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The Clearing - Quiet - Close To Nature

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Hilltown Cottage - Quiet - Close To Nature

This newly renovated cottage is located atop a hill overlooking the Wild and Scenic Westfield River surrounded by state forest and protected land. Wildlife abounds and we are a birder's haven. Many a morning you can watch mist arising from the river. Walk out the door to hike, mountain bike, snowshoe, or ski in the woods. Groomed cross country ski trails are nearby. Notchview Reservation, 20 minutes away has in my opinion the best XC skiing in Western Massachusetts.We are located midway between The Berkshires with its many cultural activities and the Pioneer Valley, home to the five colleges: U Mass, and Smith, Amherst, Mt Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges. The cottage sleeps four (1 BR for 2, 2 built-in twins by the wood stove). The kitchen is fully equipped. The owner lives on the property in the main home near to the cottage.

John Follet
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About John Follet

I am currently a retired physician now able to devote full time to our 50 acres of managed woodlands and grounds.

John Follet purchased this cottage in 1998

Why John Follet chose Chesterfield

The Cottage is a part of the property. We have here lived in Western Massachusetts on and off for 20 years beginning in 1975. We have no plans to be anywhere else.

What makes this cottage unique

This is a very special place


Chesterfield Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Close to Cummington Fairgrounds


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The Clearing - Quiet - Close To Nature
average rating of 4.837209 based on 43 reviews

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful spot for a weekend get-away. Comfortable with all the amenities and lovely views over lawns with gorgeous trees to the distant hills. We'll definitely return!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at The Clearing could not have been better. Beautiful weather and the cottage was well appointed. We thought the interior pictures did not do it justice. We would definitely return again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is great but we had several disturbing ‘visitors’

  • 3 of 5

This is such a lovely spot and the house is beautiful and exactly as described but we encountered 3 snakes in the bedroom during a 3 day stay which was pretty unsettling.

It turns out that the owners were aware of the problem and didn’t seem to be too concerned when we contacted them

Since then they have emailed us to let us know that they are going to hire an exterminator.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry for this encounter and the matter has been addressed. The services of an exterminator has been obtained. A snake had appeared once before only on the porch. They are harmless juvenile Northern Ring Necked snakes common here in Massachusetts. They prefer moist conditions and recent heavy rainfall may have brought them out. I intend to continue to monitor their presence hoping that they're gone.
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A cozy removed hideaway

  • 4 of 5

We spent a very nice week there. Everything was as advertised. We enjoyed the "cement pond" though it was little brisk there in late June. The wood stove kept us warm and cozy when the weather was less than nice. Opened the windows and the dutch farm doors when it was nice. Breathed in some of that fresh clean air! The screened porch was incredibly handy. We lived on sandwiches and fresh strawberries from The Creamery which is only a couple of miles away. It's a great hideaway, getaway but a tad remote from places like Northampton or Pittsfield. It's a special spot and very relaxing. The no TV was s nice respite from the ills of civilization. If you're serious about cooking regularly you might want to bring your own equipment. There's tons of plates but cookware and utensils are not great but serviceable. The knives were pretty dull. The place was a very good size for me and my husband, plenty of room to put "stuff". We're cyclists and were able to store our bikes in the garage with no worries. All said it was just what the doctor ordered.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene, bright and clean!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time at this cottage. We went skiing at Berkshire East Mountain one day and enjoyed the property another- so so peaceful and beautiful! The cottage is very comfortable, clean and bright. Owners were warm and welcoming. Hope to return in the summer for more r&r!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Country retreat

  • 5 of 5

This cottage offered a restorative and rejuvenating few days to get away from it all. It's a quiet, beautiful spot on 30 acres. There was fantastic hiking either by foot from the cottage, or other options were a short drive away. Good biking is also in the area. John was available in person or by text to answer any questions, and the comfortable cottage with it's wood burning stove made for cozy evenings. Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Bradley International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Liston's Worthington
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Worthington Golf Club (restaurant)
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Amtrak Pittsfield, Northampton MA
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Northampton, Pittsfield MA
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Notchview Reservation (XC)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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