Lee House Rental Photos and Description
House, 6 Bedrooms + Office, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12) 3200+ sq ft
Sitting in South Lee, a mile outside of Stockbridge, The house is nestled in an ideal location with views of Beartown Mountain and Yale Hill. We’re centrally located to numerous southern Berkshire attractions including Tanglewood, the Appalachian Trail, and Butternut Ski Resort, Jacobs Pillow and many more. The Town of Lee lies in the valley of the Housatonic River between the Taconic Range and the southernmost extent of the Green Mountains. It was first settled in 1760, relying on agriculture and lumbering, and grew quickly enough to be incorporated by 1777. The town took its name from General Charles Lee, second in command to George Washington.
The community supported some textile manufacturing in the 19th century but its first paper mill was built by Samuel Church in 1806. As textiles declined in the town and region, paper-making took its place as the foundation of the community's economy. By 1857 there were 25 paper mills in Lee producing $2 million in paper, as well as a set of subsidiary industries producing lime and paper-making machinery.
In 1852 another major industry was launched in the town, as builders and architects discovered Lee marble. It is said to be the hardest and finest marble in the world. Large scale quarrying was carried on in Lee for such projects as construction of a wing of the Capitol. Almost half a million cubic feet of marble was quarried and shipped on the Housatonic Railroad in 1867. About the same time, a new process for making paper solely from wood pulp was adopted and the poplar forests in the town fueled a huge leap in paper production, making Smith Paper Company of Lee the largest paper producer in the world until the forests were depleted.
Lee, divided into three villages, still retains the first house ever built in town, dated 1760, still hosts a paper company and a lime kiln and still has many of the farmhouses, estates, business blocks and factories that exemplify its history. Residents like to believe that history is still alive and well in Lee.
Lee is located in western Massachusetts, bordered by Tyringham and Great Barrington on the south, Lenox on the northwest, Becket on the east, Washington on the northeast, and Stockbridge on the west. Lee is 9 miles south of Pittsfield, 122 miles west of Boston, and 138 miles from New York City.
Lee is conveniently located at Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90). By car, Lee is approximately two hours from Boston (125 miles), less than one hour from Albany (45 miles) and two and one-half hours (160 miles) from New York City. Parking in Lee is normally not a problem. There are no parking meters. Parking on Main Street is both parallel and diagonal. There is a free, public parking lot near the post office off of Railroad Street.
Lee is served by two major airports, Albany NY (ALB) and Hartford/Springfield Bradley (BDL), each approximately one hour from Lee.
Pittsfield and Albany are both served by Amtrak. Also, during its operating season, Lee is served by the Berkshire Scenic Railway. The train makes stops in Lenoxdale, Lee and Stockbridge. There is also a train museum at the Lenoxdale station.
Peter Pan Bus Lines provides service to and from Lee. Buses stop at Juice and Java, 60 Main Street, in Lee.
The LEE TROLLEY runs weekends and holidays from downtown Lee to the Prime Outlets and Stockbridge; rides are free! The trolley runs from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. For detailed information call 1-800-292-2782.
- children welcome
- non smoking only