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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
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
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
must scoop poop; we have extra 'blue bags', dogs must be on leash. Extra cleaning fee, crated if left alone, please. ...moreless
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
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.
small creeks throughout area and five private lakes in development...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Hunting Small Game
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
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
'high-speed' DSL wireless internet access provided by Airport Extreme. No printer or fax machine onsite. ...moreless
Iron & Board
bedding includes sheets, pillows and pillow cases, layers of warm blankets. Bring slippers and warm socks....moreless
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
One space in attached garage, up to four more off-road parking spaces onsite. On-road parking is not, generally, an option....moreless
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
Well-equipped: refrigerator-freezer; electric range w 1 oven; dishwasher; microwave oven, toaster, electric drip coffee-maker, Kitchen-Aid stand mixer. ...moreless
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
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$200
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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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.
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.