At Home in Connecticut at River Road Farm

Fifteen years ago, Robb Nestor and Bill Reynolds discovered what would become the masterpiece of their creative endeavors.  “We had been looking for two years before we found River Road Farm and from the very first time we drove up, it just spoke to us. I think we both immediately knew we had found home.” Please join me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit with Robb and Bill at their historic Connecticut house and garden.

At Home in Connecticut at River Road FarmSet in the charming hamlet of Hadlyme, CT, the house sits on a country lane, a stone’s throw from the Connecticut River. One of the most appealing aspects of the property to Robb and Bill was that, unlike many antique New England homes, it was set back from the road.

At Home at River Road Farm

Starting with a blank 11 acre slate, Robb, armed with a horticulture degree and a landscaping company in Atlanta, and Bill, who came from a family of avid gardeners, gradually transformed the property into a lush and verdant garden paradise.

At Home in Connecticut at River Road Farm

Over the first decade or so, they were back and forth from Atlanta, with only short visits at River Road Farm. They planted gradually, each time returning with fresh eyes and new ideas. Rob and Bill designed, installed and maintain everything themselves so that is always a top of mind consideration as they continue to transplant and tweak the gardens.

River Road Farm in Connecticut

Their love of old homes inspired the duo to only modestly renovate the farmhouse with sensitive additions that respect the past and original structure and as passionate collectors, they found everything effortlessly fit, whether inside or out,  like they were always meant to be there. 

Bedroom at River Road Farm

Porch at River Road Farm

As Robb and Bill continue to update the garden with an eye to the New England seasons, so they have added several outbuildings, the latest of which is a structure far from the main house, with no electricity, where they love to entertain in the warmer months.

River Road Farm garden temple

So thank you Robb and Bill for welcoming us to River Road Farm! You are an inspiring source of endless creativity!

Robb Nestor and Bill Reynolds at River Road Farmall photos above by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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10 thoughts on “At Home in Connecticut at River Road Farm

  1. It is absolutely beautiful! The gardens are a piece of heaven. Every room has lovely vignettes. What a wonderful place!

  2. Very beautiful. Done in perfect taste. It was a lucky day for that house when Robb and Bill found it and made such a transformation.

  3. This was like a mini vacation to an enchanted locale. Would love to see how they embrace the seasons on River Road Farm.

  4. Charming and classic. LOVE the back stories and those gardens are serious goals. Such a lovely tour – thank you for sharing.

  5. Each one of your visits seems to be better than the next. The garden influences on this home are right up my alley. What talented homeowners!
    Thank you,

  6. love the outside view of the property. the garden is gorgeous and love the decor and the attention to detail. plus the room with green painting is so cute. check out at cad cabin for 3D Home design software.

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