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19th c. Renovated Barn

Bedrooms 4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Large, fully- renovated historic barn in the Berkshires

Mason Hill is a celebration of everything we love about the Berkshires. Mountain views, a rushing swimmable brook, an historic exquisitely-restored barn and outbuildings surrounded by lush forest. Mason Hill is the perfect year-round getaway for any traveler.

The post and beam barn was built in 1815 by the Mason family and retains many of its original construction features in addition to the most modern amenities. The historic Mason Hill is a wondrous getaway in the heart of the Berkshires. Situated on 8 acres, the original farmhouse is still located on the property with the adjoining post and beam barn, stables, artist studio, and cabins. The barn features a fully modern and equipped gourmet kitchen with a dual fuel oven and a large comfortable living room and bar area. The adjacent large bedroom also accommodates an extensive library. The home includes a full bath and shower, laundry facilities and an outdoor cedar- lined shower with a view of the Berkshire sky. One queen bed and one bunk in the bedroom; 2 single beds in a semi-private sleeping area enclosed by the historic indoor stable off the living room, and one double bed in a semi-private sleeping area adjacent to the kitchen. There is a large deck off the west side of the barn for casual dining or reading a book while listening to the rushing sound of Kitchen Brook--the beautiful trout stocked brook on the property. Enjoy evenings with sausages and s’mores around the large outdoor fire pit. Perfect for family summer vacations, fall foliage, winter skiing and snowmobiling, reunions and celebrations. Rental is for entire property, except the caretakers' house and adjoining studio.

Ian & Jane
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 13, 2017

About Ian & Jane

Ian & Jane are young entrepreneurs who live in New York City and Cheshire, MA. Ian works in the food industry and Jane in the photographic world. They enjoy cooking, foraging for mushrooms and wild edibles, and playing with their two doggies.

Ian & Jane purchased this barn in 2015

Why Ian & Jane chose Berkshires

We fell in love with the historical aspect of the property. There are five historic structures on the property some dating back to the 1700's. Mason Hill is located alongside of the historic Cheshire Cemetery which has stunning monuments and washed away gravestones dating back also to the 1700's. The property is very spacious and private with beautiful views, sounds of the brook, and is situated in the heart of the Berkshires.

What makes this barn unique

Natural beauty, quiet, private, full gourmet kitchen, woodland trails, trout fishing in stocked brook, two additional rustic cabins and fire pit, stone and wooden meditation benches overlooking upper and lower gorge, cedar outdoor shower, 1/4 mi. to Appalachian Trail, 15 min to Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, 10 min away from Mt. Greylock


Cheshire Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Outdoor Cedar Shower - outdoor shower
  • Tub, shower, and outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 4 in this room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , bunk bed in Cabin, sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed with TempurPedic mattress in main BR with bunk beds, Double Bed in semi-private sleeping area off kitchen, Two Twin beds in semi-private sleeping area off living room (in historic horse stable), & a bunk bed set in cabin (can be placed side-to-side).
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Mason Hill is situated on 8 acres filled with private hiking trails, mountain views, and a brook perfect for swimming and fishing. It is minutes away from Williamstown, Mass MoCA, Tanglewood, Mt. Greylock, Appalachian Trail, Jiminy Peak & Ramblewild. Mason Hill is perfect for Summer vacation, Fall foliage hikes and festivals, Winter Skiing and Snowmobiling at MA's tallest peaks, and rejeuvnating getaways. There are also two rustic cabins down in the forest alongside the brook that have wood stoves but no running water or electricity.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

19th c. Renovated Barn
average rating of 4.695652 based on 23 reviews

nice + convenient (with dog and toddlers)

  • 5 of 5

Nice house - exactly as pictured/explained (except I do agree with the other poster that the property isn't exactly "fenced in" for dogs, but we kept ours on leash anyway, so NBD). The barn worked ok with a toddler and preschooler - only real challenges being that the only bathroom was inside the only bedroom, which was tough when the kids go to bed at 730, and there are no curtains in the bedroom which can make naps difficult. Neither was a big deal for us during our quick weekend stay. The barn is charming and well equipped. The grounds/property are gorgeous - convenient hiking close by and great location close to lots of Berkshire activities. Would stay again. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

From inquiry to departure, the entire process was smooth and easy. Communication was excellent prior to the stay. It was not needed after arrival as everything was as promised. The Barn was easy to find and exactly as described. It was the perfect venue for a stay after a day of skiing at nearby Jiminy Peak. The kitchen was well equipped, there was plenty of reading materials and games, and there was enough linens and towels for our stay. The Barn was spotless and the heating system worked well. No complaints from any of us! We do hope to be able to return one day. Thank you for sharing your property with us.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Attleboro, MA

Unique property with wonderful 'back yard'

  • 5 of 5

The barn was easy to book, find and get into when we arrived. It has lots of character and antiques but was also very clean and organized with everything we needed for a weekend getaway. The sleeping accommodations are unusual with only one private bedroom, the other two being semi private with half walls and railings. However it is exactly as described in the home information so we were expecting that and it worked fine. The best thing for us were the wonderful grounds. My husband was overjoyed to catch a fish in the stream at the bottom of the hill and the children loved exploring the woods. The location was great for going up Mt Greylock and exploring the Surounding towns of North Adams and Williamstown. We are already talking about a return trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Stay in a Renovated Barn

  • 3 of 5

It is, indeed, a "Renovated Barn"! The title does not deceive in any way. Generally speaking, most of the needs for a sojourn away from home can be found here. We found the kitchen to be, by far, our favorite place in the house. All one needs for at least a week's stay can be found there. Obviously, one must provide their own food and drink, but otherwise, the kitchen is well equipped. Bedroom (BR) privacy, well, there was only two of us so we did have a private bedroom. However, if there are more than two in your party, well, good luck, additional beds are scattered throughout the house with no walled off BRs as one would have at home. Lighting: only two small lamps worked which we had to move around the "Barn" for our use; no bed side lamps, or side tables for that matter, in the private BR; no working lamps in the Living Room, though there was overhead lighting, however, it was far from conducive to sitting in a chair to read. Internet is dependent upon the router in the house next door and we found that in order to log on, we had to move our lap tops as close to the wall facing the house next door so as to connect. The "Barn" needs it's own router. We brought our dog with us as in an email from the owners, we were told the property was completely fenced so our dog would have free roam. Not so. He found his way to the neighbors home across the street and she brought him back to us. The deck is well equipped and we enjoyed the wonderful Massachusetts weather while sitting out there. As you'll note in the info provided about the "Barn", there is neither a radio nor a TV provided. In many respects, the "Barn" and it's acreage provides a great vacation site. However, it needs a great deal of tweaking to make it a wonderful place to spend a vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! Always helpful to hear what we can improve. Just a couple notes for folks who are interested in renting the barn: -We do have wifi and it is usually strong, but there are times where the connection will be slower as we are in the middle of the Berkshires--remote in farm country. The good news is we do have wifi and the even better news is your in the Berkshires, who wants to be on tablets! ; ) -The property is fenced in. We have two dogs that never get out and they ALWAYS try to. Sometimes if the gate is not closed properly, a dog (ours included) can slip out. We have 8 acres of forest outback of the house with a running creek down a hill deep behind the barn. Obviously we cannot fence in the creek, so it is possible a dog can run down into the woods and down the creek and up through the cemetery. Although the property is secure and fenced, I suppose I'd recommend keeping a soft eye on your dog from time to time as there is a lot of acreage behind the house. -Jane
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Boston, MA

Lovely vacation spot

  • 4 of 5

We had a very nice stay at Mason Hill. The barn is beautiful and very well maintained. Ian and Jane are lovely hosts and were very helpful. The location is great - we spent a lot of time in nearby North Adams and other towns. The Mt. Greylock visitors center is just a short drive away. The neighborhood is very peaceful and quiet.

We found the open plan layout manageable with young kids. The only issue we had was that the owners have an unfenced in-ground swimming pool in their backyard that is just a few yards away from the back door of the barn - this could be dangerous if your kids are the type to wander outside on their own. Overall, the space worked really well for our weeklong summer vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York

Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I went up to the Berkshires and stayed at this gorgeous renovated barn. The barn was spacious, comfortable, and gorgeous! So nice to wake up and see the old post and beams.

We enjoying swimming in the amazing brook on the property and roasting some sausages and marshmallows over the fire down in the woods. Loved relaxing in the hammock under the trees by the creek each morning. Jane was super helpful and gave great recommendations.

We hiked mt greylock, went to tanglewood, and really just enjoyed relaxing at the barn.

Will be back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany International
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Jiminy Peak
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Lake Onata in Pittsfield
Car: necessary

Mason Hill is surrounded by rolling hills and woodlands, world-class cultural attractions, and an unparalleled variety of vacation and outdoor recreation opportunities and activities. Visitors usually create custom vacation schedules to meet their own...or their group's..interests.


Rates & Availability

Cheshire Barn Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $80

Check in: 3:00 pm; Check out: Check out 11:00 am

Fifty percent upon receipt of confirmed email reservation with balance due two weeks before arrival. Credit cards accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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