The Boulders -- on the market
Updated 1:33 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2012
An iconic property along the Washington/Warren town line went on the market this week.
The Boulders Inn on East Shore Road, facing Lake Waramaug, has been listed with Klemm real estate for $6 million.
The inn had closed in January, with general manager Greer Bernstein posting a "Goodbye for now..." on the inn's website.
"While business in prior years has been quite good," Mr. Bernstine wrote, "since the recession our strong periods in the summer and fall have not been enough to offset the slow winter months."
The posting stated The Boulders would not be reopening in 2012.
The inn sits on a 25.8-acre property, with 500 feet direct Lake Waramaug frontage. The listing includes the main inn, four duplex guest houses, the carriage house, garage and boathouse.
The main inn was a Dutch Colonial mansion designed and built by famed architect Ehrick Rossiter in 1895.
It was purchased in 1988 by Kees and Ulla Adema, who remodeled it and added four guest houses with fireplaces and lakeview private decks, and the carriage house with three individual rooms.
"It was Mrs. Adema who did all the decorating while I was more involved in managing and marketing," Mr. Adema said Tuesday.
She liked things "mismatched and relaxed," he said, adding she furnished the suites, guest rooms and public spaces with American antiques and European paintings.
In February 2002, the Ademas sold The Boulders to Steve Goldstone, former CEO of RJR Nabisco.
The inn was restored in 2003 and the property is still listed as owned by Mr. Goldstone's LLC, BI Acquisition LLC.
"While business in prior years has been quite good, since the recession our strong periods in the summer and fall have not been enough to offset the slow winter months."
Greer Bernstein, The Boulders Inn general manager