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Soho Chic Meets Historic Charmer, Walk to Town & Abutting Nature Preserve

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Restored 4 BR / 4 BA Victorian charmer is 4 blocks to town & abuts hiking trails

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Last updated: 02/09/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Lenox house description

This historic Lenox beauty is a mere four block walk to the town's center and a stone's throw to Tanglewood. Built in 1892 by E.E. Parsons, the home is reminiscent of a bygone era with lazy summers spent on the
wrap-around porch greeting neighbors and passersby. E.E. Parsons daughter married into the Kennedy family, for which the town's nature preserve, Kennedy Park, is named. The property on which the house stands today abuts the 180-acre park, with its extensive network of groomed trails and scenic overlooks. Access to the park is right out the back door.

This piece of Lenox history was lovingly restored to its original grandeur between 2005-2007. A complete update of the services, systems, interior, exterior, as well as new bathrooms and kitchens, were executed under the discriminating direction of the home's owner/designer. Quality workmanship, with an emphasis on authenticity, abounds throughout this 4 bedroom/4 bath Victorian home.


Interior : The interior appointments in this property: Gleaming, restored hardwood floors throughout the first floor; Plush 100% wool carpeting on the second floor; Granite countertops, energy star stainless appliances and custom cabinetry in the kitchen; Baths have either a combination of hardwood floors with ceramic tiling and/or tumbled marble; Built-in custom cabinetry in the bedrooms.

Exterior: A great location: 2 minutes to Tanglewood; Walk to town; Abutting the nature preserve; Four minutes to gourmet food shopping; A lovely and private rear bluestone patio surrounded by a dry-laid rock retaining wall and beautiful perennial gardens; A rocking chair, wrap-around porch.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 3100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    marble bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    marble bath...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, tub, shower

    tiled bath & laundry...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Extensive CD collection. Please feel free to copy, but treat them kindly!...moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Large-screen TV in the living room. Another TV in the master bedroom...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Roller Blading
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Built in 1892, this house was designed to work with nature. Subsequently, it has a large wrap around porch and is abutting a wooded hill, which both provide lots of shade on the house and keeps it much cooler than outdoor temperatures. We provide A/C units in the bedrooms. Most of our visitors tell us they never turn them on!...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton, high thread count linens are provided, along with fluffy, down pillows (and extra protectors). We provide down comforters and cotton duvet covers for chilly nights and comfy summers. All laundered with eco-friendly soap....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Four off-street parking spots...moreless

  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    We have three. They are ornamental only....moreless

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you could need at home. All in stainless, glass and cast iron or wood....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    We live a healthy, macrobiotic lifestyle. The kitchen features a food pantry, 5-ring gas stove, toaster, blender, coffee maker and grinder, electric kettle, hand mixers etc. We are avid cooks and there are plenty of spices as well as a full compliment of cookware in healthy stainless, glass or cast iron. There is also a nice sitting room in the kitchen with glass french doors to the patio and barbecue....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    French door fridge. Bottom freezer. Ice Maker. Filtered water. ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio:

    Spacious bluestone patio with hand-laid stone retaining wall. This is surrounded by blooming shrubs and lush perennial gardens and woods beyond. The patio feels like a private oasis with relaxing sunny mornings and shade in the latter half of the day, when you need it....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Actually, wrap around porch, but there is no VRBO option for this. Faces street and side yard...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Jetted Tub:

    Air Spa tub for soaking tired muscles in the master bath. This is much more hygenic than a jet tub...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
Mar 1 - Jun 30, 2015
2 night min stay
$400 $795
Fri, Sat
$3,100 $8,000
Summer
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay

$3,950 $13,500
Autumn
Sep 8 - Nov 30, 2015
2 night min stay
$400 $795
Fri, Sat
$3,100 $5,000
Winter
Dec 1 - Feb 29, 2016
2 night min stay
$400 $795
Fri, Sat
$3,950 $5,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Bookings over holiday periods are charged a surcharge of 10% applied to the applicable seasonal rate

Long term rates available upon request

Rates are subject to change

Deposit of 50% required at time of booking to reserve space

Final payment due two months prior to arrival date

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Location

Car: Necessary

The E.E. Parsons House is located four blocks from the quaint village of Lenox, with its myriad of upscale boutiques, fine restaurants, taverns, art galleries and historic sites. Tanglewood, summer home of the BSO, is a stone's throw away. If you're game, you can walk or take a bike to the grounds. For nature enthusiasts, the miles of groomed trails at Kennedy Park is literally out the back door and abuts the property. Daily hikes or running is safe and pleasant along the many trails. More trails to check out at are nearby Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Swimming and beaches at either Stockbridge Bowl or Laurel Lake are a two minute drive. A short car ride (five minutes) north you'll find all your supplies at the larger grocery stores. Please check out our local, organic grocer, Guido's, with all their gourmet selections. In winter, we are a five minute drive to Bousquet Ski Center and about 20 minutes to Butternut and Catamount.

Other Activities: Lenox is the crown jewel of the Berkshires; The epicenter of a county rife with recreational and cultural offerings. Music lovers the world over flock here to enjoy summer performances at Tanglewood, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, dance performances at Jacob's Pillow, theater at Shakespeare & Co, Barrington Stage and Berkshire Theatre Festival. Once home to Gilded Age 'cottages', tours are available of these historic homes today, such as Edith Wharton's Mount and Naumkeag. Spend time at our world-class museums, such as Norman Rockwell Museum, Clark Art Institute and Chesterwood. For outdoor activities, the area has miles of hiking trails along the Appalachian Trail and our mountain ridges. Biking is a big pastime here on the old carriage roads and through quaint villages. There are a few 'rail trails' that are also worth checking out. Plus, we're only 2.5 hours from NYC and Boston!

Golf: There are no less than 10 golf courses in the Berkshires. We are located minutes from the Golf Courses at Stockbridge, Pittsfield, and the Cranwell Spa. Slightly further afield (20 min) is Egremont Gold Course.

Ski: Winter offers excellent skiing at four area mountains: Bousquet, Jiminy Peak, Butternut and Catamont. There is also ice fishing on many area lakes, as well as skating, both indoor and out.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Hi All, I originally grew up in Orange County, NY in a community very similar to the Berkshires. Upon graduation, I moved to New York City where I began a 20-year career in the travel industry. During the course of those years, I worked in nearly every aspect of travel with a discriminating clientele. My husband and I moved to the Berkshires in 1998 and purchased an historic, four family building in Great Barrington, which I converted to short term, furnished vacation and corporate rental business. I ran that business for 12 years, with great success. In 2004, we purchased this Lenox beauty, which required an extensive gut renovation. Between 2005-2007, we rebuilt this house from foundation to chimney. At this point, I studied and passed my Massachusetts Real Estate and Construction Supervisor exams. I now work for Berkshire Property Agents in Great Barrington - the number 1 sales agency in South County for two years running - and have my own development business, Green Gables. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Stage IIIC breast cancer. Through drive, research and commitment, I beat it in six months - without surgery. I have started a non-profit. WIN (Women's Integrative Network) to enlighten women struggling with cancer about options and tools available to them utilizing integrative medicine. In 2011, I turned my attention to the renovation of our historic multi-family building in Great Barrington, which I spearheaded as designer, developer and general contractor. The building is now on the market as four gorgeous and spacious (1100-1600 SF) condominiums, located four blocks to town on a quiet, dead end street. With my background in the service industries of hospitality and travel, as well as design and construction, I know what travelers want - comfort, convenience, cleanliness, dependability and location.

Why the Owner Chose Lenox:
The reason I decided to buy this house originally was to renovate and sell it. However, I knew that if selling were not possible, we could always rent it because of the fabulous location. We are truly at the epicenter of all the cultural and natural offerings of the Berkshires. The main gate for Tanglewood is only 1.5 miles away, we have 3 or more golf courses nearby, there are several cultural sites in Lenox either walking distance or within a few miles. Lenox is also right near all the summer stage theater. My husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts and we love the easy access to hiking, biking and swimming. The town has several area beaches on two lakes within a two minute drive. There is a great rail trail about 15 minutes away. My husband and I ride there a lot Spring through Fall. Lenox is nicely situated in the middle of the county, which means it is easy to access attractions north and south. Additionally, the lot on which the house sits abuts the nature preserve. I use those trails every day and can't imagine living without them now. I can go to the grocery store everyday, which is important for us because we eat a very fresh and seasonal, vegan diet. I walk to town nearly every day to go to the post office or run an errand. It is really just a great location.


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  • Restored 4 BR / 4 BA Victorian charmer is 4 blocks to town & abuts hiking trails

    Restored 4 BR / 4 BA Victorian charmer is 4 blocks to town & abuts hiking trails

  • Private office for quiet space

    Private office for quiet space

  • Office and dining room open onto living room w/bluestone fireplace

    Office and dining room open onto living room w/bluestone fireplace

  • Open plan allows easy access to kitchen

    Open plan allows easy access to kitchen

  • Lots of light as kitchen faces southeast

    Lots of light as kitchen faces southeast

  • Bluestone patio with dining & lounging areas, gas grill & surrounded by gardens

    Bluestone patio with dining & lounging areas, gas grill & surrounded by gardens

  • Master BR w/private bath & large bay window facing SE. Lots of storage.

    Master BR w/private bath & large bay window facing SE. Lots of storage.

  • Two full baths w/mirrored pocket door. Chrome & marble finishes, walk in shower

    Two full baths w/mirrored pocket door. Chrome & marble finishes, walk in shower

  • Built-ins feature loads of storage and window seats

    Built-ins feature loads of storage and window seats

  • Queen bedded room w/loads of storage & light

    Queen bedded room w/loads of storage & light

  • Massive walk-in shower and laundry on the second floor!

    Massive walk-in shower and laundry on the second floor!

  • Built in closets for loads of storage and snug window seat

    Built in closets for loads of storage and snug window seat

  • Formal front entry features original stained glass door & large closet.

    Formal front entry features original stained glass door & large closet.

  • Beautiful bay window and exit to wrap around front porch

    Beautiful bay window and exit to wrap around front porch

  • Formal dining for 8-10 w/fireplace

    Formal dining for 8-10 w/fireplace

  • Stocked kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counters & custom cabinetry

    Stocked kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counters & custom cabinetry

  • Family mezzanine adjacent and open to kitchen flows to patio and gardens

    Family mezzanine adjacent and open to kitchen flows to patio and gardens

  • Entry from driveway with lush perennial beds and woods beyond

    Entry from driveway with lush perennial beds and woods beyond

  • Modern Master bedroom w/king bed

    Modern Master bedroom w/king bed

  • Rear bedroom has private bath with view of garden & woods

    Rear bedroom has private bath with view of garden & woods

  • Private bath for rear BR w/marble finishes & jet soaking tub

    Private bath for rear BR w/marble finishes & jet soaking tub

  • Large bath features oversized claw foot tub

    Large bath features oversized claw foot tub

  • Queen sized, four poster bed. Faces south and east for loads of morning light

    Queen sized, four poster bed. Faces south and east for loads of morning light

  • Gorgeous & lush gardens, private setting, yet near town, Tanglewood & shopping

    Gorgeous & lush gardens, private setting, yet near town, Tanglewood & shopping

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