The Ultimate Concept Hotel :: Litchfield, Connecticut

Stay in a helicopter, a treehouse, a library or perhaps a greenhouse. The Winvian Estate has an array of cottages that can transport you from one conceptual theme to another at a stones throw. Oh that reminds me there is a Stone themed cottage too. Think Fred Flintstone’s crib if he won the Bedrock lottery.

Sprawling over a Litchfield County landscape of open pasture and orchard, stone paths, stone walls, and Koi-filled ponds, Winvian offers architectural spectacles that few are likely to behold, given the price: Winvian has a no-drop-in policy. Even guests with pre-paid reservations (a requirement) must stop at the main gate (to be installed) and buzz for access, general manager Michael Nijdam said.

At the low end, cottages will rent for $1,450 a night, an eye-popping if not unheard of sum, as even Winvian’s owner, Winthrop H. Smith Jr., allows.

“You say, ‘Wow!'” the former Merrill Lynch executive said by phone from Vermont, where he lives and is one of the owners of the Sugarbush ski resort.

The room fee covers more than just the sleeping chambers, Smith said, adding that many luxury hotels charge $600-$1000 for the room alone. Guests at Winvian won’t pay extra for meals, drinks, or most services. All rooms also come with unlimited access to a 130-variety wine cellar in the main building, a restored 1775 colonial that houses dining rooms, parlors, and an art gallery.

Not that anyone likely to spend $2,000 for one night. Read more…

[ via The Informed Traveler ]

Posted by Ava Stochinsky on May 01, 2007 in Travel

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