|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
A bucolic summer retreat in the Berkshires, great for one or two families or just one person. Sitting out on the deck, you'll feel like you have the whole valley to yourself.
Inside this classic New England Barn converted to a home with all modern conveniences, the 24-ft. ceiling features original hand-cut beams. Sliding glass doors lead from the living area to the wraparound deck and splendid views across the valley. The kitchen comfortably seats 4; the dining area seats 10. The 2nd fl. has its own couch and chairs on a balcony that's open to the main room and mountain views. Next to the third-fl. Master BR is a rooftop cupola with 360º views.
Walk on our three large meadows or hike the wooded, hilly terrain. Stroll down the meadow to our private swimming pond (125' x 75' across, 10' deep), which is visible from the deck. Explore our old apple orchards and enjoy the wild blackberries as you hike to our trout stream, where rushing water is the only sound you'll hear.
Getting Wet: Swimming on the property is in our pond, which is about 100-150 feet long, 50-75 feet wide, and 9-12 feet deep in the middle. It’s located just a few minutes walk on a meadow path from the Barn, within view, at the bottom of the main meadow. There is no swimming pool. For beach swimming, boating and lake fishing, Cherry Plains State Park is very close by, with Queechy Lake in Canaan and Lake Pontoosuc in Lanesborough/Pittsfield each just a little farther away.
Staying Cool: Our air conditioners (all Q/double bedrooms), ceiling fan (main room) and other desktop fans are seldom used, since we catch a nice breeze coming up from the meadow. For the odd mid-summer cool evening, a cheery fire is perfect in either our stone fireplace or our wood burning stove.
Spreading Out: . FOR EXTRA LARGE GROUPS/FAMILIES, also inquire about available guest cottage .
This has been in our family since we converted it into a house; we've had many multigenerational family gatherings here over the years. We love it and hope that you will, too.
Elissa purchased this barn in 1973
Some friends bought a place nearby and we feel in love with the area when we came to visit them.
Nothing but starts, moon and the sound a tree peepers at night, and a magnificent view of the Berkshire mountains during the day. We're right near Jiminy Peak, but in a totally tranquil, secluded setting. The house is open and expansive and great for family gatherings. Oh, and there's a swing in the living room that will hold three adults.
We had a great time at this property. The bedrooms are roomy and the little cupola area was a good hideaway for my nephew who is 10. The kids also enjoyed a chair-swing in the main living area, and a hammock in the nearby screened-in gazebo. The barn has a lot of atmosphere and the main area is quite pleasant for sitting around. The swimming pond is beautiful and can be seen from the deck. The water was pleasant and we spent a lot of time relaxing down in and around the pond. The only criticism I have of the property is that there is a bit of a burnt smell in the barn, which might bother you if you are sensitive to such things. But I imagined that this could be cleared out with a vigorous fan and wide open windows. Overall, this place has many wonderful features and we hope to come back.
Our family was looking for a nice place where we could get-away as a family. We were looking for a place that would accommodate 10 adults and a couple of grandchildren under one roof and provide a place where we could relax and visit easily. This rental fulfilled all of our expectations. The open 1st floor plan allowed us to visit over meals as well as during relaxing time. We also took advantage of the spacious grounds with a little family tournament of lawn games. The house had tons of light with easy access to the deck and yard. All the essentials were provided and we had a great time. We took a couple of excursions to the Mt. Greylock / Pittsfield / smaller New Lebanon. All were within easy travel distances.
Barn is well laid out with everything you could need for a weekend in the country. Pond is great for swimming and cupola is awesome hideaway. Wrap around deck is perfect for hanging out while grilling on the lawn. One caveat: bring all your food! Once you are ensconced it's jarring to go into town for anything.
We had a wonderful experience at the barn. The house was well-stocked--we were able to do everything from bake a pie to cook lobsters, without bringing anything extra to the kitchen-- extremely clean, and beautifully set up for families. We had multiple generations, including toddlers, and everyone was comfortable and happy. The three bathrooms made sharing the space that much easier. The house is bright and open, and there are multiple places to sit and relax.
The physical setting is lovely, and very quiet. We spent a lot of time on the porch, which had beautiful views of the mountains. We took walks on the road and were also able to drive to several nice hikes and lakes that weren't too far, as well as taking trips to Williamstown, Mass MOCA and Pittsfield. There were also excellent farm stands nearby.
The owners were incredibly helpful and responsive throughout the process of booking the house. They left thoughtful and detailed directions for everything from how to use the stereo to how to get to local supermarkets. When we had an issue with the television, they responded immediately.
We highly recommend this property and would certainly go back to it again.
Our family's three generations spent a rare six days together at the converted barn in Stephentown and it was the perfect place for us! With room for all and privacy as well, lawns inviting ball games, board games in the evening, and a lovely farm pond inviting young and old for a swim, we hardly needed to go anywhere else. Anyone who loves getting back to nature would love this place.
This is a stunning, idyllic rural experience. The home occupies a sunlit meadow with old apple trees, stone walls and a panoramic view of the Berkshire hills in which not a structure or a light is visible. The house has everything you would need-- while it is not a Sub Zero Kitchen/ Waterworks Bathroom place, we had no problem feasting on lobster risotto. It is a marvelous country escape. The home is architecturally delightful with both soaring spaces and intimate corners. We have rented the house four times in the last few years and can report that it functions wonderfully for large groups of friends --including being reasonably safe for toddlers (having just been there with four ranging from 1.5- 5 years) but is also, ummm, supremely romantic if you are there sans kids. From the high perch in the cupola to the the raised hearth fireplace, from the private sundrenched deck to the perfect little pond it just has that "pinch me" quality. The friends we brought last time are already scheming a seasons rental... Other reviewers cite convenience to Berkshire attractions which do indeed fall within 40 minutes. But then so does the Albany/Troy capital district district and within the hour lie both Hudson and Saratoga Springs-- wonderful day trip destinations. And while 'classic' attractions tend to make 'the list' its worth noting that some miles away in the center of town Stephentown plays host to a once a summer Grateful Dead style outdoor festival --and the The Stephentown Hotel which while not offering accommodation may just be the last of the road houses. The regional produce at the Berry Patch ten minutes away in Lebanon Springs is perfect and --no lie-- my mother in law has driven three hrs roundtrip from where she lives just to have another of their blueberry pies... the Barns owners provide a thorough house guide that both points you in the right direction for all your provisions and is refreshingly exact from ceiling fan to circuit. breakers. All in all you could never leave the house and still have a pitch-pefect escape in any season of the year.
Weekly antiques auctions, public tennis courts, miniature golf, beach swimming, boating and alpine slides are all available within a 10-15 mile radius, at places such as Cherry Plains State Park, Jiminy Peak and Lake Pontoosic.
NEW YORK CITY and BOSTON are each about 150 miles away.
PITTSFIELD is about 15 miles away
WILLIAMSTOWN is about 20 miles away
LENOX/Tanglewood is about 24 miles
STOCKBRIDGE is about 27 miles away
GREAT BARRINGTON is about 34 miles away
NORTH ADAMS is about 35 miles away
BECKET is about 40 miles away
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
- Rate includes: basic satellite TV service, DSL (high-speed) wi-fi, local phone service and lawn-mowing.
- Rate does not include: long-distance phone charges, electricity charges above $200, firewood: all charged back on an as-used basis.
- Security Deposit Required: $500
- Well-behaved dogs welcome - 1 per rental, with notice. Sorry, no cats - owner allergic.
$500 deposit refunded within 21 days of checkout barring any deductions made for damage or excessive cleaning/utility charges.