À propos de ce logement
A large studio apartment with a queen bed, daybed, kitchen and bath that opens on one of the loveliest 4 acres of private gardens in the Berkshires. Enjoy walking our woodland trails, rest a while by the brook or take a sauna under the stars. A piece of heaven.
Created by a designer of interiors and gardens & her master builder husband, the country cottage at RavenTree offers a wonderful setting for rest, reflection and enjoying nature. Our brook is a perennial stream feeding the Green River and the woodland trails and occasional benches encourage lingering. We are about 35 minutes from Tangelwood and Kripalu and 50 mintues from Jacobs Pillow.
Accès des voyageurs
In addition to the grounds, the stone terrace at the entrance to the cottage has convenient outdoor seating. Wood fired saunas are available upon request and must be booked 24 hours in advance. The Apartment comes with an electric fireplace, that is cozy any time, but especially nice during ski season.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We are available for questions and recommendations at check-in time and afterwards by chance.
The cottage has its own entrance and check in time is 3 PM. Checkout is 12 noon. We have a mostly indoor cat, Abigail, and a friendly dog who is always on a lead. When Woody is not playing frisbee or burying a bone in Priscilla's garden (which is strictly forbidden), he stays in the house with Bruce.
No smoking, no pets. No loud music or parties. Security deposit equal to one night's stay is required.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 5 jours avant votre voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral, frais de service compris.
I have a real job and own a business in New York for over 21 years. However, you could say RavenTree was my life's work--it is certainly where my heart lives. When I acquired the house in 1993, it was an un-insulated farm house on 4.75 acres so over grown that no one knew exactly where there brook was. Essentially, the house was a very happy house to begin with and all I had to do was add mine to it. That seems to be the way in New England. Everyone takes a house and starts adding on. I have remodeled here and there, painted restored, decorated and entertained my way through 22 years. Together with family and friends, we have created gardens, laid stone paths, built bridges, raised a small timber frame barn with mostly ropes and winches and harvested some of our trees that served us as we built our log cabin sauna. We have hosted a wedding, participated in garden tours to raise money for the Berkshire Botanical Garden and now we are renting our cottage garden apartment. Those are some of the external milestones.
But my life here has been an inside job, as well. When I first moved to RavenTree, I didn't know what a perennial was. It has been a long and rewarding discovery to have learned my place in nature’s scheme of things. Today I am conversant with both perennials and annuals and their Latin names and have planted well over 400 trees. Some didn't make it, or survive winter storms, but many have succeeded and are towering today. One of my favorite morning activities is to take the garden walk that leads to the woodland trails. There I begin to see and hear that I am surrounded with living things—things I may not have noticed before, that don’t owe their existence to me. Weird mushrooms, for example.
Our land starts in a valley; as you go past the house, it rises to include a hill of old and new growth trees. The woods provide a cool retreat in hot weather. Not that we have a lot of dog days in the Berkshires-- I grew up in Texas, so that is my reference point. But having been to almost every state in America and having lived abroad for several years, I can honestly say in a Berkshire summer or fall we have more than our share of A++ weather days.
Part of my journey with nature at RavenTree has brought me closer to the healing arts of dance movement, yoga and other modalities of a mind-body relationship. A grounding of sorts with something exists with us, between heaven and earth. In fact, the first name I gave to my home was Angel’s Rest—an invitation to those who have gone before us to manifest and linger. I hope it will always be a place where many can find time to read, write, contemplate and heal.
The best introduction I can give you to RavenTree is to tell you about some of the things intrinsic to this place so that you may discover them as well. The Berkshires is a great area to visit and some call it the “touchy-feely” capital of the world. If you are looking for alternative life styles, you can find them here. The Berkshires is also a big place. We have so much to offer in the way of music, theater, dance, museums, historic houses, antiques, country fairs and a thriving local food movement. For my part, I feel the greatest blessings are its quiet hills at daybreak and dusk where nature seems more important than everything else added up together.
We lead busy lives and those of us who are die-hard city dwellers seem to have a pent up need for grass between our toes and dining al fresco. All the concrete and the sheer density of people makes us covet our privacy and relish the thought of leaving the rat race, if only for a few days. If you find yourself nodding your head, if this description strikes a chord, we hope you may find that our corner of the Berkshires is a little piece of heaven -- and it has a spot in its heart just for you.
We look forward to greeting you.