The Writer's Cottage


Entire cottage hosted by Joe

  1. 3 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
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The Writer's Cottage is a tiny white house on a country road; vintage, complete, and inspiring. Built in the nineteenth century, it's perfect for a solo traveler or a pair of travelers exploring the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley. If you like rustic buildings, you'll be a fan of the cottage; it's an incredibly cozy time warp. Queen bed and living quarters downstairs; airy loft up a narrow set of enclosed stairs. There's an orchard and lawn with grill, hammock and table.

The space
Our location is in New York, right on the border of the Berkshires hills, in the perfect position to fan out for destinations north and south. You're just 20 minutes away from Tanglewood, Kripalu Yoga Center and Jiminy Peak Ski. We're a great hub, but we're not in the Masschusetts Berkshires. Please make sure that you like our location and love the great value it provides before you book.

We ask for a minimum 5-day stay. For stays of a week or more, the discount is 10%. For a month, the discount is 23%. The Writer's Cottage is a great place for a productive long stay.

The base price is for one or two people, which is really the right size for the cottage. It can feel crowded otherwise, with perhaps not enough privacy for several adults. There is a $15 for each additional person (except for kids little enough to be in a crib).

For its small size, the cottage has several discrete spaces. Downstairs is a bedroom with a queen size bed and two cozy chairs. A well-equipped kitchenette has a shiplap vaulted ceiling and a round table that seats four, plus an ample mudroom for jackets, skis, boots and fishing poles.

A writing room is just big enough for a cozy sofa and a desk, with a view of the orchard. The sofa can open up into a comfortable single bed, good for either an adult or a child. This room is also a good place to put a crib. There's a narrow bathroom next door.

Up an amazing tiny enclosed staircase is an open loft space perfect for meditation, music, reading, privacy, or painting. You'll find a work table and ,comfortable seating up there.

This is an ideal spot for a weekend respite from the city, or as a base to explore the area. It calls to people working on creative projects, or those looking for a longer hiatus.

It has all the important amenities, like light, good dedicated wireless internet and strong cell service ( although we hear that T-Mobile/Sprint/Consumer Cellular users report difficulty.) There's a washer/dryer too.

The Writer's Cottage offers quality linens with a supply of pillows, duvet, blanket and coverlet for your bed. The shower may be narrow, but it's well equipped with a broad choice of shampoos, conditioners and and soaps.

In the kitchen you'll find good china and glassware, as well as a quality supply of cookware and equipment. There are coffees and teas available, as well as olive oil, vinegars and spices, but no dishwasher... and no tv! Note that the doorways are narrow and the upper loft space is only six feet tall. But there's lots of old wood and so much charm.

Relax on deck chairs or the hammock out back, on the porch out front, or set up lunch at the big round iron table and chairs on the grassy acre outside the back door. When it's dark, the motion detector light at that door guides you back in.

Some more features: even in midsummer, this area offers generally comfortable evening temperatures, but for the occasional night when it's hot, you'll find air conditioning inside.

People tell us that they like to know more about how we care for the beds and linens, so here is a little detail. We use sheets with high thread counts and wash them in Seventh Generation natural detergent. Pillows and comforters are down-alternative. We use protective covers for pillows, and encase the bed's mattress and box spring too.

If you're here for a short stay, you can find everything you need right on the first floor if you choose. For longer stays, there's a chest of drawers and a full-size closet up in the loft.

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed
Living room
1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Garden view
Lake access
Dedicated workspace
Free driveway parking on premises – 2 spaces
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Window AC unit
Private patio or balcony

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Where you’ll be

New Lebanon, New York, United States

The Writer's Cottage is a great retreat both in summer and winter, whether you prefer a cozy break or search for culture and action. It's well positioned for full access to the Berkshires, including so much fine music, theater, food, art and natural beauty that you can't possibly do it all justice no matter how hard you try.

Tanglewood is about 20 minutes away, and so is the Kripalu Yoga Center. There is a swift, scenic route to get to both of those from here, through pasture and forest, and ending with a wonderful view of the Stockbridge Bowl.

In the winter, ski trails at Jiminy Peak or Bousquet are less than a half hour away, and Butternut is just a little farther. Hiking trails and conservancies abound. In the springtime, it's great to see the leafy woods and blowsy gardens emerge. It's locavore and farmer's market heaven in the summer and fall.

Another summertime treat hidden nearby is Queechy Lake, with lifeguard and sandy shore, one of the cleanest and most delicious lakes in New York state. There's also a nice local park in town, with two newly refurbished tennis courts.

Check out our online guidebook for a full listing of the places we love most around here for visit or a meal. There are seven fine art museums, eight theater companies, three Shaker villages and two orchestral venues within an hour's radius.

We're a good jumping -off point for visiting the Berkshire towns-- it takes about 20 minutes to get to Lenox, Pittsfield and West Stockbridge in Massachusetts, for example. You're also only about twenty minutes from several other historic towns and villages of New York, such as Old Chatham, Canaan, and Spencertown.

Hosted by Joe

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My wife and I live here in New Lebanon with our four kids. We love old mills; that's what brought us here.


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House rules

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy