If you are looking to retreat from the pressures of everyday life and relax in elegant comfort in an early 20th century estate, have I got the place for you!
My wife and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary at Rock Hall Bed & Breakfast in Colebrook, Connecticut this weekend and it was everything I hoped this special occasion would be. Rock Hall is an impressive stone and stucco manor, set on 22 park-like acres in Colebrook, CT in the northwest part of the state. As you pass through the large wrought iron gates with the words "Rock Hall" affixed on them, you get the feeling you’re entering a special place. Further up the gravel drive you wind under majestic trees and pass the private apple orchard and tennis courts. Finally, around the circular drive at the front of the house, the house appears sitting up high in its entire splendor. You suddenly get the feeling you’ve been taken back in time. Back to a nostalgic time, a time that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about in the Great Gatsby. Rock Hall is a gem and not at all what you think about when you think B&B.
Our hosts and inn keepers, Stella and Michael Somers’ greeted us at the front door when we arrived and were gracious and attentive throughout the weekend. We walked up to our room and there waiting for us was a beautiful arrangement of red roses that I requested. I thought to myself it’s so nice to stay in a place where the inn keepers are so competent! The room I reserved was the original master bedroom with a spacious bathroom including a unique multidirectional shower original to the house. The king sized bed was extremely comfortable, soft and cozy making it difficult to get up in the morning! When my wife and I finally did awake and make my way downstairs to the dining room, we were rewarded with a first class breakfast. The table setting was elegant and the breakfast extraordinary including a variety of breads, artisan cheeses, granola, fruits, much of it obtained locally with flavors that beautifully complemented each other. My two favorite dishes were the freshly smoked trout and the frittatas filled with fresh ingredients like baby bok choi, tomatoes and goat cheese. All the cooking was expertly done by our host, Michael (including the smoked trout), while Stella engaged us and the rest of the guests at the table with interesting conversation all the while making sure we had what we needed.
After a morning of shopping and site seeing in the area, my wife and I returned to Rock Hall where we walked the beautiful grounds with the many specimen trees. Later we enjoyed a soothing and relaxing couple’s massage in our room arranged by our hosts. That evening we had dinner in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a quintessential New England town with quant shops and restaurants. Topping off the evening we traveled to Norfolk, Connecticut to the Infinity Theater to attend a solo concert given by recording artist, Lucy Kaplansky. Lucy is a gifted and talented composer and guitarist and pianist with a delightful stage presence and my wife and I found her music thoughtful and performance very entertaining.
The next morning we awoke to another wonderful breakfast and said goodbye to our most gracious hosts Stella and Michael. As we left Rock Hall, Stella handed us a bag and encouraged us to go to the apple orchard on the property and pick some apples for the ride home to New Jersey.
I’ve stayed a many B&B’s throughout New England and I have to say my stay at Rock Hall was undoubtedly the finest experience I’ve had. Stella and Michael are passionate about Rock Hall and make sure that all who stay in this marvelous place have an unforgettable time. I whole heartedly recommend you visit Rock Hall in the near future for an unforgettable experience of your own. Thank you Stella and Michael for making our stay such a memorable one!
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