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Kim Block

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Peaceful Berkshires Retreat

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Alford House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Enjoy all seasons in the amazing Berkshire Mountains in this uncluttered, zen-like retreat, on 4 1/2 serene acres, with beautiful and pastoral views of Mt. Washington. Minutes away from renowned Great Barrington, and within 20 minutes of Lenox, Lee, and West Stockbridge, and all the amazing seasonal cultural offerings. Family-friendly Butternut and Catamount ski mountains within 15 minutes.

Keywords: House

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Kim Block (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Kim Block

We have been married for 30 years, have two grown sons, and live most of the year in South Florida, where we have a textile business. Kim is a recently minted psychotherapist. We are fans of yoga, hiking, swimming, cooking, theater, and independent films.

Kim Block purchased this house in 1998

Why Kim Block chose Berkshires

After renting for two summers in Great Barrington, and partaking in the amazing cultural experiences and soaking in the natural beauty of the Berkshire Mountains, we knew we wanted a permanent retreat to return to, year-round. We can have peace and tranquility when we want it, at the same time being minutes away from great restaurants and entertainment.

What makes this house unique

We love experimenting with different hikes and bike rides, and exploring the various lakes and rivers available within minutes of leaving our property. In summers, Tanglewood is a weekly excursion. Summers also offer abundant locally grown produce. Whatever we don't grow in our garden, we can purchase from the amazing nearby markets. In winter, skiing at Catamount and Butternut is minutes away.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)
Peaceful Berkshires Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Central Massachusetts
5

Picturesque Property in the Berkshires

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to share with family and friends for the weekend! The property was beautiful, clean, and there was ample space for all. At night, the sky was perfect for stargazing, and several shooting stars were seen! We had a fantastic weekend and highly recommend this property to anyone seeking a retreat in the Berkshires!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
5

Summer in Great Barrington and Tanglewood

  • 5 of 5

We are part of two couples who travel to the Berkshires each year to attend concerts at Tanglewood and the theater. This was our first year that we rented a home rather than stay at one of the local Inns. The home was indeed true to its listing. The views of the mountains were great, the house spacious and well maintained, and the master suite and bedrooms nicely furnished. We had one small problem with the home during our stay and Kim promptly responded to our concerns and followed up after our visit. The other couple stated at the end of the weekend that they thought we should repeat our rental in the coming fall or next year and we agree.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Comfortable and laid back in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

First, it's important to note that Kim was the most attentive VRBO/Homeaway host I've ever had. She checked in with us to be sure we'd arrived okay, she checked in to make sure everything was all set, and she responded promptly when we had a question. She's great!

The house is similarly great. We were three women and our three (8-10 month old) babies, so we were a handful. The house was perfect, with a semi-open plan, large spaces, and not a lot for the little guys to hurt themselves on. The beds were incredibly comfortable, especially with the cool breezes coming in the windows. The kitchen was spacious and allowed us to pull together group meals even with all the kids crawling around our legs. Everything matched the listing exactly and we weren't met with any unpleasant surprises. (One pleasant surprise -- there's a piano in the semi-finished basement!)

We especially loved the outdoor space -- the wraparound porch and the expansive lawn -- and how close we were to great hiking (Bash Bish Falls & the Iron Works were beautiful and easy even when carrying the extra twenty pounds of kid) and the charm of Great Barrington. All told, loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cori, It was our pleasure to host you and the babies! So glad you felt at home and got to enjoy a hike at Bash Bish. Spectacular. We think our beds are comfy, too:) We'd love to have you back any time. Kim
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5

Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We met up with family over the weekend at this lovely home. We had three couples and two children along and everyone had a great time! There was plenty of space, comfortable beds and a well equipped kitchen. The setting is peaceful and beautiful. Kim was so great to work with. Our car broke down unexpectedly and Kim was amazing in helping us extend our stay while it was fixed. I highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah, So glad you were able to enjoy an extra day in the Berkshires. Hope that helped counteract any stress your car trouble caused you, and hope you'll come back again soon.
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5

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends and I loved the property. We sat outside and barbecued the first night. It was a great base for hiking, shopping, restaurants and shows nearby. The beds were so comfortable and the place felt like home. I would not be surprised if one or all of us stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Lois, So nice to host you and your friends. Hope to see you back again next summer.
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5

Even better than expected

  • 5 of 5

Kim has done such a remarkable job presenting their Zen getaway. The first thing my friends said as we pulled up the driveway was that the house looked exactly like the pictures...and that assessment didn't change as we invaded every room with a group of seven non-related adults. There was plenty of space for everyone inside, though most of us found ourselves outside stretching our city legs out with the not-at-all oversold views of the mountains. Kim checked in on us without being intrusive but was responsive whenever we reached out, and her welcome letter left us with no questions and some great recommendations for activities. FYI, I have Virgin/Sprint and had zero reception in the area...others didn't fare much better with Verizon or AT&T, so be sure to take offline maps and use the Wi-Fi. This is a great house with great, big-hearted hosts who are invested in your having a good time, and it was hard getting everyone to leave but we finally managed.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, M.P.! So glad you got to experience and enjoy a weekend at our home! We think it's a pretty magical place, too:) It was our pleasure hosting you, and you're welcome back any time. Fall is particularly spectacular, and our apples are ready for picking then! As for the cell service, believe it or not, it's better than it used to be! We find that we do ok with Verizon, and that texting works better than calling. Service is pretty decent once you're in town. Ah, the price we pay for peace, quiet, and breathtaking views:)
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Rates & Availability

Alford House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer Season
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
$300
$2,000
$6,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

3 night minimum July 4th weekend and Labor Day weekend

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Alford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Peach and apple trees

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