The humble allure of a century-old tenant house, tucked into overgrown woods, inspired the owners to create this guesthouse. It began with no view to the ponds, structural integrity in question, leaking roofs and peeling paint. Careful to preserve the original structure, and draw on new views to the ponds, the cramped rooms were enlarged and a first floor bedroom and porch were added to create a three-bedroom, three-bath special retreat that functions particularly well when hosting guests for long periods. Because it does not have tall ceilings or intricate moldings, just very simple elegance, the house is warm, intimate and unassuming.