Little house to the far right is our guest cabin. In the center is our wood shop. (Big house to the far left) You can rent one property, or all. Coming soon: Tiny space above wood shop for the
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.
We've stayed here before and it is just perfect every time!!! The fireplace is just amazing as is the decor of the entire house and being able to walk into the backyard for a hike is just so special. Thanks again Aina and Margie!!!
My wife and I (and our dog) enjoyed a wonderful 3 night stay at the Stone Palace. If you are looking to get away from it all and I mean "all" this is a great option. Set back from a very quite street this house is beautiful and very well appointed. The big kitchen, huge double sided fireplace and large Whirlpool tub were the best features for us. The house was very clean and perfect for our needs. You will be 20+ minutes from any sign of civilization or store so plan accordingly. We really enjoyed our stay and wish we had stayed longer. I definitely recommend this property.
The stone palace was great! This is an excellent getaway and one that we hope to visit again. The size of the cabin is perfect. I was worried it would feel big and empty with two people, but that was not the case. There is plenty of space for more people without feeling like you are on top of each other.
Everything is here that you would need to cook nice meals. The layout of the place is excellent for hanging out with your significant other or a group of friends.
This is a cabin worth returning to to experience all of the seasons from this relaxing getaway.
Wonderful vacation! Perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the lovely house and surroundings. Thanks and we hope to come back!
We had such an amazing weekend staying at the stone palace this winter. It was truly a one-of-a-kind space, filled with small, beautiful surprises, and comfortably secluded. Aina and Margie were very helpful and welcoming.
The space was great for getting away from the city. Our stay was very comfortable. A very nice and inviting layout with a private feel.
Amazing space! Margie and Aina were available to lend assistance and responded immediately to any concerns. You will love your stay here and the pictures are true to life. Gorgeous, gorgeous home in the most tranquil and serene of settings. Stayed over Thanksgiving with a total of five guests and made wonderful memories! Grateful for Margie and Aina's warm hospitality........
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We are a fun, traveling couple with a pied-a-terre in NYC and a home in the Berkshire foothills between which we split our time.
We like to snowboard, dive, play croquet, tango, experiment with cooking and gardening (and maybe chickens one day) and hosting people who love NYC and/or bucolic western Massachusetts hill towns.
We try to be environmentally thoughtful, especially important in Massachusetts, as our home is on a septic system and we drink well water. So we try to use organics and sustainable cleaning products whenever possible.
We enjoy massive building projects (currently planning to create a hori kotatsu room in the cabin, so if anyone has specialized knowledge, trade could be possible)
Important! We love it when guests bring or leave food (Margie especially).