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Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed


Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Welcome to our cozy 100+ year old Victorian in a quiet neighborhood in the thick of all the many Berkshire Attractions! This is a great location for visitors to Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lenox and surrounding towns and area attractions including Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Kripalu and the Butternut & Catamount ski areas.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room

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Prices
Weekly Discount: 2%

Description

Welcome to our cozy 100+ year old Victorian in a quiet neighborhood in the thick of all the many Berkshire Attractions! This is a great location for visitors to Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lenox and surrounding towns and area attractions including Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Kripalu and the Butternut & Catamount ski areas.

Stairs lead to the guest room which has a comfortable, new full size bed. There is a large shared bath a few steps away from the bedroom. Our home is decorated with only original art (much of which is for sale), modern art and antiques. The house is equipped with wifi and cable TV.
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. There are three dining establishments in Housatonic. There is the Housie Market Cafe, open daily for breakfast and lunch, with prix fixe Sunday Suppers. The market is also a healthy alternative to the typical convenience store Then there's The Brickhouse Pub, great burgers, pizza, and more. Lively atmosphere and live music on weekends. Finally, there is the beautiful and wonderful "Pleasant and Main", open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day but Sunday and Monday. Open for brunch on Sunday. All are within walking distance of Our Humble Abode. Our Humble Abode is also within walking distance of the post office, the historic Ramsdell Library, the town common with a large playground, churches, package store, a couple of art galleries, hiking trails and Richard Bourdon's acclaimed Berkshire Mountain Bakery, recently featured on Michael Pollen's new show.

If you like, I will 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 and The Clark Museum-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.

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 Our Humble Abode 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.

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.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is flexible

Louise, my Cairn Terrier, must not be let out!
When using the shower please run the exhaust fan.
Feel free to store in the fridge any foods or beverages you might have with you.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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Starr Cummin User Profile
December 2016
Lauren has a unique place in Housatonic. There is a lot of great art work on the walls, and Lauren is happy to share information about local places to go. She has a bead on a fabulous local bakery, and we were greatly appreciative that she had purchased some great french pastries for our first morning's breakfast. Her dog Louise is cute, but barks a lot. The stairs are steep as is true in many old houses, but an elderly person might have an issue with them. Overall we really enjoyed our stay with Lauren and found her to be an interesting and pleasant person

Theodora User Profile
October 2016
Lauren is a very nice person and awesome host. She is easy-going, had good recommendations what to do in the area and was always up for a talk when at home. We love her dog Louise - shy only in the beginning, then very playful. What we didn't expect: Lauren even had different delicious croissants from a local bakery for us ready for breakfast served with marmelade, tea, coffee, etc. That was great! Thank you so much!

Petra W User Profile
October 2016
My third stay at Lauren's house, my husband's second. Always a delight, great conversations, fun times playing with terrier Louise, wonderful croissants for breakfast. If we keep this up, Lauren and her family will begin to feel like family.

Meredith User Profile
August 2016
Lovely home! Beautiful art. Kind host.

Andrea User Profile
August 2016
Lauren was a fantastic host! Housatonic/Great Barrington is a fantastically charming town and Lauren's artsy abode fits right in! My husband and I had a pretty busy weekend so we almost didn't get a chance to really meet and talk to Lauren, but luckily we got our chance on Sunday morning over coffee and I'm so glad we did. Lauren is not only a great hostess, but a genuinely kind and welcoming person. She really made it feel like we were staying with a friend! We highly recommend a staying at "Our Humble Abode" and hope that we get a chance to come back ourselves! PS: Lauren's little terrier Louise is just about the cutest thing ever!!

Claire User Profile
August 2016
Cozy and homey, eclectic, art- and antique-filled home on a little side street. Nice to have morning coffee on the outdoor porch by the garden. Lauren suspended her usual kitchen restriction for our specific needs, which we appreciated. Bathroom spotless and nicely appointed. Bathroom is shared with family, and guest room right next door to family bedrooms, but they offer the right balance between friendly interaction and guest privacy in their home. The bed is extremely soft. My only suggestion would be to add a small electric fan as an option if you want some breeze but don't want to turn on the AC. It's a nice area away from the hub-bub of Lenox, but a reasonable drive to both cultural and nature-oriented activities.

Elizabeth User Profile
August 2016
If you're looking for a tranquil place to stay in the Berkshires, look no further! Lauren greeted us with a smile and made our experience very relaxing. She is a gracious hostess and we enjoyed starting our days with coffee and pastries in her homey kitchen. The room is the perfect size for 2 people and the bathroom was always available. The house is 10 minutes from Great Barrington and Lake Mansfield, so traveling was easy. We highly recommend Lauren (and her home) and would definitely stay there again!

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States · Joined in February 2013
Lauren User ProfileLauren is a superhost.

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 50 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!