The room is light and airy with morning sun and the shade of the large front porch in the afternoon. This is a place to enjoy a meal or just lounge and relax with a view of the gardens and surrounding woods. This space features a private entrance, a kitchenette and full bathroom and very comfortable queen bed.
Our newly created studio bedroom ensuite (with it's own private entrance) is situated in a peaceful cul-du-sac, on 'the hill', overlooking the town of Great Barrrington(URL HIDDEN) The room is artfully appointed with a comfy French Country queen sized bed. There is a simple kitchenette suitable for continental breakfasts, snacks like wine and cheese, or heating leftovers from one of our excellent local restaurants. Our new bathroom features an oversized walk-in shower stall.
The table and chairs sit beside a large picture window where 'early risers' can enjoy a lovely Berkshire sunrise. This also doubles as a useful work surface for e-mailing, writing, etc.
The large victorian porch is actually a garden room with views of colorful perennial beds, woods, and in three seasons a glimpse of the mountain range beyond - the perfect place to read, to talk, or just to relax and enjoy.
This large home was designed and built by a well known Berkshire fine arts painter and has been his home and studio space for over 25 years.
Note: If you are ever looking for a larger space, we have an airbnb cottage in Monterey, MA - just 25 minutes away from Great Barrington. The 'Cottage' has been Eileen's home for 18 years. We have been airbnb 'superhosts' for this beautifully appointed home and gardens for almost 2 years. If interested, go to airbnb, type in Monterey, MA and look for 'Charming Cottage with Gorgeous Views'.
Interaction with guests
We will welcome you personally and answer any questions you may have.
Other things to note
From the house one can take a leisurely 20 minute stroll down into town where galleries, speciality shops, restaurants and cafes abound. In summer and fall don't miss our fabulous Saturday morning Farmer's Market, complete with live music and food stalls frequented by us 'locals'.
At night one might enjoy live jazz with dinner at Castle Street Cafe; performances in the beautifully renovated Mahaiwe Theater; gourmet pizza at Baba Louie's; ice cream at So-Co Creamery; or a first run movie at our Triplex Cinema. All of these (and more) are again within walking distance of the house.
The 'Cultural Berkshires' as she is called, lives up to her name with famous venues like: Tanglewood (summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra); Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; Shakespeare & Company; Berkshire Theater Festival; the Norman Rockwell Museum; and Kripalu to name but a few. All of these are an easy drive from the house.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy numerous hikes, walks, parks, lakes, and house and garden tours. Visit the Berkshire Botanical Garden especially during it's Fall festival. Hike Monument Mountain with it grand views of the Berkshires and Catskills made most famous by Berkshire writers Melville and Hawthorne. In winter enjoy downhill and cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
Lake Mansfield is just 4 blocks away with its town beach as well as a boat launch for your kayaks and canoes.
As informed local residents/hosts, we both enjoy being helpful to guests wanting to make best use of their time here in the Berkshires. Please feel free to ask us for suggestions or explore on your own.
My name is Stephen and this Victorian has been my home for 25 years. I now share this space with my partner, Eileen
I am a fine arts painter and have shown in New York City, the Berkshires and am currently represented in galleries in Great Barrington and Wellesley, MA.
Eileen and I have been Airbnb super hosts for the past year and a half at Eileen's Cottage in Monterey, MA.
Eileen's first career was that of a Broadway show dancer and actress, but for the last 30 years, she has been a Clinical Social Worker in private practice and at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA.
We share a love for gardens and all of the arts venues available to us right here in the Berkshires.