Three Stories at Saybrook Point Inn

For more than a decade, on his way in to work at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Stephen Tagliatela would walk by Marie Clark’s house. Built in 1892 on Saybrook Point, where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound, the grand old Victorian Italianate residence was crumbling before his eyes. One year, when he took Christmas cookies to Clark, he saw that cracked windows were letting the weather inside. Then the garage collapsed. But Tagliatela also saw that the building had good bones and that it was an important part of his town’s history, having been built by William Vars, a railroad engineer and prominent member of the Old Saybrook community. Tagliatela, a third-generation innkeeper and a co-owner of Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, saw a business opportunity as well. Tagliatela purchased the house and, in May, after a years-long process of planning, building, and refurbishing, the old Vars-Clark home has been renamed Three Stories. It is being operated as a luxury inn ideal for wedding parties, executive retreats, and family reunions. As Tagliatela gives a tour of Three Stories, he points out the gardens, which are designed so that lawn mowers and leaf blowers will not disturb visitors. “No mowing, no blowing, we’ll just be out here deadheading the flowers,” he says. Read full article here
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