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View of house from bottom pasture- this one was taken in early autumn

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This home is so special and it starts where it is located. It has tremendous curb appeal, as it sits nestled at the top of a hill way back up off the road. It's very difficult to see the house from the road, but once you're on the curving driveway, it takes you up to the house where the large center steps lead you up to a huge welcoming porch. Here you can sit and chat and look at the distant mountains and enjoy the scenery. I have always loved large open porches (probably something from my childhood when people actually sat out on them and they were places of great socializing!) The lower portion of the house is the rental area; 2500 square feet to enjoy! There are great windows and sliding doors that lead into the large room which includes the kitchen and family room; this room is about 550 sq ft and there's plenty of room to hang out there and different corners to do things. The bedrooms flank the living areas and they are all large, airy, well lit, and have hardwood floors. The whole place has a very European feeling to it. The two main front bedrooms have glass doors that lead out to their own separate patios; the one to the east catches the morning sun and it's got an old wall with charming beds of flowers behind it- what a great place to have your coffee! The one on the west side is on a blue slate terrace and is covered by cool trumpet vines and morning glories, so it is more shady and cool. To the west gardens you will find the raised beds where I raise all the veggies for the summer and we have the sunken firepit where you can enjoy a bonfire, roast your own hamburgers/hotdogs over a wood fire (oh there is NOTHING that beats eating food cooked over wood! so much better than charcoal and don't even talk to me about a gas grill! lol!!) Caution must be taken of course if conditions are too dry and fires are forbidden because of drought conditions. This summer it has been very dry, so we haven't made many fires recently.
Other qualities that are unique to this property: It has two full bathrooms, a huge furnace storage area, a huge laundry room, large storage closets (that could house skis, bikes, equipment, etc) The 'feeling' of the house is, I guess one would call, 'shabby chic'. I love old stuff and I love how things look when the paint starts coming off and shows it's patina...I believe the Japanese call it Wabi-Sabi. Well, I guess that would describe how things are in my apartment/house. Each bedroom has nice big windows and lots of light, and every one of them, except one, has a huge closet for storage. All bedrooms have comfy queen size beds and the purple master has a king. The bedrooms are categorized (for us) by colors: there's the 'green room', the smoky 'purple' room, the 'lavender and yellow' room, and the 'blue' room-- all the walls are old fashioned plaster and we have big beams going across a partial section of the apartment. It's a really funky, different set up as far as layout but what we have always loved is that it's a place that naturally brings people together to hang out together, but then we all have our own space to go to when we want to be quiet.
New this year is the possibility of renting the upstairs apartment area! This area is just gorgeous and includes 2 huge bedrooms w/ large closets and shares a small eastern balcony for morning coffee. The upper floor also houses the MASTER SUITE (with king-size bed) which has its own bath, and huge 24 x 12 terrace facing the west and south, lots of windows, light, and breeze. There is a 550 sq. ft loft-like living room which gives onto a south facing deck that has amazing views of the mountains. A large and spacious kitchen is adjacent to this area. Included is a full laundry and 1 full bathroom. Included as part of this apartment is 1 downstairs room which has a room that can accommodate 2 in twin beds. This apartment has a separate entrance in the rear of the building so there is no disturbing the people in the lower apartment. The 2 apartments can be connected by simply opening the door between the stairway connecting the upper and lower levels and the home can be rented as one entire house for a large family summer reunion or a place to be together for the whole summer!
You will love taking walks around the property too-- you can walk back up the hill behind up to the trails through the woods and up to the lake that sits up behind the house. I haven't seen many people up there recently-- maybe it's just too hot! I know there are some great swimming holes down the road from here off of Hurlburt Road and off of Route 23 there is Green River where lots of people go to swim. I know of a much more private place to go too, but it's too long to explain in this description. There is plenty of wildlife around here to enjoy; especially the birds. They are beautiful and abundant. I have all the songbirds and red-tailed hawks you could desire!

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age of 25 for renters...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 16-18

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Has its own terrace facing east and south. Hardwood floors. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Has its own flagstone terrace facing west and south. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Large closets in all bedrooms with hardwood floors!...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    Faces west and north; large closets cozy and near bathroom....moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen, 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Large queen size sofa bed- several blow up mattresses too....moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 king

    UPPER LEVEL with private terrace and bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen

    UPPER LEVEL apartment faces south and east...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 double

    UPPER LEVEL apartment faces east...moreless

  • Bedroom 9: 1 king

    LOWER LEVEL MASTER w/ it's own terrace facing southeast...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1) There are several blow up double/queen size mattresses available for 'spillover' guests, Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The sofa sleep 2 and is a queen size sofa...moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    nicely appointed bathrooms ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Clean and simple; nicely appointed bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Upstairs apartment...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Upstairs apartment...moreless

  • The bathrooms are basic but lovely and charming; clean and neat with large pedestal basins (all new) and large roomy showers. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Yes! Books for adults and children....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    There are some board games for adults and children. ...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    High speed internet cable available (wifi) and cable TV HBO too!...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    40 inch flat screen TV / DVD player included There are 4 flat screen TV's in the house...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Great DVD library and some good stuff for the kiddies too! Some great old black and white flicks on DVD available--...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The house is privately located at the top of a hill and enjoys a lovely view of Mount Everett to the south and Catamount to the West. Although the house is extremely private and peaceful (we have no neighbors!), it is strategically located and only a few minutes from downtown Great Barrington and all other Berkshire attractions....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    The dining table is part of the grand room. I keep it small so it doesn't take up a lot of space. I have extra tables in the laundry that can be set up to elongate the dining space ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Yes there are window air conditioners...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    State of the Art-- efficiency!...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    There is a firepit outside for bbq's and bonfires. But...inside fireplace! :(...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    State of the art ultra efficient heating system for warm comfort; baseboard hot water heat....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-fi internet provided...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Fresh and new and plenty of them! lots of pillows and blankets and towels...also provided are some beach towels......moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room is really part of the 'grand room' which comprises the kitchen area. There is a large sofa,2 large overstuffed chairs, and a couple of smaller chairs. It seats 7 very comfortably....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is plenty of parking in front of the entrance of the property as well as to the side where one could park a trailer or motor home if needed. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    plentiful parking...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Property can accommodate large vehicles and trailers...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All towels, bath, kitchen and 6 large beach towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    State of the Art and brand new efficiency!...moreless

Kitchen

  • Kitchen:

    pretty much everything you need! You can cook a Thanksgiving dinner in both kitchens. They have everything!...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Standard microwaves in both kitchens...moreless

  • Oven:

    Electric...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Yes, I keep basic seasonings, oil, vinegar supplied for my guests. The kitchen is very well stocked....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Brand new- but basic style downstairs Kitchen aid double door freezer/fridge upstairs...moreless

  • Stove:

    Both are brand new--electric...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Regular and oven toasters. ...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    The property has 3 lovely decks on the downstairs level: south porch, east gravel porch, and west flagstone porch...moreless

  • Golf:

    There are golf courses available just a few miles down Route 23....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Plenty of places to do so--...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Beautiful lawn area w/ multiple flower gardens and raised veggie beds....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane grill...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Butternut ski basin and Catamount are very close by...moreless

  • Tennis:

    There are tennis courts that are open to the public 3 miles away from the property....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is the Kilpatrick pool and the Community pool at the Community center. ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
peak
May 1 - Nov 1, 2015
2 night min stay
$450 $475
Fri, Sat, Sun
$3,100 $11,500

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$400 $450
Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,800 $9,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • cleaning $150
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $15
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

RATES ARE BASED ON 6 occupancy PER LEVEL! (i.e. $450/night per level) IF CLIENT DESIRES TO RENT ENTIRE HOUSE, THE RATE IS $750/NIGHT and the house sleeps 16 in BEDS, and accommodates up to 18-20 people. 8 bedrooms, 4 baths,2 fully-equipped huge kitchens, 6 decks, 2 grand rooms, 4 flat screen TV's, 2 laundries, high speed wi-fi, tons of storage space, firepit, huge lawn and gardens. CANCELLATION TERMS ARE 45 DAYS PRIOR NOT 30!!!!


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Location

45 Miles
Nearest Airport
ALBANY AIRPORT
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Several in town
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Egremont Country Club
45 Miles
Nearest Train
WASSAIC, N.Y.
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-90, LEE, MA.
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Several in GB
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Butternut Basin/ Catamount
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
LAKE MANSFIELD, GREAT BARRINGTON

Car: Necessary

I've always considered the Berkshires the summer cultural cradle for New Yorkers and Bostonians, and it IS true that the Berkshires are particularly known for its amazing cultural attractions: there is famous Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, featuring visiting conductors and musicians from all over the world; there are renowned theaters such as the Berkshire Theater Festival, Shakespeare and Company, and the critically acclaimed Barrington Stage Company, not to mention numerous other smaller theater groups which bring the stage alive during the summer and fall seasons. There is Jacob's Pillow which is a showcase for the most famous dancers and dance companies in the world! One of the most unknown 'jewels' of the Berkshires is the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. My family from L.A. and Seattle could not believe that such a sophisticated collection of (especially) French art was hidden in the 'middle of nowhere', right here in our Berkshires. Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, Turner, Homer, Sargent, Remington...just a little inkling of the many artists that are represented in this amazing collection. Don't forget that we are also proud of the heritage of the famous Norman Rockwell museum (practically the father of the 'face of Americanism') Located in the quintessential New England town of Stockbridge, the Norman Rockwell museum houses the historic collection Saturday Evening Post illustration paintings that made Rockwell famous. There are so many other specialty museums to explore! For the culinary experts there are fabulous restaurants in every corner of every town in the Berkshires and there is something for everyone! There is probably the best sushi restaurant I have ever experienced anywhere right here in Great Barrington-- we have Mexican, Thai, great Indian restaurants, and of course Italian, Greek, and 'fusion' restaurants too. There are great bicycle circuits to enjoy right here from the house (my favorite!) and you can take a quick 15 mile circuit that takes you right through one of the prettiest valleys of the Berkshires or you can take a long 35-40 mile loop down into the southern area of Sheffield which takes you through some flatter, quieter fields and streams. There are myriad hiking and walking trails, as well as lakes and rivers to canoe and kayak. There is beauty all around you here in the Berkshires, everywhere you look, at during every season. You just have to get yourself here to enjoy it!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: I have lived in the Berkshires since 1992 and have loved being here very much. It certainly was a big change after having lived in France for 18 years! I found my place here in the Great Barrington community and have worked in the local high school as Art teacher as well as Spring Musical Director for over 16 years. I love working with young people and the creative outlet of the theater is one of my lifelong passions.

Why the Owner Chose Great Barrington:
When I bought my home in 1996 people thought I was crazy! It was at that time serving as the Eagleton School for young people with severe emotional problems. There were plexiglass windows, crash-bar doors and exit signs! Snow came in under the doors and there were linoleum everywhere. However, I saw a vision underneath the 'bones' of the structure as it used to be an old barn built in 1900. I put a lot of sweat equity into the house (not to mention bucks! :) and turned it into a pretty sweet property and still retains the charm and country feel of its original structure as a barn. I love the fact that the house is so sunny and light, faces south, east and west and is protected on the north side by a mountain so the winter winds are buffered. No neighbors provide enough quiet so that the spring peepers strike up a chorus that never fails to enchant and by June the lightening bugs (fireflies to others who aren't from the Midwest..!) are out in full force with their fairy magic. I was totally awestruck with this property, fell in love with the view, and took it from there. It's 'a lot of house' and my girls and family have enjoyed it immensely. I'm anxious for others to come and enjoy their vacations here too.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
As I said above, when I first saw this house, came upstairs and saw the view through the (then) plexiglass windows and saw the mountains beyond and all of the light spilling in, I did fall in love with the place. When I bought the place, there was one lonely begonia by the front step. Now there are hosta lining the whole yard, Redbud and weeping cherry, lilacs, wisteria, alethea, weeping cedar, tinkerbell lilac, weigeila, spirea, vast perrenial gardens and we are surrounded by flowering bushes, greenery and flowers. I also LOVE the fact that I am six minutes from my work and literally can be in the heart of Great Barrington within 3-4 minutes. Division Street is central to G.B.: you can go to the north side of town and not have to go thru all the town traffic or you can go to the south side of town and miss all the traffic. (as there are large shopping mall areas on both the north and south sides as well as the center of town). Location is really crucial here as it is close to everything, yet it is well away from the road and very private and quiet.


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Photos

  • View of house from bottom pasture- this one was taken in early autumn

    View of house from bottom pasture- this one was taken in early autumn

  • Long shot view of 'grand room'

    Long shot view of 'grand room'

  • View of exterior from the kitchen area

    View of exterior from the kitchen area

  • East Master 'white room' Master
with entrance to east terrace

    East Master 'white room' Master with entrance to east terrace

  • North bedroom the 'blue and orange' room.

    North bedroom the 'blue and orange' room.

  • East side bathroom

    East side bathroom

  • One of the views of the front lower porch facing south

    One of the views of the front lower porch facing south

  • Distant mountain views

    Distant mountain views

  • More gardens

    More gardens

  • Side view of upper living room- and doors onto south deck

    Side view of upper living room- and doors onto south deck

  • 2nd bedroom on upper level faces east has private deck

    2nd bedroom on upper level faces east has private deck

  • View of south deck onto approach of house and south pasture

    View of south deck onto approach of house and south pasture

  • Front view of the house

    Front view of the house

  • Another view of 'grand room' opposite view

    Another view of 'grand room' opposite view

  • Master 'green room' on west side with door leading to slate terrace.

    Master 'green room' on west side with door leading to slate terrace.

  • The twin bed 'middle room'

    The twin bed 'middle room'

  • Bathroom w/ shower on west side

    Bathroom w/ shower on west side

  • Large laundry room with plenty of storage

    Large laundry room with plenty of storage

  • Western view of house. Bluestone terrace under deck has exit to western bedroom.

    Western view of house. Bluestone terrace under deck has exit to western bedroom.

  • View of raised bed and flagstone firepit and terrace

    View of raised bed and flagstone firepit and terrace

  • Long shot of upper kitchen looking into living room- beyond is south deck

    Long shot of upper kitchen looking into living room- beyond is south deck

  • View of master suite with south windows- huge deck goes to west side

    View of master suite with south windows- huge deck goes to west side

  • Gorgeous view from upper west deck- Catamount Ski Region

    Gorgeous view from upper west deck- Catamount Ski Region

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