Alford Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Only the owner shares this peaceful retreat -no other homes in views in view
FALL LEAF PEEPER SPECIALS are available if
traveling during mid week. Inquire!
Spacious one room cottage on a private 7 acre
estate with swimming pond, lily pond, streams, gardens and views. Only the owner shares this
peaceful natural retreat, minutes from everything exciting in the Berkshires and Columbia County.
Originally built by artist caretakers to a Manhattan horticulurist, The cottage has it's own driveway, is a spacious, 550 sq. ft, with a large bedroom/sitting room, separate full kitchen and sky-lit bathroom. There is a
queen size bed, reading and dining areas, Cable TV, DVD, a CD player, WiFi, air conditioning and heat. It is comfortable, has charm and is
From a picture window where a table is placed, you can look over the gardens to the lake, a glorious view all year round.
In summer you can hear the stream trickling from the small front deck. Or step out the back
to a private shade garden with cushioned lounges for reading, a propane grill, table and
chairs for outdoor dining.
A gazebo cantilevered over the water is for your use alone. Perfect for reading, relaxing,
a glass of wine before dinner.
In winter, the cottage becomes a cozy cabin.
Bring books, hiking boots, snow shoes, even
skis. Catamount and Butternut are less than a
half hour away, Jiminy Peak and Bousquet a few minutes more.
The cottage is heaven sent for an individual or
couple who want to relax in a natural retreat yet still have access to all this popular tourist area offers.
Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and Columbia County. Once part of Massachusetts, Austerlitz
is on the NY/Mass. border Only 18 minutes to
Tanglewood and Kripalu. Less than half and hour to the towns of Great Barrington, Stockbridge and Lenox, Mass., as well as Hudson, Hillsdale and Chatham, NY. There are
ski slopes nearby, golf and tennis, hiking, biking, fine restaurants, theaters, films, concerts. Museums, historic homes, antiques,
festivals, farmers' markets, wineries, distilleries, celebrity sightings ...and so much more.
OCCUPANCY: two people unless special arrangements are made in advance for a guest. No charge for infant.
RATES quoted are for 2 people. They are all
inclusive. There are no extra charges or fees.
MINIMUM STAY: Stays of two nights minimum
CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund of the deposit minus a cancellation fee* will be granted if cancellation is made 31 or more days before the date of scheduled arrival. A 50% refund of the deposit will be granted if cancellation is made 15 to 30 days prior to arrival. There are no refunds for no shows or abbrevieted stays.
*Cancellation fee for stays of 4 nights or more:
$200. Fee for shorter stays:$75
that the property was once woods and although beautiful and almost always quiet, neither the cottage not the main house is immune to bad weather, critters, power outages and other such country things. We certainly do our best to prepare for contingencies that are beyond our control.
Also be aware that the property is between cell phone towers so it is rare for a cell phone to work until you reach the main road. There is internet and a phone with answering machine so you can make and receive calls. Many guests have expressed delight at the positive effect on their vacation; and of course, cell phone service is available at most shopping centers along the road.
CHECK IN:2PM . Check out 11AM. Check out times may be flexible. Inquire.
Smoking is not permitted. Sorry no pets.
Keywords: Cottage, retreat, romantic getaway, cabin, Tanglewood, Hudson, Great Barrington, Chatham, Kripalu
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Beth Rinzler
Am an expat of Manhattan but grew up outside of Boston.
Beth Rinzler purchased this cottage in 1994
Why Beth Rinzler chose Alford
For years my family rented a tiny cottage in the area so as to escape the city in the summer. We began loving it more and more and making our weekends longer and longer. When we made the leap to move up full time, we chose this location
because it is on border of Berkshire and Columbia Counties, near all the bright lights, yet very peaceful and tranquil. We were hoping to find a property with one distinguishing feature; we never expected to find one with so many bells and whistles.
What makes this cottage unique
Swimming , canoeing, walking around
the lake, enjoyng the gardens, lazing about the property ,watching the hummingbirds skim past the flowers. Reading under a 100 year old tree. Listening to the trickle of the stream.
Fresh air. sipping that first cup of coffee outside, exercizing on the gazebo. Yoga.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We loved being at your cottage. It was just what we wanted - quiet, beautiful,peaceful.
Deb enjoyed the swimming in the pond and we enjoyed sitting in various parts of your property and just reading.....