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Private Romantic Cottage on a 7 Acre Estate- Swimming Pond, Gardens, View

Austerlitz, NY, USA
  • Cottage550 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Only the owner shares this peaceful retreat -no other homes in views in view

Special: Month of August: $usually 1450. a week, 4 weeks @$4000.00

My fee is flat: professional cleaning and taxes included.

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 forcasted storms. A full refund minus fee of $75 will be granted for cancellation prior to entry but none for abbreviated stays. Please keep abreast of weather reports, as will I .

Better to be safe than sorry.

Winter 2018 closed except to those doing longer retreats.

longer retreats.


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 in the cottage. The cottage has its own wifi connection as well as a landline phone with answering machine.To access info by wifi, bring a tablet or laptop as we don't have cell phone service per se. A recent guest

reviewed our internet connection very favorably.

Privacy has been reviewed positively as well. During summer weekdays, there may occasionally be mowing in the afternoon. Or gardening. You will be informed if someone needs to come near the cottage. So keep the window shade up, relax, and enjoy the spectacular view .

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


Beth Rinzler

Member Since 2002
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 12, 2018
About Beth Rinzler

Am an expat of Manhattan but grew up outside of Boston.

Beth Rinzler purchased this Cottage in 1994

Why Beth Rinzler chose Austerlitz

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.

What makes this Cottage unique

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Queen size Beds (1)


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            My three closest downtowns are Chatham, NY. 11 minutes West Stockbridge Mass 11 minutes Great Barrington , Mass 17 minutes
          • Lakefront
            one acre mini lake ( or swim pond) 22' deep and clear
          • 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 and minutes away from 6 major towns.
          • Village
            Austerlitz was once part of Mass, right on the border of the Southern Berkshires. Greater Austerlitz includes Spencertown and our tiny hamlet with firehouse, post office and Millay Colony.
          • Water View
            We recently opened up the view to the swimming pond more and even the gazebo can be seen from the picture window in the cottage.


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Upscale Rinaldi heater -
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Living Room
                        Cottage greatroom combines living room with bedroom and dining area
                      • Parking
                        your own private driveway with parking space
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Stove
                        By permission only.


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Full galley kitchen. Appliances include microwave, toaster oven, after many years, it is pretty well stocked with whatever you need to cook and serve.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Outside dining as well.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    a tiny bookshelf is filled with my and guests' favorites
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                    large Sony with Cable channels
                                  • Video Library
                                    The beginnings of a DVD library;


                                      • Boat
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        small deck overlooking grounds
                                      • Gazebo
                                        cantilevered over pond , for cottage guests alone, chaises, exercise space
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Canoe for one acre swimming pond
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        seven and half acres - many gardens
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        baby Weber propane grill
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        some noodles and fitness gear: belt, weights


                                          • not suitable for children
                                            welcome to bring infants
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Concierge


                                                  • botanical garden
                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • hiking
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • pier fishing
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing


                                                                  • 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

                                                                    23 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Wonderful 3 night getaway!

                                                                    Meg N.Eastham, MA

                                                                    We had a wonderful stay at the cottage. We were so pleased and impressed with how meticulously clean and equipped it was for us. The proximity to Beth's home was not at all an issue; the cottage is aligned for total privacy and quiet. We awoke early on our last morning to the sight of 4 deer strolling and feeding outside of our gorgeous picture window.

                                                                    We really enjoyed exploring Berkshire County and the NY border, following some of Beth's tips in her binder that she provided in the cottage. Thanks very much Beth, for a lovely & relaxing stay!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks for such a lovely review. You are great guests. I am so glad you enjoyed the cottage and hope to welcome you back in the future. Maybe to celebrate your

                                                                    birthday next time. Early spring is a shoulder season that I love and you might

                                                                    as well.

                                                                    Cozy, Pretty, Private

                                                                    Tara P.New York

                                                                    Lovely little cottage with gorgeous views out of picture window of lovely garden. Beautiful pond with chairs outside to relax and contemplate... This place is perfect is you are seeking privacy. The bed was extremely comfortable, which is not always the case, so that's important, even if a bit smaller than we are used to. Honestly described by the owner, so as expected. Kitchen was efficiency-style, with all needed dishes and utensils, but we ate out so other than coffee we didn't use it. The driveway was a bit difficult to find the first time as our GPS thought the address was much further up to road, so a clearer marking might be helpful to visitors. Beth was really helpful; we had tickets for Tanglewood while we were there and I had somehow forgotten to bring a sheet to put our things on; Beth left us some extra towels we could use for that, as well as responded to any small questions and concerns in a kind and timely manner. It was too cold for us to use the pond, unfortunately, so perhaps we'll return in better weather! Thanks so much - we enjoyed our stay!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks for the review Tara, I really enjoyed having you and Alex and do hope you

                                                                    return. Fall foliage (Oct.) and May and June are lovely times. I swam today in the

                                                                    pond, probably for the last time this year. Sigh. It's the best, so summer's definitely worth another try.



                                                                    Cozy and charming romantic hideaway in New York close to the Berkshires

                                                                    Stan C.

                                                                    This was a great find and a gem. From this guest house on a spacious secluded property you can see the main house at a distance, but you have a real sense of privacy. Paramount is that this is a gorgeous property, with rolling fields, woods, deer who come up to the house, two lily ponds à la Monet, and a beautiful formal garden. Sitting indoors at the dining table, looking right out the window the first thing you see are these four lush garden plots with obvious attention to color and to avoiding symmetry. Further on, there is a partly covered platform over the larger pond with two comfortable deck chairs. You just want to stay there. And there is even a canoe. Also a place for outdoor dining and grilling.

                                                                    The house is well appointed with everything you would need in the kitchen. There is a wood burning stove for colder weather, and the bed is very comfortable. The good size main room (with bed and dining table) is bright and airy. Everything is clean and in good working order.

                                                                    The hostess is charming, bright, sophisticated, helpful, casual and discrete, and will respect your privacy, but also has loads of tips to hand out. She has a notebook with much information about the surrounding areas, which was good because we have never stayed on the New York side of the border at the Berkshires. It is convenient to all the cultural benefits of being in Western Mass, including Tanglewood and Mass MoCA, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Shakespeare and Company. Jacobs Pillow is of course farther off, but it is always a bit of a trip.

                                                                    We ended up spending a fair amount of time at the cottage and the pond, because we wanted to relax and it is such an inviting place. I was a bit concerned about being on the New York side of the border, but it is as close to the heart of the Berkshires as the description says it is. And it is close to Great Barrington which is one of our favorite cities in the area.

                                                                    We hope to be back.

                                                                    Owner's Response:


                                                                    Thanks so much for the lovely and comprehensive review. I loved having you

                                                                    both on the property and hope to see you again. Don't overlook fall or spring since

                                                                    it's a short journey for you and there's all of the Hudson Valley to explore as well.


                                                                    A piece of Paradise!

                                                                    Linda G.

                                                                    Beth is a gracious owner who goes out of her way to take care of her property, and ensure that her clients are comfortable during their stay. The accommodations are ideal for a couple, and the view from the room is beautiful. Also, because the room is located in a corner of the property, there is ample privacy. The room has its own ingress and egress thereby enhancing privacy even further. Would definitely recommend this for love birds and others who are romantically inclined! The bathroom takes a little getting used to, but adds to the overall charm of the cottage. Internet access was good.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I'm so glad you enjoyed the cottage and wanted to thank you for your review.

                                                                    Also thanks for the bars of your favorite Indian Soap. Hope to see you again soon!


                                                                    Quiet, charming retreat

                                                                    Nancy R.New York, NY

                                                                    This was our second stay in this lovely area. Despite a string of days with unseasonable summer weather (rain and clouds) we enjoyed short jaunts to visit friends and enjoy nearby music, dance, museums, and local restaurants.

                                                                    Peaceful Paradise

                                                                    Rebecca S.

                                                                    We spent five nights here and loved the peace and quiet. The cottage was spacious and well-stocked. The owner respected our privacy but was available for anything we did need. We enjoyed swimming in the pond, which was not mucky, but very clear. The road is lovely to walk on, wooded on both sides. We were able to get excellent, reasonably priced meals in Chatham (15 minutes away) every night. We found several scenic hikes nearby, and were able to get to historic sites and hikes in Massachusettes in about 20 minutes. We plan to return.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks Becky for the lovely review. I am so happy to see people enjoy swimming

                                                                    in the pond and in general just relaxing on and off the property. Please do come

                                                                    back. It was delightful having you.


                                                                    Austerlitz, NY, USA

                                                                    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)


                                                                    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.

                                                                    23 Reviews
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