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Casually elegant home ideally located close to Lenox center and Tanglewood.

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,860 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath on a quiet and beautiful street; walkable to town.

[SPECIAL NOTICE: September's issue of Travel & Leisure magazine has an article about the 21 best places in the country to see fall foliage. Coming in at #9 is Lenox. "Hike or bike yourself to Pleasant Valley Sanctuary to see the beautifully vivid colors of this Massachusetts town. Not only are you guaranteed a stunning view, the famous Cranwell Spa is nearby to pamper yourself."]

Fully renovated, and all new furnishings in 2013. It doesn't get much better than this for style and proximity. Hydrangea Hill (circa, 1898) is located on a quiet street less than a half-mile walking distance to downtown Lenox, and only two miles to Tanglewood's main entrance. The yard offers a garden atmosphere with a lightly wooded wetland area on the back and side. You'll recognize it immediately by the picket fence curving around the front as the brick walkway leads you to the front door. The house features three bedrooms, each with quality linens and new mattresses; one with twin beds, one with a queen bed, and a master suite with a queen bed. You'll love the master bathroom, which features a Carrara marble top, double vanity, and large walk-in glass and tile shower with a spa bench. Without a doubt, the best feature in the house is the large open living space and fully equipped modern kitchen with all you need for a family gathering or for cooking an intimate gourmet meal. The farmhouse style table is 10 feet long and easily seats 1O-12. For movies at home or sports followers, you'll love the LG 55" Ultra Smart HDTV and Wifi throughout the house. Other amenities include, a guest bath upstairs near bedrooms, a half bath on the main floor with laundry facilities, and a brick-paved patio with comfortable wicker outdoor seating. You'll love the Berkshires and all that Hydrangea Hill has to offer.

More Details

Owner
Alan G Billingsley
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Alan G Billingsley

For nearly twenty-five years I worked as a professional legislative staff person for the State Legislature in Albany, NY. Every chance I had I would visit the beautiful Berkshires and participate in all the area had to offer. After moving to Florida twenty years ago, and spending portions of each summer in the Berkshires, my wife and I agreed how lovely it would be to own a home there and both use it ourselves and share it with people who also loved the area.

Alan G Billingsley purchased this house in 2013

Why Alan G Billingsley chose Lenox

My wife spent a week in April 2013 looking at every house for sale in the area, and after seeing Hydrangea Hill, knew this was the house she wanted. Most of the end of that year and a good portion of 2014 was spent transforming the house into the home she envisioned. Hydrangea Hill was born. Unfortunately due to a catastrophic illness, she became passed away not actually getting to spend a summer and fall in the house, but she did see it completed and for a brief period, participated in very happy gatherings of friends and family at the house. I want to fulfill her wish to share our good fortune by offering the premises to individuals, couples and families where they could feel like our guests, not renters. If I had a motto for Hydrangea Hill, it would be...”Come, Relax, Enjoy!”

P.S. All the African animal pictures downstairs and bird pictures in one of the guest bedrooms, were taken by my wife while on safari in 2004.

What makes this house unique

Yankee Magazine's article, "15 Prettiest Winter Villages in New England" begins with Lenox. "Set in the bucolic Berkshire hills, this walking village is renowned for it's architecturally-diverse churches, farm-to-table restaurants, and high-end boutiques selling art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, and crafts." Hydrangea Hill is a short walking distance to downtown Lenox;, five minute car ride to Tanglewood Music Festival and Shakespeare & Company; easily accessible to Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Bach Society, Berkshire Theater Group, Mac-Haydn Theater, Mass MoCA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arrowhead, the home of Herman Melville, Chesterwood, home of sculpture artist Daniel Chester French, Norman Rockwell Museum, The Mount, home to Edith Wharton, poet William Cullen Bryant's Homestead, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, The Clark Art Institute, Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum, and the annual Norman Rockwell Festival in Stockbridge and tree lighting ceremony in Lenox the first weekend of every December . Family fun!

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/detail.html?sub_id=491208

Guestbook comments from the owner

Email dated 1/2/18.

"The house was a dream as usual! Thanks so much Alan! Happy New Year"
Dec 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lenox in Lenox

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1860 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pet Policy: Dogs Only Must be neutered/spayed Must be treated with flea/tick control three days before arrival. Must be on leash whenever outside
  • (Pet Policy Continued) Pet should be crated during sleeping hours and when guests are not in the house.
Location Type:
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ski
Notes:
Guests staying longer than two weeks will be asked to have the house cleaned by my housekeeper after the first two weeks, followed by additional cleanings for each succeeding two week intervals. This will be an additional cleaning cost of $40.00 per visit payable directly to the housekeeper.

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Casually elegant home ideally located close to Lenox center and Tanglewood.
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
5

Wonderful stay at Hydrangea Hill

  • 5 of 5

The home is wonderfully appointed and beautifully maintained. It is very conveniently located near the Lenox town center and ski areas (Bousquet, Butternut, Jiminy), as well as too many great restaurants to try during our short stay. A very relaxing visit, we hope to come again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael for the review and very kind words. “Relaxing” is one of the feelings I want my guests to experience so reading that makes me happy. Hope to write “welcome back” sometime in the future.
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5

Hydrangea Hill

  • 5 of 5

The house was warm and convenient, beautiful and homey. And, unlike some places it looks in reality exactly as it does in the pictures. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Beth for your warm comments and I hope if and when future circumstances permit, you and yours will make a return visit to Hydrangea Hill. All best wishes, Alan
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5

Very clean, well appointed and comfortable. Alan was responsive and helpful every step of the way.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, well appointed and comfortable. Alan was responsive and helpful every step of the way.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jordan for your kind remarks. I do my best to ensure guests can relax and have a memorable stay at Hydrangea Hill and the surrounding Berkshires. You and your family are always welcome to my home. Best, Alan
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Nipomo, CA
5

Everything was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful in every way. The owner has thought of everything down to the last detail with fluffy , white towels in all the bathrooms. The setting is lovely in a special part of the Berkshires. Highly recommend this home.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crested Butte
5

perfect weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

we were visiting the Berkshire for Labor Day weekend. From the moment we walked in, it was obvious that the owners truly care about this home. The house was immaculately clean. The flowers outside and yard were beautiful. There was even a nice welcome package waiting for us upon our arrival. Alan was great to work with leading up to our trip, even sending us a list of local restaurants and attractions. Would absolutely recommend this rental to someone else. Thanks Alan!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to the K. Family for a wonderful review. My aim is to please so that guests can fully enjoy the Berkshire experience. I hope the future will see you back in the area, and if so, Hydrangea Hill will be there for you. Alan
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5

Cozy home, perfect for our family's holiday celebration.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Hydrangea Hill. The home is comfortable and the layout is open and inviting. We arrived right after a snow storm and the neighborhood and town looked like a Christmas card. The house has a perfect mix of modern amenities and classic charm. Hopefully, we will get back to see the house in the summer and explore the region a bit more.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tish for your warm and heart-felt review. It was always my plan to share Hydrangia Hill with guests and now that it is a reality, your words give affirmation of all the efforts to help make stays there fun and memorable for families, couples and individuals alike. If another opportunity arises for you to come back and take advantage of everything the area has to offer during another season of the year, I would be very pleased and welcoming. All the best, Alan
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Location

Nearest Airport
47 Miles
Albany (ALB); Bradley Int. (BDL) 67 miles.
Nearest Golf
1.8 Miles
Cranwell Resort (Club Rentals)
Nearest Train
41 Miles
Albany-Rensselaer
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Interstate 90 E/W
Nearest Ski
4.9 Miles
Bousquet Ski Area

First weekend every December is the Norman Rockwell Festival in Stockbridge and Lenox's holiday tree lighting ceremony. Family fun. A 2016 newspaper article is below:

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/detail.html?sub_id=491208

CLOSEST SKI AREAS:

Bousquet Ski Area 4.9 miles

Butternut Mountain 14.2 miles

Jimmy Peak 18.4 miles

Catamount Ski Area 21.2 miles

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lenox, Berkshires

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
fall
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
£849
for 2 nights
From
£340
£2,209
£6,969
 
 
winter
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
£774
for 2 nights
From
£302
£1,680
£4,702
 
 
Veterans Day
10 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
£849
 
 
Thanksgiving
21 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,529
 
 
Norman Rockwell Getaway
30 Nov 2018 - 1 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£849
 
 
Happy Holidays
22 Dec 2018 - 25 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,529
 
 
Happy New Year
29 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£1,529
 
 
MLK Weekend
19 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
£849
 
 
Valentines Day
14 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
£1,189
 
 
Spring
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
£849
for 2 nights
From
£340
£2,209
£6,969
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£2,436
for 7 nights
£2,436
£9,235
 

Additional pricing information

Departure Cleaning Fee £94.44
Property Damage Protection £74.79

*3 Payment schedule is also available.
* Pet fee listed is per week.
* Deep Cleaning Fee for pet dander only if breed is generally accepted as one that sheds.
*In addition to the formal refund policy, refunds of any forfeiture amount of the original booking will be refunded proportionally if substitute guests can be booked for part or all of the time frame in question. I want to be as fair as possible and fortunately no issue to date has arisen due to a cancellation.


For any questions or special requests, contact Alan: talkguy1@gmail.com

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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