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Beautiful Farm Vacation House

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6-10, Gorgeous View, Open Fields

Close to Berkshire East, Mt Snow, Zoar Outdoor (rafting and zipline), Crabapple Whitewater, fishing in the Deerfield River. Open fields and views and hiking trails. Wonderful for children and adults alike. 25 acres of meadows and woods with a stream below. Free-ranging chickens and sheep. Always something to learn, collecting eggs, picking herbs, looking for the beaver in the pond. True eco-tourism. Large, well-equipped kitchen. Game room with ping-pong and pool table. Large rooms for entertaining. Perfect for artists' or writers' retreat or family gathering. Access to nearby Rowe Pond (Pelham Lake) with its wonderful swimming beach. Minimum 3-night stay. Cleaning fee and security deposit. Extra bedroom and bath available upon request for an additional fee, allowing 8-10 occupancy.


Owner
Karen Brooks
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2017

About Karen Brooks

Gardener, folksinger, carpenter-- went to boarding school in England where I learned to appreciate the peacefulness of a country spot. I'm just a bit up the road from Reinhold Niebuhr's stone cottage where theologians came to spend their summers trying to understand the world's problems. This is an off-the-beaten-path kind of a place, beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall, and wild in the winter. I've built much of this place with my own hands, and have tried every kind of self-sufficiency, from making beer to processing wool, to making farm products for sale. Never that much of a profit but always interesting. And always something good to eat.

Karen Brooks purchased this farmhouse in 1982

Why Karen Brooks chose Heath

I came here as a newlywed, pregnant with my first child. It was a wonderful place to raise children-- so many things that we take for granted here are no longer available in most of the world-- amazing quiet, beautiful sunsets and big night skies full of stars, always a breeze no matter how hot the summer, delicious drinking water, fresh eggs and produce, the sight of sheep out on the pasture and chickens busy all day. We're in an area of tourism that is homespun, no fast food here, just lots of land and space, trees and sky-- the locals call our town of Heath 'God's Country', and they're not wrong. My children (four of them) are grown up now, and the house is too big for me but I love having visitors, especially from far away. I live in my studio just down the hill from the house with it's own driveway and gardens, with my 2 kitties and my Sheltie Bounder. Plenty of space to share, plenty of room to run free.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The rooms in the house are open and cozy at the same time-- simply furnished, with a huge eat-in, live-in kitchen, big livin groom, wonderful front porch and back deck for entertaining. The sunroom has a pool table which converts into a ping pong table, and looks out at the magnificent backyard towards Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. 2 of the bedrooms are quite large, and one has a pull-out bed for 2 in addition to the queen bed. All the beds are very comfortable, unusually so, as this was very important to me.

Map

Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Bradley International Airport BDL
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Mohawk Park
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
Interstate 91
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Warfield House
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Berkshire East
Car: necessary

We are near the Heath Fair, home of one of the oldest agricultural fairs in Massachusetts, and a focal point for our town. Also nearby is the Bridge of Flowers, a converted trolley bridge which spans the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls and boasts a beautiful walk spring to fall with many wonderful restaurants on both sides of the river. Zoar Outdoor and Berkshire East and Crabapple provide ziplining, world-famous whitewater, downhill and cross-country skiing, and mountain biking trails all within 10 minutes.

Amenities

Heath Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large bathroom with doors to bedroom #1 and #2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large bathroom off bedroom #3
  • 3rd bath available upon request
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Smaller room shares bathroom with bedroom #1
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large room can sleep 2 adults and 2 children
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Large bedroom with separate bath
  • 4th bedroom available upon request for an additional $50/night
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Guest pass available for nearby Rowe Pond (Pelham Lake) with a lifeguarded swimming beach and picnic area and playground

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful Farm Vacation House
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 29 reviews
5

Clean, Cozy and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Karen,

Thank you for a wonderful weekend! Your house is so clean, cozy and comfortable that we immediately felt at home. It was a great place to gather with old friends and catch up. A truly relaxing weekend. Paula

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed it— it was a pleasure to have you— all the best, Karen
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brooklyn
5

One of the top 3 places we've stayed over the last 10 years

  • 5 of 5

This place is beyond beautiful and Karen is a wonderful host. The whole vibe of the house and farm is incredibly welcoming and comfortable. The pool/ping pong table was a blast, the giant kitchen and living space were luxurious and soaking in the outdoor hot tub just before dawn washed all of the built up NYC tension right out of my system.

We're already looking at when we can come back to this place. Everything about the experience, from the initial inquiry to the post-visit followup, was easy and enjoyable. Definitely a step up from the vast majority of vacation rentals at this price point.

As a side note, I'm a software engineer and had to work part of the time that we were visiting. Another user noted issues with the wifi, but there must have been an outage during their stay because I had no problem with the internet connection or phones and working on the front porch while watching the chickens barely felt like work.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! I loved having you guys here-- a real treat! I was glad to meet you and I hope you do get to come back-- it was nice to see your daughter enjoying everything so much-- all the best, Karen
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5

Beautiful farm property with swings and trampoline for kids

  • 5 of 5

Karen is a wonderful host. She checked in on us periodically to make sure we were doing ok and asked after what we might need. But she was never intrusive and seemed to be mindful of keeping visits short. The farm and house are beautiful and comfortable, with lots of rooms and spaces that kids like to explore and adults can relax in. The yard and view are beautiful, with swings, a trampoline and lots of running around space. You can see over several mountains. And the view faces west, so you get a great sunset over the mountains right into the yard. We slung a hammock between two trees and watched it from there. My grand kids especially enjoyed the front porch with a swing and a chalkboard and little racing cars that they kept busy all over the porch. Also the pool table was a big favorite! We will definitely be coming back.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much-- it was a pleasure to have you all here-- all the best, Karen
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4

What a peaceful place! Owner is quick to answer questions and make you feel at home.

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time with my family here. The lack of internet and phone access is a two-edged sword, but was worth it.

Hot tub, pool table, large kitchen table for playing games...We had fun!

I grew up on a farm, so barn smells didn't bother me, but they bothered others a little. Never lasted long, though.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your stay. The internet was definitely misbehaving while you were here. I just don't want people reading this to think there's no internet or phone! For folks with AT&T, there's a Microcell, and for all others, there's use of the house phone. I'm so glad you had fun in spite of it. All the best, Karen
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Somerset, MA/ USA
5

Wonderful, peaceful getaway with plenty to do with our teenage kids

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, clean home with plenty of space. Our kids loved the pool table and hot tub - and I loved visiting the sheep. Plenty of hiking, biking trails, zip lining, mountain coaster, white water, quaint shops and good restaurants near by. Karen was a wonderful hostess. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! It was wonderful having you here and so glad your kids enjoyed it too in spite of the wet weather! All the best-- Karen
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5

Rural Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in the great Berkshires. My first real farm dwelling experience. We all enjoyed the sweet and funny sounds of sheep and the many outdoor amenities included with the house (hammock, porch furniture, new grill, incredible sunset views). Inside the house was well equipped with comfortable furniture, beds, towels/linens etc., and a few extra perks. I highly recommend a hike, kayak, and swim at the nearby Pelham Lake Park (10-15 minute drive), a trip to Shelburne falls to see the Bridge of Flowers, and a dinner at Hope and Olive in Greenfield. Karen was a delightful host (thank you Karen!).

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awesome to have you all here-- and so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning fee $95

Rental rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Additional bedroom/bath available upon request for an additional $50/night plus additional $35 for cleaning. Pets with prior approval of owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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