3 Mi to Jacob's Pillow, Clearing in the Forest, Clean and New!
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- Minimum stay:2-6 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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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Member since: 2011
- 1700 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Alternative Lifestyle
Safety gate at top of stairway to loft overlooking the great room where two upstairs bedrooms and balcony are located. NO safety gate at bottom of the stairway. Family must supervise children at house and at local lakes/beaches; at playground near Town Hall....moreless
- Limited Accessibility:
Non Smoking Only:
No open flames anywhere in the house. Propane gas grill on balcony off first floor great room; contained 'fire pit' available during spring and summer ( limited by local fire department directives ) for outdoor campfires which must be supervised by adults. ...moreless
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 7-11
- 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....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- 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. ...moreless
- CD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
House located in woods; private well and septic system. Subdivision roads are hard-packed dirt, well-maintained. In winter, cars need snow or all-weather tires. Small store-and-diner .7 mile away....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
Dining area of great-room has table that seats 8 adults, four matching chairs plus bringing indoor-outdoor chairs indoors from first floor outside balcony. 2 bar stools at kitchen center-island....moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
Central heat supplied by hydronic, in-floor radiant heat during a heating season that's roughly from late October until early April. Modest, electric space heat supplements. And dress warmly....moreless
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
Dishes & Utensils:
place-settings for 8, informal style, coffee mugs, 8 oz. and 12 oz. glasses for 8. Varied wine glasses, varied beer mugs. Tea pot and strainer. Steak knives, food-prep utensils for outdoor grill....moreless
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 10 - Dec 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Apr 1 - Jun 15, 2017
2 night min stay
Jun 16 - Sep 7, 2017
6 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Pet Fee $100
- cleaning $100
- Taxes Not included
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.
All payments and refunds through PayPal.com. 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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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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.
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Sherwood Forest, Becket, MA, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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TV & DVD in corner; 2 ceiling fans, S. windows solar heat when sunny.
Master Bath has walk-in double shower, Rt., jetted soaker tub, Left.
Stairs in Gr. Rm. to loft, 2nd fl. bedrooms. Laundry, down hall from Kitchen.
1 B.R. on loft; lower futon: double bed, upper:twin; chest, closet. Share bath
Lower balcony, has gas grill, views woods, upper balcony off loft. Face west.
Winter 2010. Owner-occ.: info., snow removal, help avail; yet very private.
Welcome ! Private and easy to reach.
Master suite, Queen bed, rocker-recliners,view woods and stone wall; priv. bath
Half-bath, 1st fl. around corner from M. Bed.; private, front hall entry
Loft overlooks grt. rm., two B.R., bath, lin. closet; futon, L. is double bed.
2nd B.R. on loft: Double bed, chest, closet; share bath. Skylite opens.
Din. area seats 8+ with leaf in table. S. window-wall heats space when sunny.
Full kit., mobile ctr. island. Loft w. 2 B.Rs., bath. Double bed futon on loft
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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