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A True Shangri-La-Country Retreat W/Pond, Gardens and Huge Deck and View

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Modern comforts in this gorgeous, passive solar, post and beam house on 50 private acres with a view of the Green Mountain foothills. All season beauty and tranquility; great for family holiday gatherings!

Two huge bedrooms (450 sq ft) and a third medium sized. One of the bedrooms has a king size bed, the two others have queens. There are two and a half bathrooms - one in the master bedroom.

Passive solar house (wood/oil radiant heat) is spacious and warm; new laundry facilities, expansive and well-equipped kitchen, wood floors, large living room/dining room with wood stove and a 34' x 12' deck that looks an amazing view of the Green Mountains.

A third of a mile off a quiet country road with a pond, fire pit, streams, two large vegetable gardens, perennial gardens galore, with awesome hiking trails, lakes and cross country skiing nearby. Field stone fire pit and gas grill for great summer and fall hanging out.

This property has a little of everything. Gorgeous gardens, a pond, streams, great walks in the woods and access to the ultra cool town of Ashfield, MA. A quintessential New England town with great amenities - Elmer's breakfast and lunch (voted best pancakes in New England by Yankee Magazine), the Lake House (a great lunch and dinner place right on Ashfield Lake), Country Pie (the best pizza for 100 miles!) as well as Neighbors (a gas station and convenience store.) So while you'll be out in the woods you're not in the middle of no-where.

Ashfield has a wonderful town beach, town tennis courts (free), and two golf courses. There are well marked town trails in several locations and the DAR State forest just minutes away with swimming, hiking, skiing galore. Ashfield also has the Double Edge Theater, an experimental theater whose performances are immersive events that are physical, lush and dreamlike. Each original performance is created by an ensemble of multi-talented artists and their works are toured nationally and internationally, Minutes from the historic, quaint New England town of Shelburne Falls, MA; 30 minutes from the restaurants, culture and shopping of Northampton, Amherst and Greenfield, MA, forty minutes from Mass MoCA and an hour to the cultural gems of the Berkshires; Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, the Clark Museum, The Mount - Edith Wharton's homestead, etc.

It is also 30 minutes away from the Five Colleges - Smith, Mt Hoyoke, Amherst, Hampshire and UMass/Amherst and all they have to offer. Cultural and educational events and museums including the Smith College Museum of Art, Mead Art Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and the Eric Carle Museum.

Plenty of sports activities year round including rafting, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, down hill skiing, snow shoeing, fishing and swimming. Check out Zoar Outdoor, Berkshire East, Stump Sprouts, Notchview Nordic skiing for more information.

Dozens of nearby farm stands sell locally grown and produced products including maple syrup, grass fed beef, hard cider, eggs, fruit, honey, yoghurt and raw milk, eggs, vegetables and flowers

Only two hours from Boston; three and a half hours from NYC. DSL and cellphone coverage!

The owner is on the premises in a studio apartment above the garage but keeps a very low profile.

Room type: Entire home/apt

Accommodates: 6

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Beds: 3 - one King, two Queens

Minimum Stay: 3 nights

Cleaning Fee: $120

Check In: 3:00PM

Check Out: 11:00AM

Country: United States

City: Ashfield

Cancellation: Moderate

Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Owner/Property Manager

I am a documentary film maker and teacher. I spend half of my time in NYC and half here in Ashfield. When I am on site I live in an apartment above the garage. But I keep a very low profile.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this house in 2005


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ashfield in Franklin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Separate tub and shower
  • Property has Two and half baths .
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 2nd Floor Guest Room - 1 Large Double Bed , is attached to 2nd floor solar porch
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , the attached bathroom has a spacious shower and tub.
    3rd Floor Guest Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Very large space - 450 sq feet.
  • Room are spacious, warm and comfortable.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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(8 traveller reviews)

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A True Shangri-La-Country Retreat W/Pond, Gardens and Huge Deck and View
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

It really is a Shangri-La

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late and were welcomed with a basket of fresh lettuce from the garden. That lovely gesture set the tone for our stay.

The house was extremely clean, comfortable, and very well appointed. The property is peaceful and beautiful with a pond, and a garden we were encouraged to enjoy. It's park-like setting offers great vistas with expansive grounds that are both perfect to explore, or to simply relax under the trees. Mary was the perfect host, who made us feel at home while giving us complete privacy.

We hope to return in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, spacious, and gracious host

  • 5 of 5

Huge, beautiful, spacious house with a gorgeous view. Perfect for the weekend tranquility we needed. Would be ideal for larger family gathering. Mary was accommodating with a very last minute request to book. House was clean, comfortable, had everything one needs. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Andover, MA

Perfect HomeAway in the Hill Towns

  • 5 of 5

This Ashfield retreat is our go-to place when we stay in Western Massachusetts. Simply, this is a wonderful home in a wonderful town in a wonderful part of the state. The location is spectacular and beautiful, with great views and true peace and quiet. The property owner, Mary, is absolutely wonderful and helpful in so many ways. Everything is great about this place !!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gary and Ina are just perfect guests. Communicative, neat and tidy, quiet and fun! They are welcome at my home anytime! And I hope they come back again soon!
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Beautiful, quiet, relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful, relaxing time. Fabulous view, beautiful grounds and gardens coming in with the beginning of spring. In the woods, quiet and alone, but close to and a short lovely drive to town of Ashfield and half a dozen other charming hill towns. Kitchen is big and has Everything, windows everywhere, and solar porch makes the place feel even more open. Radiant heat was super cozy, and wood stove was there if we needed it, which we didn't. Washer dryer meant we could pack super lightly. The owner was as described completely there when we needed anything and when we didn't, we didn't know if they were there or not. Best of both worlds. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at this comfortable, well appointed, very private home in the hills. It was the perfect size for our party of three couples and accessible to skiing and hiking. We mostly cooked and ate at the house but there is good dining not too far away. Mary is a gracious and generous host.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely home. It is better than the pictures.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our stay here. It had everything we needed to be comfortable but retained the "cabin in the woods" feeling. Being able to bring our dog made it even better. There are skunks and more in the area so I kept a sharp eye on the dog when she was out. Mary is a gracious host. She kept in touch during our stay. We hope her home is available for our next trip.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Bradley International (Hartford/Springfield)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Ashfield Lake House
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Ashfield Golf Course
Nearest Train
19 Miles
Northampton, MA
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Elmers, Ashfield Lake House, County Pie
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Berkshire East, Notchview Nordic
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ashfield, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2018
4 Jun 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Fall 2018
23 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Thanksgiving 2018
21 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
XMas/New Years
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £92.2
Property Damage Protection £60.7

I do have a rental agreement - please ask for details!
Settle in and enjoy!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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