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1815 post and beam refurbished barn home and cabins.


Last updated: 04/15/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Cheshire barn description

Welcome to Mason Hill - a celebration of everything we love about the Berkshires. Mountain views, stone walls, sloping green hills, the sound of a brook clear running to sing you to sleep, and an exquisitely restored barn home all contribute to a true New England experience. With stunning views of the Kitchen Brook gorge and falls, mountain meadows and refined furnishing and amenities, the historic Mason Hill farm has been a favored, repeat destinatio for a Berkshire stay for visitors from near and far. More than a vacation rental it has become a tradition for many, where family and friends gather, fun activities are shared and the heritage of the past comes alive evey day. Built in 1815 on a hilltop in Cheshire, MA, Mason Hill offers a fully modern and equipped gourmet kitchen with dual fuel Siemens oven, and a large and comfortable living room and bar area. The adjacent large bedroom also accommodates a superlative library. The home includes full bath (shower and tub), full laundry facilities, and an outdoor cedar-lined shower with a view to the sky. One queen and one bunk bed in BR; two singles in semi-private sleeping area off the living room and one double bed in a semi-private sleeping area off the kitchen. A large deck on the west side of the barn is a glorious outdoor sitting area for a casual meal, or a quiet afternoon of reading, all the while listening to the brook and enjoying the fresh Berkshire air. A second deck and outdoor shower area are located on the south side of the barn. From there, thirty large granite steps lead to a rustic cabin and the scenic Kitchen Brook gorge. A large stone fire pit adjacent to the cabin is an ideal spot for a family campfire or musical evening. The cabin has a single bunk bed, large rustic desk and a wood stove for heat. And we have recently added a smaller cabin and fire pit on the hillside overlooking the gorge. Rental is for entire property, two-night minimum. We utilize earth and human friendly cleaning products and Seventh Generation sprays and other earth friendly products. Within easy driving distance of the Clark Art Museum, Williams College, Mass MOCA and other Berkshire attractions. You will find activities for all ages close by. Ride your bike...or a rental...on the scenic Ashuwilticook Bike trail. Fish in the lake with the kids, or just relax on the lake shore. Or hike on more than 20 marked trails on Mount Greylock and the surrounding area. We cordially invite you to experience he uniqueness of a Mason Hill vacation.

Keywords: Country, Historic, Secluded, Simplicity, Mountain Views, Woodlands, Brook, Quiet Village, Arts and Culture, Mount Greylock, Biking, Swimming, Hiking, Antiques and Antiquing.


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Property Type

  • Barn

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are not allowed on the furniture or beds. Please bring bedding for your pets to sleep on the floor. Guests are requested to clean up after dogs in the yard....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Other (See Description)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 bunk bed


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 4

    bunk bed and one twin in cabins; optional cost...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) One with TempurPedic mattress in main BR with bunk beds, Double Beds (1) One in semi-private sleeping area off kitchen, Twin or Single Beds (2) Two single beds in semi-private sleeping area off living room, Bunk Beds (1) One set in main BR with queen bed; one set in cabin (can be placed side-to-side) ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Cabins do not have running water or electricity, but is an easy walk up the steps to the Barn Home. One cabin has a wood stove. Firewood can be purchased at nearby grocery stores. There is an enclosed outdoor shower off deck at back of barn. (in addition to shower and tub in Barn Home.)...moreless



  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Property adjacent to historic Cheshire cemetery with stones and monuments dating back before the Revolutionary War...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Berkshire mountain views to the north and east...moreless

  • Village:

    Cheshire is a small, historic Berkshire town with an old fashioned general store and bisected by the scenic 13 mile Ashuwilticuk bike rail. It is a favorite stopping off place for hikers on the AT....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided:

    All fine cotton comforters (some goose down), 300 thread count all cotton sheets ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Room for four cars off the street...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Land line for emergency...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Thick, absorbant cotton towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    In cabin ...moreless


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

    Dual fuel Siemans gas stove, special food preparation sink and large country sink...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Large refrigerator with freezer...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.8
from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
April 15 thru Oct
Apr 15 - Nov 1, 2015
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning $60
  • Taxes Not included


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Last updated: 04/15/2015
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany International
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Onata in Pittsfield

Car: Necessary

Mason Hill is surrounded by rolling hills and woodlands, world-class cultural attractions, and an unparalleled variety of vacation and outdoor recreation opportunities

and activities. Visitors usually create custom vacation schedules to meet their own...or their group's..interests.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: Retired advertising agency executive and owner with master's degree from University of Iowa. Author and co-author of 4 books on Early American life and the Shakers. Hobbies include building restoration, writing and driving with horses.

Why the Owner Chose Cheshire:
Mason Hill is one of the most beautiful locations in the Berkshires. The post and beam barn was built in 1815 by the Mason family and retains many of its original construction features in addition to the most modern amenities.

The Unique Benefits at this Barn:
Natural beauty, quiet, privacy, gourmet kitchen, woodland trails, trout fishing in stocked brook, two additional rustic cabins and fire pit, stone and wooden meditation benches overlooking upper and lower gorge, cedar outdoor shower, 1/4 mi. to AT

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  • 1815 post and beam refurbished barn home and cabins.

    1815 post and beam refurbished barn home and cabins.

  • Kitchen view from LR

    Kitchen view from LR

  • Large refrigerator  & storage

    Large refrigerator & storage

  • Master Bedroom with queen sized bed

    Master Bedroom with queen sized bed

  • Bunks in Master BR

    Bunks in Master BR

  • Semi-private sleeping area off Kitchen

    Semi-private sleeping area off Kitchen

  • Serenity overlooking Kitchen Brook

    Serenity overlooking Kitchen Brook

  • Dear old Watson-residing in MN

    Dear old Watson-residing in MN

  • Cozy living room

    Cozy living room

  • Kitchen with 2 sinks & dual fuel stove

    Kitchen with 2 sinks & dual fuel stove

  • Bathroom with tub and shower

    Bathroom with tub and shower

  • Master BR

    Master BR

  • Semi-private sleeping area off LR

    Semi-private sleeping area off LR

  • Cabin closest to Barn Home & fire pit

    Cabin closest to Barn Home & fire pit

  • Kitchen Brook on property

    Kitchen Brook on property

  • Our trademark

    Our trademark

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