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PIXLEY KNOB HILL FARM - 21 ACRES, NY BERKSHIRES - HOUSE/BARN FROM 1818

Owner

Advertiser since: 2007
Speaks: spanish
Sleeps15
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Speaks: spanish
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PIXLEY KNOB HILL FARM - 21 ACRES, NY BERKSHIRES - HOUSE/BARN FROM 1818

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Hillsdale Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

House, 6 Bedrooms + Library w/daybeds, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-15)

Wonderful farmhouse and barn nestled in the New York Berkshires, perfect for a couple wanting to escape, or a family wanting to gather!

Built in 1818 and originally known as the Pixley-Foster General Store, our farmhouse has known only four owners in almost 200 years. Quirky and beautiful, you can emphasize quiet or fun, depending on your mood. When our family isn't there, we'd love yours to be. Just over 2 hours from New York City and Boston, with easy access by Amtrak and Metro North trains. 20 minutes to high-end restaurants and shopping in either Hudson, NY or Great Barrington, MA. Rural even in this age, you can live the pastoral life and still be close to Tanglewood, art house movies and unbelievable food.

The house is a product of every era - the downstairs has been largely restored to its early-19th century rugged beauty, while the upstairs still maintains the charm of its past as a bed & breakfast from the 1950s. We've mixed old and new - a 90' satellite TV is projected on a 1920s plaster and lath wall, WiFi Internet wafts through the colonial wideboard pine floors, the kitchen boasts a new 6-burner Viking stove, but you eat breakfast on a formica kitchen table from the '40s. Best of all, the house is entirely solar-powered, with a grid backup (during the last ice storm, we were the only house for miles with power!)

The master bedroom was once the carriage house, with the original horse-feeding windows now converted to triple-paned glass. Weather permitting, you could spend time in the barn: two floors, with the upstairs hosting an old basketball court. Downstairs has a pool table, ping pong, foosball, darts and a stereo. A hot tub is available just off the kitchen.

Pixley Knob Hill Farm can be a quiet setting for a couple, a getaway for a family (especially with a new baby), or a reunion for old friends looking for a place big enough for endless conversations and games. Between the house and barn is a monkey bars/swing/clubhouse play structure. We have 21 protected acres, including a hill giving 360-degree views of Columbia County: the Berkshires, the Taconic Valley, even a little slice of the Catskills. Milk cows wander just outside the kitchen window. Catamount Ski Resort is visible from the living room couch. Summer, spring, winter or fall, it has been a great place to gather for 190 years!

Keywords: House and Barn

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Owner
Advertiser since: 2007
Speaks: spanish

About The Owner

My wife and I are both writers, directors, and musicians. We spent part of our childhoods in the U.K. at the same time without knowing each other (we were 10). Our daughter just turned 8, and our jobs keep us all on the road a lot. Little-known fact about me: I can do Morse Code at 35 words per minute. Little-known fact about my wife: she's an award-winning ice skater!

Why The Owner chose Hillsdale

We both went to the University of North Carolina, and are always amazed how similar the Berkshires are to the Southern Piedmont. We'd always wanted a homestead for our enormous (and getting bigger) families, but we finally decided it was time to have a place outside the city after we were in downtown Manhattan during the attacks of 9/11. For the last decade, it has been a true sanctuary of love and laughter.

What makes this farmhouse unique

I fell in love with the house the second I saw the basketball hoop from 1948 hung on the second floor of the barn. Since then, we did a little research, and uncovered the amazing story of Isaac Foster and Polly Pixley, the newlyweds who built the farm in 1818. The result is an irreverent homemade book sitting in the living room!

Why HomeAway

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Reviews

5
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Pixley Knob Hill Farm - 21 acres, NY Berkshires - House/Barn from 1818
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
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Pixley Knob Hill Farm - 21 acres, NY Berkshires - House/Barn from 1818
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p128226vb
Hillsdale Hudson Valley
Vermont
5

Didn't want to leave and can't wait to return

Didn't want to leave and can't wait to return
  • 5 of 5
Thirteen of us stayed at Pixley Knob for the weekend. I didn't know much about the town of Hillsdale, but chose the location because the house sounded perfect and it was central for guests coming from Boston, New York, and Vermont. We had an incredible weekend (and didn't even leave the property on Saturday!): lawn games, pool, darts, foosball, hot tub, and more goofy (for adults) options like roller skating, a jungle gym, and ample space for dance parties. The kitchen was spacious and in the warm weather we could overflow onto the front porch and patio. We did not once ask "I wonder if there is a....." and not find it in the well-stocked kitchen! The long farmhouse table in the dining room was perfect for communal meals. Everyone had a comfortable bed to sleep in and the house was very clean. Have I mentioned the surround sound speakers? Even outdoors!

We did venture out on Sunday and had a nice stroll in Great Barrington (frozen yogurt and used book store). We also had a farewell round of mini-golf just a half mile down the street from Pixley Knob.

Pixley Knob was the perfect spot for our little reunion and I think we all wanted to stick around for the week for more games, strolling around the beautiful property, and maybe to lay on those comfortable couches and read some of amazing selection of books stashed on bookshelves all over the house. Plans are in the works for next year!

Thank you to Ian and Joey for being so accommodating and gracious!
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: MM, you figured out the outdoor speakers! That one occasionally even flummoxes our own family. SO GLAD you had the time you had - you and yours are the perfect guests for our place. Hopefully we'll see you soon!
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Pixley Knob Hill Farm - 21 acres, NY Berkshires - House/Barn from 1818
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Hillsdale Hudson Valley
Chapel Hill, NC
5

A Reunion Locale

  • 5 of 5
My seven friends and I found this a perfect place for a reunion of old friends. There are lots of bedrooms and plenty of common space for group and one-on-one conversations. The house is a unique combination of heart-of-pine flooring, old-fashioned steep stairs and top-notch technical equipment. The owners are both generous and helpful with that equipment The kitchen was very well stocked with high quality knives, pots and pans and even a 6-burner Viking stove! Location is perfect for walking and sightseeing, even in that awkward time between ski season and spring. Rolling farmland and wooded hills never go out of season.
  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: S.L., we were so happy you came up. Hope your reunion was something we can all look forward to someday!
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Pixley Knob Hill Farm - 21 acres, NY Berkshires - House/Barn from 1818
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Hillsdale Hudson Valley
brooklyn, ny
5

pixley knob hill farm -- great times!

  • 5 of 5
great times at pixley knob. the house, which had lots of character, kept the kids busy running through its many interconnected rooms. the barn was another favorite. pool table, darts, and even roller skating! and best of all, it was only a 2-3 minute drive to the slopes of catamount!
  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Amy, we loved having you and your family at the farm. And you even roller-skated upstairs in the barn - not many are that brave! Please come back anytime.
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Pixley Knob Hill Farm - 21 acres, NY Berkshires - House/Barn from 1818
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Hillsdale Hudson Valley
Brooklyn
5

Awesome House, Barn, and Property!!

  • 5 of 5
We came to the farm with 13 people for a birthday weekend and it was absolutely perfect! There was so much to do that we should have stayed longer. Skiing is right around the corner but we were having too much fun at the house and in the barn that we never made it to the mountain. Also, Great Barrington is a neat little town with a lot to offer.

This house has something for everyone and is perfect for all ages. We will definitely be back!
  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Davey, we loved having you too! You guys can come back anytime!
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Pixley Knob Hill Farm - 21 acres, NY Berkshires - House/Barn from 1818
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Hillsdale Hudson Valley
Hoboken, NJ
5

Just Rent It!

  • 5 of 5
What a great house!!!! Think country living meets modern technology with unique details. The care takers went above and beyond what you would expect from a weekend rental. (They had us shoveled out by 6am the morning of the big Feb 2013 snowstorm!) The owners were very responsive to all my questions.

Our crowd was a mix of singles, couples and families. We used thehouse as a home base for a ski weekend. It met all of our needs with plenty of space. After just one weekend we plan to make this an annual event … so don’t try and book my Feb weekend! Rent it … you’ll enjoy it.
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, you and your families were amazing during Nemo (the blizzard of Feb 2013). So glad you could be snug at night while still enjoying the record-breaking snow! You and yours are invited back anytime.
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Pixley Knob Hill Farm - 21 acres, NY Berkshires - House/Barn from 1818
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p128226vb
Hillsdale Hudson Valley
5

great getaway from the city in a beautiful house & barn

great getaway from the city in a beautiful house & barn
  • 5 of 5
This is a beautiful farm house about 2+ hours north of nyc. It is charming and cozy and has an amazing barn full of toys. This is a wonderful getaway to ski, to be in the country, to relax, to read, to cook, to enjoy the days-
  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dina and Jon, it was great to have y'all at the farm - the kids seem perfect for country living! Please come back and we'll cook up some more adventures.

Map

Nearest Airport
54 Miles
ALB
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hillsdale House, Mt. Washington House
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Chatham Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Hudson Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Taconic State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Crossroads
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Catamount Ski
Car: necessary

Catamount Ski, Butternut Ski, Jacob's Pillow, Williamstown Theater Festival, Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, driving range, miniature golf, go-karts, ziplines, tons of high-end restaurants and shopping in Hudson and Gt. Barrington, MA.

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Rates & Availability

From $450 Per night

Hillsdale Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter/Ski Season
Jan 2 2015 - Mar 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
$470
$1,800
$5,000
 
 
Spring
Mar 20 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
$450
$1,750
$4,750
 
 
Summer
May 22 2015 - Sep 3 2015
3 night minimum stay
$470
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89
housekeeping $150
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Some amenities require additional payment. Use of the hot tube incurs a $25 charge for sanitation and maintenance.
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Amenities

Hillsdale Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • master bathroom ambient heated through floor
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (8), Baby Cribs (1) in nursery, just off master bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double futon, sleeps two
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
House entirely solar-powered, full eclectic library, two HD computer monitors to hook to your laptops, baby fruit orchard, fire pit at top of hill, children's monkey bars, swing and clubhouse structure, trampoline and volleyball net (weather permitting).

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