About This Listing
The Stone Palace, the epicenter of The Granville Lodge, Farm and Theater, is one of the best kept secrets in the Berkshire foothills. Granville, a gorgeous historic hilltown, is a two and a half hour drive from both New York and Boston.
A true cook's kitchen with everything an iron chef. Radiant heat floor, handmade countertops, two sinks. Screened-in porch off the kitchen.
Extraordinary, custom-designed cook's kitchen takes center stage. The eat-and-lounge-in kitchen features multiple work spaces, sinks and other practical design details and surprises.
The upstairs bath is also quite amazing. Separate W.C., and a huge tiled walk in shower room with an Airbath that seats two.
Two king beds upstairs, also an antique day bed (twin size). Note: upstairs has a semi-open floor plan. This means that while there are few actual walls dividing sleeping quarters, there are partitions and the space is large enough so that two couples, for example, have plenty of privacy.
Downstairs is another full bathroom with shower.
Mostly stone and glass, finished concrete (radiant heat) floors downstairs. Which means it stays cool in the summer. Mod meets romantic meets wabi-sabi/shabby-chic/eco-conscious.
(Well-behaved) dogs welcome, and we know that most people who bring their dogs on vacation are super-considerate.
Good to know - we are on five acres, with town forest behind us. If the neighbors behave it can be completely (we do have nice neighbors) even unreasonably, quiet.
An adorable A frame guest cabin is also on the property, which is often available as well.
Two small refrigerators (and a large separate freezer) located in the laundry room.
You have the gardens, the woods, and (maybe) the awesome (outdoors) wood-fired hottub.
Large double-sided working fireplace. Very modest media center, really just a flat screen with cable, a Roku box for Netflix instant downloads, Hulu, Pandora.
Interaction with Guests
We like to give you as much privacy as possible, but are always available by text, phone or email to address any concerns.
Scenery is gorgeous year round. Fall leaves are breathtaking, if you like to bike, we are at the top of a hill and you can coast down to the Granville Gorge and splash around, then get a real workout riding home. Rural community famous for apple and peach orchards, pick your own berries, and small dairies.
How to get here: We are @ 2 1/2 hours from both NYC and Boston. One option is to take Amtrak, Peter Pan Express, or MetroNorth and then rent a car. Or just rent a car.
If the timing is right and you just want a place to hide for a few days we can pick you up from Hartford or Springfield.
It's a cozy home base for apple, peach, and berry-pickers, antique lovers, skiers and boarders (small downhill slopes are close by, great for first-timers). Just around the corner is really good cross-country.
For serious hikers the famous Tunxis trail is walking/hiking distance. or a short 10 min drive to a trail head. Equine and a Wilderness Adventures outfit also a short drive.
The Granville Gorge is good for cooling off, but the Barkhamsted Reservoir has a "secret" public beach (Lake McDonough), which is equally popular with locals.
Westfield is a 20 min drive away, restaurants and antiques and supermarkets etc. Granby, Ct is 15 min in the opposite direction. Longer excursions include Northampton, Amherst and Great Barrington. Also Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow for music and dance.
Other Things to Note
We have an eclectic library, an interesting DVD collection, a few board games, a canoe, old lacrosse sticks, bikes, a couple sleds, a croquet set - let us know what you have in mind and we'll do what we can to help you have fun!
Our best kept secret is our wood fired hot tub that we can sometimes allow guests to use. It is situated behind the main house. If no one is around it is a perfect treat! Just ask if you are interested; we will need a full day to prepare it - clean it, fill with fresh water, We have to charge an extra $150 for all this.
Alternately, if you supply the wood or gather it from the property and spend the 4-6 hrs to get the water to temperature we can work out a more affordable fee.
We can be flexible about check in and out times - depends on how busy we are. Just ask!
Smoking outside only, please. We are serious non-smokers.
Also, we will clean our "palace" from top to bottom for you; please leave it clean for us.
We love dogs, but not on the furniture. And please pick up after him and cover the furniture (ask us for old sheets) if he's going to cuddle up on the sofa with you!
We know you will treat our dishes, appliances, linens etc. as if they are your own, but please tell us if there is an accident so we can figure out how to replace or fix it.
Airbath fits two people. Roman-inspired bathing/shower room is full of light with garden views.
We had a great time relaxing and rejuvenating in this beautiful house. It has a rustic charm of its own, the kitchen is one of the best I have seen and the yard makes you feel much closer to the nature. Thank you Aina and Margie, we will be back soon.
This beautiful, open and and natural space is the perfect environment for peace and tranquility. Full of character, with interesting details everywhere, reflecting the loveliness of the hosts. The yard is private, full of windflowers, and surrounded by woods. This retreat was inspiring and exactly what we needed to be removed from the distractions of our daily lives, and rejuvenate.
This was an amazing place to spend a weekend! The house was beautifully prepared for us. The place was cleaned very nicely, there were signs and a guest book to answer any questions we may have, and there was even a decent amount of wood for fire already collected. Their kitchen was fantastic to cook in with pretty much everything you could possibly want. They don't have a full fridge, but rather two mini fridges and a freezer. It was plenty of space for us.
They were very kind when we got there and they were getting ready to leave and took us through all that needed to be done. They asked us if we'd feel comfortable moving two of their chickens at the end of the first night. Truth be told, I'd never done it before, but I saw it as one of those fun "Only with Air BnB" moments. It went off without a hitch, but we didn't feel pressured to do it one bit.
We went for memorial weekend and it was pretty warm but VERY buggy. Bring plenty of bug spray especially if you use their croquet set.
Overall, we couldn't have been much happier with our stay. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet, unique get away in the woods.
Had a great weekend getaway. Large space. Large cooking area. Eveything was just as expected from the listing. Would love to come back sometime.
We had a great time at the Stone Palace! The house is beautiful and the large kitchen is great for home-cooked meals. We enjoyed the company of the two chickens too - lots of fun to have around. Aina and Margie were great hosts and were very responsive to emails both before and during our stay. We'd recommend to anyone who is looking for a quiet retreat.
Thanks for a lovely time!
Beautiful and very spacious home. Kitchen was extraordinary with spectacular fireplace and jet tub...all make for an extremely romantic getaway. The hosts were extremely responsive and accommodating. All amenities were available and well thought out. A warmth permeated the Stone Palace in combination with much character and personal touches. Meeting Marge was fantastic. She was gracious, kind and generous. We highly recommend this wonderful home.
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About the Host, Aina & Margie
We are a fun, traveling couple with a home in the Berkshire foothills a pied-a-terre in NYC between which we split our time.
We like to host people who like amazing cities and/or bucolic western Massachusetts hill towns - in particular independent, self-reliant types who are as interested and curious about the world as we like to think we are. We are into conservation, community-building, better ways of growing food and eating.
We try to be environmentally thoughtful (especially important in Massachusetts, as our home is on a septic system and we drink our own well water). So we try to use organics and sustainable cleaning products whenever possible.
We enjoy massive building projects (currently imagining a "hori kotatsu" room in the guest cabin, so if anyone has specialized knowledge, trade could be possible)
We do have a wood-fired "nature-tub" behind the main house, which can sometimes be made available to people willing to put in the work to get it going.
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