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, private fishing pond, historic apple orchard, beautiful meadow and extensive blueberry 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, new bathroom, and two bedrooms. One downstairs bedroom has a queen bed , The other downstairs bedroom has a full size bed. Downstairs amenities include working fireplace with instant-on propane insert, Bose radio / CD player, flatscreen TV with broadband Internet streaming and DVD player. Upstairs has two bedrooms and a full-bath with walk-in shower. The larger upstairs bedroom has a queen bed. The smaller upstairs bedroom two twin beds. Both bedrooms large windows from which you can look out over the property and the mountains beyond. 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.
- House1400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 8, new kitchen, new bathrooms
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 18, 2018
About Warren Cook
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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Warm & Cozy for a Winter Getaway
Great location with great views. Perfectly stocked inside with nice, clean amenities and appliances.
Our stay over the New Year weekend turned out to be one of the coldest weeks of the year to date. However, you wouldn't have known it with the capabilities of the heating system and what seemed like ample insulation. The house was always warm and cozy.
The space is perfect for a party of 8 - common areas were large enough to accommodate group activities, and private areas were separated enough to not be intrusive of one another.
We all very much enjoyed our stay.
Beautiful setting and view. The house accomodated us all very nicely.
The house was thoughtfully stocked and readied for us. There was nothing we needed to buy for general usage (paper goods, etc.). There was even a crib which is a real bonus for our your parents. All appliances worked well, and all the "guidebook" on the coffee table was truly a help. We loved the deck and the views, and we walked down to the pond several times. A few of us managed a morning run/walk along the main road. Peaceful, serene, and comforting.
Perfect place for a family get together
A compact house, immaculately kept and furnished with all amenities in a lovely setting with great views.
Warren Cook was the perfect host in that he never intruded but we felt was there to help if we needed him.
The house, an immaculately maintained expanded cape, was more than adequate for a party of 8 (including two young children) with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
As mentioned in an earlier review, it's set closer to the road than a city dweller seeking escape might wish but it really was not a problem because the whole house beckoned you to look rearward at the gently sloping meadow, the pond and then the expansive view of distant hills and the horizon. A really beautiful view from the deck.
Though one of our the days was grey and rainy the house still felt light and airy with enough space for the enitre party to relax.
The bathrooms are up to date and all ventilated with external windows add is the kitchen.
The renters manual was explicit without imposing a slew of restrictions. It also offered a great deal of local information.
All in all a very enjoyable stay for a the generation family get together over the Labor Day weekend
Cozy, relaxing retreat-- good for couples or small families
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.
Another Great Christmas in Middlefield !!
This was our 2nd trip to this location ... house was great ... location was great ... thank so much !!
Very clean.Quite and Peaceful.
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.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
$300 / night $1750 / week $6500 / month 3 night minimum stay rates based on 6 guests, add $50 per night, per additional guest