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BEAUTIFUL HOUSE WITH GORGEOUS VIEWS! BOOK YOUR SUMMER FUN NOW!

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms4
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 separate apartments or connected: down sleeps 10-12, up sleeps 6-8, 4 baths

This home is so special and it starts where it is located. It has tremendous curb appeal, as it sits nestled at the top of a hill way back up off the road. It's very difficult to see the house from the road, but once you're on the curving driveway, it takes you up to the house where the large center steps lead you up to a huge welcoming porch. Here you can sit and chat and look at the distant mountains and enjoy the scenery. I have always loved large open porches (probably something from my childhood when people actually sat out on them and they were places of great socializing!) The lower portion of the house is ONE OF THE rental areas; 2500 square feet to enjoy! There are great windows and sliding doors that lead into the large room which includes the kitchen and family room; this room is about 550 sq ft and there's plenty of room to hang out there and different corners to do things. The bedrooms flank the living areas and they are all large, airy, well lit, and have hardwood floors. The whole place has a very European feeling to it. The two main front bedrooms have glass doors that lead out to their own separate patios; the one to the east catches the morning sun and it's got an old wall with charming beds of flowers behind it- what a great place to have your coffee! The one on the west side is on a blue slate terrace and is covered by cool trumpet vines and morning glories, so it is more shady and cool. To the west gardens you will find the raised beds where I raise all the veggies for the summer and we have the sunken firepit where you can enjoy a bonfire, roast your own hamburgers/hotdogs over a wood fire (oh there is NOTHING that beats eating food cooked over wood! so much better than charcoal and don't even talk to me about a gas grill! lol!!) Caution must be taken of course if conditions are too dry and fires are forbidden because of drought conditions. If there isn't sufficient rain, we refrain from making fires in the firepit.

Other qualities that are unique to this property: It has (ON THE LOWER LEVEL): two full bathrooms, a huge furnace storage area, a huge laundry room, large storage closets(that could house skis, bikes, equipment, etc) The 'feeling' of the house is, I guess one would call, 'shabby chic'. I love old stuff and I love how things look when the paint starts coming off and shows it's patina...I believe the Japanese call it Wabi-Sabi. Well, I guess that would describe how things are in my home. The rooms are categorized (for us) by colors: there's the 'green room', the smoky 'purple' room, the 'lavender and yellow' room, the 'blue' room--the "twin" room, and all the walls are old fashioned plaster and we have big beams going across a partial section of the lower apartment. It's a really funky, different set up as far as layout but what we have always loved is that it's a place that naturally brings people together to hang out together, but then we all have our own space to go to when we want to be quiet.

Now the UPPER LEVEL OF THE PROPERTY IS OPEN TO RENT creating a whole new addition of rental living space to enjoy! This area is absolutely lovely and affords gorgeous views of the southern mountains and western views. This area is just gorgeous and includes 2 huge bedrooms w/ large closets and shares a small eastern balcony for morning coffee. The upper floor also houses the MASTER SUITE (with king-size bed) which has its own bath, and huge 24 x 12 terrace facing the west and south, lots of windows, light, and breeze. There is a 550 sq. ft loft-like living room which gives onto a south facing deck that has amazing views of the mountains. A large and spacious kitchen is adjacent to this area. Included is a full laundry and 1 full bathroom. Included as part of this apartment is 1 downstairs room which has a room that can accommodate 2 in twin beds. This apartment has a separate entrance in the rear of the building so there is no disturbing the people in the lower apartment. The 2 apartments can be connected by simply opening the door between the stairway connecting the upper and lower levels and the home can be rented as one entire house for a large family summer reunion or a place to be together for the whole summer!

You will love taking walks around the property too-- you can walk back up the hill behind up to the trails through the woods and up to the lake that sits up behind the house. I haven't seen many people up there recently-- maybe it's just too hot! I know there are some great swimming holes down the road from here off of Hurlburt Road and off of Route 23 there is Green River where lots of people go to swim. I know of a much more private place to go too, but it's too long to explain in this description. There is plenty of wildlife around here to enjoy; especially the birds. They are beautiful and abundant. I have all the songbirds and red-tailed hawks you could desire!

If you would like to either rent only HALF of the house or the FULL house, just ask me about prices! All year round we make good deals and accommodate families for their reunions, weddings, seminars, workshops, or any special occasion; This is the perfect place for it! Come and enjoy..."Chez Linnea"!!!

More Details

Owner
Linnea Mace
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2017

About Linnea Mace

I have lived in the Berkshires since 1992 and have loved being here very much. It certainly was a big change after having lived in France for 18 years!

I found my place here in the Great Barrington community and have worked in the local high school as Art teacher as well as Spring Musical Director for over 19 years. I love working with young people and the creative outlet of the theater is one of my lifelong passions.

Linnea Mace purchased this house in 1996

Why Linnea Mace chose Berkshires

When I bought my home in 1996 people thought I was crazy! It was at that time serving as the Eagleton School for young people with severe emotional problems. There were plexiglass windows, crash-bar doors and exit signs! Snow came in under the doors and there were linoleum everywhere. However, I saw a vision underneath the 'bones' of the structure as it used to be an old barn built in 1900. I put a lot of sweat equity into the house (not to mention bucks! :) and turned it into a pretty sweet property and still retains the charm and country feel of its original structure as a barn. I love the fact that the house is so sunny and light, faces south, east and west and is protected on the north side by a mountain so the winter winds are buffered. No neighbors provide enough quiet so that the spring peepers strike up a chorus that never fails to enchant and by June the lightening bugs (fireflies to others who aren't from the Midwest..!) are out in full force with their fairy magic. I was totally awestruck with this property, fell in love with the view, and took it from there. It's 'a lot of house' and my girls and family have enjoyed it immensely. I'm anxious for others to come and enjoy their vacations here too.

What makes this house unique

As I said above, when I first saw this house, came upstairs and saw the view through the (then) plexiglass windows and saw the mountains beyond and all of the light spilling in, I did fall in love with the place. When I bought the place, there was one lonely begonia by the front step. Now there are hosta lining the whole yard, Redbud and weeping cherry, lilacs, wisteria, alethea, weeping cedar, tinkerbell lilac, weigeila, spirea, vast perrenial gardens and we are surrounded by flowering bushes, greenery and flowers. I also LOVE the fact that I am six minutes from my work and literally can be in the heart of Great Barrington within 3-4 minutes. Division Street is central to G.B.: you can go to the north side of town and not have to go thru all the town traffic or you can go to the south side of town and miss all the traffic. (as there are large shopping mall areas on both the north and south sides as well as the center of town). Location is really crucial here as it is close to everything, yet it is well away from the road and very private and quiet.

Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
ALBANY AIRPORT
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Several in town
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Egremont Country Club
Nearest Train
45 Miles
WASSAIC, N.Y.
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
I-90, LEE, MA.
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Several in GB
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Butternut Basin/ Catamount
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
LAKE MANSFIELD, GREAT BARRINGTON
Car: necessary

I've always considered the Berkshires the summer cultural cradle for New Yorkers and Bostonians, and it IS true that the Berkshires are particularly known for its amazing cultural attractions: there is famous Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, featuring visiting conductors and musicians from all over the world; there are renowned theaters such as the Berkshire Theater Festival, Shakespeare and Company, and the critically acclaimed Barrington Stage Company, not to mention numerous other smaller theater groups which bring the stage alive during the summer and fall seasons. There is Jacob's Pillow which is a showcase for the most famous dancers and dance companies in the world! One of the most unknown 'jewels' of the Berkshires is the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. My family from L.A. and Seattle could not believe that such a sophisticated collection of (especially) French art was hidden in the 'middle of nowhere', right here in our Berkshires. Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, Turner, Homer, Sargent, Remington...just a little inkling of the many artists that are represented in this amazing collection. Don't forget that we are also proud of the heritage of the famous Norman Rockwell museum (practically the father of the 'face of Americanism') Located in the quintessential New England town of Stockbridge, the Norman Rockwell museum houses the historic collection Saturday Evening Post illustration paintings that made Rockwell famous. There are so many other specialty museums to explore! For the culinary experts there are fabulous restaurants in every corner of every town in the Berkshires and there is something for everyone! There is probably the best sushi restaurant I have ever experienced anywhere right here in Great Barrington-- we have Mexican, Thai, great Indian restaurants, and of course Italian, Greek, and 'fusion' restaurants too. There are great bicycle circuits to enjoy right here from the house (my favorite!) and you can take a quick 15 mile circuit that takes you right through one of the prettiest valleys of the Berkshires or you can take a long 35-40 mile loop down into the southern area of Sheffield which takes you through some flatter, quieter fields and streams. There are myriad hiking and walking trails, as well as lakes and rivers to canoe and kayak. There is beauty all around you here in the Berkshires, everywhere you look, at during every season. You just have to get yourself here to enjoy it!

Amenities

Great Barrington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , nicely appointed bathrooms
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Clean and simple; nicely appointed bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs apartment
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs apartment
  • The bathrooms are basic but lovely and charming; clean and neat with large pedestal basins (all new) and large roomy showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Has its own terrace facing east and south. Hardwood floors.
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , LOWER LEVEL
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , LOWER LEVEHas its own flagstone terrace facing west &south
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , LOWER LEVEL; faces west and north-near bathroom
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large queen size sofa bed- several blow up mattresses too.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , LOWER LEVEL-Large closets w/hardwood floors faces west
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , UPPER LEVEL "bohemian" room faces south and east
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , UPPER LEVEL- faces east w/ small terrace
    Bedroom 8 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , UPPER LEVEL: Master suite w/ private terrace south & west
    Bedroom 9 - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • LOWER LEVEL: 1 king w/ separate entry and terrace (Bedroom 1) 1 KING w/ separate entry and terrace -(Bedroom 2) 1 queen (bedroom 3) 1 Queen (bedroom 4) 2 twins (bedroom 5) 1 TWIN and BABY CRIB (Bedroom 9). Note: Bedroom 2 and 4 have small couches in them where children could sleep. UPPER LEVEL: 1 King (Bedroom 8) Master suite w/ bath and private deck area) 1 Queen (Bedroom 7) 1 Full (Bedroom 6)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Chez Linnea is really made for family reunions and get -togethers with a large group of friends; or a large wedding party or perhaps you have an important business seminar to organize and need a quiet retreat to hold your meetings? Chez Linnea has everything you need yet is minutes from downtown Great Barrington and all amenities.

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average rating of 4.695652 based on 23 reviews
5

Beautiful Place -- Unique and Special

  • 5 of 5

This house is even lovelier than the pictures show. I've never stayed in a place that was better stocked for visitors -- Linnea has thought of everything you might need. The place was spotless, cozy, and so very homey. None of those impersonal IKEA style furnishings you find in so many rentals -- this place has an elegant and inviting personal vibe throughout. I hosted a writing retreat here and everyone found many comfortable spots to write in. We all loved every minute of our time here. This is a great place for a family reunion or gathering of friends and artists, with lots of room for a large crowd.

Highly recommend Tafts farmer's market and grocery just two miles from the house -- fantastic fruits, veggies, organic dairy products, onsite bakery and sandwiches made to order. Most anything you need for food can be found there, and it's of the highest quality.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Brenda! I'm so very glad that you and your group found Chez Linnea inviting and personal. I do try to make my property different from the others just for the reasons you mentioned! There's so much to do and see in the Berkshires and it's nice to have a quiet, private place to retreat to at the end of the day and still be really close to all the amenities Great Barrington has to offer. I'm so glad you experienced Taft Farms! I go there all the time and so enjoy this quality, family-run market. They're the nicest people and I can't recommend them high enough! I'm sorry I wasn't there to greet you; but as you know, I'm in Paris right now waiting for the birth of my second grandchild! I guess that's a pretty good excuse for not being there to say hello! Please do come again! You are more than welcome!
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5

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place for our group to stay! 2 kitchens (one up/one down), plenty of bedrooms with convenient bathrooms, well equipped!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Big house, with “interesting” collections

  • 4 of 5

This house is in a gorgeous spot – beautiful grounds with lots of places to gather and enjoy the views. It is spacious and very clean. Six women moved in and enjoyed two days of conversation. We appreciated the number of separate bedrooms and bathrooms. Because we had such a good time, I am giving it 4 stars.

However, I have to say this – every surface of the top floor was covered by collections of knick knacks and other things in a way that was oppressive and left no room for anything that a guest might have wanted to unpack. It was like spending a couple of days with an eccentric aunt. This was not a typical VRBO rental, in my experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great house with great charm!

  • 5 of 5

Linnea was an extremely helpful owner and very welcoming. The house was great for our family reunion of 15 adults and 4 children under age 3 years. We spent 3 days on the property and enjoyed the spaciousness of the house and the grounds surrounding (bocci and ladder ball, as well as frisbee were played). Bedrooms were comfortable and spacious. Overall a great experience for our family and I'm sure we'll be back!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this property. Linnea was very much communicative with us and made sure we had everything needed for a great vacation. I highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mayur! And thanks for leaving the place in mint condition! Come back anytime! Linnea
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5

We Will Definitely Come Back

  • 5 of 5

The house worked out great for my family of 15 (ages 19 to 91). We rented both the upper and lower. The house was as described. The kitchens had everything we needed, the beds are comfortable and, most importantly of all, it was very very clean!! Linnea is a pleasure to do business with. She made sure we had a folding table and chairs so we could all eat dinner together. She even put up a Christmas tree. We only had one slight Internet problem (based on the kind of family we are - everyone has a wireless device, sometimes 2 per person). We had to institute a rule - if you're not using WIFI log out. But, no problem with cell service so some of us went that way. We will definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $15
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $300

RATES ARE BASED ON 12 people occupancy (i.e. 6 people per level) Clients may rent ONLY THE LOWER LEVEL @ $495/standard night and $515 on weekends. Bottom level sleeps 11-13 max. IF CLIENT DESIRES TO RENT ENTIRE HOUSE, THE RATE is from $575-750/NIGHT based on season and amount of people. The house sleeps 17 in BEDS, and accommodates up to 18-20 people. 9 bedrooms, 4 baths,2 fully-equipped huge kitchens, 6 decks, 2 grand rooms, 4 flat screen TV's, 2 laundries, high speed wi-fi, tons of storage space, firepit, huge lawn and gardens. CANCELLATION TERMS ARE 45 DAYS PRIOR TO OCCUPANCY AND NOT 30. Deposits not returned if 45 or less than 45 days before occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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