Spacious, old-fashioned elegance at this Victorian "painted lady" in a perfect location in the Berkshires, only a few blocks from Great Barrington charming and bustling main street, but very quiet, with a lake and quiet country lanes a few minutes' walk in the other direction: 15 rooms, including 6 bedrooms (sleeping up to 10, plus 2 double sofa beds), 3 bathrooms, eat-in kitchen, family dining room, and two large sitting rooms, one of which has a wood-burning stove. African American intellectual W. E. B. Du Bois sledded down our street when he was a boy in the 1870s, soon after the house was built (in 1868, the year Du Bois was born). Lots of space for entertaining, inside and outside on the deck and stone terrace. Off-street parking for 5 cars, with barn/garage for 2 cars in winter. SKI SEASON AVAILABILITY: REDUCED PRICE FOR WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS ONLY.
A housekeeper/caretaker will see that you are well cared for. Catering and family cooking are also available by arrangement.
Exact accommodation is as follows: Bedroom 1: Queen (with ensuite bathroom) Bedroom 2: Single Bedroom 3: Queen plus Single Bedroom 4: Single Bedroom 5: Double Bedroom 6: Single Sitting room: Double sofabed Sitting room: Double sofabed Plus two double futons available if needed
The house is a gracious Victorian home with 2 staircases. There is a spacious wooden deck (20x20feet) overlooking the flower gardens, organic vegetable garden, with a view of East Mountain. Steps from the deck lead to a 30-foot stone terrace that is perfect for entertaining. The deck and adjoining terrace make it possible to entertain large groups, and there is ample indoor space for cocktail parties (up to about 40 guests).
This tranquil spot, surrounded by tall maple, pine and ash trees, is a cool green retreat from the crowds at Tanglewood. Because the house in on the Hill, breezes keep it cool even during hot summer weather. The main dining and sitting rooms are air-conditioned and upstairs rooms are equipped with ceiling fans.
Great Barrington is a small New England town (population 7, 000) and the center of the southern Berkshires, as well as the market town for the tri-state area which includes northwestern Connecticut and Columbia County, New York. It is the location of "Alice's Restaurant," where folk singer Arlo Guthrie, the son of Woody Guthrie, turned his Thanksgiving Day arrest for littering into one of the best-known songs and movies of the Vietnam War era.
The Berkshires have long been known for their rural beauty and for a wide range of cultural activities. The Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox (about 15 minutes to the north) is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and people come by the thousands from all over the world to be in the Berkshires for Tanglewood. The area is very popular in autumn, and there is downhill skiing at Butternut and Catamount in the winter, as well as plenty of cross-country skiing and even ice skating at the lake in our neighborhood.
Travel to Great Barrington: It takes 2-1/2 to 3 hours to drive to get to Great Barrington from Manhattan or from Boston. A car is probably necessary to enjoy the area fully, but everything you're likely to need day-to-day is available in the Main Street area, a short walk from our home.
We love the fact that we can buy groceries, shoes, and house paint at one of the many shops along our very traditional Main Street. We generally travel to New York by train, from Wassaic, NY (about an hour's drive). The train from Wassaic to Grand Central Station takes just over two hours.
There is also Peter Pan bus service to New York and the bus stop is a short walk from the house.+ More