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Up a long, steep, woodland driveway, Hidden Valley B&B is certainly hidden from the world. You may have your doubts about what you’ll find as you pass a couple of modest neighboring homes on the way, but fear not. This is one of those places for which the well-worn phrase “Hidden Gem” absolutely applies.
Though it has been written up in Travel + Leisure, Country Home and other glossies, this extravagant four room South African Dutch Colonial manages to feel like a private home – although an opulent one – by virtue of its owner, Regine Laverge-Schade, known to friends as “Ine” (pronounced “eenie”).
The Holland-born Laverge Schade, built her dream home overlooking the hills and dales of northwestern CT. Views are spectacular, but what makes this place so special is “Ine’s” sense of style, grace and warmth.
First Impressions of Hidden Valley B&B
The home is packed with fine antiques, family portraits, heirlooms passed down through generations, and objects d’art so numerous, you’ll have to return many times to absorb them all. Most impressive is a portrait of Ine’s great-grandmother that looms over a two-story dining room.
When weather is nasty, read in one of several beautiful parlors and living rooms. When it’s nice out, you’ll want to lounge outside on the bluestone terrace.
At night, the garden patio, plants abloom in myriad pots, flickers in candlelight. It’s the perfect time to sip a glass of wine or to take a dip in the mini-pool/hot tub made of stone.
Rooms at Hidden Valley B&B
Though all four rooms are lovely, ask for the Blue Room – where I read in bed propped up against a screen headboard that Ine covered with 18th century hand-painted French wallpaper. Bedding befits a grand villa – soft and dreamy enough to send even the most restless off into deep sleep.
Breakfast at Hidden Valley B&B
In the morning, you’ll enjoy fresh yoghurt, granola and fruit along with a hot, made to order breakfast in the kitchen, serenaded by a talented canary, and the huffs and woofs of Ine’s two little dogs, Pippa the mini- Schnauzer and Hopje, a Norfolk Terrier. It’s a domestic scene only a privately owned B&B can deliver – and one that most people who discover the joys of Hidden Valley wish to revisit again and again. (I know I did).
Just the Facts
Rooms $280 in winter, $325 in summer plus tax include gourmet, cooked to order breakfast and respite from the world for nearly 24 hours.