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Entire house hosted by Rani & John
7 guests3 bedrooms4 beds2 bathrooms
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Our home is in the heart of vibrant downtown Great Barrington, just steps from the River Walk. Stroll a block to the vibrant shops, eateries, farmer's market, and historic Mahaiwe Theater. It's a quick 20 minute drive to the world class music at Tanglewood and the theater productions at Shakespeare & Co. Winter sports enthusiasts will be 5 minutes to Ski Butternut and 15 minutes to Catamount Ski Mountain. Relaxation at Lake Mansfield is only minutes away by car.

The space
A three plus bedroom home nestled in the heart of Great Barrington, Smithsonian Magazine's "Best Small Town in America" in 2012. One block east of Main Street, the house is positioned on a corner lot with a side lawn ready for yard games, grilling or just chatting with neighbors and passersby.

Freshly painted, newly furnished and with a new kitchen install, our home is the perfect spot for visitors looking to be close to GB’s vibrant downtown area while enjoying a private bungalow at day’s end. Walk to the farmer’s market, the library, the River Walk or any of GB’s shops, eateries, theaters, and services within moments.

Have a drink locally and walk home. No need for car keys.

Features of the house include:

- A well equipped kitchen for those who love to cook
- 3 full bedrooms: 2 with queen sized mattress, 1 with low profile bunk beds. A fourth "mini" bedroom (no closet) is equipped with a desk and a single day bed
- A newly built bathroom downstairs with a tiled shower and one upstairs with antique soaking tub/shower
- Living room with couch and conversation area
- Dining room with seating for six and conversation area with game table.
- Four season sunroom with Roku smart TV and ceiling fan
- Mudroom for coat and ski storage with washer/dryer.
- Front porch with two Adirondack chairs and bistro seating - ideal for evening cocktails, web surfing or just reading outside

Our home is also equipped with an excellent WiFi signal for remote working, learning or streaming your favorite movies and television shows. A smart lock provides keyless access.

Enjoy being close to town, but privately secure.

Places for sleeping

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 bunk bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
TV
Washing machine
Dryer
Air conditioning
Bath
Hair dryer
Refrigerator

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Where you’ll be

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States

Smithsonian Magazine described the Town of Great Barrington best in 2012:

Big-city smart meets New England natural in an art-rich mountain setting.

You’ve got to slow down when Route 7 leaves behind the wide-open valley of the Housatonic River to enter Great Barrington. The road becomes Railroad Street there, right of way to pedestrians stalled in the crosswalk trying to decide whether to have sushi or chimichangas for dinner. Others carry yoga mats, bags of farmers market produce, books, CDs, double espressos and all the other stuff it’s hard to find in surrounding Berkshire Mountain villages like Stockbridge and Lenox.

Compared with them, Great Barrington (pop. 6,800) is like a big city where you can get anything you want, to borrow the chorus from “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” by hometown boy Arlo Guthrie. He was 18 when he wrote the satirical ballad about true events on Thanksgiving Day 1965, when he got arrested for illegally dumping some of Alice’s trash, ultimately making him ineligible for the Vietnam War draft. Trinity Church, former abode of the celebrated Alice, is now the Guthrie Center, a stage for folk music, starting point of the annual “Historic Garbage Trail Walk” and a place for interfaith spiritual exchange in a town where there could be something contrarian in the water.

Or in the food. At the forefront of the big-chain-grocery-store-defying, eat-local movement, Great Barrington is devoted to its family farms, farmers markets and co-op. Berkshire Grown, an organization that promotes the production and marketing of locally grown food, spreads the word with lectures by writers like Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma and most recently Food Rules).

Great Barrington’s latest unconventional endeavor is to mint its own currency, an experiment launched in 2006 aimed at getting people to buy everything—not just food— local. Almost 400 businesses in the area trade BerkShares bills; the 5 BerkShares note features W.E.B. Du Bois, the great African-American author and educator whose boyhood home just west of town is a National Historic Landmark.

Incorporated in 1761, around the same time as Stockbridge and Lenox, Great Barrington, too, attracted rich summer people who built Gilded Age mansions like Searles Castle, now a boarding school. But Great Barrington grew up as a mill and railroad center, its blue-collar ring never excised. About 125 miles from New York City, it attracts a hip crowd from the Big Apple, along with New Englanders and recent immigrants from Asia and Mexico.

“Great Barrington is a small, manageable, economically and ethnically mixed town. That’s what I love about it,” says locally renowned Northeast Public Radio director and commentator Alan Chartock, who proudly lives in a house once owned by one of the judges at the Lizzie Borden trial.

When passenger trains still stopped in town, they brought performers from New York, booked to appear at the Mahaiwe, a vintage 1905 vaudeville theater. Now lovingly restored, it offers a year-round schedule of jazz, rock, dance, lectures and HD broadcasts from London’s National Theater and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Executive Director Beryl Jolly, who came to Great Barrington from New York’s Public Theater, calls it the Mahaiwe Mix, no categories excluded, for the whole “big mix of people you see walking down Railroad Street.”

Early summer brings the Berkshire International Film Festival to the Triplex Cinema, and classical music performed on historic instruments to the Aston Magna Festival at the Bard College Simon’s Rock campus. Not to mention such famous cultural institutions as Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Company, the Norman Rockwell Museum and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival just a country drive away.

Then there’s the frame that nature put around the picture, with 1,642-foot Monument Mountain to the east and the rest of the Berkshires to the west—such cozy mountains! Orchards are sheer walls of pink in the spring, farm fields thick with corn in the summer. Fall leaf-peepers train cameras on golden oaks and crimson maples. Honking geese pass over ice-coated bogs and ponds in the watershed of the Housatonic River. All this, and bagels, too. Arlo got it right. -- Susan Spano

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Joined in May 2018
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On the whole, we expect guests to be fairly self-sufficient. However, we are generally local on weekends. If we are not available, we will ensure any serious issues are promptly addressed through a local contact.

We try our best to be respectful of our neighbors and ask our guests to please do the same. No parties and no loud noises between 8pm and 8am. Thank you!
On the whole, we expect guests to be fairly self-sufficient. However, we are generally local on weekends. If we are not available, we will ensure any serious issues are promptly ad…
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 pm
Check out: 10:00 am
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No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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