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 bedrooms, a queen bed, an antique day bed (twin size). Note: upstairs has a semi-open floor plan. The space is large enough so that three couples, 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 and Southwick 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, Great Barrington and Stockbridge. Also Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow for music and dance.
All from 45 to 1 hour away.
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.
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.