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If you’ve driven by, you’ve wondered about the story of this beautiful stone building. Built in 1832 as a one-room schoolhouse – a function it served until 1950 -- this charming and historic building has been given new life as a guest house - since 1998.
Beautifully situated amidst horse farms on the scenic road to Mt Greylock. In the center of the Berkshires, 5 miles from Jiminy Peak ski area, 10 miles from South Williamstown, 15 miles from Tanglewood and Mass MoCA, and 20 miles from Jacob's Pillow. 5 miles to Pittsfield and the Berkshire Mall. Private garden. 5 acres of property in the back where horses and cows graze.
Everything is provided...: fully-furnished mostly with antiques. Bedspreads, linens, blankets, pillows, towels, iron and ironing board. Kitchen with mini stove/oven, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, coffee grinder, coffee - ground and beans, assorted teas and hot chocolate, pots and pans, dishes, cutlery, etc.
There are 2 floors. The first floor is the old classroom with old desks. There is also a trundle bed which can be used as 2 twins or 1 king size bed. The bathroom is on the first floor. The 2nd floor is like a studio apartment - there is a queen bed and a twin bed, plus floor space and mattresses for kids. Also, a small but complete kitchen. One bathroom, on first floor.
Ideal for a romantic getaway or for a family of 4-6. A fee of $25/night applies for additional adults after the first two. No extra charge for children. Please indicate the number of children in your message to us, but select 0 children in the pull-down menu so that you are not charged.
The Old Stone School is available to rent 12 months a year. Each season has it's benefits:
SPRING - Trees arise from winter sporing their fleeting Spring green color, daffodils, tulips, hiking trails are open, enjoy the warm weather after a long winter! Calves appear on the hill behind the schoolhouse.
SUMMER - Flowers blooming, berries to pick, outdoor activities nearby, culture everywhere - Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Barrington Stage, Clark Art Museum, MassMoCA, Williams College Museum of Art, etc.
FALL - Enjoy the kaleidoscope of Fall colors covering the hills behind the schoolhouse. Hike Mt. Greylock - short and long hikes. Go the top and check out Bascom Lodge - a stop on the Appalachian Trail.
WINTER - Jiminy Peak is less than 10 mins. away.Ski or snow tube at Bousquet is 20 mins. away. Cross country Ski in the fields out back or go to Hilltop Orchards in Richmond or Notchview in Windsor.
Cheryl & RIch,
Thank you for such a wonderful stay! Such a unique experience and so nice to get away in such a relaxing environment. We very much enjoyed hearing about the schoolhouse and its history.
We hope to visit again soon!
Despite getting off on the wrong foot due to a miscommunication, Cheryl and Rich were excellent hosts and accommodating. We so appreciated the beautiful bouquets Cheryl had around the house and her lovely photographs. The school house is beautiful and unique and a nice setting off the beaten path. Good internet service and very comfortable bed.
Unfortunately, we happened to rent on a very hot weekend. Because there is only one window that opens on the second floor (and that window you need a step stool to actually look out), the cottage was pretty stuffy. The AC unit was inefficient and really we hate AC and wanted to hear crickets. Because downstairs is a beautifully preserved historic museum, it was not possible to open those windows (no screens). We would have liked to hang out there more. Therefore we chose to NOT spend really any time in this cottage besides sleeping (we put a lot of mileage on the car this weekend). I had hoped to enjoy some time reading and drawing and brought books and art supplies, but the cottage was just not conducive to that (I enjoy lots of light and looking out the window).
My only other issue is that we felt uncomfortable cooking there with all the fresh local produce as we had hoped. I totally get their concern about the holding tank and not to use much water upstairs where the kitchen is (we also have a holding tank at our cottage) so we ended up eating out lunch and dinners, which is not what we wanted and is why we booked through VRBO. FYI the bathroom is downstairs and there is no issue with water usage there. Additionally I would suggest buying a tea pot to boil water for tea.
I recommend this place for those who don't want to cook and have plans to be out hiking or sight seeing during the day (there is a ton to do in the Berkshires). It is really pretty and the hosts are accommodating. Additionally, it is a unique kind of rental especially for those who love Americana. I do not recommend it for those who want a house to hang around during the day to say read or enjoy natural beauty from their window or deck. But I think many people would enjoy this rental.
The Stone School House is a sweet piece of history established in 1832(?). It was very charming, clean, comfortable, well appointed and just a pleasure for my husband, teenage son and me to retreat to for sleeping, meals, reading and playing games. There is great hiking just a mile or so up the road to Mount Greylock. Short or longer self guided hikes are available for the novice and more experienced. Trails are well marked.
Rich and Cheryl were very easy to deal with and accomodating. We will surely be back again and recommend this lovely, rustic and yet clean and peaceful cottage without reservation.
This is a truly charming and unique property, in a lovely country setting. Rich and Cheryl have lovingly realized a historic preservation matched with a spacious, comfortable, and modern living space. We enjoyed ourselves very much, with loads of room to spread out, and lots to explore in the area. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a historic property, and is looking for some R&R in this lovely corner of the Berkshires.
We spent a wonderful weekend at the Schoolhouse in Lanesborough . The prooerty is located in a beautiful area near many attractions and has a charm
that is quite unique. Everything you need is provided and our hostess, Cheryl was very helpful and accommadating. If you are looking for a unique and different kind of setting then by all means try the Schoolhouse.
My Mom and I planned a New England tour this Summer and we were lucky enough to find the Stone School Cottage. Cheryl and Rich were super helpful and easy to work with. The Stone School Cottage had so much charm and was so unique that it made this portion of our trip days to remember. We spent most of our days traveling to the Brimfield Flea Market and had the best time. It was a distance (about 1.5 hours) from Lanesboro to Brimfield, but the easy interstate access worked well for us. We loved the charming schoolhouse set-up and the history of the place. We loved the grilled muffins at Bob's Country Kitchen and went there every morning for breakfast. If we go back to the Berkshires we will definitely want a repeat stay.
We have four boys & in an attempt to create a lasting memory for them, we booked The Stone School Cottage for a long weekend before the summer ended. Mission accomplished. The place was perfect and Cheryl & Rich were as pleasant and helpful as can be. I've always loved this part of the Berkshires. I didn't have time to hike Mount Greylock in earnest, but we spent a good while at the summit (such a nice drive). The boys insisted on Krispy Cone (baby took his first steps there) and swimming at Margaret Lindley Park at least once a day. But what they'll remember most is "the schoolhouse".
Beautifully situated amidst horse farms on the scenic road to Mt Greylock. In the center of the Berkshires, 5 miles from Jiminy Peak ski area, 10 miles from South Williamstown, 15 miles from Tanglewood to the South and The Clark Art Institute to the North. Five miles to Pittsfield and the Berkshire Mall.
Private garden with BBQ.
Large property in the back where horses and cows graze.
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1 night minimum stay
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Two Kids (17 and under) are Free. More than 2, then $25/per person extra per night.