Hidden Vintage Eco Cottage on a Creek- Otter Falls


Entire cottage hosted by Cori

  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bathroom
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Welcome to Otter Falls Inn! Tucked away right off a main road, nestled in the trees atop the creek, sits our cozy, vintage eco cottage. Just 8 minutes from the U. of Hartford, our property is a hidden oasis. We lovingly restored and updated the cottage to offer a unique, relaxing, romantic getaway where guests can slow down and enjoy connecting to each other and nature in this stylish, eco conscious home. We offer special experiences + dining to complete your stay.

The space
Otter Falls Inn is a cozy, art-deco-meets-mid-century restored cottage with an eco-conscious mission tucked away in the trees and sitting just above a creek. Our property is our own little slice of paradise- right off a main road sits our hidden historical property and mini nature sanctuary complete with forest, creek and wildlife (please read the listing desc/access info/rules at time of booking). We are centrally located in Bloomfield, CT- just minutes from downtown Hartford, West Hartford center, and University of Hartford.!

The property was originally the site of the gristmill that served this area from 1780-1865 and prior to colonial settling, was home to the Tunxis, Poquonook, and Wangunks people. With deep history and a respect for the land and nature, it is now our home we hope to share with you! A large part of our way of life here is to live in nature while protecting nature. We are working towards a self-sustaining property and as we work towards outfitting the houses to be as tiny of an eco-footprint as possible, we begin our journey with a property that seeks to reduce its waste. The cottage was renovated lovingly with our own hands and we used practices that minimize construction waste including using second hand building materials. The entire cottage is designed for maximum efficiency in a small space and its stylish and beautiful decor is almost completely upcycled or supplied from local artisans. Its fun, vintage style celebrates the history of this 100 year old guesthouse.

If you love seeing wildlife and trees, this is the place to be! Guests can spend lazy days watching the wildlife from the deck. We've seen wild mallards and their ducklings that nest on the property, deer, beavers, otters, musk rats, a large number of songbirds, hawks, egrets and waterfowl, turtles, bear, bobcats, turkeys, and more! Bring your camera or enjoy the telescope phone camera lens available for your use- just be sure to share the best pics!

The space is best suited for couples and individuals since we are 1 bedroom. We can accommodate up to 4 people with the queen sleeper sofa in the living room. There is a small additional charge per person beyond 2 people. If you have kiddos, we do not allow kids under the age of 10 and if you have a child over the age of 10 please count them towards your total headcount of 4 people at time of booking. The space is designed for slowing down, connecting, and creating- couples retreats, elopements, mini-moons, artist and writer retreats, and even a working getaway if need be. The hallway is a reading nook that converts into a desk for a dedicated work space and the cottage also has dedicated wifi.

The cottage features an outdoor viewing deck sitting above the creek where you have great views of the ecosystem around us. A portion is screened so you can sit and enjoy your meals outside. It is complete with a propane grill so you can get your cookout on. Enjoy sitting on the deck in the morning with your coffee, listen to the birds and the water, and settle in! Please see below to understand what access to outside areas is available.

Inside, guests will find a fun, vintage space in which to play and relax. The living room features a sofa and double papasan (which is insanely comfortable for a nap if you're short like us) as well as a retro game table. Chess and checkers for the table as well as a cabinet full of board games and puzzles provide hours of entertainment. We also have a TV and a wood burning fireplace available to guests in the colder seasons.

Through the living room is one of our favorite rooms- the kitchen! This tiny kitchen has been curated for efficiency and cheeriness. If you love to cook, you should have everything you need to make delicious meals all week long. As coffee and tea lovers, we also have a coffee corner stocked with mini versions of low waste ways to get that yummy caffeine!

The bedroom draws on nature to inspire relaxation, serenity and romance and has a queen bed. We do have a Temperpedic mattress topper available- let us know prior to your arrival if you would like that on the bed.
Turkish cotton robes invite you to truly kick back. We can even assist in booking a masseuse to come to the Inn. The windows flood the whole cottage with beautiful, natural light and you can lay in bed and watch the birds in the trees. The closet has an iron and ironing board and there are plenty of drawers for storage.

The bathroom was renovated with the old charm of the 1930s in mind. The original fixtures in chrome and updated tile floors provide a great place to get clean, get ready for an event, or just enjoy a bath. We have provided ample amenities so you should have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

The cottage features amenities that assist in lowering our waste and plastic use. We thoughtfully select products and develop partnerships with local craftspeople and companies that support our limiting plastic waste mission and supports local, small businesses. We hope you end up maybe even discovering some products you love! Check out the guidebook if you'd like to purchase any of the products.

Understanding the property + Guest Access
Our property is close to 5 acres spread out in kind of a weird shape, helping to buffer and conserve wildlife passage ways from the surrounding suburban sprawl. We live on the property in the main house on the island- the island is our yard- and the whole of the property is our home! There are 3 dams located around the brook bed and the corner of the second bridge was where the original gristmill stood. The mill stones are still here in our yard and hearth! Check out the tagged pages of the history books on the coffee table to see what it once was.

With deep history and a respect for the land and nature, we are on a mission to protect the eco-system here while making it a safe and enjoyable environment for humans. We seek to coexist as guests in nature rather than making it only ours. We share the land with bobcats, deer, wild mallards and lots of water fowl, tons of song birds, turtles, beaver, beer, muskrats, river otter and more! A large part of our way of life here is to live in nature while protecting it and part of our mission with the cottage is to ask guests to join us in that mission while here and when you return home, consider how you can help protect nature in your own areas. We are working towards a self-sustaining property and as we work towards outfitting the houses to be as tiny of an eco-footprint as possible, we begin our journey with a property that seeks to reduce its waste and work to ask the community to help conserve the water ways and forested lands.

The cottage is attached to our garage- guests do not have access to the garage unless you are staying longer than 5 nights in which case we let you in there if you’d like to do laundry. We try to avoid going in the garage when we have guests but you may hear the garage open or close faintly if we do need to get something out. Guests staying longer than 3 nights can expect that we would enter the garage at some points during their stay. Likewise, we share the driveway and we will warn guests ahead of time if we will be completing any erosion-control projects in the driveway at all that could affect their stay.

We get a lot of questions about where guests can go on the property and we want guests to have a full understanding of the layout of the property and what they have access to! Our primary mission is to create a sanctuary that protects nature where we humans can enjoy and unplug. Our guidelines for what guests have access to is to prioritize the safety and respect of the wildlife and land. Our inn is a wonderful place to watch nature all around us and observe peacefully. The cottage deck is a prime place to spot animals using the bar and banks below in the creek.

Currently, the rental consists of the cottage and its deck plus the parking spot and guests are welcome to stand on the first bridge right off the driveway and enjoy the water and look for wildlife. Next year we hope to add a small second sitting area off the side of the deck in a clearing but currently that area is not usable and we ask guests not to go in there as it has not been cleared for poison ivy. The cottage is on the top of the tall banks and there is no access into the water from that side. Please help us protect the hill from erosion and protect the large amount of nesting areas and animal homes along the banks. This is also for your safety and why we have a leash rule for the doggos.

The property does not have hiking trails or swimming holes, although there are plenty near by- see the “Things to Do” section of the guidebook. Nor does it back up to public space- please don’t trespass. We do have access into the small, quiet suburban neighborhood right behind us for walks. Ask us to come across and go up there. Access to that second driveway is pending poison ivy removal and that we have safely completed reinforcing the stairway.

Restoring and optimizing the property will be a lot of work and we ask for your patience and understanding in how this translates to where we invite guests to enjoy outside the cottage. All the rules are for your safety and the safety of the wildlife.

Because this is also our home, the entire property across the bridge is not accessible to guests at all times. We are happy to bring you across and show you around our little island and often times will invite you to enjoy sitting on the second bridge when we're not using the yard. This requires just communicating with us if you'd like to tour around and meet us- we're always excited to show you what we're working on! The added paid amenities we offer like dinner on the bridge, creek sitting, or archery happen on our side of the property and we invite you to schedule these in advance so you can enjoy our island to the fullest!

There have been some questions as to whether the property is a park or if people can explore freely- it is not a park and guests can not wander through the woods in the upper lot or our yard without permission. Outside of our yard, it is important that we let the property be run by nature- there are deer dens and bobcat trails across the upper lot and creating trails for humans would disrupt those. We are exploring the possibility of a non-intrusive sitting area or picnic table in the upper lots but we need to hear more from our science friends on what we can safely provide to guests without hurting the animals that depend on this space. These additional access areas will hopefully be available to guests next year if there is a thoughtful way to do them. If you're hoping to take a long walk in nature, we have tons of hiking trails in the area and even access points to the big rivers we'd love to recommend!

We also get questions on whether guests can swim in the creek. Guests are not able to walk in or swim in the creek from the cottage. That access is from our yard and we invite you to book creek sitting experience. The creek is quite shallow in the area where it's safe for us to have guests enter the water from our yard for creek sitting and reaches just above ankles usually. Access into the water also depends on water safety- if we have had heavy rains and it is raging, we will cancel the experience if not safe. We do not allow entry into the deeper areas because giant snapping turtles live in those spaces and that would really suck to lose a toe or finger! Please do not enter other areas of the creek as many water fowl and turtles rely on these quiet areas for feeding and nesting.

Lastly, we like to note for guests that the water level of the brook depends highly on what the weather has been like recently. Sometimes it is white water rapids with logs floating by if it's been heavy rains, other times at its lowest it is a calm trickling and is always lower on the side of the waterway closest to the driveway. It tends to be easier to see animals using the waterway when the water level is low even though it doesn't look as robust and dramatic.

We wish we could control the weather, but alas...add on amenities like creek sitting, archery and dinner on the bridge is weather dependent.

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What this place offers

River view
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Washing machine
Free dryer

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Where you’ll be

Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States

Located in the town of Bloomfield which is a small suburb of Hartford, we are just 19 minutes from Bradley airport, 8 mins to jump on I-91 and 291, 12 mins to I-84, and just down the street from the University of Hartford. We are right off a main road with groceries, banks, urgent cares just a min away but it feels like you're completely secluded! The cottage is located at the top of our property where we live in a mini nature sanctuary. Please read the listing to understand the property, its mission and guest access areas better! Neighbors are nearly impossible to spot in the summer but one can see the apartment complex and businesses neighboring us in the winter. There is a commercial lot neighboring us with spa and medical offices with parking adjacent to the cottage and the parking lights can be seen at night so draw the curtains. Bloomfield is a great community- a mix of small town, suburb and farms. It is a majority Black community and we ask that guests support local Black owned businesses in town. We are also a 12 minute drive to bustling West Hartford Center and Simsbury center, 10 mins to all Hartford has to offer, close to many farms for fresh produce and eggs, near lots of trails for hiking and outdoors activities, and by the river to kayak or tube. Greater Hartford area was recently named #53 out of the top 150 places to live by US News and we're so excited to share all of the amazing things this area has to offer!

Hosted by Cori

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Originally from Hartford area in CT but having lived in a few different countries and in San Diego, CA for over a decade, my partner Ruben and I found ourselves relocating back to CT during Covid. I never thought that would happen, but a pandemic has a way of shifting priorities! We realized we needed to slow down, live a little quieter and simpler, be somewhere we could do all our creative and outdoorsy things that we love, spend time with family, and- we're just happier in nature. We happened upon a property when we were here (being nosey on Zillow) and fell in love. It was all the things we celebrate- unique, artsy, historical, had plenty of nature, and had plenty of opportunities (and no end of projects). Standing on the bridge over the creek bed when we first came to see it, a river otter swam downstream towards us- and that was it. That was the sign- we needed to live here, the otter sealed the deal. AND the dream of Otter Falls Inn was born. SO, we packed up our lives, did a lot of juggling and holding of breath and living on a dream, and bought our dream home and drove cross country with the 2 of us and our rescue fur baby Charleston. The property had a second small cottage on the creek and we knew immediately we wanted to turn it into a beautiful guest cottage and bed + breakfast to share this unique place with others. We want to help others slow down and connect with the things that matter like their loved ones, nature, and creativity. We want to provide couples that place to connect, find simple romance, laugh, eat good food, love, and even host their elopements. We want to give artists like us a place to create and find the bandwidth to re-center or explore. We're both artists (performing, visual, and craftspeople) and have worked within hospitality and events forever in this capacity. We love travel and some of our best memories have been made staying at unique properties and meeting people through airbnb and we're so excited to be able to offer the same now!
Originally from Hartford area in CT but having lived in a few different countries and in San Diego, CA for over a decade, my partner Ruben and I found ourselves relocating back to…


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During your stay

We live on the main island of the property so are just across the bridge should you need any help with anything! Basically, we stay out of your way unless you need something or order one of our additional services or want to meet us and take a tour of the property! Check in is using a keypad. We do park in the same driveway so you may briefly see us coming or going. The only other time you may hear us is if we access our garage which is attached to the cottage (we try to not go in there when we have guests). If you are staying longer than 3 nights you can expect we would go in the garage at some point. If we have visitors parking in the driveway, they are asked to be quiet when coming and going so as to not bother guests in the cottage.

Our additional services include food services. We love food, love local farms and love to cook so we offer food services. We can deliver baked goods from our fave cafe to your door in the morning or even a full breakfast spread. We offer certain grocery items from our garden or local farms including local eggs, jun (which is like kombucha that we brew), and home made walnut or almond milk. We also offer special farm to table dinners or cocktail hours privately on the bridge or if it's a community meal, we invite guests to join. We also offer archery lessons, eskrima lessons, and can help book a masseuse to come to the cottage. Please ask us about our additional services and experiences and book in advance!
We live on the main island of the property so are just across the bridge should you need any help with anything! Basically, we stay out of your way unless you need something or or…

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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Check out: 11:00 am
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animals
Carbon monoxide alarm

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