1845 English-style cottage in historic/cultural Berks.Co. with mtn/river views.

1845 English-style cottage in historic/cultural Berks.Co. with mtn/river views.

Carolyn

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

My husband and I retired ten years ago to our 1845 cottage and modernized our home in the appropriate areas, i.e. kitchen, baths with sensitivity to retain the character of the home. Family antiques/oriental rugs, memorabilia, original art add to the decor. The "great hall" dominated by a native stsone fireplace extends to the ceiling, has unique charm. A wide variety of birds come to our feeders and visitors from the mountain, deer, fox, racoon, rabbits, etc. pass through our grounds. Our setting is at the base of Beartown Mtn with its 10,000 acres of state forests. Our property extends down to the river, just about 2 acres.

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Who we are

  1. My husband, Tom and I, Carolyn, decided to retire in the Berkshires because of the year round cultural stimuli. His "past life" was that of an architect and landscape architect and my was diversed ranging from a degreed therapist and finalizing it all with administration and medical writing/editing for the University of California. Yes, we can home to New England to retire.

    Our chief avocation is traveling and we have so thoroughly enjoyed home exchanges which began in 1986. Guess over the years, we have done over 20 exchanges. We also enjoy changing cats! We truly love our home, its surroundings and enjoy sharing it. We have also made a point to always meet our exchangers which adds much to the experience. This coming year, '07, we wish to return to England preferably in the lower Cotswold area, southern Wales, Northhampton or Yorkshire BUT we remain very open to all offers. Exchange with a non-smoking couple is a must.

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Although rural, we are just 5 minutes, 1.5 miles from the center of our nearest village, Stockbridge (pop 2,500 ) and home to five US embassadors! The famous Red Lion Inn has a marvelous chef and there are other restaurants there that will peak your culinary interests as well as some unusual galleries and boutiques. Centrally located for all the Berkshire tourist attractions, we are just 10 minutes to the famous Norman Rockwell Museum, the many historic homes open to the public and actually within walking distance of the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Our immediate surroundings were settled in 1777 and the area was recently named a national historic district. Canoeing and kayaking are available on our river and we have a beautiful little mountain lake with simming/canoeing facilities about 20 minutes by car. Walkers love our many trails and we are close to the Appalachian Trail which runs from Maine to Georgia! Surprisingly enough, it is not difficult for "tenderfoots" in this area. We can also boast of the mansions of the 19th C industrial barons, many of which are open to the puplic. The Berkshires has always attracted the literati from the 19th C (Hawthorne, Melville, Edith Wharton, etc.) and on to the present day. Many famous artists had summer homes/studios such as French the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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