My girlfriend and I drove up to Connecticut for the Litchfield Jazz Festival with another couple. None of us are big jazz fans; we just wanted a change from our standard-fare Hamptons weekends. I was also badly in need of relief from job stress and the never-ending stream of tourists that plague my Ground Zero home and office.
Sachem Farmhouse and the surrounding town was an amazing little retreat. It allowed me to shed the knots in my neck and shoulders without the need for a massage. I was not driving so I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived in Warren in a short two hours.
Sachem Farmhouse is a bed and breakfast that is more like an Inn. This is a good thing: While there are only three or four guest rooms, I didn't feel like I was living in someone's home. The King family (proprietors) live in the house next door but were available whenever we needed them. Speaking of the King family, Jen and Jason were superb hosts. Both were very friendly and accomodating but weren't intrusive. They have two cute kids, one of whom introduced us to the family's chickens and sheep. The chickens were tame and goofy and our romp with them was a fun little bonus.
The guest rooms are quaint, charming and tidy with soothing toile wallcoverings, four-poster beds and goose-down pillows. The dining room is picture-perfect. It has two indoor and two outdoor tables overlooking Lake Waramaug and a coffee and snack station which was perpetually well-stocked.
The King family's relatives own the nearby Hopkins Winery and Tasting Room. If you stay at Sachem, your tastings are free. My party is somewhat snobby when it comes to wines but we were impressed by our server's knowledge and the quality and value of Hopkins' wines.
Sachem doesn't have a pool but it has a small, private lakeside beach. Jen and Jason provided us with beach chairs and towels. The lake's water was warm and I enjoyed a relaxing dip. I don't recommend the beach for anyone afraid of nature. The beach has it's share of bugs and animal droppings and the lakebottom is rocky in some spots and muddy in others but these are things beyond human control.
I'd be remiss not to mention that the local restaurants were excellent. We ate at Community Table and Oliva. Both were cozy and charming and offered fresh local fare at reasonable prices.
My only criticism of Sachem was that the rooms were small and the beds were a little soft for my taste. We also didn't have control over the temperature in our individual rooms so we had a minor battle with our neighbors who liked it much warmer than we could bear.
Overall, Sachem Farmhouse was a delight and I hope to return again the next time I need an escape.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Lake Waramaug, The Sachem Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast is less than two hours from New York City. Make yourself at home in the scenic Litchfield Hills, an ideal location for outdoor activities and relaxing getaways. Established in 1787, The Sachem Farm is home to a registered flock of Bluefaced Leicester and Romney sheep, providing luxury yarn for knitting. Our flock of heritage breed laying hens provide our bed & breakfast guests with delicious farm fresh breakfast. ... more less