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!
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.
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.