Welcome to our cozy 100+year old Victorian in a quiet neighborhood close to all the many Berkshire attractions! Great location for visitors to Kripalu. Skiers Welcome! Private stairs lead to the guest room which has a 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) and antiques. Downstairs, guests may enjoy the use of the kitchen (for eating, not cooking), dining and living rooms along with a small powder room. Use of lovely porch in summer. House is equipped with Wifi and basic cable. Children welcome. Sorry, no pets allowed, but enthusiastic Westie in residence!
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. Our Humble Abode is within walking distance of the Housatonic post office, the historic Ramsdell Library, 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)
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 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.
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.
If I could give Lauren 6 stars I would! I contacted Lauren very last minute for an overnight. Even though she had injured her shoulder the day before, she made her place available to me. We actually never met until the day I was leaving, because of my schedule, but despite her injury, Lauren was an impeccable and thoughtful host. She was in excellent contact with me by phone and email and very flexible with my schedule. He home in clean and welcoming. The guest bedroom and bathroom were clean and comfortable. I highly recommend Lauren's abode. Oh, and Daisy the dog with a wonderful greeter!
Lauren was a lovely host and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at her cozy home. Beyond the great conservation and an excellent orientation to the area, Lauren was kind enough to free up the best parking spot in the driveway to allow for easier parking on a snowy day. Thanks Lauren!
Great second stay at Lauren's home! Enjoyed it just as much as my visit last month! Looking forward to many returns when I am in the Berkshires!
Very highly recommended.
Lauren is gracious and very helpful. The room and house are warm, elegant and lovely. The location is convenient to Great Barrington and many Berkshire activities. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. I slept very well. It's a wonderful AirBnb experience.
Lauren made her home available at short notice and was a thoughtful and attentive host. She has an art gallery nearby and her comfortable home reflects her eclectic good taste.
A small town next to the Normann Rockwell museum, with a beautiful art gallery and a delicious bakery. You shall see the former one if you ask Lauren to and you will taste the pastries of the latter for your breakfast.
A nice house, a beautiful room in a peaceful place, to enjoy the beauty of Western Massachussets.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Lauren's house. Lauren was very welcoming and friendly even though I arrived fairly late in the evening. The room was very comfortable, quiet and private, accessible via a separate staircase. I love Lauren's colorful house, full of interesting artwork. And taking Daisy Dog for a walk was a special treat. What a friendly dog! Thank you for a very nice weekend. I will most certainly return for another visit.
Lauren was a wonderful and kind host. Her home was lovely, relaxed, clean and welcoming. I will be back!
I had a lovely time staying at Lauren's Housatonic home - my first Airbnb actually, and what a great first experience! She was happy to accommodate a slightly early arrival with no problem, the home was cozy, the bathroom was big, morning coffee and croissants were warm and awakening. Most importantly, Lauren is such a treat to chat with - in between great tips on what to do in the area, I definitely got to know her (and her lovely dog, Daisy!) well; that helped me settle right in to a good night's rest and a fantastic trip.
I had a great stay at Lauren's Humble Abode! I felt very welcome and comfortable. Her home was spotless, her dog was adorable, and breakfast conversation was delightful. I would recommend staying with Lauren while in the Berkshires!