"The owner's description was entirely accurate, as was the exterior photograph.
The house has many virtues--large (one enormous) rooms, a large deck overlooking
a narrow portion of the Housatonic, which widens near the house; top of the line
kitchen appliances and a bathroom whose fabulous shower could accommodate four
friendly adults; clear labels on everything--tracklights, rooms, stairways, step-downs
from room to room, kitchen cabinet contents, a wide range of kids' toys in a
first floor living room w/ metal Franklin?(stove); any and all paper goods, cleansers,
picnic provisions, hair dryers--you get the idea--nothing missing but a few vases & a cocktail shaker. Two parking spaces adjacent to house. Terrific!
The exception: house is a few doors from a general store w/ outdoor seating. No
later than 7 am, often earlier, workers drove up (noisy trucks), had breakfast coffee
and LOUD conversations. Second floor bedroom fronts on sidewalk, ergo worker
conversations. Friends who stayed one night in a rear bedroom on first floor made
the same complaint. Bring industrial strength earplugs and a sense of humor.
The owner was entirely helpful re questions.
With the caveats of outdoor noise and the many stairs (often step-down single steps
into rooms and baths, potentially hazardous for visually impaired or older people), the house is splendid. Except for the above, I'd recommend it to anybody.
West Stockbridge is the opposite of Lenox, though nearby. A village of sorts with a
few interesting shops and adequate restaurants. In August it celebrates a zucchini
festival--old-fashioned, goofy, charming, extensive. It's close to
Berkshire Botanical Garden--fabulous--and Norman Rockwell Museum--kitsch--and
then there's Stockbridge itself, Lenox, et al. All the music, theatre and dance
(Beckett--Jacob's pillow) you could ask for.
It's great for families with teenagers because the kids can take over the 1st
floor (family room w/ fireplace, games, super-big tv, bath, its own bathroom)--
only drawback--outdoor noise big time.
Bring earplugs, watch the indoor single steps, have a dandy experience."
Guest: fanchon brookline
Date of Stay: July 2014
Review Submitted: August 7, 2014