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The Serenity Stone Cottage is tucked into 5 private acres of meadow, pond and forest in the historic town of HEATH in western Massachusetts. Close to the lovely village of Shelburne Falls & just 5m to Vermont! In the Berkshire Mts, just off the scenic Mohawk Trail. Many fabulous destinations (museums, artisan crafts, bistros, rafting, skiing, concerts and festivals) less than 1 hr away. The original Serenity Prayer was written by renowned theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in this 1930's cottage! Explore the rich social/spiritual history or simply enjoy a peaceful retreat. European design w/balcony porches, courtyard garden, hidden stone stairway. Spacious interior (on 3 levels) thoughtfully renovated to reflect original charm. Antique & vintage decor/loft over living rm./cozy library/skylights throughout/fireplace/hardwood floors/original artwork & a few touches of luxury. Everything is new or freshly re-decorated & sparkling clean. Ideal for 4-6 pp.
How many Guests?: The Serenity Stone Cottage is ideal for 4- 6 guests. NOTE: Rates apply to a maximum of 5 guests; additional guests (i.e., more than 5 pp) subject to owner approval plus a nightly surcharge. Maximum of 7 guests allowed. This is a spacious cottage with many options for privacy.
The Master Bedroom Suite (w/ private full bath) is secluded from the rest of the cottage; it includes a small private porch, and a library/sitting area that offers a quiet retreat where you might read or write after the other guests are asleep.
An open Loft creates a third level above the main living room; light and peaceful, a heavenly place to nap.
The entire lower level of the cottage is an informal MOVIE and GAME ROOM - send the kids down to play while you sit on the south balcony porch and just listen to the birds (or watch the falling snow).
Come Watch the Seasons Change!: AUTUMN FOLIAGE in New England is spectacular! Come to the Serenity Stone Cottage in the Berkshires for the very best 'Leaf Peeping' mid-Sept. thru October. Our property has pine, birch, maple, ash, and cedar trees so you can enjoy the seasonal changes of nature just by sitting on the balcony porch overlooking field and forest. Or drive the famous Mohawk Trail and be wowed by the colorful views along the way.
SKI BERKSHIRE EAST!!: The Serenity Stone Cottage is an all-season rental, ideal for FAMILY SKI VACATIONS!
BERKSHIRE EAST SKI CENTER is just 6 miles away - this is a wonderful, family-oriented (and more affordable) alternative to the bigger mountains.
Plan a winter vacation at the Stone Cottage and SKI BERKSHIRE EAST .....they also offer snow-tubing!
We particicpate in the 'Ski and Stay Program,' offering you $10 lift ticket discount coupons!
ALSO: Close to Berkshire East is a place called 'Stump Sprouts' (in Hawley, MA) that offer fabulous x-country skiing & snowshoeing (equipment rentals and trails).
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE has 3 rooms as follows: Bedroom w/Queen bed, dresser, closet (lots of cozy quilts and hi-quality linens), electric wood stove; Private full bath; Sitting room/ 'Library' with window seat and writing desk. Master BR Suite has skylights, and a little balcony porch off the library, overlooking the rock gardens.
WHITE BEDROOM has 2 single beds, dresser, 2 closets ,and a shared full bath....this bedroom looks out to cedar grove and pine trees.
YELLOW BEDROOM is small but very charming with single 'daybed', closet , shared full bath, and windows that open to courtyard garden.
THE COTTAGE ALSO HAS A BEAUTIFUL LOFT - this is a bright, open space w/exposed brick, skylights, reading nook, and double futon couch....moreless
Nice bathrooms! Newly re-finished, always fresh and clean. Complimentary soaps, shampoos and lotions....moreless
Cottage is VERY PRIVATE, off the road, surrounded by trees, so zero traffic noise...
Have a campfire at raised 'fire-pit table' located in cedar grove.
HIGH-SPEED INTERNET has finally reached the cottage!...
Easy walk to Library, Community Center, and Church in Heath Center...
Near Deerfield River for rafting/ tubing/ kayaking in summer...
Quick drive to great swimming ...
Ask about guided Fly-Fishing...
Ask about the area's best Golf Courses...
No cell signal. Free local and LD phone service...
Game Room w/couch, DVD/ Video Player (no network or cable TV), electric fireplace, large table/ chairs for board games (e.g. chess, scrabble, monopoly)
Antique wicker furniture on south balcony porch...lawn table w/ sun umbrella...wrought iron bench by seasonal pond w/ native wildflowers...
Basketball court is a 5 minute walk ...
Artisan Glass studio across the road...
Order some local 'homestead' goat cheese, and ask about cheese-making workshops!...moreless
Books For Adults
Books For Kids
Games For Kids
TV provided for DVD's and videos only...no network television reception. (Guests watch live news, sporting events, etc. on their laptops or other internet devices.)...moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Ski Lift Privileges
Seating for 6 people
Free Long Distance
There is a quaint (black iron) gas woodstove located in the master bedroom suite. Very easy to use and creates a very cozy/ toasty space during colder weather.
There is also an Electric Fireplace in the lower level rec. room; this is for fun atmosphere only (ie, does not heat the space)....moreless
Iron & Board
A generous supply of towels and linens are provided for your convenience, included in the rental fee....moreless
Local Activities Guide
Local Restaurant Guide
Parking Off Street
Free land line for local and long-distance calling. Answering machine also provided....moreless
Working fireplace is located in center of the cottage, in the living/ dining room space. Firewood is provided....moreless
4 Ring Stove
New in 2012 by guest request - Cuisinart 'Chef's Classic Stainless' Cookware!...moreless
Very well-equipped kitchen. We've pretty much thought of everything, including things like blender, coffee bean grinder, ice bucket, bar-b-q utensils, etc., etc. You will also find (at the very least) olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, sugar, and some basic spices....moreless
Covered balcony porch is located off the living room at second-story level. Furnished with wicker tables and chairs, the balcony overlooks the prettiest part of the property....rock garden, lawn, trees, pond....moreless
Peak Season 2015 Jun 13 - Sep 5, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$200
RATES ARE BASED ON 5 GUESTS/ OCCUPANTS.
Additional guests (i.e., more than 5 pp.) subject to approval & reasonable surcharge per night.
HEAT CHARGE: Guests pay for propane heat (at owner's discount rate) by actual usage, during non-summer months.
NO CLEANING FEE for considerate guests who follow check-out guidelines!
NO 'LINEN CHARGE.'
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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The SERENITY STONE COTTAGE is located in the historic town of Heath (pop. 805), in western Massachusetts. Heath is 3 miles off Route 2, also known as the Mohawk Trail, a gorgeous drive through the Berkshire Mountains. Interstate 91 connects to Route 2 in Greenfield, MA. The Mohawk Trail boasts a national forest, antique shoppes, sugar houses, Native American crafts, the famous 'Hairpin Turn', and ends in North Adams, home of Mass MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). Heath is very near SHELBURNE FALLS, a charming village w/ famous Bridge of Flowers, artisan shops, bistros, film and music. The cottage is just 6m from BERKSHIRE EAST SKI CENTER. White water rafting (and tubing and zip-lining) on the Deerfield River just 6m away! Also LESS THAN 6 miles to: fiber arts (angora goat farm), apple orchards, country store, winery, maple sugar houses, 'homestead' cheese, blueberry farms! Walk to hand-blown glass studio, local library, pet llamas, basketball court.
Other Activities: FLOAT DOWN THE DEERFIELD RIVER BY RAFT OR KAYAK...RIDE A ZIP LINE...SKI...TAKE A CHEESE-MAKING CLASS...DISCOVER LOCAL WINES AND ARTISAN HARD CIDER! PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT OUR EXLUSIVE LIST OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA!! WE LIKE TO SHARE LOCAL SECRETS ABOUT EATERIES,FARMS, MUSEUMS, LOCAL CRAFTS, ANTIQUES, BOOK STORES, CAFES, FIBER ARTS, BIKE TRAILS, HIKES AND SWIMMING HOLES, CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS, SPLENDID DAY TRIPS, YOGA AND MEDITATION,ETC, ETC! WE ALSO HAVE LOTS OF IDEAS FOR KIDS' ACTIVITIES!
Golf: PLEASE ASK US about the best local golf courses!
Ski: BERKSHIRE EAST SKI CENTER, just 6 miles from the Cottage!
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: THIS IS A FAMILY-OWNED VINTAGE COTTAGE THAT WE RENOVATED OURSELVES. WE LIVE IN SOUTHERN VERMONT, ABOUT 1/2 HOUR'S DRIVE FROM THE COTTAGE.
WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE GUESTS FEEL WELCOME AND COMFORTABLE. WE HONOR OUR GUESTS' PRIVACY AND WE ACCEPT SPECIAL REQUESTS, SIMILAR TO THAT OF A CONCIERGE SERVICE. THIS IS A TRUE LABOR OF LOVE. WE ENJOY SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL FARMS, CRAFTS, ADVENTURES (BIG AND SMALL), SCENIC DRIVES, ART GALLERIES, ANTIQUE SHOPPES, BOOK SELLERS, AND THE BEST PLACES TO EAT...THE 'SECRET FINDS' THAT MAKE A VACATION EXTRA SPECIAL.