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Mid-century Home Nestled Among 2k+ Acres of State Forest Minutes to Tanglewood

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom Mid-century Classic Hidden in the Enchanted Forest of the Berkshires

Mid-century home nestled among 2k+ acres of state forest minutes to Tanglewood

If you are looking for a quiet woodland retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place for you. Located equal distance from New York City and Boston (2.5 hours from each), this mid-century home is set among more than 2,000 acres of state forest. Secluded on a dead end dirt road with only two other houses, this home makes for a perfect family getaway.

The house is approximately 2,500 square feet and features 4 bedrooms and an additional sleeping loft with its own second mini kitchen. There are 3 bathrooms (1 full and 2 3/4). It's an upside down house, which means the master bedroom and one other bedroom are on the lower level, and the living room and kitchen are on the upper level. This design maximizes the views from the living and dining areas which place you right up in the trees. The house is on a hill, so you enter the house over a land bridge on the upper level, but also have a door leading from the master bedroom to the back yard on the lower level.

The house was remodeled in 2014/early 2015 and features hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling in the living room, 2 fireplaces, a baby grand piano, a sun-filled solarium, family room with 55" LED SmartTV, gardens with outdoor pergola seating area, 2 outdoor decks, a master bedroom with a glass door opening to the outdoors, a children's room with 1 full size bed and 1 crib, guest room #1 with Queen bed, and guest room #2 with full sized bed and twin bunk beds. The house has a wi-fi + Airpplay enabled stereo system with built-in speakers throughout the house. High speed wi-fi internet is included. Washer and Dryer. There is a seasonal stream on the property, and lots of hiking trails within a few minutes drive. There is a Weber 3-burner gas grill on the deck that overlooks the gardens, and an outdoor eating table for summer BBQs.

The house is located on Fog Hill about 8 miles outside the hamlet of Austerlitz, NY in Columbia County. It's in the Berkshire foothills (sometimes referred to as the Taconic Hills in NY), and lies at an altitude over 1,500ft., which makes it naturally air conditioned in the summer.

The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, dishes, glasses, utensils, small and large appliances, and pretty much anything you will need to make your meals. There's an excellent supermarket in neighboring Chatham, called The Price Chopper, which has an enormous selection of local and organic produce and meat, as well as all the other staples. There are also dozens of local farm stands in the area where you can buy seasonal produce directly from area farmers.

To the east, our neighboring town is West Stockbridge, MA -- the site of Alice's Restaurant and the Arlo Guthrie Foundation church (3 miles away). Go a little further and you'll be in Lenox, MA -- home to Tanglewood, the summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It's a short drive to all major Berkshires attraction, including Jacob's Pillow, Mt. Greylock and Great Barrington. To our west is the Hudson Valley, a vibrant and thriving community of organic farmers, artists, antiques dealers and winemakers. The town of Hudson (25 minutes away) has been called the "new Williamsburg" because so many artisans have fled the overpriced burg in Brooklyn and set up workshops and stores on the historic Warren Street in Hudson. If you like antique stores, French cafes and gourmet dining, there's a lot to explore. There are dozens of state parks within a 45 minute radius that offer hiking, swimming, boating, mountaineering, fishing and more.

We have some items at the house which may be useful if you are traveling with an infant or toddler:

+ Crib

+ Pack n' Play

+ High chair with removable tray table

+ Baby monitors (1 base, 2 remote monitors)

+ White noise machine

+ Diaper pail

+ bottle brush

+ toddler forks, knives, plates, bowls and cups

bath toys

+ ergobaby  (infant insert available)

+ umbrella stroller 

+ baby shampoo + soap 

+ children's toilet seat

+ bathroom step stool

+ childrens books 

+ toys   

More Details

Kurt Langer
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Kurt Langer

Welcome! We are Kurt, Mio and Kailash, and we're happy that you found our home in the enchanted woods of Fog Hill. We live in Brooklyn, but we're originally from New England and Tokyo, respectively. Kurt grew up in Lexington, MA, did his undergrad at Brown University, and is a documentary filmmaker. Mio grew up in Kawasaki, Japan, did her undergrad at Los Angeles School of Art, and is a fine artist & graphic designer. Kailash is still growing up. We love to travel, and collect folk art from the places we visit. We also love mid-century design, music, art and walking in the woods.

Kurt Langer purchased this house in 2014

Why Kurt Langer chose Austerlitz

We fell in love with this house the moment we walked into the solarium and saw the view. The house is surrounded by trees, but light was pouring through the large picture windows and it felt like we were way up in a treehouse. It's only gotten better from there. We wanted a weekend home that would be a great place to relax and unwind, and one that would always give us more to explore. We're incredibly grateful that we found just the place, and we're happy we can share it with others.

What makes this house unique

Each season brings a completely different form of natural beauty. In winter, we see the first sunlight over the Berkshires glimmering off the snow-crested trees; In spring, there are more shades of green than you'll ever see in one place; In summer, the wild blueberries and blackberries take over the forest floor and gardens come to life; And in fall, the maples, oaks, elms and birches dazzle us with foliage. If you love nature, and wilderness in particular, you'll love being here.


Austerlitz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No Hunting Groups
  • No Hunting Groups
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom #1 - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom #2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
    Kids Bedroom - 1 child bed , 1 baby crib
    Sleeping Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Mid-century Home Nestled Among 2k+ Acres of State Forest Minutes to Tanglewood
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Private Haven Close to Stockbridge and other Mass. Attractions

  • 5 of 5

Exactly as promised: very clean, well designed, bay windows facing the forest on all sides, neighboring houses at a great distance. Everything worked: kitchen, hot water, heat, fireplace. Elegant minimalist decor in living areas and bedrooms; nice furniture, chairs, couches, and beds. This is a very well cared for house and our family group was completely comfortable.

It's different being on the edge of the state forest, as opposed to the houses in Lenox or Pittsfield and other towns, but if you like walking outdoors this must be great in the summer.

Kurt was great to deal with, answered his phone quickly when we had one question about an appliance, and otherwise left us alone. We will look forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful large clean home in lovely wooded setting

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for 3 families. Each had its own space and bathroom. The children were 4 and 2. There were plenty of toys there. The house is beautiful and very private and woodsy. We highly recommend

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property

  • 5 of 5

Great property. The owner was very nice to work with and provided lots of information about the house and area. There were easy to read instructions about the house rules/how to work electronics etc. There were lists of things to do in the area that we found helpful. FYI.. One of the house rules is no shoes, so make sure to bring a pair of slippers with you.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Hudson, NY
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Jiminy Peak
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

We are a "no shoes" house.

Owner'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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