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Quiet country getaway- great for families and reunions

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Canaan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Sleeps 7-10

Get away from it all on a quiet road in the country:

In the winter, there is great downhill skiing and snowboarding for beginners and children at Bousquet, Butternut or Catamount Ski areas, which are all within a half hour of the house. Jiminy Peak offers challenges for more advanced skiers and is only 35 minutes from the house. You can also cross-country ski on numerous local trails, sled at local parks, and visit museums.

In the spring, watch maple syrup being made, smell the fresh air, and watch the trees and flowers bud out. Swing on the bench at our small private pond, hidden away in our woods, and, in season, celebrate nature by listening to chorus-like peepers, chirping wood frogs and night owls. Explore the outside once again with hikes, bikes, walks and play in the backyard. Use our bikes, canoe, and kayak for recreational travel.

In the summer, sit on the deck, eat under the umbrella, play tennis down the road, go swimming at Queechy Lake, (a free pass is provided to this private sandy beach with a lifeguard, swimming, picnic tables, fishing and boating) and go to Tanglewood, Williamstown Theater Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Hancock Shaker Village, Kripalu or dozens of other cultural offerings. On a rainy day visit the Clark Art Institute, MassMOCA, the Norman Rockwell Museum or many other nearby museums. In the evening make a fire in the outdoor fire ring, cook a lovely meal in a well equipped kitchen, listen to music, and enjoy my spinet piano and libraries. In the spring, watch maple syrup being made, smell the fresh air, and watch the trees and flowers bud out. Explore the outside once again with hikes, bikes, walks and play in the backyard. Use our bikes, canoe, and kayak for recreational travel.

In the fall, see the spectacular fall foliage, hike in the crisp air, go apple picking, toast marshmallows over a fire, snuggle up to read in an easy chair, make cookies in a well equipped kitchen, visit museums, go to the theater or just sit around and socialize and relax.

Use our bikes, canoe, and kayak for recreational travel.

Enjoy staying in a sunny, spacious, comfortable home with hardwood floors, a working fireplace, a sun porch, and a porch off the master bedroom. In the nice weather, you can sit in a swing by the pond, walk through the woods in the back, barbecue and eat on the deck, and let the children play in the yard. Within 3 miles you can play tennis, bring the kids to the playground down the road or drive to Queechy Lake.

In the evening cook in a well equipped, newly remodeled kitchen with a new, quiet dishwasher, which is part of a 'Great Room' (so you can socialize while you cook) using food from local farm stands and eat a relaxed dinner at home. After dinner take a walk and see the beautiful starry night or catch fireflies. If its cool, make a fire in the outside fire pit or in the indoor fireplace. Listen to music as you play cards or socialize and go to sleep to the quiet of nature.

If you're feeling adventurous, there are endless activities to do within a 40 minute drive. The New York-Berkshire area has so many trails to hike or cross country ski, mountains to ski, routes to bicycle, lakes to swim in or boat on, museums to visit, theater/music/dance to enjoy and great restaurants to eat at. You'll have to come back next year to see and do it all.

The house is equidistant from Boston and New York, making it an ideal place for a reunion/gathering with people from both cities.

No pet visitors allowed and no smoking allowed inside house please.

The house is home to two beautiful cats who will not be in the house during a rental. I have had people stay in the house who are allergic to cats, but with medication have done fine. The house is meticulously cleaned and vacuumed before any rentals, but if anyone in your party is super allergic to cats, they may react to some of the dander inherent in a house where cats live.

Let me welcome you to my home and show you around.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Becky Meier
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
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September 24, 2016
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About Becky Meier

I raised my children in this home and they have now flown the nest. I love the out of doors, especially hiking, bicycling and swimming. I am a retired elementary school teacher.

Becky Meier purchased this house in 1982

Why Becky Meier chose Berkshires

2 1/2 hours to New York City and Boston. Ample opportunities to hike, bicycle and swim. Close to many cultural offerings. Peaceful. Beautiful. Access to both Berkshire County and the Capital District (Albany, NY) area. Easy and close access to the Taconic Parkway and Interstate 90.

What makes this house unique

Free pass to nearby Queechy Lake- private sandy beach with a lifeguard, swimming, picnic tables, dock, fishing and boating. Looking at the stars out the master bedroom window or its balcony. Listening to music while watching the birds. Relaxing in the 'Great Room' with friends. Gardening. Taking bicycle rides and walks from my home. So many four season cultural activities and good restaurants. Use our bikes, canoe, and kayak for recreational travel.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great place,clean,nicely equipped with everything that you might possibly need. We had a great time.

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Feb 2014
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based on 21 traveler reviews

Quiet country getaway- great for families and reunions
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 22 reviews
Oakland, CA

Wonderful stay... don't ignore the lake!

  • 5 of 5

Even before we arrived, Becky went out of her way to accomodate our needs (details unnecessary). The house is open and airy and quite appealing to anyone who wants to take advantage of the regional attractions but still wants a place to retreat to relax and enjoy the country life. My family particularly enjoyed the chance to spend some time at the nearby lake, which provides both sun and shade, complete with lifeguards for the little ones. Oh, and Becky provides very good local information about where to buy groceries and other attractions...

We will not hesitate to stay here again should we have the opportunity.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Nice home in the Taconic's

  • 5 of 5

Great house in the woods with everything you could want for a relaxing stay and easy access to New York/Massachusetts area.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Clean, quiet and enjoyable

  • 4 of 5

All went very well with our stay in Chatham. We were met by the owners who were very easy to interact with and welcoming with their home. Please note this is actually their house - so needs to be attended to as it were your own. Large outside space and two car garage which are helpful when you have a few people staying on the property. Very close to where we needed to be for our weekend activities so that was a plus!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Excellent place

  • 5 of 5

Great place,clean,nicely equipped with everything that you might possibly need.

We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a beautiful and convenient location: it was so nice to be able to leave right from the house for a little walk in the snow, up the hill and across the woods. Breakfast in the kitchen looking out at the winter visitors to the bird feeders was a treat! It was also a quick drive to Stockbridge, to Edith Wharton's home and to the Norman Rockwell Museum that we all really liked!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Naples, Florida

Nirvana at the foot of the Berkshires

  • 4 of 5

What a glorious way to spend two weeks from too warm Naples, FL. It could not be any more convenient to the Clark Museum at Williamstowm, ballet at Jacob's Pillow, Berkshire Theatre in Stockbridge, Tanglewood, races at Saratoga, Yale Museum in New Haven and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as well as the Fenimore Art Museum. The cool, crisp nights and mornings was a perfect way to start off our days of adventures. Becky and Bob were the perfect hosts. Sorry we had to miss the "Best Bottomless Breakfast Buffet" in town.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Theater Barn
"Fun, local theater."
Canaan Corner Deli
"For gas, convenience items and a deli. Only 3 miles away. "
Hitchingpost Cafe
"10 minutes away. Good family food. Check hours and days. (518) 794-9092 "
Queechy Lake
"Wonderful lake swimming with beautiful sand beach. Lifeguards and roped in swimming area. Gr..."
Mario's Restaurant
"Good restaurant for both families and couples. "
Destino - Cocina Mexicana and Margarita Bar
"Good Mexican Restaurant in Chatham, NY"
Tanglewood Music Center
"The summer home of the Boston Symphony. Shed and lawn tickets. Chamber music, pop music. "
Jacob's Pillow
"The best dance venue in the country. Be sure to go to the free 6 pm performances on an outdo..."
Berkshire Theatre Group
Williamstown Theatre Festival
"Excellent theater. Several stages."
Jimimny Peak ski resort
"Winter skiing and summer adventure center."
Bousquet Ski Area
"Great family ski area."
Ski Butternut
Catamount Ski Area
"Good family skiing. "
Norman Rockwell Museum
"Great Americana. Beautiful setting. "
Berkshire Museum
"Great family eclectic museum: aquarium, art, natural history, innovations, Egyptian mummy, a..."
Mass Museum of Contemporary Art
"Even the building makes it worth the visit. Changing exhibits. Always provocative. Incredibl..."
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
"Incredible collection of impressionist work. Small enough not to be overwhelming. Nice setti..."
Bash Bish Falls
"Short, fairly level walk/hike to a spectacular falls. Also a nearby bicycle trail. "
Mount Greylock State Reservation
"Highest mountain in Massachusetts. Many trails. Visitor Center near bottom. Cafe at top. Vie..."
Haven Cafe & Bakery
"Recommended by many friends. I think its just breakfast and lunch. "
The Egg
"Unusual shaped theater in downtown Albany."
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
"Music and Dance in an outdoor setting. "
Proctor's Theatre
"Good theater outside Albany."
New York State Museum
"Many eclectic exhibits. Great for kids. Free."
Lipperas' Restaurant
"Has a fancy restaurant and a tavern. Good food. "
Crandell Theatre
"Single movie, old time movie theater. Inexpensive."
Beebe Hill State Forest
"Great 1.5 miles hike up to a fire tower with great views (Albany and Mount Greylock), about ..."
Fresco's Pizza & Pasta
"Good oven fired pizza in New Lebanon. "
Bombay Bar & Grill
"Great Indian restaurant overlooking the water. "
Lee Premium Outlets
"Pleasant Outdoor Mall with good variety of shops. Great for the teenagers. "
Furnace Brook Winery
"Apple Orchard, hikining, cider, wintery. Close by"
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Backwater Grill
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Berkshire Hills, Pontuusuc, GEAA, Pittsfield CC
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Hudson, NY
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Massachusetts Pike (extension)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Backwater, Mep's BBQ, Mario's,
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Bousquet-12 m, Jiminy Peak-25 m, Btternt+Ctmnt-20m
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Queechy Lake
Car: necessary

Private Queechy Lake Beach Pass, Lifeguards, swimming, picnic tables, dock, boating,fishing, toilet etc.

Very close to Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Ma and Kripalu in Lenox, Ma and many, many other great cultural venues and natural wonders.

Nearly equidistant from ski areas: Jiminy Peak, Catamount, Butternut Basin, and Bousquet.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, boating, cross country skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, racquetball, basketball court, miniature golf etc.


Rates & Availability

Canaan House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $50

An extra charge of $25 per person per night over 8 people will be assessed.

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Canaan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , downstairs adjacent to one bedroom -heat lamp,exhaust fan.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , second floor,adjacent to master bedroom,exhaust fan, shelves
  • First-floor bathroom has a separate shower, tub, heat lamp, exhaust fan, large jade plant and an adjoining room with toilet, sink, shelves and cabinet. Second floor bathroom has shower, exhaust fan, shelves and cabinet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Sarah's room - 1 double , with a pillowtop double bed (on first floor)
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , with adjoining porch (on second floor)
    Ezra's Room - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , with adjoining bathroom (on first floor)
    Study - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , bed is a sleeper sofa in study- private room
    Extra sleep spaces - Blow-up Queen mattress, double foam mattress, single foam ma
  • Queen size Beds (1) Tempur Pedic mattress, Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Two couches with queen size hide-away beds, Bunk Beds (1) Double bed with futon mattress on bottom and single bed on top.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
I have a membership pass to the Adams Point Beach Association beach at Queechy Lake. It is available FREE for anyone in the house.There is a lifeguard, swimming, picnic tables, dock, fishing and boating, portable toilet etc. at this beach. I have a spinet piano in my family room. I can recommend several accomplished masseuses who will come to my house by appointment for you.

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