Spa Light On Winvian with Stacy Dreyfus
Set on 113 acres of lush woodland in northwestern Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, the Winvian estate offers a simple, rustic charm and a mix of the modern and the traditional. Open since 2007, the property is a quiet and secluded haven for guests to relax and reinvigorate. Accommodations include 18 unique cottages and one suite. Guests can enjoy cuisine showcasing local seasonal ingredients at the estate’s signature restaurant.
The heart of the property’s leisure activities is the country-style Winvian Spa, a 5,000-square-foot facility with an extensive spa menu and ample relaxation and treatment areas, one of which features a wood-burning fireplace.
Stacy Dreyfus, who heads up sales and marketing for Winvian as well as The Pitcher Inn, Blue, Sivory Punta Cana, Soho House New York, Hidden Pond, Pure Escapes in Maui & Kauai Island Villas, along with various other exquisite boutique resorts, owns her own boutique sales, marketing, and partnership agency, Orchid Worldwide .
What is the concept behind Winvian?
The idea behind Winvian’s estate was to create a getaway for people who wanted to experience some peace and quiet from city life. With New York City and Boston just two hours away, Winvian is the perfect place to escape without having to travel far.
Our unique and charming cottages, each with their own names and experiences, create a very memorable haven for our guests. We have 18 cottages that were designed by different architects. Whether it’s the “beaver” cottage or the “tree house,” attention to detail was paid to every nook and cranny.
Describe a typical day for guests at Winvian.
Most of our guests stay for an average of two to three nights. We offer an array of activities and amenities for our guests, so they can stay busy if they like, or can relax. There is horseback riding, croquet, snowshoeing (in the winter), golf, and of course our beautiful spa. Many of our guests like to unwind and just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. They also enjoy our amazing cuisine, which is prepared by acclaimed Chef Chris Eddy.
What sets Winvian apart from other resorts?
We are offer a memorable and unique getaway for our guests. We have an unpretentious atmosphere. Our guests can dress how they want and do as they please. We want them to think of the Winvian as their “home away from home.” Winvian also offers five -star cuisine from an award winning chef. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Tell us about your spa. What is the most popular treatment at your spa?
Our spa is a beautiful 5,000 square foot escape and features six signature treatment rooms, wet treatment room, and a relaxation lounge overlooking gardens and a reflecting pool. I would have to say the Swedish and deep tissue massages are the most popular treatments at the spa.
What is REN?
REN is a product line from London that was developed nine years ago. REN, which means “clean” in Swedish, is an all-natural product line free of skin unfriendly ingredients. The skin care formulations boost the skin’s natural processes of protection, repair and renewal. The containers are completely recyclable, even the labels are colored with vegetable dye. REN is against animal testing and 2.5% of their profits are donated to environmental causes.
Tell us about your resort’s cuisine and the executive chef Chris Eddy.
Chris Eddy is the Executive Chef here at Winvian. Eddy calls his style “a la minute” which translates into cooking as little as possible until the last minute. Before Winvian, Eddy worked with acclaimed chefs Alain Ducasse, Daniel Boulus, and Jean Michel Bergounoux.
All of our food is made on property and we even have an organic garden, which produces fresh veggies in the summer. We offer our guests cooking classes with the chef, where they can make and eat their own pasta, or if they prefer to make something sweet, they can learn how to bake a cake with our on the premise pastry chef.