Stunning Waterfront Estate on Connecticut River

Picture yourself at this magical CT River estate...
Picture yourself at this magical CT River estate...Drive down Knowles Road and the magic beginsEnjoy breathtaking views from this renovated 5-bedroom, 3-1/2 bathroom homehe wraparound porch provides the perfect spot to relax, dine or river watchView from the driveway off the side porchThis sunlit open gourmet kitchen delights and welcomes allThe wetbar is in the kitchen, just on the left before entering the dining roomThere are 3 original marble fireplaces - this one is in the dining roomThe dining room table opens up to sit 8 comfortably with river viewsBuilt in 1886, this exquisite home is a perfect balance of the old and the newBathroom/mudroom is off the kitchen and includes washer/dryer & backyard egress1st floor bathroom/mudroom includes gas log fireplace, washer/dryer and closetsLiving room with spectacular river viewsThe living room is perfect to entertain or curl up and rechargeThis large living room also features French doors to the wraparound porchMagnificent marble fireplace with amazing storybook etchings, easy gas logs
Sun-filled bedroom off the den with king-size bed and 180-degree river views2nd floor den has incredible river views and Smart TV with cable and NetflixCozy bedroom with river views, closet and great bestsellers and eclectic readsLovely bedroom  across from library with river views; bathroom next doorAscend the stairs to the 3rd floor master bedroom retreat...When visitors reach the 3rd floor suite w/deck & Jacuzzi, the response is OMG!This mini-retreat includes a small desk with lots of natural light and closets3rd floor master bathroom has 2 sinks, shower and Jacuzzi for two!Large deck off the 3rd floor bedroom has a glorious view of the riverYour host's studio is just up the driveway from the Captain's HouseView from the Carriage House and inside the studioEnjoy the riverfront badminton and volleyball courtBelow tennis court - very private 1/2-acre lawn on the river - kayak, croquet, rThe perfect place for a good book, a nap, or time to reflectLooking south down the CT RIver - about 17 nautical (15 US) miles to LI SoundEagles nest in the River Valley - usually enjoy weekly sitings!Looking north, Dart Island is across the way - great kayak/birding destinationKayak early am and late afternoon when the river is like glass - 3 kayaks to useElectric golf cart is available -  fun tailgates parties on the River!A young fisherman catches a big catfish from the floating dock in the RiverMiddle Haddam Library is 3-minute walk up the street - great books, DVDs, yoga!Painting depicts this shipbuilding historic village back in 1823Old photo of wharf in 1800s & early 1900s - steamboat house & hotel are no moreSteamship Middletown was a passenger boat that docked at Knowles LandingNationally acclaimed Goodspeed Opera House just 10 miles southLady Katherine offers fun mystery, jazz & charter cruises from HaddamSunset  at Knowles Landing...A magical place...A breathtaking celebration!
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From $308 / night

23 Knowles Road, East Hampton, CT 06456
Stunning Waterfront Estate on Connecticut River
5 bedrooms
10 guests
Varies min stay

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Sleeps: 10
Type: Villa
Per night: $375 - $425
Per week: $2,250 - $2,750
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the East Hampton vacation villa rental
The Captain's House, a 3,400 SF 3-level renovated waterfront Victorian, features 5 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, gourmet kitchen,wraparound deck, badminton/volleyball court and 40' dock. A magical place to relax & recharge...

Knowles Landing is one of the most beautiful waterfront estates on the Connecticut River. This maritime historic landmark is centrally located midway been NYC and Boston, 25 minutes south of Hartford, and 45 minutes north of New Haven. This stunning 5 bedroom renovated Victorian Captain's House has an open floor plan and all the modern conveniences you could want - from AC to granite kitchen counters, wifi, a wraparound porch (with a working signal light) and a delightful afternoon breeze to relax and celebrate life.

Like in Sweden and Japan, it's shoeless at the Captain's House -- bring slippers, socks or some new flip flops. smoking or pets, my lab-mix Sophie, however, will be thrilled to receive some extra attention!

Located in a quiet historic village, Middle Haddam has a rich and colorful history of shipbuilding, sea captains and commerce. This 2-acre property includes the 3,400 SF, 3-level Captain's House which sleeps 10 in style; a 2,100 SF, 3-level renovated Carriage House (host's studio); gazebo; Hartru tennis court and deep-water 40' dock.

5 Bedrooms
Bedroom #1: The 3rd floor master bedroom suite with a walk-out deck offers a commanding view of the River and property. Queen-size raised bed for exquisite river views, skylights, exposed brick with dramatic lighting, sitting area, large bathroom with shower, 2 sinks, stained glass windows and Jacuzzi is the ultimate private getaway from which to reflect and begin anew.

Bedroom #2: The 2nd floor master bedroom has a Queen size bed, wonderful vets of the River, marble bathroom with a shower, 2 sinks, and skylights. This bedroom opens up to a spacious bedroom with panoramic River views and serves as an extra bedroom (see below).

Bedroom #3: The 2nd Floor sunroom bedroom is accessed either through two French doors off the den, or through a door from the 2nd floor master bedroom. This light-filled bedroom has 3 walls of windows offering a 180-degree riverscape and a delightful afternoon breeze. There is a king-sized bed, large wardrobe closet and a desk stocked with office supplies, a Mac computer and a wireless printer.

Bedroom #4: The 2nd floor bedroom off the main stairs has a full-size bed and a bathroom next door off the hallway with tub and shower. This bedroom faces the River and offers a lovely view of the glimmering waters from the comfort of your bed.

Bedroom #5: The cozy library bedroom has a full-size bed. There is a large closet, and bookshelves filled with great eclectic reads. A full bathroom with a tub/shower is just across the hallway.

2nd Floor Den
From the hallway you can access the den with a 42" Smart TV and incredible River views. This large, window-filled room has two coaches, one of which is a very comfortable pull-out Queen size bed with a Posturepedic mattress.

3-1/2 Bathrooms
The 2nd and 3rd floor master bedrooms have bathrooms ensuite with double sinks and sunlight flooding in thru skylights and windows. The 3rd floor bathroom also has a Jacuzzi. The 2nd floor hallway bathroom has a bathtub/shower. The 1st floor 1/2-bathroom is off the side entrance and kitchen. This large, airy bathroom/mudroom has a gas log fireplace, washer-and-dryer, skylight and closets. You can also access the backyard from the mudroom where there is a clothesline.

The first floor has a flowing, open floor plan with 9' ceilings, downlights and large windows to capture gorgeous views of the River. The kitchen is a cook's dream with granite counters, 2 large sinks for the sous chefs, a brass bar sink, Subzero frig, regular and convection ovens, and gas stove top. Eat in the kitchen for a casual meal or savor your gastronomical feat in the dining room (seats 6-8) with wonderful etched granite fireplace and river views. The kitchen is stocked with cooking and serviceware, utensils, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, French press, water boiler and kettle, and basic supplies (oil, vinegar, spices, fresh ground coffee, tea, mustard, ketchup).

Living Room
Off the kitchen, the large living room faces the river with breathtaking views out the picture window. Facing west, the sunsets reflecting off the water are simply spectacular! Open the screened French doors, turn on the paddle fan and settle in on one of the many comfy chairs and coaches. There is also a gas log fireplace and a stereo with a collection of jazz CDs.

Dining Room
Entering from the kitchen or the foyer, this stunning dining room seats 8-10 with wonderful lighting and river views. There is a wet bar located in the adjacent kitchen.

Wraparound Porch
When I give my guests a tour of the Captain's House and bring them out to the wraparound porch with the awesome river views, the lush green trees across the water, the gentle sloping lawn to the tennis court and dock -- they absolutely melt. Most of my guests enjoy using the porch, complete with lighting, as an outdoor family and dining room.

The Riverfront
The Captain's House (Victorian) is for you and your guests to enjoy. There are chaise lounges and chairs available on the lower riverfront lawn to bask in the sun or under the shade trees. There is a badminton and volleyball court overlooking the river. Up for a game of croquet or horse shoes? The lawn on the River offers the perfect level playing field!

A Kayaker's Paradise
The river is usually at its calmest in the early morning and late afternoon. A kayaker's paradise, there is an convenient launch area just to the right of the dock. There are 4 very stable kayaks for your use with flotation devices. Arrangements can also be made if you would like to dock your motor or sail boat at my 40' deepwater dock. I have mooring whips which worked well for my 25' fiberglass Chris Craft and power is available.

The Connecticut River
The Connecticut River stretches 407 miles from Canada to Long Island Sound and captivates even the most reserved observer with its beauty. Known to have the best carp and channel cat fishing in the country -- 42 pounds is the state record and was caught in the Connecticut River. We also have the best striped bass fishing in the Northeast! Every Spring, the bass chase the herring up the River. A salt water fish, bass have a high tolerance for fresh water. Striped bass over 40 pounds have been caught in the River and there are bass tournaments all season - many fishermen cast in front of the dock where the fish like to gather.

In the late afternoon, seize the opportunity to sit on the dock and just watch the River life. Be patient and you may see the fish jump, an eagle soar, or blue heron fly by in search of their next meal.

If you would like to fish, you will need to purchase an inland fishing license - $28 for residents (resident senior citizens 65 and over can register for free) and $55 for nonresidents which can be done online.

Who Should Stay
Ideal for couples, groups of friends, families with teenage or older children, history buffs, adventurers, nature and water lovers, fishing enthusiasts, runners, bicyclists, boaters, artists, writers, lovers of life. This property is not ideal for individuals who might have difficulty with many stairs and hills.

Knowles Landing
This quiet River oasis was once a destination for vacationers to get out of the City back during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many would travel by steamboat to the Landing where there was a steamboat house for tickets and baggage (the steamboat house burned down before the property was purchased, but the foundation still remains in front of the dock).

Shipbuilding History
Situated atop a commanding hill, this landmark Victorian was built in 1886 by the daughter and son-in-law of local steamboat Captain Edward W. Simpson. Middle Haddam was home to more than a dozen sea captains - some credited with capturing British ships off Long Island during the Revolutionary War. Trade to the West Indies is documented as far back as the 1770s.

The local taverns, shops and inns, which were later converted to lovely homes and a local library, enjoyed financial success until the early 1930s when steamboat service died out along the Connecticut River.

The Connecticut River
The Connecticut River has been named one of the "Last Great Places" by the Nature Conservancy. One of the most beautiful rivers in the world, it has no industrialization along its shores and its waters are rated clean enough for anything but drinking. It is a summer breeding ground for osprey and the largest concentration of wintering eagles on the East coast when it is a common sight to see eagles flying above the River in search of food.

The Neighborhood
Walk to the Middle Haddam Library, just up the street with a wonderful collection of books, DVDs and historical references, or take a stroll down Shad Row past the waterfalls and onto Shipyard Road. The Middle Haddam Post Office is also an easy 10-minute walk over a wooden bridge off of Blacksmith Road.

- Smart TV & DVD player
- Netflix
- 2 propane log fireplaces
- 3 paddle fans
- Central AC
- Weber Propane Grill
- Kitchen w/gas stovetop, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, dishwasher, coffee maker, French Press, blender, microwave, toaster
- Clothes washer/dryer
- Crib and high chair
- Stereo w/CD changer
- Jacuzzi in 3rd floor master bedroom
- Wraparound deck
- Tennis court
- Kayaks (3) and PFDs
- Croquet Set
- 40' dock w/ladder

Sue Weintraub

Area Information
Stop & Shop and other stores are just 2 miles away up RT66E. Less than a mile away is the best takeout pizza in the area. Great hiking at the 130-acre Hurd State Park is just 2.2 miles south off of 15, or travel east on 66 and follow the signs to the East Hampton Air Line State Park trailhead a great path that extends 22 miles to Windham.

Local Entertainment, Theatre & Art
Mohegan Sun Casino is an easy 32-mile drive, and the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House is 9.5 miles off of Route 151 (Fiddler on the Roof is playing from 6/27-9/7. Be sure to visit nearby Chester with wonderful one-of-a-kind shops, fantastic restaurants, the Norma Terris Theatre and Connecticut's acclaimed contemporary impressionist artist Leif Nilsson's Studio - all less than 15 miles away.

Gillette's Castle and State Park are just 13 miles south in East Haddam. The visitor's center and tour provides an exceptional view into William Gillette's inspiring life as an inventor, playwright and actor. In neighboring Portland, check out the Brownstone Exploration Discovery Park - an outdoor adventure sports park with rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, scuba diving and much more!

For the sports-minded adventurers, you might enjoy paddling down the Connecticut River to the wonderful Blue Oar Restaurant (we can arrange to pick you and the kayaks up at the Blue Oar). Outside waterfront casual dining with a Caribbean flair. It's BYOB, open 7 days a week through Labor Day for lunch and dinner. You want to plan to paddle down with the current going out. Depending on wind, current, paddle speed and rest stops, it will take you 2 to 3 hours.

Less than 6 miles away is the public 18-hole regulation Portland Golf Course set in the rolling hills of the Connecticut River Valley.

Food Lovers
Across the River, Middletown boasts 133 restaurants from sushi and Thai to Italian and Mexican. Plan to go to O'Rourke's Diner, for a special breakfast treat; just over the Middletown-Portland Bridge on the left - get there before 8:30 to avoid the line out the door on weekends.

Local Vineyard
Priam Vineyards in Colchester, just 10.5 miles from Knowles Landing, offers tours and wine tastings March thru December. Concerts are scheduled every Friday night ($12/ticket).

Wesleyan University Center for the Arts
Check out Wesleyan's calendar for wonderful concerts, film and dance programs just 8 miles away!

About the owner

Owner Profile

Sue Weintraub

Sue Weintraub

Sue Weintraub

  • School:

    Boston University School of Public Communication
  • Work:

    Graphic Designer, Photographer
  • About:

    Your host has had a design/photo business for over 30 years. After many years of producing hi- end full color brochures and catalogs, web design and photography have become my main focus.

    For the past 25 years I have lived and worked at Knowles Landing. It's been quite the adventure renovating the...
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Weekly Monthly Min
Sep 01 2016 Dec 31 2016 $400 $400 $2,500 $9,500 3 Nights
Feb 01 2017 Mar 31 2017 $375 $375 $2,250 $9,250 2 Nights
Apr 01 2017 May 15 2017 $400 $400 $2,500 $9,500 2 Nights
May 16 2017 Jun 30 2017 $400 $400 $2,500 $9,500 2 Nights
Jul 01 2017 Aug 31 2017 $425 $425 $2,750 $9,500 3 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Deposits: Refundable Damage Deposit $500 Within 72 hours after Check-out, as long as there has been no damage or cleaning issues, $500 will be refunded.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: EXTRA GUESTS: Rates are for 1-5 guests For 6-10 guests: Add $50/person/night CLEANING FEE: $250 PAYMENT: 50% payment due in advance; balance due 21 days before Check-in. If you are staying for a week or longer, payment should be made directly to the Owner. CANCELLATION POLICY: 50% Refund up until 3 weeks prior to arrival, processing fees (2.5% fee charged on US credit card charges).

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Historical home



Historical home

July 27, 2016

Great family vacation spot! Fishing kyacking Bon fires cool breeze on porch Sue let my daughter come to the house prior to visit to see what she needed for our grandson who has health issues. ! Accomadating

Mary Ann Lavkowsko

Needed more time

Mary Ann Lavkowsko

Washington Mi

Needed more time

May 23, 2015

We had the pleasure of staying at Knowles Landing for an extended weekend. If I had known it would be as tranquil and relaxing as it were we would have planned an entire week to enjoy the property and all it has to offer. Definitely a wonderful experience for families to get together and connect. The owner was The owner was right there ready and willing to give any assistance in whatever we wanted to know regarding the area. Would definitely come back again but for a longer period of time .

Sue Weintraub

Owner's reply:

Thank you Mary Ann for choosing Knowles Landing for your family celebration! You and your children were wonderful guests -- and so talented -- look forward to your return for a longer stay...Enjoy life, Sue

Owner Supplied Testimonials

From Mark - October 2014
There are many wonderful things about Knowles Landing -- I'll get to them in a sec. But the first thing to mention is how kind and thoughtful our host Sue was. Before our stay she sent through a clear and detailed house guide, as well as a list of recommendations for the area (restaurants, points of interest, etc.). During our stay, Sue left us a bunch of goodies in the kitchen (apples, coffee, etc), and invited my wife and I up to the carriage house (the red house higher up on the hill where she lives) to have tea with her. She even packed us off with some wild mushrooms that she'd foraged on the property! Where we stayed, the Captain's House at Knowles Landing, is a jewel box -- it's located toward the end of a storybook-looking lane right on the Connecticut River, and you can count on one hand how many cars go by each day. Just spending an afternoon on the front verandah, bathed in sunlight all afternoon long, as the autumn leaves rained through the air was a delight. The house itself is beautiful -- not just the original architecture with its log fireplaces and double staircases and huge windows (everything is beautifully restored), but also the many design touches that Sue has put into the place (we especially like the "white room" she created on the second floor). I can't say enough good things about the home and our host. If we'd had more time we would have taken out the time.

Gabrielle - August 2014:
We had a really fantastic stay in Sue's house. This is a beautiful, historic property fronting down wide lawns onto the river. We had a lot of fun with sue's kayaks and croquet set, and simply lazing on the beautiful white deck soaking up the peace and quiet and lovely views. The house is just as it appears in the photos, tastefully decorated and easy to relax in. The kitchen is well equipped and we had everything we needed for our stay. Sue was a very welcoming host who could not have done more for us - including spending 45 minutes on the phone one morning setting up an extra TV channel for us so we didn't miss our team's first soccer match of the season! She also gave us a great folder of information about things to do that we and our kids aged 10,13 and 15 would enjoy in the area. Sue was on hand (living in the house up the drive) if we had any queries or needed anything . We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and would not hesitate to recommend this house to others. Thank you, Sue.

From Kal - August 2014:
Sue was a wonderful host during our stay at Knowles Landing - very accommodating and helpful throughout out stay. She was on top of everything that we asked of her and provided us with a great deal of knowledge about the property, area and all of the local attractions. The property was beautiful, relaxing and a perfect place for our family to spend our vacation. The property is close to many local attractions and the town itself has a very small-town, 'country living' appeal. We look forward to visiting Sue and Knowles Landing again! She even gave us wonderful presents for the kids on our departure!

From Laura - August 2014:
Sue was very welcoming and generous: we had a fantastic time and the property was beautiful. This is a great option for larger groups of friends or family: tennis court and kayaking adventures included!

From Tanja - September 2014:
What a perfect way to end the summer! Sue greeted us last Saturday, at her majestic property on Connecticut river. The house, which was built in 1886, has been beautifully kept. More importantly, it is a very comfortable house as well. From spacious, well equipped kitchen, to cozy salon, big bedrooms with comfortable beds, 3 super clean bathrooms and most amazing deck we have ever had a pleasure relaxing on. Sue is a very helpful and a very knowledgeable host. Having lived on the property for 25 years, she was involved in the local politics for a few years and she is full of interesting stories and great information. We hope she keeps the property for many more years as my friends and I are sure to be back! Thank you Sue! You are an amazing host!

From Clare - September 2014:
Amazing host, amazing house, amazing location! Perfect spot to relax and spend time with family and friends. This was a bit of a nostalgic return to some of the places I enjoyed growing up in Connecticut as well as a chance to delve into the history of the Connecticut River itself--fascinating stories. We came for a family wedding and all of the other out of town guests staying at motels were jealous of our luxurious accommodations. Sue was most welcoming, even providing coffee, snacks and the grand tour. We loved lounging (and napping) on the porch in between family functions. The house was everything pictured and described and so much more. Plenty of room, beautiful public spaces, bathrooms and bedrooms. We would love to return to spend more time enjoying the area and the river. This was our first home rental experience and we will look forward to more. Thanks Sue for your superb hospitality!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What to do at Knowles Landing?
A: Take a deep breath and let the Riverscape wash over you...relax and recharge on the wraparound porch where you can sink into a beckoning chaise lounge or sit around the table for riverfront dining. More adventurous? Go kayaking across the river to Dart Island where you can bask on the sandy beach with a picnic lunch, or paddle behind the island to see blue heron, osprey, painted turtles and kingfishers looking for their next meal. Or even better, Take a good book, pull up a chaise lounge down by the river and watch the river run ;)
Q: What makes the Captain's House so special?
A: Walk into this renovated 1886 home and you can't help but smile and feel good. The architecture, the light-filled rooms with high ceilings, the eclectic fun décor - and the incredible sparkling river. A reporter from the Hartford Courant said it best - "Knowles Landing is the Jewel of the Connecticut River."
Q: So many nearby activities!?
A: Hike at the 130-acre Hurd State Park just 2.2 mile south off of 151 or the 22-mile Air Line Trail in East Hampton.

Enjoy theatre?
Check out the broadway plays performed at the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House, 9.5 miles south of here on the Connecticut River. Theatreworks in downtown Hartford is a non-profit theater company produces relevant and entertaining contemporary plays for a broad, diverse audience. Check out the upcoming calendar and enjoy some of the great nearby restaurants.

Enjoy art? Visit Connecticut's acclaimed contemporary impressionist artist Leif Nilsson's Studio in quaint Chester with excellent 5-star restaurants just a walk away.

Gilette's Castle & State Park
Just 13 miles south in East Haddam. The visitor’s center and tour provides an exceptional view into William Gillette’s inspiring life as an inventor, playwright and actor.

Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park
In neighboring Portland, check out this outdoor adventure sports park with rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, scuba diving and much more!

For the sports-minded adventurers, you might enjoy paddling down the CT River to the wonderful Blue Oar Restaurant (we can arrange to pick you and the kayaks up at the Blue Oar). Outside waterfront casual dining with a Caribbean flair. It’s BYOB, open 7 days a week through Labor Day for lunch and dinner. You want to plan to paddle down with the current going out. Depending on wind, current, paddle speed and rest stops, it will take you 2 to 3+ hours.

Food Lovers
Across the River, Middletown boasts 133 restaurants from sushi and Thai to Italian and Mexican. Plan to go to O’Rourke’s Diner, for a special breakfast treat; just over the Middletown-Portland Bridge on the left – get there before 8:30 to avoid the line out the door on weekends.

Check out The Red Door Boutique in East Hampton's Historic Village on Main Street - and across the street is Higher Grounds, a great coffee shop with fresh bakery items, breakfast and lunch specials. There is the high-end Blue Back Square in West Hartford and the infamous outlets at Clinton Crossing.

Mystic Aquarium
Unforgettable close encounter opportunities with beluga whales, rays and penguins plus the exciting main gallery of fish, sharks, coral reefs and ahead to book encounters.

Mystic Seaport
This outdoor history museum and re-created 19th century seafaring village covers 19 acres and more than 40 historic buildings. Of special note is the restoration of the 1841 Charles W. Morgan.

Mohegan Sun
Besides the 5,500 slot machines, 300 table games and 42 poker tables, the Casino also offers great entertainment and shopping!

Norwich Inn & Spa
Pamper yourself and spend a day at The Spa at Norwich Inn – yoga, fitness classes, a variety of massages can be booked as a package or individually with use of the pools, whirlpool and steam room...definitely an annual 'must do.'
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