The Nehemiah Brainerd House and Laurel Cottage guest house are situated in the Haddam Historic District on five acres on a bluff above the Connecticut River. Located only five minutes from the historic Goodspeed Opera House, a short distance from Gillette Castle State Park, the Essex Steam Train, the historic town of Essex and less than an hour from the LARGEST CASINOS in the world, as well as a number of world class outlet stores. There’s no end to the shopping, attractions, antiques, gourmet dining and sightseeing. Close to HARTFORD, NEW HAVEN, OLD SAYBROOK, MIDDLETOWN and a very short drive to MYSTIC with its aquarium and historic seaport. Centered between New York and Boston and accessible by train via the Old Saybrook station.
4.6 on July 21, 2013
My wife and I have rarely stayed in B&B's. I also rarely send in reviews about my experiences traveling. This home has changed the reason we will now go and explore more B&B's and write reviews. For those who make a habit of visiting and staying primarily in B&B's you must make a stop in Haddam. The innkeepers were very gracious and the home is restored with love and an eye on details.
4.6 on May 18, 2010
We recently had a wonderful trip to Middletown, Ct. and stayed at this gorgeous B&B. Our hosts were wonderful, helpful, informative and most enjoyable. Our room was beautiful as the rest of the house and the surrounding property as well. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can't wait to return.
4.8 on December 12, 2009
Let me preface my review by noting that my husband and I have limited experience with B&B stays as our children are only recently out of our travel picture. That said, I'm afraid that innkeepers Maryan and Jeff Muthersbaugh have raised the bar by providing the quintessential Bed and Breakfast experience. Not only is the house meticulously restored and beautifully decorated but the service was outstanding, with Maryan and Jeff gracefully balancing a warm welcome with the impression that the house and its amenities were ours to enjoy for the weekend. They made themselves available as we needed, providing directions and information on local interests, and disappearing in between. While our experience on Saturday evening may be indicative of our innkeepers hosting abilities, it probably isn’t typical. We returned to the inn at 9:30 PM, with snow falling and the windows lit. The time is significant only in that our hosts were on hand to greet us, introducing us to the new guests and offering to light a fire in the living room fireplace if we wanted to stay up. Around the grand piano in the back corner of the room, our new housemates entertained us with music and song. We added wine and our voices and the eight of us visited until 1 AM. I’m sure this isn’t standard fare, but the Muthersbaughs do provide an atmosphere conducive to a serendipitous evening.
4.2 on November 08, 2009
Two forty-something sisters enjoyed an extended overnight stay at Laurel Cottage. Innkeepers Muthersbaugh, whose care and attention to detail account for every amenity and modern convenience while providing privacy and outstanding accomodations. From reading on the sunny patio, to a walk in nearby Haddam Meadows, a relaxing afternoon by the no-maintenance fireplace and a bubble bath and fabulous shower experience, Maryan and Jeffry know what first class service is about. I can't wait to spread the word and to go back! PERFECT 10.
5 on October 09, 2009
Planned to stay one night, extended it to three. Beaurifully restored home and grounds. Our room, Library Suite was lovely and spacious. Jeff and Maryan were helpful and gracious hosts with great senses of humor! Very relaxing stay, wonderful breakfasts, we will be back, much to see and do. Ray and Linda Goetz, Fripp Island, SC
Connecticut River, Countryside, Small town, Suburban, Village
Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.)
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Mystic Seaport, Connecticut Wine Trail, Historic Essex, Ivoryton Playhouse, Mystic Aquarium, Goodspeed Opera House, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports
Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast, Guest Cottage
Air conditioning, BBQ grill, Board games, Ceiling fans, In-room internet, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos
Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Hairdryer, Radio, Wi-Fi
Fireplace in Brainerd House Living Room, Fireplace in cottage great room, Ironing board and iron available, Cottage has flat screen HDTV, with Satellite TV, Cottage and Brainerd House have WIFI throughout
Maryan & Jeffry Muthersbaugh
No pets Others
Complimentary full breakfast