A summer retreat in the Berkshires, great for gatherings of family and friends. Swim in our private pond, have lunch out on the deck, gather by the fireplace or sit in the screened-in gazebo to watch the moon rise while the frogs and crickets hum.
This is a classic New England Barn converted to a comfortable modern home. The 24-ft. ceiling features original hand-cut beams. Screened sliding doors lead from the living area to the wraparound deck and views across the valley.
My folks converted the barn into a house when the original farmhouse on the property was burned down. Turning a setback into an advantage (a favorite maxim of my dad's), they made it a welcoming place to relax: open, with views overlooking the Berkshire hills; homey and comfortable, but with everything you need for a relaxing stay (my Mom was not going to make her morning coffee in the fireplace); spacious, with extra beds for friends and an emphasis on room to gather with loved ones. We've had a giant family reunion at the house every fall for thirty-plus years.
The open galley kitchen is equipped with electric range/oven; microwave; pots & pans for cooking and baking; tableware and cutlery for 12 (we make vats of applesauce every year with no problem). The kitchen table seats 4-6; the dining table seats 10.
You’ll find a mix of queen, double and twin beds in our five bedrooms. The second floor has its own couch and chairs on a balcony overlooking the main room. Next to the third-floor bedroom (accessed vial semi-spiral stair)is a rooftop cupola with 360º views, plus a convertible sofa for extra guests. There are also steps leading to the house; those with mobility issues should keep this in mind.
There are 2-1/2 baths and a washer/dryer in the basement.
The air conditioners, large ceiling fan and room fans are seldom used, since we catch a nice breeze coming up from the meadow. For the odd mid-summer cool evening, a cheery fire is perfect in either our stone fireplace or our wood burning stove.
You can hike the woods of our 120-acre property; head up the mountain or down to the trout stream. There's also the private pond at the bottom of the meadow, visible from the house. It's about 100 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 9-12 feet deep in the middle: perfect for a swim, paddling in the rowboat or just sitting on the dock, listening to the birds, bullfrogs and crickets.
30 minutes from Tanglewood and Great Barrington. Only 10 minutes from the Hancock Shaker Village and Jiminy Peak, which has a variety of mountain activities in summer. For beach swimming, boating and lake fishing, Cherry Plain State Park is very close by, with Queechy Lake in Canaan and Lake Pontoosuc in Lanesborough/Pittsfield each just a little farther away.
Zugang für Gäste
You'll have access to the whole property and private use of the entire house.
Interaktion mit Gästen
Members of our family may be in the cottage on the property, but most likely you'll have the place to yourself. We're always reachable by email and phone.
Weitere wichtige Infos
The swing you see in the living room was built by my dad and can hold 3 seated adults (no standing, please).
See house rules.
We love our house and hope that you will, too. We expect that you'll make yourselves comfortable, and that you'll leave the house as you found it-- this means replacing any furnishings that have been moved, and using common sense when it comes to appliance use, the septic system and safety precautions.
One dog by prior arrangement is ok; no cats (sorry, owner is allergic).
With a wooden barn in a wooded area, fire is an extreme risk, so utmost caution is required: no smoking anywhere indoors, and absolutely no outdoor bonfires. Grilling is to be done on the grass, not the deck; coals go only in the designated ash can.
As there is no municipal trash collection, guests will need to make a visit to the town dump or, if that's closed, take all trash with them on departure.
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I'm a native New Yorker. I teach, ride my bike everywhere and work a shift at my local food co-op every week. When it comes to the Barn listed here, I'm the official host, but the house is really a family place.
My parents wanted us kids to get out to the country sometimes. As a kid, I built fairy houses in the woods, swam in the pond, sped down the meadow on a toboggan with my siblings in winter, and was begrudgingly dragged upstate as a teenager ('there's nothing to DO' was my complaint at the time; now, of course, it's the whole reason I love to go).
Note: I myself am sadly monolingual, but others in the family speak fluent French, Arabic and passable Spanish.