BETHLEHEM — inspired by her love of nature, and coupled with her passion for the bucolic life, Karyn Bonanno-Wright, owner and proprietor All-Wright Acres farm, presents the perfect setting for serenity and solitude.
The farm is nestled in the rolling hills of Litchfield County on a quiet country road, surrounded by the buildings and beauty of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, founded in 1947 as one of the first houses of contemplative Benedictine nuns in the United States.
The original owner of the property was an airline pilot whose passion was the meticulous reproduction of an 18th-century-style house. He did extensive research before constructing the main house and barns. Using timbers of red oak and an antique broadaxe, every board was cut by hand.
Visitors can book overnight stays at the Bethlehem Bunkhouse, originally part of his tinsmith shop. The upstairs loft was used by his wife as a Reiki studio.
Bonanno-Wright said, “There is so much history on this place, and everyone who comes here can feel the peace and tranquility. I am grateful that the original owner spent many years creating his “dream house” and now I’m creating my own dream of the perfect homestead.”
The charmingly rustic B&B has a fully equipped kitchen and comfy sitting room to read, watch TV or chat with companions. The picturesque loft sleeps four and amenities include wireless internet, air conditioning, a large pool, plus an indoor and outdoor shower. Currently under renovation, the Bunkhouse will be taking reservations for the Spring.
Bonanno-Wright said, “Guests can step out their front door and find themselves in the middle of a working farm. There are fruit trees, vegetable and flower gardens along with chickens, sheep, Moe the friendly donkey, cats and more. They can even gather their own eggs for breakfast.”
In counterpoint to the quietude, All-Wright Acres is only two hours from Boston and New York, and just a short drive to the town of Woodbury with its multitude of antique shops, gourmet restaurants, LaBonne’s market, boutiques and funky little shops, plus many miles of beautiful trails for hiking. The Abbey has sections that are open to the public, and the renowned Clay and Wattles outdoor theater offers summer entertainment.
Moe the donkey and Maggie, a Lab/Vizsla rescue, are such best buddies that Karyn is convinced their story would be perfect for a children’s book. A large dollhouse painted to resemble the main dwelling on the property will be re-imagined as a little free library when the farm stand opens the end of April.
The farm stand will feature handmade goats’ milk soaps, vegan coconut milk soaps, sugar scrubs and other artisanal products created in small batches right on the farm, plus offerings from other local crafters. Bonanno-Wright uses the whimsical pseudonym “The Hippie Chick” for this aspect of her active and hardworking life.
For details on the Bethlehem Bunkhouse or the farm stand at All-Wright Acres, visit www.allwrightacres.com.