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Mason Hill is a celebration of everything we love about the Berkshires. Mountain views, a rushing swimmable brook, an historic exquisitely-restored barn and outbuildings surrounded by lush forest. Mason Hill is the perfect year-round getaway for any traveler.
The post and beam barn was built in 1815 by the Mason family and retains many of its original construction features in addition to the most modern amenities. The historic Mason Hill is a wondrous getaway in the heart of the Berkshires. Situated on 8 acres, the original farmhouse is still located on the property with the adjoining post and beam barn, stables, artist studio, and cabins. The barn features a fully modern and equipped gourmet kitchen with a dual fuel oven and a large comfortable living room and bar area. The adjacent large bedroom also accommodates an extensive library. The home includes a full bath and shower, laundry facilities and an outdoor cedar- lined shower with a view of the Berkshire sky. One queen bed and one bunk in the bedroom; 2 single beds in a semi-private sleeping area enclosed by the historic indoor stable off the living room, and one double bed in a semi-private sleeping area adjacent to the kitchen. There is a large deck off the west side of the barn for casual dining or reading a book while listening to the rushing sound of Kitchen Brook--the beautiful trout stocked brook on the property. You may also choose to stay in one of two rustic cabins overlooking the brook which have bunks and a wood stove for heat. Enjoy evenings with sausages and s’mores around the large outdoor fire pit. Perfect for family summer vacations, fall foliage, winter skiing and snowmobiling, reunions and celebrations. Rental is for entire property, except the caretakers' house and adjoining studio.
Ian & Jane are young entrepreneurs who live in New York City and Cheshire, MA. Ian works in the food industry and Jane in the photographic world. They enjoy cooking, foraging for mushrooms and wild edibles, and playing with their two doggies.
Ian & Jane purchased this barn in 2015
We fell in love with the historical aspect of the property. There are five historic structures on the property some dating back to the 1700's. Mason Hill is located alongside of the historic Cheshire Cemetery which has stunning monuments and washed away gravestones dating back also to the 1700's. The property is very spacious and private with beautiful views, sounds of the brook, and is situated in the heart of the Berkshires.
Natural beauty, quiet, private, full gourmet kitchen, woodland trails, trout fishing in stocked brook, two additional rustic cabins and fire pit, stone and wooden meditation benches overlooking upper and lower gorge, cedar outdoor shower, 1/4 mi. to Appalachian Trail, 15 min to Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, 10 min away from Mt. Greylock
The barn was easy to book, find and get into when we arrived. It has lots of character and antiques but was also very clean and organized with everything we needed for a weekend getaway. The sleeping accommodations are unusual with only one private bedroom, the other two being semi private with half walls and railings. However it is exactly as described in the home information so we were expecting that and it worked fine. The best thing for us were the wonderful grounds. My husband was overjoyed to catch a fish in the stream at the bottom of the hill and the children loved exploring the woods. The location was great for going up Mt Greylock and exploring the Surounding towns of North Adams and Williamstown. We are already talking about a return trip!
It is, indeed, a "Renovated Barn"! The title does not deceive in any way. Generally speaking, most of the needs for a sojourn away from home can be found here. We found the kitchen to be, by far, our favorite place in the house. All one needs for at least a week's stay can be found there. Obviously, one must provide their own food and drink, but otherwise, the kitchen is well equipped. Bedroom (BR) privacy, well, there was only two of us so we did have a private bedroom. However, if there are more than two in your party, well, good luck, additional beds are scattered throughout the house with no walled off BRs as one would have at home. Lighting: only two small lamps worked which we had to move around the "Barn" for our use; no bed side lamps, or side tables for that matter, in the private BR; no working lamps in the Living Room, though there was overhead lighting, however, it was far from conducive to sitting in a chair to read. Internet is dependent upon the router in the house next door and we found that in order to log on, we had to move our lap tops as close to the wall facing the house next door so as to connect. The "Barn" needs it's own router. We brought our dog with us as in an email from the owners, we were told the property was completely fenced so our dog would have free roam. Not so. He found his way to the neighbors home across the street and she brought him back to us. The deck is well equipped and we enjoyed the wonderful Massachusetts weather while sitting out there. As you'll note in the info provided about the "Barn", there is neither a radio nor a TV provided. In many respects, the "Barn" and it's acreage provides a great vacation site. However, it needs a great deal of tweaking to make it a wonderful place to spend a vacation.
We had a very nice stay at Mason Hill. The barn is beautiful and very well maintained. Ian and Jane are lovely hosts and were very helpful. The location is great - we spent a lot of time in nearby North Adams and other towns. The Mt. Greylock visitors center is just a short drive away. The neighborhood is very peaceful and quiet.
We found the open plan layout manageable with young kids. The only issue we had was that the owners have an unfenced in-ground swimming pool in their backyard that is just a few yards away from the back door of the barn - this could be dangerous if your kids are the type to wander outside on their own. Overall, the space worked really well for our weeklong summer vacation.
My wife and I went up to the Berkshires and stayed at this gorgeous renovated barn. The barn was spacious, comfortable, and gorgeous! So nice to wake up and see the old post and beams.
We enjoying swimming in the amazing brook on the property and roasting some sausages and marshmallows over the fire down in the woods. Loved relaxing in the hammock under the trees by the creek each morning. Jane was super helpful and gave great recommendations.
We hiked mt greylock, went to tanglewood, and really just enjoyed relaxing at the barn.
Will be back again!
This is a great, somewhat unusual, but for the most part fun and comfortable place. You really can't beat the atmosphere of this old renovated barn, and the babbling brook in the back as well as the campfire site gives it a rustic nature feel although it is otherwise not as secluded of a setting as I thought based on pictures and description (It's very close to other houses and cars visiting the owners property are essentially parked right in front of the main window, anyone who sleeps in that room will get woken up by their headlights) The location at the foot of Mt Greylock is great for hiking, and MassMoca, Tanglewood, and other fun outings are all within close proximity. Beds were comfortable and with one bedroom door that closed and the remainder of the beds in alcoves I did not think privacy was a major issue (my husband and I had various friends come stay with us while we were there), but it is important to realize that the only bathroom gets accessed through the only bedroom. I honestly can't imagine anyone wanting to sleep in either one of the 2 cabins in the state we found them in but perhaps if you are in more of a camping mindset the musky smells and dirt/dist is not an issue. The only major hiccup we encountered was a water heater that repeatedly went out, the caretaker came and showed us how to reset it but was not available for a more structural solution so we had to do that several times.
I went up with a few people for a friend's birthday. The property is absolutely stunning! We bought groceries from a store nearby and had BBQ's, made food in the amazing fully furnished kitchen, and hiked up the Appalachian Trail. There is a main cabin, and a few smaller ones, kind of like summer camp style. I slept in one that had a potbelly-like stove which we sat around and told ghost stories while eating s'mores. The river down the way could be heard through the window, too. It was a PERFECT getaway.
I would 100% recommend this place.
Mason Hill is surrounded by rolling hills and woodlands, world-class cultural attractions, and an unparalleled variety of vacation and outdoor recreation opportunities and activities. Visitors usually create custom vacation schedules to meet their own...or their group's..interests.
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2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
Check in: 3:00 pm; Check out: Check out 11:00 am
Fifty percent upon receipt of confirmed email reservation with balance due two weeks before arrival. Credit cards accepted.