|Space||1,400 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Newly renovated home on scenic Skyline Trail features spectacular western views of the Berkshires and beyond. Bordered by stone walls and surrounded by state forest, landscaped 9-acre property includes clear, trout-stocked fishing pond, historic apple orchard, beautiful meadow and extensive blueberry and rasberry bushes. House has all new bathrooms, hardwood floors, and furnishings. Sunny, private 250 sq. ft wood deck is perfect for outdoor dining, entertaining, observing wildlife, star gazing, and watching the sunset. House comfortably sleeps 8 with 2 queen beds. 1 full bed, and 2 twin beds. First floor has a fully equipped kitchen with all new appliances, spacious dining area, comfortable living room with flat screen TV and broadband Internet access, all new bathroom, and two bedrooms. Upstairs has two bedrooms and a full-bath with walk-in shower. Tranquil country town features historic church, railroad bridges,river swimming holes, hiking trails and impressive waterfalls. Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and Tanglewood are driving distance.
Current owners Warren and Elizabeth Cook inherited the property from Warren's father. Born in 1910, William Cook grew up in Middlefield witnessing the introduction of the car, the telephone and electricity. The family's 1700's farm house still stands across the street. After a forty year career at IBM, William Cook built the current house in 1972 on land that had been the apple orchard of the ancestral farm. He lived there until his death at 97. Upon inheriting the property, Elizabeth and Warren initiated major renovations to take advantage to the inherent beauty of the house and its mountainside location. Elizabeth grew up near Pittsburgh, PA and has a background in fashion merchandizing including executive positions at Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's New York, and theory. Warren grew up in Long Island, NY and has worked in book publishing, movies, and web commerce. Together they currently own a home design store in Westchester, NY.
Our stay exceeded our expectations! Your property was all that we hoped for and more. The accommodations were heavenly. Contemporary and tranquil at the same time. Thanks to your provisions, we were able to feed seven people every day as well as provide a Thanksgiving dinner beyond all expectations!
We enjoyed the call of coyotes each evening, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving observed the visitation of more than a dozen wild turkey!
The walking trails in Middlefield were perfect for our needs, accommodating a variety of ages and a very expectant mother. We enjoyed the artwork in your home as well as the reading materials. Guido's in Pittsfield satisfied our grocery needs, and the outlets in Lee our Black Friday needs.
The house was very comfortable and well-appointed with a stocked kitchen, plenty of fluffy white towels and amazing pillows. The kids had a great time catching tadpoles and minnows in the pond and practicing archery in the open field. Very tasteful furniture. Good old school dvds. wifi great. The area is beautiful with plenty of lakes and rivers to fish in.
Things I wish I'd known before booking:
- What you see in the pictures is what you get. The living room is small and cozy and adjacent to the small dining area and kitchen. There are no other shared spaces, so for a family of five, with teenagers, it's a bit tight.
- The master bedroom, though beautiful and sunny, has no shades, so it was impossible for anyone to sleep in it.
- It's right on a big, flat road. Thankfully, there weren't many cars and trucks; but it definitely was loud whenever one did pass by, considering how serene and quiet the place was in general.
- The owner is minimally communicative. I texted to say we arrived, and didn't hear back from him. He did, however, respond right away when there was a leak in the upstairs shower. Another time, I texted to say we weren't going to stay an extra we had asked for (and he had graciously allowed), and I also never heard back from him. Not a big deal, but a bit off-putting.
This was our 2nd trip to this location ... house was great ... location was great ... thank so much !!
We stayed at warren's house this March for the weekend. The house was very clean. Plenty of room for the 7 of us. Warren told us that we needed to stop on our way in to get food and such. The stores are about 1/2 hour so do keep that in mind. Everything went very well and we had a great time. I called Warren at least three times before I stayed there that weekend with question and he was very happy to answer all my questions. I would love to stay there again in the Fall very nice property.
Oh... FYI I would fill up your gas tank before you get there cause it did take us about an hour in the direction we went home to find a gas station.
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday spent at the house. The owner reached out multiple times to insure our arrival was without a hitch and the property description was accurate and thorough. Upon arrival the house was clean and inviting and the layout of the house was perfect for the 5 of us with everything we needed being provided.
The unusually warm weather ... Christmas day in the 70's ... allowed us to take full advantage of the spacious plot and included Christmas lunch on the deck looking at the beautiful backyard views of the orchard, pond and mountains in the distance ... wonderful. Our main goal was to gather with our adult children and enjoy the holiday together and that meant spending much of the time at the property. We enjoyed meals together in the dining area and gathering around fires in the fireplace in the evening. The warm weather also allowed us hike a couple of the days and there were many options available close by for us to choose from.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to enjoy one of our best holidays in a long time !!
I have rented this house two summers in a row...it is on a lovely quiet property in a rural setting, with the most beautiful view west towards the hills. The house is clean and comfortable, with all mod cons (I love the master bedroom in particular), but my favorite part of my visit is sitting on the deck looking out at the view, and enjoying the birdsong and peace. There are blueberry and raspberry bushes in the backyard, a small pond, and vast expanses of green lawn, which means my dog can play Fetch to his heart's content. The drive to Pittsfield or Great Barrington are not too bad, and where I head for provisions at Guido's, or a meal out. Warren is a great landlord, very easygoing and responsive. I've rented over 10 houses on VRBO, and this is one of my favorites.
Our group of four adults and two young children had a very nice long weekend staying at the house. It was comfortable for all of us, and was a nice balance between being quiet and secluded and close to activities we wanted to do. We were grateful to the owner for providing us with a lot of useful information about the area. He was very good at being in touch with us, and helped make our stay enjoyable and easy. Highly recommended property!
Located on scenic Skyline Trail, house offers a commanding, 50-mile views of Berkshire mountains and New York State. 1972 house is built in an 100 year old apple orchard once part of the surrounding family farm which dates back to the 1700s. The historic Olde Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast across the street offers breakfast and weekend dinners. (call ahead.) Property is a short walk from the tranquil, historic town center and also borders on hundreds of acres of pristine state forest perfect for hiking. 5 minute drive to historic railway arches hiking trail. 10 minute drive to scenic Glendale Falls (waterfall ). 20 minute drive to Jacob's pillow. 25 minutes to Pittsfield and to Outlet shopping in Lee. 45 minutes to Tanglewood. 70 minutes drive to Hartford's Bradley Airport. Great area for road cycling, mountain biking, and kayaking. Horseback riding nearby. Centrally located to Berkshire ski areas: Jiminy Peak, 26 miles (45 minutes). Catamount, 35 miles (64 minutes). Berkshire East, 28.6 miles (53 minutes). Butternut, 33.2 miles (54 minutes). Bousquet, 22 miles, (42 minutes). Otis Ridge, 23.3 m
Other Activities: Jacobs Pillow and Tanglewood are driving distance.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
$300 / night
$1600 / week
$5600 / month
2 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.