Living Room  seating four comfortably or six with the antique love seat.
1795 Carriage House with Gardens
1795 Carriage House with Gardens
6 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
6 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Carriage House set in 2 acres of gardens at the heart of the historic village of South Britain. Recently renovated, fully furnished. Come explore the town, Its history, bird sanctuary, and area trails, antique shops and picturesque roadways.

The space

Historic coach house spaces consisting of large living room seating 8-10 comfortably, dining room seating for 6, full kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities, and two patios, one open to views into the landscape, the other covered with flowering vines, each seating 4 each at 2 tables. The house is private with its own entrances, fully furnished with a complete cooking kitchen, and overlooks the 2-acres of gardens and woods.

Sleeping accommodates 4 in one large bedroom with adjacent sunroom/office, one smaller bedroom

The kitchen and bathroom are recently updated. Cable television is provided in its own viewing area and high-speed, reliable internet access is available throughout. Parking is ample and convenient to the main entrance.

Guest access

The house and its patios are totally yours and you share with your host wandering about the gardens, orchard, forest and gazebo. Ample parking is close to your entrance. The main house next to your coach house has a three-season, glassed in living room with skylight ceiling, plants and an oversize fireplace. You are welcome to schedule this for parties and celebrations.

Interaction with guests

Your host is an architect formerly from Chicago who has also lived and taught architecture in Malaysia and Iraq. He practices from his office in the main house. A specialty is restoration, adaptive reuse and design of additions for historic buildings. He's a member of the Southbury Historic Buildings Commission which oversees the Town owned historic's landmark buildings.

Other things to note

There are few if any accommodations of this quality less than 90 minutes of NYC with the full attractions of hiking, cycling, rafting, tennis, consignment and antique stores, thrift shops, flea markets, farmers' markets, and woodland trails.

There's an electric charge based on meter readings at the standard rate for the utility company for a stay of more than a week.


Extra people $52 CAD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $85 CAD
Security Deposit $650 CAD
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price $215 CAD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
2 floor mattresses

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets

Sound should be kept to a reasonable level with nothing disruptive, especially after midnight.

You may bring a small dog or dogs. No large dogs are allowed. $15 is charged for each per day.

Electrical usage is to be metered separately for the coach house, billed at cost of actual usage for rentals of a week or more.

The State of Connecticut charges a 15% tax on all rent including cleaning and electric charges. This will be assessed upon your arrival for all tax except for stays of a week or more the electric would be paid at the time of departure.

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

5 Reviews

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Russell User Profile
January 2016
It was a great place to stay! Carriage house was nicely decorated, bed was comfy, internet worked well. Jay is extremely friendly and made me feel at home. Great view into the backyard through a large window. Full kitchen has what you need.

Jennifer User Profile
December 2015
Jay was very helpful in ensuring we were settled in and coordinated with a lovely neighbor to address any questions while away.

Leslie User Profile
June 2015
Jay was responsive to all of our needs and promptly replied to all emails and phone calls before and during our stay. Our trip to Southbury was driven by family needs and the ability to bring our two cats with us made our trip less stressful. The house is just as described in the ads, as are the pictures. It has a good vibe and was very comfortable. I wish we had more time to share a bottle of wine with our host!

Yan User Profile
September 2014
Jay is a thoughtful, cheerful, knowledgeable homeowner. Before we arrived, he carefully prepared for us Chinese green tea, black tea, also bought a big tub of very beautiful flowers for our bedroom, and his welcome to us was very moving. Our house was separate from the main house, clean, tidy, warm and comfortable. The house decoration was simple and elegant, with beautiful pictures and furniture everywhere. We had a functional kitchen complete with appliances. Sitting in the dining room we enjoyed our meals, while also enjoying the beautiful scenery outside the window. We go to sleep at night to the sound of crickets, and wake up in the morning to birds singing. We also received warm greetings from Jay in the morning. He took us to tour his garden, greenhouse room, and historic house, where there is a library with walls of bookcases stuffed with a variety of books and his collection of Chinese paintings. He also introduced his great interest in many countries overseas with handicrafts he collected in his travels. His home is like a museum. He also personally drove us around the beautiful town, told us about its history: the river, the old factory, library, school(two hundred fifty years old). He introduced us to a local Chinese restaurant, and invited us to a local famous Western restaurant for dinner, accompanying us through a wonderful evening. . Here we have had a holiday where we felt the warmth of home.

Rachel User Profile
August 2014
The house was beautiful and spacious, just as described. It is tastefully decorated and has the charm of a historic cottage. There is also a lovely outdoor patio for eating or relaxing. The city of southbury has nice hiking trails, and parks with jogging paths. Jay was a gracious host. He was helpful and welcoming but definitely gave us privacy. We had a really nice stay.

Southbury, Connecticut, United StatesJoined in November 2013
Jay User Profile

Architect with specialty practices in historic and public buildings. Taught architecture as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia in the early 60's, as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in Baghdad in the late 60's, as a full professor and dean in setting up Malaysia's first degree-granting programs in the early 70's, and professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in between overseas stints and into the 80's. Moved practice from Chicago to Southbury in 2010 and presently designing projects in New England.

I've travelled overseas often and loved staying at bnb's where friendships were established that have lasted through the years. I love people.

My motto is to live life fully each moment.

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English
Response rate: 86%
Response time: within a day

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