the restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Set in the Belle Haven section of well-to-do Greenwich, Connecticut, the Homestead Inn brings character and poise to this suburban locale. From the porcupine-bedazzled mirror in the vestibule to the high-back zebra-hide chairs, upholstered walls and paintings by Patrick Bidaux in the Drinks Room, this property is chock-full of carefully considered details.

Theresa Henkelmann meticulously designed the inn’s 11 rooms and seven suites (no two are identical), filling each with a montage of tokens from her travels around the world. A seashell-bedecked mirror in the bathroom and such knickknacks as butterfly lights and papier-mâché high heels (by noted Baltimore artist Charlene Clark) mounted against bold colors (kiwi-green and scarlet, among others) help the Homestead Inn embrace individuality. But there are modern luxuries in these digs as well, including iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs, heated floors (not in all rooms), Fili d’Oro linens and Bulgari toiletries.

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Continue to the dimly lit wooden bar off the foyer for a nightcap before retiring to your room. The next morning, baskets of polished apples wait for you at the bottom of the stairs – grab one and head out to the cushioned white wicker chairs on the veranda for a coffee with a view of the verdant gardens and lawn. It’s Greenwich living at its finest.

How to Get There

Homestead Inn
420 Field Point Road
Greenwich, CT 06830 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 107 Reviews
A flawless stay at a spectacular property
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently stayed at The Homestead Inn on an executive retreat. We utilized the inn for guest rooms, our board meeting and dining. The inn itself is charming and our meeting was flawless. The soul of this hotel is its owner Theresa Carroll. She is charming, warm and funny and obviously takes immense pride in what she and her partner Thomas Henkelmann have created. The food provided in their fine dining room rivals the best you will find in France.The staff is extraordinary. Everyone is warm, attentive and caring - sadly a rare find today. Astley (sp?) prepares a perfect martini, with pride and grace, as though you are a guest in his own home. While this visit was business I look forward to returning with my wife for a getaway weekend. It's a 45 minute ride and light years away from Manhattan.

Wonderful stay at beautiful inn
Reviewed 2 months ago

My husband and I went to the Homestead Inn in November to celebrate our anniversary. The inn is so charming, the people there were so friendly and accommodating and the breakfast was delicious. We had a corner room with a sitting room attached in the main inn. So much old world charm with modern amenities. The dining room has a great sunroom where we had breakfast, and there was so much attention given to everything from the table settings to the warm milk they provide with your coffee. Loved every minute and hope to go back soon.

Charming in Greenwich
Reviewed 4 months ago

It was a last minute decision to take a trip that brought us to Greenwich. Actually, my husband read about the highly rated French restaurant located within this Inn.

As we were booking the room for two nights just a few days before our arrival, there were no longer many choices of rooms available. Each room is unique. We had stayed in the room pictured above and found it comfortable.
Perhaps the decor was a little bit too "flowery" for our taste, but the king size bed was quite comfortable and the large windows made the room appear larger. The bathroom was small, basic, clean, with a modern large walk-in glass enclosed shower. The rest was just a little tight with one sink only and shelf space to share, but good enough for just a two night stay. The Bvlgari toiletries, my favorite, were a very nice surprise. Classy!

Staying in the main house is always my priority, in any establishment, that also offers rooms somewhere else on the property.
Our room was at the end of a long hallway in the main house on the second floor, and I was pleasantly surprised how quiet it was during the night. We slept well. There are some squeaky floors throughout, it is an old charming inn after all.

We enjoyed late breakfast (not included in our rate), served by Luis on the sunny glassed-in porch. The service and food selection were wonderful, it was very peaceful. Most guests were gone at that point, or so it seemed.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped, surely beautiful in every season.
Parking was on the property...

The room daily rate at about $450 with tax, seemed a bit high at first. Easily justified though, considering the luxurious Thomas Henkelmann restaurant located in the main house. The restaurant is well known and highly rated for its fine French cuisine. Michelin-starred. It's relatively close proximity to NYC is an added value.

A charming property in Greenwich with caring service, charming rooms and a remarkable dining experience
Reviewed 4 months ago

It does not get any better in Greenwich. I have been dining and staying at this charming inn for a number of years and am always sad to leave. The staff and owner are wonderful and the food fantastic. Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann is a truly special property and perfect for a romantic get-away or a weekend with the family. I can't wait to return.

Lovely hotel
Reviewed 7 months ago

The Homestead Inn is a take on teh European concept of attaching a nice small hotel to a high-end restaurant. We booked it for a one-night getaway from Manhattan, and it was a good choice. After our lovely meal we were happy to get to our well-appointed room. The staff are very welcoming, and you could see that the connection between restaurant and hotel was seamless. The style is eclectic. For a feel, you should imagine the nicest B&B you have ever stayed at, and add some luxurious touches. Everything one would expect of a nice hotel room was available. The sound insulation was surprisingly good. The only downside was the (plush) bed slept a bit hot, so we had to spend a bit of work tossing off all the sheets and covers and cranking up the AC on a hot summer night.

Overall, I'd recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway with outstanding food..