This custom-built Bensonwood Timber Frame home was designed with a classic open living floor plan and built to Energy Star standards. The craftsmanship, materials and design details are extraordinary. The main living area with vaulted ceiling has an abundance of windows and natural light. The gorgeous Berkshire vistas and views can be enjoyed throughout the house. The well-equipped cook’s kitchen opens to the dining/living area and the raised hearth fireplace. The screened porch and patio were designed to take in the evening sunsets. There is a first floor master suite with walk-in closet. Central AC. This beautiful property has been impeccably maintained. A great location convenient to the southern Berkshire and northern Litchfield county recreational and cultural venues. Only 8 miles to Great Barrington.
What’s the most compelling thing about this property?
The most compelling thing about this property is the pleasure of living in a Bensonwood Timber Frame home constructed of Douglas Fir timbers. Tedd Benson is known for resurrecting the modern timber frame movement and as a pioneer in Energy Efficient building practices. Your utility bills will not drain your budget.
The sunsets over Mt. Everett, the second highest peak in the Berkshires, are equally compelling, as are the beautiful vistas from every room.
Gardeners will appreciate the four Magnolia trees, Katsura tree, Princeton Elm, and a lovely selection of spring blooming ornamentals.
For whom is this house perfect?
Because of the accessibility factors on the main floor, the house is perfect for aging in place or a multigenerational family home. This is a warm and cozy home with several areas to escape the hustle and bustle of family life (home office, family room, loft). The loft and sun porch are great spots for a yoga practice.
What’s the most fun thing to do within five miles of this house?
Within 5 miles are Umpachene Falls, the Appalachian Trail, The Marketplace for lunch and catering, Sheffield library, biking on local roads and snow shoeing on the property.
A little farther away: Bartholomew’s Cobble, 6.7 miles to Guido’s, kayaking at Benedict Pond and Lake Buel, 35 minutes to the Lion’s Gate at Tanglewood, 30 minutes to Lime Rock Speedway.
If this house could talk, what secret would it tell about its history?
This house sits on land that was part of Merryfield Farm, the summer home of Dr. Janet Travell, Jack Kennedy’s White House physician and the first woman to hold that post. The large granite outcropping in the front yard is said to be a spot where Native Americans hid their arrowheads.