"Flat Rock Farm CT"
Welcome to this peaceful guest house in the country just two hours from NYC or Boston. Cook in, dine out, hike, go to the beaches, watch the sunset on the CT River, sit by the fire pit in the alpaca field or the adirondack chairs in the orchard, go for a bike ride through the hills of Lyme and across the river to Chester via the ferry... These are some of my favorite things to do here at the farm. Follow us at flatrockfarmct - there's always something new!
Here is the most unpleasant:
I hate to say this but I have had things go "missing" or get damaged upon occasion so please be gentle, leave the house as you found it, clean it if you use it, and let me know if anything is missing or damaged. I try hard to make sure all is in order for your stay and appreciate your helping me make sure that future visitors can enjoy the same.
Now on to the more mundane:
No smoking indoors and please let me know if I can provide an ashtray for outdoor use.
Pots and pans are all calphalon or copper and do not go in the dishwasher.
There are butcher block boards for cutting so please don't use the countertops.
If you don't remember where something belongs, leave it out (my cleaners don't remember where things go on the shelves either...) and I will put it away for the next visitors.
Please do not put anything away if it is not in the same condition in which you found it (yes, someone put a waffle maker on the shelf without cleaning it... Luckily I found it first!) Not to mention the coffee put in the water reservoir... If you do not know how to use one of the appliances, ask and I will tell you.
If you break something, let me know. Or if someone else broke something and didn't let me know, please let me know.
If you leave the house, please remember to turn off the lights and televisions.
Please turn off the outside lights at night - the toggle switch in the downstairs hallway is the one.
The property is old and so is the septic... so please don't tax it with excessive water flow. We have a new water heater (2015) but I wouldn't recommend too many long hot showers.
Nothing other than toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet.
Feel free to feed the chickens! They eat leftovers of most every kind. I have a plastic compost bucket in the kitchen (under the sink) for those who are interested/willing to compost kitchen scraps. Let me know and I will take it to the chicken run for you.
The alpaca are friendly but fearful; please let them approach you if you want to try to pet them (not on the head though, they don't like that at all). They really do not like to be chased either, especially by dogs.
Dogs must remain on leash - they are unfortunately the biggest danger to both chickens and alpaca.
Please pick up after your pet(s) and inform me immediately of an accident.
The chickens escape and want range freely - occasionally they leave behind a mess... I clean the outdoor space daily but am happy to do so upon request as well.
Enjoy playing in the alpaca field or reading the Sunday Times in the adirondack chairs in the orchard field - the NY Times is available upon request on Sunday mornings.
We have several lawn games available - bocce, croquet, and many others. Ask and I will share. The barn has tons of toys as well as beach supplies.
If ANYTHING is not clean/working/up to your expectations, please let me know so I can fix the situation! I can't examine every pot/pan/appliance between visitors and therefore may miss something that a previous guest put back on a shelf in a condition not up to my standards. My apologies if this happens but please let me know!
And FINALLY: Have fun and relax! Treat the house as you would your own and have a nice break from your day to day. If there is anything I can do, please feel free to let me know - my goal is for you to really enjoy your stay here at Flat Rock Farm!
After nearly 18 years in NYC, most of which time was spent as an international investment banker, I am now a mom living in the country on an antique farmstead that we purchased in 2011. The main house dates back to 1697 and is a small cape with much of the original details still intact; some day it will become a restoration project for me but for now I am busy with the gardens, barns, animals, guest house... So far, we have gutted the guest house kitchens (yes, two) and rebuilt the main kitchen, done some cosmetic work and are in the process of relocating doors and windows (a conceptual state at the moment as I am always planning my next project! We have also taken on the grounds as a never ending project - clearing an acre of overgrown vines (Tarzan could have swung on them!), prickle bushes and poison sumac - those were fun summers :) Now we are leveling fields for the alpaca, building another barn, putting up fencing, building rock walls, planting hundreds of plants to create new garden beds (still working on that one :(, restoring a terraced garden for vegetables, and planting a fruit tree orchard. I do like to stay busy!
We have close to 4 acres that we are working on to create a farm. We currently have five suri alpaca and approximately 40 chickens of differing breeds; needless to say, eggs are plentiful and I am happy to share! We also have a very friendly (but noisy) dog - a yellow lab who will likely greet you first. We welcome your dogs, provided everyone plays nicely and doesn't make an indoor mess or chase chickens!
I bought this property so I could create a healthy farm environment for my family and support my efforts by renting the guest house. I greatly enjoy meeting the many guests we have had and look forward to welcoming more to our home.
There is much to do in and around Lyme: summer beaches are everywhere, fall leaf watching is beautiful, nearby marinas, excellent restaurants, well-run museums and art galleries, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos, hiking trails and boat launches, just to name a few. I am happy to help plan your visit if you tell me what you enjoy. If you want to picnic, we have baskets, blankets, and dishes/glasses available for your use during your visit.
Thanks for considering a stay with us in Lyme!