About the property
- House2500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 4 Bedrms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Sleeps 7-10
Great Natural Beauty, Culture, Outdoor Activities and Easy Highway Access
Charming house situated on 4 lovingly-landscaped acres with abutting woods, nestled on a quiet country road. Take advantage of our fully equipped home with hardwood floors, a sun-drenched porch, and a warming fireplace. Delight in the geothermal heating and cooling system, several select libraries, and an open "great room".
There are two first-floor bedrooms available for guests, one has a queen sized Tempur Pedic bed and the other a pillow-top double bed. One room can accommodate another foam/blow-up mattress on the floor. The upstairs has a master bedroom with a queen sized bed, magnificent views and a ceiling fan. In addition there is a guest room/study/entertainment room with a pull out couch. There are foam mattresses and blow-up mattresses available for any room. All rooms have linens, and dresser and closet space.
Included in the rental is a pass to a private sandy beach on beautiful Queechy Lake (along with lifeguards, dock, boating and fishing), which is 3 miles away.
The house is home to two beautiful cats. I have had people stay in the house who are allergic to cats, but with their basic medication have done fine. The house is meticulously cleaned and vacuumed before any rentals, but if anyone in your party is super allergic to cats, they may react to some of the dander inherent in a house where cats live.
In the summer, sit on the deck, eat under the umbrella, play tennis down the road, go swimming at Queechy Lake, (a free pass is provided to this private sandy beach with a lifeguard, swimming, picnic tables, fishing and boating) and go to Tanglewood, Williamstown Theater Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Hancock Shaker Village, Kripalu or dozens of other cultural offerings. On a rainy day visit the Clark Art Institute, MassMOCA, the Norman Rockwell Museum or many other nearby museums. In the evening cook in a well equipped, newly remodeled kitchen with a new, quiet dishwasher, which is part of a 'Great Room' (so you can socialize while you cook) using food from local farm stands and eat a relaxed dinner at home. After dinner take a walk and see the beautiful starry night or catch fireflies. If its cool, make a fire in the outside fire pit or in the indoor fireplace. Listen to music as you play cards or socialize and go to sleep to the quiet of nature.
In the fall, see the spectacular fall foliage, hike in the crisp air, go apple picking, toast marshmallows over a fire, snuggle up to read in an easy chair, make cookies in a well equipped kitchen, visit museums, go to the theater or just sit around and socialize and relax.
In the winter, there is great downhill skiing and snowboarding for beginners and children at Bousquet, Butternut or Catamount Ski areas, which are all within a half hour of the house. Jiminy Peak offers challenges for more advanced skiers and is only 35 minutes from the house. You can also cross-country ski on numerous local trails, sled at local parks, and visit museums.
In the spring, watch maple syrup being made, smell the fresh air, and watch the trees and flowers bud out. Swing on the bench at our small private pond, hidden away in our woods, and, in season, celebrate nature by listening to chorus-like peepers, chirping wood frogs and night owls. Explore the outside once again with hikes, bikes, walks and play in the backyard.
If you're feeling adventurous, there are endless activities to do within a 40 minute drive. The Hudson Valley-Berkshire area has so many trails to hike or cross country ski, mountains to ski, routes to bicycle, lakes to swim in or boat on, museums to visit, theater/music/dance to enjoy and great restaurants to eat at. You'll have to come back next year to see and do it all.
The house is equidistant from Boston and New York, making it an ideal place for a reunion/gathering with people from both cities.
No pet visitors allowed and no smoking allowed inside house please.
Let me welcome you to my home and show you around.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 10, 2018
About Becky Meier
I raised my children in this home and they have now flown the nest. I love the out of doors, especially hiking, bicycling and swimming. I am a retired elementary school teacher.
Becky Meier purchased this House in 1982
Why Becky Meier chose Canaan
2 1/2 hours to New York City and Boston. Ample opportunities to hike, bicycle and swim. Close to many cultural offerings. Peaceful. Beautiful. Access to both Berkshire County and the Capital District (Albany, NY) area. Easy and close access to the Taconic Parkway and Interstate 90.
What makes this House unique
Free pass to nearby Queechy Lake- private sandy beach with a lifeguard, swimming, picnic tables, dock, fishing and boating. Looking at the stars out the master bedroom window or its balcony. Listening to music while watching the birds. Relaxing in the 'Great Room' with friends. Gardening. Taking bicycle rides and walks from my home. So many four season cultural activities and good restaurants. Use our bikes, canoe, and kayak for recreational travel.
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Couldn't have been better!
Absolutely lovely home in the Berkshires. The open concept kitchen/living room was such a fun hang out spot for us 8 friends getting together for a college reunion! The house was sparkling clean, there was plenty of sleeping areas and extra bedding and a great kitchen to cook in, stocked with all the tools you might need! Becky went above and beyond being a great hostess by always promptly responding to my many emails with questions and calling to check that we were all settled in and had everything we needed. We used the lake pass and had a lovely morning spent swimming and relaxing on the sweet gem of a lake! Ooms conversation area is a close by and easy walk through beautiful fields around a pond. I would highly recommend this house to everyone and do hope to go back again sometime!
We stayed for 2 weeks and had a wonderful stay. Two adults and 3 kids, the house was beautiful and more than enough room. The grounds were beautiful too. We had a fire in the pit one night. We had everything we needed and were very comfortable. Becky is very attentive and answered all our questions. Than you for an excellent stay!
Nice home in the Taconic's
Great house in the woods with everything you could want for a relaxing stay and easy access to New York/Massachusetts area.
Clean, quiet and enjoyable
All went very well with our stay in Chatham. We were met by the owners who were very easy to interact with and welcoming with their home. Please note this is actually their house - so needs to be attended to as it were your own. Large outside space and two car garage which are helpful when you have a few people staying on the property. Very close to where we needed to be for our weekend activities so that was a plus!
Great place,clean,nicely equipped with everything that you might possibly need.
We had a great time.
Home away from home
The house is in a beautiful and convenient location: it was so nice to be able to leave right from the house for a little walk in the snow, up the hill and across the woods. Breakfast in the kitchen looking out at the winter visitors to the bird feeders was a treat! It was also a quick drive to Stockbridge, to Edith Wharton's home and to the Norman Rockwell Museum that we all really liked!
Private Queechy Lake Beach Pass, Lifeguards, swimming, picnic tables, dock, boating,fishing, toilet etc.
Very close to Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Ma and Kripalu in Lenox, Ma and many, many other great cultural venues and natural wonders.
Nearly equidistant from ski areas: Jiminy Peak, Catamount, Butternut Basin, and Bousquet.
Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, boating, cross country skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, racquetball, basketball court, miniature golf etc.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
An extra charge of $25 per person per night over 8 people will be assessed.