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The Clearing - Quiet - Close To Nature

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Hilltown Cottage - Quiet - Close To Nature

This newly renovated cottage is located atop a hill overlooking the Wild and Scenic Westfield River surrounded by state forest and protected land. Wildlife abounds and we are a birder's haven. Many a morning you can watch mist arising from the river. Walk out the door to hike, mountain bike, snowshoe, or ski in the woods. Groomed cross country skis are nearby. We are located midway between The Berkshires with its many cultural activities and the Pioneer Valley, home to the five colleges: U Mass, and Smith, Amherst, Mt Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges. The cottage sleeps four (1 BR for 2, 2 built-in twins by the wood stove). The kitchen is fully equipped. The owner lives on the property in the main home near to the cottage.

John Follet
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

About John Follet

I am currently a retired physician now able to devote full time to our 50 acres of managed woodlands and grounds.

John Follet purchased this cottage in 1998

Why John Follet chose Berkshires

The Cottage is a part of the property. We have here lived in Western Massachusetts on and off for 20 years beginning in 1975. We have no plans to be anywhere else.

What makes this cottage unique

This is a very special place


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chesterfield in Hampshire County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Close to Cummington Fairgrounds


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

The Clearing - Quiet - Close To Nature
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful and relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at The Clearing. The house was very cozy and quiet and all that we were seeking for our weekend retreat. We hope to be able to come back and stay again. Thank you so much!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Cozy cottage

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed a nice quiet weekend in this cozy cottage. The layout and furnishings were well thought out. The wood stove was a nice bonus on cold nights!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was the perfect place for a solitary retreat for yoga, hiking, writing... Close enough to many attractions and restaurants; secluded enough to enjoy some solitude and quiet. John was very help and friendly. Loved it and hope to return in the Spring!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just as it says

  • 5 of 5

I'll add my voice to the chorus of cheers. Lovely place. Lovely people. Very quiet and peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Wonderful peaceful home from home

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to New England, timed to see the famous autumn colours. At home in the UK we live in the countryside, and don't like towns very much! The Clearing was perfect for us - wonderfully peaceful and isolated yet within easy driving of some of the region's wonderful sites. Nothing was more than an hour away. Going west on the Mohawk Trail the colours just got better and better, and we enjoyed diving off on to even smaller quiet roads. We walked some forest trails, and took John's advice to visit Mount Graylock on our last day ( nice and quiet on a Friday - don't do it at the weekend unless you want to spend time waiting in traffic to get a parking space!).

The accommodation is lovely, a real home from home. It's really well designed, and everything works. John has obviously given a lot of thought to the needs of his guests. We were blessed with wonderful warm sunny days, but chilly evenings meant we could feel justified in lighting the log fire and feeling really cosy!

A great place to stay, thank you John and Joyce.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway spot in the Pioneer Valley

  • 5 of 5

We feel so lucky having spent our 30th anniversary in the relaxed, woodsy atmosphere of this wonderful, well appointed cottage, located halfway between Edith Wharton's house, The Mount, in Lenox, and Emily Dickinson's home museum in Amherst. John is a friendly, low-key host who supplied us with details of the area and the trails in his woods, as well as helpful instructions for the wood stove. The cottage is older but the renovations make it fresh and convenient. Also, we noted how much care was taken in beautiful details like the wrought iron strap hinges, hooks, knobs and lighting fixtures. We enjoyed the cubbies in the living room that were well-lit for reading. The kitchen, also well-lit, made it possible for us to take advantage of the Old Creamery's fabulous selection of food and baked goods. We didn't eat out once, but could spend our evenings cozy by the wood stove. Our privacy was undisturbed except for the wild turkeys who came to visit... ! We are hoping to pay another visit to experience the Clearing at another season.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Bradley International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Liston's Worthington
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Worthington Golf Club (restaurant)
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Amtrak Pittsfield, Northampton MA
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Northampton, Pittsfield MA
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Notchview Reservation (XC)
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Chesterfield, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £195.58

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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