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Craftsman Home In The Berkshire Forest

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2-bedroom, 2-bath Timber-framed Home In The Berkshire Forest.

This home, built in 2009 by a master builder, is located 15 miles from Tanglewood and 5 miles from Jacob's Pillow. It features custom woodworking, dining alcove and timber-framed interior including a sunken 'cruck' sitting room with gas fireplace. Two bedrooms, one downstairs and one upstairs, each have an attached full bath. The downstairs bath has a shower and upstairs a tub. Each bedroom has a queen bed with memory foam mattress. There is also a pull-out couch in a downstairs sitting room that can be screened off for privacy. A fully-equipped kitchen includes an electric range/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, toaster and black concrete countertops. Gas-fired hot water radiators (downstairs) and radiant floors upstairs allow year-round occupancy. Wifi available throughout the house. Linens supplied. Outdoor stone patio. The Appalachian Trail is 3 miles away, with lakes for canoeing and fishing nearby (kayak rentals also).

The Becket Country Store has a deli and serves basic meals and is located 7 miles south on Route 8; larger grocery stores 12 miles away.

The owner lives in a separate house 300 feet away, visually screened by forest.

More Details

Will & Michele Beemer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Will & Michele Beemer

Will and Michele Beemer run the Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts (founded 1978) and built this guest house themselves. They live in a separate house on the property. Both are talented craftspersons, Will in wood and Michele in fiber.

Will & Michele Beemer purchased this house in 1985

Why Will & Michele Beemer chose Berkshires

This property is only slightly off the 'beaten track' of the tourist meccas in the Berkshires, most of which are within a half-hour drive. The Guest House is secluded and quiet, yet only 250 feet off a paved road.

What makes this house unique

This house features custom woodwork in the Craftsman style, including cabinetry, furniture and timber-framing. The unusual 'cruck' framed sitting room features a gas fireplace for cozy reading.


Washington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • One bathroom with tub is off the upstairs bedroom, the other with shower is off the downstairs bedroom. Both have lavatory sinks.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Ideal for a couple in each bedroom, and perhaps a third couple on the fold-out couch in downstairs semi-private sitting area.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
New York

Lovely spot!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, warm, cozy house. We'll definitely go again!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Cabin is beautiful, well appointed with everything you might need to hide in the woods for awhile. We stayed for a week to get away from the city and sunk into the calm, quiet warmth. Cannot recommend enough!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time in this gorgeous and comfortable home — that they built themselves!! It was extremely clean and well-maintained, and the location was perfect. It was quiet and beautiful, and also well-situated for visiting farms. This was exactly what we were looking for: a break from the city in a cozy house in the woods.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Cod, MA

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We (two couples) stayed at the Wintergreen Guest House for two nights. Upon arrival we were all thrilled with the space. Everything was clean and as described. Plenty of room for four adults, with room to spare. Very nice patio and yard area, loved the breakfast nook and cruck sitting room. Our bed was very comfortable and the linens were in good condition. We were visiting to attend a show at Tanglewood and it was less than a half hour drive. We would love to return for a longer visit and do some more exploring. We briefly met Michele on our last morning but communication was very good from start to finish and we would not hesitate to stay with them again and recommend their guest house to others. Thanks again for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Architecturally interesting and extremely comfortable both inside and outside the cabin. It was such a treat to stay here! It was quiet and peaceful, the stars were so bright we could even see the Milky Way! We enjoyed the small towns of the Berkshires and Jacob's Pillow. There was plenty of room and space for 4 adults. We felt the pressures of the outside world melt away. Our hosts, Will and Michele were accessible and had taken great care to anticipate what we would need and compile it in a manual for our use. Even fresh ground coffee was provided for breakfast! There were plenty of towels and linens and the beds were extremely comfortable. We look forward to returning to this peaceful retreat in the woods.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well appointed home, built by the owners who are masters of their craft.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a week in this quiet side of the Berkshires. Lee and Lenox are about a half hours drive, but the traffic was negligible over the tree lined (hilly!) roads. The kitchen was equipped sufficiently to eat meals at home, and the deck afforded a view of the woods beyond where coyotes roam, and bears are reputed to wander. The details of the home's construction were exceptional. The layout would be suitable for two couples for a long weekend. The second floor has a beautiful bathroom with a sunken tub, but no shower. It looks like a spa!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bradley Int'l (BDL) or Albany NY (ALB)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Dreamaway Lodge
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Skyline, Hinsdale MA
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Amtrak, Pittsfield MA
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rte. 8
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Becket General Store, Olde Village Market
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Bousquet, Pittsfield MA
Car: necessary

Cultural and recreational activities abound in the Berkshire Hills. Nearby is Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MassMoCA, Berkshire and Williamstown Theater Festivals, Hancock Shaker Village, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Appalachian Trail, the legendary DreamAway Lodge, picturesque New England villages, lakes, streams and miles of forests to explore.


Rates & Availability

Washington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

No pets.
Rates quoted are for 2 people. $25/per night or $150/week is charged for each additional person, including children.
Cancellation policy: 100% if cancelled more than 60 days prior to the Check-in Date
50% if cancelled more than 30 days prior to the Check-in Date
No refunds for cancellation less than 30 days prior to the Check-in Date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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