About This Listing
Soak up nature and culture in the Berkshires in a cozy private room in an adorable brick cottage home in North Adams. It comfortably sleeps two and is located in a quiet, leafy neighborhood just a mile away from MASS MoCA.
Sweet, petite private room in our wee English cottage style home about a mile from MASS MoCA, and a short drive from Williams College, the Clark, Williamstown Theater Festival, Jiminy Peak, and more. About an hour to Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, and other southern Berkshire attractions. Minutes to southern Vermont.
Your room features a comfortable IKEA full-size futon-style bed with featherbed topper, lots of pillows, a writing table, a small closet, shelves, a bedside stand, and lots of books about art and design.
Our home is heated with gas, and there is a radiator in the room. We can also supply a space heater if you're chilly. There is no air conditioning, only a small, powerful fan. We tend not to miss AC except on all but the very hottest nights, so bear that in mind if you're booking in summer.
The bathroom is shared and it's adjacent to your room. We'll supply clean towels, linens, and essentials upon check-in and can refresh them for longer stays.
You are welcome to use our kitchen. We also have a breezy enclosed sun porch and a huge library of DVDs for rainy nights. WiFi and a printer are available. We do not have a television.
We can provide a simple breakfast, if you like, usually yogurt and homemade granola, locally grown fruits and vegetables and local free-range eggs, or homemade baked goods. Coffee and tea are always available.
We have a very exuberant Labrador retriever and a cat, both of whom will want to spend time with you. Pet-friendly folks are encouraged to come stay! We are fairly neat and tidy, but those with allergies should look elsewhere. (We'll leave a lint roller in your room!) And since the house is small and has only one bathroom, groups of more than two people, or families with children won't be a great fit.
We prefer to book folks with full Airbnb profiles. Please tell us a bit about yourself and what brings you to the Berkshires.
Aside from their room, guests are welcome to lounge in the living room and sunroom and all outdoor areas, and may use our kitchen for food preparation so long as they are considerate and willing to clean up.
Interaction with Guests
This is our home. We will typically be here to welcome you, but may occasionally be out of town and provide for as smooth a check in as possible in our absence. (We will let you know if that's the case.)
We are both pretty low-key, but we're friendly, and can interact as much or as little as you like, especially to recommend things to do in the area.
Our quiet, charming residential neighborhood is at the foot of Mount Greylock and the newly restored Greylock scenic byway. It's away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to everything to make a good home base for day trips. Walk a block to the lovely Cascades trail and dip your toes in Notch Brook, or hike to the waterfall at the end of the trail. We're also near the beautiful Natural Bridge and Clarksburg State Parks, a couple of yoga studios, and the artists' lofts at the Eclipse and Beaver Mills.
The various cultural and natural attractions of the southern Berkshires are within about an hours' drive, and southern Vermont is just minutes away.
It's best to rent a car when visiting the Berkshires. There is off-street parking available for one car in our driveway.
Other Things to Note
And — we're back! Airbnb early adopters, we took a few years off from hosting, but we're eager to welcome you to our home again.
From time to time, generally on weekends, we'll have the whole house available — we can comfortably sleep 4, or 6 with the addition of an airbed. Contact us if you're interested; our schedules are flexible.
Pets considered! Please let us know if you are traveling with your dog.
Treat our home as you would yours.
No smoking in the house. You may smoke outside, but please dispose of your butts responsibly.
Please clean up any kitchen messes you make.
No outside guests.
We had a really great time staying with Frances. She was warm and kind and helped us navigate around the area with advice for where to eat and maps for local hikes. Our two dogs also felt right at home and got along great with her dog. Her little cottage was very charming and perfect for our weekend getaway. We hope to come back this way to stay again.
This was a GREAT stay! Loved the house and our room, and though Frances wasn't there during our brief visit, the notes she left for us made us feel super welcome. Wish we had had more time to explore North Adams and take advantage of all the great tips in the guest book in our room! Loved it and would definitely stay there again (and spend more time with her cat, who is one of the coolest I have ever met). Thanks Frances!
What a lovely home and couple; They both ooze creativity and warmth! We had a great stay in North Adams. The room has everything you need including a full guidebook to the area. There is a great trail 1 block from their home that leads to a sizable waterfall.
We had such a lovely stay. Beautiful, clean and well kept home in a super quiet neighborhood - exactly what we'd hoped for! Frances left us snacks and wonderful list of places to go and things to do, and was in contact whenever we needed. We would definitely stay again the next time we're in the area!
Fran offers great accomodation in a wonderful area. You might want to take her charming dog home with you!
Sweet and clean house with lovely hosts and friendly pets. Fran not only made us coffee and tasty treats in the morning, but also was very flexible and helpful suggesting things to do and see in the area.
we deeply appreciated Frances and Dan's welcome in their lovely house nicely located in a quiet and residential area of North Adams. As we had little time, we chose to give priority to a refreshing visit to the nearby cascade, with bath (a lovely walk about 20 minutes), and stay afterwards with our hosts, who captured us with a delightful dish they had prepared for us ! We had a nice time and conversation, followed on the next morning. We only wish we could have stayed longer !
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About the Host, Frances
Frances and Dan are two thirtysomething designers living the charmed country life in a funny little hamlet in western Massachusetts. We're both native New Yorkers but we have friends and family on the west coast and Pacific Northwest and try to make it out there yearly.
We love cooking, visiting farmers' markets, long walks in big cities and on tree-lined trails, street food, taking pictures, record stores, and traveling the backroads of New England with our Labrador retriever, Bix. We have a penchant for great coffee and craft beer, and seek out both whenever we travel.
A tiny, level hike to a beautiful waterfall, right in the midst of a charming suburban neighborhood.Marion Ave North Adams US 01267
Every Thursday evening in summer and fall, the sleepy streets of North Adams come alive with strolling pedestrians checking out art in the galleries and storefronts downtown.Main St North Adams US 01267
Affordable pub and diner fare. Have a pint of BBC while sitting in the window.55 Main St North Adams MA 01247
The sprawling nineteenth-century buildings that make up this contemporary arts mecca—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—were once factory buildings churning out textiles and electronics.20 Marshall St West Summit MA 01247
Right in town, just steps from MoCA, Brewhaha is always jumping. The coffee is strong and the breakfast is filling.20 Marshall St, #2 North Adams MA 01247
MCLAs own small art gallery, right on Main St.Main St North Adams US
Shima’s well-curated collected of kid, baby, and maternity gear is design-focused, with an eye toward eco-friendliness, and the colorful, bright space is a joy to be in, kids or not.105 Main St West Summit MA 01247
Yep, the Appalachian Trail, here in North Adams. Hike part of it for a refreshing workout.Massachusetts Ave North Adams US
Well executed pub fare and burgers with a rotating tap list of craft beers, this is a great spot for lunch or dinner.Holden Street North Adams MA 01247
One half of this Eagle St storefront is a kids’ paradise, stocked with games and interactive toys, while the other half caters to the fur-kids set, with dog and cat treats and accessories.State Highway 8A North Adams US
Go for a swim in this sweet little lake right smack in the middle of North Adams. Family-friendly.North Adams MA 01247
Lovely, hidden in-town gem boasting a natural marble bridge. Park at the bottom of the hill and walk up, taking a detour through the woodland trail near the top.McAuley Rd North Adams US 01247
Mexican outpost with homemade salsa in Williamstown; the same business operates out of a storefront on Eagle St. in North Adams, too.246 Main St Williamstown MA 01267
Another in-town uphill climb that rewards with fantastic views.Pine Cobble Rd Williamstown MA 01267
An old-fashioned record store in a rickety old Victorian in a tiny town in the Berkshires. Unexpected treasures can be dug up here, especially if your musical taste tends toward the weird and obscure.131 Water St Williamstown MA 01267
Seasonally-reverent food is the norm here, and the space and views are beautiful. Use dinner here as an excuse to bring heels on your hiking trip.16 Water St Williamstown MA 01267
Williams College’s small but well-curated museum often has several ongoing exhibitions culled from its huge collection. Plus, it’s free.Lawrence Hall Dr Williamstown MA 01267
The standard tavern fare here is unremarkable, but you won’t regret sipping a pint of BBC Steel Rail on the deck upstairs while taking in the amazing view over North Adams’ historic Hairpin Turn.State Highway 2 North Adams US
Rainy night? Instead of sitting around, check out a film at this cozy indie cinema on Williamstown’s tiny main drag, and get a bucket of GMO-free popcorn topped with real butter and garlic salt.50 Spring St Williamstown MA 01267
With two locations, one on Spring St. in Williamstown, the other in the MoCA complex, Lickety Split has the lockdown on homemade ice cream in North County.69 Spring St Williamstown MA 01267
Intelligent toys for kids of all ages and personalized service to boot.100 Spring St Williamstown MA 01267
The Clark is best known for its grand collection of French Impressionist painting, and its contemporary collection is growing. The grounds are lovely to hike around after a trip through the galleries.South St Williamstown MA 01267
The switchback road up to the top of Mt. Greylock rewards with awesome vistas. For the more athletically inspired, try the Thunderbolt trail, a vertiginous hike up a 1930s ski trail.Thunderbolt Ski Trail Adams MA 01220
The beautiful, remote Tannery Falls hike is worth the scenic and twisty drive up Route 2 from North Adams. Check out the giant Balancing Rock on your way out, or stop for a dip at scenic North Pond.260 Central Shaft Rd West Summit MA 01247
Work off that museum fatigue with a stroll or bike ride down this level 11-mile trail, which extends from Adams to Lanesborough through gorgeous landscapes and past several lakes.Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Adams MA 01220
You might have a hard time choosing from the mind-boggling array of draught and bottled beers available, so order a plate of wings while you narrow it down.N Main St Lanesboro MA 01237