Swiss chalet type house with exposed douglas fir beams. Back of home has all windows opening to deck and forest. 2 bedrooms with open loft for 3rd bedroom, with 2 baths. Sleeps 6 people but open to a larger group. Has modern appliances including sub zero refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, high speed internet. Open kitchen, great for entertaining with large table that seats 20. Glass enclosed shower downstairs with tub/hand shower upstairs. Quiet forest surrounding with some trails and country roads for walking. Near all of Berkshire lakes, trails, arts and country life. 20 minutes from all shopping.
- House1650 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 - 4 nights
2 Bedroom With Open Loft, 2 Bathroom In Quiet Forest Surrounding
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- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 19, 2018
About Laura Kolb
My husband and I built this house ten years ago. Much of the finishing materials and many of the fixtures were recycled from many NYC condo renovations since we are in the construction business. The house is a work in progress- this year we plan to work the grounds with blueberry bushes and more trails through the forest along the creek.
Laura Kolb purchased this House in 2004
Why Laura Kolb chose Peru
The best part about this location is the quiet peaceful location. It is near the country towns ('hilltowns') where there are many small farms and artisans. And it is in the Berkshires with all the cultural activities they have to offer. We find it is an oasis for our family compared to the city life we lead. Now that our daughters are grown, I find it was helpful for them to have known a different style of life our life Brooklyn.
What makes this House unique
My first idea about building this house was it would be similar to camping in comfort. The timber frame of the house was designed and built by a Swiss Company in British Columbia, Canada. The timbers are from douglas fir trees. At the time it was one of 3 built with the same design. The same company also built many Chalets in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
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I won't have enough space here to say how much i appreciated this house, it's location, and the thoughtful consideration of Laura! I spent the whole month of June here, mainly to hike and do some photography. The house is fantastic. Everything you need is here, from paper towels to laundry detergent. The stove/oven is awesome; we did a lot of cooking. (Pittsfield has Market 32 - a one-stop grocery store who's bakery should be illegal!) The little toaster oven reheated food nicely; we didn't miss the microwave. The beds are super comfy, as are the pillows (very important to me!). The house is clean, tidy and nicely laid out overall. As Laura states in her description, they wanted a camp with more comforts of home, and this house surely delivers all that and more. The stars at night shining through all that glass are just phenomenal. I've never experienced anything like that before; getting to stare at the stars from bed - wonderful! Great fire pit, and there's wood for sale nearby. I met several of the neighbor" and all were very nice and welcoming. The Peru Library is a sweet must-see stop, but only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. (You can get discounted passes to some of the area museums there as well.) The wifi worked beautifully all month, but i stayed away from streaming anything. It was perfect for surfing the net and email, but would slow down if too many devices were in use. I brought my own MP3 player and plugged it into their whole-house sound system - SWEET!! Bring something with an 8th" jack input - there's a cord for it there.
There are lots of waterfalls in the area, but try to make it to Tannery (in Savoy) if you can. It's amazing. Chapel Falls in Ashfield also became a favorite, as did hiking the Chesterfield Gorge. Savoy Mt. has some great hikes, with beaver dams on several of their ponds. Pittsfield State Forest has decent hiking and a neat lookout at the top that you can drive to. William Bryant Cullen Homestead is a pretty place, with some nice short hikes. I explored all the back roads for ways to get around, and found some really useful ones leading to Wahconah, Dalton/Pittsfield, and Tannery. Many of the area dirt roads are better than some of the paved ones, so give them a try. Also check out the Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge, and the Norman Rockwell museum if you can -both totally worth visiting. Liston's on 143 in Worthington has great food too.
Hope you enjoy your stay as much as i did! - Marylea
Thank you Marylea!
I enjoyed your updates and pictures of the house and area. You are a dream tenant (guest!) when I am able to enjoy your trip with your discoveries along with you! I will make it to the Tannery some day! I like that you were able to visit the great Berkshires places and the surrounding hilltown country life (and hiking) as well. OH! and I will post your starry night picture of the house as well!
A Wonderful Getaway in the Berkshires!
We (two couples, one baby, and one dog) had a wonderful time at this beautiful house in the woods! The interior of the house is splendid, and the kitchen was well-stocked with pots/pans/etc. for us to make several meals. We loved the firepit outside, and the house was full of DVDs and videos that kept us entertained at night. The good selection of local maps and tour guides also helped us find a fun local walk (the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail). The local dirt roads had almost no cars and were great for running. The fan kept the house well-ventilated as well. We saw deer and turkeys during our stay. The instructions Laura left were clear and helpful! All in all, we had a great time at this house and would be happy to return!
Quiet & Secluded getaway
After our favorite B&B closed, we chose Laura's house for our annual Tanglewood visit to see James Taylor. The house is secluded and oh so quiet - you couldn't hear traffic, people, road noise, NOTHING --- it was great! The house is nicely appointed and comfortable - we slept very well every night! There is no cable - but a great selection of movies and CDs - we fell in love with Ella Fitzgerald over the great sound system! There were also visits from the local wildlife; a mother turkey and her babies and a BEAR one afternoon!
Thank you for your review Kelley and Jeff
Although the house is very near the Peru State Forest- and surrounded by forest- we never were visited by a bear or turkeys in the past (that I know of!). Kelley and Paul had an adventurous weekend. (I do believe the bear was crossing the road near the house 30 feet from their car.)
Quiet & Comfortable
Another wonderful stay. The house was comfortable and cool, even during the warmer days. Peaceful, relaxing, and pleasing to the eye. We’ll be back.
Rustic getaway spot
My buddies and I came out for a couple days to get away, drink bourbon, and grill. The cabin, set deep into the woods, perfectly fit the bill. We found it easy to relax in a place so calm, though also in a cabin that comes fully equipped for cooking, playing games, and pampering yourself a bit. Highly recommend this spot if you're looking to disconnect from life for a little bit.
You can see the stars!
A wonderful stay in a beautiful chalet! Lots of light, spacious, warmth from the wood, under and above, enough privacy for 3 adults and 2 teens. Wish we’d stayed longer and winter hadn’t changed into late spring overnight! Thanks again Laura!
There are many cultural activities to enjoy in the surrounding Berkshires and hill towns. Most places are about 40 minutes drive. There are hiking grounds in very near Dorothy Frances Rice Sanctuary or you can catch the Appalchian trail in nearby Dalton. We enjoy the local hill town life in nearby Worthington and Windsor- with plenty of farms and crafts. We love the waterfall at Wanconah State Park in Dalton. Also on Google earth there is a nearby waterfall that I have yet to explore- but it is a bit more adventurous as I am not sure about a path. But I heard it is reachable down a dead end road off of route 143. Oh and don't forget to visit the town library open only on Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 (or Wednesday nights) to get some local lore!
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