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Ian & Jane

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french

19th c. Renovated Barn

19 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Cheshire Barn Rental Photos and Description

Large, fully- renovated historic barn in the Berkshires

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.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ian & Jane (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french

About Ian & Jane

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

Why Ian & Jane chose Jiminy Peak

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.

What makes this barn unique

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

Reviews

4.7
based on 19 traveler reviews

19th c. Renovated Barn
average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews
Boston, MA
4

Lovely vacation spot

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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New York
5

Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Beautiful barn, great location close to Mt Greylock

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY
5

Gorgeous and Comfy

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Center Valley PA
5

When can we go back?

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son, and two dogs just arrived back home from Jim's beautiful and peaceful property and we adored our stay! The barn is beautiful and full of quirky and fun antiques. We were snuggled under down comforters, hosted friends in the gorgeous kitchen, made s'mores in the fire pit, hiked and waded in the stream, read the paper on the porch, watched a full moon through the many windows in the barn and just relaxed! Jim was so helpful and had many suggestions for where we could go for great hikes, food and Berkshire fun. Amazingly, the barn is very close to many attractions, although, once you arrive, you feel isolated from the rest of the world! Fantastic!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Thanks Jim!

  • 5 of 5

First off, I hope anyone who reads this doesn't believe me so that I can still book Jim's house whenever I want it!! I have now been to Mason Hill twice. Once on a guys weekend, once with my wife and boys (and dog). The place is perfect for anything. From the feel of the place, deck, outdoor shower, fire pit, river in back, you just totally relax at this house. You can bike right to the reservoir rail trail which is beautiful. Jim welcomes you in and helps you with whatever you need, but doesn't intrude. He gets it. My boys loved him. He's like a grandfather (you're not that old really Jim!).

Anyway, I plan to go back again with boys my friends and family and think it's a great place for both.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany International
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Jiminy Peak
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Lake Onata in Pittsfield
Car: necessary

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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Rates & Availability

Cheshire Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$255
$1,575
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $80

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Cheshire Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Outdoor Cedar Shower - outdoor shower
  • Tub, shower, and outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 4 in this room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , bunk bed in Cabin, sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed with TempurPedic mattress in main BR with bunk beds, Double Bed in semi-private sleeping area off kitchen, Two Twin beds in semi-private sleeping area off living room (in historic horse stable), & a bunk bed set in cabin (can be placed side-to-side).
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Notes:
Mason Hill is situated on 8 acres filled with private hiking trails, mountain views, and a brook perfect for swimming and fishing. It is minutes away from Williamstown, Mass MoCA, Tanglewood, Mt. Greylock, Appalachian Trail, Jiminy Peak & Ramblewild. Mason Hill is perfect for Summer vacation, Fall foliage hikes and festivals, Winter Skiing and Snowmobiling at MA's tallest peaks, and rejeuvnating getaways. There are also two rustic cabins down in the forest alongside the brook that have wood stoves but no running water or electricity.

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