BERKSHIRES MID-CENTURY HIDEAWAY; PRIVATE, YET CLOSE TO TOWN

Naomi & Ron

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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BERKSHIRES MID-CENTURY HIDEAWAY; PRIVATE, YET CLOSE TO TOWN

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This property is very private, back a long driveway on a quiet road, yet is less than 4 miles from the center of Great Barrington, approximately 20 minutes to Tanglewood (closer via the back roads shortcut!), close to Butternut and Catamount ski areas, as well as all the Berkshire attractions. Very close to some of the nicest swimming places in the Berkshires. Hiking nearby / and on the property.

On the property there are 8 acres of hiking trails, plus another 35 acres adjacent of trails, plus 90 acres across the road of trails (great for XC skiing in the winters too!). In the front of the house is a very nice open field which we keep well mowed, so nice to amble around in. Lots of outdoor seating too! And a fire-pit.

The house is a 2 bedroom / 2 bath house newly renovated; we are designers who eschew excess, yet enjoy comfort. Drawing upon our collection of mid-century furniture, we have outfitted the house with some iconic pieces. The house is fully furnished, yet deliberately spare, a blank canvas for you to use for a few days, a week, a month or longer.

It is perfect for a family or 2 (or 3) couples.

Upstairs is a HUGE BEDROOM, with king sized bed. It's a loft-like open sitting area with plenty of light, and also a small exterior balcony. Approximately the size of a nice large studio apartment, with high ceilings and forest AND mountain views. And a bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower. This room is also excellent for practicing yoga...high ceilings, wood floors; 6 mats will easily fit in here (and we can put you in contact with several excellent yoga instructors who will come to the house to give you private classes). Or put all the kids up here, it's like a separate private apartment.

Downstairs there is a streamlined COZY BEDROOM, like a large stateroom in an ocean liner...cozy does NOT mean cramped though. Full sized bed. Full bathroom adjacent.

BEDS are new pillow top mattresses, very deluxe and comfortable; 300 thread count all cotton sheets and duvet covers; down pillows, down comforters OR hypoallergenic comforters and pillows, as you wish.

The LIVING ROOM has a fireplace, a great desk for working / writing (and a fold out / fold flat sofa bed. Flat screen for DVDs, reasonably fast wireless connection as well, so you can stream films with a Netflix or Amazon account (there is a DVD library in the house as well; there is no network or cable television at this location).

There are sliding glass doors out to a small deck, and a step down to a large meadow and beautiful woods with hardwood copses, beech woods, old stone walls.

DINING ROOM is well appointed, good light, very convivial possibilities, seats 10 comfortably, but is not huge, you won’t get lost in it. Great light and views.

The KITCHEN is well outfitted; good gas range with vented hood, dishwasher, Cuisnart food processor, a blender, drip coffee pot, & French Press, also a coffee grinder. China is also mid-century; there is a lovely deck off of the kitchen, with outdoor seating and grill.

Small covered deck off of living room, and small deck off of upstairs bedroom as well.

Clean and empty 2 car garage + work area.

Washer / dryer.

Bicycles available, plus many other useful things. We live just up the road, and so are available if there is anything you need.

Excellent high efficiency / low noise hot water circulating furnace / solar powered for electricity.

Cost is as noted in listing, plus a cleaning fee and deposit, depending upon length of stay. Your weekly cost also includes as much as you need from our organic farm, including eggs. Locally raised organic meat also available (at cost).

We are very flexible about checking in / checking out. However unless you specifically confirm the times you're coming (and going) we must ask that you check in after 4pm, and check out by 12:00 pm

Thanks and feel free to ask any questions.

Oh - and a note regarding reviews - several of these reviews are from another site; we pasted them in. I put them in here so you could see that we work as thoroughly as we know how to do, in order to ensure our guests have a wonderful and memorable experience in this house. If there were a review with critical feedback, we would have posted that as well, and also responded with how we changed things so as not to have the issue occur again. This house is a serious venture for us, and our strongest wish is that our guests are completely satisfied. (and please don't take this as a challenge to give us a poor review!). VRBO reviews are marked as such. Thanks again!

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
A five star rental. We had the most relaxing, wonderful week at Ron and Naomi's house. The location is lovely, Alford really is a perfect little pocket of the Berkshires. The privacy of the manicured yard was exactly what we were hoping for and we spent lots of time relaxing in the hammock. The vegetables and fruit left for us from Ron and Naomi's garden were all so delicious. There was even a gorgeous bouquet of flowers left for us upon our arrival, which was such a nice touch. The bed was extra comfy. The shower and bathroom was immaculate. In fact, the entire house was immaculate. The kitchen had everything one could hope for. The den is a great spot to watch a movie at night. All of the maps and brochures left for us really helped out and were totally up to date. I can't say enough nice things about Ron and Naomi, I highly highly recommend renting this house for a chilled out vacation.
Aug 2012
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Naomi & Ron

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Local interests:

Yoga, gardening, farming, hiking, cycling, skiing.

We do a variety of small things - house renovation and restoration, small scale farming, garden design, as well as product design and manufacturing.

We have lived in the area for almost 20 years, and know every back road, swimming hole, hiking area etc, as well as all the restaurants, cafes and arts venues (and there are a lot of all of them here).

Avid cyclists, we can direct you towards some excellent rides, from flat to hilly to 20% grades on dirt / rides to take with your kids etc (and we can lend you tandem(s) to ride with your kids).

We are also long time Ashtanga yoga practitioners and can point you towards an appropriate yoga facility in the neighborhood, there are many around here, most are pretty low-key and accessible (and/or we can put you in contact with instructors who will come to the property and give private lessons there - the upstairs room is an excellent yoga studio).

We have several houses available for short term and long term rental. We live nearby the properties, on a small farm with extensive test gardens; you are welcome to take a tour of our gardens, plus we can point you to some interesting gardens that are not often open to the public (plus many other places of gardening interest).

Please email or call if you have any questions about this or any of our other properties.

Naomi & Ron purchased this house in 2003

Near to Tanglewood, Great Barrington shopping, groceries, specialty shops, etc.

We live on a small farm up the road from this property. We're a design / landscape team - we were drawn to this property for several reasons - it's up high, and the woods on this property are far different than the lower woods where we are. There are excellent walking trails - old logging roads and farm paths, that run through hardwood forests - a beech woods, and several stands of old oaks, for example. The house is sited in an open field, but is in dappled shade at the height of the day; the siting of the house, for views of mountains in winter, open field, and a stand of birches, cannot be duplicated!

The house too, was very interesting; at first it seemed very awkward, but after several rounds of renovation, we realize that, like the woods, it's a nice confluence of factors which make it extremely livable, yet simple. The views out the sliding doors are very relaxing; the fireplace is great in the winter; it's a very un-fussy house. It's furnished with iconic Danish furniture, designed by Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl; these are original pieces, and while they are in museum collections, we like to use stuff like this every day, and we invite you to do the same..

This house is up a long private lane, not visible from the road; however it's less than 4 miles to the center of Great Barrington. The house is in one of the most beautiful parts of the Southern Berkshires - Alford. The 'Alford Loop' is famed amongst cyclists, a nice ride around the Alford Valley, which is farmland under conservation; beautiful views, rolling hills etc. There are hiking trails on the property as well as easy access to other hiking areas close by.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Reviews

4.9
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Berkshires Mid-century Hideaway; Private, Yet Close To Town
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
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Berkshires Mid-century Hideaway; Private, Yet Close To Town
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p423371vb
Great Barrington Berkshires
5

FAMILY OF 4

  • 5 of 5
the house was better than described and pictured. it's in a beautiful and remote location up a long driveway - quiet and peaceful, a true channel change from the city. but, it's still close enough to the restaurants in GB and several great hikes. we have 2 kids (10 and 6) - they loved it, spent a lot of time playing in the backyard. house is tastefully and simply decorated. very relaxing environment. we've stayed at a number of places thru VRBO and no one has left great coffee, bread and fruit and vegetables straight from the garden ! we'll be back.
  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Berkshires Mid-century Hideaway; Private, Yet Close To Town
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Great Barrington Berkshires
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
4

VERY NICE HOUSE IN GREAT LOCATION

  • 4 of 5
My husband, son, black lab, and I spent a lovely two days at this house. It was exceptionally clean and well-appointed. Great Barrington is a great town with lots to do. There are great hikes in the area and lovely towns to explore. One morning our car wouldn't start and Ron came over to help us get it started. The owners are very responsive. All in all, a very nice few days.
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Berkshires Mid-century Hideaway; Private, Yet Close To Town
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Great Barrington Berkshires
5

FUN WITH THE DOGS

  • 5 of 5
We had an outstanding Thanksgiving break at the house. The secluded location at the end of a long driveway was perfect for the dogs, who loved being able to explore the woods surrounding the house. It was delightful to arrive and find milk, bread, coffee and eggs waiting for us. Ron was very helpful in suggesting places to go hiking (and eating). We are already thinking about when we might go back.
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Berkshires Mid-century Hideaway; Private, Yet Close To Town
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Great Barrington Berkshires
Brooklyn, NY
5

TERRIFIC WEEKEND: FAMILY+AUTUMN+MID CENTURY HIDEAWAY!

  • 5 of 5
It's been almost two weeks since returning from our far too brief stay... There hasn't been a day that we haven't thought about (and plotted to return to) the wonderful, private, comfortable, peaceful home that they've kindly sharing with the rest of the world.

A few highlights:
1) You can expect impeccable communication. Even small questions were responded to quickly.
2) The house is terrifically appointed, down to the cookware, which we used extensively.
3) The property is situated in a private, though central location. Great Barrington is a lovely little town, with some world class food and drink. It was never hard to quickly pop into town for wine, dinner, or supplies.
4) The host's excellent guidebook to the area midwifed us into the 'shire, as if WE had lived there for 10+ years and had handpicked our favorite (across 10+ categories) over countless trials and errors.
5) When he asks if you want some of their fresh produce from the farmstead, SAY YES, and be sure to make something tasty. The eggs and squash alone were worth the trip.

Highly recommended!!
  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Berkshires Mid-century Hideaway; Private, Yet Close To Town
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LATE SUMMER WEEK

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I and our 5 year old son stayed at Ron and Naomi's house in Alford for a lovely week after Labor Day. The house is realistically represented on the website and it really was very clean and comfortable and totally private, which is exactly what we needed. I wish I had all the same furniture for our home in the city! It is magazine-ready and quite chic. Also, an interesting selection of books and movies that we would have enjoyed watching if it was rainy or whatever. But we got lucky with the weather.....

I have back problems and usually have difficulty sleeping in anything but my own orthopedic mattress at home but I was VERY pleasantly surprised by how totally comfortable and supportive our bed was. We all slept like rocks, even the 5 year old. Heavenly. And nice sheets and quilts too.

We had a nice time exploring a couple of the Berkshire recommendations that the house manual made and by the end we felt so relaxed that we didn't want to leave. The pretty flowers and breakfast items that were set out for us were thoughtful and locally made (bread, milk, coffee, etc) and that was a nice touch. Their farm and garden produce is better than Dean & Deluca in the city!. Our son loved having a big yard to run around in, and we spent a lot of time just hanging out on the deck. Also, he got to pick apples off the tree in the yard which was a big treat for a city kid! They were so good.

We will definitely come back, maybe at a different time of year to see what that is like. I could see it as being nice and cozy with a fire in the hearth in the winter, too. It is a great place to de-stress and just spend time with the family. I highly recommend.
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Berkshires Mid-century Hideaway; Private, Yet Close To Town
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Great Barrington Berkshires
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5

FALL FOLIAGE

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for a week in early fall and had an excellent visit. The house is as advertised, and feels secluded. The owners have taken great care in arranging the house. Their guide to the surrounding area is a wonderful resource as well. The owners are big proponents of recycling, composting, and caring for the environment. They checked in to make sure we had everything we needed but were not obtrusive. The internet connection was a little slow but works fine for basic needs. Make sure to pick up some Barrington coffee!
  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice note! We found out after you left that the internet service provider was switching equipment the week you were here, and that is why the connection was slow. While it is NOT blazingly fast it was particularly pokey when you were here! So sorry! The new equipment allows better streaming and faster upload / download speeds. Hope to see you again!
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Great Barrington House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Labor Day
Aug 30 - Sep 8
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Columbus Day
Oct 10 - Oct 17
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
November Special
Nov 1 - Nov 24
2 night minimum stay
$325
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 25 - Nov 30
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Winter Holiday
Dec 20 - Jan 4
2 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
President's Day
Feb 13 - Feb 19
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Memorial Day
May 24 - Jun 3
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
July 4th
Jun 26 - Jul 7
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$370
$2,310
$9,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49
Cleaning, not to exceed $160
Notes Holiday weekends - with great reluctance, we have changed the rate and request a 3 day stay for holiday weekends. We had noticed that often we were being booked way ahead for 1 or 2 nights only on a holiday weekend, which then prevented us from booking for the whole weekend. Regardless though, if you need to book shorter for a holiday weekend, just ask! Thanks, Naomi & Ron

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Great Barrington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Rural ...
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Parking Off Street
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) New pillow-top mattress, Queen size Beds (1) Full sized bed, not queen...new pillow top mattress, Danish headboard with interesting sliding storage for books etc., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Very comfortable - rare for a convertible sofa bed! Italian design, based on Ligne Rosset I think, but not made by them - but very nice nonetheless.
Entertainment:
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • basketball court
  • snowboarding
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
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