4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps 8 (max 10)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect place for our Connecticut trip
This house was the perfect place for my sister, husband and I to stay while we were visiting family and friends in the area. We had all the conveniences of our own home (kitchen, living rooms, bedrooms, baths, lawn, patio and porch) in a beautiful country town filled with history friendly people and summer bounty. And to do so within at a modest price was a great find.
We recently stayed at Eve's Country Retreat for the Thanksgiving Holiday. This is our second time staying at this home. Yes, it is an older home, but it is cozy and comfortable for my family of 6 and surely beats a hotel. We hosted dinner for 15 in the dining room which was very spacious. The kitchen is well equipped with the essentials too. Since our last stay in June 2012, there are new appliances (fridgerator, washer & dryer) which was great. Each of our children had their own bedrooms and space. One negative that I will comment on is that there were no living room curtains this time as it did have on our last stay. Being cold and 33 degrees outside, it would have been nice to shut the dark skies and cold out in the evening after the sun set. We are from Florida and not very fond of the colder temperatures. Maybe on our next stay the curtains will be there. The house did have heat which we used. I have to say that the communication with the owner, Rachel M., once again was excellent. She was always available to answers questions and wanted our stay to be a positive one (yes, it was). It's great customer service and warm hospitality that made us return to this home. Thank you Rachel again for a memorable stay and an awesome Thanksgiving holiday with my CT family in your home! Till the next time . . . Janice & Wayne Lehmann West Palm Beach, FL
Easter in Ellington
I knew the house was old and was prepared for that, however, it was not clean. Basically you are at the mercy of whomever stayed there prior to your visit. If they followed the rules and cleaned and vacuumed, you will find the house that way. I was up until well past 1:00 a.m. the night before our departure cleaning. Also, I was prepared for an older home, however, we we traveling with our Grandson and I was very thankful that he was not crawling yet because the carpets are so old that the nails from the track pins are all showing through around the perimeter of the rooms. Thankfully they are rusted through so you can see them and avoid them, however a child may not be that observant. The furniture is not only old but very uncomfortable in the spacious living room. The den area is far more comfortable. It was very convenient and the beds were also comfortable. There is one TV and it only got 3 stations (we were traveling with a teenager) and the wifi was horrible. I do feel however that the accommodations, for the size house and so on, were reflective of the price in most ways. The owner is pleasant and does not try to hide the fact that this place has stood still since the mid 1950's however, there are concerns if you are traveling with young children. There were 6 of us in our party and we had plenty of room. It was obviously a beautiful home at one point and whomever built it spared no expense. I read the reviews and value people taking the time to write them. I am trying to be fair and factual with mine. I tried to figure out how to give a 1/2 star but was unsuccessful. 2.5 would be my rating. I would probably not rent this home again which is unfortunate since we travel to CT a couple of times a year.
Have you ever rented a vacation home that did not include a mandatory cleaning fee? Kind of unheard of, right? To make our mid- century modern vacation home affordable to a larger swath of society, we offer our renters the option of doing their own cleaning prior to their departure or paying a cleaning fee. The renter above appears to have regretted selecting the option of “clean it yourself”.
Have no fear -Eve’s will continue to provide this great way to cut vacation costs. In addition, the renter states that “Basically you are at the mercy of whomever stayed there prior to your visit. If they followed the rules and cleaned and vacuumed, you will find the house that way.” This is in fact not the case as the owner is aware of variable standards of cleanliness so for consistency, the house is cleaned routinely by a professional crew after departure of each and every renter. Our 50- year old wall to wall, 100% wool carpeting is much appreciated by our renters, especially those with small children, not only because of its beauty but also because parents are freed from worry of exposing their babies to volatile organic compounds, high levels of endocrine-disrupting organotins, flame retardants, permethrin (a pesticide), and formaldehyde, contained in the new synthetic carpets. They are more than willing to view some worn spots and the occasional tac pin (all nailed down and harmless) in return for this peace of mind. Oh and by the way, the wifi we have the highest speed available from the provider in the neighborhood(Frontier) and it works wonderfully. This renter must have been having a bad Wifi weekend!
A wonderful place
We stayed here for over 2 months between selling our house and buying our new one. It is a wonderful property with tons of charm. The communication with Rachel, the owner, was fantastic. Any questions we had were answered quickly. She was extraordinarily accommodating and flexible as our closing date was changed multiple times.
Our family of 5 had plenty of room and everything we needed was there for us, it was just perfect. Rachel is a wonderful host, we made a friend through this process.
Quiet getaway in unique and beautiful home
My husband and I stayed at Eve's Country Retreat this past weekend and had a lovely time. It is clean, well-kept and very charming. There are beautiful details in the house that are unlike any other place I have seen, and it is very spacious. There is a charming fireplace and a lot of space for large groups. The owner was very easy to communicate with and was very accommodating. We would definitely stay again!
Don't Miss this Unique Experience!
My husband and I are from East Windsor, CT. Last November we retired to Florida, knowing our daughter was to be married in South Windsor on September 6, 2014. With various friends and relatives coming for the wedding, we looked for a vacation rental that could accommodate not just us, but our other children, cousins and various friends on various nights. This property could not been more perfect. It is huge, with plenty of room to sleep a crowd! More than that though, it is a charming example of tasteful, high-end mid-century construction and decor which includes family photos that bring you back to to this family's life when the owners lived here years ago with their Mom and Dad. Little seems to have changed since the house was built in 1958, but that makes it all the more fantastic. I was immediately transported back to my childhood during the fifties and sixties. The kitchen is well equipped with retro yet fully functioning appliances including garbage disposal, double oven and dishwasher. There are four separate living spaces, some of which can double as sleeping quarters. Our family and our guests were enchanted by the beauty of this home, including the outdoor terrace, covered porch, stunning front entry, pastoral views and family treasures throughout. The dining room is nothing short of magnificent. The day after the wedding there were nine of us around the antique table having a family breakfast; and that beautiful table could have easily accommodated more. There are bikes and table games and a wonderful yard, all in a quiet country setting that also appears to be unchanged from years ago. I can't comment on the tv as we were all having too much fun to turn it on, but the wifi worked perfectly. My out-of-state company remarked repeatedly how awesome the house would be for a family reunion. We may follow up on that! As a last remark, the owner is pleasant and easy to work with. The day after we left she sent me an email stating she had already mailed us our security deposit. If you like humdrum hotel rooms that all look the same and provide the identical experience time after time, you probably should stick with that when visiting the Hartford area. However, if you want a truly memorable experience for you and your family, pass on hotel and go instead to Eve's Retreat! It is part comfy accommodation, part museum, and part nostalgic trip into the life of a family in an earlier time.
During the Fall season enjoy the environs that are cloaked in color. In Winter relax fireside apres ski in the foothills of the Berkshires. Minutes from tennis, golfing, fishing, horseback riding, antique shopping, and swimming in a lovely lake. Visit Old Sturbridge (40 minutes), Foxwoods Casino (25 minutes), Mystic Seaport (1 hour), University of Connecticut (25 minutes), Tanglewood Music Festival (1 hour). This home is ideally located 20 minutes from Bradley International Airport and Hartford, 1.5 hours from Boston, and 2 hours from New York City.