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3 Mi to Jacob's Pillow, Clearing in the Forest, Clean and New!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 6 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Use our airy, beautiful, six-year-old house as your base to visit the Berkshires' wonderful performance venues, restaurants, museums and spiritual retreats. Watch the sun go down through the trees from upper and lower west windows and balconies.

Relax in the deep jetted bathtub or enjoy the double walk-in shower in the master bathroom to get ready for the evening after an inspiring day exploring art museums, or walking a portion of the nearby Appalachian Trail, bicycling on country roads, or shopping at the Lee Prime Outlets.

Walk our dirt roads through the forest to enjoy color, changing wildflowers, and the sights at the edges of the five private lakes. Listen to the streams that flow to the lakes, and the variety of birds among the trees in the forest preparing to migrate or readying for winter. Breathe the clean breeze that usually blows across our site. Trail rides on horseback are only a few miles away, and when it snows, cross-country ski trails and downhill skiing are nearby.

Shop at the local farmers' markets and farm stands; prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Cookware and dishes are in the cabinets. Celebrate holidays with a feast, or just enjoy the quiet beauty of meals in the great room.

The casement windows open as needed for the weather, and cross ventilation lets you enjoy natural cooling. The south-facing window wall provides passive solar heat. In cold weather, there's in-floor radiant heat, no dusty ducts blow scalding air in your face.

Other members of your party will be upstairs. A four-poster double bed is in one bedroom and a twin bed- above a double-bed futon bunk bed is in the other bedroom. A full tub-and-shower bathroom is available to both bedrooms and the loft. The oak frame sofa in the loft converts to a very comfortable futon double bed.

Besides the choices among the fine arts museums, live theater, shopping and the array of restaurants, you can, if you like, visit Ku-shi Institute of macrobiotic instruction and programs, 15 minutes' drive north; and Kripalu , Zen retreat house, a half-hour drive west.

Keywords: Beautiful, duplex. 1st floor master suite, private community, wooded lake area

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Julia W. Kay-Grace and Robb M. Grace
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Julia W. Kay-Grace and Robb M. Grace

We're both semi-retired, husband is a union stage hand, wife is a family lawyer. We live with a friendly dog and two cats, and spent two years building this beautiful two-family project six years ago. We live in one unit, full time, and rent the other. We built it to provide privacy to both units while being available to our guests as they may need. We're restoring the native plants that were cleared when building started.

Julia W. Kay-Grace and Robb M. Grace purchased this house in 2010

Why Julia W. Kay-Grace and Robb M. Grace chose Becket

Becket is an old, rural community that also has a 50 year old forest development, Sherwood Forest, where we live and rent. This is not 'old growth' forest, so the forest floor is vital with ferns and wildflowers. We have three swales and creeks that flow around and across our place. They feed wetland plants and tiny frogs. We're developing meditation spots that seem to be naturally for the purpose.

The eclectic community ranging from 70's-era A-frames, and older cabins to carefully tended year-round homes is fairly described as, 'funky.' We had no interest in a big condo complex, and this isn't just our vacation home, we live here, too.

We built with goals to be, 'green' and as light on the land as year-round living can practically permit. The drinking water is filtered, but not chemically treated. After city life for decades, the cleanliness of Becket's air is a treasure.

What makes this house unique

A mile from us in the development is Sherwood Shoppe, a convenience store and cafe that features fresh-baked muffins daily and excellent hot breakfasts. The country store a couple miles up the road makes hot breakfasts and specials, and lunches; 4 nights a week they make fine pizza, and deliver in the Not-Summer seasons .

There are creeks flowing under many of Sherwood Forest's roads, feeding the five lakes. The dirt roads are lightly traveled, making a great place to walk on the level or up and down hills. The beaches in walking distance are sandy, graveled or grassy. Take a chair and a book and relax and enjoy!

We take our dog along the roads of the Forest, (dog walkers all scoop poop), and enjoy the changing views of the lakes and streams.

The house is oriented so the rising sun shines on our balconies and setting sun shines on the rental unit's balconies.

As soon as the cool weather begins, the sun shines brightly on the south-facing window wall providing passive solar heat. It supplements the in-floor radiant heat that we don't need to turn on until late in the fall.

The breeze is almost constant, and the air is perceptibly cleaner than the city air we were accustomed to breathing before we came here to live.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

3 Mi to Jacob's Pillow, Clearing in the Forest, Clean and New!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

Comfortable , specious and clean House!

  • 5 of 5

We came here for the winter vacation and enjoyed our stay at the house for 4 nights very much. Three adults and five 9-10 year old energetic boys were very comfortable in this spacious and very clean house. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need for making meals. Location of the house was close to all ski mountains . Otis Ridge 10 minutes, Butternut 25 min. After skiing all day it was nice to relax with a movie on Netflix. Thank you Julia and Robb for making this such a memorable vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We rented this to celebrate my sister's 80th birthday. My brother's and daughter's family joined us as well with each family staying 3 days sequentially. An extremely clean and well equipped facility with the added advantage of the owners living next door. They were never intrusive but responded immediately to all our requests for information and household queries including driving to farm outlets. A pretty and well lighted great room with adjacent deck containing a large grill. Modern kitchen was well equipped. Location is fantastic with tourist notables within a short driving distance. The elderly enjoyed Tanglewood, Norman Rockwell Museum, Shaker Village and outlet mall. Younger family with five and 10 year old grands hiked, enjoyed water sports and visited the Mass Museum of Contemporary Art. Wished we had more than a week for we could have done much more such as Jacob's Pillow. Rob and Julia are gracious and supportive hosts. Hope to stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect stay for two couples

  • 5 of 5

After years of renting a cottage in Becket that is no longer on the market, we and our friends rented this house sight unseen, and we're so glad we did. The accommodations were immaculate, contemporary, and included everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Our friends stayed in the spacious master bedroom on the main floor and were especially pleased with the jacuzzi tub. Our bedroom upstairs was small, but the adjacent second bedroom, sitting area and balcony gave us plenty of space to spread out. Though it was quite warm outside, the many windows and fans throughout the house kept us comfortable at all times. Julia and Robb were friendly and attentive to our needs, even adjusting the roof antenna when TV reception was hazy.

What we liked most, though, was the woodsy location with miles of roads for walking. And the nearby Sherwood Shoppe not far away has the best breakfasts--they'll make just about anything you want--and excellent fish and chips. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a family weekend

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house because it is centrally located between cities where different members of our family live. We stayed over Thanksgiving weekend, and this was ideal for that. There is plenty of parking, and the house is separated from the owners house by 2, two car garages. The house appears to have been built within the last few years, everything is modern and functional with fast free WIFI, flat screen TV, and a large kitchen with an island. The house is tucked back in the woods, yet within 10 minutes of any stores you would need. The owners are very nice, and only interacted with us when necessary, such as removing our trash and recyclables. The couches could be more comfortable, but a small price to pay for a wonderful time. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful House in a Perfect Area!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic house! My friends and I booked this house to attend a wedding in the area. Julia and Robb were very helpful, both in arranging our stay at the house, and getting us acquanted with the area. The house was exactly what we expected and more. Very clean, modern amenities, beds made, towels provided, plenty of space to spread out, and a perfect location during fall foliage. The drive to and around this house was incredible. The tree colors are amazing at this time of the year. If anyone is thinking of booking a short or long weekend foliage trip soon, this is the place to go. Thank you Julia and Robb for all your help. We loved your house!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing our place for your trip. Come on back any time you need accommodation to explore our part of the Berkshire Hills! Thanks for leaving the house in nice condition!
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Clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The house was open, bright, and very comfortable.

Julia and Robb were very easy to contact and responsive to all of my questions leading up to the weekend. I actually appreciated paying a cleaning fee, because I had peace of mind that the place would be nice and clean on arrival, and it was!

The pictures of the house were spot on, although I was still surprised by how big the master bedroom was. I loved the recliners in the master bedroom and also the big double shower. The house comfortably slept 3 couples and 1 infant.

We did all of our own cooking for the weekend, so we found that the kitchen was well-equipped with the basics for cooking. I really appreciated not having to bring things like paper towels and dish soap.

I would definitely recommend this property in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Owner's Response: Thanks for the appreciation! It's so gratifying that our efforts to provide a satisfying vacation home away from home " hit the spot " for our guests.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bradley (near Hartford, CT)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Uncle Larry's
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sherwood Shoppe
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
private beaches on four small lakes in locale
Car: necessary

Fall color season in our forest is gorgeous! Drive briefly to state forests and public or private parks to hike; Appalachian trail is nearby. Shakespeare & Co. and Berkshire Theater Festival , Barrington Stage, and Mahaiwe schedule offerings after summer and year 'round. Norman Rockwell museum, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Museum, and Live theaters in Lenox, Gt. Barrington, Pittsfield and Lee are open through fall and winter, Norman Rockwell Museum, MassMOCA and Sterling and Francine Clark Art Museum are all open year 'round. Visit international restaurants, and fine seafood and specialized restaurants in Lee, Lenox, and Stockbridge. Dream Away Lodge is one of Becket's best kept secrets for fine food and music in casual, country atmosphere for three-seasons.

Cross-country and Alpine skiing available when the snow starts. Our 'hard packed' dirt roads are well-maintained and always passable soon after a snow. We're very near Rt. 20, Rt. 8 and the MassPike.


Rates & Availability

Sherwood Forest House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 7 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning $100
Pet Fee $100

Pets conditional. Good plans must be made for pets while their people are away at performances: theaters or concerts, or for activities like skiing and hiking. Scooping poop a "must" (we have spare bags). Leash required for pet's safety. ATM in convenience store 2 miles away. Supermarkets, and restaurants 5-10+ miles away; excellent local diners/convenience stores for breakfast, etc. Ours is NO SMOKING in the house. Smoking outdoors, on balconies or grounds, must be with extreme caution since we are located in a clearing of the woods. We will supply safe means of disposal of cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco for outdoor smoking on request.

All payments and refunds through Payment in advance, in full less than 30 days before arrival date. Half of total to reserve, final half 30 days in advance of arrival date.

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Sherwood Forest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , En Suite with M.B.R. on 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , sink, mirrored med. cabinet,
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Sink, mirrored cab., toilet 1st floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This is a four-poster double bed.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1st fl. master B.R. suite;bath w sep. jetted tub, shower
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Lower bunk is double bed futon, upper is twin bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 futons convert to full beds, 1 in great rm.,other on loft
  • Master bedroom is on first floor, en suite with master bathroom. Bath features walk-in shower, separate jetted tub, sink, toilet. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are on second floor loft overlooking the great room. They share a full bathroom and upper balcony and the loft's sitting area furnished with convertible futon and added chairs for two.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Fine cell-phone reception, and wireless internet. We're in a wooded setting with native grasses and wildflowers, and clean private lakes are in walking distance. Our large casement windows provide great cross-ventilation, so there's no air conditioning. Radiant heat has no dusty ductwork, and there's no interior wood-burning. The master bedroom suite is on the first floor; the master bath has double nozzle, walk-in shower and jetted soaker tub. The second floor bath has full tub and shower bathroom, half bath on first floor. Well water isn't chlorinated.

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