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Stylish Bird Lovers Retreat On 10+ Wooded Acres + Modern Writer's Retreat Cabin

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

4 Br 2 Bath Retreat With Separate Modern Sleeping Cabin in the Woods

This home is a modern, immaculately maintained 4 BR, 2 full-bath house w/central AC on 10+ wooded acres. Stylishly decorated w/all amenities including open cooks' kitchen w/Viking Stove, Wittus Shaker Wood Stove, high speed internet, DirecTV, Weber Gas Grill, W/D, screened porch, 3-sided elevated deck with open views & birds galore! Property also features a foot bridge over a seasonal creek and an established hiking trail to a modern sleeping cabin w/wood stove. Perfect for families or groups of friends. Ideal for nature lovers, birders, writers, artists, or anyone seeking a comfortable country escape with all modern amenities. Location is excellent for walking, hiking, bike- riding, kayaking/canoeing. Swimming is nearby at multiple lakes and the beautiful Umpachene Falls is short walk away. In addition to on-property hiking, the Robert Joffe Nature Sanctuary is steps from the house. Located in close proximity to Gedney Farm (very convenient for wedding guests), The Old Inn on the Green and The Southfield Store, there are also great restaurants, shopping, antiques, ice cream and more in nearby Great Barrington. In winter, downhill and x-country skiing & snowshoeing, pond ice-skating and more are all easily accessible. The Berkshires are a cultural mecca and the house is a short, scenic drive to Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Rockwell Museum and more.

Deb Bernardini
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Deb Bernardini

We are a busy family of four with two teenage sons. I am originally from New York City and my husband from St. Louis. We presently live full-time in Northampton, MA.

Deb Bernardini purchased this house in 2007

Why Deb Bernardini chose Berkshires

This property has been a wonderful family getaway for us since purchased in 2007. It is lovingly maintained, has a warm, inviting and comfortable vibe.

What makes this house unique

Rental includes a separate on-property sleeping cabin in the woods w/bed and wood burning stove. Entire property and home is dog-friendly!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Stylish Bird Lovers Retreat On 10+ Wooded Acres + Modern Writer's Retreat Cabin
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Lovely, peaceful, well appointed home in the Berkshires

  • 5 of 5

My family (teenagers and some extended family who stopped in) enjoyed the location and the home. Deb's recommendations for eating, shopping, etc. were spot on. Although I grew up in New England, I had not vacationed in the Berkshires before. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation spot to explore The Birkshires!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of young adult children and parents wanting to explore the Berkshires. We were there for one week in August. Loved everything about this property. Nestled in the woods with easy access to Great Barrington, Tanglewood, MassMOCA, Stockton and lots of hiking. The house was very clean with a well equipped kitchen and bathroom. The house was comfortable with great outdoor space; from the fire pit to the small cabin in the back of the property (our sons' favorite spot), to the decking and screened in porch. The birdwatching was quite entertaining.

Deb - the owner was so helpful providing information about the area and very responsive to any questions.

We found great local restaurants and enjoyed walking to the waterfalls and marshlands nearby.

Would recommend this to families with or without children. We would stay here again if we returned to the area.

A true gem.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great get away for some peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a very long weekend. This home is nestled away in the woods of the Berkshires. Close enough to everything you could possibly need but far enough to make you think long and hard about getting "un-nestled".

Stay for a weekend or a week. You won't be disappointed. You won't want to leave either!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia PA

Wonderful weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely property with multiple places to explore--a nice little fire pit, a very pleasant stream bed that picks up after rains, and a separate one-room cabin just far enough into the woods to make it feel private. Lovely kitchen, nice patio outside with a great little screened-in room for relaxing while enjoying the breeze. Easy drive to get groceries. Wonderful response from the hosts. Thank you! It was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Vacation House

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in the Berkshires and loved staying in your charming home. The woodsy location is just what we were looking for. We were able to take advantage of the beautiful setting, walk to the waterfalls, make s'mores at the fire pit, and snuggle around the wood burning stove. We were also able to easily take advantage of the activities and restaurants in Great Barrington and other surrounding towns. The house was immaculate and extremely well-equipped for all our needs. We appreciated the quick responses to the questions we had and the owners' warm hospitality. We were visited by our grandchildren and their parents and a great time was had by all. Hope we get to come again!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northampton, MA

Perfect weekend escape

  • 5 of 5

You couldn't ask for a better place to spend a crisp fall weekend in New England. The house was snug and comfortable for the whole range of ages in our party (75 at the high end, 1 at the low end, with an elderly dog along for good measure). We made excellent use of the wood stove, enjoyed making dinner in the open, accommodating kitchen and watching birds at the feeder attached to the deck. Outside the house, we enjoyed exploring the property and doing one of the walks the owners recommended, to fabulous effect on a fall day. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Home is steps from a nature preserve with pond and established walking trail to a separate sleeping cabin. It's a short walk to the beautiful Umpachene Falls.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


Southfield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Pre-arrival Fridge/Pantry stocking option available. House has a backup generator; does not lose power, even during winter storms or extended power outages.

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