Historic Berkshire Schoolhouse Transformed to Country Retreat

A beautiful and historic property transformed by a notable Berkshire designer into the perfect country getaway, offered by Chapin Fish of Brockman Real Estate.

The much-loved home of a notable Berkshire designer for more than 30 years in which each detail of the renovation was carefully considered and executed. Sophisticated country living all on one level and with an airy open floor plan. Sit at the kitchen island looking out over the large deck and perennial gardens flooded with morning sunlight. Entertain or relax in front of your wood-burning fireplace. Both the master suite and second bedroom have ensuite full baths and glass doors opening to the huge screened porch overlooking the lush lawn, gardens and flowering trees. Listen to the flowing stream. Perfectly located on one of the nicest country lanes in the Berkshires, less than 5 miles to Great Barrington.

What’s the most compelling thing about this property?

Whether you are a part-time or a full-time resident, this is simply an exceptional country retreat. The location is perfect on one of the nicest country lanes in the Berkshires, an easy ten minutes to Great Barrington, but also a quick drive to Salisbury and Lakeville, Conn. Surrounded by beautiful properties an ideal distance away, the land features lush (low maintenance) perennial gardens and lovely specimen trees. Each aspect of the home was carefully considered and planned and the result is a floor plan that flows perfectly and was designed for comfortable Berkshire living and entertaining. For example, the open floor plan offers distinct areas for cooking, relaxing and dining with a wood-burning fireplace as the final point in winter and windows and a door opening to a large deck in summer. Each of the two bedrooms has its own full bath, and the screened porch is easily large enough for summer living and dining. Location, Setting, and the inherent characteristics of the home itself all combine beautifully to result in a perfect country retreat.

For whom is this house perfect?

While the home was perfect for a single notable Berkshire designer for more than 30 years, a couple would also find the home very comfortable. The second bedroom can be a versatile space for guests as well. Even the office is designed to accommodate a twin bed. The perfect country retreat is a home that feels wonderfully comfortable when you are there alone and offers ample flexible space so when multiple guests are visiting your comfort is never compromised.

What’s the most fun thing to do within five miles of this house?

Besides the obvious proximity to Great Barrington – a town that was named the Best Small Town in America and just gets better and better each year – the Appalachian Trail is less than 1 1/2 miles away and Race Brook Falls are less than 5 miles away – a fantastic and relatively unknown hike with 5 waterfalls and the trail continues to Race Mountain and Mt Everett. After the hike, there are fabulous restaurants all less than 10 minutes away in every direction!

If this house could talk, what secret would it tell about its history?

You would hear children laughing and you will feel their positive energy, resilience and their love of life itself! The home began as a one room Berkshire schoolhouse back in the late 1700’s. Sit quietly in the home and the joy will slowly flow around and over you.


Interested? Contact Chapin Fish

Brockman Real Estate

Office: O: 413-528-4859

Mobile: C: 917-723-1074

Email: chapin@wmbrockman.com

276 Main Street

Great Barrington, Mass.