1889 Slumber in Style - The Copper Beech Inn

Thursday, July 17, 2014
So, now that you have read my last few blogs on Essex, CT and are anxious to ride the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, explore Gillette Castle and meander around Essex village, you need a place to spend the night.  Not to worry......I have just the place!  Looking for a romantic getaway......I've got you covered!!

I'm a big follower of Trip Advisor whenever I'm planning to travel.  Although my source (T.V's the Bachelorette) in discovering Essex recommended the Griswold Inn , several reviews on Trip Advisor mentioned the noise and "quirks" of this old but popular Inn.  Wanting to step a little outside of the beaten path, I chose another very highly rated B & B - The Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton - just down the road from Essex and boy, a good choice it was!

According to their website - "The history of The Copper Beech Inn dates back to 1889 when Archibald Welsh Comstock built his grand house and outbuildings on 53 acres in the Ivoryton section of Essex. Mr. Comstock was the son of Samuel Comstock, who in 1847, founded the S.M. Comstock Co., a chief importer of ivory and manufacturer of piano keys. When Archibald inherited the business the company, now known as Comstock, Cheney and Co., was not only manufacturing piano keys, but also billiard balls, dominoes, and combs."  Pretty cool, right?  Stepping into this Inn, you will feel like you are stepping back in time because it is beautifully preserved and decorated with period pieces that make you believe this is  how it looked back in its early days.

The Copper Beech Inn has 3 buildings - the main inn, the Carriage House and the Comstock House.  Whether you plan to visit or not, take a moment to check out their website (link below) and take a peek at the amazing rooms - each more beautiful than the last.  I had a hard time choosing......several happened to be open on the Sunday night we were planning to stay which made my selection process that much more difficult. After much deliberation,  we decided to stay in the Carriage House in Room 218.  It was aaamaazing!  But as I said, looking at the choices, every room is amazing.  I could describe it, but let me show you.........

It was a room fit for a queen - a very tall queen.  Fortunately, they did have a step stool for getting into that gigantic bed, (and being under 5" I needed one). I was a little concerned about navigating in and out during the night, but thankfully, I slept through the night and didn't have to test my agility in the dark, half asleep!  The bed, though frightfully high, was cozy and comfy and the room was immaculate and beautifully decorated.  We had a deck too, and had we been there longer we would have enjoyed sitting out there overlooking the gardens.  If this style doesn't appeal to you, you might find the more modernly decorated rooms in the Comstock House more to your liking. 

Our room was on the second floor with the lit windows on the right - and the windows at the peak.

 This is the Comstock House
Like all B & B's, breakfast is included with your stay.  The Inn is also open to the public for breakfast (which explains the prices on the menu below) and its renowned, award-winning restaurant serves dinner complemented by wine from the over 2,500-bottle award-winning wine cellar (Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" for 2010).  (from their website).  Breakfast was served in a beautiful solarium and was every bit as special as our surroundings.

Notice the yummy turnovers awaiting us!

Eggs, Bacon, Potato Rosti (amazing!) & Toast

                            John's Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes!

Notice the namesake Copper Beech tree out front (through the window second from the left)
This is a really special place where everyone we encountered treated us like royalty.  Peter, the Innkeeper, was helpful and efficient.  Colleen, our Guest Services Specialist, was warm and welcoming, as was our breakfast waitress, Carla.  At the Copper Beech you get service with a smile and a genuine effort to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible.  If you are looking for a clean and charming
 B & B full of character and loads of amenities, be sure to give The Copper Beech Inn a try.  You don't have to take my word for it though - Copper Beech has several awards that speak to the excellence you'll find when you visit.   And when you do, you'll be glad you did!

To view the photos in a slide show format with larger pictures - click on any photo.  Once you are at the show, just click the pics along the bottom of the page to move from photo to photo.   


  1. Looks like such a lovely place to stay!!

  2. Gail,

    Thank you for your pictures and post. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your next visit.
    -Gabrielle at the Copper Beech Inn

    1. You are welcome! Hoping to return for a little visit sometime~


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