Mid-Century Home Nestled Among 2k+ Acres of State Forest Minutes to Tanglewood(3 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-5 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
4 Bedroom Mid-century Classic Hidden in the Enchanted Forest of the Berkshires
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:
+ 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
+ ergobaby (infant insert available)
+ umbrella stroller
+ baby shampoo + soap
+ children's toilet seat
+ bathroom step stool
+ childrens books
Member since: 2015
- 2500 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 10
- Children Welcome:
Non Smoking Only:
No smoking allowed inside. If smoking is detected indoors, it will result in a 100% forfeiture of your deposit. If you smoke outdoors, all cigarette butts must be placed in the "butt can" located on the deck. The butt can must be emptied when you leave and all cigarette butts must be taken with you from the property. Thank you for your understanding....moreless
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- DVD Player:
- Music Library
There's a 55" LED Samsung SmartTV that is connected to the internet. If you have an account with Netflix, AmazonPrime, Hulu, etc, then you're all set. If not, there's a DVD player with lots of DVDs....moreless
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Child's Highchair
The dining table seats 6 comfortably and 8 if you squeeze. There is an additional table on the deck that can be used for larger groups. There is also a children's table with seating for 4 small kids...moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
The kitchen comes with pots, pans, appliances and pantry items like salt, sugar and spices. You will need to procure your own food and drinks. The tap water is safe for drinking, and delicious!...moreless
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 6 - Oct 8, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 22 - Nov 25, 2017
4 night min stay
Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
5 night min stay
Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $100
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
We are a "no shoes" house.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: Welcome! We are Kurt, Mio and Kailash, and we're happy that you found our home in the enchanted woods of Fog Hill. We divide our time between New York City and the Berkshires, 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.
Why the Owner Chose Austerlitz, NY, USA:
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 home that would be a great place to raise a family, 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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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The living room with vaulted ceiling and open floor plan connecting to kitchen.
The solarium faces south and east and is the perfect place to watch the sunrise.
The baby grand piano
The bed room #1 (master bedroom with windows facing to the gardens.)
The bedroom #2 ( guest room)
The bedroom #4 ( kids room with crib & a toddler bed)
The family room with wood burning stove and LED SmartTV.
The primary guest bathroom.
The secondary guest bathroom
South side of the house with the gardens in the foreground.
The kitchen. There's a sky light above the island.
The dining area. There are additional matching chairs for a total of 12.
Alternate view of master bedroom
The bedroom #3 ( guest room) . Can sleep up to 4 people.
The sleeping loft with mini kitchen and breakfast nook.
The family Room 55" LED SmartTV.
The full bathroom with separate tub and oversized shower stall.
The washer and dryer.
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Monday, April 10, 2017
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