Country Houses of Connecticut's Litchfield County

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this exclusive tour of outstanding country homes of beautiful Litchfield County, Connecticut. The area, taking up the northwest portion of the state, is dotted with such small charming towns as Sharon, Salisbury, Norfolk, Litchfield, and Washington, many of which remain the living image of quintessential colonial New England. The county features a natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere, with splendid homes tucked away in the region's bucolic setting. During the course of the tour, participants will have the opportunity to visit many of the area's most beautiful private homes and experience exclusive receptions and events, all while enjoying comfortable five-star accommodations for three nights at the Mayflower Inn & Spa.

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728 or Tom Hayes [email protected] or 413-243-4155.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.

Image: Rye House (wikimedia / Jerrye & Roy Klotz, M.D.)

Manor House of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli

The tour features a private house-and-garden tour and lunch at the Manor House of celebrated interior designer Bunny Williams and antiques entrepreneur John Rosselli in Falls Village.

Twin Maples

Featured is a private tour with the owner of elegant Twin Maples in Salisbury, a Georgian-style house and guest house designed and decorated by David Easton on the 400-acre estate. The visit also includes a special tour of the formal gardens with Deborah Munson, the head gardener and designer.

Hollister House Garden

Participants will enjoy a visit to the Hollister House Garden in Washington, which dates from 1770 when the center section of the house was built and added to later on. According to owner George Schoellkopf, When planning the garden...my solution was to locate it on the diagonal from the house so that the house is still the centerpiece of thegarden but is only viewed informally at an angle...".The Hollister House Garden is recognized and preserved under the aegis of The Garden Conservancy.

Sunday Brunch at Red House

The group will be welcomed by interior designer, restorationist, and art advisor Silvina Leone for Sunday brunch al fresco at Red House, the Colonial Revival country home in Millbrook that she designed and has filled with fine American and French antiques and art.

1772 House and Gardens

The group will be welcomed by Chris and Joe Brennan, interior designer and builder respectively, to the 1772 House and Gardens in Lakeville. The residence maintains its original woodwork, while a 19th Century barn has been attached in the New England fashion to become an up-to-date enclosed porch and sunroom. Other 19th Century buildings were moved to incorporate a folly, pool house, and corn crib. Part of the second floor of the house contains an original ballroom that appears when the hinged dividing wall between two rooms is swung upwards and hooked to the ceiling.

Hill-Stead

The tour includes a visit to Hill-Stead in Farmington, designed by Theodate Pope Riddle, one of America's first female architects. The design of Hill-Stead reflects the early 20th Century's popular Colonial Revival style. The exclusive visit to Hill-Stead includes a tour of its major works by Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler, and Cassatt, Japanese woodblock prints, sculpture, as well as original antique furnishings and decorative arts. A sunken octagonal garden was designed by Beatrix Farrand, the first female member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Austin House

Participants will enjoy a private curatorial tour of Austin House in Hartford, dating back to 1930. Owned by the Wadsworth Atheneum, it was once the home of Chick and Helen Austin (Chick was the legendary director of the museum, known for his proactive creativity). Set on a suburban street, the unique house was inspired by Villa Ferretti on the Brenta Canal near Venice, which the couple had visited on their honeymoon.

Farnam House

The group will be welcomed by owners Roger Mitchell and Pete Peterson for lunch at Farnam House, their beautifully decorated home designed in the Arts & Crafts style by Norfolk's most prolific architect, Alfredo Taylor, dating back to 1908. Rough stucco walls, steeply-pitched gables, and chestnut-paneled interiors attest to the Craftsman vocabulary.

The Whitehouse

The tour includes a visit to the Whitehouse, an impressive mansion in Norfolk dating from 1801 and expanded several times. The residence still holds the original Stoeckel family's little-known collection of Hudson River Valley and other paintings, considered one of the largest private collection's of mid 19th Century canvases in Connecticut. Inness, Homer, Johnson, Sully, and Inman are so of the represented artists local historian Anne Havemeyer will present to the group.

Battell Chapel

The group will visit the Romanesque Revival Battell Chapel, named in memory of the Stoeckel family and dating back to 1887, which includes five beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows. In 1927, Ellen Battell Stoeckel engaged long-time family friend Louis Comfort Tiffany to design and execute the windows that portray stunning landscape images inspired by the Song of Solomon and other Biblical verses.

Inglenook/Meadow Cottage

The tour includes a special visit to Inglenook/Meadow Cottage in Norfolk, which was once the summer home of Julia deForest Tiffany and Louise Comfort Tiffany, the twin daughters of the famous artist and his wife. Present owners Sally and Larry Hannifin will welcome the group with a private tour of the charming house and the historic furnishings that came with it when purchased.

What’s included

  • Three-night stay at the elegant, five-star Mayflower Inn, located in Washington, CT, a luxury hotel featuring beautiful accommodations, as well as an on-site spa, fitness center, pool, and 58 acres of surrounding land.

Manor House in Falls Village, CT



Hill-Stead (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Daderot)



Austin House (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Sage Ross)



FAQ

How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program. The contact information for ICAA tour operators is included on individual travel pages. Kindly note that the ICAA works with three different consultants for program offerings. If you are unsure which travel consultant to contact for a given program, you may email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x109

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected], 860-926-4895. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected]