Shelburne Falls Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6-10, Gorgeous View, Open Fields
Close to Berkshire East, Mt Snow, Zoar Outdoor (rafting and zipline), Crabapple Whitewater, fishing in the Deerfield River. Open fields and views and hiking trails. Wonderful for children and adults alike. 25 acres of meadows and woods with a stream below. Free-ranging chickens and sheep. Always something to learn, collecting eggs, picking herbs, looking for the beaver in the pond. True eco-tourism. Large, well-equipped kitchen. Game room with ping-pong and pool table. Large rooms for entertaining. Perfect for artists' or writers' retreat or family gathering. Access to nearby Rowe Pond (Pelham Lake) with its wonderful swimming beach. Minimum 3-night stay. Cleaning fee and security deposit. Extra bedroom and bath available upon request for an additional fee, allowing 8-10 occupancy. E-mail is: email@example.com or contact me through HomeAway-- thanks!
- children welcome
- smoking allowed
- limited accessibility
- pets considered
About Karen Brooks
Gardener, folksinger, carpenter-- went to boarding school in England where I learned to appreciate the peacefulness of a country spot. I'm just a bit up the road from Reinhold Niebuhr's stone cottage where theologians came to spend their summers trying to understand the world's problems. This is an off-the-beaten-path kind of a place, beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall, and wild in the winter. I've built much of this place with my own hands, and have tried every kind of self-sufficiency, from making beer to processing wool, to making farm products for sale. Never that much of a profit but always interesting. And always something good to eat.
Karen Brooks purchased this farmhouse in 1982
Why Karen Brooks chose Shelburne Falls
I came here as a newlywed, pregnant with my first child. It was a wonderful place to raise children-- so many things that we take for granted here are no longer available in most of the world-- amazing quiet, beautiful sunsets and big night skies full of stars, always a breeze no matter how hot the summer, delicious drinking water, fresh eggs and produce, the sight of sheep out on the pasture and chickens busy all day. We're in an area of tourism that is homespun, no fast food here, just lots of land and space, trees and sky-- the locals call our town of Heath 'God's Country', and they're not wrong. My children (four of them) are grown up now, and the house is too big for me but I love having visitors, especially from far away. I live in my studio just down the hill from the house with it's own driveway and gardens, with my 2 kitties and my Sheltie Bounder. Plenty of space to share, plenty of room to run free.
What makes this farmhouse unique
The rooms in the house are open and cozy at the same time-- simply furnished, with a huge eat-in, live-in kitchen, big livin groom, wonderful front porch and back deck for entertaining. The sunroom has a pool table which converts into a ping pong table, and looks out at the magnificent backyard towards Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. 2 of the bedrooms are quite large, and one has a pull-out bed for 2 in addition to the queen bed. All the beds are very comfortable, unusually so, as this was very important to me.