Our home in Otis is a short drive from those well-known Berkshire towns…Lenox, Stockbridge, and Great Barrington, BUT it is in the middle of the woods in the southern Berkshires. It offers something that many of us don’t get enough of – serene quiet, nights filled with stars, a peaceful haven away from the world and a beautiful locale no matter what the season.
The house, a truly relaxing retreat, fits in beautifully with its surroundings, a wooded setting on 13 acres. Although only 4 years old, this new Colonial has a farmhouse feel with wide plank pine floors & natural wood moldings throughout. Soft colors adorn the walls & the furnishings are comfortable yet stylish. Each room features multiple windows & doors that bring the outdoors, forest views & streaming sunlight into every corner of the house. We think you’ll agree that it feels like “home.”
The layout of our home allows for room to be together & enjoy each other’s company or have some alone time. Living room has plenty of seating with two sofas, two leather armchairs & a recliner, all within view of the slide-out flat screen TV (with satellite TV & DVD player) & gas fireplace (for winter use). Sliders lead out to a very private deck that overlooks the yard, surrounded by woods on 3 sides. French doors at either end of the living room open onto the spacious screened porch with vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan & wood-burning fireplace (year-round use if desired). Comfortable porch furniture makes this a great place to hang out & read or have meals “outside.”
The expansive kitchen & dining area are perfect for one of the most important parts of a vacation….eating & drinking. The kitchen will charm any cook with its granite counters with lots of prep room & new appliances. There’s room for friends to sit on stools at the peninsula counter and keep the chef company. The open floor plan provides a large dining area with windows & natural sunlight on 3 sides. Meals can last a good long time when you’re in such comfortable surroundings.
Three private rooms offer quiet, ideal spaces for peaceful, restful sleep. Two bedrooms are on the 2nd floor, with queen-sized beds, windows on two sides & ceiling fans. The den/bedroom on the 1st floor has a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed, TV & DVD player. There are pillows galore, crisp white sheets, fluffy comforters & quilts in each room…..all to make sleeping here a wonderful experience. The two bedrooms upstairs share a beautiful bathroom with shower & tub with marble surround. The den/bedroom on the first floor has its own bath just outside the door with glass-enclosed shower with river rock floor.
Off the kitchen is the convenient entrance to the garage (with automatic door opener) & there’s a new washer & dryer for your use. One bay of the garage is vacant & you can house your canoe, kayaks, skis, & sporting equipment or one car.
Even though our vacation home is on a VERY quiet unpaved road in the woods, you can still be connected to the world if you wish. We have a landline phone for free local calls & friends & family can call you at the house (bring a calling card for long distance, please). There’s Verizon cell service coverage (better in some areas of the house than others) & Verizon internet coverage if you have a data modem (much faster than dial-up, not quite as fast as a cable modem which isn’t available in our area).
All you need to enjoy our vacation home is your suitcase. Everything else is provided for your comfort & entertainment. You’ll find lots of DVD’s, CD’s, stereo system with iPod dock, games & puzzles, kitchen & bathroom staples.
The Neighborhood: Just .7 of a mile from the end of our driveway is Hayes Pond, a beautiful crystal clear pond that is perfect for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing (10-min walk, 2-min drive). Our favorite walk, no matter what the season, is down the road & around to the back of the pond….isolated & beautiful. Our road is the definition of “the road less travelled.” Houses are scattered here & there back in the woods, pretty much how you would imagine a country road should look, wildflowers & nary a car in sight.
The Town: From the Otis website, “Otis is a town nestled quaintly along several lakes & ponds, against gentle slopes of the Berkshire Range, & in the Farmington River Valley. This Town is a haven for outdoor recreation having pleasant forests, open fields, cool streams, deep ponds & lakes, & nurturing wetlands. Along with natural elements the Town has a ski resort, several campgrounds, & State Forest Preserves. The natural setting, the small town laid back attitude, the small business enterprises & recreation opportunities makes it a good place to live.” We agree. It’s also a great place to visit!
The Surrounding Area: No matter the season, the Berkshires offer something for everyone. For the culturally inclined, there’s music, dance & theatre, museums, galleries & historic places. For outdoorsy types, there’s amazing hiking, swimming, boating, skiing, berry-picking. Shopping anyone? Lee Premium Outlets, unique boutiques & farmers markets abound. A fantastic array of restaurants (rustic diners to bistros to fine dining) are a short drive away & offer a wide variety of dining experiences no matter the time of day.
The Berkshires is truly the heart of canoeing & kayaking country with 75 lakes & ponds. The serene smaller ponds & rushing streams also make for great fishing (Green River Guide Service & Fly Shop right down our road). Wintertime recreation includes cross-country skiing, snowboarding & downhill skiing. Butternut Basin, Bousquet, Catamount & Jiminy Peak are all nearby.
Whatever you’re looking for in a vacation, it’s probably in the Berkshires….and all within easy access of our vacation home in Otis. Being at our Berkshire Woods House helps us restore our spirits, our minds and our souls. We hope it will do the same for you.
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Keywords: Private, screen porch, fireplace, quiet, Berkshire vacation getaway, wooded property, walk to pond, quiet country road, central air
We both have our own businesses and don't have regular business hours but seem to work all the time.....unless we take some time to enjoy our home in Otis. So our Berkshire Woods home is our haven away from home.
We love what the house and property, our location in Otis and the southern Berkshires have to offer us....serenity and a chance to appreciate the world around us. It is a reasonable drive from our home in Yonkers whether we stay for two days or an entire week. It's only a little over 2 hours away but a world away from our everyday lives. Most of the homes in our community are also weekenders who share our love for the area and for the solitude it provides. And everyone waves to everyone...how nice and unexpected!
The great thing about where our house is located is that you can do as much sightseeing, dining out, shopping, going to the movies or a concert, outdoor activities as you like...all minutes from the house.... or you can simply do nothing and have a wonderful time. Although the house is in the middle of the woods, we still enjoy the conveniences of new construction: a super high-efficiency heating system (in winter), central air (in summer), well-lit rooms, and the latest appliances. There's no 'roughing it' in our vacation home. But you've still got the 'country' right outside the door. Our favorite walk is right at the end of our driveway, down the road and around the pond....quiet, solitary, beautiful.
Nearby Activities: Historic Places/Museums/Gardens (Chesterwood, The Mount, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Ashintully Gardens, Normal Rockwell Museum, Naumkeag, Berkshire Scenic Railway, Sandisfield Art Center), Entertainment (Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Shakespeare & Co, Berkshire Theater Festival, Barrington Stage, Mahaiwe Theatre), Shopping (Lee Premium Outlets, antique stores, boutiques), Hiking and Nature Preserves (Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, The Applachian Trail, Monument Mountain, Tolland State Park), Water Sports - kayaking, canoeing, boating, waterskiing, fishing (Hayes Pond, Otis Reservoir, Goose Pond, Benton Pond and many other bodies of water), Sporting Areas (Cranwell Resort & Golf Club), Ski Resorts (Otis Ridge, Butternut, Bosquet, Jiminy Peak, Catamount). Getting here: 2.5 hours from NYC & northern NJ, 2 hours from Boston & Greenwich, CT, 1 hour from Northampton, Amherst & Springfield, MA, 4 hours from Burlington, VT.