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Charming historic cottage on scenic road to Mt. Greylock

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Large two-story cottage, sleeps 4 adults (plus no charge for children)

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. Small kitchen with mini stove/oven, refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffeemaker with assortment of coffee, tea 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. 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Rich Cohen and Cheryl Sacks
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

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!

Mar 2015
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Lanesborough Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom is located on the first floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2 child bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • First floor has a daybed which can be used as 2 twins or a king. Very large, but cozy open space bedroom/dining/living area on the second floor. Spacious upstairs has a queen bed and a twin bed. Accommodates up to 4 adults plus 2-3 kids. Pack-n-play available for very little ones. Additional cost per night for more than 2 adults.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Yard
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
Children can be entertained with board games, card games, wooden building blocks & toy tea sets. We are located next to horse and cow farms don't worry - you cannot smell them! WIFI


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Charming historic cottage on scenic road to Mt. Greylock
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 171 reviews

Authentic experience in a charming historic schoolhouse!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our experience at the Old Stone Schoolhouse. It is an authentic piece of American history & what a treat to be able to stay here! Owners were so friendly & helpful. Our children had a blast writing on the old chalkboard, overall a great time!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely and cozy historic cottage

  • 5 of 5

The Old Stone School Cottage is a lovely place. It's magic to sleep above a former one room school. It has all you need to be a basis to explore the region. We weren't very lucky with the weather but Rich gave us wonderful tips of what to explore indoors: The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the MASS MoCa in North Adams. Those are two gems absolutely worth exploring. And Mt. Greylock is a must as well! Even in the rain and fog:) Thank you Rich for all!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was wonderful! Beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

A lovingly decorated and cared for place. Really kind owners. I will go back again and again!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage, great location, 4 1/2 stars.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the Stone School Cottage. The loft was spacious, the kitchenette well equipped and supplied, and the bed was comfortable. Rich was gracious and helpful.

The location is terrific, equidistant from the Clark and the Unicorn Theater.

The only reason for not giving five stars (I wish I could give it another half) is that the bathroom is downstairs, which is a bit more than inconvenient, especially at night.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful little historic school house

  • 5 of 5

Just as described nice little historic School house in a great location. Greylock mountain is next to the house and what a wonderful park to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 3 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Old Forge
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Many golf courses
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Old Forge
Nearest Ski
4.5 Miles
Jiminy Peak
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Pontoosuc Lake
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

No charge for children (please tell us how many).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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