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Spacious Historic Home Minutes To Tanglewood, Pet-friendly, Sleeps 8

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

Description

South Lee House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Minutes To Cultural And Natural Attractions

Enjoy all the Berkshires has to offer in our new (2014) restoration and outstanding renovation of the historic South Lee Schoolhouse. Perched on a hillside just across the road from the Housatonic River and Beartown State Forest in the hamlet of South Lee, just outside of Stockbridge, the 1892 schoolhouse has been converted into two spacious and comfortable post and beam homes with all modern amenities. Your host resides on site and is available to assist you during your visit in any way you may need (including granting you your privacy!)

Please be advised that booking requests will not be accepted until the owner has corresponded with you, and there is a window of 24 hours for this to occur. Best to send an email with a little information about your party first, then proceed to booking after we have had a chance to chat via email. I want to make sure the Schoolhouse is a good fit for you before we commit to each other!

We are just a few miles from the Exit 2 interchange on the Mass Pike, making it easy to find us, as well as to use us as your home base to explore the area.

With 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, the Schoolhouse can comfortably accommodate 8 guests. The fully equipped gourmet kitchen is open to two lovely seating areas, one with a fireplace and the other with a flat screen TV, and the dining area. The private patio is equipped with a gas grill and large table for al fresco dining. Families with kids and dogs will enjoy a large grassy area abutting the woodlands at the rear of the 2-acre lot.

If it is cultural activities you enjoy, we are ideally located:

o 2 miles from Berkshire Theatre in Stockbridge

o 6 miles from Shakespeare and Company

o 6 miles from Berkshire Theatre in West Stockbridge

o 7 miles from Tanglewood (and we know a secret back way!)

o 9 miles from the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington

o 11 miles from Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival

o 14 miles from the Colonial Theater, Barrington Stage Company, or the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield

o MASS MoCA, The Clark Museum and Williamstown Theater Festival are further away, but still worth visiting.

If shopping is your thing, we are 3 miles from the Lee Outlets, and 3 miles from a very good supermarket. Great Barrington has good shopping just 9 miles from us. In the summer we can steer you toward the myriad Farmers Markets in the area.

Nearby hiking (we have maps and guide books you can borrow):

o Beartown State Forest

o Ice Glen and Laura’s Tower

o October Mountain State Forest

o Monument Mountain

o Sages Ravine

o Bartholemew’s Cobble

o Tyringham Cobble

o Savoy Mountain State Forest

o Bash Bish Falls

o Mount Greylock (highest in Massachusetts)

o Appalachian Trail

Paddling on the Housatonic: there is a put-in just down the road at the Housatonic River Association headquarters on Pleasant Street in South Lee.

Goose Pond

Golf and tennis are 2.5 miles away at the Greenock Country Club in Lee (Donald Ross designed the 9-hole course).

Swimming:

• Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest

• Lee Town Beach on Laurel Lake

• Public beaches on Lake Garfield, Otis Reservoir, Onata Lake, Pontoosuc Lake

• Indoor pool at Berkshire South Recreation Complex

Other nearby attractions:

o Norman Rockwell Museum

o Naumkeag

o Berkshire Botanical Garden

o Chesterwood

o Hancock Shaker Village

o Animagic Museum of Animation

o Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

o Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

o Ventfort Hall

If you get tired of cooking, there are many good restaurants and cafes in Lee, Lenox and Great Barrington, all within 15 minutes driving.

Pets:

Our super friendly yellow lab plays well with kids and other dogs. You are welcome to bring your house-trained, well-behaved pooch (sorry no puppies under one year of age). We ask that you not leave your dog home alone for the whole day, however. We can recommend a great doggy day care about 5 minutes away. (Our dog boards there when we go away.)

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Owner
Mary L.
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2016
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About Mary L.

I chose to relocate to the Berkshires because I am a 'nature-culture-vulture!' I grew up in Ohio but 'came East' for college and have lived all over the Boston area and in New Hampshire for the last 30+ years.

I enjoy meeting new people and sharing what this lovely area has to offer. My friendly yellow lab and I are on site and available to provide any assistance you may need.

My favorite activities are hiking, gardening, quilting, playing chamber music and listening to classical music.

Mary L. purchased this house in 2013

Why Mary L. chose Lee

The historic South Lee Schoolhouse was built in 1892 and was used as a school until the 1970s. My next-door neighbor attended school here!

The building languished until it was rescued by a local builder who specializes in fine post and beam construction. He gutted it, added the dormers, and completely re-constructed the internal posts and beams using reclaimed wood. I came along at this stage and purchased the property from him. During the summer of 2013 he built the gorgeous post and beam barn and over the winter of 2013-14 he completed the interior renovation for me.

What makes this house unique

The historic South Lee Schoolhouse was built in 1892 and was used as a school until the 1970s. My next-door neighbor attended school here!

The building languished until it was rescued by a local builder who specializes in fine post and beam construction. He gutted it, added the dormers, and completely re-constructed the internal posts and beams using reclaimed wood. I came along at this stage and purchased the property from him. During the summer of 2013 he built the gorgeous post and beam barn and over the winter of 2013-14 he completed the interior renovation for me.

You will enjoy the thought and care that has gone in to every aspect of this historic renovation.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Spacious Historic Home Minutes To Tanglewood, Pet-friendly, Sleeps 8
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews
5

Spacious, peaceful, well-appointed

  • 5 of 5

Stunning interior space with magnificent natural light. Every room was decorated with exquisite quilts, textile art, and photographs. Well equipped kitchen with good working space. This was a perfect home for a quiet weekend getaway. South Lee is a great stepping off point for a visit to the Berkshires

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Yet Convenient Location With Comfortable Spacious Accommodations In Beautiful Berkshires

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home was the perfect spot for our Book Club's annual gathering. Our gracious hostess has restored and renovated this historic schoolhouse by opening it up to the views of the surrounding Berkshire foothills. The home is tastefully decorated with beautiful handmade quilts, original paintings and even a few old fashioned schoolhouse motifs cleverly placed throughout the home. The outside grounds are spacious enough for an array of lawn games and are beautifully landscaped as well. We will certainly recommend this place to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Berkshire Location

  • 5 of 5

The Schoolhouse is a beautiful home w. everything you could possibly need for your vacation. A quiet location, close to town and many Berkshire attractions. Super spacious and family friendly.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A charming and well-maintained rental in Western Mass

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed here for a long weekend with two other families. This historic renovated schoolhouse caught our eye as being spacious, recently renovated, and accommodating for all three families, including young children. The four bedrooms and three full baths allowed each family sufficient privacy, while the open floor plan downstairs allowed everyone to eat dinner, hang out, and relax together. We made good use of the well-equipped kitchen as well as the grill outside.

At first we were concerned about the location, since it appears a bit off the beaten path when you look at a map online, but it turns out that the location is actually centrally located to a variety of points of interest in Western Mass, including Northampton, Bash Bish Falls, Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, and Mass MOCA. It’s also just minutes from a Big Y supermarket, a liquor store, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, and Tanglewood. We ended up being very pleased with the location!

Trying to think critically, we wished that there were more, heavier curtains on the windows, particularly so the children wouldn’t wake up at the crack of dawn. Also, though two of the four bedrooms had large beds, we wished that a third bedroom also would have had a full bed instead of two twins. We realized these things from the pictures before booking, though, and would still stay here again regardless.

Overall, we’re happy to have chosen this charming and well-maintained spot for our vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, I enjoyed meeting you and having your group stay here. I just wanted to let you know that 1) the two twin extra long beds in one of the bedrooms can be pushed together to make a king (linens are in the closet in that room) and that 2) room-darkening shades are now installed in all the bedrooms.
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Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

This large property is a beautiful space inside and out as well. High end features with great lighting and many outlets to charge all of our devices.

Mary's fully equipped kitchen was a joy to cook in. Her personal touch of her hand made quilts and wonderful collection of art work on the walls is delightful! She even had toys that our grandsons could play with with. We would love to return to stay here and explore more of the culture and nature the Berkshires have to offer.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your family were wonderful guests; hope you'll come back to the Berkshires!
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Awesome

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property. Perfect spot for Tanglewood concerts! The hostess is very helpful also. Highly recommend a stay

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Map

Car: recommended

15 minutes to Tanglewood, 10 minutes to Shakespeare & Co, 2 minutes to Berkshire Theatre Company, Stockbridge, 15 minutes to Jacobs Pillow

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Rates & Availability

South Lee House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Holiday 2016
Dec 21 2016 - Dec 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Pre-Tanglewood 17
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$375
$2,500
 
 
Tanglewood Season 17
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,800
 
 
Tanglewood Tail & Foliage 17
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$375
$2,500
 
 
Holiday 2017
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
4 night minimum stay
$400
$2,500
 
 
Pre-Tanglewood 18
Jun 16 2018 - Jun 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,650
 
 
Tanglewood Season 18
Jun 30 2018 - Sep 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Tanglewood Tail & Foliage 18
Sep 2 2018 - Oct 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,650
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $100
Pet Fee $75

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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Amenities

South Lee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , this bath is shared by the North and Middle Bedrooms
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , this bathroom is en-suite, has two sinks
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • North Bedroom - 1 double
    First floor bedroom - 2 twin/ single , full bath with shower
    Middle Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , shared bath, beds can be pushed together to make king
    South Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , en-suite bathroom with shower, twin sized daybed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • tennis

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