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3 Mi to Jacob's Pillow, Clearing in the Forest, Clean and New!

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Great. rm. has TV & DVD in armoire; 2 ceiling fans, S. windows heat when sunny.

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Last updated: 04/03/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Use our airy, beautiful, new house as your base to visit the Berkshires' wonderful performance venues, restaurants, museums and spiritual retreats. Watch the sun go down through the trees from upper and lower west windows and balconies.

Relax in the deep soaker bathtub or enjoy the double walk-in shower in the master bathroom to get ready for the evening after an inspiring day exploring art museums, or walking a portion of the nearby Appalachian Trail, or shopping at the Lee Prime Outlets.

Walk our dirt roads through the forest to enjoy color, changing wildflowers, and the sights at the edges of the five private lakes. Listen to the streams that flow to the lakes, and the variety of birds among the trees in the forest preparing to migrate or readying for winter. Breathe the clean breeze that usually blows across our site. Trail rides on horseback are only a few miles away, and when it snows, cross-country ski trails and downhill skiing are nearby.

Shop at the local farmers' markets and farm stands; prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Cookware and dishes are in the cabinets. Celebrate holidays with a feast, or just enjoy the quiet beauty of meals in the great room.

The casement windows open as needed for the weather, and cross ventilation lets you enjoy natural cooling. The south-facing window wall provides passive solar heat. In cold weather, there's in-floor radiant heat, no dusty ducts blow scalding air in your face.

Other members of your party will be upstairs. A double bed is in one bedroom and a twin bed- above a double-bed futon bunk bed is in the other bedroom. A full tub-and-shower bathroom is available to both bedrooms and the loft. The oak frame sofa in the loft is a very comfortable futon double bed.

Besides the choices among the fine arts museums, live theater, shopping and the array of restaurants, you can, if you like, visit Ku-shi Institute of macrobiotic instruction and programs, 15 minutes' drive north; and Kripalu , Zen retreat house, a half-hour drive west.



Keywords: Beautiful, duplex. 1st floor master suite, private community, wooded lake area

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Safety gate at top of stairway to loft overlooking the great room where two upstairs bedrooms and balcony are located. NO safety gate at bottom of the stairway. Family must supervise children at house and at local lakes/beaches; at playground near Town Hall....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Two-three steps into the house from outdoors or from attached garage. First floor master bedroom suite has 'walk-in' shower. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No open flames anywhere in the house. Propane gas grill on balcony off first floor great room; contained 'fire pit' available during spring and summer ( limited by local fire department directives ) for outdoor campfires which must be supervised by adults. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    must scoop poop; we have extra 'blue bags', dogs must be on leash. Extra cleaning fee, crated if left alone, please. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 7-11

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    This is a four-poster double bed....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    1st fl. master B.R. suite;bath w sep. jetted tub, shower...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

    Lower bunk is double bed futon, upper is twin bed...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 2 sleep sofa /futon

    2 futons convert to full beds, 1 in great rm.,other on loft ...moreless

  • Master bedroom is on first floor, en suite with master bathroom. Bath features walk-in shower, separate jetted tub, sink, toilet. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are on second floor loft overlooking the great room. They share a full bathroom and upper balcony and the loft's sitting area furnished with convertible futon and added chairs for two....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    En Suite with M.B.R. on 1st floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    sink, mirrored med. cabinet, ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    Sink, mirrored cab., toilet 1st floor. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Fine cell-phone reception, and wireless internet. We're in a wooded setting with native grasses and wildflowers, and clean private lakes are in walking distance. Our large casement windows provide great cross-ventilation, so there's no air conditioning. Radiant heat has no dusty ductwork, and there's no interior wood-burning. The master bedroom suite is on the first floor; the master bath has double nozzle, walk-in shower and jetted soaker tub. The second floor bath has full tub and shower bathroom, half bath on first floor. Well water isn't chlorinated. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    No premium, movie channels...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    small creeks throughout area and five private lakes in development...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area of great-room has table that seats 8 adults, four matching chairs plus bringing indoor-outdoor chairs indoors from first floor outside balcony. 2 bar stools at kitchen center-island....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer is on-site with washing machine....moreless

  • Garage:

    attached garage for one car is included...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat supplied by hydronic, in-floor radiant heat during a heating season that's roughly from late October until early April. Modest, electric space heat supplements. And dress warmly....moreless

  • Internet:

    'high-speed' DSL wireless internet access provided by Airport Extreme. No printer or fax machine onsite. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    bedding includes sheets, pillows and pillow cases, layers of warm blankets. Bring slippers and warm socks....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room area of the great room seats two in upholstered chairs, and four each on a leather sofa and a convertible oak-frame futon, slate-top coffee table. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    One space in attached garage, up to four more off-road parking spaces onsite. On-road parking is not, generally, an option....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    must discuss in advance; size limitations...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We supply bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, bath mats. We supply 2 canvas chairs for the beach, but not beach towels. Please bring your beach towel/s....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    On-site washer and includes low-bubble laundry detergent, softener, non-chlorine whitener. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr. Coffee automatic drip coffee maker equipped with re-usable filter, optional paper filters also supplied. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Assorted food-prep knives, steak knives, spatulas, wood spoons, salad spoon and fork, can openers, bottle openers, salad spinner, mixing bowls, skillets, pots, pans, 'lobster pot'....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    place-settings for 8, informal style, coffee mugs, 8 oz. and 12 oz. glasses for 8. Varied wine glasses, varied beer mugs. Tea pot and strainer. Steak knives, food-prep utensils for outdoor grill....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Well-equipped: refrigerator-freezer; electric range w 1 oven; dishwasher; microwave oven, toaster, electric drip coffee-maker, Kitchen-Aid stand mixer. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    All paper prods: toilet and facial tissue, paper towels and napkins are supplied. We do supply three or four types of good quality bulk teas. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    18 cu ft. refrigerator and freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric range with self-cleaning oven....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two-slice, electric toaster is supplied. This is a, 'pop-up' toaster, not a 'toaster oven.' ...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Two: one off dining area, one off second floor loft...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane gas grill is on the balcony off the great room. We supply propane tank.L...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub:

    soaker tub in master bath with jets and heat...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
Mar 16 - May 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$150
$650 $2,200
Summer
Jun 1 - Sep 7, 2015
6 night min stay

$900 $3,400
Fall
Sep 8 - Dec 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$150
$650 $2,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $100
  • cleaning $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Pets conditional. Good plans must be made for pets while their people are away at performances: theaters or concerts, or for activities like skiing and hiking. Scooping poop a "must" (we have spare bags). Leash required for pet's safety. ATM in convenience store 2 miles away. Supermarkets, and restaurants 5-10+ miles away; excellent local diners/convenience stores for breakfast, etc.

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Last updated: 04/03/2015
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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bradley (near Hartford, CT)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Uncle Larry's
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sherwood Shoppe
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
private beaches on four small lakes in locale

Car: Necessary

Fall color season in our forest is gorgeous! Drive briefly to state forests and public or private parks to hike; Appalachian trail entries nearby. Shakespeare & Co. and Berkshire Theater Festival , Barrington Stage, and Mahaiwe schedule offerings long after summer. Norman Rockwell museum, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Museum, and Live theaters in Lenox, Gt. Barrington, Pittsfield and Lee are open through fall and winter, Norman Rockwell Museum, MassMOCA and Sterling and Francine Clark Art Museum are all open year 'round. Visit international restaurants, and fine seafood and specialized restaurants in Lee, Lenox, and Stockbridge. Dream Away Lodge is one of Becket's best kept secrets for fine food and music in casual, country atmosphere.

Cross-country and Alpine skiing available when the snow starts. Our 'hard packed' dirt roads are well-maintained and always passable soon after a snow. We're very near Rt. 20, Rt. 8 and the MassPike.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We're both semi-retired, husband is a union stage hand, wife is a family lawyer. We live with a friendly dog and two cats, and have spent the past two years building this beautiful two-family project, living in one unit and renting the other. We built it to provide privacy to both units while being available to our renters as they may need. We're restoring the native plants that were cleared when building started.

Why the Owner Chose Becket:
Becket is an old, rural community that also has a 50 year old forest development, Sherwood Forest, where we live and rent. This is not 'old growth' forest, so the forest floor is vital with ferns and wildflowers. We have three swales and creeks that flow around and across our place. They feed wetland plants and tiny frogs. We're developing meditation spots that seem to be naturally for the purpose. The eclectic community ranging from 70's-era A-frames, and older cabins to carefully tended year-round homes is fairly described as, 'funky.' We had no interest in a big condo complex, and this isn't just our vacation home, we live here, too. We built with goals to be, 'green' and as light on the land as year-round living can practically permit. The drinking water is filtered, but not chemically treated. After city life for decades, the cleanliness of Becket's air is a treasure.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
A mile from us in the development is Sherwood Shoppe, a convenience store and cafe that features fresh-baked muffins daily and excellent hot breakfasts. The country store a couple miles up the road makes hot breakfasts and specials, and lunches; 4 nights a week they make fine pizza, and deliver in the Not-Summer seasons . There are creeks flowing under many of Sherwood Forest's roads, feeding the five lakes. The dirt roads are lightly traveled, making a great place to walk on the level or up and down hills. The beaches in walking distance are graveled or grassy. Take a chair and a book and relax and enjoy! We take our dog along the roads of the Forest, (dog walkers all scoop poop), and enjoy the changing views of the lakes and streams. The house is oriented so the rising sun shines on our balconies and setting sun shines on the rental unit's balconies. As soon as the cool weather begins, the sun shines brightly on the south-facing window wall providing passive solar heat. It supplements the in-floor radiant heat that we don't need to turn on until late in the fall. The breeze is almost constant, and the air is perceptibly cleaner than the city air we were accustomed to breathing before we came here to live.


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Great. rm. has TV & DVD in armoire; 2 ceiling fans, S. windows heat  when sunny.

    Great. rm. has TV & DVD in armoire; 2 ceiling fans, S. windows heat when sunny.

  • Master Bath has walk-in double shower, Rt., jetted soaker tub, Left.

    Master Bath has walk-in double shower, Rt., jetted soaker tub, Left.

  • Stairs in Gr. Rm. to loft, 2nd fl. bedrooms. Laundry, down hall from Kitchen.

    Stairs in Gr. Rm. to loft, 2nd fl. bedrooms. Laundry, down hall from Kitchen.

  • 1 B.R. on loft; lower futon: double bed, upper:twin; chest, closet. Share bath

    1 B.R. on loft; lower futon: double bed, upper:twin; chest, closet. Share bath

  • Lower balcony, has gas grill, views woods, upper balcony off loft.  Face west.

    Lower balcony, has gas grill, views woods, upper balcony off loft. Face west.

  • Winter 2010. Owner-occ.: info.,  snow removal, help avail; yet very private.

    Winter 2010. Owner-occ.: info., snow removal, help avail; yet very private.

  • Welcome ! Private and easy to reach.

    Welcome ! Private and easy to reach.

  • Master suite, Queen bed, rocker-recliners,view woods and stone wall; priv. bath

    Master suite, Queen bed, rocker-recliners,view woods and stone wall; priv. bath

  • Half-bath, 1st fl. around corner from M. Bed.; private, front hall entry

    Half-bath, 1st fl. around corner from M. Bed.; private, front hall entry

  • Loft overlooks grt. rm., two B.R., bath, lin. closet; futon, L. is double bed.

    Loft overlooks grt. rm., two B.R., bath, lin. closet; futon, L. is double bed.

  • 2nd B.R. on loft: Double bed, chest, closet; share bath. Skylite opens.

    2nd B.R. on loft: Double bed, chest, closet; share bath. Skylite opens.

  • Din. area seats 8+ with leaf in table.  S. window-wall heats space when sunny.

    Din. area seats 8+ with leaf in table. S. window-wall heats space when sunny.

  • Full kit., mobile ctr. island. Loft  w.  2 B.Rs., bath. Double bed futon on loft

    Full kit., mobile ctr. island. Loft w. 2 B.Rs., bath. Double bed futon on loft

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 24 hours
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  • Calendar last updated 04/03/2015
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