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Karen Brooks

Member since: 2013
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Beautiful Farm Vacation House

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Heath holiday farmhouse

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6-10, Gorgeous View, Open Fields

Close to Berkshire East, Mt Snow, Zoar Outdoor (rafting and zipline), Crabapple Whitewater, fishing in the Deerfield River. Open fields and views and hiking trails. Wonderful for children and adults alike. 25 acres of meadows and woods with a stream below. Free-ranging chickens and sheep. Always something to learn, collecting eggs, picking herbs, looking for the beaver in the pond. True eco-tourism. Large, well-equipped kitchen. Game room with ping-pong and pool table. Large rooms for entertaining. Perfect for artists' or writers' retreat or family gathering. Access to nearby Rowe Pond (Pelham Lake) with its wonderful swimming beach. Minimum 3-night stay. Cleaning fee and security deposit. Extra bedroom and bath available upon request for an additional fee, allowing 8-10 occupancy.

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Karen Brooks (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Karen Brooks

Gardener, folksinger, carpenter-- went to boarding school in England where I learned to appreciate the peacefulness of a country spot. I'm just a bit up the road from Reinhold Niebuhr's stone cottage where theologians came to spend their summers trying to understand the world's problems. This is an off-the-beaten-path kind of a place, beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall, and wild in the winter. I've built much of this place with my own hands, and have tried every kind of self-sufficiency, from making beer to processing wool, to making farm products for sale. Never that much of a profit but always interesting. And always something good to eat.

Karen Brooks purchased this farmhouse in 1982

Why Karen Brooks chose Massachusetts

I came here as a newlywed, pregnant with my first child. It was a wonderful place to raise children-- so many things that we take for granted here are no longer available in most of the world-- amazing quiet, beautiful sunsets and big night skies full of stars, always a breeze no matter how hot the summer, delicious drinking water, fresh eggs and produce, the sight of sheep out on the pasture and chickens busy all day. We're in an area of tourism that is homespun, no fast food here, just lots of land and space, trees and sky-- the locals call our town of Heath 'God's Country', and they're not wrong. My children (four of them) are grown up now, and the house is too big for me but I love having visitors, especially from far away. I live in my studio just down the hill from the house with it's own driveway and gardens, with my 2 kitties and my Sheltie Bounder. Plenty of space to share, plenty of room to run free.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The rooms in the house are open and cozy at the same time-- simply furnished, with a huge eat-in, live-in kitchen, big livin groom, wonderful front porch and back deck for entertaining. The sunroom has a pool table which converts into a ping pong table, and looks out at the magnificent backyard towards Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. 2 of the bedrooms are quite large, and one has a pull-out bed for 2 in addition to the queen bed. All the beds are very comfortable, unusually so, as this was very important to me.


based on 24 traveller reviews

Beautiful Farm Vacation House
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Rural Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in the great Berkshires. My first real farm dwelling experience. We all enjoyed the sweet and funny sounds of sheep and the many outdoor amenities included with the house (hammock, porch furniture, new grill, incredible sunset views). Inside the house was well equipped with comfortable furniture, beds, towels/linens etc., and a few extra perks. I highly recommend a hike, kayak, and swim at the nearby Pelham Lake Park (10-15 minute drive), a trip to Shelburne falls to see the Bridge of Flowers, and a dinner at Hope and Olive in Greenfield. Karen was a delightful host (thank you Karen!).

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awesome to have you all here-- and so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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  • 5 of 5

Words cannot begin to describe what a great time we had at Karen's farm! The house was clean, had everything we could need, and Karen was more than helpful! Loved it and can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The farm far exceeded our expectations! The stay was wonderful. Our family was so blessed by the roomy and very clean farm house. It was the perfect place to stay to attend our daughter's graduation from photography school in Turner's Falls. We would love to go back again and again!

Heather Starkweather

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful having you here-- fantastic guests! I enjoyed you so much and hope to see you again-- all the best, Karen
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Fantastic Stay! Will be back!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place! Karen is a fantastic hostess. The house and kitchen were well stocked, in fact, the best I have ever seen. Everything was extremely clean and well kept. A group of 7 or us and two dogs stayed and there was more than enough room, the pictures don't do the property justice. Karen was very mindful to give us privacy but was very available should we have questions. Her pup and animals were awesome. It was so great to wake up and walk out to see the sheep and chickens. We all enjoyed our time there and will definitely be returning in the future. Thanks again Karen!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sam-- you were wonderful guests and I so enjoyed having you!
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Magical Stay

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! We stayed for 4 nights with our 2 children, their spouses and our 15 month old granddaughter. The location is beautiful our windows overlooked a field where we could see the sheets and the trees with the lovely fall colors. We had a great hike at Pelham Pond which is nearby. Some of us went to Shelbourne Falls for the day. But mostly we stayed at the property and walked around the area. The house is great and was more than enough space for all of us. The kitchen is well supplied - we cooked all our meals at the house. Our granddaughter loved the chickens, sheep and Bounder the dog. We ate yummy apples from the trees. Karen was very helpful and accommodating. At night, we luxuriated in the hot tub under the stars and full moon. It was an amazing place to get away from it all. We would love to come back and enjoy this place in another season. Thank you, Karen for letting us stay in your magical farm house.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for coming to Heath-- it was a pleasure to meet you and your family-- all the best!
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Great Foliage trip

  • 5 of 5

We've visited Berkshire county during our foliage trip. The house was perfect for 3 families with teenagers and had everything! Great views of the mountains with foliage colors, ping pong/billiard table, farm, grill, fire-pit, outside hot tub, beautiful patio, and front porch. We all enjoyed it! The host, Karen was very nice and helpful from the beginning through out the entire stay. We would highly recommend it and definitely will come back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to meet you-- thanks again for your stay!
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Bradley International Airport BDL
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Mohawk Park
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
Interstate 91
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Warfield House
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Berkshire East
Car: necessary

We are near the Heath Fair, home of one of the oldest agricultural fairs in Massachusetts, and a focal point for our town. Also nearby is the Bridge of Flowers, a converted trolley bridge which spans the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls and boasts a beautiful walk spring to fall with many wonderful restaurants on both sides of the river. Zoar Outdoor and Berkshire East and Crabapple provide ziplining, world-famous whitewater, downhill and cross-country skiing, and mountain biking trails all within 10 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Heath, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee A$124
Refundable Damage Deposit A$392

Rental rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Additional bedroom/bath available upon request for an additional $50/night plus additional $35 for cleaning. Pets with prior approval of owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Heath

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Large bathroom with doors to bedroom #1 and #2
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Large bathroom off bedroom #3
  • 3rd bath available upon request
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Smaller room shares bathroom with bedroom #1
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Large room can sleep 2 adults and 2 children
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , Large bedroom with separate bath
  • 4th bedroom available upon request for an additional $50/night
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Guest pass available for nearby Rowe Pond (Pelham Lake) with a lifeguarded swimming beach and picnic area and playground