Elegant Comfort, Style and Privacy. Plenty of room to spread out.
Barbara and Doug Newman
About Barbara and Doug Newman
Born and bred in NY we wanted a change from the fast paced world of advertising and wanted to raise our kids in a simpler place that had natural beauty and a sophisticated culture. So my husband quit his job and went to the Culinary Institute of America and I became a freelance Creative Director| Writer. He ran the inn and together, we raised our children here. They are now almost grown and on their own summer adventures. I am involved in our community-- on the Advisory Board of our stellar Berkshire International Film Festival, (it runs the last weekend in May) and on the board of directors of the Berkshire Film and Media Commission. I am also on the Board of Visitors for Miss Hall's School. We have traveled extensively and love to try new places. We have rented many vacation homes using this website and have loved our experiences. We hope you choose to stay at our home. You won't be disappointed!
Barbara and Doug Newman purchased this House in 1999
Why Barbara and Doug Newman chose New Marlborough
We fell in love with this property for so many reasons. Glorious gardens, great energy, and the trees just spoke to us. Rare to fine a flat property dotted with Blue Spruce trees beautiful enough for Rockefeller Center! Our home has extra wide plank wooden floors with hand stenciling... so many wonderful touches-- like hand hammered wrought iron hardware, heart cutouts on the closet door in the girls' bedroom. Such history! A former stage coach stop midway between Albany and Hartford-- The Red Bird has always been a welcoming 'place to rest', and now, you can enjoy all the elegant comfort it has to offer. It even has a baseball field for family fun and a stream that runs most of the year!
What makes this House unique
Rare opportunity to stay in a beautifully maintained home that was built in another era. Classic New England, built in 1791, with central air conditioning. A huge plus. Our oversized screened porch overlooking the garden is a retreat in itself! It's perfect for late afternoon cocktails, reading, or dining al fresco! There are many lovely private nooks and seating areas throughout the house, so even if you are a large group, you can find quiet space. And of course, having a private bath for each bedroom is something hard to find. Lakes, hiking, tennis and skiing are close by, as is the 5 star restaurant, Old Inn on the Green.(Make reservations in advance.) The town of Great Barrington is just 10 minutes away, and it's easy to get to the cultural attractions the Berkshires is famous for. We are happy to get you information on tickets for performances in advance, and also love recommending our favorite galleries, restaurants and other attractions. We are also able to secure a babysitting service should you need one. As former Bed & Breakfast owners, we know how to cater to our guests so that they can get the very most out of their stay. Welcome!
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Birthday Weekend at Hart House
Lovely property and hosts. Easy drive to Great Barrington, Lenox. Screened in porch is a great gathering spot for a group. Host Doug was very helpful and addressed all our needs. Brand new grill was great for our BBQ's! Thank you Newmans for helping to make our stay memorable.
Six couples scheduled a get together in the Berkshires and needed a house with 6 bedrooms with 6 baths. We hit the jackpot! The house had everything we could want including a large screened in porch that was perfect for lunch and cocktails. The dining room table sat us all and the kitchen had enough dishes, glasses and flatware to keep us happy. It was a great experience!
Great house with lots of space and close to Butternut
We stayed with a total of 6 adults and 7 children and the house had more than enough space. The house is wonderfully decorated and taken care of and also well stocked. The kitchen is very well equipped. The house is only an 8-9 minute drive from Butternut. Doug and his wife live on the property, and Doug was a wonderful host who was always quick to answer any questions and made use feel right at home. We would definitely make another trip!
Ross, his family and his friends were wonderful guests to host. Our interactions and communications were always friendly and positive. They took great care of our home and left it in excellent condition,
We highly recommend Ross to all other hosts and would gladly have them back anytime. Really super to have met them and to have had them stay with us.
Historical and comfortable
We passed New Years at this beautiful home. The 6 rooms each with a full bath was excelente for all 14 of us. Doug and Barbara were great host. The history of the home which belong to Capt Solomon Hart and original floors from 1700's makes it even more existing. Near Ski Butternut , Jiminy Peak. Also very close to Berkshire and other towns. The home is very well equiped. We really enjoyed our stay kudos to Doug and Barbara
Armando and his entire family were terrific guests. It was wonderful to have met them and would gladly have them back anytime. They took great care of our home and left it in excellent condition. Our communications and interactions were a real pleasure. We highly recommend Armando, his nephew Ricky and their entire family to all other hosts. It was truly great having them stay with us!
Fantastic house with equally fantastic host
We stayed in the house for 5 nights with four retired couples traveling to see the colors and the scenery. The house is ideally located for plenty of activities. We really enjoyed learning the history of the house. Doug,the owner was both entertaining and very informative about the local history. He goes above and beyond to help make your vacation enjoyable. He gave us many insights into local activities. We also enjoyed both the outdoor fire and indoor fire that he made for us.
The house is very large and has all the amenities needed for cooking meals. I highly recommend this house to families or groups of friends coming to this area of the Berkshires.
Bill, his wife and all their friends were terrific to host. They took great care of our home and left it in excellent condition. Our communications and interactions were always a pleasure and we would welcome them back anytime, We highly recommend Bill to all other hosts. We really enjoyed having them stay at our place!
Comfortable, historic house. Friendly, helpful hosts.
We (a party of 6 couples from Canada) stayed for a week at the house and entirely enjoyed every moment. The bedrooms are all comfortable and allow some privacy to each couple. All have en-suite bathrooms except one which has its own private adjacent bathroom. The various sitting areas in the house provide spaces for different groups to gather. The large screened porch was a favourite gathering place and big enough for all of us, and we also enjoyed meals around the expansive dining table. Since we knew that we would be using the resources of the house to the full, we came equipped with a few extra items of kitchen equipment--but these would be unnecessary for less than 12 people. The air conditioning worked well in the warm and sometimes humid weather, and the wi-fi signal was always strong. There is shopping and hiking nearby, but nothing within immediate walking distance of the house. The attractions of the Berkshires--concerts, art museums and more--are all within a short drive. Our hosts live on the property and were responsive to any questions, though otherwise unobtrusive. Doug visited us at our invitation one evening to talk about the history of the house. As one of the group put it, it was "a most wonderful week."
Oliver, his wife and all their friends were a terrific group to host. They took great care of our home and left it in excellent condition. Our communications and interactions were always enjoyable and positive. We would certainly look forward to having them stay with us again, and highly recommend Oliver to all other hosts.