The Playhouse: 7,000 Square Feet of Berkshires Modern Luxury and History
Serial solar energy entrepreneur with over two billion pounds of carbon pollution displaced. Berkshires native. Art and book collector. Philanthropist.
Owner purchased this Estate in 2014
Why Owner chose Lee
It was love at first site, and over 250,000 pounds of building materials and eighteen months of construction later - it is our zen dream space for rest, relaxation, entertaining and working. The property was the first in the country to be powered by AC electricity, including the first ever electric boat launch and largest installation of electric lights at the time. The Playhouse contains the largest remaining installation of the original Westinghouse Electric lighting fixtures. The property's original builder, George Westinghouse, was not only a leading global industrialist, but also the first one to be considered a humanitarian: “If someday they say of me that in my work I have contributed something to the welfare and happiness of my fellow man, I shall be satisfied." ~George Westinghouse.
What makes this Estate unique
The rehabilitation process ensured that the meeting of history and modern minimalist luxury resulted in an open, bright space made to facilitate relaxation, connection and rejuvenation. Exposed structural elements tell the tale of the renovation process of this Berkshire's icon.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great house in a terrific location
We rented The Playhouse for our extended family and had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful, spacious, well stocked with everything you need and in a very central location. We had 7 adults and 4 children for the week and everyone was very comfortable.
We spent most of our time in the house in the great room on the main floor socializing, eating great meals and playing board games with the kids at the long table. This part of the house is as beautiful as it looks in the photos.
The house is very centrally located...just a few miles from the Mass Pike and a few minutes to the center of Lee. You are also very close to Tanglewood, Lenox and Stockbridge.
We took a turn on the canoe and also spent time at Lee’s public beach on the other side of the lake. We highly recommend getting a parking pass from town so you can park at the beach.
The owner was very responsive to any questions we had. Overall we had a terrific week and look forward to returning.
Every year we create a family vacation and have stayed in wonderful places but the Playhouse is the winner! We love good architecture and fine design so this was a total delight every day in every way. The location was great with SO many things to do. Two highlights were Tanglewood and MASS MOCA. Thank you, Dan!
The playhouse is a beautiful property. We had 7 couples stay at the house with 14 kids. Not once did it feel crowded. There is so much room in the house there are always places to escape to. We had a wonderful time.
Great gathering space
We loved the large gathering space! The big kitchen that was open to the dining area and living room was wonderful. It allowed the whole family to enjoy making dinner together, partake in meals at the table (or play games at night!), or simply sit around and chat.
The artwork was very interesting and the play area downstairs a hit with the kids. We utilities the outside for some serious whiffle ball games, s’mores over the fire pit, and even enjoyed a yoga class in the courtyard! Great weeek!!!
This was my first experience with VRBO and I couldn’t be happier. The property manager was proactive in reaching out, assisting with the check-in process, the property was flawlessly clean and extremely well appointed. Gorgeous house and gorgeous grounds. I hope to stay here again in the future!
Incredible 60th wedding anniversary venue
Family joined us from Washington State,Texas, Florida, & New England for our celebration & everyone loved the Playhouse! The kitchen has every possible item & lots of room for the many cooks in the family. We all enjoyed the history so much, comfortable beds, beautiful bathrooms & game room. We rent homes around the world for family gatherings & this was our favorite! Owner & manager wonderful to work with! Thank you for making our stay perfect!
The Berkshires are a popular year-round premiere tourist destination and vacation getaway which boasts over one hundred cultural attractions, many of which are world-renowned. The Berkshires is a rural region in the mountains of western Massachusetts dotted with villages and towns. A popular vacation destination, it's known for its outdoor activities, fall foliage–viewing, farm-to-table food scene and thriving arts institutions. Renowned annual festivals include the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s residency at Lenox’s Tanglewood Music Center, Jacob’s Pillow dance festival in Becket and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The Berkshires is less than 3 hours from New York City and Boston and offer culture and adventure year-round. The surrounding mountains provide plenty of opportunity for outdoor excursions in all seasons, while world-class culture and entertainment along with a deeply rooted food culture and an array of lodging options amidst picturesque towns set this region apart. The Berkshires is a rural destination with a cultural scene to rival far larger urban dwellings.
With numerous trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail, large tracts of wilderness, parks like Kent Falls, Berkshire Botanical Garden and Hebert Arboretum the Berkshires are very popular with nature lovers. The area includes Bash Bish Falls, the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts. The Berkshires are also home to dozens of summer camps, some of which date back to the turn of the 20th century.
The Berkshire region is noted as a center for the visual and performing arts; its art museums include the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Clark Art Institute, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), and the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). At Williams College, the Chapin Library displays a wide selection of rare books and documents. Performing-arts institutions in the Berkshires include Tanglewood Music Center and Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival for contemporary music in North Adams; Shakespeare & Company in Lenox; summer stock theatre festivals such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA and the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge; and America's first and longest-running dance festival, Jacob's Pillow.
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