Private Romantic Cottage on 7 Acre Estate with Swimming Pond, Gardens, Views

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Last updated: 08/04/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

July Midweek special. Three or more nights @160 nt/

Guestsgarden is a spacious one room cottage on a private 7 acre estate with swimming pond, lily pond, streams, gardens and views. Only the owner shares this peaceful natural retreat, minutes from everything exciting in the Berkshires and Columbia County.
Originally built by artist caretakers to a Manhattan horticulturist, the cottage has it's own driveway and is a spacious, 550 sq. feet with a large bedroom/sitting room, separate full kitchen and a sky-lit bathroom. There is a queen size bed, reading and dining areas, Cable TV, DVD, a CD player, WiFi, air conditioning and heat. It is comfortable, has charm and is well equipped.

From a picture window where a table is placed, you can look over the gardens to the one acre pond, a glorious view all year round.

In summer you can hear the stream trickling from the small front deck. Or step out the back to a private shade garden with cushioned lounges for reading, a propane grill, table and chairs for outdoor dining.

A gazebo cantilevered over the water is for your use alone. Perfect for reading, relaxing, a glass of wine before dinner.

The cottage is heaven sent for an individual or couple who want to relax in a natural retreat yet still have access to all this popular tourist area offers.

Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and Columbia County. Once part of Massachusetts, Austerlitz is on the NY/Mass. border Only 18 minutes to
Tanglewood and Kripalu. Less than half and hour to the towns of Great Barrington, Stockbridge and Lenox, Mass., as well as Hudson, Hillsdale and Chatham, NY. There are ski slopes nearby, golf and tennis, hiking, biking, fine restaurants, theaters, films, concerts. Museums, historic homes, antiques, festivals, farmers' markets, wineries, distilleries, celebrity sightings ...and so much more.


OCCUPANCY: two adults unless special arrangements are made in advance for a guest.

RATES quoted are for 2 people. They are all
inclusive. There are no extra charges or fees.

PAYMENT OPTIONS; For fees of $1000 or more, you may have the option of paying a deposit of half to secure the reservation. For shorter stays, reservation is secured by
payment in full. (read cancellation info.)

MINIMUM STAY: Stays of two nights minimum apply most of the year. Summer and Holidays may require longer stays and special rates may apply. In general, rates are
lowest for the longest stays.

CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund of the deposit minus a cancellation fee* will be granted if cancellation is made 31 or more days before the date of scheduled arrival. A 50% refund of the deposit will be granted if cancellation is made 15 to 30 days prior to arrival. There are no refunds for no shows or abbreviated stays.
*Cancellation fee for stays of 4 nights or more:
$200. Fee for shorter stays:$75
An exception will be made in winter to this policy with cancellations that are due to expected storms. A full refund will be granted for cancellation prior to entry but none for abbreviated stays.

that the property was once woods and although beautiful and almost always quiet, neither the cottage not the main house is immune to bad weather, critters, power outages and other such country things. We certainly do our best to prepare for contingencies that are beyond our control.
Also be aware that your cell phone needs to be set for wifi to email and text in the cottage. The cottage has its own wifi connection as well as a landline phone with answering machine.

CHECK IN:2PM . Check out 11AM. Check out times may be flexible. Inquire.

Smoking is not permitted. Sorry no children or pets. Infants welcome.

Keywords: Cottage, retreat, romantic getaway, cabin, upstate getaway, Hudson Valley, Austerlitz, NY, Berkshires, 7 acre estate, swim, canoe, gardens, views,Tanglewood, Hudson,NY Great Barrington, Mass. Chatham, NY.,Kripalu

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Member since: 2002

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/04/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 550 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    welcome to bring infants...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Fully equipped Kitchen with Coffee Maker, Microwave, Toaster Oven, Weber Propane Grills(BBQ), Canoe, Private gazebo for reading or relaxing on pond, gardens, walking path around pond, indoor and outdoor dining areas...moreless


  • Books:

    a tiny bookshelf is filled with my and guests' favorites...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    large Sony with Cable channels...moreless

  • Video Library:

    The beginnings of a DVD library, will be adding more....moreless


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


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    one acre mini lake ( or swim pond) 22' deep and clear...moreless

  • Rural:

    There is a volunteer fire department at foot of street, Rte 22, and a little shed like post office across the street from that. It is peaceful bucolic but minutes away from 6 major towns....moreless

  • Ski-Out

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Cottage combines living room with bedroom and dining area...moreless

  • Parking:

    your own private driveway with parking space ...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    By permission. Inquire before making reservation....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    small deck overlooking grounds...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    cantilevered over pond , for cottage guests alone, chaises, exercise space...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoe for one acre swimming pond...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    seven and half acres - many gardens...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    baby Weber propane grill...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    some noodles and fitness gear: belt, weights...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Summer
Jul 1 - Sep 5, 2016
3 night min stay
Sep 6 - Nov 23, 2016
2 night min stay
$180 $200
Fri, Sat
Nov 24 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
Early Winter
Nov 28 - Dec 22, 2016
2 night min stay
$175 $190
Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates



Rates are all inclusive and are subject to change.Mid week specials may apply for stays of 3 nights or more. Inquire. Sorry no pets and sadly no children. Infant welcome free of charge.

For reservations made at least 31 days in advance, guests have option of paying a deposit of half of fee to secure reservation. The other half is due 21 days prior to date of reservation. Take personal checks, money orders or paypal. Reservations made less than a month in advance of date of arrival are due in full. Paypal or priority mail are required.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 08/04/2016
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Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow,Kripalu,theater, concerts and Blue Grass Festivals, Country Fairs, Farmers' Markets, Antiques, Fine Dining, Historic Homes, Botanical Gardens, six great New England Towns to visit, and new to the area, even a nightclub or two, live music and dancing. Located on the cusp of Mass/NY.

Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley!

Driving distances:

5 minutes from the General Store in Spencertown

11 minutes to Chatham, NY and West Stockbridge, MA

15 minutes into Great Barrington, MA

18 minutes to Tanglewood and Lenox, MA

30 minutes to Hudson, NY

50 minutes to Albany

Midway between Boston and NYC (2 plus hour trip)


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: Am an expat of Manhattan but grew up outside of Boston.

Why the Owner Chose Austerlitz, NY, USA:
For years my family rented a tiny cottage in the area so as to escape the city in the summer. We began loving it more and more and making our weekends longer and longer. When we made the leap to move up full time, we chose this location because it is on border of Berkshire and Columbia Counties, near all the bright lights, yet very peaceful and tranquil. We were hoping to find a property with one distinguishing feature; we never expected to find one with so many bells and whistles.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Swimming , canoeing, walking around the pond, enjoying the gardens, lazing about the property ,watching the hummingbirds skim past the flowers. Reading under a 100 year old tree. Listening to the trickle of the stream. Fresh air. sipping that first cup of coffee outside, exercising on the gazebo. Yoga. Meditation. Slowing down.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/04/2016

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  • paradise


  • cottage entry in summer

    cottage entry in summer

  •  table by picture window

    table by picture window

  • comfortable  reading chairs

    comfortable reading chairs

  • sky-lit bathroom

    sky-lit bathroom

  •  exit back door to private shade garden

    exit back door to private shade garden

  • your own private gazebo on the lake

    your own private gazebo on the lake

  • summer at the pond

    summer at the pond

  •  Fishing at dawn

    Fishing at dawn

  • cottage garden late summer

    cottage garden late summer

  • September view from cottage window September

    September view from cottage window September

  • Oct. 10, 2014
View from cottage window

    Oct. 10, 2014 View from cottage window

  • approaching the cottage

    approaching the cottage

  • view from cottage window late May

    view from cottage window late May

  • bed facing picture window

    bed facing picture window

  • enter to kitchen

    enter to kitchen

  • view from picture window early May

    view from picture window early May

  • private shade garden

    private shade garden

  • canoe and dock  early may

    canoe and dock early may

  • lily pond with stream to
one acre swimming pond.

    lily pond with stream to one acre swimming pond.

  • cottage in its setting

    cottage in its setting

  • Pergola viewed from front deck in September

    Pergola viewed from front deck in September

  • October.  pergola, view  from small cottage deck
 front deck looking North

    October. pergola, view from small cottage deck front deck looking North

  •   sunrise over pond in winter

    sunrise over pond in winter

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This listing was first published here in 2002.

Date last modified - Friday, August 26, 2016

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