Where can I go for a special and relaxing escape that is close to home?
|Winvian, a hidden gem located less than two hours from New York City in Litchfield Hills, CT, is an unconventional and extraordinary, private getaway. Our Travel Experts, Mr & Mrs Smith, introduced us to this conveniently-located Best Kept Secret! Winvian is set on 113 acres of gorgeous countryside, bordering miles of woods and lakes and tucked away 3 miles from the Town of Litchfield, Connecticut. There are eighteen different cottages strategically placed across the property, all with spectacular views and a wonderful sense of privacy. Each cottage was designed by its’ own architect, ranging from “whimsical with the traditional” to “modern with the historical.”
Every cottage offers their own attention to detail and “surprise” — like the restored helicopter in the middle of the appropriately named cottage, Helicopter; or literally ‘play the cottage’ called Music, covered with musical instruments inside and out. Charter Oak Cottage surrounds a huge oak tree growing in the middle of the room, while Treehouse is suspended up high in the air and makes you feel like a kid again.
Ask Melissa’s favorite is Stable Cottage, modern but complete with horseshoes and a saddle. There’s also the Golf Cottage, the Maritime Cottage, Library Cottage, Secret Society Cottage (think Yale Skull and Bones) and more — I don’t want to give it ALL away. All come standard with 2 bikes, a private screened-in porch, wood-burning fireplaces, wet bars, state-of-the-art technology and sumptuous Italian linens on king beds. Bathrooms have extra large whirpool bathtubs, walk-in steam showers, double vanity sinks and radiant floor heating. Once you settle in and have walked the grounds to get a glimpse of all the cottages, get pampered in the zen-like spa. Winvian offers an array of wonderful products from Eve Lom and Ren, facial skin care lines from the UK.
Winvian’s Head Chef Eddy, trained by Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud, create delicious gourmet meals using only the finest seasonal ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible. Enjoy healthy fare, delectable comfort foods or sultry desserts in either the main open-kitchen dining room or choose to dine privately in your room.
Take over the property for your own family reunion or special birthday, plan a wedding or host a corporate off-site. Winvian is children-friendly on specific weekends and times of year (your kids will LOVE the Treehouse or the Helicopter Cottage). They will customize activities for your party – from Moonlight Yoga to Sunday afternoon barbeques. Complimentary activities include, Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking and Tennis. You can also try out your NASCAR skills at the Racing School at Limerock, Hot Air Ballooning, Fishing, Golf, Glass Blowing and Antiquing.
Book one of the following Winvian Ask Melissa Packages and stay for 35% off the regular rates.
1. Mid-Week Ask Melissa Package (Sunday-Wednesday) for two — $999 per night (2 night minimum) This is package includes all meals and in-cottage wet bar as well a cooking class with Chef Chris Eddy. (does not include the specialty wines and liquors)
2. Mid-Week Ask Melissa Package with round-trip transportaion — $1199 per night (2 night minimum) Same details as above PLUS Winvian will provide the guests with Mercedes-Benz shuttle service to and from Winvian (Service from Boston, New York, CT and Northern NJ only)
Packages valid from June 1, 2009 until July 31, 2009.