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Country Cottage, Pool and Tennis Court! 800 Acres of Pure Bliss!

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 Bed, 3 Bath Cottage with breath-taking mountain views, pool and tennis court!

This property has everything you could possibly need for an amazing Columbia County/Berkshire getaway with or without the kids. Take a look at our Instagram page for more current photos and activities in the area @skarshipfarm. The cottage has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Cook and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in the eat-in kitchen. Sit back and relax on the covered outdoor porch and watch your friends and kids play tennis. Take a fresh dip in the pool. Enjoy the miles of walking paths around the 800 acre farm where you'll find grazing horses, dairy cows, open fields and wildlife. Go fishing at the 20 acre lake where bass and sunfish are always an easy catch. If you're lucky, you might see the almighty bald eagle soar above. If you'd like to venture into town, Hillsdale, Great Barrington, and Hudson all less than 30 minutes away where you'll find theater, music, dance, art galleries, antiques, shopping and an array of restaurants. Just minutes from Catamount for winter downhill skiing and summer activities. Satellite TV, Internet, wifi, bedding, towels, and washer/dryer are all included.

Property Manager
Frank Parker
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Frank Parker

Skarship Farm consists of four contiguous farms purchased by Ole Skaarup in 1976. He developed one of the finest Angus herds in the country at a time when Angus cows were being bred to improve the beef quality and production. Now, the Angus logo signifies the highest quality beef. Our herd was dispersed in the 80's and the Skaarup family has kept the land in farming by leasing it to local farmers who grow hay, corn and soybeans and pasture their animals on the 800 pristine acres.

Frank Parker purchased this cottage in 1976

Why Frank Parker chose Berkshires

Ole Skaarup, a Danish immigrant and shipowner decided that he wanted to own land so that 'when all else failed, we'd have a place to grow potatoes.' Although the soil does not lend itself to growing potatoes on a large scale we have been known to harvest 1000 pounds of delicious spuds for the family and winter storage.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage at Skarship Farm is a great place to 'unplug' from your busy life. Families with children will appreciate being able to send the kids outside where they are safe from traffic and can enjoy all the entertainment the natural surroundings have to offer. Our pool is fenced and we require that children are accompanied by an adult at all times. The tennis court is a great place to practice new bicycle skills as well as tennis of course. Our guests are most welcome to venture out onto our 800 acre farm, on mowed trails minimizing tick exposure. The lake is full of wide mouth bass, but we ask that you 'catch and release' and take just one back to the cottage to sample. There is no reason be be confined to the beds in the cottage either. You are welcome to pitch a tent outside and experience sleeping under the stars.


Car: necessary


Hillsdale Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs Hall
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , In Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , In Bedroom 2
  • 3 full bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bathroom with Shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Bathroom with Shower
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upstairs Bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom
    Upstairs Common Area - Day bed (1)
  • Twin beds may be pushed together to make a King
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Amazing property perfect for a small group vacation

  • 4 of 5

Property exceeds expectations.. trails, pond with canoe, pool, tennis court, beautifully maintained. we love the area and theres so much to do within driving distance in the berkshires and hudson valley but we really didnt want to leave the property!

cottage was comfortable in terms of bedrooms and large kitchen area for cooking. kitchen was well equipped to make meals. dining table was 1 chair short for 8 (we made due by pulling one from outside) and found livingroom small for 8.. ok for 5. luckily weather was great and we were able to socialize outdoors.

Frank was available by text and lovely to work with.

As mentioned by another reviewer there is another house nextdoor used by the owner.. the week we were there it was mainly unoccupied, but the owners used the pool the 1st day, and the groundkeeper a couple of hours another day.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Summer Respite

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you turn onto the property, you are on vacation.

The air smells like lavender and sweetness. The views are stunning; the best is looking at the lake and the farm land beyond. There's a stone bench in the perfect spot to take this all in. I don't think I really wore shoes at all the whole week, the grass and clover all throughout the property are that lush and cared for.

It's quiet. Except for maybe the farmers tractor across the lake and the birds. Oh, and the crickets and frogs. So wonderful!

The cottage is c u t e. Just old enough, charming, but with everything you need. Lots of places to spread out for sleeping, reading, doing a puzzle, cooking and eating, plenty of outdoor spaces to sit and ponder the views or run around and play.

We spent a lot of time at the pool, swimming, talking, grilling on the propane bbq.

The very best part about the entire week was spending time with my husband, 2 grown kids, their sweethearts, and my 2 year old granddaughter. I loved every minute ❤️

Thank you, Frank and Katie!

The Black Family

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Father's Day Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a really great time. The property is beautiful. It is so peaceful and yet plenty to do. Frank was a pleasure to work with. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property! Great for winter sports!

  • 5 of 5

The property is gorgeous with rolling hills and a wonderful trail wrapping through wooded areas, fields, and around the pond. We stayed in the winter (NYE) and enjoyed waking up and going cross country skiing right outside of the front door (loop has a few slight hills and is about 2 miles). Would be great for snow shoeing if the snow gets too deep. Just a few minutes to Catamount for downhill skiing.

Also, it's a great place to travel with dogs. You can take them on a long walk and not even need to consider using a leash.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One Word: Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This property is by far one of the most beautiful properties we have stayed at in the Upstate NY area. My wife, twins (age 2) and I wanted a place that had cascading hills with amazing views, a pool and large yard for our kids to run around. This property delivered everything that we wanted. The pool and the area around the pool were very clean. The tennis court was great as well. There are trails through the woods and property that are carved out. The cottage is nice. It was spacious and allowed us to invite grandparents and friends to stay with us for a few days. My only negative about the cottage is that you do encounter bugs from time to time. However, this to me is normal for a country house. The location of the farm is great with close proximity to Great Barrington, Stockbridge, and Lee in Massachusetts and Hudson in NY. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic country retreat

  • 4 of 5

Skarship Cottage proved a natural heaven, with all the necessary amenities for a really blissful holiday. Set amid the rolling green horizons of Columbia County in upstate New York, the property is just a five-minute drive from the hamlet of Hillsdale, with access further afield to the hipster town of Hudson, NY, as well as several historic and interesting centres across the state line: Great Barrington, Lenox, and Stockbridge, MA. The Norman Rockwell Museum near Stockbridge and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, both world-class cultural highlights, were worth half-day trips.

The rental is a large, five-bedroom, three-bathroom cottage up a long gravel drive and just 20 yards from a private tennis court and fewer to the icily refreshing swimming pool. We enjoyed both every day. There's also a large pond a few hundred yards away, which makes for a pristine view and attracts waterfowl. There is a canoe to paddle out in or even fish (and release). A large barn converted into a home sits opposite the cottage across the gravel drive, but is no longer used by the owners. A working farm with cows and horses sits far away across the public road that splits the massive property.

Our two families comprised four adults, a teen, and two primary schoolers and this place accommodated us well. It has space to find your own nook to curl up with a book (two separate verandahs with wicker sofas and rocking chairs, as well as a small deck, on different sides of the house), plus areas such as the kitchen/dining table for games, chats, colouring books, or meals together. The Rio Olympics was happening during our stay, so the TV was appreciated. So was the washer-dryer. The beds were comfy and the showers worked well, and the home’s rustic charm (wooden floors, a vintage school desk and bureaus) lent cosiness. The property is just a couple of hours' drive up the Mass Turnpike from Boston, or three hours through the Hudson Valley from NYC.

The most striking appeal of Skarship was the serenity offered by its vast tracts of surrounding woodland, forest and farms. We were barely aware of other human life. Pure country—with just cricket or bird song most hours of the day. Wildlife was abundant: we saw butterflies, cardinals, falcons, chipmunks, squirrels, wild geese, foxes, deer and wild rabbits along early-morning trails and in meadows of wild flowers. We didn’t want to leave after a week, and we definitely hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

7 night stays are from Friday to Friday only. Check-in is on Friday at 3PM and tenants must be checked out by 10AM on the following Friday.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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