A Serene Spot

By Mary Bemis / September 12, 2011

Winvian—the name itself sounds like a whisper—and this grand getaway nestled in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, is a respite like no other. Described by many as “quirky-luxe,” the property takes the cake when it comes to creativity. Fifteen different architects were commissioned to design 18 over-the-top Connecticut-themed cottages that include the ever-popular Beaver Cottage (one of its design details is an actual beaver dam collected from the property that hangs over the bed). However, it’s the original farmhouse that dates back to 1775 that is the heart of the 113-acre property. (This houses the outstanding Restaurant at Winvian, which recently received the coveted 2011 AAA Five Diamond Award.)

Located not far from the farmhouse, in a spot that was once home to the farm’s pig pens, stands the spa. A quiet and expansive space with large floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s a great place to hide away. Recycled and natural materials here include a handsome wood chandelier, a ceiling created from salvaged barn siding, chimney masses crafted from local fieldstone, and hickory wood floors. The spa menu is small but strong, and includes Cranio-sacral, Reiki, and Ashiatsu, as well as traditional massages and facials using natural skin-care lines. This unconventional property with all of its topnotch amenities, comes with a hefty price tag, making it a spot that tops the list of “special places” to be enjoyed with a loved one when the occasion calls. www.winvian.com 

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