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Perfect Berkshires Estate - Gardens, Orchard & Pool

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Last updated: 04/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Borderline Farm - A very special farmhouse, designed to perfection. Everything is here: fabulous pool, sweeping sunset views, towering stone silo, great-room, gorgeous outdoor spaces and bucolic views. Truly the best of the Berkshires - heavily featured in design magazines and the Rizzoli book "Love Where You Live."

Additional amenities: master suite with spa bath - soaking tub, steam shower, persian carpets. The house is comfortable in all its nooks and crannies - public spaces include five seating areas, a soaring great room with 7' Steinway grand piano, Formal DR for 10, , eat-in gourmet kitchen with marble prep sink and 8-burner Viking stove; yoga studio upstairs in the barn. Grounds include 60' pool with beach entry, multiple dining terraces, grape arbor, vegetable garden and fruit-tree orchard.

Originally built in 1789, Borderline Farm sits in open farm country amid old barns and sweeping hayfields. The house is furnished with coziness, comfort and ease in mind. The style throughout is very plush - oversize down sofas, multiple seating areas, open plan, enormous Rumford fireplaces, well-curated antiques, Venetian plaster walls. Radiant heat and all-new plumbing. A/C in bedroom zones.

The gourmet country kitchen has both a gleaming copper island and a full-size dining table with Windsor chairs and Chippendale sofa seating. Ten windows on three exposures open to north and south terraces and sunset. The appliances are all top-of-the-line: 8-burner Viking range, Sub-Zero fridge, Miele D/W and W/D. Multiple sinks, work stations and espresso bar.

Formal entry, mudroom, ‘day room’, two offices on the ground floor, beamed great room in a soaring antique barn, library/music room. Separate staircases lead to family bedrooms in one wing, guest suite in the other. The master suite opens into a spa-like bath sequence, with 6' Kohler jacuzzi tub, tiled steam shower, double sinks, bidet, plus easy chair and Tibetan wool carpets. Matching walk-in closets open to expansive bedroom, with two seating groups, California king sleigh bed and ten windows on three exposures to sweeping views and western sunsets. Linens, bedding and mattresses throughout the house are hotel-quality. Also upstairs in the family wing, a cozy queen-bed guestroom, second full bath, and central den with flatscreen HD/DVD.

The cathedral guest suite opens to the great room below, with window-seat, chestnut beams, an alcove powder room, two closets and a four-poster queen bed. Finishes are romantic and rustic, with leather and sheepskin upholstery, wing-chair, marble-top tables, Irish pine dresser, pedestal sink.

The swimming pools are a European design, with a spring-fed shallow pool overflowing by waterfall to the 70' in-ground Gunite pool, max depth 10'. The system is maintained without chemicals thanks to the ample daily flow from the crytal-clear Alford aquifer. The pools are framed by dramatic, natural sandstone and marble formations threaded with xeriscape rock garden and fountain grasses. Borderline Farm boasts the first “European” or ‘green’ swimming pool in Berkshire County.

Multiple outdoor spaces are great for dining, conversation, relaxing: the wraparound farmhouse porch, north and south dining terraces, grape arbor with banquet table, ancient stone silo with firepit, barn sequence with upstairs “Summer Bedroom” (queen) plus screened yoga studio. Farther afield, the vegetable garden, stone-fruit orchard, hammock overlook, woods and hayfields.

Borderline Farm is 5 minutes to Simon’s Rock College and world-class Kilpatrick Athletic Center with Olympic pool, indoor track and climbing wall; 7 minutes to Gt Barrington attractions, 8 minutes to Catamount and 10 to Ski Butternut. X-C skiing is out the back door. The nearest restaurant, John Andrews, is Zagat-rated, award-winning and popular with locals. Nearby villages of North and South Egremont provide convenience shopping, antiquing, wine-and-cheese merchants and dozens of excellent restaurants.

Keywords: Skiing, Farm, Gourmet, Barn, Pool, Views, Fireplaces
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/13/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 2900 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age for lessee: 30 y.o....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Barn with romantic sleeping loft, spring-fed swimming pool, 200-year-old stone silo with firepit...moreless


  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    DISH plus ROKU...moreless

  • Stereo


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Ski-Out:

    Cross-country skiing on farm fields and trails...moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central in master bedroom, master bath and upstairs TV den...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    BIcycles provided...moreless

  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant floor...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Great Room with 24' ceilings, soaring fireplace...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer


  • Coffee Maker:

    Espresso machine and drip...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully stocked gourmet kitchen, le creuset and cuisinart...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked service for 12...moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet Eat In Kitchen with island, all appliances, 48' Viking professional range with indoor grill...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Fully stocked...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    36' subzero with two freezer compartments...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Two stone terraces (N and S) for outdoor dining...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Grape arbor with trestle table for 10 by antique stone silo...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool
  • Jetted Tub:

    Double jetted tub in master bath...moreless



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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/13/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: Bobby Houston is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, with a second career in home renovation and design.

Why the Owner Chose Great Barrington, MA, USA:
'Borderline Farm' is universally acknowledged as a 'great spot,' sitting pretty in sweeping farm country with huge views and gorgeous sunsets.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
An especially cozy and comfortable farmhouse, carefree, with true 'farm-to-table' gardens - in the "foodie" destination of Southern Berkshire county.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/13/2017

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  • Multiple terraces with views, pergolas, for dining or sun

    Multiple terraces with views, pergolas, for dining or sun

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 25, 2017

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