Bright and airy, cathedral ceiling, Post & Beam home situated in the heart of the Berkshires, minutes from Lenox, Tanglewood, Stockbridge, Jacob’s Pillow, Mount Greylock, Rail to Trails, October Mountain, the Appalachian Trail, Great Barrington, antiquing and shopping, and the world’s best sweets at Peace, Love & Chocolate. Three minutes to Lee town center, 6 minutes to the Lee outlets, and 7 minutes to both Stockbridge and Lenox. With 4 bedrooms and a Bunk Room, the house can sleep 12 people in beds, and 14 including a pullout sofa bed.
From the moment you walk in to a wall of westerly facing windows full of afternoon sun and a great room with a 32ft ceiling, it is relax time. Comfortably furnished and well appointed with all the touches of home, you have multiple ways to relax indoors or out. You can flop down on either of the overstuffed club chairs or couch and put your feet up on an ottoman, go upstairs to the balcony and curl up with a book, retreat to your bedroom and take a nap on a firm but plush mattress, sit on the deck and watch as the sun dips into the trees, or bird watch at one of the feeders.
The entire 1st floor is an open floor plan designed for family living and friend getaways, entertaining and free flow of movement. There is streaming natural light with a West-facing great room and dining area, hardwood floors in all the common areas and hallways, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the great room, and a walk thru kitchen with stainless steel LG, Bosch and Frigidaire appliances, gas range and granite countertops. The dining area has a large farm table that seats 10 very comfortably (with 12 total spindle-back chairs, for extra guests) and a breakfast bar that has three swivel stools. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor: a bunk room with 2 solid-wood, sturdy, twin bunk beds that sleep 4 (kids much more comfortably but absolutely can fit adults); and a queen room with a sleigh bed and a dressing table made by Chip’s grandfather. These bedrooms share a large full bathroom and there is a powder room down the hall. All of the bedrooms are carpeted.
When you climb the extra-wide staircase to the 2nd floor, you are treated to a view overlooking the great room, the soaring timber ceilings and a loft-style common area. You can relax on the sofa or in an overstuffed beanbag, challenge your housemate to a game of foosball on our full size table, listen to music via Alexa on Harmon Kardon speakers, or choose from any variety of puzzles and boardgames. On the north side of the house are two spacious bedrooms with a full bath between them. One bedroom has a queen sleigh bed with a west facing view over the large deck and backyard, and a true old-fashioned wicker rocking chair. The second bedroom has two twin beds with an easterly exposure looking out over the wildflower garden. On the entire South side of the house on the second floor is the master suite. This is a breathtaking room with a cathedral ceiling, a cozy sitting area furnished with club chairs and settee, an ensuite bathroom with double sinks and a gorgeous claw foot tub and a walk in closet with plenty of space.
Amenities and Decor:
The house is well appointed throughout, with a mixture of mid- and late-19th century antiques and contemporary furniture. Behind the closed panels next to the fireplace you will find a 55” 4K SmartTV, fully equipped with cable, 4K Apple TV, Netflix and AmazonPrime video. The kitchen and Pantry have everything you need to make a dinner for 2 or 12, from spices and baking needs to blenders and serving platters. Additional amenities: Pillow-top mattresses, down-alternative comforters, pillows, 100% cotton sheets and duvets (flannel for winter!), hair dryers, towels, washer/dryer, dishwasher, coffee maker, coffee press, toaster oven, food processor, pots, pans, slow cooker, baking and serving dishes, knives and utensils. Basic spices and baking ingredients. Iron/Ironing board; mudroom; 400mbs wi-fi for multiple workers to stream simultaneously, smart TV, Alexa and speakers; apple TV, foosball; board games
Property: 2+ acres, well set back from the road, huge yard and back deck to play, grill, or sit around a fire pit. 12 Adirondack chairs, 4 loungers for sunbathing, organic vegetable garden for use of fresh produce — we trade free veggies for weeding and watering. :-)
Location and things to do
For Spring, Summer and Fall: 5 mins to laurel lake, 15 mins to the Appalachian Trail access, Hiking, fishing, biking, water sports, golfing and other outdoor activities abound! 10 minutes to Tanglewood and Berkshire Theater Company, less than 10 minutes to Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge for antiquing, fabulous dining, and more New England charm.
For the diehard skier, we are a 15 minutes from Butternut and Bosquet, 20 minutes to Otis Ridge (nighttime skiing!), 30 minutes from Catamount and 40mins from Jiminy Peak. In one 3-night stay, you could ski 5 mountains! There is also plenty of wide open space nearby to cross country ski and snowshoe, for those intrepid explorers.