Sound Reach Bed & Breakfast

50 Christmas Hill Road , Guilford, CT 06437 USA (Show map)


Sound Reach, recently recommended in "The Unofficial Guide to Bed & Breakfasts in New England" (MacMillan), stands on a secluded hilltop that offers a distant view of Long Island Sound on clear days. The park-like grounds are extremely private and no road is visible from the top of our drive. There are perennial gardens, an herb garden, a spacious deck with great views, and a terrace. Dense woods lie beyond us and bring us frequent visitors such as deer and wild turkeys. The land is a birder's delight and wildflowers are exceptional. Hiking/cross-country ski trails are steps away. Sound Reach was built in 1968 by a three-generation team of the Bullard family. The exterior is made of cedar logs and built around a door the Bullards sailed over from London--an antique door four feet wide with a brass lion's head knocker. The interior is spacious and Scandinavian in feel. Central rooms are two stories high with skylights and cathedral ceilings. All rooms in the house have two exposures. Visitors are welcome to use



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Oasis of Quiet

5 on May 17, 2015

Pam and Larry's beautiful house is one of the most peaceful places I've ever laid my head. My fiancée and I came out to Guilford for a few days at Sound Reach and wish we could have stayed a month! The house is comfortable and stylish, informed by Pam's Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. Larry's career in music also means that the place is filled with all kinds of fun instruments. But the only sound we heard at Sound Reach most of the day was the symphony of birdsong coming in from the woods. The views south from the front deck are a delight, and the breakfast waiting for us in the morning was delicious. We're looking forward to a return visit.

Uniquely delightful

5 on July 23, 2013

We had several days of business in Guilford and consider ourselves lucky to have chosen Sound Reach B&B. We felt like we had our own quiet retreat in the woods, albeit with a delicious breakfast served up every morning! Pam and Larry are extraordinarily gracious hosts and caring individuals who know the local places to go and things to do. We highly recommend anyone needing accommodations anywhere near Guilford to stay Sound Reach Bed & Breakfast.

A wonderful peaceful retreat

5 on June 26, 2013

We fell in love with Sound Reach from the moment we arrived. A wonderful peaceful retreat tucked away amongst the trees far from the maddening crowd. But still within only a few minutes drive from the small town of Guilford, 1-95, and Hammonasset State Park with its beautiful shoreline. Pam, Larry & your best buddy Dolce the dog, aka Mr Happy are the most welcoming hosts, great company and are always keen to assist with any requirements. The guest quarters are tastefully furnished with a homely & comfortable feel, and the healthy fresh breakfast along with home baked fare is a perfect start to the day. We will definitely return next time we are in the area.

Home away from home. But better!

4.6 on April 19, 2012

I found this gem while looking for a place to stay in my old hometown to visit family. My son and I stayed in the room with two twin beds, and were pleasantly surprised to find out that half of the house was ours--Pam said she only rents out one room at a time, so no one has to worry about shared bathrooms. We had room to stretch out and enjoy coffee in the living room while working on our laptops. Pam and Larry made sure coffee was ready for me upon my early awakening. I so enjoyed taking the coffee out to deck and enjoy a cool morning sunrise from the east, with the views of Long Island in the distance to the south. The absolute forest silence giving way to birds tweeting was something you simply won't find in a hotel! The breakfasts were simple and delicious, and the conversation with Pam and Larry was a nice bonus. Two very interesting people with stories to tell. We will absolutely be back.

We loved our stay!

4.4 on September 03, 2010

A lovely, quiet, comfortable place to stay. Pam and Larry are warm, welcoming hosts. We felt so well-cared-for were sorry to leave and my husband and I look forward to returning to Sound Reach when we are back again in the area.

Quiet & Relaxing

5 on September 02, 2010

Sound Reach is a very pleasant surprise, so relaxing and quiet high on the hill overlooking the canopy of trees with a view all the way to Long Island Sound but close enough to all attractions and highways. We enjoyed the lovely woods and trails and gardens and the rooms were beautiful. And the breakfasts were worth the price alone! Will definitely be going back.

I've already booked my next stay!

5 on September 02, 2010

Just when I didn’t think I could find an affordable B&B, I was delighted to discover Sound Reach while on a trip to visit family & friends this spring. It is close to the best of the shoreline, but off the beaten path enough for enjoying some quiet time. Pam and Larry were lovely hosts, breakfasts were the fresh, healthy fare I crave, and the room was comfortably furnished with a light, airy touch. And nothing can beat waking up to the sound of the birds in their lush, green setting in the Connecticut woods. I’ve already recommended it to friends and am looking forward to my next visit this fall!

Visitors from Seattle

4.8 on September 02, 2010

Pam & Larry made us feel very welcome and relaxed. The setting is peaceful and the goldfinches are abundant. Very personal, at home feel - we hope to return in the near future!

Sound Reach--dreamy comfort

5 on September 01, 2010

This bnb remains one of my husband's and my favorite places to stay. We always ask for the room with twin beds so we can "pretend" we see the Sound from there--actually I think you can almost do so. Just our kind of place, woodsy, comfy chairs, excellent library, beautiful garden, friendly dog (hosts also a lot of fun), scrumptious breakfasts. During a cross-country move we ended up staying there a week one time, and we were always made to feel as if we were home already.

Peaceful place to stay

5 on September 01, 2010

This is a wonderfully peaceful spot, very quiet. It is just a sublime pocket of hospitality in the woods. Conservation land is the backyard of the b&b and a pretty walking path is right out the back door.

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Rooms & Rates

Room #1

Beautiful large room with Swedish-style rocker, ash bed, original art. Rooms 1 & 2 are side-by-side (in private wing). There is one bath in the hall. Each may be booked with private bath (higher rate) or shared bath (lower rate).

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room #2

Ample room with bookcases at ceiling, desk, views of woods to Sound. Rooms 1 and 2 are side-by-side in a private wing. There is one bath in the hall. Either room may be booked with private bath (higher rate) or shared bath (lower rate).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Room #3

Charming and cozy white room off our dining room/kitchen area. Ash bed, original paintings, berber carpet, comfortable reading chair. Beautiful views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

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Location Type



Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) 30 miles

Directions to property:

Directions from I-95 (For alternative directions please e-mail us): Take I-95 to Exit 58 (Guilford) and then follow signs for Route 77 north. Drive 4.6 miles to the light at the intersection of Route 77 and Route 80. Take a left on Route 80 and go .5 miles to the next light. Turn right there on Long Hill Road. Stay on Long Hill Road for approximately .8 miles until you come to a 4-way stop sign. Take a left onto County Road. Stay on County only .1 mile and turn right on Christmas Hill Road. Ours is the driveway just to the left of the bright yellow mailbox that says 50. Go all the way to the top.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Craft Center, Historic Towns, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , Harpsichord

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Hairdryer

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Hiking trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming

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  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights-1 night bookings available on a last minute basis
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: No charge if notice of cancellation is received 14 days before scheduled arrival. After that guest is responsible for the charge of one night of reserved stay.
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Pam and Larry

Languages spoken

Danish, English

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Pam is passionate about gardening and cooking. She lived in Denmark for many years and speaks Danish. After having worked in the art end of publishing, she has now gone freelance. Larry is a professional musician and the former Executive Director of the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. Together they share a great love of art and music.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8:30 am till 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: on deck, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian


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