Barn, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)
About Analisa Allen
We are a family of 4 who bought this property after 9/11. We started with just the land and lived in tents for a few summers while the Barn was built. We love everything about this property, from the winter skiing at Jiminy Peak (the children are on the ski team), ice skating on the ponds, jumping off the dock in summer, the fall leaves. I am originally from California and came to New York City to be a professional dancer. My husband is originally from Kenya. We lived in Kenya for 5 years and our children were born there as well. I am a technologist and work full time in New York City. My husband is a woodworker. He collects felled trees, mills the wood, and dries it in a solar kiln on the property. He then makes gorgeous pieces of furniture: from dining tables, coffee tables to chairs. There is a second house on the property which was completed in the summer of 2011. After 10 years living in the barn we now weekend in the adjacent property and are able to share the Barn with others.
Analisa Allen purchased this Barn in 2001
Why Analisa Allen chose Austerlitz
When I first moved to New York City to dance I lived with a family as an au pair. They had a weekend property in the Berkshires. That is when I fell in love with the area. After 9/11, instead of buying an apartment in New York City, we decided to buy land upstate. We have been so happy to have a place to escape to.
What makes this Barn unique
You can cross country ski in a 1 mile loop through the property as it is flat. Just outside your door. In February ice skate on the pond. In July & August, swim in the pond, jump off the dock or lie on the dock and watch the sun set. And we now have a dozen chickens. Help yourselves to some fresh eggs!
Stairs to loft are steep for children under 3
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Cozy weekend getaway
My daughters and I spent a long weekend at Tandala and it was fabulous! The barn is super spacious, well appointed and very comfortable. Annalisa was extremely responsive to my questions and helpful with information. We had planned to go snow-shoeing and cross country skiing but the warm weather melted all the snow. Instead, we went hiking in the state park 5 min away and the views from the peak were amazing. We also visited yarn shops in nearby Lenox and Chatham and fell in love with those charming villages. We cooked delicious meals in the gourmet kitchen, kept the wood stove going most of the time and enjoyed restful sleep on the comfy beds. A perfect weekend despite the lack of snow. The night before we left it snowed about 5 inches and we woke up to a beautiful newly fallen snowy landscape. Magical! Highly recommend this property for family friendly activities.
We are glad you enjoyed the nearby hiking and the Barn’s wood stove!
Wonderful Berkshire Barn
We loved staying at "the barn"! It has a wonderful relaxed feel. The many windows and french doors with views of the trees and land bring the outdoors in, especially nice in the fall when it is to cool to sit out. The barn is on a large lot which has a remote feel though there are many towns and recreation areas within a short drive. We were happy just to stay in with the well equipped kitchen with Viking stove to cook dinner and a large farm table to play games at. We enjoyed the openness of the living areas with their high ceilings. The abundance of woodwork and artistic touches throughout the house give personality and a warm inviting presence. The home is clean and beds were comfortable with nice linens. The outdoor shower is a favorite when the weather was warm! And of course it's not a barn without livestock so the chickens nearby lend an authentic feel.
The hosts were helpful and friendly, we enjoyed meeting them and they were easy to connect with. They provided suggestions for restaurants and hikes and were happy to answer questions but also gave us our space.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and will definitely stay at the barn whenever we are in the area.
And we loved having you, thank you for the kind words.
We had a wonderful time! The barn was clean and tidy when we arrived. We loved the high ceilings and spacious feel of the barn. Our kids had a great time checking on the chickens and finding fresh eggs, and paddling around the pond in the canoe. There are lots of activities to do within a short drive, but the property feels secluded and peaceful. We would love to come back!
Had a wonderful stay! Peaceful and serene.
Perfect Peaceful Berkshires Barn !
Pictures almost don't do it justice. So perfect for a Berkshires retreat and the host was super helpful with all questions and pre-trip information. Can't wait to go back!
Dreamiest quietest yummiest barn EVER
Met my best friend at the barn for a ladies weekend and we barely left because it was so good there. The barn is a new post and beam building, beautifully crafted, filled with windows and pottery and comfy couches and art and blankets. Apart from the chickens clucking here and there, it was perfectly quiet and the night stars were spectacular. We took two long walks nearby, and otherwise were just happy to cook and sleep and be in the amazing space. John and Analisa were in their house on the property while we were there, but they are lovely and we didn't hear or see them apart from them dropping off some fresh eggs. Will be back -- loved everything about the barn.
Tanglewood is 20 minutes away. Another favorite summer activity is MacHayden Theatre in Chatham ( 15 mins ) if you have children under 10. We also love Jacob's Pillow and Shakespeare & Co. Both within 30 minutes.