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Country Sanctuary, Litchfield

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Aug 2, 2016
4 Bedrooms and 4 Full baths.Sleeps 8-10

Come as you are with your family and/or friends! All are welcome to enjoy the pristine natural setting of the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy (LRWC)

Tucked in the country hillsides of Colonial America, 32 Duckpond Rd is a retreat from urban living, a quiet estuary for you and your flock. The house is located on the footsteps of a premier waterfowl conservancy yet only 10 minutes from Litchfield's historic town center. Housing 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths, the 3,200 square foot property maintains gardens and a private granite heated pool for your leisure. There is a two car garage on the property, firewood in abundance, and acres for you to explore.

Proceeds from your rental will assist the continued conservation of wetland habitat and rare endangered waterfowl. Private tours are available for visiting guests who become members of LRWC. Public tours are always available Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 4 April to November. Checkout the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy online for more details!

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

This house was originally built in the 1950's by my father for my grandmother. My grandmother chose this site because of the lovely woods, nearby streams and a 150 year old white oak tree that now stands guard in the garden. I later expanded the house and added an upstairs for my children and myself when I used the house for weekends in the 1990's.

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18 Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

5 months and still waiting for a refund

  • 1 of 5

We went to the house with my kids and friends to celebrate my birthday. The house it's beautiful and would be happy to go back again as we really enjoy the proximity to Mohauk mountain but during our stay the fridge wasn't broken and all the food including my cake was ruined. The manager was responsive and did bring us colers with ice and she replace the milk but having to spend 3 days without fridge wasn't ideal during our stay. They said they will compensate us with a discount but somehow after 5 months we are still waiting....

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful sanctuary!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house for family get togethers! Secluded and surrounded by beautiful yard, fields and woods yet close to markets, restaurants and Litchfield town center. Also, close to parks and lakes.

The rooms are spacious, clean and well furnished. Bathrooms are large, clean and updated. The large eat-in kitchen has a delightful sunroom for more casual eating and socializing.

Hilary was very responsive to any of our questions and requests. Could not be more delighted with our stay and will look forward to returning!

Oles family

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great country house!

  • 4 of 5

Great house nestled back in the woods with a charming country setting. House was equipped with all the essentials, a lot of rooms to congregate in. Totally agree with a previous review that the photos do not justify the real thing. We would definitely stay here again next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, beautiful house and a welcoming

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and accommodated for all of our needs. House was close to market, restaurants, etc but also in a nice, secluded area surrounded by nature. Property owner is very welcoming, helpful, and easy to work with. Would definitely do business with again.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best VRBO Ever!

  • 5 of 5

For the last five years, we have taken our children, grandkids and family dogs away for a "family week." This property is large enough so that we were able to be close, and yet not on top of each other. The bedrooms and bedding reminded us of a b&b. The house is spacious, the kitchen and dining areas were very convenient and equipped. The house is secluded enough that you know you are away, but in 5 minutes you can be at the local supermarket (a real one, not the local overpriced delis), CVS and liquor store, and you are not far from Costco, Staples, etc., either, if you need them. Hilary was very accommodating and promptly responsive to any questions. The pool area is private and very relaxing. There are local attractions that were good for those who wanted to go exploring. The biggest problem is that you know you have to return to reality sooner or later.....

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful family vacation

  • 4 of 5

We spend 10 days with my Family from France in this lovely home and had a great time.

This house is nicely secluded, spacious and fun to spend time at.

The garden is neat and nicely shaped.

And the fact that the swimming pool is a little away from the house yet accessible within a minute's distance is just perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Proceeds from your rental will assist the owners to support the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy (LRWC) and allow for the continued conservation of wetland habitat and rare endangered waterfowl. LRWC is one of the pre-eminent facilities for breeding rare and endangered waterfowl in the world. Private tours are available for visiting guests who become members of LRWC. Public tours are always available. Checkout the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Hartford Bradley Field, Hartford, Ct at 47 Miles Nearest Train : Waterbury, Ct at 12 Miles Car: necessary

The Litchfield Hills are known for their historic town greens, historic colonial architecture, and stunning fall foliage.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 1 2016 - Sep 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
Peak Fall
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 22 2016
1 night minimum stay
2nd Half of Fall
Nov 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The property is very peaceful. No cars or sirens can be heard. Birds abound in the woods and across the dirt road that passes by the house are duckponds filled with a variety of rare species. When the wind blows just so. you can sometimes hear a Trumpeter Swan call.........

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Town


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 3200 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, Downstairs guest bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Extra bath downstairs
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub, Master bath has jacuzzi
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Upstairs bath


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Bedrooms have all been recently refurbished, spacious, and have comfortable beds, and quality sheets and pillows.


  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Completely private setting but only minutes away from the center of town, top restaurants, shops, antiques, nature trails and sports facilities, including tennis, canoeing, fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing.

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