Have you ever dreamed of owning your own inn and restaurant? How about one on the National Register of Historical Places, nestled in the foothills of New England. The perfect opportunity awaits you, right in the heart of Northwestern Connecticut, a short drive from Limerock Race Track, Bradley International Airport, as well as some of the Northwest Corners’ most scenic hiking trails and outdoor attractions!
The Riverton Inn is located 2.5 hours from N.Y.C in the village of Riverton, CT. Situated alongside the Farmington River and People’s State Forest, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Seasonally visitors enjoy hiking, swimming, and skiing as well as some of the best fly fishing in the region, steps from the Inn’s front door.
A short walk away is the iconic Hitchcock Chair Co., a popular restaurant known as Sweet Pea’s and a quintessential New England Country Store. In the fall the Riverton Fair Grounds (located across the street) bustle with natives and visitors alike.
Built in 1796, by Jesse Ives — the inn was originally known as the Ive’s Tavern and was a crucial stop along the post route between Hartford & Albany. In the 1930’s it was imperative that additions be made to accommodate a growing guest list.
In 1937 the inn underwent a renovation for expansion, and a prohibition era bar was was deconstructed to open up the space and make room for the present day dining room. Hemlock beams from a barn on the property were reused and a new addition became the “Hobby Horse Bar” — still visible today is the intricate stained glass window and floor made from Vermont Flagstone.
The Wallpaper in the lobby and colonial dining room was inspired by designer and A.S.I.D (American Society for Interior Designers) first female president Nancy McClelland (1877 -1959) who took inspiration from an old hatbox for the ‘Hampshire Bird’ design. Mclelland was and remains a true figure in the industry.
Other big names such as Bobby Walsh, a mural artist for the 1930’s world fair had his hand in the design of the bar where two of his murals can still be seen today.
Since that time over 70 years ago, the inn has known just two owners and has played host to guests such as Harper Lee, Author of
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and many ghost hunters and paranormal investigators alike — sadly or gladly, depending on your preference, there’s no spooky activity here.
The current owners, Mark and Pauline Telford have enjoyed owning and operating the inn since the late 70’s — and say they are looking forward to a partial retirement and opportunity to travel’ after the sale of the inn.
Now ready for a new innkeeper, the turn-key property features 12 guest rooms, a 120-seat dining room, full kitchen and bar. All of the equipment and furnishings (which includes hundreds of Hitchcock pieces) are included.
Needing little more than some decorative touches and a upbeat social media presence, The property is being offered for $495K by Elyse Harney Real Estate.
If you’ve ever dreaming of owning an Inn – like so many of us have this may be the perfect opportunity for you!
Other area interests include:
Bradley International Airport
New Hartford Center – Shops & Restaurants
Collinsville – Shops & Restaurants
Local Wineries & Vineyards
Hiking & Fishing
Tubing on the Farmington River
Limerock Race Track
Multiple Local Boarding Schools
This post was not sponsored
Writing & Photography: Nicole Goncalves