The Innkeepers

Jim Christopher and Cathy Carpino have been married since 1992. We have a blended family of four grown daughters all of whom have left the nest. We also have two granddaughters. Jim is an active interior designer and is interested in antiques and collectibles, gardening and all things house related. Cathy is a working educator as well as a talented singer and performer who has worked extensively in Manhattan cabarets, as well as theater, film and television. There’s a piano in the great room. If you play, she’ll sing!

The name Green Acres is no accident. Yes, it is from the TV show of the same name. Jim is a wanna be farmer and Cathy would prefer an apartment in Manhattan! Recognize the characters? Our little piece of heaven represents a healthy compromise which we love so much, we wanted to share it with others.


The house was purchased in 2006 by the current owners and went through a lengthy restoration which brought the house up to twenty first century standards while keeping all of the original eighteenth century features. The post and beam construction still boasts three of the original fireplaces and wide plank pine floors. Many of the multi-paned windows still have original glass. Most of the original hardware is intact. Because of the age of the house, the stairways are steep and narrow something you should consider when booking a room.

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Although the original barn was removed several years ago, three walls of the foundation have been preserved behind the restored carriage house and enclose a perennial garden. A new barn has replaced the old and located on the property in a location consistent with current zoning regulations. The other buildings on the property are a small chicken coop the home of the “girls” and a summer house adjacent to the pool.

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The home is located within minutes of shopping and restaurants. As well as scenic beauty, the area abounds with year round outdoor activities as well as antiquing and cultural events. Tubing down the Farmington River on a hot summer day, skiing the slopes of Sundown in winter or listening to the Hartford Symphony in concert at their summer venue in Simsbury are all only minutes away.

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The Pool

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The pool is available to guests during the summer months. Choose the pool as a location for your breakfast, to swim or just relax. The summer house has a small kitchen with a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks and snacks for our guests. Towels for use at the pool are in the pool house. When you leave the pool just leave your used towels on a chair so they can be laundered for the next guests. Children must be supervised and the use of the pool is at your own risk.

The Fish Pond

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Just off the back porch, the fish pond is another great location for breakfast weather permitting. Listen to the waterfall and watch the fish as you dine on the patio or sit on the porch and rock your troubles away. Don’t be surprised if the ducks decide to splash in the pond or the chickens stop by for a visit

The Gardens

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Feel free to explore the ever changing gardens. Flowering shrubs and perennials bloom throughout the season. The woods bloom with hundreds of naturalized daffodils in the spring. Walk through the vegetable garden in the summer and snack on fresh beans or a warm tomato. Blackberries, raspberries and blueberries are natures snack foods. Help yourself to a taste. No pesticides are used in our organic gardens.

The Girls

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An assortment of breeds, the “girls “ provide us with free range fresh eggs of various sizes and colors. If you’re interested you might like to gather some eggs. If our girls aren’t laying somebody at a neighboring farm will be. The “girls” are very sociable but if you don’t want them around you just shoo them away. No roosters in this bunch so you can sleep beyond sunrise.

The Dogs

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The dogs are a big part of our family now that the children have moved on. If you don’t like dogs or have allergies this is the wrong place for you. Angel has been with us since 1999. A mixed breed, she was a street dog who adopted us on a cold January day when she finally decided after weeks of surviving on the streets that she would have to trust again. We have never betrayed her trust. She’s a barker and announces all guests. She may choose to cuddle with you but don’t try to pick her up. “Grandma” doesn’t have too many teeth left, so if she gets cranky, she can’t do any damage. Coco has been with us since 2005. Another dog abandoned as a puppy, he was left with his cage, food, dish and vet papers in the lobby of a nursing home. Fortunately we were visiting that day so Coco found a home with us too. He is a very sweet natured Shih tzu who loves people and other dogs.

We are a dog friendly establishment and welcome dogs under twenty five pounds. We do request that you keep you dog on a leash when outside for the safety of your dog and our poultry.