About this listing
Enjoy the entire walk-out lower-level of our Swiss chalet home on the Catamount Ski Area/Adventure Park.
Huge family room, private entrance, 2 bdrms, 2 bthrms (showers only). 3 beds + a futon.
No kitchen. We provide a mini-fridge, outdoor grill, coolers, coffee/tea, and we invite you for breakfast (8 am to 10 am).
Large deck, beautiful outdoor spaces. 10 min from Great Barrington, 30 min from Tanglewood, hiking, skiing out the door. Ask about hiker shuttles to the Appalachian Trail.
We live on the main floor; you'll have the lower level and will have your privacy but are welcome to use our deck, cook on the grill... whatever floats your boat. Appalachian Trail hikers are especially welcome! (laundry, trail, post office, and shopping shuttles available). There are doors to each of the bedrooms, and there is a flight of stairs between "your space" and "our space" but there is no door between the floors. The large sitting room has two windows and three sliding doors; the bedrooms are below grade, without windows, but are brightly lit.
Interaction with guests
We'll follow your lead.
We enjoy making new friends but respect the need for privacy – and our home is ideally set up to give you the option to interact or not.
We are always willing to share our knowledge of the area. Karen has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, so if you need to know about hiking hereabouts, just ask. David is a great cook and can point you in the direction of good restaurants and live music. We are both professional musicians and music teachers: If you're so inclined, you can join us for evening music making.
Other things to note
We invite you to join us for breakfast (reasonable times at mutual convenience). Please let us know about any allergies. We offer low-carb and vegetarian options.
Note that while Air B and B and many GPS systems insist on locating us in Great Barrington, our actual real-life physical location is 10 minutes west of Great Barrington, and three miles west of the tiny village of South Egremont, next door to Catamount Ski Area on the border of Egremont, MA and Hillsdale, NY.
--1 cat, please confirm no cat allergies
--Please respect check in and check out times
--Breakfast is offered between 8 and 10 a.m.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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The Berkshires are a haven for the arts and the outdoors. Our rustic home reflects our love for both; doing Air B&B allows us to share this wonderful part of the country with others. If you love skiing, hiking, music, and books, you're in the right place!
Karen is a long-distance backpacker and Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who has hiked 18,000 miles all over the world and has written 17 books. She also teaches piano (though not while you will be visiting!).
David is the lead editor at the Guitarnoise website. He teaches guitar (also mandolin, bass, banjo, ukulele, and piano), writes instructional books, and leads creative music jams.
As a travel writer who has been all over the world, Karen thinks the most important part of traveling is getting to know the locals. Hosting Air B&B when she returns to the place she has chosen to call home is a natural fit. We are happy to share our knowledge of the Berkshires with you, swap hiking tales, share a glass of wine or a cup of coffee... or leave you in peace to enjoy your private part of our home undisturbed. Just let us know!
We will be offering Air B&B experiences as well in music and hiking.
For foreign guests: We speak a little French. Not enough to claim fluency, but enough to communicate with you.
About the home
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