Charming Connecticut Island for Sale

Built in 1912, this charming 3,871 sq. ft.  Nantucket style cottage on Potato island off the coast of Guilford is for sale. The spectacular 4 bedroom 3.5 Bath residence is located on its own private island. Renovated to perfection the house boasts a wrap around porch, with 360 degrees of breathtaking views, park like grounds with heated pool and a deep water dock. Located just 85 miles outside of New York City, this spectacular vacation residence is the perfect antidote to civilization. Manhattan is just an hour and 40 minutes,  and Boston in 2 hours 30 minutes by car.  The local airport is just 15 minutes away.

This enchanted private island oasis designed to maximize the most sought after views of coastal New England while respecting the traditions and spirit of this archipelago just off the mainland of the famed village of Stony Creek in Branford CT.

Described as palatial when originally built in 1912, this now captivating home was completely renovated to preserve the original character while providing every modern convenience. The experience begins in the quaint village of Stony Creek. Potato Island is one of 23 inhabitable islands that many say resemble the coast of Maine. 

The majestic home sits on just over an acre of property that contains perfect park-like-lawns and a spectacular heated pool. The pool was designed to offer a level of privacy while maximizing the surrounding water and island views.

Inside the home, the attention to detail is immediately noted with a large fieldstone fireplace to the right that anchors the large living chic yet casual dining. The home's original character has been preserved with hardwood floors and bead board which perfectly complement the more modern design elements. From the dining room one can bask in the late afternoon sun and then enjoy the most magnificent of sunsets. The kitchen boasts state of the art appliances and a breakfast bar.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs on the second level, with an impressive master suite with vaulted ceilings and breathtaking views. The other bedrooms are equally as enchanting.

So, if you have a cool $7.5 mil (or $29K per month) kicking around, you should take a look at the listing here.

Day 1 Trade Secret :: Rare Plant and Antiques Show

I left the house at 6:30 this morning to drive to the Northwestern-most corner of Connecticut - a part of the state known as Litchfield County filled with amazing arts, antique stores. This part of the state has rolling hills and farms that extend as far as the eye can see - her beauty is unrivaled. This year I headed to Trade Secrets, a wonderful flower and gardening expo that was founded by Bunny Williams that benefits women in need. The show has grown exponentially since its inception 14 years ago both in vendors and in guests. We delighted in all the wonderful, whimsical garden accessories, furniture and plants.

Now, 12 hours later, I am exhausted and resting up to return again tomorrow to see the incredible private gardens that will be on display. I am even more excited about tomorrow!

 Come stroll along with us - I hope you like what we spotted along the way.

Whimsical, mystical and wonderful creatures were everywhere

Can anyone take a guess as to what they think this might be?

I've always wanted a few goats... these seem pretty easy to take care of!

Life at a snail's pace up here...

and some of the flowers and flowering trees...

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Can you keep a secret?

That's fabulous! But this is one secret that I don't want you to keep! This is Trade Secrets. Trade Secrets is a local tradition that was founded by Bunny Williams 14 years ago as a Fundraiser for Women's Support Service. This enormously popular two-day event includes the rare plant and garden antiques sale on Saturday, May 17th followed by a day of garden tours on Sunday, May 18th.

The event grew from a fledgling garden sale in Bunny Williams' backyard into an event that includes some of the rarest and finest plant and antique dealers. Many celebrity and non-celebrity garden enthusiasts make the trip to beautiful and bucolic Sharon, Connecticut, up in the state's northwest corner. Martha Stewart is a regular and attends every year.

Saturday's sale features approximately 60 vendors with their rare plants and unusual accessories - those kind of unique treasures that you might search a lifetime for. Garden enthusiasts will find rare plant specimens from specialized growers and some of the nation's best-known small nurseries, as well as furniture, antiques, cloches, wrought iron fencing, garden statuary and so much more from the choicest purveyors of garden antiques.

On Sunday, May 18th, Bunny Williams' garden and three unique and intimate gardens in Cornwall, CT will be on the Trade Secrets' garden tour. Williams' garden is back for the 14th year! The Cornwall gardens are steeped in history and include a renovated 18th century gristmill, a beautiful rugged hillside home, and the most elegant 1836 Greek Revival-style home that was once owned by prominent long-time Cornwall resident Colonel Dwight Wellington Pierce.

These gardens had some wonderfully famous gardeners who influenced their design including architect and preservationist, Tiziana Hardy; Linc & Laura "Timmy" Foster, best known for their classic work Rock Gardening; Ruth Gannett; Hattie Root; northwest Connecticut garden designer Mary Daalhuyzen; American industrial designer and sculptor, Tim Prentice; and Peter Del Tredici, an American botanist and author, senior research scientist at Arnold Arboretum, and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Tickets go on sale April 1, 2014. Regular buying tickets for May 17 are $40 from 10am to 3pm and $125 for early-birds who want to arrive at 8 am. On May 18 the gardens are open from 10am - 4pm and tickets are $70 ($60 in advance). For more information or to purchase tickets call (860) 364-1080 or click here for more information.
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The rain is supposed to stop on Friday and the sun will be shining down on us all weekend. So grab your wellies and a sun hat and come and be inspired!