2 doubles and private bathroom with shower.We are right on the Catamount Ski Area. Five minutes from bed to slopes or the Adventure Park.
Entire lower level of Swiss Chalet, two bedrooms

Entire home/apt

4 guests

2 bedrooms

4 beds
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Ages 2 - 12
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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.

The space

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.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Host greets you


Extra people: No Charge
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 double beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

--1 cat, please confirm no cat allergies
--Please respect check in and check out times
--Breakfast is offered between 8 and 10 a.m.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - 1 flight of stairs. Space also has a private entrance, accessed via a sloping outdoor path with some steps.
Pet(s) live on property - one cat
Some spaces are shared - You are on the lower level of our home; we live on the main level. Humongous deck is shared.



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.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

7 Reviews

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Donna User Profile
August 2017
Late in and early out, so not much time spent here. Lovely breakfast with gorgeous views over the mountains. Private, quiet rooms, friendly unobtrusive host. Follow her directions to the house, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) has it wrong.
Karen User Profile
Response from Karen:
Thanks Donna, it was delight having you and your family. I just want to point out that Airbnb edited your post.... The "sensitive comment" that they hid was the name of the map software, which has the last little bit to our house wrong. To potential visitors: I will send clear directions!
August 2017

Russ User Profile
August 2017
Lovely couple; beautiful location. A little tricky to navigate directions at the end, but they are helpful and it becomes clear very quickly.

Pamela User Profile
July 2017
Wonderful stay with warm and welcoming host! Breakfast a treat!

Marc User Profile
July 2017
Lovely, quiet home overlooking a ski area! Very comfortable, very gracious hosts. Private entrance but perhaps not good for handicapped entrance. Karen and David were wonderful to chat with and the breakfast was great! Would stay here again!

Daphne User Profile
July 2017
Karen and Davis were perfect hosts for my friend and I on our one-night stay in their woodsy, unique Berkshire home. They were great about communication and were there to welcome us with a tour of their home, which was full of musical instruments (they are both musicians and teachers) and memorabilia from Karen's world travels. Over a cup of tea, we discussed literature, the concerto we'd be seeing at Tanglewood that night, and the books Karen and David had written on music and hiking over the years. On our way out the door to dinner-- at a great Lebanese place David recommended-- Karen met us with a plate of delicious savory crackers she'd just baked, and some cheese, as an appetizer because she'd heard my friend mention being hungry. The basement rooms were clean and quiet; I slept like a rock. (Best sleep I've had in weeks!) Breakfast was tasty. I wish I'd had more time to explore the magical living-room space downstairs, chock full of beautiful instruments, or admire the wooded mountain view off the back deck. Can't wait to plan a trip, or trips, back with more friends. Highly recommend this AirBnb!

Janet User Profile
July 2017
Karen and David are truly interesting people, well traveled, authors and musicians. Their home has great character and some very cool history. The deck overlooks the forest. Truly relaxing and lovely.

Debbie User Profile
July 2017
This was our 1st Airbnb experience and it could not be better. We were in the Great Barrington area for our future daughter in laws bridal shower and family cookout. The cost was a fraction of the price that it would have been for 4 adults needing 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The bedrooms were cozy and comfortable. We had use of the family room downstairs which was perfect for us. Much nicer then hanging out in a hotel room. The highlight was breakfasts with the host. The food was perfect for us, cereal, fruit, muffins....eggs and bacon were offered both days too. But better then the food was the conversation sitting around their table. We felt like family. Highly recommend and look forward to returning.

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Egremont, Massachusetts, United StatesJoined in May 2017
Karen User Profile

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.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

About the home

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This is Karen’s place.
David helps host.
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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