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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

Lovely Place
DeerParkMom

Beautiful property and uniquely designed rooms. I enjoyed sitting on the verandah outside our room early in the morning and appreciated the beautiful gardens. I would have liked access to tea or coffee in my room or at least offered this as a complimentary service when checking in. An iron and iron board tucked away in the closet would also be a nice touch. There is a light switch located outside the room to turn off the verandah lights at night.

Disappointed
disappointed292

Poor service. Good food presentation but lacking in taste and substance. Room OK but listing severely near door. The experience does not meet the level that we are used to in Relais and Chateaux properties.

Awful
Russell S

Air-conditioning did not work. They tried to give us a room in the attic that was like a sauna. People indifferent. Restaurant probably very good, but don’t stay here just to eat at the restaurant. Very disappointing.