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Historic Home on 8.5 Acres Heated Pool A/C ALL sleeping areas

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms 2 full bathrooms and 1 half bathroom sleeps 9 people

Take a Historic trip back in time to the 17th Century by staying in an exact replica of an early Colonial Home. The original home , built in 1683 in Topsfield Massachusetts was called 'The Parson Capen House.'

This unique vacation home is a replica of the old combined with all the modern conveniences of the new. It offers a library for reading and contemplation, a TV room for movies and fun, a gorgeous glassed in Observation room with views that overlook the woods on two sides and the HEATED in ground pool on the other. BRAND NEW HARDWOOD FLOORS INSTALLED THROUGHOUT 2015.


Deer and wild turkey's are not uncommon here as well as many different species of bird.

The home, grounds and gardens are nestled in a picturesque hillside setting of hardwood forest. It seems as though you are in the middle of nowhere yet you are 10 minutes to all your favorite amenities.

More Details

Janice Robinson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Janice Robinson

Janice was born and raised in the Berkshires. The home was purchased in 2001 so that she could go back home to visit from her life in Florida She is a busy Real Estate Broker in (Lee and Collier Counties) Naples, FL and cannot make it back as much as she'd like, so she is SHARING the house with all of YOU!!

Janice Robinson purchased this house in 2001

Why Janice Robinson chose Hinsdale

Janice likes the quietude of the country. This 8.5 acres backs up to more forest and not far up the road is the Cleveland Reservoir (State Property) The location of the property is such that you feel like you are in the middle of no where but its all straight down the hill 5 miles away!!


(That is what drew me to it immediatley!! As a 30 year REALTOR I have seen it ALL!!)

What makes this house unique

The real benefit to those folks who will be traveling to Tanglewood or South County allot is the lack of traffic in Dalton!!!!

In addition, I have a secret back way to Tanglewoood that ONLY us locals know. It lands you right smack at the parking and NO TRAFFIC!!!( I mean ZERO)


Hinsdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Mater - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Guest - toilet , combination tub/shower
    1st Floor - toilet
  • Whirlpool heated tub in Master Bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master - 1 king , Day Bed 1
    Guest - 1 queen
    Guest - 2 twin/ single
    Library - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , King is Daybed
  • The Library Includes a pull out sleeper sofa twin size with a memory foam mattress and a King Size Day bed that could be used as two Twins or a King size bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
1 king, 1 queen, 2 twins, 1 daybed(makes 1 king or 2 twins), & 1 sleeper sofa (twin size). Whirlpool tub in and Master bath, Fireplaces in Den and Library, Bing your laptop and printer as turbo high speed internet service is available. NOTE: AIR CONDITIONING IN ALL SLEEPING AREA'S.


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Historic Home on 8.5 Acres Heated Pool A/C ALL sleeping areas
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Clean and serene

  • 4 of 5

We spent a pleasant week at this house in August 2017. The house was exactly as presented on the website, and Janice was extremely responsive and easy to work with. The house was very clean - it is obvious that the cleaning crew comes through and does a thorough job every week - the kitchen is well-stocked with the necessary cooking gear and all of the appliances work. The weather did get hot while we were there, but the house was easy enough to cool down with the cross-breezes on the first floor from opening doors/windows, and at night using the room fans or window a/c units in the bedrooms. The house is private but not isolated. The location is very quiet and rural, but yet is convenient to shopping in case you forgot to pack anything - WalMart, Target, Starbucks and a large grocery store are all just a 10-15 minute drive (but you would never guess it while at the house). The location is convenient for exploring all over the Berkshires. The property is scenic and very wooded, and I imagine that it must be spectacular in the fall when the leaves turn color. Two things we did not like: first, there was a list of daily chores to go with the pool - it kind of detracted from our vacation feeling! I've never rented a house with a pool before, so I don't know if that is standard. Second, while the pool area would be nice to sit out in, there were no chairs that were always out - although not as nice as the stored chairs, a few of the plastic Adirondack chairs from Home Depot would have made it a perfect place to just decide to sit at on the spur of the moment. The pool chores and lack of outdoor seating is the reason I just don't think we could give it the full 5 stars. We had tweens in our group and they liked this house, but I personally would not recommend staying with younger children because: there are some lovely but easily breakable items throughout the house, the wood stairs are a little steep (it is a historic reproduction), there is no barrier between the house and the pool (other than the sliding doors) and the furniture in the beautiful sunroom is white. As long as you don't bring rambunctious children with you, then this house is a lovely and serene place to spend time watching nature and enjoying the Berkshires.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy to arrive and find this lovely home exactly as shown: clean, stocked, lovely inside and outside. The house is very spacious with lots of areas affording everyone space and privacy as needed. The location was great offering both privacy and seclusion while at the same time near enough to anything we wished to do. We found shopping, boating, horses, lots of activities and loved the area. The pool was great, just loved it any time or day or night. Janice was a pleasure to deal with, very professional, responsive and accommodating. I've been using vacation rentals for years all over the country, rarely returning to the same place more than once for the sake of fun and new experiences, however this rental has stolen my heart and we will absolutely be returning again. Thank you Janice and good luck everyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything was great

  • 5 of 5

Great time in a super home

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Spacious & Quiet Berkshire Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a delightful weekend my family and I just spent in the Berkshires at this lovely home. Janice was a great owner, very prompt in communication and concerned that everything was tip top once we arrived.

Four adults and one 11 year old enjoyed the spaciousness of the home. We were never on top of each other. During an unusually hot weekend, the pool was inviting and refreshing and was an especially big hit with the kid. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils and cooking equipment. We ate most meals at home. The location is far enough removed to feel like you have really gotten away but still close enough to area attractions to make it a great destination. We did see the wild turkeys that live on the property, and hummingbirds once we filled the feeder. Would consider staying here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home, wonderful owner

  • 5 of 5

Great spaceous home, decorated as a historical home but with all modern comforts and appliances. Lovely sunroom. Nice little pool, perfect for with kids. Janice, the owner, is extremely friendly and ready to help with any question. We were not so lucky with the weather but had lots of fun in the aerial park at Ramblewild, biking the beautiful Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and seeing 4 beavers busy at dusk at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Beautiful Lenox/Lee/Stockbridge are only 30 min away. Amazing shops and restaurants like Guido's and Mazzeo's in Pittsfield are even closer.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Lovely home,enchanting property,wonderful service

  • 5 of 5

Vacationers, you have hit upon a real gem. This home is tucked away on a beautiful, serene property and has that "get-away-from-it-all" feel to it, but yet is close enough to amenities, and various outdoor recreational activities.

The home is lovely inside and out, and has a historic feel to it, but with all contemporary conveniences. It is well maintained but all with a homey feel.

Personally, I have to put an extra word in for the sun room -- I had to be dragged out of there. The room, and the property in general is a perfect spot for writers or artists of any sorts.

As we visited the property in the summer, we were able to enjoy the inviting pool, which is also kept in impeccable condition.

And it was a pleasure to interact with the owner! Janice is responsible, and so helpful and cordial.

Enjoy your vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Shakespeare & Company
Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Bousquet Ski Area
Stockbridge Bowl
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany, NY or Hartford, CT
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt 8/Rt 9
Car: necessary

Dalton is a quaint Central Berkshire Town that is only 30 minutes to Tanglewood and Jacobs Pillow and lacks the summer/fall tourist traffic of the Southern Berkshire Area.

The location is convenient with 10 minute access to grocery stores, Walmart and the Berkshire shopping mall makes it unique. If peace and tranquility are one of your vacation objectives, then this is the home for you!!

A Birdwatchers Paradise...Hikers explore the woods on and behind the property...Fishing & Boating 2 miles past the house on Hinsdales Lake Ashmere...Downhill or Crosscountry Skiing at Jimminy Peak or Brodi Mountain 20 minutes away...Fall Foliage Color overload right at the property!!

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall this vacation property offers year round possibilities!!!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $300

Cancellation Policy -If you cancel and I can re-rent the house for the dates you booked, I will refund the money 100%. If you book the house and I am not able to re-rent it (and you do NOT use it), the security and cleaning fee are refunded 100%.
Anything I am able to re-rent would go back to YOU!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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