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The Dacha: Summer Retreat, Winter Skiing in the Berkshires.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms With Spectacular Views From Every Window. Sleeps 8 +

The Dacha - a romantic, artsy, two-story home on the New York side of the Berkshires, close to the art hubs of Western Mass - combines full amenities with rustic country style, the privacy of a wooded setting and spectacular views from every window.

A Russian word for country home, 'dacha' (rhymes with cha-cha) reflects the origins of the owner. It conjures images of relaxing days and evenings with family and friends far from the city's hectic life.

Minutes drive from the ski lifts of Juminy Peak or hiking, boating and swimming at Cherry Plain State Park

The emblem of the house is the painting of a moose family at lunch, a copy of the Russian masterpiece by Alexei Stepanov in the Tretyakov Collection in Moscow.

The DACHA offers:

• Three bedrooms, two baths, sleeps up to 10 people

• Large living room (The Loft) upstairs

• Fully equipped gourmet kitchen, granite counters, microwave, dishwasher

• Dinner area with a working brick fireplace adjoining kitchen

• Washer and dryer

• Free wireless high-speed internet throughout the house

• Large HD satellite TV with DirectTV Premiun package (HBO, Cinemax, Sports channels)

• DVD and CD library, chessboard, and stuffed animals offering entertainment to every age and taste. Should you wish to party, there is enough dancing space in the loft.

• Yamaha keyboard for musicians

• Heating and air-conditioning


$ 200 per night for a party of 5, then $ 40 daily for each extra guest, or:

$ 1100 per week rental for a party of 5, then $ 100 for each extra guest

Full logistical support. I am always accessible via telephone or electronically, and there is a house manager living in 10 minutes driving distance

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Russian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 August, 2017

About Alex

I am a retired professor of biology in New York City, who loves traveling.

Alex purchased this house in 2000

Why Alex chose Stephentown

The house was purchased and totally redesigned and renovated in 2000. It has since been used by our family as a vacation home. The skiing at Jiminy Peak in the winter, the hikes and lake swimming in the summer, the colors of the fall foliage combined with the year-round cultural offerings of Williamstown and Tanglewood made our times here relaxing and stimulating through the years.


Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Christiansen's Tavern at Jiminy Peak
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Mass Turnpike I-90
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Mario's Restaurant, New Lebanon, NY
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Jiminy Peak
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, MA
Car: necessary

Notwithstanding the serene setting of the house, the area is abundant with culture,

Williamstown, MA (18 miles away) is a major cultural spot of New England. It is home to Williams College, the world renowned Clark Art collection and the Tony-Awarded Williamstown Theater Festival, which runs every July and August.

For music lovers, 19 miles away is Tanglewood - the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and widely known as one of the world's most beloved music festivals (opens on June 28 and runs through August 30).

The Meissner's Auction in the nearby New Lebanon attracts antiques collectors every Saturday night.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Stephentown Center in Stephentown

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Barbecue
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • ski


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

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The Dacha: Summer Retreat, Winter Skiing in the Berkshires.
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 9 reviews

The house was exactly what we were looking for. Great location. Wonderful views of the mountains

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

The house is located at a tranquil spot and close to a skiing area. It has charm and personality. Make sure to bring enough drinking water. The house is well equipped and comfortably suitable for family of 5. Internet connection is very slow and the place can use a a bit of tidying and cleaning. The owner was very responsive to our questions and communication was good.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alena 12/30/15-01/03/16

  • 5 of 5

Thank You! It was great time at the nice place. We enjoyed our stay!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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We LOVE the Dacha!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of renting the Dacha for 6 months, while my husband, and son worked in near by Troy, and we absolutely loved it! We arrived in early May, so we got to watch the property come to life with spring, spend the whole summer there, and then watch the leaves turn in the fall. All three seasons were absolutely beautiful. The ever changing view across the street is to die for. Sitting on a dirt road, with only one close neighbor, the neighborhood is very quiet, and peaceful. In the summertime, the farmers markets, and local farms make it easy to eat fresh, and healthy. The locals in the area were all very friendly, and welcoming.

The house is spacious, plenty of room for the 4 of us, and our three furry kids. Alex was always just a phone call, or email away, and was great about getting back to us when we contacted him. He was also very easy to work with, and made us feel welcome, and comfortable on the couple occasions we seen him.

MA & VT are both very close, we took several trips up to the Green Mountain National Forest in VT, which is a treat to see. We also took in some concerts at Bethel, the home of Woodstock, and took the time to explore the Catskill Mountains while we were there. The Lake George are is also close enough to do a day trip, and is a beautiful area. We made friends with the nice folks just south of us at Windswept Farm in New Lebanon, be sure to check out their farmer's market on Sunday mornings if you happen to stay in the summer/fall, they have a nice selection from several vendors, and John & Amy's sweet corn is the BEST I've ever had!

We have been traveling full time with my husband's job for 15 years, have been all over the country, and I can honestly say, that our summer in Stephentown at the Dacha will go down as one of the best summers ever! We loved everything about it, and hope to get a chance to go back some day!

Thank you, Alex, for sharing your home with us, there were many good memories made!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unique house but disappointing stay

  • 3 of 5

We arrived at the Dacha on Saturday, July 25th excited for a weeks stay in the Berkshires. While the Dacha'so unique Russian decor was intriguing, we were overwhelmed with an intense musty smell and disappointed to find all of the furniture was old and in disrepair. The couch on the main floor smelled of dog so badly, it was near impossible to sit on it, not to mention the cushions were completely mishapened and very uncomfortable. The dining room table had 6 chairs, one of which was broken and the only other seating area upstairs had two very old chairs, one with the bottom broken so the seat cushion would fall through to the floor. The sleeping arrangements weren't much better. The downstairs bedrooms clearly suffered water damage this winter and the musty smell was near gag inducing. One downstairs bedroom had just a mattress on the floor. The bedding was very sparse, and none of the mattresses had mattress covers. The master bedroom mattress had a big stain as well. There wasn't a coffee maker and we had to bring in our own water for cooking and drinking at the suggestion of the owner. The wifi router and modem had to be rebooted daily, and even then the connection speed was painfully slow. There was only one barrel outside for trash, which we filled the second day (there were 7 of us), so we had to leave bags of trash on the enclosed front porch the entire week. I emailed the owner several times inquiring about how to handle the trash situation, but didn't receive a response. The central a/c worked very well and the bathrooms had decent water pressure.

All in all, we enjoyed our time in the Berkshires but will not be returning to the Dacha.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I went through the list of Molly's grievances and tried to fix them one by one even though I believe that some are exaggerated, as my other guests' reviews testify. There could have been some lingering dog smell from the previous stayers who had a pet, but it is long gone. Chairs and bedding added, modem works fine. I do not feel any dampness, but just in case, I installed a brand new dehumidifier, which would dry the house in a few minutes. Regarding Molly's complaint about her e-mails, strangely, i did not receive any, but I am always on the cell phone; why didn't she call or text?
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A wonderful pet friendly family retreat

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed this spacious home as a base for skiing at Jiminy peak and enjoying local berkshire attractions such as The Berkshire Theatre and Herman Melville's house. The home is bigger than it appears from the photos and has lots of charm. Our family of 5 and a dog were very comfortable and enjoyed sitting by the fireplace together as well as having some privacy. The house was clean and well maintained and the owner was accessible and responded quickly to emails. The house was well stocked with most appliances - the only things we could suggest to add/bring along would be a full sized coffee pot and a DVD player.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Stephentown Center, Jiminy Peak

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £60.58
Property Damage Protection £44.67

No smoking, pets are welcome

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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