The Big Six: New England retreats

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

 

The Manor on Golden Pond, New Hampshire

Canterbury, Cambridge, Coventry ... not English cities, but stylish suites at this hill-top manor house in New Hampshire. Built in 1904 by a wealthy Englishman, it was later owned by an American photographer, before being converted into an inn during the Fifties. Today, it pays homage to its heritage, with the Three Cocks Pub, traditional "chambers", daily afternoon tea and an elegant wood-panelled dining room. In front, the shimmering Lake Squam is the spot for boat tours, kayaking and fishing.

The Manor on Golden Pond, 31 Manor Drive, Holderness, New Hampshire (001 603 968 3348; manorongoldenpond.com). Doubles start at $327 (£218), including breakfast.

Winvian, Connecticut

Eighteen cottages stand around a romantic clapboard house in the lush Litchfield Hills region of north-west Connecticut. They range from a 1920s "artist's bungalow" – complete with a studio, blank canvases, oil paints and acrylics – to a modern "music lodge" with a sleek, sculptural exterior, wind chimes and piano mosaics.

Winvian, 155 Alain White Rd, Morris, Connecticut (001 860 567 9600; winvian.com). Doubles from $650 (£433), including breakfast.

Topnotch, Vermont

Raised on a mountain road above Stowe, Topnotch lives up to its lofty name with 68 bedrooms, 30 treatment rooms, 10 tennis courts, three pools and two restaurants. Seasonal activities include canoeing on crystal-clear waters, ambling through bursts of autumn colour and snowshoeing on Mount Mansfield in winter.

Topnotch, 4000 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont (001 802 253 8585; topnotchresort.com). Doubles from $195 (£130), room only.

Porches, Massachusetts

Carved from a row of Victorian houses, this quirky, retro-themed hotel has 47 pastel-hued rooms, linked by a veranda. At the back, there's a pool and hot tub, a woodland gazebo and a bonfire pit. Located in the arty enclave of North Adams, it's a short stroll from the largest modern art gallery in the US, the MASS MoCA, and a longer leap to The Berkshire Hills.

Porches, 231 River St, North Adams, Mass (001 413 664 0400; porches.com). Doubles $130 (£87), B&B.

Vanderbilt Grace, Rhode Island

The Vanderbilt Grace stands amid a slew of 17th-century colonial mansions in the summer resort of Newport. Built in 1909 by the prominent East Coast family of the same name, it has recently been turned into a resort by the Grace Hotels group and has 33 elegant rooms with Penhaligon toiletries, a spa, gym and restaurant by Jonathan Cartwright. This summer, the roof terrace is showing classic American films, with Vertigo and The Great Gatsby on the bill.

Vanderbilt Grace, 41 Mary Street, Newport, Rhode Island (001 401 846 6200; vanderbiltgrace.com). Doubles from $311 (£207), B&B.

Marston House, Maine

This small B&B is sequestered behind an antiques shop in the tiny town of Wiscasset. Run by architect Paul Mrozinski and his wife Sharon, it has two cosy rooms with French-style furniture, fresh-cut flowers and open fireplaces. Breakfast is delivered each morning to the rooms or the pretty garden outside. A short boat ride from the town's harbour transports you to the wilds of Maine's coastal islands, where razorbills and Atlantic puffins await.

Marston House, 101 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine (001 207 882 6010; marstonhouse.com). Doubles from $135 (£90), including breakfast.

Suggested Topics
Arts & Entertainment
The Honesty Policy is a group of anonymous Muslims who believe that the community needs a space to express itself without shame or judgement
music
News
Waitrose will be bringing in more manned tills
newsOverheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
Life & Style
life
News
Who makes you happy?
happy listSend your nominations now for the Independent on Sunday Happy List
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Arts & Entertainment
Ian Anderson, the leader of British rock band Jethro Tull, (right) and British guitar player Martin Barre (left) perform on stage
musicJethro Tull frontman leads ‘prog rock’ revival
Arts & Entertainment
Back in the suit: There are only so many variations you can spin on the lives or adventures of Peter Parker
filmReview: Almost every sequence and set-up in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems familiar from some earlier superhero film
Arts & Entertainment
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones
tv
Life & Style
Father and son: Michael Williams with son Edmund
lifeAs his son’s bar mitzvah approaches, CofE-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys he’s experienced in learning about his family’s other faith
Sport
Gareth Bale dribbled from inside his own half and finished calmly late in the final to hand Real a 2-1 win at the Mestalla in Valencia
sport
Arts & Entertainment
Who laughs lass: Jenny Collier on stage
comedy... writes Jenny Collier, the comedian whose recent show was cancelled because there were 'too many women' on the bill
News
House proud: keeping up with the Joneses now extends to children's playhouses
newsLuxury playhouses now on the market for as much as £800
News
news
Life & Style
Stir it up: the writer gets a lichen masterclass from executive chef Vivek Singh of the Cinnamon restaurants
food + drinkLichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines
Extras
indybest
Arts & Entertainment
Ken Loach (left) and Mike Leigh who will be going head to head for one of cinema's most coveted prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival
filmKen Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
News
The academic, Annamaria Testa, has set out on her website a list of 300 English words that she says Italians ought to stop using
newsAcademic speaks out against 'Italianglo' - the use of English words in Italian language
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    NGO and Community Development in Cambodia

    Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: There are many small development projects in ...

    Sports coaching volunteer jobs

    Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: Kaya Responsible Travel offer a variety of sp...

    Turtle Nesting and Coral Reef Conservation in Borneo

    Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: Volunteer with Kaya in Borneo and work on a p...

    Elephant research project in Namibia

    Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: If you have a passion for elephants and want ...

    Day In a Page

    How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

    How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

    Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
    Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

    British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

    The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
    Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

    Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

    Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

    A History of the First World War in 100 moments

    A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
    Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

    Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

    The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
    Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

    Cannes Film Festival

    Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
    The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

    The concept album makes surprise top ten return

    Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
    Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

    Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

    Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
    10 best baking books

    10 best baking books

    Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
    Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

    Jury still out on Pellegrini

    Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
    Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

    Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

    The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
    Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

    Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

    The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
    Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

    Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

    As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
    Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

    Mad Men returns for a final fling

    The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
    Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

    Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

    Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit