A Bucolic antique farm property in the Fairfield County countryside. Welcome to Connecticut country living at its best! A warm & welcoming antique New England cottage for both a couple or small family.
Enjoy the gardens from your private patio, take a dip in the pool, read a book surrounded by fall foliage and retire to your very private suite and relax in the hot tub.
Call The Benedict Barn Cottage home while exploring the area.
Escape to a 5-acre estate in scenic and pristine Bethel, CT just 70 miles from NYC.
This exquisite piece of New England history: The Oliver Benedict House on Codfish Hill. was built in 1796 and has had an incredible list of owners, including the one of the first families in Bethel (The Benedict Family), The (P.T.) Barnum Family and Helmsley/Spear Families.
Your stay on Codfish Hill will be in the 200 year old converted milk barn with private entrance, beautiful loft, exposed barnwood beams, tons of natural light, Jacuzzi tub, and full bath with wilderness and wildlife all around you. The barn cottage (where you'll be staying) is flanked by beautiful gardens and adjacent open space.
Codfish Hill is a great place for a relaxing getaway approximately 1hr from NYC. We are situated for day trips to state parks, ski hills, beaches, museums in Hartford and New Haven and several wineries on the CT Wine Trail.
Note: A 2nd bathroom will be opened up for you to access if you have booked a stay, utilizing the 2nd bedroom, meaning you have additional guests in your party beyond 2. We also selected "hot-tub" as our bathtub is a HUGE JETTED tub. (That selection wasnt an option in the system.)
Accès des voyageurs
Enjoy the seasonal swimming pool located in the main yard, coffee or tea on your own private patio surrounded by gardens, high speed WiFi internet and close proximity to Fairfield/Litchfield County attractions including state parks, amusement parks, ski resorts, apple orchards. Note: seasonal swimming pool is shared with main house.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We will be here when you arrive to greet you and show you around (if desired). We love our little farm property and can't wait to share it (and its stories) with you! Please note we live on the estate with our small children and our beloved, well behaved dogs.
In 1976 the Bethel Historical Society and Bicentennial Commission published a book entitled “A History of Bethel, A Commemorative Book". There is a chapter of the book highlighting Bethel's eighteenth-century houses, one of which is our home. Because all early records were destroyed in the British Burning of Danbury not all historical data for our home has been readily available. So we have done some digging of our own. :)
Oliver Benedict (the original owner of the farm at our address) and the Benedict family were one of the first families to have settled in Bethel, CT. In fact, Oliver's father, Benjamin was one of the original seventy-one members of the First Congregational Church in Bethel which was established in 1759.
We know that Oliver's first child, Ira was born on June 3, 1772, and that he was paid 5 pounds In 1792 for his losses from the British as aresult of their march towards Danbury. This would confirm that he was living in Bethel in 1777 when 2,000 British troops led by General Tryon marched through Bethel on their way to burn the Revolutionary stores at Danbury.
There are stories that tell of local patriots warning the Bethel citizens of the British advance. One such story tells of a lone rider seeing the British approaching from the top of Hoyts Hill and rode not unlike Paul Revere to alert their neighbors. The British, as the story is told, thinking they were being met by a considerable army, halted their forces and sent scouts ahead to see if they would be met by rebel forces. A descendant of Thomas Taylor (one of the early Bethel settlers and friend of the Benedict family) told a story that her grandmother was riding home when she sighted the British and dashed into Bethel shouting, “The British are coming! The British are coming!"
We know in the coming days of 1977 some type of damage (likely to the house and outbuildings) was inflicted upon our home, our home also likely played a role in the British Invasion/plan. Codfish Hill Road was an established foraging camp during the invasion (for crops or animals for food), and many homes in the area were damaged at that time.
We love this home and know you will too. As such, of course we have a few ground rules.
Note: The 2nd bathroom will be opened up for you to access if you have booked a stay, utilizing the 2nd bedroom, meaning you have additional guests of 3 or more. If you are not booking the 2nd bedroom, you will also only have access to one bathroom.
- No pets.
- No smoking or other drugs, ever.
- No shoes in the bedrooms, please.
- All guests are responsible for their own pool safety and will be asked to sign a hold harmless agreement before using the pool.
- If you pick it up, please return it where you found it.
- The Benedict House Cottage is full of antiques that have been dug up (quite literally) on the property from the various owners over the years. Handle them sensibly and please enjoy them as we have.
- Kids are always welcome!
- Have fun, relax and have an awesome vacation!
Hi there. Thanks for looking at our property. I'm Sally. My husband Tom and I have been remodeling this homestead since we purchased it in 2013 and we can't wait to share it with you! Tom is a designer and I am a stay-at-home Mom who also works part-time in his design business. We love cooking, making things with our kids and working in the garden.
We're a fun, relaxed & casual household and we love to travel. A family of five, we have two sons and daughter. We also have two sweet dogs (a Spinone Italiano and French Bulldog). We have lived in the area for over 15 years and love everything this great town has to offer.
We both love the outdoors and take great inspiration from the farms, woods, lakes, rivers, mountains and natural wonders that surround us. We are both antique fanatics and our most prized antique possession is this homestead! We are always willing to help out and will do our best to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Hope to see you soon!
Tom and Sally