|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Just renovated, this charming barn cottage is situated across from a small apple orchard on a quiet country lane in New Marlborough. Surrounded by several hundred acres of Wildlife Sanctuary and New Marlborough Land Trust, you can walk out your door onto hiking trails around Thousand Acre Lake and beyond.
The cottage (our former studio - we are both artists) has a living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, and bath. One bedroom has a queen bed, one bedroom has a single bed and a separate computer room/office (with free Wi-Fi) doubles as a third bedroom (I have a folding single bed). The total living space is 900 square feet, not counting the large deck off living room, which overlooks fields and woods and sunset. The cottage is near (six miles) the Yale Music School’s Norfolk Music Festival (great concerts with guest artists) and is a short (scenic!) drive on quiet country roads to Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance (free outdoor afternoon performances by some of the best dance companies), Great Barrington (Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center) and Stockbridge, home of the Berkshire Theatre Festival, as well as the other main Berkshire attractions.
Less than two miles away is York Lake, which has a supervised, sandy beach (great for family swimming) with restrooms and picnic areas with grills and tables. Both York Lake and Thousand Acre Lake (a half mile down our road are excellent for wildlife viewing and kayaking, with the two kayaks we have, no charge. Also close by are two scenic waterfalls, Campbell Falls (see photo) and Umpachene Falls, both perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot day.
Also less than two miles away are the New Marlborough Old Inn on the Green Restaurant and the Southfield Store Cafe, two of the best restaurants in the Berkshires.
Our own house is across the road and down a bit from the cottage, and has raspberry and blueberry plantings, which you are welcome to pick when in season.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PROPERTY. My husband and I were very excited for our vacation after reading the reviews for this rental in the southern Berkshires. Based on the listing and the reviews, we thought it would be a nice, quiet place for our family, which includes two young children. We were sadly disappointed in our experience and in the owner’s reaction when we expressed our concerns.
Upon arriving, the whole cottage smelled very musty, in particular the bedrooms, a smell that only got worse the longer we stayed. The heating in the bedrooms was also a concern as they were space heaters that were very hot to the touch. The floors in the living space were sloped and very slippery, far from ideal for our 3-year-old, who kept falling. There were a few times when my husband and I even lost our footing.
The kitchen was also a disappointment. The listing mentions the coffee maker, toaster, dishes & utensils, oven & stove, and refrigerator. And it had all those, but it didn’t have some of the other things that you might expect from a rental with a kitchen, like cooking oil, salt and pepper, or clean sponges. There wasn’t even hand soap in the bathroom.
The real deal breaker for us came halfway into our trip. During a rainstorm, the chimney for the wood burning stove leaked quite badly. After a very uncomfortable night, in which none of us slept much, we decided to end our vacation three days early.
I had contacted the owner the day before for fresh towels and when he came to deliver them that morning, we informed him of the leak, the musty smell, and our decision to leave early. The first thing he pointed out was that there was a no refund policy, which we were fully aware of. Then he told us no one else had complained about the leaking chimney. No apology was offered for our bad experience or for the fact that we didn’t feel comfortable or safe staying. The owner did agree to return the cleaning fee of $80, though we spent a lot more than that for the nights we didn't stay.
Also worth noting for some, the house is near a hunting area, so gunshots in the morning and evening can be expected.
Overall, we were displeased with the condition of the cottage and very upset over the lack of compassion shown by the owner with our dissatisfaction. It indicated to us that he was only in the business of earning money and not concerned about the welfare of his renters.
Spotless rental, beautiful setting. Perfect space for our 2 and 5 year old daughters. Private back deck, lots of land for toad spotting and befriending nature. Excellent selection of books! Owner close by and very helpful when we called on him. Truly a place to unplug and relax.
Helpful information if you're visiting with small children: Garfield Beach in Monterey, MA an easy drive, free parking, pristine water with two two docks, a lifeguard and roped off swimming area. Stop at the country store on the way for iced coffee and penny candy.
Riverbend Cafe in Great Barrington is a great spot for kids for breakfast or lunch with a play space, fenced in back yard, and children's books. Baba Louie's in Great Barrington has amazing pizza, kid friendly with coloring books at the tables, and fun vibe.
Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge has an amazing frog pond, beautiful paths easy to navigate with a stroller, and wonderful children's garden with hens, lambs, rabbits, baby chicks, wishing tree, water pump and sand box plus fairy house making materials. A huge hit- we all loved it.
Pleasant Valley Animal Reserve in Lenox is a beautiful spot with easy hikes around a pond with frogs, fish, big flat rocks for climbing. Big hit with our 5 y.o.
We recently spent a relaxing, restful week in the cottage, and we can confirm the other glowing reviews of the property. The cottage is very clean, cozy, and comfortable, and we really loved how secluded it is—as city dwellers, it was a treat to relax amidst the sounds of nature. We took advantage of the easy access to hiking and nature trails, including nearby Thousand Acre Swamp and York Lake. George was very helpful in leaving us plentiful maps and guides to the area. We also enjoyed dining at the Southfield Store Café close by (really good food at Mexican Night on Thursdays!) and in Great Barrington. We plan on returning to enjoy the cottage yet again.
This cottage is an excellent place to get away from the city. The furnishings and design are simple and elegant. There is easy access to Great Barrington and the surrounding Berkshires; plenty of good restaurants close by too. And right outside the cottage are trails through a beautiful nature preserve as well as unpaved roads with almost no cars that provide for nice walks too. George is a great host: attentive to renters' needs but very considerate of privacy. We highly recommend this cottage for a quiet retreat from everyday life!
Nestled in the woods, remote from cars, people and town, this little house is a piece of paradise. The only noise you hear are the birds or wildlife, the leafs or the rain falling... The house is perfectly maintained and clean with character and comfort. The owners are close by if anything but privacy is total. They are very nice and helpful. We will go back - for sure. Can't wait actually!
We just returned from a perfect 3 night stay at this lovely cottage in a magnificent, serene rural setting during the fall color spectacular in the Berkshires. Very accommodating, knowledgeable, but non-intrusive owners. Their preparations for us were excellent, their welcome was warm and everything was handled efficiently according to our contract.
The simple, recently renovated cottage is immaculate, with tasteful, comfortable furnishings. High quality linens, very well-supplied kitchen. Our experience compared very favorably with our cottage "gite" experience in a Provencal vineyard earlier this year. We especially enjoyed the beautiful, uncrowded hiking trails near the lake just down the road...and sampling a few antique apple varieties from the owners' orchard across the way -- a bonus.
Advice for new travelers in the Berkshires: cell phone coverage can be spotty while traveling and it is well worth the effort to carefully review the directions and maps prior to travel...especially if you plan to arrive at night. The owners provide directions and also land line contact information prior to your arrival.
We hope to return to this property to take in the blossoming orchards in spring and Tanglewood performances during the summer! Thank you, George and Roberta, for an extraordinary visit.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 23 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.