About Us

Hi. We are Gerry and John McGuirk, owners of the Hand and Heart Bed and Breakfast. (We like to say John is the hand, and Gerry is the heart!)

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John and Gerry McGuirk

Our B and B is in a transitional Federal/Greek Revival style house we like to call home. It was built in 1834 by Apollos Moore, descendant of one of the original 108 proprietors of Barkhamsted. It is located in the designated historic village of Riverton in the part of Northwest Connecticut know as the Litchfield Hills. Riverton contains many architecturally significant structures dating from the mid 1700’s to the late 1800’s. The village was home to the famous Hitchcock Chair Manufactory, and at one time was even called “Hitchcocksville.”

Our two pets, Maggie and Mosey relaxing at the B&B

Spend a great day right here in our town without even getting in your car. After a hearty home cooked breakfast stroll over to Uncle Aaron’s Tackle Shack to pick up some fishing supplies and sage advice. 192 paces from the Hand and Heart front door puts you in the Farmington River casting for one of the more than 11,000 stocked trout. Amble over to the General Store for one of their mouth watering lunch specials, then on to the Hitchcock Chair Company (yes, it’s still here!) to browse their finely crafted heirloom quality furniture. Then visit Peter Greenwoods Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery in the old 1829 Union church for a demonstration or take a hands on lesson and create your own glass art piece. Finish your day with a delicious dinner at one of the area’s great restaurants. (Don’t forget to stop by Rose’s Kitchen before you leave for home to pick up some frozen Italian dinners to extend your holiday so you don’t have to cook when you get home!)

For other things to do nearby see the Activities page!


Gerry and John