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Kevin Moderski, property manager

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

The Historic 1822 Berkshire House is a total New England experience...

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 6 Bedrooms + Office, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12) 3200+ sq ft

Built in 1822 for Charles M Owen, co-owner of Owen & Hurlburt, the first paper mill in the Historic District of South Lee. The stately Greek Revival townhouse stoically over looking the Beartown Mountain State Forest, has been renovated, and restored in 2012.

Decorated and completely furnished using the Restoration Hardware collection of furniture, lighting and rugs. Elegant and urban, old world and new, come meet the comfort and demands of the modern home, this century and the next.

This iconic Greek Revival house is recognizable by the classic entry porch with its four columns and the decorative pilaster. A new fieldstone walk way and landscaping wish you welcome. Several original Stanely Electric lamp posts trim the long circular driveway.

Once inside, the wide board floors throughout the house are enhanced by the perfect paint palette of warm colors, and quality lighting in every room. Three floors of living. Solid wood doors that have been restored to their natural color, period detail, high ceilings, decorative molding, tall windows. Six bedrooms, three and one half bathrooms (two with Ann Sacks marble tile). Four fireplaces, each with a unique mantle and hearth. A new kitchen with Ceasarstone counters and an oversize Viking refrigerator, a cozy dining room, two large living room parlors with built in bookshelves, decorative wood paneled office, a two car garage, all on 2.4+ acres.

1530 Pleasant Street stands grandly in the hub of vibrant Berkshire County living. One mile to Stockbridge, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Just a few miles to the Mass Turnpike.

Sitting in South Lee, a mile outside of Stockbridge, The house is nestled in an ideal location with views of Beartown Mountain and Yale Hill. We’re centrally located to numerous southern Berkshire attractions including Tanglewood, the Appalachian Trail, and Butternut Ski Resort, Jacobs Pillow and many more. The Town of Lee lies in the valley of the Housatonic River between the Taconic Range and the southernmost extent of the Green Mountains. It was first settled in 1760, relying on agriculture and lumbering, and grew quickly enough to be incorporated by 1777. The town took its name from General Charles Lee, second in command to George Washington.

The community supported some textile manufacturing in the 19th century but its first paper mill was built by Samuel Church in 1806. As textiles declined in the town and region, paper-making took its place as the foundation of the community's economy. By 1857 there were 25 paper mills in Lee producing $2 million in paper, as well as a set of subsidiary industries producing lime and paper-making machinery.

In 1852 another major industry was launched in the town, as builders and architects discovered Lee marble. It is said to be the hardest and finest marble in the world. Large scale quarrying was carried on in Lee for such projects as construction of a wing of the Capitol. Almost half a million cubic feet of marble was quarried and shipped on the Housatonic Railroad in 1867. About the same time, a new process for making paper solely from wood pulp was adopted and the poplar forests in the town fueled a huge leap in paper production, making Smith Paper Company of Lee the largest paper producer in the world until the forests were depleted.

Lee, divided into three villages, still retains the first house ever built in town, dated 1760, still hosts a paper company and a lime kiln and still has many of the farmhouses, estates, business blocks and factories that exemplify its history. Residents like to believe that history is still alive and well in Lee.

Lee is located in western Massachusetts, bordered by Tyringham and Great Barrington on the south, Lenox on the northwest, Becket on the east, Washington on the northeast, and Stockbridge on the west. Lee is 9 miles south of Pittsfield, 122 miles west of Boston, and 138 miles from New York City.

Lee is conveniently located at Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90). By car, Lee is approximately two hours from Boston (125 miles), less than one hour from Albany (45 miles) and two and one-half hours (160 miles) from New York City. Parking in Lee is normally not a problem. There are no parking meters. Parking on Main Street is both parallel and diagonal. There is a free, public parking lot near the post office off of Railroad Street.

Lee is served by two major airports, Albany NY (ALB) and Hartford/Springfield Bradley (BDL), each approximately one hour from Lee.

Pittsfield and Albany are both served by Amtrak. Also, during its operating season, Lee is served by the Berkshire Scenic Railway. The train makes stops in Lenoxdale, Lee and Stockbridge. There is also a train museum at the Lenoxdale station.

Peter Pan Bus Lines provides service to and from Lee. Buses stop at Juice and Java, 60 Main Street, in Lee.

The LEE TROLLEY runs weekends and holidays from downtown Lee to the Prime Outlets and Stockbridge; rides are free! The trolley runs from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. For detailed information call 1-800-292-2782.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Kevin Moderski, property manager (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why Kevin Moderski, property manager chose Lee

To experience the New England experience.

What makes this house unique

The bedrooms are laid out in the following fashion:

2nd Floor Bedrooms

1. Master Bedroom- King Bed, in suite bathroom

2. 2 Twin Beds

3. 1 Queen Bed with Jack n Jill bathroom

4. 1 Trundle Bed (twin) with trundle unit (twin)- shares Jack n Jill bath

3rd Floor Bedrooms

1. 2 Twin Beds

2. 1 Queen Bed


based on 9 traveler reviews

The Historic 1822 Berkshire House is a total New England experience...
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews
Boston, Massachusetts

Stately, gracious home in a great location

  • 4 of 5

We were four couples on our annual visit to Tanglewood and other attractions in the area. The house is spacious, the rooms large with high ceilings and wide pine floors. It's nicely furnished and the kitchen is well-stocked with plenty of dishes and glasses. There were multiple spaces for us all to be together or to spread out and be apart. There is a nice screened in porch off the kitchen - perfect spot for cocktails after a hard day of hiking, museum going or shopping.

I definitely recommend this house to others. If you are a group like us, though, please note that the stairs to the third floor are a bit steep and narrow and there is no bathroom up there.

Kevin was very responsive.

The location is great. Easy to get to Lenox, Stockbridge, Lee, and Great Barrington.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely house in a lovely location

  • 3 of 5

The house was exactly what I was looking for to entertain a large party for the weekend. The house is in a lovely setting and centrally located to visit all the major towns of the Berkshires. Although there are 6 bedrooms, I would say that the house does not comfortably sleep 12 adults. It is better for 8 adults and 4 children as one of the bedrooms has a trundle bed and the attic room has a sloped ceiling. The attic room was unusable the first night because it was very warm and there was only 1 small skylight for ventilation. The shower in the Jack & Jill room did not work during our stay. There were also not enough linens to make all the beds properly.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming old house!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely old house in a great area. We had a very large family gathering and the house worked well for us. The house is charming and well appointed for a long weekend. The owner has done some restoration on the house, while maintaining the 19th century details. Kevin, the property manager, was responsive and helpful. Recommended. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review. We welcome you back every year. Thank you for your business! Kevin
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Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for letting us rent your home! We and a wonderful family vacation! the 1822 house is a perfect spot for a large group who wants to be together, cook and enjoy all the the Berkshires has to offer. The home is large and spacious and you never feel crowded or on top of your fellow vacationers. It is stocked with all of the amenities one can need and is conveniently located next to food stores, shopping centers, and cute downtown business districts. We definitely recommend the Chili at the Pub at the Red Lyon Inn!

Kevin, the property manager is very responsive and answers all questions immediately.

we give this home two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review. We welcome you back every year! Have a wonderful day! Kevin Moderski property manager
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Beautiful and Charming Home

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to review this house because I'd like to keep this gem to myself! This historic home is a wonderful place to call home during a vacation in the Berkshires. The renovations give visitors the comforts of modern amenities, but preserve the charm and character of a home built in 1822. Bedrooms are plentiful for a large group and extremely comfortable. The communal spaces are immaculately decorated, yet warm and inviting for a relaxing evening with family and friends. I will 100% return to this gorgeous spot!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. Be safe and we will see you soon...
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New York, NY

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with a few friends during summer, and we really enjoyed this home. Beautifully decorated and spacious. It rained a lot during our stay, so we spent more time than expected at the house, and having the enclosed patio was great, a nice play to hang out and read and enjoy the mountain views. Perfect location -- had a great meal at the restaurant across the street, a very short drive to Stockbridge and the Red Lion Inn, and Lenox, Great Barrington, etc. are very close too. Lots of hiking options nearby. The owner is extremely responsive and easy to work with. Would definitely recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Red Lion Inn
Norman Rockwell Museum
Canyon Ranch in Lenox
National Shrine of Divine Mercy
Tanglewood Music Center
Jacob's Pillow
Jiminy Peak
Killington Resort
Mount Snow
Berkshire Co-op Market Restaurant
Berkshire Mountain Llama Hikes
Berkshire National Fish Htchry
Lee Premium Outlets
Charming historic cottage on scenic road to Mt. Greylock
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williams College Museum
Williams College
Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Perigee - Across the Street
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Cranwell Resort
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak - Pittsfield
Car: recommended

Norman Rockwell Museum

Red Lion Inn


Jacobs Pillow

Stockbridge Bowl

Mount Greylock

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

Butternut Ski Resort


Cranwell Resort

Perigee Restaurant

Prime Lee Outlets

Berkshire Theater Festival

Berkshire Museum

Ski Bosquet

The Bidwell House

Berkshire Choral Festival

Hancock Shaker Village

Williamstown Theater Festival

Berkshire Opera Company

Regal Cinemas

Cove Bowling Lanes

Lee USA Speedway

Jacobs Ladder Trail

Rail Trail in Adams, MA


Rates & Availability

South Lee House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

CC Fee $50
Refundable Deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $175

During summer months most rentals will be only for the entire week. A minimum of 7 nights may be required. Please ask. The pricing is based on normal occupancy. The less people that stay the less you pay...the more people that stay the more you pay. If you are not paying online with a Credit Card please let me know and I will remove the CC Fee of $50.

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South Lee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pack 'n Play portable
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Our ZIP CODES are 01238 for Lee and 01260 for South Lee. The Town of Lee boasts a church with the tallest timber framed steeple in New England (185' 5 3/4'). The First Congregational Church of Lee. There are two major lakes within the town of Lee, Laurel Lake located north of town on route 20 and Goose Pond located southeast of town off route 20. Lee is located at approximately 42° 3’N latitude - 73° 2.5’W longitude at an elevation of 1,000 feet above sea level. According to the 2000 Census, the Town of Lee has a population of 5,985 people with 2,442 households. The town's area is approximately 27 square miles. For every 100 females in Lee, there are 94 males.

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