Perfect for active family that loves nature
Our family (including 2 toddlers and a dog) stayed for 2 weeks in mid-July. We loved the beautiful woods, neighborhood farms and wonderful nearby trails. Tom and Karen made us totally welcome and were helpful with everything we needed.
The 3-level house stands on a steep slope, landscaped nicely with raised beds bordered with stone that are planted with perennials. On the main level: great room, dining area, kitchen, office, 1/2 bathroom, tv room (with futon) and screen porch. One open porch faces the yard (off the great room and office), and another at the back is perched right in the forest. Upstairs: 2 pleasant bedrooms with double beds and a bathroom with a tub. The basement: medium-sized room with 2 futons and a big tv, small bathroom with a shower, laundry room and separate entrance.
The house was clean and inviting when we arrived. It is very well stocked with books, games and CDs and has decent internet, and there are 2 huge televisions with cable and lots of movies; also speakers for ipod/iphone. There is a pantry, dishwasher, microwave, breadmaker, electric stove and blender, and the freezer has an icemaker. There are also 2 grills (charcoal and gas) and some bikes in the garage. Despite the hot weather (in the 90s much of the time), the fan in the great room kept the downstairs comfortable during the day, and it was cool at night. The great room has a wood stove and fireplace. The bedrooms (both upstairs) have window air conditioners. The house has plenty of sheets and towels and a washer and dryer in the basement. We didn't find the basement room as comfortable for sleeping as the upstairs bedrooms, but it's fine for a couple of nights.
The yard, while lovely, was quite buggy in the late afternoon/evening (horseflies, no-see-ums and mosquitoes), so we appreciated the screen porch and used repellent liberally. We found some nice restaurants and shops in nearby Great Barrington, and a local bakery. We also went twice to Tanglewood (an easy drive) and picked up a family member at Bradley Airport in Connecticut, which is less than 1.5 hours away. About a 20-minute walk away is the Moon in the Pond Farm, where you can buy fresh eggs, milk straight from the cow and meat from the free-range livestock. There is a lot of protected land nearby (Nature Conservancy), home to owls and deer.
The bottom line is that Sheffield is a great location and this house has a million amenities that an active family will appreciate.
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 3/3
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