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 was a warm and welcoming hostess and her home is very charming. She made sure that I had everything I needed. The bed was very comfortable and she brewed a great cup of coffee! Her dog Louise was adorable and extremely well mannered. I will stay with her again in a minute and hope to do so next year when I return to the area.
We had a lovely time at Lauren's in Housatonic. The rooms were clean and comfortable and Lauren was very friendly with us and our dog! We will definitely be back!
We had a wonderful stay with Lauren this past weekend. The accommodations were as advertised and met our expectations. This was my first time using airbnb and found her place to be a great value. We liked all the fun artwork in our room and really enjoyed the nice coffee and fresh croissants in the morning. Lauren was a gracious host and made us feel at home. She also knows the area well. We got a great tip on a place to cross country ski that was close by. While in Great Barrington we came upon her gallery and had the chance to see a lot of local art. Lauren recommended a great restaurant, Allium. If you are ever in Great Barrington, check it out. You won't be disappointed. We very much enjoyed our weekend and would highly recommend Lauren and her lovely home to anyone staying in the area.
my Son and I stayed with Lauren for three nights recently. Our experience was fantastic. We found Lauren to be warm and accomodating and appreciated the extra touches such as the fresh flowers in the room and the home baked goods for breakfast! Many thanks Lauren.
We spent one night in Lauren's house during our USA trip. Lauren was very friendly and we had some.nice conversations with her. She gave us very good informations about our further trip and we felt welcomed in her house. The room was very clean and comfortable. We can recomend her to any other hosts.
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 to 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!
The best sourdough bakery in the Berkshires and beyond. Within walking distance of Our Humble Abode.Park Street Housatonic MA 01236
I have three favorite restaurants in the area and this is one of them. Fabulous food and a mellow bar scene. It happens to also be the closest one to Our Humble Abode.Stockbridge Rd Great Barrington MA 01230
I have three favorite restaurants in the area and this is one of them. Fabulous food and a lively night-life. Great service. And it happens to be across the street from my gallery.Railroad Street Great Barrington MA 01230
This is the Southern Berkshires largest and most diverse gallery featuring fine art, contemporary craft and jewelry. And your host happens to be the owner!Railroad St Great Barrington MA 01230
I have three favorite restaurants in the area and this is one of them. Fabulous food and drink. Great service. A bit farther afield (about 20 min from Our Humble Abode) but well worth the distance!Hillsdale Road MA 01258