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Max Ritt

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, spanish

Perfect Berkshires Getaway!

14 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Sheffield Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This perfect Berkshire retreat on beautifully landscaped grounds is the ultimate escape. Vacation in style in this tastefully renovated cottage. Entertain in the open gourmet kitchen or spread out onto the back deck for grilling or relaxing in the redwood hot tub. Hangout and spend the day enjoying the private grounds and beautiful perennial plantings. The picturesque roads of Sheffield offer some of the best biking in New England. A stones throw from the Appalachian Trail among many other ideal hiking spots. When it comes to culture and entertainment the Berkshires has such a wide array of activities for any and all. Located equidistant between the two local ski areas Catamount and Butternut this makes a great winter getaway.

Keywords: great barrington, skiing, foliage, mountains, hiking, wetlands, Berkshire School, monument mountain, pergula, gardens, gourmet kitchen, loft, washer dryer, berkshire film festival, jacobs pillow, norman rockwell museum, swimming, Butternut, Catamount, family friendly, artisan crafted interior, secluded, private

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Max Ritt (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Max was very helpful with suggestions within the area and was always very responsive. The house is fantastic and made for a great getaway weekend!
Jul 2015
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Reviews

4.6
based on 14 traveler reviews

Perfect Berkshires Getaway!
average rating of 4.642857 based on 15 reviews
5

Perfect home-base for your Berkshires adventure

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I had an amazing visit. The cottage was beautifully furnished - the kitchen in particular. Despite our busy vacation plans we carved out an evening to eat in and it was the best meal of our trip. Two great hikes nearby: Bartholomew's Cobble and Race Brook Falls. Of course Shakespeare & Co., Jacob's Pillow and Tanglewood were amazing. Sheffield has a much slower pace compared to Lenox but has a Guido's and a Haven. We were happy to skip the crowds! A pleasant surprise. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The perfect country respite

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided to schedule a last minute getaway to enjoy a break from our daily NYC hustle and we were happy to discover Wiketmore in the Berkshires. With the city lights long behind us, we arrived to this cozy cottage and traded city energy for country calm. We immediately felt at home. Max was the perfect host, promptly responding to our inquiries for local tips. He sent us to the Prairie Whale for the insanely good fried chicken, Bazilion's for charcuterie provisions and the Stagecoach Inn for a quintessential New England supper on Sunday evening as we ended our weekend. He is a wealth of knowledge about the area and was keen on making sure we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and explored the area like a local. If you're looking for a Berkshire getaway that feels like home, this is your place.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfection! Can't wait for our 2nd Berkshire Visit!

  • 5 of 5

Wicketmoore cottage was the perfect getaway and the dreamiest of homes in the Berkshires. My boyfriend and I had the most romantic & relaxing time before the busy thanksgiving holiday. We cannot wait to come back for an extended period of time and enjoy every season.

The cottage is nestled off a beautiful tree-lined street- quiet and peaceful. The property is gorgeous and so charming- the yard & garden on all sides of the house are well-kept (even at the beginning of winter months), expansive deck, the walkway from the garage to the house under the pergola w/ wisteria...AMAZING!

The interior is breathtaking. I was excited the moment I saw the photos on VRBO, but to see it in person is even more fantastic. The downstairs is so cozy- expansive kitchen with the most well-equipped appliances. The perfect kitchen for entertaining and cooking. Beautiful light in all the rooms. Spotless and clean in every room. The upstairs is just as quaint & special. I loved every space.

Max has managed to thoroughly update this family cottage while maintaining the feel of a rustic mountain cottage. Rustic and modern, minimal with eclectic decor, nostalgic and new... it all blends so perfectly. This architectural contrast of old and new is just so tastefully done that it deserves a comment.

The owner, Max, was extremely accommodating and a pleasant surprise. We got the best local recommendations about where to hike, eat, drink coffee, sight-see, shop, buy groceries, ect. You can tell he takes pride in his cottage and wants it to be the best experience for every renter.

This was by far the best of many vacations we have had in a rental home. We will return, maybe with friends or family next time. We would highly recommend Wicketmoore for its idyllic Berkshire setting, unique eclectic ambiance, and ease of doing business with the owner. It was PERFECT.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Felt totally ripped off - *terrible* experience

  • 1 of 5

We've been using VRBO for years, and this is the 1st time we really got burned. If we were local we would take this owner to small claims, but since we live in CA, have decided to just put it behind us. There were *many* problems with this rental, but b/c of short word limit I can only describe in detail the most egregious one and quickly list a few others. Listing said *nothing* about the final cleaning. There are generally 2 ways of handling it: either owner prices cost of final cleaning into daily fee, or adds it as a separate charge. This owner did neither. Instead, AFTER we booked the rental, he sent us an email with “standard follow up terms” saying he “expects and appreciates” we will “leave the house in the condition it was found.” The last thing we wanted to do was spend our last hours of vacation cleaning the house, but we didn’t notice this little gem until we reviewed the "fine print" shortly before leaving. As irritated as we were, it didn't seem worth arguing with owner about it, so although we had to hit road by 8 a.m., we set our alarms an extra 45 minutes early on our last morning and cleaned. We ran out of time to run the dishes through the dishwasher, but took out the garbage, put recycling in the garage, and wiped down the counters. I even got down on my hands and knees with a paper towel to try to remove some corn silks/husks that had fallen to the floor since there was no broom, dustpan or even dish towel (!) to be found in kitchen area. A few days later, owner sent us a note stating that the downstairs was “absolutely filthy,” citing the unwashed dishes in the sink, and informing us that he was deducting $200 from our security deposit! That is more than our housekeeper in Silicon Valley charges to spend 8 solid hours cleaning our entire house, which is about 3 times the size of this cottage! We objected by e-mail, pointing out that he only told us we had to do final cleaning *after* we booked the rental, this was not standard VRBO practice, we cleaned as best we could with time we had, etc. Owner never even responded to our e-mail, let alone refunded any of our $200. Few of other problems: 2nd "private" bedroom has NO DOOR; t.v. & DVD did not work; all dishes in supposedly "family friendly" house are breakable china; lock on main entrance door is broken; BR & one *tiny* LR are VERY stuffy even with all fans running (no A/C); "gourmet" kitchen poorly stocked (had to use mixing bowls as cereal bowls), etc. etc. AWFUL experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests were some of the most entitled and inconsiderate guests and possibly people we have ever encountered. Nothing in our house was "to their liking" and they actually seemed incapable of finding anything that was easily accessible throughout the house. Then instead of voicing these frustrations to us they decided the mature thing to do would be to leave the house a complete mess. Additionally they stained two of our sofa cushion covers with something like chocolate neglected to mention it. This alone required over a $200 dry cleaning bill. In our opinion we were overly fair in refunding as much of their damage deposit as we did based on how much of a nightmare these guests were to host.
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5

Fantastic in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

Four of us arrived from Brooklyn for a long weekend to celebrate the marriage of two dear friends. It was a very special occasion and staying at this property made it simply perfect.

I stupidly lost the ability to read directions regarding the driveway and Max took our late night call with good humor.

The property was perfect, beautiful, clean and wonderful in every way. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Exceeds expectations

  • 5 of 5

We had a very memorable stay at the cottage. The property had everything that you would need for a romantic stay in the Berkshires. The large deck, and overall layout which cleverly utilizes the available sqft., makes it easy to relax and or host family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Stagecoach Tavern
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Wyantenuck Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Metro North @ Wassaic/Amtrak @ Hudson NY
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
MA Route 7
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Stagecoach Tavern
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Catamount & Butternut
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Lake Mansfield, Great Barrington
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Sheffield Cottage Rental Rates

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Amenities

Sheffield Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Cozy private loft with 2 twin beds perfect for kids or a couple of friends.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
SOAPSTONE FARMER'S KITCHEN SINK, AZUL NOCHE GRANITE COUNTERS, CARRERRA MARBLE BATH, SECOND FLOOR CATHEDRAL CEILING, WALK UP LOFT AREA, BUILD-INS, CHERRY FLOORS, BAY/BOW WINDOW, CLAPBOARD, FRONT PORCH SWINGS, BACK PATIO WOOD FIRED HOT TUB, 62 FT. PERGOLA, GARAGE, MATURE GARDENS, PARTIALLY FENCED

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