About this listing
Come enjoy our cozy 100+ year old Victorian in a quiet neighborhood close to all the many Berkshire Attractions! This is a great location for visitors to Tanglewood and Kripalu. Come meet my resident new puppy! She is very sweet and friendly!
Private stairs lead to the guest room which has a new full size bed and full size futon sofa (if needed for sleeping, otherwise a nice place to relax in the privacy of your bedroom). Large shared bath immediately across from bedroom. Our home is decorated with only original art (much of which is for sale), modern furniture and antiques. House is equipped with wifi and basic cable.
Housatonic, long referred to as the "SoHo of the Berkshires" features artist's studios and several notable art galleries, lovely mountain views, and great walks through our bucolic town. Two new dining additions to Housatonic (and right around the corner from Our Humble Abode) are the Housie Market Cafe, open daily for breakfast and lunch. The market is also a healthy alternative to the typical convenience store There is also the beautiful and wonderful "Pleasant and Main", open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day but Sunday and Monday. Open for brunch on Sunday. Our Humble Abode is also within walking distance of the Housatonic post office, the historic Ramsdell Library, the town common with a large playground, churches, package store, all the art galleries, hiking trails and Richard Bourdon's acclaimed Berkshire Mountain Bakery (rated in the top 10 bakeries by Bon Appetite magazine-and rated #1 by me!).
If you like, I provide coffee, tea, and pastries or bagels for breakfast. There's always some fruit you can grab as well.
OTHER FUN FACTS!
The following Berkshire attractions are approximately this far from Downtown Housatonic:
Lauren Clark Fine Art-4 miles (10 min)
Butternut Ski area-6 miles (15 min)
Catamount Ski area-13 miles (20 min)
Norman Rockwell Museum-4 miles (10 min)
Tanglewood and Kripalu-9 miles (15 min)
Downtown Gt. Barrington-4 miles (10 min)
Berkshire Theatre Festival and downtown Stockbridge-4 miles (10 min)
Prime Outlets, Lee-14 miles (20 min)
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival-23miles (30 min)
Downtown Pittsfield-Barrington Stage Co., Colonial Theatre, Berkshire Museum, Bousquet Ski area-17 miles (30 min)
MASS MoCA 40 miles (55 minutes)
Downstairs, guests may enjoy the use of the kitchen (for eating, not cooking), and dining room along with a small powder room. Use of lovely porch in summer.
Interaction with Guests
I like to greet my guests as they arrive at Our Humble Abode. I live in the house but may or may not be around the whole time guests are here as I run my gallery and have an active social life. However, I will always be in the house overnight should a guest need anything during that time.
My neighborhood is a friendly place to walk around in. There are lovely views of Monument Mountain at almost every turn and of course a river runs through it. Housatonic is named for the river that rushes through just a few blocks from my home with a nice walking path along its west side.
Should a guest need to head north to Stockbridge and Pittsfield or south to Great Barrington via public transportation there is a bus depot within walking distance, about 3 city blocks away.
Other Things to Note
As a result of my line of work (gallerist and picture framer) I have many works of art adorning the walls of my home, many of which are available for purchase should a guest so desire.
Louise, my Cairn Terrier puppy, must not be let out!
When using the shower please run the exhaust fan.
Lauren has set a high bar for my first Airbnb stay! She was very gracious, welcoming and full of great recommendations for local eats and attractions. Our accommodations were roomy, clean and the bed oh so comfortable! The front porch was a lovely place to enjoy in the evening, too. She also has an amazing art collection throughout the house, too. Housatonic is close to everything we wanted to check out! We fell in love with her cairn terrier, Louise, too :)
Lauren provides an artistically colorful and well appointed house. The room is airy and comfortable. An eclectic array of paintings on the walls and a beautifully patterned comforter highlighted the room. Shared bath was easily negotiated. Lauren accommodated my mid-day arrival after we had an open conversation about our respective schedules. I enjoyed conversations with Lauren about local restaurants, art points of interest. and municipal government.
Staying at Lauren's "Humble Abode" created the foundation for a relaxed and festive weekend.
Lauren made us feel welcome and cared for. She had delicious cherries set out for us, and we enjoyed the charm of her home and neighborhood. She is a really interesting woman, friendly and knowledgeable about art and other things -- which made for good conversation (although we were mostly not around.)
The bed is comfortable. The shower head could be more even but the water was nice and warm. One night it was quite noisy, maybe because her daughter was around. The dog is a sweetie and we were sorry we didn't get to spend a little more time to know Lauren and the town.
Unfortunately, Rebecca's and my experience with Lauren’s air bnb was not as positive as those of many other reviewers here.
We recognize that in renting out a room in one’s home, it’s not fair to hold air bnbs to standards of four or five star hotels. Still, in renting a room we expected certain basic standards of planning, conscientiousness and professionalism that were not met during our stay.
For starters, the bed sheets and pillow cases had not been changed since the last guest(s) slept there. You could smell the body odor on them. In addition, we could not hang up our clothes since there was no closet or place them in the chest of drawers that was in the room since it was filled with her possessions. Lauren did launder the sheets and pillow cases and removed her possessions from the drawers after we pointed these things out. Still, providing clean sheets and a place to put your clothes seems elementary and self-evident when you’re providing lodging to the public. We should not have had to point this out to her.
The hand rail on the stairs leading up to the bedroom was loose and wobbled when you held it which was disconcerting and potentially dangerous. This should really be fixed.
The final frustration occurred during checkout. We were told that checkout time was “flexible” and based on that we decided to vacate the room by 1 PM on Friday. But at 1:30 AM on Friday morning, Lauren told us that she wanted the room vacant by mid-morning since a new tenant was going to be renting the room. I can’t imagine why she had to wait until 1:30 in the morning of our checkout day to tell us this. We thought it was highly unprofessional and inconsiderate.
We don’t want to be completely negative. The room was light and fairly spacious. The bed was quite comfortable. The location was very convenient to Great Barrington, Stockbridge and Lenox. Lauren also had a very pleasant and agreeable manner. Still, we were disappointed with the problems we encountered while staying there. We hope she will correct these issues.
I am sorry you were so disappointed with your stay at Our Humble Abode. In answer to your complaints:
I was puzzled as to why you would want the sheets changed after the first night but wasn't going to get personal. I have NEVER, would NEVER, put unwashed sheets on the guest bed! If you could smell body odor it is probably because I use unscented laundry detergent. The ones I replaced them with would have been washed in exactly the same way and I assume they didn't smell bad to you. Perhaps I just need to retire that first set from over-use? I just wish you just said something to me instead of writing something so denigrating here. There is no closet in the room-I can't help that and no one has ever asked for one or complained of the lack of one. There is a rack hanging on the door for whatever one might wish to hang on it. As for the possessions in the drawer, they weren't mine (it turns out they were my brother's and he failed to remove them when he left from his visit) and I had no idea they were in there. When you arrived I pointed out that the handrail moves but is completely attached and safe. I have lived in my house for 18 years and it has never been a problem except two years ago when an airbnb guest while horsing around with their companion broke one of the hinges. It was repaired long ago and is in perfect working order. As for my lack of professionalism, hosting through airbnb is not my profession, only a little extra income to help pay college costs for my daughter. I work 60 hours a week at my small business and this one time I failed to communicate something in a timely manner. Usually check out time is discussed when guests arrive but I didn't have anyone coming right after you at the time so it didn't come up. I got my other booking late during your stay and hadn't seen you in the interim. As I recall I apologized profusely for the short notice I gave you and felt awful about it but it had to be.
Beautiful location and neighborhood. Lauren and her brother were very accommodating. The house was quiet and the room was enough for 2 to sleep comfortably.
So glad we found Lauren's humble abode!
A darling home - an adorable puppy- and a sweet host!
Very comfortable accommodations in a charming little town- it was perfect for us!
Lauren Clark is a friendly host willing to sit and talk with us. She has a puppy so naturally we talked about dogs. Lauren also owns an art gallery and the house is full of the works of local artists. The artworks provided additional topics of discussion. The house is old but very neat and clean. Our bedroom was clean and comfortable with easy access through the kitchen and up the stairs. We could park our car next to the house. Lauren provided coffee in the morning with a pastry. She made us feel at ease in her home. She is not the type to get upset at little things. Housatonic is a former mill town and now is the place to live in the Berkshires for affordable housing. From her house, it was an easy drive to Tanglewood. Overall, this lodging provided just what we were looking for: Reasonable comfort, safety, and proximity to Tanglewood.
About the Host, Lauren
I am a single parent and small business owner in Great Barrington. My business is a fine art and contemporary craft gallery where I represent over 40 artists. I am also a picture framer and paper marbler.
In my spare time I love to cook, read, garden and entertain.
A good friend has described me as "Warm, caring, and sociable".
When I travel I prefer staying with local people over big hotels. I feel by getting acquainted with people I can get the true flavor of a place. It is my hope that guests in my home will have the same experience!