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Enjoy lovely house/pristine nature/culture galore

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

Light pours into this large, modern house on the spectacular rural road which was once the home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Magnificent private 1/2 acre swimming pond where you can swim in summer, look at spectacular foliage in fall, snow shoe into miles of woods in winter.

This is a perfect house for a romantic getaway, a work retreat or as a place that two families can share an affordable summer getaway. Camp half moon is a nearby day camp where your kids can have fun while you relax!

Tanglewood, great restaurants and all that the Berkshires have to offer are just around the corner.

The house has a large, cathedral ceilinged living room and open kitchen, sitting room, deck, Wi-Fi, DVD player, CD. Four great rooms to sleep in including:two huge bedrooms with queen beds and skylights, a smaller bedroom room with three twin beds and a large den with a brand new queen sized pull out bed.


Rent for a month and get a major discount.

Keywords: Country House, family vacation.

More Details

Deirdre Fishel
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Deirdre Fishel

My sister and I grew up in New York City, but we always wanted to have a place where we could escape and just be in nature. We both fell in love with Columbia County. Before either of us got married or had kids we bought our house in Austerlitz together.

Deirdre Fishel purchased this house in 1995

Why Deirdre Fishel chose Austerlitz

We love Columbia County because each area is more beautiful than the next. There are farms, mountains, woods. It's less than three hours from New York City and Boston, but it's quiet and laid back. It's totally not touristy but we're only 15 minutes from the Berkshires so we have all the culture and great restaurants we could want. Living in Brooklyn we wanted a location that felt really rural so we searched till we found a house on an unbuiltup dirt road, set back, so that we could have total privacy.

What makes this house unique

We loved the house as soon as we saw it because of the open living space with its cathedral ceiling and wood stove, plus the beautiful 16 acres the house sits on. Our dream was to build a pond which we did in 1997. 12 years later the 1/2 acre swimming pond with over an acre of cleared land around it, about 1/8 mile from the house, is spectacular. We sometimes can't believe it's ours. It's an amazing, magical space with frogs and dragon flies where our kids have learned to swim. Three years ago, we realized the house just wasn't big enough for our two families so we added a large extension, two huge new bedrooms with skylights and large windows, a sitting room with a bank of windows, lots of closets and a bathroom with skylight. The house is now really large with many spaces for a large group or two families like ours to find space and privacy.


Austerlitz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathrooms are spacious, recently renovated with shower and tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Peaceful, well appointed, lovely location-really wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Very nice, beautiful ‘country house’, comfortable beds, spacious. Nice comforters, nice of owners to let us use their spices, dishes, snowshoes, etc. Owner answered email very quickly, perfect experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Providence, RI

An amazing place to spend the weekend.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely weekend in the woods at this beautiful house. The yard is hours of entertainment for everyone. The kids explored, caught tad poles, played ball and hide and seek for hours. The deck was perfect for enjoying breakfast in the sun. The house was spacious and offered plenty of opportunities to be together or just sit and read a book. In addition, we were just 20 or so minutes away from skiing and had a great time one day. Next time we'll plan on a trip in the summer to take full advantage of the yard and the pond.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

Great location and house. Lots of rooms and kitchen is top notch. Our family enjoyed our Christmas together there and enjoyed exploring the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York State

Scenic and private

  • 4 of 5

For summer rental the pond is definitely the highlight. The picture doesn't describe this large weedless pond properly. Completely surrounded by woods on property that really has no visible neighbours this pond is the highlight of the rental. Air temp in August was low 80s and the surface water temp was probably mid 70s. Very cold a few feet deeper but that means you just have to float in comfort. The 2nd story south facing deck on the house was high enough to be bug free, catches the breeze and had a pleasing view of the big lawn and woods. Great for relaxing, dining or star gazing. Great Barrington is about 1/2 hour away which has the needed grocery stores (Guido's or the Co op), shopping, restaurants and a different hiking trail every day. Can't say much about the house because we spent most of the time outside. One drawback was that the TV had no cable or satellite reception but the wi fi was fast and reliable.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY, US

Just what the doctor ordered

  • 5 of 5

I am a doctor and my life is stressful. I sold my own summer home two years ago, and was looking last summer to go to a house that was quiet, beautiful, near nature and felt like a home. One I could come into clean and know everything would be there. A home, but better than a home, without the headaches!! This property exceeded our every expectation. Our days began with coffee on the deck. We had fabulous morning swims. Then had wonderful days walking, visiting towns in the Berkshires, buying antiques and hearing music. But we always had this spectacular oasis to come home to. We had a few terrific BBQs, a few nights singing under the stars. My kids, my wife, and I just had a lovely time.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

Great property for the price point

  • 5 of 5

We found this charming spot to house our first Berkshires getaway as a small group of friends and families and we will surely be returning to the area. The area is secluded and private. the pond is beautiful/scenic, a nice walk. The views of the woods right behind the home are an amazing view to wake up to! The kitchen is well-appointed (chef's knives, peelers, toaster, food processor, microwave, cutting boards) and so is the home's supplies. linens were plentiful. There is one small children's push trike and one men's adult bike, a small playground set by the shed for perhaps 3-9 year olds. the edna st. vincent millay home is just right down the road. The place is about 20-35 min drive from the typical Berkshire attractions. You must have a car - there is no town to walk to. The bedroom upstairs with the 3 singles is perfect for kids, with toy storage, so you certainly don't have to bring toys, and we found a few children's books too. There are adult books, cooking books and board games. The owner was very responsive (we had many emails and texts) with lots of great tips/ideas of what to do in the area. we were happy with our stay and you will be too!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Swim, Catch Frogs, Read and Relax or Play in Open Area by 1/2 Acre Swimming Pond 1/8 Mile from House up Wooded Path.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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