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Jim Johnson

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Jim Johnson

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2015
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Connect With Nature

Bedrooms 4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Cheshire Barn Rental Photos and Description

Large, fully- renovated historic barn home with 2 rustic brookside cabins.

Welcome to Mason Hill - a celebration of everything we love about the Berkshires. Mountain views, stone walls, sloping green hills, the sound of a brook clear running to sing you to sleep, and an exquisitely restored barn home all contribute to a true New England experience. With stunning views of the Kitchen Brook gorge and falls, mountain meadows and refined furnishing and amenities, the historic Mason Hill farm has been a favored, repeat destinatio for a Berkshire stay for visitors from near and far. More than a vacation rental it has become a tradition for many, where family and friends gather, fun activities are shared and the heritage of the past comes alive evey day. Built in 1815 on a hilltop in Cheshire, MA, Mason Hill offers a fully modern and equipped gourmet kitchen with dual fuel Siemens oven, and a large and comfortable living room and bar area. The adjacent large bedroom also accommodates a superlative library. The home includes full bath (shower and tub), full laundry facilities, and an outdoor cedar-lined shower with a view to the sky. One queen and one bunk bed in BR; two singles in semi-private sleeping area off the living room and one double bed in a semi-private sleeping area off the kitchen. A large deck on the west side of the barn is a glorious outdoor sitting area for a casual meal, or a quiet afternoon of reading, all the while listening to the brook and enjoying the fresh Berkshire air. A second deck and outdoor shower area are located on the south side of the barn. From there, thirty large granite steps lead to a rustic cabin and the scenic Kitchen Brook gorge. A large stone fire pit adjacent to the cabin is an ideal spot for a family campfire or musical evening. The cabin has a single bunk bed, large rustic desk and a wood stove for heat. And we have recently added a smaller cabin and fire pit on the hillside overlooking the gorge. Rental is for entire property, two-night minimum. We utilize earth and human friendly cleaning products and Seventh Generation sprays and other earth friendly products. Within easy driving distance of the Clark Art Museum, Williams College, Mass MOCA and other Berkshire attractions. You will find activities for all ages close by. Ride your bike...or a rental...on the scenic Ashuwilticook Bike trail. Fish in the lake with the kids, or just relax on the lake shore. Or hike on more than 20 marked trails on Mount Greylock and the surrounding area. We cordially invite you to experience he uniqueness of a Mason Hill vacation.

Keywords: Country, Historic, Secluded, Simplicity, Mountain Views, Woodlands, Brook, Quiet Village, Arts and Culture, Mount Greylock, Biking, Swimming, Hiking, Antiques and Antiquing.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Jim Johnson (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2015

About Jim Johnson

Retired advertising agency executive and owner with master's degree from University of Iowa. Author and co-author of 4 books on Early American life and the Shakers. Hobbies include building restoration, writing and driving with horses.

Jim Johnson purchased this barn in 1996

Why Jim Johnson chose Cheshire

Mason Hill is one of the most beautiful locations in the Berkshires. The post and beam barn was built in 1815 by the Mason family and retains many of its original construction features in addition to the most modern amenities.

What makes this barn unique

Natural beauty, quiet, privacy, gourmet kitchen, woodland trails, trout fishing in stocked brook, two additional rustic cabins and fire pit, stone and wooden meditation benches overlooking upper and lower gorge, cedar outdoor shower, 1/4 mi. to AT

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 15 traveler reviews

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average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
Center Valley PA

When can we go back?

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son, and two dogs just arrived back home from Jim's beautiful and peaceful property and we adored our stay! The barn is beautiful and full of quirky and fun antiques. We were snuggled under down comforters, hosted friends in the gorgeous kitchen, made s'mores in the fire pit, hiked and waded in the stream, read the paper on the porch, watched a full moon through the many windows in the barn and just relaxed! Jim was so helpful and had many suggestions for where we could go for great hikes, food and Berkshire fun. Amazingly, the barn is very close to many attractions, although, once you arrive, you feel isolated from the rest of the world! Fantastic!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Thanks Jim!

  • 5 of 5

First off, I hope anyone who reads this doesn't believe me so that I can still book Jim's house whenever I want it!! I have now been to Mason Hill twice. Once on a guys weekend, once with my wife and boys (and dog). The place is perfect for anything. From the feel of the place, deck, outdoor shower, fire pit, river in back, you just totally relax at this house. You can bike right to the reservoir rail trail which is beautiful. Jim welcomes you in and helps you with whatever you need, but doesn't intrude. He gets it. My boys loved him. He's like a grandfather (you're not that old really Jim!).

Anyway, I plan to go back again with boys my friends and family and think it's a great place for both.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
New Haven, CT 06511

A Gem in Heart of Berkshires

  • 5 of 5

This place was truly spectacular - from the roosters crowing in the morning, to the babbling brook down the hill, to the mountain views each morning. And that's just the exterior! The inside is a remade barn that still feels like the 1800s but tastefully done, with smartly appointed furniture, nice use of wood features, and antiques festooned from the ceiling. Design and history buffs will get a kick out of this reconverted space. Also, the caretakers are fabulous. We arrived with no gas in the stoves but the problem was promptly remedied. This was truly a remarkable weekend, spent with 3 couples and two babies and a pooch. There's not tons of privacy, but that's OK. I can't recommend Mason Hill highly enough!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Brooklyn, NY

Perfect spot for a reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Once a year our group of college friends gets together for a wonderful weekend of story telling, catching up, and enjoying each other's company. Mason Hill has been the perfect spot for us the last two years. The campfire circle, the open kitchen, the awesome deck and the beautiful setting make this spot worth returning to.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Minneapolis, MN

Fantastic family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We filled all 9 beds (including the two in the cabin overlooking the waterfall) for our reunion of family from Oregon and Minnesota. Extended family from Maine and New York rented another VRBO house not far away, and we had our meals together in Cheshire. What a great setup! The open spaces allowed everyone to feel part of the party. Nicely equipped kitchen. Some meals were inside at the spectacular old dining table and some were outdoors on the spacious deck. Fantastic family photo opps, with the ambience of the historical setting and furnishings, not to mention the most picturesque cemetery imaginable next door. Kids loved splashing in Kitchen Brook (wading shoes were a plus) and younger grownups enjoyed early morning hikes--ask how to find the short hike up to the cobble on the hill across the valley. You get a splendid vista of the farm and bragging rights to say you walked part of the Appalachain Trail before breakfast! Older grownups enjoyed poking through the impressive library and finding all the comfortable places to sit inside and out. Delightful and helpful caretakers, too! Old memories were stirred and fresh ones made. Thanks. (Should probably mention a couple considerations--helped that we were all family since there is not a lot of privacy, with beds in shared spaces. And it took a little coordination to move everyone through the single bathroom!)

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

our family get away

  • 5 of 5

three generations of my family enjoyed every minute of our stay at mason hill.

the grandkids hiked, picked blueberries, fed the chickens across the road, fished,and of course begged to make daily visits to the general store which happened to offer penny candy.

we amazingly had no difficulty sharing one bathroom.

we realized that the older among us grew up that way and somehow survived!

the serene setting was just what we had hoped for and needed.

much credit for our wonderful stay was due to the attentiveness of the caretakers corrin and auroura

they were always available and always pleasant.

i never appreciated the berkshires as much as i did during our stay.

hope to stay at mason hill next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany International
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Lake Onata in Pittsfield
Car: necessary

Mason Hill is surrounded by rolling hills and woodlands, world-class cultural attractions, and an unparalleled variety of vacation and outdoor recreation opportunities

and activities. Visitors usually create custom vacation schedules to meet their own...or their group's..interests.


Rates & Availability

From $255 Per night

Cheshire Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April 15 thru Oct
Apr 15 2015 - Nov 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $60
Notes Check in: 3:00 pm; Check out: Check out 11:00 am
fifty percent upon receipt of confirmed email reservation with balance due two weeks before arrival
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Cheshire Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - bunk bed and one twin in cabins; optional cost
  • Queen size Beds (1) One with TempurPedic mattress in main BR with bunk beds, Double Beds (1) One in semi-private sleeping area off kitchen, Twin or Single Beds (2) Two single beds in semi-private sleeping area off living room, Bunk Beds (1) One set in main BR with queen bed; one set in cabin (can be placed side-to-side)
  • Books ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Cabins do not have running water or electricity, but is an easy walk up the steps to the Barn Home. One cabin has a wood stove. Firewood can be purchased at nearby grocery stores. There is an enclosed outdoor shower off deck at back of barn. (in addition to shower and tub in Barn Home.)

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