A winding driveway through dappled sunlight and mature trees leads to the picturesque setting for this exceptional home. The house is surrounded by expansive landscaped gardens, with seasonally blooming perennials, rock garden plants, rare species, and extensive stonework.
Enter the gracious, spacious two-story foyer. Step down into the sun-filled living room with fireplace. The exceptional library is lined with bookshelves. The dining room has its own fireplace as does the adjacent dining porch. The large eat-in country kitchen has a wall of windows looking out to the gardens. The butler’s pantry and the large back mudroom provide terrific work spaces for household activities and entertaining. Complete with wine cellar in the basement. The flow of spaces is excellent and there are multiple accesses to the outdoors.
On the second floor is the master suite with a sunny southern exposure, his and her walk-in closets with custom cabinetry, and a grand European-styled bath. Two other bedrooms, one with a fireplace, open onto an balcony porch overlooking the gardens. The rooms are beautifully sized and have a dedicated bath.
Two more bedrooms with a sitting area are easily accessible just steps away in the charming guesthouse reached by a covered stone colonnade. This building also contains a large open office space that could be used as a family game space or studio. On the lower of the three levels is a garden studio/workshop.
Through the gardens and stone paths is the in-ground swimming pool for summer enjoyment. Take walks on the country back roads, stroll to Chesterwood. Terrific location near the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Botanical Garden and Tanglewood. Just 7 miles to Great Barrington!
What’s the most compelling thing about this property?
The most compelling thing about this property is its ideal Berkshire setting in the ideal Berkshire location. The glorious privacy of this property is off the beaten path and yet within roughly 6 miles or less of downtown Great Barrington, Lenox, Stockbridge and West Stockbridge.
For whom is this house perfect?
This house is perfect for those who appreciate an easy gracious sense of style and living, and for those who appreciate great attention to detail, design and functionality. Those who collect art will find the large dramatic wall spaces perfect for display.
What’s the most fun thing to do within five miles of this house?
This property is perfectly located to access a nearly endless list of fun things to do. To name but a few: swim, fish and kayak at Stockbridge Bowl, walk the grounds of Chesterwood, wander and admire Berkshire Botanical Gardens, ski at Butternut, visit the ever-changing exhibits at the Norman Rockwell Museum, hike through Ice Glen up to Laura’s Tower, meet friends for coffee at 6 Depot, have a drink on the Red Lion Inn porch, attend a performance at the Mahaiwe, Berkshire Theatre Festival or Tanglewood, buy local and organic produce at the farmers markets. And, oh, the list goes on.
If this house could talk, what secret would it tell about its history?
The house would tell you that there are VIEWS to Mt Everett and Beartown Mt. hidden beyond the beautiful gardens, stonework and woods and that Walter Cudnohufsky, landscape architect, has analyzed the elevations and mapped a clearing plan to access the view sheds. The house might also tell you that its land was once owned by Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial.