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Historic 1790 period home, heated saline in ground pool/spa

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 306 m²
Property type chateau / country house


About the property

Historic 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home (sleeps 10) with new heated pool and spa.

THIS PROPERTY IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE MONTH OF JULY, 2017 FOR $20,000 OR A MINIMUM 2 WEEK PERIOD IN JULY FOR $12,000. WE PREFER A FAMILY, REFERENCES REQUIRED. Sunny Farm is an historic 1790 period home on 3 levels which was done over by a well-known historic designer. It is filled with carefully chosen period antiques and has original wood beams and wide-board wood floors. The home was featured on the cover of Connecticut Cottages and Gardens in March, 2012. It has a private location with no road noise and faces the Killingworth Commons , a private 4 acre commons for 6 historic homes which were moved to the site 30 years ago. The house has a huge, beamed kitchen with a La Cornue gas stove, state of the art appliances and concrete island and surfaces. The huge master king bedroom was constructed from an old barn and is separate from the rest of the house, connected by a passageway. It has a double height beamed ceiling and an enormous bathroom with a huge glassed shower and free-standing tub.

The 3300 sq ft. home has 3 working historic fireplaces,a charming keeping room with library, formal dining room and a period panelled living room overlooking the green with a 40' flat-screen TV with access to Amazon, Nextflix, etc. Downstairs is a queen bedroom with its own full bathroom and separate entrance. Upstairs are 2 queen bedrooms and a small bedroom with 2 single beds, perfect for kids. We have a swing, sporting equipment, games, and some toys for children. The rental includes free kayak rentals at the CT River Museum in Essex.

There is a full bath upstairs and an additional 1/2 bath on the main floor. The house is centrally air conditioned and has Wi-Fi.

A beautiful formal garden serves as an outdoor sitting/dining area.

There are a professional gas grill and a "Big Green Egg" Japanese-style charcoal grill/smoker in a food preparation area next to the formal garden.

Rental includes the services of a gardener and pool maintenance weekly.

Maid service is available for an extra charge.

A new heated saline gunnite pool and spa are located on the opposite side of the house. The pool has an automatic electric cover for safety. The 4 acre grass commons is safe and perfect for kids and dogs running around.

The house is centrally located between the shoreline towns of Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook and the CT. river towns of Essex and Chester. The CT. River Museum, an historic steam train, sailing and river tours are available in Essex. The best French restaurant in CT is 10 minutes away, as is the largest LI Sound beach in CT, a beautiful small lake beach, 3 live theaters, and numerous opportunities for kayaking, sailing, river tours and boating. A small shopping center with gourmet take-out food, a bakery, pharmacy, bank with ATM and diner is 1 mile away. Nearby are horseback riding, hiking in several state parks, and trout fishing.

An art cinema and a 12 plex cinema are nearby.

New Haven is 25 minutes away, with several theaters, Yale University and the new Yale Art Museum. Mystic CT is a 30 minute drive. Cooking classes, farm visits, and sailboat charters can be arranged. An Amtrak/MTA station is 10 minutes away; it is 2 hours by train to Boston or NY. This property is a relaxing, peaceful and scenic alternative to the Hamptons or Litchfield County, with many good restaurants, terrific kayaking and easy access by train.

More Details

Allan Rubenstein
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2017

About Allan Rubenstein

The owners are busy NY professionals who use the house on weekends and for part of the Summer. We travel extensively and rent the house when we are busy or away.

Allan Rubenstein purchased this chateau / country house in 2012

Why Allan Rubenstein chose Killingworth

Essex has one of the most beautiful harbors in New England. Clinton has the largest sandy LI sound beach in Connecticut. We are located exactly 1/2 way between the two in a quiet, unique setting which feels like living in an 18th century New England village (with plenty of privacy).

We are interested in historic preservation and authenticity; our home was renovated by a well-known architectural designer in a thoughtful manner with exacting attention to detail and European (French) touches.

It is one of the most beautiful and unique period American homes we have ever seen. We bought it after seeing it for the first time

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house reminds us of living in a New England village in the 18th century with airy spaces, state of the art kitchen, bathrooms and central air conditioning. The new heated gunnite pool/spa will make it a perfect spot for families/couples who want a private, historic location near the water, boating and beaches.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Killingworth

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 306 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Bathroom has Restoration Hardware fixtures
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Main floor 1/2 bath has Restoration harware fixtures
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , Lower level adjoining private BR on this level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Huge, on cover of March 2012 CT. Cottages/Gardens
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Antique bed with foam adjusting mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , Small childen's bedroom on 2nd floor with 2 twin beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Master bedroom is huge, private on level 1. Has desk, couch.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 large double bed , Separate BR on lower level with queen bed, bathroom
  • Master bedroom/bathroom is quite dramatic, sunny, airy with enormous bathroom. Quite simply the most beautiful bedroom we have ever seen in the US or Europe.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Additional photos available-see detailed video. Recommendations for area restaurants, galleries, antique shops, shopping available.


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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hartford CT
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Bar Bouchee: Best French Restaurant in CT
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mount Southington
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Hammonasset State Park
Car: necessary

Killingworth is a charming New England rural area filled with historic homes surrounded by stone walls. It is conveniently located 10 minutes from the CT. shoreline beaches and marinas, 10 minutes from major outlet shopping, 15 minutes from the historic river town of Essex and its marinas, steam train and shops, and 15 minutes from the arty, galleried-filled village of Chester.

The best French restaurant in CT is 10 minutes away,

and there are a number of other top restaurants in the area. In addition to swimming in our new heated pool and spa, the largest beach in CT is 10 minutes away.

Hiking and nature trails abound, with excellent sailing, kayaking, trout fishing, horseback riding and lake swimming all nearby.

There are 3 live theater venues nearby in addition to

the theaters in New Haven and the new Yale Art Gallery.

The house is in a unique, tranquil setting off the road on an historic 3 acre green facing other period homes.

It is 25 minutes to New Haven, 30 minutes to Mystic, and 2 hours by car or train to NY or Boston.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Killingworth

Additional information about rental rates

Can accommodate well-behaved pets. Automatic pool cover makes pool/spa particularly safe for children.
Hi-chair, Pacnplay, swing, toys, sporting equipment, games and elliptical machine. We are only interested in individuals/families who plan to stay for at least 1 week during the year

50% on signing agreement, 50% plus security deposit on possession.
Maid service to be paid directly.
Gardening and pool service included.
Pool/Spa heating charges are additional.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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