A historical place to stay for your historical day(s).
Behind these doors await a one of a kind experience for your special event or gathering. Whether you are getting married at one of the gorgeous venues in the area, would like to host an intimate wedding on site, or need to rent a space to gather people from various locations, the Granite House is here to accommodate.
Originally built in 1877, the Granite House is a private house set on 8.5 acres of grandeur in the historic Jordan Village portion of Waterford, Connecticut. The house boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms, along with a gourmet kitchen and formal dining room. Aside from the main house sits the property's very own Tavern complete with full bar setup.
This site offers numerous walking trails as well as historic architecture which both set a perfect scene for your photographic memories. Imagine a family reunion, company offsite, rehearsal dinner, extravagant getaway. The options are endless and with weekly and half-week rentals, you will find a package to suit your every need.
The Granite House was built in 1877 by a president of the Millstone granite quarry. It is reported that he went bankrupt shortly after completing the construction. 1877 is carved into the granite lintel atop the third floor window. The dining room/kitchen wing of the house was built in 1700s, and then was reconstructed to the building configuration of 1877. The hand cut granite fireplace hearth from the original 1700s house on the property was utilized for the center of the fire pit by the Tavern building. Graniteville provided the Ashlar cut granite blocks for the Granite House, which is a very time consuming type of construction. The angular cut, 2 1/2' thick blocks are fitted together very tightly, rendering unusually straight architectural lines.
The Granite House is listed in the Historic Buildings of Connecticut archive, and is referred to as the Powers-Allyn-Rosenthal House, the namesake reflecting the three longest duration owners of the property. Beatrice Holt Rosenthal was the most famous owner, having served as both a delegate and a Committeewoman of the Democratic National party. Many political events and weddings were held over the years at the Granite House. Beatrice and her husband lived at the Granite House from 1930 to 1984. She was also famous for her beautiful gardens and rare trees that adorned the property. There are several unusual tress that still have survived to present day.
The structure at the rear of the house was originally a barn, presumably for animals. The base of the structure is very old stone, while the upper two stories had been rebuilt to modern standards in year 2000. There are two large garages underneath the Tavern and two stories atop. When we started the project, the barn was a utility structure, with no electricity, and in need of an extensive renovation. We made the decision to re-make the structure into a tavern, with a second floor office and hobby room. And, importantly, the resurrection of the barn and transformation into a tavern would utilize those thousands of board feet of milled wood from the property.
The Tavern has many great wood features, floors, walls, etc. There is new heat and an AC system, as well as a very large deck for barbeques. The first floor ceiling is tin, with many recessed LED lights. The Tavern has a bathroom to minimize trips back to the house.
One great feature of the Tavern is the original 1877 pantry from the Granite House galley kitchen. We found it in pieces in the barn, and much like a treasure hunt, we eventually found all the pieces. Original doors with 15 old glass windows each, sand cast bronze hardware, etc. But, of course, it was a mess, with many coats of paint, a failing base, and no left side as the pantry was mounted to the left wall in the kitchen. Reinstalling it in the kitchen of the Granite House would have looked great, but would not have been functional for today's needs. We painstakingly rebuilt the pantry base, copied the left side to match the original side and the pantry was taken down to bare wood to expose the fine, old white pine. We applied Bri-Wax and installed LED lights. It is now the centerpiece of the Tavern. But, a Tavern also needs a great bar. The bar is a 1920s vintage bar from London, England, complete with a wonderful hand hammered copper top and side panels with a frame of traditional black lacquered wood. There are two leather couches and six nice leather bar stools for guests.
two night minimum
Starting at $10,000 dollars, choosing this venue as your wedding destination is economical and breathtakingly unique.
We partner with local vendors for catering, rentals, photography, entertainment and on-site stylists. We pride ourselves on providing a seamless experience for a very relaxing day.
THE REHEARSAL DINNER
Starting at $5,000 dollars, choosing this venue for your rehearsal dinner gives you both convenience of location as well as a one of a kind experience.
Being able to accommodate your wedding party on site, and keep the after dinner entertainment also on the property at the Tavern is as easy as picking up the tuxes. Have the dinner catered by one of our partners, or opt for a more casual do-it-yourself approach.
With weekly rentals starting at $3,500 dollars, come for an extended stay on the Southern coast of Connecticut. Whether you choose to visit during the Spring, the peak of Summer, or when the leaves are changing in Fall, you'll find so much to do in the area.
Check in for each week is on Saturdays at 3:00PM and check out is the following Saturday at 10:00AM. For information about renting for more than one week, inquire below.
THURSDAY TO SUNDAY
Interesting in staying for an extended weekend? If the dates are available we are happy to arrange a half week rental. This option would also be ideal when staying for an area wedding.
With prices starting at $2,000, this is sure to be an affordable option for your group. Check in is at 12:00PM on Thursdays and check out is at 3:00PM on Sundays. If you need a different set of days, inquire below and we'll see how we can help.
The Granite House at 75 Rope Ferry Road is located in the federally registered historic district of Jordan Village, which is part of Waterford, Connecticut. The property includes a newly renovated building to serve as a Tavern and general meeting place. The Granite House is situated on the easterly side of Jordan Village on 8.5 acres abutting Jordan Brook. Jordan Cove, an estuary off the ocean, terminates in the center of Jordan Village, with Jordan Brook flowing into the salt water cove. The town of Waterford has approved a plan to make Jordan Village the town center of Waterford, and is prepared to invest in minimizing traffic, redoing the road, walkways, benches, lights, etc. They also hope to attract new restaurants to a new center of the downtown district. We look forward to this project.
75 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford, CT 06385
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