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Private Romantic Cottage on a 7 Acre Estate- Swimming Pond, Gardens, View

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Only the owner shares this peaceful retreat -no other homes in views in view

Guestsgarden is a spacious one room cottage on a private 7 acre estate with swimming pond, lily pond, streams, gardens and views. Only the owner shares this peaceful natural retreat, minutes from everything exciting in the Berkshires and Columbia County.

Originally built by artist caretakers to a Manhattan horticulturist, the cottage has it's own driveway and is a spacious, 550 sq. feet with a large bedroom/sitting room, separate full kitchen and a sky-lit bathroom. There is a queen size bed, reading and dining areas, Cable TV, DVD, a CD player, WiFi, air conditioning and heat. It is comfortable, has charm and is well equipped.

From a picture window where a table is placed, you can look over the gardens to the one acre pond, a glorious view all year round.

In summer you can hear the stream trickling from the small front deck. Or step out the back to a private shade garden with cushioned lounges for reading, a propane grill, table and chairs for outdoor dining.

A gazebo cantilevered over the water is for your use alone. Perfect for reading, relaxing, a glass of wine before dinner.

The cottage is heaven sent for an individual or couple who want to relax in a natural retreat yet still have access to all this popular tourist area offers.

Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and Columbia County. Once part of Massachusetts, Austerlitz is on the NY/Mass. border Only 18 minutes to

Tanglewood and Kripalu. Less than half and hour to the towns of Great Barrington, Stockbridge and Lenox, Mass., as well as Hudson, Hillsdale and Chatham, NY. There are ski slopes nearby, golf and tennis, hiking, biking, fine restaurants, theaters, films, concerts. Museums, historic homes, antiques, festivals, farmers' markets, wineries, distilleries, celebrity sightings ...and so much more.


OCCUPANCY: two adults unless special arrangements are made in advance for a guest.

RATES quoted are for 2 people. They are all

inclusive. There are no extra charges or fees.

PAYMENT OPTIONS; For fees of $1000 or more, you may have the option of paying a deposit of half to secure the reservation. For shorter stays, reservation is secured by

payment in full. (read cancellation info.)

MINIMUM STAY: Stays of two nights minimum apply most of the year. Summer and Holidays may require longer stays and special rates may apply. In general, rates are

lowest for the longest stays.

CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund of the deposit minus a cancellation fee* will be granted if cancellation is made 31 or more days before the date of scheduled arrival. A 50% refund of the deposit will be granted if cancellation is made 15 to 30 days prior to arrival. There are no refunds for no shows or abbreviated stays.

*Cancellation fee for stays of 4 nights or more:

$200. Fee for shorter stays:$75

An exception will be made in winter to this policy with cancellations that are due to forecasted storms. A full refund minus fee of $75 will be granted for cancellation prior to entry but none for abbreviated stays. Please keep abreast of weather reports, as will I .

Better to be safe than sorry.


that the property was once woods and although beautiful and almost always quiet, neither the cottage not the main house is immune to bad weather, critters, power outages and other such country things. We certainly do our best to prepare for contingencies that are beyond our control.

Also be aware that your cell phone needs to be set for wifi to email and text in the cottage. The cottage has its own wifi connection as well as a landline phone with answering machine.

Although the property is shared with the owner, your privacy will be respected. During

summer weekdays, there may occasionally be mowing in the afternoon. Or gardening.

You will be informed if someone needs to come near the cottage. So keep the window shade up, relax, and enjoy the spectacular view .

CHECK IN:2PM . Check out 11AM. Check out times may be flexible. Inquire.

Smoking is not permitted. Sorry no children or pets. Infants welcome.

Keywords: Cottage, retreat, romantic getaway, cabin, upstate getaway, Hudson Valley, Austerlitz, NY, Berkshires, 7 acre estate, swim, canoe, gardens, views,Tanglewood, Hudson,NY Great Barrington, Mass. Chatham, NY.,Kripalu

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Beth Rinzler
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2017

About Beth Rinzler

Am an expat of Manhattan but grew up outside of Boston.

Beth Rinzler purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Beth Rinzler chose Berkshires

For years my family rented a tiny cottage in the area so as to escape the city in the summer. We began loving it more and more and making our weekends longer and longer. When we made the leap to move up full time, we chose this location

because it is on border of Berkshire and Columbia Counties, near all the bright lights, yet very peaceful and tranquil. We were hoping to find a property with one distinguishing feature; we never expected to find one with so many bells and whistles.

What makes this cottage unique

Swimming , canoeing, walking around the pond, enjoying the gardens, lazing about the property ,watching the hummingbirds skim past the flowers. Reading under a 100 year old tree. Listening to the trickle of the stream.

Fresh air. sipping that first cup of coffee outside, exercising on the gazebo. Yoga. Meditation. Slowing down.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved being at your cottage. It was just what we wanted - quiet, beautiful,peaceful.

Deb enjoyed the swimming in the pond and we enjoyed sitting in various parts of your property and just reading.....
Aug 2013
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Austerlitz Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-Out
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Fully equipped Kitchen with Coffee Maker, Microwave, Toaster Oven, Weber Propane Grills(BBQ), Canoe, Private gazebo for reading or relaxing on pond, gardens, walking path around pond, indoor and outdoor dining areas


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Private Romantic Cottage on a 7 Acre Estate- Swimming Pond, Gardens, View
average rating of 4.875 based on 46 reviews

Quiet, cozy, peaceful and beautiful. great for any traveler

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage is in a beautiful garden of a private home in this rural area. The autumn colors reflected in the pond, only bird sounds could be heard. The cottage was comfortable with a well-stocked kitchen with all needed utensils. Bring your own food and preparation is easy. The owner is available to answer questions and make sure you are comfortable, otherwise you are on your own. A lovely retreat in a beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property! Quiet, lovely energy. Great location.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for a long weekend and had an amazing time. The cottage itself was perfect, an inviting space tucked away on a beautifully landscaped and well maintained property. Whether resting in bed or sitting have a cup of tea at the table, you have a charming view of the garden, grounds and pond. There is a private gazebo overlooking the pond, secluded and surrounded by nature. I had a truly wonderful yoga practice in this space, the grounds have such amazing energy. Beth was a lovely host, there were fresh flowers from the garden to enjoy and a great binder of information about the cottage, surrounding towns, restaurants, things to do, all of which made our stay that much more enjoyable. The cottage is in a great location, easy to get to Great Barrington, Lenox and Chatham. Great shops and restaurants in each. Beth's reviews were spot on too and we had some delicious meals based on her suggestions. It was the perfect weekend getaway. Highly recommend this charming little cottage. We will definitely be returning to stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so so much for the great review Laura. I am so happy that you took full advantage of the property and enjoyed your stay in the cottage. Come again!
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Relaxing trip to the Berkshires

  • 5 of 5

The cottage, landscape and location were all great. The cottage itself was very clean and had all the amenities you would need for a short or long stay; including an extremely comfortable bed. The landscape was well-kept, private and the gazebo on the pond was a great relaxation spot. It is driving distance to several state parks and hiking spots along with restaurants & shops in beautiful Western MA towns like Stockbridge. Beth was a courteous hostess, responsive and available to answer any questions or give recommendations. Absolutely worth another stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. I am thrilled that you had such a good time and of course hope you will return.
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New York, NY

Peace and Perfection

  • 5 of 5

From the minute you arrive you realize that you have found a slice of heaven. I was tempted not to write a review because I want to keep this slice of heaven a secret. Beth is a gracious host and is available if you need her and invisible if you don't. The cottage, as others have noted, is well equipped and immaculate. The gardens, pond and grounds are well maintained. The bed is extremely comfortable and the air conditioning kept the cottage comfortably cool. We spent a pleasant afternoon under the gazebo and swimming. We were so relaxed that it was hard to motivate ourselves to explore the area. We are in the process of booking another weekend!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for reviewing the cottage. I am very happy to have you back so soon.
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Toronto, ON, Canada

Heavenly setting, private pond, caring hostess

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just finished our fourth annual stay, this one longer than ever by several days. We just can't get enough of the peace that this place offers. We are swimmers, so the private pond cannot be beat. The grounds are beautifully kept and afford many lovely views. The cottage is clean, comfortable, and surprisingly commodious, perfect for two. Twenty to thirty minutes away in any direction are charming towns and more cultural offerings than we could even begin to keep up with. (18 minutes to Tanglewood, where we heard Joshua Bell this year). And Beth is an absolutely devoted hostess, eager to make any improvement that will enhance your stay. Thanks, Beth!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always, it was wonderful to see you again, not to mention seeing you swimming again. Thanks for the review. I appreciate it and look forward to next summer's visit.
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New York, NY

Lovely visit

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week in this beautiful, peaceful setting. Not only could we view gardens from our windows, we could watch hummingbirds dart among the monarda (bee balm) just beyond (with binoculars provided on the window sill).This is the perfect base for visits to Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow, The Mount, Edna St. Vincent Millays' Steepletop home, the Clark Museum, and to regional restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Downtown Great Barrington
West Stockbridge
Tanglewood Music Center
Car: necessary

Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow,Kripalu,theater, concerts and Blue Grass Festivals, Country Fairs, Farmers' Markets, Antiques, Fine Dining, Historic Homes, Botanical Gardens, six great New England Towns to visit, and new to the area, even a nightclub or two, live music and dancing. Located on the cusp of Mass/NY.

Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley!

Driving distances:

5 minutes from the General Store in Spencertown

11 minutes to Chatham, NY and West Stockbridge, MA

15 minutes into Great Barrington, MA

18 minutes to Tanglewood and Lenox, MA

30 minutes to Hudson, NY

50 minutes to Albany

Midway between Boston and NYC (2 plus hour trip)


Rates & Availability

Austerlitz Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 31 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 29 2017 - Jun 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jun 23 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are all inclusive and are subject to change.Mid week specials may apply for stays of 3 nights or more. Inquire. Sorry no pets and sadly no children. Infant welcome free of charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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