The SpaceThe house is a wonderful rambling farmhouse lovingly cared for,updated and added onto over more than two hundred years. The house has lots of comfortably furnished common spaces with bright and sunny southern facing windows and lovely views of the hills and fields. Guest AccessWith the exception of the attic and a small storage room, the whole house and grounds are available for your use. The attic is a finished space with a large bedroom with a queen and a double bed, a small bedroom with two twin beds and a half bath. The attic is accessed by stairs which are narrow and steep and could be dangerous for young children. The attic rooms can be included in the reservation for an additional cleaning fee of $100. Interaction with GuestsIn many cases, especially in cold weather, Ingrid may be at the house to welcome guests upon their arrival - to demonstrate use of the wood stove and other house systems. Otherwise you will have complete privacy but can reach Ingrid by phone or text for any questions or issues that may come up during the stay. The NeighborhoodCummington was the boyhood home of American poet William Cullen Bryant and his beautiful restored homestead is nearby and open to the public. The Old Creamery Co-op is a great place for local and organic fruits and veggies, ice cream, coffee, baked goods, wine, prepared food. Beautiful natural areas to visit nearby include the Chesterfield Gorge (operated by the Trustees of Reservations) and the Bend where locals swim in the Westfield River.
Also in Cummington are the Greenwood Music Camp and Shire Village Camp. Families coming up for concerts at Greenwood or picking up campers may enjoy staying at Sweet Water Farm for their visit.
A half hour's drive brings you to Northampton which is a fun town with lots of restaurants and shops in addition to Smith College's Museum of Art. Also in the Pioneer Valley are the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and Hampshire College as well as the Eric Carle Museum of Illustration.
Berkshires: Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, The Mount, (Edith Wharton's home in Lenox) and many other wonderful cultural experiences are a 45 drive from Cummington. Getting AroundThe house is accessible by car and there is ample parking. The closest public transportation is by bus to Pittsfield or Northampton. Other Things to NoteWe have a new gas grill on the deck. We have a Mr. Coffee coffee maker machine as well as a Keurig.
There is ok cell service at the house, however there is poor cell service on the roads in the area so you need to have your directions in hand before setting out.
Also to note: there is a Pleasant Street in nearby Plainfield, (while we are on Pleasant Street in Cummington,) and many mapping services will try to route you there instead of to our house in Cummington. Be sure to have the correct directions in hand before you set out in case you cannot get a signal.
There is parking at the house for up 6 cars comfortably, 10 cars is possible but tight.