Private Romantic Cottage with Swimming, Gardens, Views
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Alford cottage description
NOVEMBER SPECIALS: Rate includes all fees
Nov 15 to 21. Special:$150/nt for 3 or more nights.
2 night weekend: $375 Thanksgiving 3 or more nights
Rates include all fees.
Your own driveway off a quiet road leads to a one room cottage on a seven acre estate . The property is lush and expansive. There is a one acre lake or swimming pond, a lily pond, steams, gardens and views. Aside from the wildlife (deer, rabbits,robins,geese, herrons, owls, frogs etc.), only the owner shares this peaceful setting with you. There are no other homes in view. Yet a short drive takes you to all that is happening in this increasingly sophisticated area . The cottage is heaven sent for an individual or couple who wants to get away and relax in a natural retreat and still have the many options for entertainment the Berkhires and Hudson Valley afford.
Originally built by artist caretakers to a Manhattn horticulturist, the cottage is spacious: 550 sq. ft, with a large bedroom/sitting room, separate full kitchen and sky lit bath. There's a queen size bed, reading and dining areas, a smattering of antiques along with
Cable TV, DVD, a CD player, WiFi, air conditioning and heat. It is comfortable and well equipped.
From the picture window where a table is placed, you can look over the gardens to the lake . The view is glorious all year round. In winter, the cottage becomes a cozy cabin. Bring books, hiking boots, snow shoes, skis.( There are several slopes less than an hour away.)
As the weather warms , you can hear the stream trickling from the small front deck. Or step out the back to a private shade garden with cushioned lounges for reading, a propane grill and a table and chairs for outdoor dining.
A gazebo cantilevered over the water is for your use alone .Perfect for yoga, reading and relaxing, a glass of wine before dinner. There is also a dock from which to swim or canoe. The lake is about an acre, over 20 feet deep...clear and lovely for swimming.
Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and Columbia County.
Once part of Massachusetts , Austerlitz is on the NY/Mass. border.
Only 18 minutes to Tanglewood and Kripalu. Less than a half hour to the towns of Great Barrington, Stockbridge, and Lenox, Mass. as well as Hudson, Hillsdale, and Chatham, New York.
An easy two and a half hour drive from Boston or upper Manhattan. There are 4 ski slopes nearby... golf and tennis,hiking,biking; fine restaurants, theaters, films , concerts. Museums,historic homes, antiques, festivals,farmer's markets, wineries and distilleries, celebrity sightings,and so much more.
OCCUPANCY: 2 people in the cottage. Infants fine. Inquire about the main house guest room with en suite bath for your occasional guest .
RATES quoted are for two people. They are all inclusive. There are no extra charges or fees.
MINIMUM STAY -Stays of two nights minimum usually
DEPOSIT- A 50% deposit required to secure reservation - by check if time allows.
CANCELLATION POLICY: A refund of the deposit minus a cancellation fee* will be granted if cancellation is made 31 or more days before the date of scheduled arrival.
A 50% refund of the deposit will be granted if cancellation is made 15 to 30 days prior to arrival date.There are no refunds for no shows or abbreviated stays.
Cancellation fee for stays of 4 nights or more: @200.
Cancellation fee for shorter stays, $75.
CHECK IN: 2 PM Check out 11AM. Check out times may be
Smoking is not permitted. Sorry no pets.
Keywords: Cottage, retreat, romantic getaway, cabin, Tanglewood, Hudson, Great Barrington, Chatham, Kripalu
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
- Queen size Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Wood Stove:
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
- Lawn / Garden:
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Fitness Center
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow,Kripalu,theater, concerts and Blue Grass Festivals, Country Fairs, Farmers' Markets, Antiques, Fine Dining, Historic Homes, Botanical Gardens, six great New England Towns to visit, and new to the area, even a nightclub or two, live music and dancing. Located on the cusp of Mass/NY. Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley!...moreless
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Just what we wantedGuest comment entered by owner
Just what we wanted
We loved being at your cottage. It was just what we wanted - quiet, beautiful,peaceful. Deb enjoyed the swimming in the pond and we enjoyed sitting in various parts of your property and just reading.....
- Guest David and Debbie
- Date of stay 08/11/13
- Review Submitted 08/20/13
Slice of ParadiseGuest comment entered by owner
Slice of Paradise
Thanks for the restful weekend in an idyllic setting. Appreciate your sharing your slice of paradise with us.
- Guest Terri and Bob (birthday weekend)
- Date of stay 07/27/13
- Review Submitted 07/28/13
My New Favorite Respite
My New Favorite Respite
Beth, thank you for the opportunity to discover the most rejuvenating setting I've found in years! I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful cottage, and the grounds and privacy were heavenly. I spent half my days exploring the Berkshires and the other half enjoying the surroundings of my haven. This is the perfect place for a single person or couple to get away and remember all that is important. I'll see you again very soon -- I plan to spend two a weeks a year in my new favorite respite.
- Guest MKP (Chicago, IL)
- Date of stay 07/24/11
- Review Submitted 10/17/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+.
What a wonderful cottageGuest comment entered by owner
What a wonderful cottage
Good Morning, Beth. What a wonderful cottage! Paul and I are both delighted to be here. Thank you for all the amenities you have provided.
- Guest Jeanne and Paul W. ( Colorado)
- Date of stay 10/13/11
- Review Submitted 10/15/11
we loved staying here.Guest comment entered by owner
we loved staying here.
Beth, Thank you - we loved staying here. This cottage has a remarkably sweet feeling + we loved all the little touches of real china and comfortable bedding. Gail and Dick
- Guest Gail and Dick from Maine
- Date of stay 08/24/11
- Review Submitted 08/28/11
We spent a lovely weekend at this property and it exceeded all of our expectations. The property is divine: beautiful, restful and private. Living arrangements are clean and well maintained and offer everything necessary for a comfortable stay. We fully recommend this property and would not hesitate to return again. Enjoy!
- Guest Dawny (NYC)
- Date of stay 07/23/11
- Review Submitted 07/24/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Will certainly returnGuest comment entered by owner
Will certainly return
Our stay in the cottage could not have been any more wonderful and restful for us. Thank you for everything you did to make it such a lovely visit. We will certainly return! PS. We dined at John Andrews last night - you were right. It was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
- Guest Elizabeth and Andrew
- Date of stay 10/03/10
- Review Submitted 10/06/10
Spectacular cottageGuest comment entered by owner
Thank you for a wonderful getaway! We really enjoyed ourselves in your spectacular cottage!
- Guest Cheryl and Aryeh, Far Rockway, NY
- Date of stay 07/25/10
- Review Submitted 07/27/10
So quietGuest comment entered by owner
The property is much more beautiful than it looks online. And so quiet. Sitting at the picture window is like looking at a Monet!
- Guest Janet and Lester Chxx, California
- Date of stay 07/16/10
- Review Submitted 07/16/10
Flowers,birds, lake and treesGuest comment entered by owner
Flowers,birds, lake and trees
We really enjoyed the cottage once again. The flowers, birds, lake,and trees from the windows made this weekend everything we needed. Thanks for making us comfortable. We hope to see you again. The Cxxxxxs.
- Guest Robin and Bill
- Date of stay 07/01/10
- Review Submitted 07/05/10
Rates all inclusive - 2 night minimum ; Inquire holiday weeks. SEPT, OCT, : $195/ nt. $995/wk. Inquire mid week specials. NOV- APRIL: $160/nt for 3 or more nights. $180/ nt. weekend MAY-JUNE 22:$195/nt. $995/wk.Inquire mid week specials. JUNE 23 - LABOR DAY: $210/nt. $1295/wk Friday or Sunday entry.
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Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: Am an expat of Manhattan but grew up outside of Boston.
Why the Owner Chose Alford:
For years my family rented a tiny cottage in the area so as to escape the city in the summer. We began loving it more and more and making our weekends longer and longer. When we made the leap to move up full time, we chose this location because it is on border of Berkshire and Columbia Counties, near all the bright lights, yet very peaceful and tranquil. We were hoping to find a property with one distinguishing feature; we never expected to find one with so many bells and whistles.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Swimming , canoeing, walking around the lake, enjoyng the gardens, lazing about the property ,watching the hummingbirds skim past the flowers. Reading under a 100 year old tree. Listening to the trickle of the stream. Fresh air. sipping that first cup of coffee outside, exercizing on the gazebo. Yoga. Slowing down.
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approaching the cottage from driveway
enter to kitchen
view from picture window early May
comfortable reading chairs
cottage garden in September
private shade garden
lily pond with stream to lake
sunrise over water in winter
Fishing at dawn
cottage in its setting
October. pergola, view from front deck looking North
table by picture window
bed opposite window and view
exit back door to private shade garden
your own private gazebo on the lake
canoe and dock
dawn early May
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