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Cozy Monterey Family Chalet, Minutes from Lake & 10 Minutes from Butternut!

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The front of the house: Swiss Chalet style


Last updated: 05/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Chalet
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedroom Monterey Home Sleeps 6 Comfortably

This beautiful gem has been lovingly cared for by our family for 13 years—and has served as a relaxing retreat all year round. Our goal: to make you feel like it's your home away from home. It's comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated in the French country style—and is the perfect spot to relax or use as a home base for all your Berkshire activities.

It is family-friendly with child gates for the stairs—and plenty of games, toys, books, and movies for your children. No kids? These things are tucked away so you don't need to use them if you don't want! (Also, we use no pesticides on our property—and use only natural cleaning products on our you can feel healthy and safe in our home.)

There are 2 bedrooms upstairs: one master with a king-size bed and one smaller bedroom with a twin bed and pull-out twin bed. There is one downstairs bathroom. An open downstairs floor plan flows from the living room (with a wood-burning stove fired up by plenty of wood we have stored for you), to the kitchen to the dining room.

There's a super comfy pull-out sofa with a queen-size bed in the living room if you need extra space for your family or friends.

Off the dining room is the beautiful screened-in porch where you can sit for hours relaxing and enjoying the breeze and sounds of the Loom Brook from the back of the house. A connected deck allows for easy grilling with the gas grill.

In the summer, our house is just minutes from Lake Garfield, where there's a lake beach perfect for kids and adults alike! A lifeguard is present during the summer months—making it perfect for swimming out to the floating docks (it will bring back camp memories!). You can also canoe and kayak on this lake. We have sand toys, beach umbrellas, and chairs ready for your use. Love to hike? The Appalachian Trail crosses our road, which is perfect for walking any time of the year. We're also situated right near the Beartown State Forest with all its trails. Love to mountain bike? We have one bike available for your use; feel free to bring up your own bikes and ride along our dirt road — or on the nearby trails.

We're also close (about 20 minutes) to blueberry picking and apple picking.

We're 40 minutes from Tanglewood, 45 minutes from Jacob's Pillow, and just 25 minutes from the town of Great Barrington with its restaurants, bars, Triplex cinema, and the historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Fall brings the beautiful splendor of the fall foliage home here; it surrounds the house and everywhere you turn. Go for walks, take in kayaking or canoeing on Lake Garfield, or just take a visit to the nearby Taft Farms for their pumpkins, fresh cider and hot donuts, and corn mazes.

Our home is just 15 minutes from Butternut Ski Resort, which is where our children have learned to ski from age 3. It's the perfect family resort and our home is close enough to put season's passes (or just one-day passes) to good use. You'll love coming home to the warmth of the wood stove and the comfort of our home. We also have snow shoes available for your use.

We are minutes from the town of Monterey, which is small but quaint. The Monterey General Store is gourmet; you can get delicious soups and sandwiches (as well as pies and treats) here, along with staples for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We are also just minutes from the Roadside Cafe, the perfect country diner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Wednesday through Saturday. (There's also Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, and Lenox—as well as Pittsfield...which is 45 minutes away...for more delicious restaurants.)

We are about a 25-minute drive from the outlets in Lee, about 30 minutes to Stockbridge (with the quaint and historic Red Lion Inn) and Lenox with the Cranwell Resort & Spa (where you can play golf and have top-notch spa treatments), the Kripalu Yoga Center, and Tanglewood (as well as Canyon Ranch).

Pets are allowed by individual request.

Our goal: to have you fall in love with our home just as much as we love it. We want you to feel this is your Monterey home away from home!

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 88%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 1350 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    We have a high-chair and booster seat available for your use. We have child gates on the stairs and child locks for cabinets....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    If your pet is well trained, we will definitely consider allowing your pet to stay with you. We're a pet-friendly family!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Small children's bedroom: 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Master bedroom: 1 king


  • The Master bedroom, upstairs, features a comfortable king-size bed—and French country furnishings, including a closet and large dresser. The children's bedroom, upstairs as well, features a twin bed and a pull-out single sleeper sofa. It features a small dresser, as well as children's books, toys, and children's decorations—making this a happy place for children (or adults who are kids at heart!). There is a small terrace with sliding doors off the children's bedroom that is locked for safety. There is also child gate at the top of the stairs for safety. There's a pull-out queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room downstairs that also sleeps two comfortably....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


  • There is one full bathroom downstairs with a shower/tub combination. We also have children's bath toys available for children's use, if desired....moreless

Other Amenities

  • If you have small children, this cozy, well-appointed chalet is for you. There are child gates on the top and bottom of stairs and child-safety features like cabinet locks and outlet protectors. There are also plenty of toys and books for kids....moreless


  • Books:

    There is a small selection of books, including children's books....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There's also an old-style VHS player too!...moreless

  • Games:

    There are lots of family board and card games for your entertainment....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    We have WiFi via satellite and DISH network (via satellite) which offers 100 channels on the TV....moreless

  • Television:

    There is a large TV in the living room area that can be used for TV or video watching....moreless

  • Toys:

    There are toys available for children under 8. There are also puzzles and card games....moreless

  • Video Library:

    There are plenty of children's videos and family movies to watch—both DVD and VHS....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    The house is 5 minutes from the town of Monterey, with the gourmet Monterey General Store. The house is located 15 minutes from Butternut Ski Resort & 25 minutes from the town of Great Barrington....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The dining room features a large, wooden country table with seating for 8. A highchair and booster seat are available for your child's use. It looks out on a large beautiful screened-in porch....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    There is one window air conditioner downstairs that helps to cool the entire house if necessary. There are ceiling fans in the living room, kitchen, and on the screened-in porch too....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    A clothes dryer is also available for your use in the basement....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    We have a treadmill in the basement available for your use....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric heat runs through the entire house; you won't need it in the summer months and during the winter, we've found that the wood stove is enough to keep you toasty and warm!...moreless

  • Internet:

    There is WiFi at the house....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, blankets, down comforters, towels, pillows, and pretty much everything you need for a cozy stay is provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room is part of an open floor plan that leads to the kitchen and dining room. There's a pull-out sofa with a queen-size bed, a giant oversize chair, a wood stove, and a TV for movies!...moreless

  • Parking:

    There is parking for 3 cars in the driveway at the front of the house....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There's a landline available for your use....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of wash cloths and towels are provided (including beach towels and blankets for the beach)....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A washing machine is found in the basement; it's available for your use. ...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Put some firewood into this wood stove on chilly days and nights and you'll quickly heat up the entire house....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    There's a simple drip coffee maker for your use....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There are plenty of dishes and utensils; no need to bring anything!...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    There's a dishwasher for your use....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The small kitchen is part of an open floorplan downstairs....moreless

  • Microwave:

    There is a microwave available for your use....moreless

  • Oven:

    The oven is a brand-new electric convection oven with vent hood....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic pantry items (sugar, oil, vinegar, spices) are available for your use. If you need something special for your visit, just let us know!...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    We've recently upgraded the stove to a convection oven and added a vent hood to make home cooking even more convenient for you....moreless

  • Toaster:

    There's a Breville toaster oven available for your use....moreless


  • Balcony:

    There is a small balcony off the small bedroom on the second floor....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    There is one mountain bike available for your use in the basement; you'll just need to bring your own helmet (as we don't think helmets should be shared)....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The deck is attached to the screened-in porch and overlooks a beautiful, relaxing tree-filled yard....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two kayaks, each of which can fit an adult and child, are available for use on the lake 5 minutes away. Adult and child life jackets are available. Can only be used if you discuss with owner first....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a small lawn in the front, and a small lawn in the back. Both are surrounded by trees on almost two acres....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is an outdoor gas grill for your use....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Butternut Ski Resort is just a short 15 minute drive from here. Catamount Ski Resort is located about 45 minutes away (they offer night skiing)....moreless



from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 24 - Sep 5, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,050 $4,500
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$875 $4,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Property Damage Protection $59


All guests are charged a $125 cleaning fee; payable up front at booking. All guests with pets must purchase damage protection in addition to a deposit; this helps cover any accidental damage to the home or property.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany Airport, Albany
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cranwell Resort & Spa
42 Miles
Nearest Train
Wassaic, New York
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
90; Massachusetts Turnpike
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Roadside Cafe
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
Butternut Ski Resort
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Garfield Beach

Car: Necessary

Screened porch, beautiful hikes nearby, surrounded by state forest and acres of conservation land. We are a mile to the lovely Lake Garfield with sandy beach and delightful swimming. We are 15 minutes from Butternut Ski Resort, 25 minutes from the town of Great Barrington, and 40 minutes from Tanglewood and Kripalu Yoga Center.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: The owners, Valerie and David, bought this home as their city getaway almost 16 years ago. It's since been their home away from home for their family (including their three young children). They fell in love with the Berkshires because of the amazing hiking trails, beautiful lakes, culture, delicious food, and friendly people—all of which are easily accessible from their home.

Why the Owner Chose Monterey, MA, USA:
We have raised all three of our children in this second home away from home; they've learned to love the country and all the delights of the Berkshires here. While we still come up for them to play at the lake, go hiking, enjoy the fall foliage, and ski at Butternut, we find that we use it less than we ever did (thanks to kids sports and weekend activities), why we decided to share our home with others. Our goal: to give you a chance to love the Berkshires the way we do.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
While small, our home is extremely comfortable and cozy. You can sit on the couch with your feet up and feel at home. You can go out the front door and walk down the road to clear your mind. But what we love most of all is our screened-in porch, where we sit for hours reading, playing games, and eating our meals. A short or long stay in our home will refresh your batteries and invigorate you.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 88%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

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  • The front of the house: Swiss Chalet style

    The front of the house: Swiss Chalet style

  • The front deck, perfect for reading a good book.

    The front deck, perfect for reading a good book.

  • The Master Bedroom with king-size bed.

    The Master Bedroom with king-size bed.

  • The second bedroom with twin bed and pull-out twin bed; sleeps two.

    The second bedroom with twin bed and pull-out twin bed; sleeps two.

  • The dining room, which looks out on the screened-in porch.

    The dining room, which looks out on the screened-in porch.

  • The living room with wood-burning stove.

    The living room with wood-burning stove.

  • Another view of the back deck...quiet and private.

    Another view of the back deck...quiet and private.

  • The back of the house, complete with porch and deck...a short walk to the stream

    The back of the house, complete with porch and deck...a short walk to the stream

  • The back screened-in porch, where you can hear the stream.

    The back screened-in porch, where you can hear the stream.

  • Another view of the Master Bedroom.

    Another view of the Master Bedroom.

  • The bathroom, complete with shower and tub.

    The bathroom, complete with shower and tub.

  • The kitchen, which opens to the dining room and living room.

    The kitchen, which opens to the dining room and living room.

  • The back deck which connects to the screened-in porch.

    The back deck which connects to the screened-in porch.

  • The front yard, which is on a quiet road steps from the State Forest.

    The front yard, which is on a quiet road steps from the State Forest.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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