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Pixley Knob Hill Farm - 21 Acres, NY Berkshires - House/Barn from 1818

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Last updated: 05/14/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Wonderful farmhouse and barn nestled in the New York Berkshires, perfect for a couple wanting to escape, or a family wanting to gather!

Built in 1818 and originally known as the Pixley-Foster General Store, our farmhouse has known only four owners in almost 200 years. Quirky and beautiful, you can emphasize quiet or fun, depending on your mood. When our family isn't there, we'd love yours to be. Just over 2 hours from New York City and Boston, with easy access by Amtrak and Metro North trains. 20 minutes to high-end restaurants and shopping in either Hudson, NY or Great Barrington, MA. Rural even in this age, you can live the pastoral life and still be close to Tanglewood, art house movies and unbelievable food.

The house is a product of every era - the downstairs has been largely restored to its early-19th century rugged beauty, while the upstairs still maintains the charm of its past as a bed & breakfast from the 1950s. We've mixed old and new - a 90' satellite TV is projected on a 1920s plaster and lath wall, WiFi Internet wafts through the colonial wideboard pine floors, the kitchen boasts a new 6-burner Viking stove, but you eat breakfast on a formica kitchen table from the '40s. Best of all, the house is entirely solar-powered, with a grid backup (during the last ice storm, we were the only house for miles with power!)

The master bedroom was once the carriage house, with the original horse-feeding windows now converted to triple-paned glass. Weather permitting, you could spend time in the barn: two floors, with the upstairs hosting an old basketball court. Downstairs has a pool table, ping pong, foosball, darts and a stereo. A hot tub is available just off the kitchen.

Pixley Knob Hill Farm can be a quiet setting for a couple, a getaway for a family (especially with a new baby), or a reunion for old friends looking for a place big enough for endless conversations and games. Between the house and barn is a monkey bars/swing/clubhouse play structure. We have 21 protected acres, including a hill giving 360-degree views of Columbia County: the Berkshires, the Taconic Valley, even a little slice of the Catskills. Milk cows wander just outside the kitchen window. Catamount Ski Resort is visible from the living room couch. Summer, spring, winter or fall, it has been a great place to gather for 190 years!

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    nursery for babies/toddlers, barn has parlor games (weather permitting, and at your own risk)...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    calm dog okay inside, boisterous dog can run around property if precautions are taken...moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 8-15

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • House entirely solar-powered, full eclectic library, two HD computer monitors to hook to your laptops, baby fruit orchard, fire pit at top of hill, children's monkey bars, swing and clubhouse structure, trampoline and volleyball net (weather permitting)....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) • DirecTV Satellite dish, with projector system making a 90' picture in living room, with 5.1 surround sound • DirecTV in upstairs bedroom as well...moreless

  • Stereo


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    views of the Taconic Hills, Berkshires, even a small slice of the Catskills in distance...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access:

    DSL from Fairpoint Communications...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    bridged wireless system provides coverage all over property...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    (2) gorgeous Morsø cast iron woodstove in living room, huge steel woodstove in barn...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Viking 6-burner stove, super-efficient brand new dishwasher and refrigerator, Culligan purification of fresh well water...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    small deck on the second floor of barn...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    environmentally conscious yet super comfy, can fit 6. must sign waiver, and we charge a $25 fee for water replacement and sanitization for your safety...moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 27 - Sep 3, 2015
3 night min stay
Leaf Season
Sep 18 - Oct 22, 2015
2 night min stay
Oct 23 - Dec 11, 2015
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • housekeeping $150
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Taxes Not included


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Some amenities require additional payment. Use of the hot tube incurs a $25 charge for sanitation and maintenance.

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Last updated: 05/14/2015
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54 Miles
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Hillsdale House, Mt. Washington House
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Chatham Golf and Country Club
15 Miles
Nearest Train
Hudson Amtrak
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Taconic State Parkway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
Catamount Ski

Car: Necessary

Catamount Ski, Butternut Ski, Jacob's Pillow, Williamstown Theater Festival, Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, driving range, miniature golf, go-karts, ziplines, tons of high-end restaurants and shopping in Hudson and Gt. Barrington, MA.


Owner info

About the owner: My wife and I are both writers, directors, and musicians. We spent part of our childhoods in the U.K. at the same time without knowing each other (we were 10). Our daughter just turned 8, and our jobs keep us all on the road a lot. Little-known fact about me: I can do Morse Code at 35 words per minute. Little-known fact about my wife: she's an award-winning ice skater!

Why the Owner Chose Hillsdale:
We both went to the University of North Carolina, and are always amazed how similar the Berkshires are to the Southern Piedmont. We'd always wanted a homestead for our enormous (and getting bigger) families, but we finally decided it was time to have a place outside the city after we were in downtown Manhattan during the attacks of 9/11. For the last decade, it has been a true sanctuary of love and laughter.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
I fell in love with the house the second I saw the basketball hoop from 1948 hung on the second floor of the barn. Since then, we did a little research, and uncovered the amazing story of Isaac Foster and Polly Pixley, the newlyweds who built the farm in 1818. The result is an irreverent homemade book sitting in the living room!

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Speaks: spanish


  • winter view

    winter view

  • Fall at Pixley Knob Hill Farm

    Fall at Pixley Knob Hill Farm

  • dining room

    dining room

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • the Pink Room

    the Pink Room

  • woodstove in living room

    woodstove in living room

  • the nursery

    the nursery

  • kitchen composite photo

    kitchen composite photo

  • 2nd floor of barn

    2nd floor of barn

  • walking to top of the hill (with cows)

    walking to top of the hill (with cows)

  • ping pong table in barn

    ping pong table in barn

  • winter sunset from barn

    winter sunset from barn

  • hot tub on a cold winter night

    hot tub on a cold winter night

  • summer view from the south hill

    summer view from the south hill

  • the Blue Room

    the Blue Room

  • the Green Room

    the Green Room

  • living room with projection TV

    living room with projection TV

  • the 'Little Boys' Room'

    the 'Little Boys' Room'

  • the library

    the library

  • upstairs hallway

    upstairs hallway

  • view out barn window

    view out barn window

  • barn at sunset

    barn at sunset

  • dining room set for feast

    dining room set for feast

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