This property has everything you could possibly need for an amazing Columbia County/Berkshire getaway with or without the kids. Take a look at our Instagram page for more current photos and activities in the area @skarshipfarm. The cottage has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Cook and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in the eat-in kitchen. Sit back and relax on the covered outdoor porch and watch your friends and kids play tennis. Take a fresh dip in the pool. Enjoy the miles of walking paths around the 800 acre farm where you'll find grazing horses, dairy cows, open fields and wildlife. Go fishing at the 20 acre lake where bass and sunfish are always an easy catch. If you're lucky, you might see the almighty bald eagle soar above. If you'd like to venture into town, Hillsdale, Great Barrington, and Hudson all less than 30 minutes away where you'll find theater, music, dance, art galleries, antiques, shopping and an array of restaurants. Just minutes from Catamount for winter downhill skiing and summer activities. Satellite TV, Internet, wifi, bedding, towels, and washer/dryer are all included.
5 Bed, 3 Bath Cottage with breath-taking mountain views, pool and tennis court!
About Frank Parker
Skarship Farm consists of four contiguous farms purchased by Ole Skaarup in 1976. He developed one of the finest Angus herds in the country at a time when Angus cows were being bred to improve the beef quality and production. Now, the Angus logo signifies the highest quality beef. Our herd was dispersed in the 80's and the Skaarup family has kept the land in farming by leasing it to local farmers who grow hay, corn and soybeans and pasture their animals on the 800 pristine acres.
Frank Parker purchased this Cottage in 1976
Why Frank Parker chose Hillsdale
Ole Skaarup, a Danish immigrant and shipowner decided that he wanted to own land so that 'when all else failed, we'd have a place to grow potatoes.' Although the soil does not lend itself to growing potatoes on a large scale we have been known to harvest 1000 pounds of delicious spuds for the family and winter storage.
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottage at Skarship Farm is a great place to 'unplug' from your busy life. Families with children will appreciate being able to send the kids outside where they are safe from traffic and can enjoy all the entertainment the natural surroundings have to offer. Our pool is fenced and we require that children are accompanied by an adult at all times. The tennis court is a great place to practice new bicycle skills as well as tennis of course. Our guests are most welcome to venture out onto our 800 acre farm, on mowed trails minimizing tick exposure. The lake is full of wide mouth bass, but we ask that you 'catch and release' and take just one back to the cottage to sample. There is no reason be be confined to the beds in the cottage either. You are welcome to pitch a tent outside and experience sleeping under the stars.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great 3 generation trip
We were 6 adults and 2 young kids. Property and pool are beautiful. Frank was very responsive and a pleasure to deal with. House could have been a little better cleaned when we checked in and it’s important to know there is no bathroom on the upper floor but 3 on the main level. But we would definitely go back
Beautiful and peaceful retreat!
Our family had a blast hanging by the pool and grilling everyday. Hiking and tennis was also a blast. Our dog loved running in the big yard. The views from the property were wonderful!
Gorgeous country retreat!
My husband, dog and I had a lovely stay. The property was expansive, with walking trails, large lawns, and beautiful pond, and a pool. The house was spacious, had 3 porches, a well appointed kitchen, and plenty of light and air. We will definitely come back again!
Amazing property perfect for a small group vacation
Property exceeds expectations.. trails, pond with canoe, pool, tennis court, beautifully maintained. we love the area and theres so much to do within driving distance in the berkshires and hudson valley but we really didnt want to leave the property!
cottage was comfortable in terms of bedrooms and large kitchen area for cooking. kitchen was well equipped to make meals. dining table was 1 chair short for 8 (we made due by pulling one from outside) and found livingroom small for 8.. ok for 5. luckily weather was great and we were able to socialize outdoors.
Frank was available by text and lovely to work with.
As mentioned by another reviewer there is another house nextdoor used by the owner.. the week we were there it was mainly unoccupied, but the owners used the pool the 1st day, and the groundkeeper a couple of hours another day.
Idyllic Summer Respite
From the moment you turn onto the property, you are on vacation.
The air smells like lavender and sweetness. The views are stunning; the best is looking at the lake and the farm land beyond. There's a stone bench in the perfect spot to take this all in. I don't think I really wore shoes at all the whole week, the grass and clover all throughout the property are that lush and cared for.
It's quiet. Except for maybe the farmers tractor across the lake and the birds. Oh, and the crickets and frogs. So wonderful!
The cottage is c u t e. Just old enough, charming, but with everything you need. Lots of places to spread out for sleeping, reading, doing a puzzle, cooking and eating, plenty of outdoor spaces to sit and ponder the views or run around and play.
We spent a lot of time at the pool, swimming, talking, grilling on the propane bbq.
The very best part about the entire week was spending time with my husband, 2 grown kids, their sweethearts, and my 2 year old granddaughter. I loved every minute ❤️
Thank you, Frank and Katie!
The Black Family
Father's Day Weekend
We had a really great time. The property is beautiful. It is so peaceful and yet plenty to do. Frank was a pleasure to work with. Thank you!!