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Ski in ski out available to those who can handle our short but steep schuss to the ski area. Otherwise, walk 100 yards to the nearest ski trail or drive 1/2 mile to the parking lot.
 queen bed and a double futon, private bathroom with shower.
Foliage, Ski-in Ski-Out, Hiking. 2 bdrms, 2 bthrms
Foliage, Ski-in Ski-Out, Hiking. 2 bdrms, 2 bthrms
4 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
You won’t be charged yet

Foliage, hiking, or ski in/out of our secluded Swiss chalet at Catamount. This is a guest suite on its own level, separated from the rest of our home by a stairway. It has a huge family room, private entrance (snow permitting, otherwise use main entrance), 2 bdrms, 2 bthrms (showers only), 3 beds + futon. No kitchen, but minifridge, coffee/tea, breakfast offered 8-10. am.
Lg deck, beautiful outdoor spaces, 10 min to Great Barrington, 30 min to Tanglewood,.4-wheel drive needed in winter.

The space

A rare opportunity to ski-in-ski-out in the Berkshires -- or to enjoy everything else the Berkshires offer: hiking (trails right off our property), music, dining, fall foliage drives, and antique shopping. This is best described as a guest suite, not a separate apartment. We live on the main floor; you'll have the entire lower level. Bedrooms are very privately situated. There is a flight of stairs between "your space" and "our space" but there is no door between the floors. From the outside, there is a private entrance to this floor, but after heavy storms in winter, you may need to use the main entrance of the house.

The large sitting room has two windows and three sliding glass doors; the bedrooms are below grade, without windows, but are cheerful, brightly lit, and quiet. You will have your privacy but are also 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).

Guest access

Kitchen access: We invite you to join us for breakfast (8 - 10 a.m.) Please let us know about any allergies. We offer a European-style buffet (bread and pastries, fruit, cheese, meat, boiled eggs, cereal, coffee, tea, oatmeal an option). Also, for a small additional fee (payable in advance through the AirBnB system) weekend ski-guests can arrange to have a ski-lunch here at the house if you are staying the following night. Please let us know if you'd like this in advance. We offer French onion soup, tomato soup, chicken soup, hot cocoa (plus coffee and/or tea), chili, and home-made mac and cheese. Price is $15 per person.

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 and knows the Catamount Ski Area cold (pardon the pun!), so if you need to know about hiking or skiing 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. We want you to feel like you are a welcome part of our family!

Other things to note

Ski in ski out is available (when Catamount Ski Area is open) to experienced skiers who sign a liability waiver and buy lift tickets. If you prefer, you can easily walk up our road 100 yards and step directly onto the ski area. Or you can drive 1/2 mile down to the ski area's parking lot. Which ski slopes are open and whether or not you can ski right out our door depends on natural snow conditions and Catamount grooming/snow-making. Please note that we are immediately adjacent to the ski area. So on some days in the winter, when they are making snow on our side of the mountain, you will hear snow gun noise in the main living area. However, you will not hear the snow guns in the bedrooms because the bedrooms are completely insulated from sound.

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
Check out by 11AM

--Please respect check in and check out times
--Breakfast is offered between 8 and 10 a.m.
--In winter, you MUST have 4 wheel or all wheel drive vehicle, or front wheel drive with snow tires.

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.
Potential for noise - In ski season, snow guns may be making snow at the ski area. These can be heard in the common rooms. They will not be heard in the bedrooms.
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.
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
1 night minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Keegan User Profile
September 2017
Karen was a kind and gracious host, and the space is beautiful. I hope to return again!

Hilary User Profile
September 2017
Karen's place exceeded our expectations. There were 5 of us, and we had a lot of space! There was extra bedding if we needed, space heaters, flashlights, first aid kit. We felt very welcome, and would certainly return! Excellent experience!
Karen User Profile
Response from Karen:
Thanks so much Hilary. We so much enjoyed listening to your music, both in person and on the CD. I really enjoyed the arrangements, the balance of instrumental textures, and the variety of songs. We do hope you'll come back! So glad your performance went well at the festival.
September 2017

Siran User Profile
September 2017
Karen and David's home is spacious, clean and beautiful. They both have great stories themselves and it was such a pleasure to talk and get to know them. They also provide us great breakfast and everything we need which make us feel warm as being home. Highly recommend, one of my best Airbnb experiences so far~
Karen User Profile
Response from Karen:
Thank you so much! We loved spending time with you and I especially loved learning about the poetry and symbolism of Chinese characters!
September 2017

Leah User Profile
August 2017
Room was clean and we enjoyed speaking with Karen over breakfast and coffee which were generously provided. Beautiful views of the Catamount ski area. Great home base for the John Williams concert at Tanglewood!

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!

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, skking, 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

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