Get away from it all on a quiet road in the country: In the winter, there is great downhill skiing and snowboarding for beginners and children at Bousquet, Butternut or Catamount Ski areas, which are all within a half hour of the house. Jiminy Peak offers challenges for more advanced skiers and is only 35 minutes from the house. You can also cross-country ski on numerous local trails, sled at local parks, and visit museums. In the spring, watch maple syrup being made, smell the fresh air, and watch the trees and flowers bud out. Swing on the bench at our small private pond, hidden away in our woods, and, in season, celebrate nature by listening to chorus-like peepers, chirping wood frogs and night owls. Explore the outside once again with hikes, bikes, walks and play in the backyard. Use our bikes, canoe, and kayak for recreational travel. In the summer, sit on the deck, eat under the umbrella, play tennis down the road, go swimming at Queechy Lake, (a free pass is provided to this private sandy beach with a lifeguard, swimming, picnic tables, fishing and boating) and go to Tanglewood, Williamstown Theater Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Hancock Shaker Village, Kripalu or dozens of other cultural offerings. On a rainy day visit the Clark Art Institute, MassMOCA, the Norman Rockwell Museum or many other nearby museums. In the evening make a fire in the outdoor fire ring, cook a lovely meal in a well equipped kitchen, listen to music, and enjoy my spinet piano and libraries. In the spring, watch maple syrup being made, smell the fresh air, and watch the trees and flowers bud out. Explore the outside once again with hikes, bikes, walks and play in the backyard. Use our bikes, canoe, and kayak for recreational travel. In the fall, see the spectacular fall foliage, hike in the crisp air, go apple picking, toast marshmallows over a fire, snuggle up to read in an easy chair, make cookies in a well equipped kitchen, visit museums, go to the theater or just sit around and socialize and relax. Use our bikes, canoe, and kayak for recreational travel. Enjoy staying in a sunny, spacious, comfortable home with hardwood floors, a working fireplace, a sun porch, and a porch off the master bedroom. In the nice weather, you can sit in a swing by the pond, walk through the woods in the back, barbecue and eat on the deck, and let the children play in the yard. Within 3 miles you can play tennis, bring the kids to the playground down the road or drive to Queechy Lake. In the evening cook in a well equipped, newly remodeled kitchen with a new, quiet dishwasher, which is part of a 'Great Room' (so you can socialize while you cook) using food from local farm stands and eat a relaxed dinner at home. After dinner take a walk and see the beautiful starry night or catch fireflies. If its cool, make a fire in the outside fire pit or in the indoor fireplace. Listen to music as you play cards or socialize and go to sleep to the quiet of nature. If you're feeling adventurous, there are endless activities to do within a 40 minute drive. The New York-Berkshire area has so many trails to hike or cross country ski, mountains to ski, routes to bicycle, lakes to swim in or boat on, museums to visit, theater/music/dance to enjoy and great restaurants to eat at. You'll have to come back next year to see and do it all. The house is equidistant from Boston and New York, making it an ideal place for a reunion/gathering with people from both cities. No pet visitors allowed and no smoking allowed inside house please. The house is home to two beautiful cats who will not be in the house during a rental. I have had people stay in the house who are allergic to cats, but with medication have done fine. The house is meticulously cleaned and vacuumed before any rentals, but if anyone in your party is super allergic to cats, they may react to some of the dander inherent in a house where cats live. Let me welcome you to my home and show you around. Keywords: Equidistant from Boston and New York City, 4 Acres, Weekend getaway, Private, Beach Rights, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, tennis, museums, culture, theater, comfortable, rural, child-friendly, bicycling, hiking, near lakes, swimming, boating, fishing, antiquing, fall foliage, fireplace, fire pit, gardens, garage, sun porch, spacious, yard, deck, Tanglewood, Hancock Shaker Village, Clark Art Museum, Mass MOCA, Williamstown Theater Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, Mount Greylock, music festivals, film festivals, farmstands, cozy,dishwasher.