In 1981, Carole Winer realized her dream of opening a store specializing in 18th and 19th century French antiques in the charming town of Washington Depot, Connecticut. Three years later, Ms. Winer acquired the renowned Samuel Bull Homestead in Woodbury, the prized antique center of Connecticut, and Country Loft Antiques soon became a destination for customers from around the globe in search of the very best in authentic French Country antiques. Located on nineteen acres of magnificent Litchfield county countryside, Country Loft Antiques displays a vast collection of European and American antiques, wine accoutrements, accessories, and culinary antiques, along with a large selection of unique gifts. At Country Loft Antiques where the grain was once stored within the stone walls of a circa 1800 silo, now stands a 19th century wine barrel along with a wine tasting table ready to be put to use.
Every person that enters the historic restored barns at Country Loft Antiques are warmed by the unexpected nostalgia of days gone by. Antique and reproduction furniture, as well as other treasures, are beautifully displayed and enhanced by the calming atmosphere. This ambiance is partially created by the beautiful lighting fixtures that are handcrafted by local artists and are available to our clientele in a variety of custom sizes.
Ms. Winer is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, and offers complete interior design services. She also specializes in the custom design of wine cellars.
Ms. Winer designed a Wine Museum at the Rockaway Glen Estate Winery located in St. Catherine’s Canada. She also designed and installed a wine tasting room with the appearance of a French chateau at Hot Tomato’s restaurant in Hartford, Connecticut, in addition to many other commercial and residential wine caves.
Walt Disney Company designers selected an abundance of our wine related antiques to compliment one of their restaurants located in the Tokyo Disneyland theme park.
Ms. Winer's personal home kitchen has been featured many times in Country Living magazine including as a cover story, in their book "The Perfect Kitchen", and in Country Living's own advertising promoting the magazine.
Ms. Winer and Country Loft Antiques have an extensive list of published credits and accomplishments, which include television, numerous publications in books and magazines, as well as featured articles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and countless Connecticut newspapers. A partial list includes:
One of Ms. Winer’s dedicated endeavors is to host and share the Country Loft property for fundraising events some of which have included: Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, The Northwestern Connecticut AIDS Project, the “Reflections” fundraiser for the Leever Regional Cancer Center in Waterbury, Connecticut, St. Mary’s Hospital of Waterbury, The Chapman House, and the Audubon Society.
Country Loft Antiques has been committed to service in providing over a quarter of a century of excellence to architects, interior designers, collectors, and private individuals.
We look forward to assisting you with the selection of fine antiques or designing a home interior full of warmth and history.
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to speaking with you.