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Sara Matson

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, dutch

Beautifully Renovated Old Colonial In Secluded Berkshires

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Six + Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms And Beautiful Lawn Close To Everything!

Cross Country Skiers Paradise. Five minutes from 250 Acres of Trails at Canterbury Farms.

Beautiful, rambling 1790's farmhouse with plenty of rooms to get away from it all but close enough for all that the Cultural Berkshires has to offer! There are three bedrooms with queen and king sized beds and three bedrooms with single beds. Study on ground floor includes a fold-out couch for unexpected guests. One bedroom includes en-suite full bath. Second bathroom includes walk-in double shower and old fashioned bathtub for the rest of the upstairs guests. Ground floor also has a half bath.

The Snow House amenities include a washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, lawn mowing/snow plowing service, abundant parking, fans (for the occasional very warm night) are available for every bedroom. The kitchen is fully equipped. There is a screened-in porch with wicker furniture for the cocktail hour. There is also a patio (with furniture) for morning breakfast, or the evening barbecue.

This house is full of light. The road is quiet even in mid summer (we do get the occasional rattle of a car or truck going by) but you will have guaranteed tranquility!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sara Matson (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english, dutch

About Sara Matson

This is our family home which we purchased to be near our extended family who have been in the area for nearly forty years.

We are a trans-Atlantic family, having lived in Europe for many years as well. If it's of interest, we speak Dutch too.

Sara Matson purchased this house in 2000

Why Sara Matson chose Berkshires

This house was on and off the market for years before we bought it and renovated it. It has a long and interesting history too. The house was built, we are fairly certain, in 1790 and has had just one major addition to it since then. Unfortunately the barn collapsed probably in the mid-1990's. This was a cattle farm with a large apple orchard (the oldest trees still visible by the neighbors across the road) and originally had hundreds of acres, like its sister farm, 'Canterbury Farms' at the end of the road. The original owners were the Snow Family, of whom the road is named. We call it the Snow House for that reason.

What makes this house unique

In our renovation work ten years ago we sought to retain the flavor of an old farmhouse but with modern conveniences. We are on top of Wadsworth Hill. As you drive up the road you will notice that just as the hill begins to level off you have reached our house. In summer the trees have begun to block the view, but still there is a magnificent feeling of being on top of the hill and here you will always catch the best breezes. For this reason, it is rarely ever 'hot'.

The house is quite secluded but wonderfully close to everything that the Berkshires has to offer for both winter and summer visitors.

You can be busy with everything that the Berkshires has to offer, or just spend the day with a good book, lying out on the lawn, or on our screened in porch and its view of our two hundred year old maple trees.

If cooking and family mealtimes are your favorite things to do, our kitchen is a dream. Gather around for a big family meal, by the living room fireplace or in the kitchen.

You will want to come back next year!


based on 17 traveler reviews

Beautifully Renovated Old Colonial In Secluded Berkshires
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful place to recover from all life's alarms

  • 5 of 5

We have been 3 times now and hope to go every year. Actually we wish we could go at least every few months. Lovely home. Everything about time there is good. Fabulous. We miss is already and we just left.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

My siblings and I organize a family weekend for our parents every year, and this year we ended up at this fabulous spot in the Berkshires. The location, truly secluded, was perfect. The yard was huge, and with the fantastic weather we had that weekend, we spent much of the day hanging out outside in the yard. The kitchen was well-equipped and the large kitchen table was a central spot for our family all weekend. There were plenty of bedrooms for all nine of us and enough space that we felt comfortable. The house was clean and the directions for the house were clear. The location was near several spots for hiking and not too far from a grocery store. It was a fabulous weekend - we couldn't have asked for more! Thanks, Sara!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Wonderful Weekend!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I greatly enjoyed our stay at this wonderful property. We found it to be clean, comfortable, spacious and charming. The kitchen is very well equipped and a fabulous propane heating stove in the eating area really added to the coziness and warmth. What a wonderful spot to sit and have morning coffee! Two living rooms (each with a wood burning fireplace), a formal dining area and a main floor den allowed plenty of room for all. There is a half bath on the main floor (toilet/sink) as well as two lovely modern bathrooms upstairs. There is also a laundry room upstairs, but we did not need to take advantage of doing laundry. The property itself is lovely-I would love to return in warmer weather to enjoy the outdoors and porch area! The only thing unexpected was the request for us to bring our own towels and sheets (which we discovered by inquiring with the owner after I had noticed conflicting reports in some of the on-line literature-this was easily accomplished, just a little surprising). In all, I definitely recommend this property and will hope to rent it again in the future!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house, spacious, cozy, accommodated 9 of us comfortably. Two fireplaces was great, and the gas wood stove in the kitchen made the place very cozy. Looking forward to staying there again.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Phenominal & gracious house

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Snow House in August as an overflow for family members for our son's nearby wedding- the house and property were so fantatsic we wished we had known about it earlier to ask if we could have held the wedding on site!

The multiple large bedrooms were all very comfortable, the baths were nicely sized and nicely updated. We spent most of the time in the new lovely kitchen comfortably gatehring around the table and eating bluberry panckaes and muffins made with the freshly picked blueberries grown on the property! The house is quite large and there is plenty of room to spread out and not be on top of each other, yet still feel connected. 2 living room areas and a dining room plus and a cozy den made for more than enough space for alone time to read or play a game without being on top of someone else. Sara has a wonderful touch with decorating and has made a stately home feel warm and inviting. the porch was a wonderful place to sit and enjoy morning coffee and the back patio was used to watch the toddlers play outside. we were greeted with a welcome note and a booklet about the surronding area and how to use the house as a VRBO guest. Sara was very communicative and extremenly helpful- answering emails immediately.

Overall our group of 9 gave the Fred Snow House a A++++++ rating! thank you Sara!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away to the max

  • 5 of 5

The Snow House is the ultimate home away experience. Secluded but yet close to such wonderful places as Becket General Store or thecfamous Dreamaway Lodge. Intimate and yet part of the greater Berkshire environment. Starting point for great hikes, or adventures such as aerial adventures at Catamount ski resort off South Egremont. But over all: Sara made such a nice homy environment. This is the place to stay and to return to. Often. Very very happy, also with our group of nine.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Bradley International Airport
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Amtrak, Springfield, MA
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Massachusetts Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Dreamaway Lodge
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Center Pond
Car: necessary

In summer we are half an hour from Tanglewood and 7 minutes from Jacob's Pillow world-class dance centre. In winter we are just up the road from Canterbury Farms Cross Country Ski Resort and their well groomed, 200+ acres of trails. Just outside of Pittsfield is Bosquet Family (Downhill Ski) and a little further north is the nationally recognized Jiminy Peak, with its state-of-the-art snowmaking! For winter hiking we are very near many official hiking trails.

For Summer Fun: We are next door to the world renowned Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer residence. Massachusetts Museum for Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) is in nearby North Adams; Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and Edith Wharton’s House in Lenox. There is Shakespeare and Company Theatre Festival in Stockbridge and The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. There is the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Clark Museum in Williamstown and of course the fascinating Hancock Shaker Village outside of Pittsfield. Closer to home is the Appalachian Trial, Center Pond our local swimming spot and the Becket Arts Center, which offers classes and local exhibitions all summer long.

All year long: We are close to the picturesque town of Lee, and their Prime Outlets Shoppping Mall. Lee has a good library with free Wi-Fi, there area few cafes, hardware stores and supermarkets. We are also close to the small city of Pittsfield, the towns of Stockbridge, Lenox and Great Barrington with easy driving distance. Outside of Pittsfield is the Berkshire Mall that has everything from a Sears to a movie theatre.

We are two and a half hours from downtown Boston and three hours from downtown New York City.


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Becket House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $75
Pet Fee $25
Property Damage Protection $99

GROUPS OF MORE THAN SIX ADULTS : the rate is $425.00 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Becket House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , On ground floor: half bath includes toilet and sink.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Double sinks and double shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En suite bathroom with master bedroom. Double sink.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Library - 1 queen , This is fold out futon sofa bed
    'yellow' front room - 1 queen
    'peacock wallpaper' front room - 2 twin/ single
    'master' bedroom with bath - 1 queen
    'cowboy' wallpaper room - 1 twin/ single
    'girl's' room - 1 double
    'boy's room' - 1 queen
  • Two bedrooms with front/eastern views of road and sunrise. One bedroom with lawn and patio views and attached bathroom, two sinks and walk-in shower. Other bedrooms share large bathroom with double sink and double walk-in shower on same floor Closet in most bedrooms. Chest of drawers in all bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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