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Beautiful Farm Vacation House

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


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.

Karen Brooks
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

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.


Heath Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • 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 ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • 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
Guest pass available for nearby Rowe Pond (Pelham Lake) with a lifeguarded swimming beach and picnic area and playground


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Beautiful Farm Vacation House
average rating of 4.9375 based on 32 reviews

Really cozy farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

A small group rented this house for a weekend program at the nearby Rowe retreat center. Our only regret was that we had so little time to enjoy this beautiful and comfortable home. The bedrooms were comfortable and warm, the hot water wonderful (it snowed all weekend), but our favorite spot was the well furnished kitchen and the really large beautiful kitchen table, where we hung out and told stories, enjoyed the few meals we cooked there, and drank coffee or wine. It would be a destination all by itself, for spending a long weekend.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being such wonderful guests, and I'm so glad you got to attend the workshop at Rowe AND got to be here in the snow! They are so special over there, and of course I love my place as well-- all the best!
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Relaxing get away

  • 5 of 5

Very relaxing. Lovely farm house with plenty of room for all. Loved having the sheep and chickens so close and the sunsets were so beautiful from the deck. Pool / ping pong table was enjoyed by all. Internet spoty but it was a relief really to get "away from it all" for awhile. Have been here before and look forward to returning! Also the guest pass for Lake Pelham was great. Canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards available as well!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much-- it was a pleasure to have you here again and to Bounder meet your dogs and kids and you! You did a great job taking care of the place and I appreciate how easy you all are to have as guests. Hope you have a good year. All the best, Karen
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Ideal farmhouse for a family get-together: comfortable and casual

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time together in Karen's house which was complete with sheep, chickens, and frogs in the little fish pond! Adding to our pleasure was the outdoor eating and play area with a grill, trampoline and swings for the little ones. Ten minutes from the house was Pelham Lake Recreational Area.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you here and see the kids enjoying themselves so much-- all the best!
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Clean, Cozy and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5


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, NY

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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Brookline, MA

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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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Bradley International Airport BDL
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Mohawk Park
Nearest Train
20 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

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.