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Golden Victorian Set in Historic Housatonic

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Spacious 3 Bedroom House, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

This lovely 1887 Victorian home was recently remodeled to accommodate more modern tastes, but it has not lost the antique quality of the original. There are now 3.5 bathrooms, 2 of which have jet showers and walk-in closets. Most guests prefer to enter through the back door as its the entrance closest to large back parking area, and leads right to the heart of the home. The kitchen; is designed in more of a professional manner, as well as being open, airy and easy to use. From the kitchen, leads a large, creatively decorated dining room and half bath. The dining room continues to a smaller collaborating area which includes a nice music player and our "globe bar". All of this extending into the living room allows for a very open, enjoyable atmosphere. It exists in the center of a small village, and this well-insulated home does well at keeping the inside quiet (on this niche of a street). There is a children's playground about 50 yards from the house and there are very lush gardens, both flower and vegetable in the front and back of the house as well as land owners right next door. This house holds a very large lawn in the back including chickens and an organically grown garden. Also includes a large parking area with some storage space in one of the garages.

The owner and her assistant are both excellent chefs and are available for catering- though the town of Great Barrington has so many restaurants, that almost every taste could be satisfied! There are also several museums in the area, notably, the Norman Rockwell (7min) and Chesterwood (5min) to name a few, as well as jazz venues, the Arlo Guthrie Center, Egremont Barn, etc.

Within 15 minutes or less to Marian Fathers, Kripalu, Tanglewood, Red Lion Inn, Butternut, Berkshire Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, Catamount, Berkshire South Community Center, Simons Rock, Botanical Gardens, Lake Mansfield, Project Native, Great Barrington River Walk and more.

Property is under new management, very clean and organized with friendly service!

Keywords: Victorian 1890's Townhouse

More Details

Property Manager
Danielle Lis
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Danielle Lis

I am Ruth Adams Bronz, originally of Houston, Texas, but a willing transplant to New York and the Berkshires, have 3 houses in the village of Housatonic. The first one, I bought in 1972 and painted sunflowers on the walls. Then I had a restaurant in West Stockbridge, of regional American cooking (I wrote 2 books on that subject- Cornucopia, and Miss Ruby's American Cooking) and a few years later, established a similar restaurant in New York, which lasted for many years. I just ran back and forth to my house up here. In retirement, I rehabbed the shed into a studio and then bought the big Victorian next to my Sunflower House, and spent a few years rebuilding the Yellow House, with great pleasure. I love all my houses, and gardens, which are truly an oasis, despite being in the center of the village.

Danielle Lis purchased this house in 1998

Why Danielle Lis chose Housatonic

The house was next door to my primary residence, and the idea originally was that I would move over to this home once it was rebuilt, but I changed my mind and decided to rent it as it is a large home to maintain for a single woman. We attempt using all organic products and we try to be energy efficient. We aim to please!! We do offer a yoga space and a mediation space. Please always feel free to let us know if we can supply you with anything in particular.

What makes this house unique

Great walks in the village-especially in the graveyard, and up around the Housatonic River. The peace and quiet is great, but you still can hear the murmur of happy children playing nearby. The house lends itself well to entertaining and can have many people inside without feeling over crowded. We also offer an organic local breakfast lunch or dinner upon request with an additional charge.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We used this house to film a movie and the house was more than enough space for 10 film crew and all the supplies that come along with filming. The pantry and bar was stocked full of stuff the bathrooms had everything you could possible need for your stay I would recommend this house to anyone and the movie is called the gate wide open I would give the host and the house five stars
Mar 2017
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Housatonic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Sink 69 square ft
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Duel variety sinks 69 square feet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 60 square ft
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Five jet shower 150 square ft
  • Half bath downstairs with beautiful art walls. Bathroom with master bedroom offers 5-jet shower, double sinks and a beautiful soaking tub. Second bedroom offers bathroom attached with another 5-jet shower and ample storage space. Third bedroom would use hallway bathroom with tub/shower combination bath. We offer a spa like setting to each of the bathrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Library - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 120 square ft
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 144 square ft includes day bed/pulls out to 2 twin beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3),Twin or Single Beds (2), Futon (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Quiet street with a family/dog park as well a convenience store, and a resturant/pub a short walk away. Close to Butternut and Catamount for winter fun. Also close to Kripalu, Shakespeare and Co, Mahaiwe Theater and Barrington Stage. (Many entertainment venues). There are many hiking spots, walking trails, scenic drives, lakes, delicious local food options from coffee shops to farmers markets. If you're really looking for that family fun spot with exercise rooms, a game room, gymnasium, or a pool and hot tub/sauna, Berkshire South Reg. Community Center is only a five minute drive down the road with Simon's rock only about ten behind it. Opera singer Alessandra Marc stayed in the house and mentioned the acoustics are great for singing. We can also hold parties for whatever the occasion.


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Golden Victorian Set in Historic Housatonic
average rating of 4.8055553 based on 38 reviews
Harwich, MA

Wonderful old Victorian with modern kitchen and baths

  • 5 of 5

Lots of space to spread out. Chrissie Glass, the caretaker of the property was helpful and accomodating.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: They were great guests would love to have them again
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Lovely Home

  • 4 of 5

This home is actually even nicer than the photos. It's hard to catch it all on film, but we felt very much at home and enjoyed the stunning kitchen and relaxing atmosphere throughout the home. I also don't think we realized there were 3 full baths upstairs plus a smaller bath on the main floor. Very nice for us as each couple got their own bath. It is tidy and in a very convenient location. We are thinking of a return trip since we liked it so much.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Excellently Maintained House, with Great Amenities and Wonderful friendly service!

  • 5 of 5

The House is beautiful. The caretaker made check-in and check-out easy and pleasant. The house is welcoming and feels like home.

Each and every room is well upholstered, with a fine attention to detail. The formal dining room provides a grand table for a peaceful family dinner. The living room, with its area for meditation, library, and games, makes you never want to leave the house. The living room makes you want to just sit and relax the day away.

The kitchen is well stocked with every appliance, kitchen tool, pot, pan, cutlery, stemware, glasses, plates, etc., that you could possibly image. The kitchen was clearly built for a world class chef. It was a pleasure to cook in this kitchen.

The bedrooms are comfortable and decorated with their own individual flair. There are three bathrooms on the upper floor, each with its own modern shower, linens and toiletries. Two rooms have their own bathrooms, with one bathroom in the upstairs hallway.

This house was utilized by seven adults for a winter weekend getaway. Three adults shared the large room, with two adults sharing one of the bedrooms with a queen bed, and two more adults sharing the other bedroom with a queen bed. There was more than enough room for the seven of us. We felt like we each had our own individual space. There is enough space in this house for everyone to be together but find their own little nooks as well.

Each of the seven adults I was with loved different aspects of the house. One loved the glorious bath tub in the large bathroom. The kitchen blew the minds of the cooks. The beautiful proper bar impressed another. The modern showers created a spa like atmosphere for those that wanted to relax after skiing. The porch and the town, were inviting for a peaceful place to sit and wander.

We can not wait to return to this gem in the Berkshires, as our stay was like a magical respite from our busy hectic daily lives.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal house for a family get together.

  • 5 of 5

Our entire family loved our stay. The house is stocked with everything you might want and then some. As another reviewer stated, the online photos don’t do it justice. The house feels bright and spacious as well as cozy and relaxing.

The friendly property manager, Danielle, cooked for us our last night there. She served chicken Parmesan, salad with homemade dressing and rolls followed by tiramisu. All of us, young children and adults, enjoyed every bite.

The only downside is we didn’t want to leave.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Stay in Housatonic

  • 5 of 5

Didn't really have any expectations coming in. Just looking for a place to get away for a few days and maybe get some skiing in. We were quite impressed with the property and the pictures on line do not do it justice. Kitchen and pantry were stocked with essentials. Nice Viking stove. We ate a few meals in and a few out in Great Barrington and Stockbridge. House was conveniently located and about ten minutes to the stores and shopping areas in and around Great Barrington. About 15 minutes to Butternut Ski Resort.

We came in on a Friday afternoon and left on Monday. Quick introduction to the caretaker and we were off. House has wifi with the only weak spot we noticed was the master bathroom. All bedrooms are on the second floor. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, a trundle and a crib. Off the bedroom there is a bathroom with a tub, a separate full body shower, and his and her sinks. All bathrooms were loaded with various shampoos, soaps and other toiletries. The second main bedroom had an attached bathroom with full body shower. The third bedroom appears to be a former library. It does not have a bathroom attached but a third bathroom is located across the hall from it. This has a regular shower.

Watched some TV. Cable provider is Spectrum which we were not familiar with. Did not watch TV in any other room other than the living room, but that TV did have HD. Large living room with books, DVDs and games and a card table. Large dining area which we used more for storage. Also eating tables in the Kitchen and off the main dining area.

We did have a couple of locals stay with us for the weekend. We did not know their names but we named them Lunch and Dinner. That would be the two chickens on the property. You have to be careful as they will try and come in the house.

Overall we had a great time and would book again.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Berkshire Victorian

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for Christmas and had a wonderful time. Christmas lights decorated the front porch and a fully decorated Christmas Tree lit up the main parlor. Christina greeted us, toured us around the house and introduced us to the fully equipped kitchen, stocked with spices, teas, coffees and many other goodies. It was snowy and frigid outside but well heated cozy inside and the large parking lot and driveway were plowed early. The bedrooms and baths are very roomy with excellent showers, more than ample towels and linens. Comfortable furniture,TV, Internet, CD player, many DVDs all available, a wonderful place to spend some time,

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
41 Miles
albany international airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Brick house pub
Nearest Ferry
39 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Wassaic train
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Cafe adam
Nearest Ski
9 Miles

Kripaulu is 8 miles away the Norman Rockwell is four miles and tanglewood is about 8 miles away


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $25
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $100

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.