Enjoy the convenience and privacy of an apartment and the hospitality of a bed and breakfast. Located on the grounds of a Victorian farmhouse and surrounded by over 150 acres of pastures and woods in the heart of the Berkshires, this sunny, cheerful apartment is on the first floor of a converted 19th century post & beam barn. The newly renovated apartment features a fully equipped kitchen with new appliances, living room with sliding doors opening to private deck, two bedrooms, and two full bathrooms (tub in shower).
The deck offers beautiful views and provides a place to dine outdoors in the warm weather. For the garden lover, a stroll through the perennial gardens offers an opportunity for contemplation. There are plenty of easy walking and hiking trails just outside your door and more challenging ones just a few minutes away by car.
A local swimming hole, a few yards away on the pristine Williams River, is a great place to cool off after a day of summer activities. For those interested in water sports, there are plenty of opportunities for boating and kayaking.
During the winter, the surrounding hills are blanketed with snow and beckon you to ski or snowboard; the Butternut and Catamount resorts are only minutes away, and Jiminy Peak is just a 45-minute drive north. If you prefer a more relaxed approach to winter activities, sledding down the hill behind the barn or ice skating on nearby Lake Mansfield is a great way to build up your appetite for hot chocolate or mulled cider.
Great Barrington is a thriving small town which boasts a number of fine restaurants, a movie theater and the newly restored Mahaiwe Theatre. An afternoon stroll through town will undoubtedly include browsing in the eclectic mix of shops and perhaps a stop at the local ice cream parlor. For those with an interest in pursuing cultural activities, Tanglewood, Norman Rockwell Museum, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Edith Wharton House, Shakespeare & Co., Berkshire Theatre Festival, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Clark Museum are just a sampling of offerings. Antiquing is another favorite activity for visitors to the area.
Those guests staying for three nights or more will be greeted by a basket of freshly baked goodies. Depending on the season, you may also enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables grown in our garden. We are pleased to offer advice regarding local attractions and restaurants. We assure you that you will have a memorable stay in the Berkshires!
Having spent many years living in Manhattan and the surrounding suburbs, we moved to the Berkshires in 2003. We decided that it would be a great place to raise our son and to experience the slower-paced country life. After renting a house in Lenox for a couple of years, we finally found what we were looking for - a rambling Victorian farmhouse. We chose Great Barrington because of its proximity to the many attractions of the Berkshires including ski resorts, cultural activities and an eclectic mix of restaurants (some of which rival the best in Manhattan). It also gives us of easy access to the larger cities such as Albany, Boston and NYC. We have our own consulting business so we are able to work at home and make every effort to ensure our guests to have a memorable time while staying with us in the Berkshires. Best, Abigail & Julien McKee