Celebrating Winvian’s 10th Anniversary
It is hard for me to believe that it has been 10 years since Winvian Farm opened its doors as a boutique hotel in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of northwestern CT. We have much to celebrate as we reflect on our first decade. Happy 10th Birthday, Winvian Farm!!
Winvian Farm’s genesis dates back to the late 1940’s when my children’s paternal grandparents, Winthrop and Vivian Smith, purchased the 113-acre farm and renamed it Winvian. My children grew up visiting Grandma Vivian and have many fond memories of life on the farm. Happily, for me, my oldest daughter, Heather, (Managing Director) and my oldest son, Win, (formerly Director of Sales & Marketing) have both been integral members of the Winvian Farm Team.
I fell in love with Winvian as a teenager and after Grandma Vivian died I felt it was important to preserve the property and honor the Smiths’ legacy. Using the template from my hotel property in Vermont, the Pitcher Inn, Heather and I decided to site and build individual cottages on the Farm for guests to enjoy. Fifteen architects were hired to design the eighteen accommodations and Spa. The main homestead, the Seth Bird House which was built in 1775, was historically restored and provides a suite of guest rooms and intimate dining spaces.
Over the years we have certainly had our share of challenges and triumphs. This has been an exciting chapter in my life and I am very proud of what we have accomplished. Winvian’s success is due to the phenomenal group of women and men who comprise our Team. They demonstrate daily their shared passion for and dedication to providing each visitor a unique and extraordinary guest experience. Our high percentage of repeat clientele is the sincerest form of guest flattery and only happens because our employees care so much about every visitor.
To the thousands of guests – many of whom have become friends – who have graced our property over the years, Thank You for your support and loyal patronage. You have ensured that what began as a dream is a successful and thriving reality. We are honored that you selected Winvian Farm as the destination for your romantic getaway, anniversary or birthday celebration, corporate retreat, family reunion, engagement, wedding, honeymoon, babymoon, elopement, or just a night away from the kids!
We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Come rest, renew and recharge. Visit the Spa, linger over dinner in front of a warm fire, stroll the grounds, read a book, or do absolutely nothing! Your cottage is ready, and our Team awaits. Here’s to Winvian Farm’s next ten years!