Buildings - Castles - Palaces - Churches
Remote - Isolated
Ice & Snow
Floating - Boats
Cabin - Lodge - Huts
Tipee - Tents - Wigwam
Industrial - Factory
Fantasy - Theme
Food - Drink
Décor - Designer - Chic
Other - One Of A Kind
Luxury cottage resort including Helicopter themed property
Winvian was once the tranquil family farm of Winthrop and Vivian Smith. Over a weekend in 2001, the daughter and granddaughter team of Maggie and Heather Smith decided on a no-rules design competition to transform the property and eventually engaged 15 architects to build 18 amazing cottages and one suite - each with a design history of its own.
From "bringing the outside indoors" approach of 'Camping' to the rustic charm of 'Woodlands', each cottage on the 113 acre estate is completely unique, yet none more so than 'Helicopter' which uses a genuine, U.S. coast guard Sikorsky helicopter, rescued from Arizona to theme the room. Paying homage to the roots of Sikorsky in nearby Stratford, the helicopter dominates the room, with the cottage seemingly built around the outside. Even the rotor blades are embedded in the ceiling and walls. Inside the 'copter is a bar and lounge area and if the excitement of playing rescue eventually fades, a giant flatscreen TV to watch the latest action movie releases on cable TV. Never was a mission more comfortable! Clamber into the flight deck, pull the control columns and flick the switches - Scramble for rescue!
The bed is to the side of the room staring straight at the Sikorsky, showing a view that was once a welcome sight for those in distress. No worry of that here. The furnishings are of a high standard and, should you require help to regain your composure, a 5 minute walk to the spa will sooth any frayed nerves. Other cottages share equally impressive artistic credentials, though perhaps none with such technology on show. The double deck treehouse for example oozes rustic charm, however as anyone building large structures in wood will attest - treehouses are models of engineering in their own right. Winvian underplays the amazing environment that it provides guests and the only regret is that they don't admit children under 18 to join in the fun.
Great location for a romantic getaway, or special family celebration
Cottages are for couples and offer both a-la-carte pricing, as well as inclusive options, with facilities, meals, soft drinks, wine and some spirits provided. The meals are plentiful. Your day, as well as your stomach, would be full if you took opportunity to try them all. Spa treatments are extra.
3 of the cottages are dog friendly.
Packages start from $1,450 overnight inclusive of house beverages and meals. Contact Winvian direct for specific package details.
Although Winvian is only a short distance off Route 63, it is tucked away down a couple of minor roads and you need to follow the directions or your satnav to find it.
As if your luxury cottage wasn't enough, the Winvian team provide guests with fly fishing and trekking gear, cross country ski's and exercise equipment should you be so inclined. While you can't fly the helicopter in your cottage, if you want to get a bird eye view, balloon rides - both tethered and free can be arranged locally.