The SpaceThis property is very private, back a long driveway on a quiet road, yet is less than 4 miles from the center of Great Barrington, approximately 20 minutes to Tanglewood (closer via the back roads shortcut!), close to Butternut and Catamount ski areas, as well as all the Berkshire attractions. Very close to some of the nicest swimming places in the Berkshires. Hiking nearby / and on the property.
On the property there are 8 acres of hiking trails, plus another 35 acres adjacent of trails, plus 90 acres across the road of trails (great for XC skiing in the winters too!). In the front of the house is a very nice open field which we keep well mowed, so nice to amble around in. Lots of outdoor seating too! And a firepit.
The house is a 2 bedroom / 2 bath house newly renovated. Drawing upon our collection of midcentury furniture, we have outfitted the house with some iconic pieces. The house is fully furnished, yet deliberately spare, a blank canvas for you to use for a few days, a week, a month or longer.
It is perfect for a family or 2 (or 3) couples.
Upstairs is a HUGE BEDROOM, with king sized bed. It's a loft-like open sitting area with plenty of light, and also a small exterior balcony. Approximately the size of a nice large studio apartment, with high ceilings and forest AND mountain views. And a bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower. This room is also excellent for practicing yoga...high ceilings, wood floors; 6 mats will easily fit in here (and we can put you in contact with several excellent yoga instructors who will come to the house to give you private classes)
Downstairs there is a streamlined COZY BEDROOM, like a large stateroom in an ocean liner...cozy does NOT mean cramped though. Full sized bed. Full bathroom adjacent.
BEDS are new pillow top mattresses, very deluxe and comfortable; 300 thread count all cotton sheets and duvet covers; down pillows, down comforters OR hypoallergenic comforters and pillows, as you wish.
The LIVING ROOM has a fireplace, a great desk for working / writing (and a fold out / fold flat sofa bed. Flat screen TV for DVDs, reasonably fast wireless connection as well. Books, board games, and a good selection of DVDs. There are sliding glass doors out to a small deck, and a step down to a large meadow and beautiful woods with hardwood copses, beech woods, old stone walls.
DINING ROOM is well appointed, good light, very convivial possibilities, seats 10 comfortably, but is not huge, you won’t get lost in it. Great light and views.
The KITCHEN is well outfitted; Viking gas range with vented hood, dishwasher. China is also midcentury; there is a lovely deck off of the kitchen, with outdoor seating and gas grill.
Small covered deck off of living room, and small deck off of upstairs bedroom as well.
Clean and empty 2 car garage + work area.
Washer / dryer
Bicycles available, plus many other useful things. We live just up the road, and so are available if there is anything you need.
Excellent high efficiency / low noise hot water circulating furnace / solar powered for electricity.
Cost is as noted in listing, plus a cleaning fee and deposit, depending upon length of stay. Your weekly cost also includes as much as you need from our organic farm, including eggs. Locally raised organic meat also available (at cost).
We are very flexible about checking in / checking out. However unless you specifically confirm the times you're coming (and going) we must ask that you check in after 4pm, and check out by 12:00 pm
Thanks and feel free to ask any questions
Here are some further reviews from another site -
Lovely, Serene Setting Near All
My husband and I spent two August weeks at this terrific location and recommend it highly! While very private and quiet it is close to everything we wanted to do and see in the Berkshires.
We enjoyed the eat-in kitchen, which is bright, spacious and well-equipped. (We also used the dining room and the outdoor deck, which was lovely!) We used the very large upstairs king bedroom, which was comfortable and bright, with windows along one wall and sliding glass doors along another...with a deck for reading and dreaming! Wonderful property!
Ron was so helpful and available to us; his recommendations for restaurants and various activities were excellent. He also brought us beautiful cut flowers and delicious fruit and vegetables from his own gardens and orchard!
Overall, a great place to stay!Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Great setting for family vacation
I rented this house for five weeks during the summer, both for myself and for a small family gathering. It was a wonderful experience all around. The listing info is accurate and the excellent reviews are merited. The house is spotlessly clean, comfortable and private, in a bucolic setting, yet only 10 minutes from Great Barrington. The place has been recently rehabbed and is nicely furnished in a clean, spare Scan style with space that is perfect for a couple and still roomy enough for a group. The master bedroom is particularly spacious with a good-sized bathroom and step-out deck overlooking a large picturesque yard -- great for kids and pets to play in and run around. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking supplies and opens out to an adjoining deck with a lovely setting for grilling and dining al fresco. The owners, Ron and Naomi, are wonderful hosts and really made us feel like welcome guests, with provisions of bread, coffee and salad greens in the fridge upon arrival and deliveries of seasonal produce fresh from their farm (which we also were also invited to visit). Ron manages the property in an unobtrusive way – he was easily reachable and responsive to inquiries, providing a font of information about area resources not found in guidebooks. In all my years of renting, I’ve never had such a positive personal rapport with an owner. I would definitely recommend this house for a family vacation, romantic getaway or just a great home base for exploring the Berkshires.Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway.
Relaxing and Rejuvenating Weekend
Ron was attentive and responsive to our questions and needs, he always replied to emails very quickly and made sure to contact us before and after our arrival. Directions regarding the house were clear, detailed, and concise. The house was homey and comfortable, fitting our needs. Ron provided us with a generous amount of food at the beginning of our stay. The house was a perfect size for the 6 of us and was large enough for us to spend time both together and apart. With the house set far back off a quiet road, we had privacy to enjoy the setting, as well as having fun without disturbing anyone. Definitely recommended!
Beaux Berskshire Boite
Well, not quite a box, and not really French at all, but I'm stretching for alliterations these days.
Everything was exactly as pictured. Tasteful Midcent furnishings offend no one. Comfortable bed. Private location, back off the main road. Plenty of room for two people, would be great for 4 or even 6.
Well equipped kitchen. Grill. Firepit. Nice shower and bath. Naomi and Ron were thoughtful enough to leave out coffee, fresh veg from the garden, milk and bread. All nice touches.
Felt like I was staying in a home I already owned in some parallel universe, which, knowing my self-regard, is the highest compliment!
Would recommend this to anyone heading to the Berkshires.Recommended for: Families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Just what we needed!
Stayed for a long weekend with college friends that wanted an upgrade from our average camping trip. The location was perfect - great hideaway surrounded by trees, but close enough to town to get whatever we needed.
Loved all the area info that Ron and Naomi left for us - it was so helpful!! Upon our arrival we were greeted with fresh eggs, berries, bread and local coffee such a lovely touch!
We enjoyed all of our meals on the deck and made use of the grill and fire pit. Also spent one afternoon at a local swimming hole they recommended we check out. Overall great weekend and would certainly stay again! Perfect for families or a group of friends.
Amazing hospitality and cozy hideaway
Guest: emy888 (Northern NJ)
Date of Stay: 02/20/13 Review Submitted: 03/22/13
My husband and our four young children visited the area for the first time to go skiing at Butternut. This house could not have been more perfect. Very kid-friendly, cozy and comfortable, unique in its stylish decor, tucked away and very private. Conveniently located close to Butternut and to Great Barrington's main street, a wonderful place to explore, as well as many other spots we discovered .... But the real treat was the amazing hospitality of the owners. Their recommendations and knowledge of EVERYTHING were top notch and made us newcomers feel as though we knew all the secrets. They greeted us with above-and-beyond helpfulness to make sure everything was perfect and in its place, with fresh eggs, juice, butter and bread for our arrival to boot. And when we found we needed something to execute our customary post-skiing pancakes, they were super responsive and non-intrusive with not one but 3 griddles .... honestly, they were quintessential hosts who ensured that we will be back. We look forward to experiencing the home and area in the warmer months.
Recommended for:Adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
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Guest: Marie, Kurt and Matthew (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Date of Stay: 09/13/12 Review Submitted: 09/18/12
Our family just returned from a blissful four day stay. We will admit that PERFECT weather conspired to make this trip so glorious but Ron & Naomi's home was a huge part of it. The house is clean and cozy. The fresh flowers, eggs and veggies were a lovely bonus! Ron was quick to respond to any and all inquiries and stopped by to help map out a local trip. A very peaceful vibe and we came home relaxed and re-charged. We look forward to a return trip and heartily recommend a visit!
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stylish, comfortable and impeccably clean
Guest: B Lady (Brooklyn)
Date of Stay: 08/18/12 Review Submitted: 09/03/12
We completely enjoyed our stay. The house offered great privacy as well as lovely minimalist style. My husband usually has bad allergies in summer homes but the Berkshire hideaway was so dust free that he had no complaints. The owners were extremely helpful and accessible. Also, we have two young children so the laundry, dishwasher and hammock were a plus. The location was ten minutes from the town of Great Barrington and there was swimming close by.
Owner response:Thanks for your nice review! Glad that the allergies were not an issue! (we are very thorough with cleaning / everything is dusted, wiped down, HEPA vacuumed, all rugs regularly washed etc). You guys were great guests, please think about us for future visits! Ron & Naomi
Recommended for:Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2 Guest AccessThis is a whole house, so you have complete access. Interaction with GuestsWe are across the road at our farmstead and available for any house related things, as you need us, or not, whichever you prefer. We are also available for questions about what to do, where to go, where to get whatever, etc. Also, we might be able to make a suggestion for a few things way off the beaten path - it's our specialty! The NeighborhoodThis house is in one of the most desirable areas near Great Barrington - close to the Alford Valley one of the most scenic places in the Berkshires. A great bike loop or drive. And approx 6 minutes to Great Barrington center, yet very private, with lots of woodland trails right out the door. Great for XC skiing or hiking the rest of the year. Getting AroundYou will need a car. We have another house available in town for which you do NOT need a car. Other Things to NotePlease take a look at our guidebook.