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Private Romantic Cottage on a 7 Acre Estate- Swimming Pond, Gardens, View

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Only the owner shares this peaceful retreat -no other homes in views in view

Special: Month of August: $usually 1450. a week, 4 weeks @$4000.00

My fee is flat: professional cleaning and taxes included.

Guestsgarden is a spacious one room cottage on a private 7 acre estate with swimming pond, lily pond, streams, gardens and views. Only the owner shares this peaceful natural retreat, minutes from everything exciting in the Berkshires and Columbia County.

Originally built by artist caretakers to a Manhattan horticulturist, the cottage has it's own driveway and is a spacious, 550 sq. feet with a large bedroom/sitting room, separate full kitchen and a sky-lit bathroom. There is a queen size bed, reading and dining areas, Cable TV, DVD, a CD player, WiFi, air conditioning and heat. It is comfortable, has charm and is well equipped.

From a picture window where a table is placed, you can look over the gardens to the one acre pond, a glorious view all year round.

In summer you can hear the stream trickling from the small front deck. Or step out the back to a private shade garden with cushioned lounges for reading, a propane grill, table and chairs for outdoor dining.

A gazebo cantilevered over the water is for your use alone. Perfect for reading, relaxing, a glass of wine before dinner.

The cottage is heaven sent for an individual or couple who want to relax in a natural retreat yet still have access to all this popular tourist area offers.

Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and Columbia County. Once part of Massachusetts, Austerlitz is on the NY/Mass. border Only 18 minutes to

Tanglewood and Kripalu. Less than half and hour to the towns of Great Barrington, Stockbridge and Lenox, Mass., as well as Hudson, Hillsdale and Chatham, NY. There are ski slopes nearby, golf and tennis, hiking, biking, fine restaurants, theaters, films, concerts. Museums, historic homes, antiques, festivals, farmers' markets, wineries, distilleries, celebrity sightings ...and so much more.


OCCUPANCY: two adults unless special arrangements are made in advance for a guest.

RATES quoted are for 2 people. They are all

inclusive. There are no extra charges or fees.

PAYMENT OPTIONS; For fees of $1000 or more, you may have the option of paying a deposit of half to secure the reservation. For shorter stays, reservation is secured by

payment in full. (read cancellation info.)

MINIMUM STAY: Stays of two nights minimum apply most of the year. Summer and Holidays may require longer stays and special rates may apply. In general, rates are lowest for the longest stays.

CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund of the deposit minus a cancellation fee* will be granted if cancellation is made 31 or more days before the date of scheduled arrival. A 50% refund of the deposit will be granted if cancellation is made 15 to 30 days prior to arrival. There are no refunds for no shows or abbreviated stays.

*Cancellation fee for stays of 4 nights or more:

$200. Fee for shorter stays:$75

An exception will be made in winter to this policy with cancellations that are due to forcasted storms. A full refund minus fee of $75 will be granted for cancellation prior to entry but none for abbreviated stays. Please keep abreast of weather reports, as will I .

Better to be safe than sorry.

Winter 2018 closed except to those doing longer retreats.

longer retreats.


that the property was once woods and although beautiful and almost always quiet, neither the cottage not the main house is immune to bad weather, critters, power outages and other such country things. We certainly do our best to prepare for contingencies that are beyond our control.

Also be aware that your cell phone needs to be set for wifi in the cottage. The cottage has its own wifi connection as well as a landline phone with answering machine.To access info by wifi, bring a tablet or laptop as we don't have cell phone service per se. A recent guest

reviewed our internet connection very favorably.

Privacy has been reviewed positively as well. During summer weekdays, there may occasionally be mowing in the afternoon. Or gardening. You will be informed if someone needs to come near the cottage. So keep the window shade up, relax, and enjoy the spectacular view .

CHECK IN:2PM . Check out 11AM. Check out times may be flexible. Inquire.

Smoking is not permitted. Sorry no children or pets. Infants welcome.

Keywords: Cottage, retreat, romantic getaway, cabin, upstate getaway, Hudson Valley, Austerlitz, NY, Berkshires, 7 acre estate, swim, canoe, gardens, views,Tanglewood, Hudson,NY Great Barrington, Mass. Chatham, NY.,Kripalu

More Details

Beth Rinzler
Member since: 2002
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About Beth Rinzler

Am an expat of Manhattan but grew up outside of Boston.

Beth Rinzler purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Beth Rinzler chose Austerlitz

For years my family rented a tiny cottage in the area so as to escape the city in the summer. We began loving it more and more and making our weekends longer and longer. When we made the leap to move up full time, we chose this location

because it is on border of Berkshire and Columbia Counties, near all the bright lights, yet very peaceful and tranquil. We were hoping to find a property with one distinguishing feature; we never expected to find one with so many bells and whistles.

What makes this cottage unique

Swimming , canoeing, walking around the pond, enjoying the gardens, lazing about the property ,watching the hummingbirds skim past the flowers. Reading under a 100 year old tree. Listening to the trickle of the stream.

Fresh air. sipping that first cup of coffee outside, exercising on the gazebo. Yoga. Meditation. Slowing down.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved being at your cottage. It was just what we wanted - quiet, beautiful,peaceful.

Deb enjoyed the swimming in the pond and we enjoyed sitting in various parts of your property and just reading.....
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Austerlitz in Columbia County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Fully equipped Kitchen with Coffee Maker, Microwave, Toaster Oven, Weber Propane Grills(BBQ), Canoe, Private gazebo for reading or relaxing on pond, gardens, walking path around pond, indoor and outdoor dining areas


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Private Romantic Cottage on a 7 Acre Estate- Swimming Pond, Gardens, View
average rating of 4.869565 based on 53 reviews
Eastham, MA

Wonderful 3 night getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the cottage. We were so pleased and impressed with how meticulously clean and equipped it was for us. The proximity to Beth's home was not at all an issue; the cottage is aligned for total privacy and quiet. We awoke early on our last morning to the sight of 4 deer strolling and feeding outside of our gorgeous picture window.

We really enjoyed exploring Berkshire County and the NY border, following some of Beth's tips in her binder that she provided in the cottage. Thanks very much Beth, for a lovely & relaxing stay!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a lovely review. You are great guests. I am so glad you enjoyed the cottage and hope to welcome you back in the future. Maybe to celebrate your birthday next time. Early spring is a shoulder season that I love and you might as well.
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New York

Cozy, Pretty, Private

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage with gorgeous views out of picture window of lovely garden. Beautiful pond with chairs outside to relax and contemplate... This place is perfect is you are seeking privacy. The bed was extremely comfortable, which is not always the case, so that's important, even if a bit smaller than we are used to. Honestly described by the owner, so as expected. Kitchen was efficiency-style, with all needed dishes and utensils, but we ate out so other than coffee we didn't use it. The driveway was a bit difficult to find the first time as our GPS thought the address was much further up to road, so a clearer marking might be helpful to visitors. Beth was really helpful; we had tickets for Tanglewood while we were there and I had somehow forgotten to bring a sheet to put our things on; Beth left us some extra towels we could use for that, as well as responded to any small questions and concerns in a kind and timely manner. It was too cold for us to use the pond, unfortunately, so perhaps we'll return in better weather! Thanks so much - we enjoyed our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Tara, I really enjoyed having you and Alex and do hope you return. Fall foliage (Oct.) and May and June are lovely times. I swam today in the pond, probably for the last time this year. Sigh. It's the best, so summer's definitely worth another try. Best, Beth
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Cozy and charming romantic hideaway in New York close to the Berkshires

  • 5 of 5

This was a great find and a gem. From this guest house on a spacious secluded property you can see the main house at a distance, but you have a real sense of privacy. Paramount is that this is a gorgeous property, with rolling fields, woods, deer who come up to the house, two lily ponds à la Monet, and a beautiful formal garden. Sitting indoors at the dining table, looking right out the window the first thing you see are these four lush garden plots with obvious attention to color and to avoiding symmetry. Further on, there is a partly covered platform over the larger pond with two comfortable deck chairs. You just want to stay there. And there is even a canoe. Also a place for outdoor dining and grilling.

The house is well appointed with everything you would need in the kitchen. There is a wood burning stove for colder weather, and the bed is very comfortable. The good size main room (with bed and dining table) is bright and airy. Everything is clean and in good working order.

The hostess is charming, bright, sophisticated, helpful, casual and discrete, and will respect your privacy, but also has loads of tips to hand out. She has a notebook with much information about the surrounding areas, which was good because we have never stayed on the New York side of the border at the Berkshires. It is convenient to all the cultural benefits of being in Western Mass, including Tanglewood and Mass MoCA, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Shakespeare and Company. Jacobs Pillow is of course farther off, but it is always a bit of a trip.

We ended up spending a fair amount of time at the cottage and the pond, because we wanted to relax and it is such an inviting place. I was a bit concerned about being on the New York side of the border, but it is as close to the heart of the Berkshires as the description says it is. And it is close to Great Barrington which is one of our favorite cities in the area.

We hope to be back.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stan, Thanks so much for the lovely and comprehensive review. I loved having you both on the property and hope to see you again. Don't overlook fall or spring since it's a short journey for you and there's all of the Hudson Valley to explore as well. Beth
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A piece of Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Beth is a gracious owner who goes out of her way to take care of her property, and ensure that her clients are comfortable during their stay. The accommodations are ideal for a couple, and the view from the room is beautiful. Also, because the room is located in a corner of the property, there is ample privacy. The room has its own ingress and egress thereby enhancing privacy even further. Would definitely recommend this for love birds and others who are romantically inclined! The bathroom takes a little getting used to, but adds to the overall charm of the cottage. Internet access was good.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the cottage and wanted to thank you for your review. Also thanks for the bars of your favorite Indian Soap. Hope to see you again soon! Beth
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New York, NY

Quiet, charming retreat

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay in this lovely area. Despite a string of days with unseasonable summer weather (rain and clouds) we enjoyed short jaunts to visit friends and enjoy nearby music, dance, museums, and local restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent five nights here and loved the peace and quiet. The cottage was spacious and well-stocked. The owner respected our privacy but was available for anything we did need. We enjoyed swimming in the pond, which was not mucky, but very clear. The road is lovely to walk on, wooded on both sides. We were able to get excellent, reasonably priced meals in Chatham (15 minutes away) every night. We found several scenic hikes nearby, and were able to get to historic sites and hikes in Massachusettes in about 20 minutes. We plan to return.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Becky for the lovely review. I am so happy to see people enjoy swimming in the pond and in general just relaxing on and off the property. Please do come back. It was delightful having you.
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Downtown Great Barrington
West Stockbridge
Nearest Point of Interest
The Cottage
Car: necessary

Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow,Kripalu,theater, concerts and Blue Grass Festivals, Country Fairs, Farmers' Markets, Antiques, Fine Dining, Historic Homes, Botanical Gardens, six great New England Towns to visit, and new to the area, even a nightclub or two, live music and dancing. Located on the cusp of Mass/NY.

Enjoy the best of the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley!

Driving distances:

5 minutes from the General Store in Spencertown

11 minutes to Chatham, NY and West Stockbridge, MA

15 minutes into Great Barrington, MA

18 minutes to Tanglewood and Lenox, MA

30 minutes to Hudson, NY

50 minutes to Albany

Midway between Boston and NYC (2 plus hour trip)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Austerlitz, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Memorial Day Weekend
25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
28 May 2018 - 20 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Summer
29 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
3 Sep 2018 - 2 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Rates are all inclusive and are subject to change.Mid week specials may apply for stays of 3 nights or more. Inquire. Sorry no pets and sadly no children. Infant welcome free of charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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