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Custom home, set on 40 acres and only 15 minutes to Berkshire East.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,688 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

View of Green Mts of Vermont from an elevation of 1650 ft

No, we don't make maple syrup here! But, the principal of a sugar house gave me the idea for this design. This house is a custom cape with a real 10' cupola in the center of the roof providing natural light on a stairway leading to the upper level. This four bedroom, two and one half bath custom built home makes a perfect get-a-way with a comfortable, inviting interior. The main open floor plan, with its hemlock beams, offers loads of room to cook a favorite meal or quietly hideout with a good book. You might sit on the back porch and enjoy a 20 mile view of Vermont or take a quiet walk in the woods to the spring-fed brook and water garden.


Owner
Joe Mercaldi
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Joe Mercaldi

I had this house built starting in the mid-90's by two local carpenters. The trees on my property were cut and used for the rough framing lumber and the hemlock beams you see inside. This was a design I adapted to suite my desires and needs. So now this house has become my retirement home and since I do a good bit of traveling, I thought I might share this place with others.

Joe Mercaldi purchased this house in 1999

Why Joe Mercaldi chose Heath

The town of Heath is nestled on the eastern side of the Berkshires tucked up against the Vermont state line. It is quiet, picturesque and home to 700 hearty soules.

This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom built home (built 1999) is the perfect get-a-way. You might be in the woods but the whole-house generator will keep the lights going no matter what the weather. But, don't let this description fool you into thinking there is nothing to see or do.

What makes this house unique

Berkshire East Resort is a short 15 minute drive to year-round activities: Winter skiing, snowboarding and tubing or summer fun including a mountain coaster, mountain biking, zip-line, and white water rafting. Kayaking, fishing and hiking is all close by.

Do you like museums? Within 1 hrs. you can drive to the Clark Museum (Williamstown, MA), the Smith College (Northhampton, MA), Amherst College and the University of Mass.(Amherst, MA) museums.

How about seeing the town where several major motion pictures were filmed - Labor Day (2014) and The Judge (2014). Shelburne Falls is a short 15 minute trip back in time. This interesting little town has great restaurants, the historic Bridge of Flowers, the glacial pot holes and shopping. Did I mention shopping and Yankee Candle's flagship store (South Deerfield, MA), Kringle Candle (Bernardston, MA)?

The American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr summered in Heath and delivered the Senerity Prayer at the Union Church for the first time in the summer of 1943.

Amenities

Heath House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2688 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Located on the lower level.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Located at the end of the mud room entrance.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on upper level
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom with access to bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Upper level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Lower level
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We want you to enjoy your stay. So, please ask, if you have a special request. The whole-house generator will keep the lights going no matter what the weather and the central vacuum system makes cleanup a breeze.

Reviews

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Custom home, set on 40 acres and only 15 minutes to Berkshire East.
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
5

GREAT HOUSE!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The HEATH house was fantastic !!!!!! The sleeping arrangements were perfect ! And between the fireplace. views from the house, amenities offered, OUR VACATION COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER !!!! When it rained all day, spending the day inside was fantastic !

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was my pleasure to have this family enjoy my home for their vacation. They will be welcomed back at any time. Thank you!!
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5

Excellent choice!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, quiet, beautiful location, had everything we needed, near good hiking

trails, gracious and helpful owners.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful home in remote location

  • 5 of 5

We met Joe upon arrival for a tour of the house. The posted pictures we saw online met every expectation of Joe's home. Our kids (15 and 11) were amazed at how quiet the "neighborhood" was! The kitchen had every pot and pan I'd ever need. The closest "real" supermarket is about 30 minutes away, so we stocked the fridge! I made breakfast every morning. At the start the internet connection was a bit off, but as Joe instructed to reset the server, we had no further issue once we did that a few times. Our kids had their choice for bedrooms; it was a bit more house than we needed, however, the beauty of the home and its surroundings did not hold me back from booking. We are already thinking of our next visit and bringing friends! Although we are from Massachusetts, we felt like we were up north because of the "mountain feel" of the location. We can only imagine how amazing the fall is here!

I scheduled a Berkshire East white water rafting trip, which is 15-20 minutes away from the house. It was expertly run and we'll patronize them in the future. There are more activities to do at Berkshire East. We can see ourselves spending the day there on our next visit.

Thank you, Joe, for the great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful craftsmanship setting amazing

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in an amazing home. Joe met us and showed us,around and made us feel very welcome. We had a question after one day Joe addressed our concerns immediately the house was clean and everything you needed was there. And the view and peace and quiet was so needed

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments.
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5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for us- two families with four younger children total. Two large bedrooms on top floor that share a bathroom and on lower level there are two additional bedrooms and a living room with additional sleeping capacity that share another bathroom. Living area and kitchen with half bath on main floor. The adults took the top floor while the kids were on the bottom floor- was great to have our own space! Joe was amazing and a very gracious host. He was extremely accommodating when I had to change booking dates after travel arrangements changed. Beautiful house, great scenery- thank you Joe!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind response. I attempt to make my guests feel right at home during their stay, a positive time and place they will remember. It's a good feeling to know I succeeded.
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5

Beautiful, Quiet and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This home was the perfect location for many activities in the area. The house was beautiful, clean, roomy and very comfortable. The owner, Joe, met us when we arrived and gave us a brief overview of the home. He was very nice and pleasant to work with! Highly recommend this great home. Thanks for sharing your home, Joe!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
MASS MoCA
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Berkshire East Canopy Tours
The Yankee Candle Company
People's Pint Brewpub
Mount Greylock State Reservation
West End Pub
"Great spot in Shelburne Falls right aside of the Bridge of flowers for great food at fair pr..."
Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Northampton, MA
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rte. 8A
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Several in Selburne Falls
Nearest Ski
5.5 Miles
Berkshire East Ski
Nearest Beach
119 Miles
Hammonasset State Beach, Madison, CT
Car: necessary

Do you like museums? How about kayaking? A world of variety is close by in western Mass. and southern Vermont. It's only a 15 minute drive to Berkshire East or 45 minutes to Mount Snow. Within one hour you can drive to the Clark Museum (Williamstown, MA), Mass MOCA, Smith College (Northampton, MA), Amherst College and the University of Mass. (Amherst, MA) museums.

How about seeing the town where several major motion pictures were filmed - Labor Day (2013) and The Judge (2014). Shelburne Falls is a short 15 minute trip back in time. This interesting little town has great restaurants, the historic Bridge of Flowers, the glacial pot holes and shopping. Did I mention shopping and Yankee Candle's flagship store (South Deerfield, MA), Kringle Candle (Bernardston, MA)? Travel to Vermont is minutes away. Wilmington has restaurants and small shoppes.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $100

A booking refund (minus transaction fees) will be honored 30 days prior to check-in date.
Maximum number of guests during any stay is 10.
For stays longer then one week, a Damage Protection Plan is required and the damage deposit of $300.00 is waved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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