Northampton is nice, but historic Granville in the Berkshire foothills is de-lux (at least our place is.)
Two king sized-beds upstairs, plus an antique twin bed. Important note: upstairs has a semi-open floor plan. This means that while there are few actual walls dividing sleeping quarters, the space is very large and separated by a study, a walk-through closet, and an enormous roman-style bath. Tub is an Airbath, easily large enough for two. Separate W.C.
Downstairs is another full bathroom with shower.
Two living rooms are separated by a two-sided working fireplace, but it is the extraordinary, custom-designed cook's kitchen which takes center stage. The eat-and-lounge-in kitchen features multiple work spaces, sinks and other design details and surprises, small fridges and a separate freezer located in the laundry room.
Very modest "media center" downstairs- really just a flat screen with a Roku box for Netflix instant downloads and Pandora.
Sleeps five. Maybe six.
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, because we know that most people who bring there dogs on vacation are super considerate and respectful.
The Palace is a wonderful place to cook and enjoy wine by the fireplace. 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.
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.
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 (but you have to call and make arrangements in advance).
Longer excursions include Northampton, Amherst and Great Barrington. Also Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow for music and dance.
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 (but know that there are no streetlights, so unless you like driving up narrow, winding roads in low visibility, try to plan so that you arrive before dark!)
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. A small guest house is also on the property, which is (sometimes) also available for rent (see separate listing on this site/page)
We loved our time at Stone Palace. It was a great place to get some writing done - with all the glass windows we really were in the forest. Other favorites of the house were the kitchen (nearest supermarket 15-20 min) fireplace and natural materials used in the home. Aina and Margie were prompt, kind and professional in all our correspondence. It was a very positive experience.
We had an amazing time! The space was incredible, especially the kitchen. I highly suggest bringing groceries and cooking. They have everything you need!
Aina and Margie were amazing hosts and very communicative even though we never met them in person.
We hope to return again to explore other seasons at the lovely palace. Thanks Aina and Margie!
We stayed for a snowy February weekend at the Stone Palace. It's awesome: clean, well decorated, and just plain great. Everything is well thought out, seems custom designed and is nicer than the pictures do justice.
The host communication was perfect! We spent most of our time about an hour north in North Hampton, MA. If you like Indian, check out India House for dinner there.
The house was exactly as described and more. It was so unique with something interesting to look at everywhere you turned. It was very neat and clean and extremely well organized. The master bed was super comfy and the oversized tub was awesome. The owners were kind, helpful, and responded quickly to all my emails. I would definitely recommend a stay here :-)
My husband and I had a wonderful time at the Stone Palace! We highly recommend this beautiful place!
Aina & Margie's place is great! Spacious, clean, and with lots of unique design details throughout the home, the space was perfect for a weekend getaway that was solely about relaxing. Though we were just two, the home would be great for a larger group/family so long as you don't mind the open-space/loft layout sleeping arrangement. Amazing kitchen, living room, bathroom, and property all around - plus the hosts were very responsive!
We loved our stay at The Stone Palace. I had family in from out of town and having everyone at our house would have been hectic and congested. The palace was spacious enough to accommodate 6 adults, 1 toddler and our dachshund. There are so many beautiful details about the home from the beautiful stone, wood-burning fireplace to the slate and stone shower on the main level to the jet tub upstairs, etc. I could go on forever. It was a perfect place to spend our weekend. Highly recommended!
We stayed at this great house for thanksgiving with 6 friends and a small dog. The house has great energy and is great for a retreat to enjoy a fire. I'm sure this will be great in summer as well. Aina&Margie were very communicative and made sure our stay would be great. We would highly recommend this!!
Fabulous place. Homey yet modern. Quiet but convenient location-great for farms, wineries, scenery, hiking- the house is perfect for cooking, relaxing hanging out (by the fire!!). Highly recommend a stay here.