|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This eco-friendly, river front home in Colrain, Massachusetts is situated in a slice of rural paradise, yet close to downtown historic Shelburne Falls and year-round recreational activities.
The house is situated on 2.9 acres of flatland and wooded slope down to the beach edge of the North river where you can set in your row boat. Jump from rock to rock through the shallower section of the river or follow the river a half mile downstream to the intersection with the Deerfield River and popular swimming hole.
The 1280 square foot house includes a large 20’ x 28’great room including kitchen, dining and living areas, with 24 feet of glass wall. The kitchen has new appliances including dishwasher and gas range. Concrete counters are easy to maintain and open shelving above the counters enables easy finding and reaching of the full array of dishes and cups.
Three bedrooms and 1 ½ baths are down the hall with full laundry washer and dryer. The master bedroom has a queen bed, the second bedroom has two twin beds, and the third bedroom has a queen size futon.
The house was built with attention to a healthy interior. Non-toxic materials are used throughout, including natural wax finish on walls and woodwork and all local solid wood. Passive solar heating and a radiant floor heat work to keep the interior very comfortable and energy efficient.
Since his apprenticeship at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio, Noah Grunberg has designed and built homes for those desiring a lifestyle closer to nature. After 12 years of custom design and building, he formed Noble Home LLC to design and manufacture eco-friendly kit homes that are easy enough to build by anyone who dreams of building their own home.
Noah lives with his wife and two children in Shelburne Falls who all enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.
The Riverfront Getaway was built in 2013 as a Noble Home Demonstration house. It was built by Noah and other local artisans to exhibit his unique building system and the use of non-toxic materials both inside and out.
Enjoy the natural beauty and privacy on this property, whether it be sitting by the river listening to the wildlife, playing games in the backyard, or relaxing inside after a hike purely enjoying the wooded view through the wall of glass in the great room.
We really enjoyed our stay at the eco house. It was an adjustment not having a tv, but a good one. The river behind the house was absolutely beautiful and the house was close to town and skiing. Wonderful trip!
What a great house! I loved the passive solar and radiant heat flooring. So cozy! I really enjoyed giving this technology a test-drive during our stay.
The main room is very spacious and the kitchen served us very well when we used it to create a very involved meal for our family gathering. The house is very quiet - except for the occasional hum of the refrigerator you don't hear any other noises. The house also has wonderful acoustics. If you sing or play an instrument you will love this house! My husband brought his guitar and was sad that he didn't have any recording equipment with him. The bedrooms are nicely sized as well.
The scenery around the home is really beautiful. The wall of windows on the south side of the house provide a meadow and tree-line view that makes you feel as though you are out in the wilderness instead of just a 7 minute drive to the wonderful town of Shelburne Falls. A narrow path at the tree-line leads down an embankment to the North River which is a lovely bonus. We saw some people fishing in the river while we were there, and it looks as though you could swim in it in the warmer months.
4 adults and 1 child stayed in the house and it was very comfortable for all of us. It was a very good fit for our family get together.
Good to know:
The house is furnished like a cabin with a mish-mash of second hand furniture that does not take advantage of the incredible style of the architecture. The furniture is adequate, but sparse.
The kitchen has the basics, and includes a coffee maker, but you might want to bring your favorite mug from home (The coffee cups provided are very small!).
The listing states that the house has 1 1/2 baths, which is somewhat of a misnomer. There are 2 bathrooms - 1 has a toilet and sink and the other has a tub/shower and sink.
The house has satellite wifi which is ok for email and basic internet functions, but not for streaming videos or doing any serious work. There is also no phone on the property which was a bit perplexing when we arrived and realized we couldn't get any cell service at the house. (We were using Verizon and T-Mobile, other carriers may have coverage) It made it a little tricky to get in touch with family members to plan.
We hadn't intended to disconnect from our gadgets this trip, but we enjoyed reading books outside and taking in nature. We ended up having a very relaxing long weekend.
This was a very unique property to stay in. It rained for a lot of our time, and I have to say that it was a really cool place to listen to the sound of the rain on the tin roof...and beautiful to look out at the lush landscape despite the inability to go out and enjoy the river. Our kids had so much fun running around the outside of the house in bare feet and playing hide-and-seek in the various closets and rooms inside the house.
We were curious about the random used furnishings that didn't seem to match the modern design ........and I'm almost positive that the tub/shower is not new because I couldn't get the tub feature to work for my 4 year old son's bath.
It was oddly refreshing to have a minimally furnished and stocked home. It sort of felt like upscale cabin camping...........with internet!
We enjoyed the side and coffee tables made from slices of log. So creative!
Picky visitors will notice if/when the owner does not have the place cleaned meticulously. We aren't the pickiest customers but we noticed dirty rugs and floors. (Also, there isn't any cutting board, which was inconvenient.)
We lost the house key on our first day and the owner had someone helping us to get in within the hour. We were so grateful.
Maybe there should be clearer information on-site about the innovative design (passive solar). It sounds really cool, but we had to research it all online in order to understand.
Overall, this place was pretty perfect for our purposes. Thank you Noah!
The Pioneer Valley and the scenic and historic Mohawk Trail in the Berkshire foothills is rich with natural beauty, talented artisans, four season recreation and an atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. You can see natural wonders such as the potholes right in Shelburne Falls as well as walk the famous Bridge of Flowers that has seen visitors from every state and dozens of countries. There is plenty of arts and culture to get immersed in including various festivals and agricultural fairs in almost every town around.
The nearby village of Shelburne Falls, just 2 miles down the road, is an historic landmark and has plenty of old world charm with modern amenities. Shelburne Falls was featured on ABC 5's Chronicle as their 'Mystery Town' last year. You can get groceries or a good cup of coffee or a vegan meal. Galleries host some unique and well made crafts and highlight work by some notable craftspeople who live in the area. Modeled after a similar community dinner in France, the annual Iron Bridge Dinner features a single table set with linens and china for 400 people along the entire span of the Iron Bridge over the Deerfield River that connects the towns of Buckland and Shelburne. Diners have a wonderful view of the world famous Bridge of Flowers.
More information about Shelburne Falls and the area can be found at: http://www.shelburnefalls.com.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay