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Lovely Historic Home Perfect for Skiing and Fall Foliage

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Last updated: 04/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
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  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This lovely eight-room center hall colonial is over 200 years old and listed on the National Historic Register. It is one of the original houses in the quiet, charming town of Heath. The house has three working fireplaces and two woodstoves (firewood provided). The floors are ceramic tile or, principally, the original wide-pine floors of the period. The kitchen is bright and open and modern, the heart of the house. The house is furnished with antiques and oriental rugs.

The streets of Heath are quiet and safe; the library and post office are two doors down, next to the community center, where the ladies sell their quilts and brownies. Behind the house is pasture land; in front are mature maples. There is a raspberry patch and an apple orchard, a small wetlands where the peepers sing in springtime. There is a flagstone patio with a chimney for outdoor fires. Behind the barn is a spectacular, stone-walled garden of late summer perennials, a patch of rhubarb, a spot for a few vegetables. The garden is like a glorious outdoor room, a perfect place to take a good book, and watch the leaves turn, and the cows graze in the sloping field.

Berkshire East is six miles away, with good alpine skiing; the drive to Mount Snow takes 30-40 minutes. You can cross country ski and snowshoe out the back door of the house on the many miles of snowmobile trails cut through the woods and fields—from Heath clear to Montreal. Zoar Outdoor is ten minutes away, with rock-climbing, zip lines, and river rafting. There is horseback riding nearby, and the bridge of flowers in Shelburne Falls, and Pot Hole Pictures, with live broadcasts from the Met and classic movies. There is good swimming nearby, and lots of CSAs to choose from, and farmers markets, and good soil. Mass MOCA is over the hill in North Adams, with excellent modern art and performances. Jacobs Pillow and Tanglewood are about an hour away. Closer to home, you can pick wild blueberries, try your hand at making butter at the annual Heath fair, attend a concert at the Mohawk Trail Concert series, or a performance at Double Edge Theatre.

Keywords: colonial, center hall, gardens, quiet town, proximity to New York and Boston, skiing, hiking, biking, arts


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • cross country ski trails, orchard, 3 working fireplaces, great gardens, outdoor fireplace, barn, library and church nearby ...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Hills in the distance. Blueberry Farm....moreless

  • Resort:

    Berkshire East ski resort--which runs on wind energy--has many recent upgrades and good downhill skiing, and zip lining. Zoar Outdoor features rock climbing and white water rafting...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove


  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer months
Jun 1 - Sep 1, 2015
2 night min stay
Fourth of July weekend
Jul 3 - Jul 5, 2015
3 night min stay

flat fee
Fall Foliage
Sep 21 - Oct 21, 2015
2 night min stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 18 - Jan 6, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

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25% non refundable deposit; balance due on arrival

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Last updated: 04/25/2015
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stump sprouts 20 minutes, berkshire east 10 minutes, mount snow 30 minutes, shelburne falls 10 minutes


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1997

About the owner: My husband and I are writers and teachers who work at the University of Massachusetts. We have two children who love to travel and ski and play soccer and skateboard and dance and surf. We lived in Ecuador for almost two years, where we built a house on the coast, climbed a volcano, and ate piranhas and lemon ants in the Amazon basin.

Why the Owner Chose Shelburne Falls:
We have lived in the house for the past 18 years, since our children were babies. We love the area. Heath is the sweetest town in the country. Everybody here helps anybody. Neighbors swap apples and zucchini, plow each other's driveways, bring casseroles to the sick and shut in.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love a walk around the block--which is about five miles around, past orchards and old farm houses and pastures with sheep and cows. Cross country skiing here is amazing--solitary and quiet and the tracks are groomed by snowmobilers so that they are wide and smooth.

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  • Downstairs bedroom with fireplace, oriental rug and wide pine floors

    Downstairs bedroom with fireplace, oriental rug and wide pine floors

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Minimum stay: 2 nights
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