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Living room - flatscreen for DVDs, big desk, books, DVDs, fireplace, comfy sofas

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Last updated: 08/11/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This property is very private, back a long driveway on a quiet road, yet is less than 4 miles from the center of Great Barrington, approximately 20 minutes to Tanglewood (closer via the back roads shortcut!), close to Butternut and Catamount ski areas, as well as all the Berkshire attractions. Very close to some of the nicest swimming places in the Berkshires. Hiking nearby / and on the property.

On the property there are 8 acres of hiking trails, plus another 35 acres adjacent of trails, plus 90 acres across the road of trails (great for XC skiing in the winters too!). In the front of the house is a very nice open field which we keep well mowed, so nice to amble around in. Lots of outdoor seating too! And a fire-pit.

The house is a 2 bedroom / 2 bath house newly renovated; we are designers who eschew excess, yet enjoy comfort. Drawing upon our collection of mid-century furniture, we have outfitted the house with some iconic pieces. The house is fully furnished, yet deliberately spare, a blank canvas for you to use for a few days, a week, a month or longer.

It is perfect for a family or 2 (or 3) couples.

Upstairs is a HUGE BEDROOM, with king sized bed. It's a loft-like open sitting area with plenty of light, and also a small exterior balcony. Approximately the size of a nice large studio apartment, with high ceilings and forest AND mountain views. And a bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower. This room is also excellent for practicing yoga...high ceilings, wood floors; 6 mats will easily fit in here (and we can put you in contact with several excellent yoga instructors who will come to the house to give you private classes). Or put all the kids up here, it's like a separate private apartment.

Downstairs there is a streamlined COZY BEDROOM, like a large stateroom in an ocean liner...cozy does NOT mean cramped though. Full sized bed. Full bathroom adjacent.

BEDS are new pillow top mattresses, very deluxe and comfortable; 300 thread count all cotton sheets and duvet covers; down pillows, down comforters OR hypoallergenic comforters and pillows, as you wish.

The LIVING ROOM has a fireplace, a great desk for working / writing (and a fold out / fold flat sofa bed. Flat screen for DVDs, reasonably fast wireless connection as well, so you can stream films with a Netflix or Amazon account (there is a DVD library in the house as well; there is no network or cable television at this location).

There are sliding glass doors out to a small deck, and a step down to a large meadow and beautiful woods with hardwood copses, beech woods, old stone walls.

DINING ROOM is well appointed, good light, very convivial possibilities, seats 10 comfortably, but is not huge, you won’t get lost in it. Great light and views.

The KITCHEN is well outfitted; VIKING RANGE, with convection oven, vented hood, dishwasher, Cuisnart food processor, a blender, drip coffee pot, & French Press, also a coffee grinder. China is also mid-century; there is a lovely deck off of the kitchen, with outdoor seating and grill.

Small covered deck off of living room, and small deck off of upstairs bedroom as well.

Clean and empty 2 car garage + work area.

Washer / dryer.

Bicycles available, plus many other useful things. We live just up the road, and so are available if there is anything you need.

Excellent high efficiency / low noise hot water circulating furnace / solar powered for electricity.

Cost is as noted in listing, plus a cleaning fee and deposit, depending upon length of stay. Your weekly cost also includes as much as you need from our organic farm, including eggs. Locally raised organic meat also available (at cost).

We are very flexible about checking in / checking out. However unless you specifically confirm the times you're coming (and going) we must ask that you check in after 4pm, and check out by 12:00 pm

Thanks and feel free to ask any questions.

Oh - and a note regarding reviews - several of these reviews are from another site; we pasted them in. I put them in here so you could see that we work as thoroughly as we know how to do, in order to ensure our guests have a wonderful and memorable experience in this house. If there were a review with critical feedback, we would have posted that as well, and also responded with how we changed things so as not to have the issue occur again. This house is a serious venture for us, and our strongest wish is that our guests are completely satisfied. (and please don't take this as a challenge to give us a poor review!). VRBO reviews are marked as such. Thanks again!

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Lots of great activities for kids, let us know what you'd like to do!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking anywhere on property please....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved pets please, crate trained....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2

    ...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s)

    ...moreless

  • King size beds (1) New pillow-top mattress, Queen size Beds (1) Full sized bed, not queen...new pillow top mattress, Danish headboard with interesting sliding storage for books etc., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Very comfortable - rare for a convertible sofa bed! Italian design, based on Ligne Rosset I think, but not made by them - but very nice nonetheless....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Fully loaded IPOD, but bring your own as well....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Hi speed wide area network WIFI connection allows streaming of films...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Video Library:

    A nice handful of DVDs, we are adding to it regularly....moreless

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    With the leaves down, there's a nice mountain view (so fall through spring). ...moreless

  • Rural:

    This part of Great Barrington is 'the gold coast'. While close in to the center of GB, we have farms, lots of open space, hiking trails, mountain tops, and a LOT of nature. Very rural rambly roads....moreless

  • Ski-In:

    Lots of great cross country trails, right out the door....moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    Lots of great cross country trails, right out the door....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    Full 2 car garage, excellent during ski season...moreless

  • Garage
  • Linens Provided:

    High thread count, 100% cotton, with duvet covers, down or hypo-allergenic quilts....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Excellent cell service, which is unusual here in the Berkshires!...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Brick hearth, nice heat!...moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    We can bring you / prepare meals for you / with you. We've cooked in various restaurants over the years, and now are suppliers to restaurants, of specialty produce, including during the winter months. We make hard cider, kim chi, preserves, and lots of other interesting things. Just ask!...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Nothing fancy, but everything is solid and working. We cook a lot, and have a farm across the road, so have made sure that the kitchen is nicely stocked. In addition we give you whatever we have from our gardens, and eggs from our chickens...moreless

  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.9
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day
Aug 30 - Sep 8
3 night min stay
$450
Columbus Day
Oct 10 - Oct 17
3 night min stay
$450
November Special
Nov 1 - Nov 24
2 night min stay
$325
Thanksgiving
Nov 25 - Nov 30
3 night min stay
$450
Winter Holiday
Dec 20 - Jan 4
2 night min stay
$450
President's Day
Feb 13 - Feb 19
3 night min stay
$450
July 4th
Jun 26 - Jul 7
3 night min stay
$450
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$370
$2,310 $9,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning, not to exceed $160
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Holiday weekends - with great reluctance, we have changed the rate and request a 3 day stay for holiday weekends. We had noticed that often we were being booked way ahead for 1 or 2 nights only on a holiday weekend, which then prevented us from booking for the whole weekend. Regardless though, if you need to book shorter for a holiday weekend, just ask! Thanks, Naomi & Ron


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: Local interests: Yoga, gardening, farming, hiking, cycling, skiing. We do a variety of small things - house renovation and restoration, small scale farming, garden design, as well as product design and manufacturing. We have lived in the area for almost 20 years, and know every back road, swimming hole, hiking area etc, as well as all the restaurants, cafes and arts venues (and there are a lot of all of them here). Avid cyclists, we can direct you towards some excellent rides, from flat to hilly to 20% grades on dirt / rides to take with your kids etc (and we can lend you tandem(s) to ride with your kids). We are also long time Ashtanga yoga practitioners and can point you towards an appropriate yoga facility in the neighborhood, there are many around here, most are pretty low-key and accessible (and/or we can put you in contact with instructors who will come to the property and give private lessons there - the upstairs room is an excellent yoga studio). We have several houses available for short term and long term rental. We live nearby the properties, on a small farm with extensive test gardens; you are welcome to take a tour of our gardens, plus we can point you to some interesting gardens that are not often open to the public (plus many other places of gardening interest). Please email or call if you have any questions about this or any of our other properties.

Why the Owner Chose Alford, MA, USA:
Near to Tanglewood, Great Barrington shopping, groceries, specialty shops, etc. We live on a small farm up the road from this property. We're a design / landscape team - we were drawn to this property for several reasons - it's up high, and the woods on this property are far different than the lower woods where we are. There are excellent walking trails - old logging roads and farm paths, that run through hardwood forests - a beech woods, and several stands of old oaks, for example. The house is sited in an open field, but is in dappled shade at the height of the day; the siting of the house, for views of mountains in winter, open field, and a stand of birches, cannot be duplicated! The house too, was very interesting; at first it seemed very awkward, but after several rounds of renovation, we realize that, like the woods, it's a nice confluence of factors which make it extremely livable, yet simple. The views out the sliding doors are very relaxing; the fireplace is great in the winter; it's a very un-fussy house. It's furnished with iconic Danish furniture, designed by Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl; these are original pieces, and while they are in museum collections, we like to use stuff like this every day, and we invite you to do the same..

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This house is up a long private lane, not visible from the road; however it's less than 4 miles to the center of Great Barrington. The house is in one of the most beautiful parts of the Southern Berkshires - Alford. The 'Alford Loop' is famed amongst cyclists, a nice ride around the Alford Valley, which is farmland under conservation; beautiful views, rolling hills etc. There are hiking trails on the property as well as easy access to other hiking areas close by.


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  • Living room - flatscreen for DVDs, big desk, books, DVDs, fireplace, comfy sofas

    Living room - flatscreen for DVDs, big desk, books, DVDs, fireplace, comfy sofas

  • A fine desk for work, writing, contemplation...write that novel!

    A fine desk for work, writing, contemplation...write that novel!

  • upstairs large bedroom king sized pillow top mattress, attached bath, small deck

    upstairs large bedroom king sized pillow top mattress, attached bath, small deck

  • 1st floor bedroom....like a ships cabin, snug but not cramped - very cozy!

    1st floor bedroom....like a ships cabin, snug but not cramped - very cozy!

  • Dining room - seats 6, you can add leaves and have 10 or more w extension.

    Dining room - seats 6, you can add leaves and have 10 or more w extension.

  • Full kitchen, all appliances, French press & drip pot, all tools etc.

    Full kitchen, all appliances, French press & drip pot, all tools etc.

  • Chard, chicory, garlic scapes, berries, cilantro, eggs - for you, from our farm.

    Chard, chicory, garlic scapes, berries, cilantro, eggs - for you, from our farm.

  • Produce, provided from our farmstead...long beans, cucumbers...

    Produce, provided from our farmstead...long beans, cucumbers...

  • Swimming nearby

    Swimming nearby

  • Autumn looking off the deck

    Autumn looking off the deck

  • Fully insulated, full renovation 2012.

    Fully insulated, full renovation 2012.

  • Living room; black sofa = sleeper sofa. Flat screen DVD, stereo equip, iPod.

    Living room; black sofa = sleeper sofa. Flat screen DVD, stereo equip, iPod.

  • Books, DVDs, board games, bar

    Books, DVDs, board games, bar

  • Upstairs bedroom. Lots of privacy for 2 couples, 1 down, 1 up; or use for kids.

    Upstairs bedroom. Lots of privacy for 2 couples, 1 down, 1 up; or use for kids.

  • Soaking tub, separate full stall shower (not shown).

    Soaking tub, separate full stall shower (not shown).

  • Viking gas range with convection oven.

    Viking gas range with convection oven.

  • Kitchen table, with door to deck. Hans Wegner chairs and table

    Kitchen table, with door to deck. Hans Wegner chairs and table

  • Eggs, vegetables, flowers all from our organic farmstead - provided year round

    Eggs, vegetables, flowers all from our organic farmstead - provided year round

  • Swimming nearby - an atypical day, with lots of locals and guests-usually fewer

    Swimming nearby - an atypical day, with lots of locals and guests-usually fewer

  • Hiking nearby and on the property.

    Hiking nearby and on the property.

  • Skiing and snowshoeing right out the door & nearby. GREAT trails for kids too!

    Skiing and snowshoeing right out the door & nearby. GREAT trails for kids too!

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Berkshires MidCenturyHideaway-Private, Yet Close To Town

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