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.
5 on October 07, 2016
We initially booked our room on the internet, received a confirmation of our request but not that the room was confirmed. When my wife and I arrived (traveller's from the UK on a tour of New England) the Inn Keepers Maryan and Geoff were surprised to see us, they had emailed us earlier to say they were not taking guests on our date. Clearly an error on our part not checking our emails. That said Maryan and Geoff then went out of their way to accommodate us and made us feel so at home. Their hospitality was exceptional, room clean and comfortable and the breakfast was a treat. However, the best part of our stay was the conversation we had over breakfast, it was wonderful. A massive than you from us for a wonderful stay, albeit a short one. If you are in the area, you must try and stay here.
Our pleasure!! You were wonderful guests and we had lots of fun chatting with you. Next time you are back in the States, we would love to have you stay with us again.
- Maryan and Jeff (innkeepers)
4.8 on December 24, 2013
We stay at many B&Bs and/ or small inns when possible, and we've had the gamut of experiences. It was so great to stay with Maryan and Jeff at the Nehemiah Brainerd House because from the beginning, we felt welcomed and the owners made me feel like we were real guests, which, oddly enough, is a rare experience in the B&B field. The house itself is amazing and has been lovingly restored with beautiful antiques, yet feels as if you are stepping back in time. Our room was charming and the bed was lusciously soft- best mattress I've ever slept on! We slept deeply, which was a treat. Maryan made us reservations after suggesting many places to eat, and both she and Jeff made sure we had directions. Breakfast was wonderful and it gave us a chance to visit with our hosts, who were great conversationalists. Normally I would seek out another location for my next vacation, as I like to see a variety of places, but we want to come back here to experience this great inn and see it in a different season. I'm eager to see the grounds in spring as the house is set on a great piece of property overlooking the Connecticut River. They are in the middle of an addition, so there will be an even more tempting choice of rooms soon! We can't wait to visit her again.
Thank you to my very charming guests for their gracious review. Jeff and I are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we really hope to see you both again soon.
- Maryan (innkeeper)
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
5 on October 05, 2009
I wanted to take a minute to share with those who might take the time to read reviews from those of us who have been to the Nehemiah Brainerd House. My wife and have stayed many, many times in all sorts of B&B across the country and in Europe as well. I have to tell you that we have never been so comfortable and treated with such care and consideration. The Cottage was much more than we ever anticipated and the attention to detail and service was such that would beckon our return time and time again. We congratulate the owners of this fine establishment and look forward with great anticipation to our return. Our fondest thanks to you both! Gregg and Barbara Seabury
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, Goodspeed Opera House, Mystic Aquarium, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery
Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn
Air conditioning, BBQ grill, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wired internet , Ironing board and iron available, Cottage has flat screen HDTV, with Satellite TV, Cottage and Brainerd House have WIFI throughout, Fireplace in cottage great room, Fireplace in Brainerd House Living Room
Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Hairdryer, Radio, Wi-Fi
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