July 27, 2018

Preservation Personals: Colonial Charm in a Comfy Former B&B

  • By: Rebecca Gale

Who says you can’t teach an old house new tricks? Built in 1765, I am a Center-Hall Georgian home that embodies old New England charm, while adorned with modern touches you will be sure to appreciate. Situated in the charming city of Norwich, Connecticut, I’ve had quite a history! Most recently, I was a much-beloved bed-and-breakfast, Lathrop Manor. I’ve also been home to notable figures like Lydia Huntley Sigourney, considered one of the first American women to have succeeded at a literary career; Charlotte Gilman, a Victorian-era author and feminist; and a young Benedict Arnold.

With all that history, I like to think I’ve aged gracefully, with my hand-hewn wood beams, nine fireplaces, and wide plank wood floors. More than 5,000 square feet, containing five bedrooms, multiple entertaining rooms, an office, and a third-floor bonus room, give you the space you need to relax, work, and entertain.

My formal dining room features a built-in corner china cupboard and brass chandelier for added early American charm while my upstairs foyer has a dreamy reading nook with floor-to-ceiling bookcases. A large, detached shed and workshop space is perfect for storage or woodworking.

A huge patio and deck space allow you to enjoy my beautiful outdoor space (New England weather permitting). Set on two acres of green space with a classic Yankee stone wall surrounding, I am bordered by 21 acres of conserved meadow lands, making me a true oasis with plenty of privacy.

My recently renovated, eat-in gourmet kitchen will be the envy of all your friends, who will adore the marble counters, spacious island, large refrigerator, walk-in pantry and cozy fireplace. Simple, refined elegance pervades my halls, with wallpaper, radiators, unique fireplace surrounds, and 12-over-12 Georgian windows.

When you need to get out and explore, you’ll be happy to know I’m a short drive from Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, the Connecticut Wine Trails, and several local museums.

Curious to learn more about me? Click here.

1765 Georgian home in Norwich, Connecticut for sale

photo by: Deb Boyd

My red clapboard siding epitomizes New England colonial charm. I am set on a meticulously landscaped, 2-acre lot.

1765 Georgian home in Norwich, Connecticut for sale

photo by: Deb Boyd

A recently renovated gourmet kitchen with working fireplace blends old and new to create a dream space for any home chef.

1765 Georgian home in Norwich, Connecticut for sale

photo by: Deb Boyd

My five bedrooms are spacious and have a timeless elegance, with exposed hand-hewn beams and antique fireplace surrounds.

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Rebecca Gale is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. In her spare time, you can find her visiting local museums, photographing historic buildings, or playing guitar.

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