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Cozy Monterey Family Chalet, Minutes From Lake & 10 Minutes From Butternut!

Bedrooms 2
Space 125 m²
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom Monterey Home Sleeps 6 Comfortably

This beautiful gem has been lovingly cared for by our family for 13 years—and has served as a relaxing retreat all year round. Our goal: to make you feel like it's your home away from home. It's comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated in the French country style—and is the perfect spot to relax or use as a home base for all your Berkshire activities.

It is family-friendly with child gates for the stairs—and plenty of games, toys, books, and movies for your children. No kids? These things are tucked away so you don't need to use them if you don't want! (Also, we use no pesticides on our property—and use only natural cleaning products on our you can feel healthy and safe in our home.)

There are 2 bedrooms upstairs: one master with a king-size bed and one smaller bedroom with a twin bed and pull-out twin bed. There is one downstairs bathroom. An open downstairs floor plan flows from the living room (with a wood-burning stove fired up by plenty of wood we have stored for you), to the kitchen to the dining room.

There's a super comfy pull-out sofa with a queen-size bed in the living room if you need extra space for your family or friends.

Off the dining room is the beautiful screened-in porch where you can sit for hours relaxing and enjoying the breeze and sounds of the Loom Brook from the back of the house. A connected deck allows for easy grilling with the gas grill.

In the summer, our house is just minutes from Lake Garfield, where there's a lake beach perfect for kids and adults alike! A lifeguard is present during the summer months—making it perfect for swimming out to the floating docks (it will bring back camp memories!). You can also canoe and kayak on this lake. We have sand toys, beach umbrellas, and chairs ready for your use. Love to hike? The Appalachian Trail crosses our road, which is perfect for walking any time of the year. We're also situated right near the Beartown State Forest with all its trails. Love to mountain bike? We have one bike available for your use; feel free to bring up your own bikes and ride along our dirt road — or on the nearby trails.

We're also close (about 20 minutes) to blueberry picking and apple picking.

We're 40 minutes from Tanglewood, 45 minutes from Jacob's Pillow, and just 25 minutes from the town of Great Barrington with its restaurants, bars, Triplex cinema, and the historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Fall brings the beautiful splendor of the fall foliage home here; it surrounds the house and everywhere you turn. Go for walks, take in kayaking or canoeing on Lake Garfield, or just take a visit to the nearby Taft Farms for their pumpkins, fresh cider and hot donuts, and corn mazes.

Our home is just 15 minutes from Butternut Ski Resort, which is where our children have learned to ski from age 3. It's the perfect family resort and our home is close enough to put season's passes (or just one-day passes) to good use. You'll love coming home to the warmth of the wood stove and the comfort of our home. We also have snow shoes available for your use.

We are minutes from the town of Monterey, which is small but quaint. The Monterey General Store is gourmet; you can get delicious soups and sandwiches (as well as pies and treats) here, along with staples for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We are also just minutes from the Roadside Cafe, the perfect country diner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Wednesday through Saturday. (There's also Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, and Lenox—as well as Pittsfield...which is 45 minutes away...for more delicious restaurants.)

We are about a 25-minute drive from the outlets in Lee, about 30 minutes to Stockbridge (with the quaint and historic Red Lion Inn) and Lenox with the Cranwell Resort & Spa (where you can play golf and have top-notch spa treatments), the Kripalu Yoga Center, and Tanglewood (as well as Canyon Ranch).

Pets are allowed by individual request.

Our goal: to have you fall in love with our home just as much as we love it. We want you to feel this is your Monterey home away from home!

More Details

Valerie Latona
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
11 February, 2018

About Valerie Latona

The owners, Valerie and David, bought this home as their city getaway almost 16 years ago. It's since been their home away from home for their family (including their three young children). They fell in love with the Berkshires because of the amazing hiking trails, beautiful lakes, culture, delicious food, and friendly people—all of which are easily accessible from their home.

Valerie Latona purchased this chalet in 2001

Why Valerie Latona chose Monterey

We have raised all three of our children in this second home away from home; they've learned to love the country and all the delights of the Berkshires here. While we still come up for them to play at the lake, go hiking, enjoy the fall foliage, and ski at Butternut, we find that we use it less than we ever did (thanks to kids sports and weekend activities), why we decided to share our home with others. Our goal: to give you a chance to love the Berkshires the way we do.

What makes this chalet unique

While small, our home is extremely comfortable and cozy. You can sit on the couch with your feet up and feel at home. You can go out the front door and walk down the road to clear your mind. But what we love most of all is our screened-in porch, where we sit for hours reading, playing games, and eating our meals. A short or long stay in our home will refresh your batteries and invigorate you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet rental in Monterey, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 125 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower)
  • There is one full bathroom downstairs with a shower/tub combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Small children's bedroom - 1 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Master bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • The Master bedroom, upstairs, features a comfortable king-size bed—and French country furnishings, including a closet and large dresser. The children's bedroom, upstairs as well, features a twin bed and a pull-out single sleeper sofa. It features a small dresser, as well as children's books, toys, and children's decorations—making this a happy place for children (or adults who are kids at heart!). There is a small terrace with sliding doors off the children's bedroom that is locked for safety. There is also child gate at the top of the stairs for safety. There's a pull-out queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room downstairs that also sleeps two comfortably.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
If you have small children, this cozy, well-appointed chalet is for you. There are child gates on the top and bottom of stairs and child-safety features like cabinet locks and outlet protectors. There are also plenty of toys and books for kids Pets are okay, with approval of owner, but renters who bring pets must purchase additional Damage Protection insurance.


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Cozy Monterey Family Chalet, Minutes From Lake & 10 Minutes From Butternut!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Great place to cozy up and explore the Berkshires, wonderful home and host

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late and cold over the holidays but immediately felt welcome and at home in this classic cottage. The house is open and warm and for a family of four it’s perfect. The wood stove kept us cozy, even in sub zero temperatures. Our girls had a great time making up their beds on the second floor and loved the decorations in the room. We took a walk out back through the woods and snow down to the creek that had frozen solid in different places. We will definitely make it back to either see the thawed creek when it's warm or when it's snowy and cold again because this is the perfect cottage for a quiet evening, stay inside and bundle up with hot cocoa! Bonus is Valerie’s terrific too—she had everything in order for us, shared a long list of what to do and where to eat and helped make our first Berkshires getaway a success!

  • Review Submitted: 14/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re thrilled that you had such a wonderful time! Please do come back in the summer, when the stream is gushing, the lake is open for kayaking and swimming, and there are plenty of warm summer breezes to make lounging on the screened-in porch a must! Fall—with its gorgeous foliage, hiking, warm cinnamon doughnuts and hot cider and pumpkin picking—is also a beautiful time. We look forward to having you back!
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Cozy chalet that has everything

  • 5 of 5

Just spent MLK weekend here and loved it. The home is lovely. It is fully stocked for anything you need in the kitchen from baking to meat thermometer, to baby spoons! Our thirteen year-olds got a big kick out of playing old VHS tapes - "what is this Mom?!" It was a cold weekend but the wood burning stove was easy to use and kept the house toasty. We had a truly lovely weekend and would recommend this home to everyone. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 16/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful winter ski vacation at the Chalet

  • 5 of 5

The chalet was perfect for our family of 4 (with 2 young kids). The location was perfect for skiing at the Butternut. The promixity to town made it easy for us to shop for food for eating in as well as try out the restaurants in town. Valerie was a great host. The welcoming gifts were a very nice touch to the whole stay. The house was fully equipped, clean and very comfortable even in the midst of a snow storm. Our kids love the kids' room (with great books and music and toy) and the board games. We look forward to visiting the house again.

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, warm, inviting, and cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! It is an oasis of tranquility and beauty in the woods but also close to everything wonderful to do in the Berkshires! The whole cottage is maintained beautifully and decorated wonderfully! Super child friendly as well. Our favorite spot in the house was the screened in sun porch! Absolutely amazing! Rocking chairs and all! The owner is lovely and helpful and responsive. We definitely would stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 24/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful Easter weekend at this lovely home. The furniture is extremely comfortable and the location is very convenient to exploring the area, outlet shopping, etc. We loved the screened in sun porch, and all the little decorating details.

  • Review Submitted: 17/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home for your stay. We look forward to having you back again soon!
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Like Being at Home

  • 5 of 5

We just spent the weekend at this lovely house. We have been to Berkshire VRBO houses before and this one takes top billing. It is more equipped than a 5 star hotel. It is very clean, comfortable and has all the amenities one would want for a weekend getaway. And the owner is so considerate: when we arrived late on Friday night the exterior lights were on so we could find the house (it is dark in Monterey at night), and the heat was on so that when we entered it was cozy at first. The furniture is very comfortable, the kitchen has everything one could possibly need, the bed is very comfortable and the lighting is terrific. All in all, this is an incredibly comfortable house that feels like home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: 06/12/2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Albany Airport, Albany
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Cranwell Resort & Spa
Nearest Train
42 Miles
Wassaic, New York
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
90; Massachusetts Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Roadside Cafe
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Butternut Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Garfield Beach
Car: necessary

Screened porch, beautiful hikes nearby, surrounded by state forest and acres of conservation land. We are a mile to the lovely Lake Garfield with sandy beach and delightful swimming. We are 15 minutes from Butternut Ski Resort, 25 minutes from the town of Great Barrington, and 40 minutes from Tanglewood and Kripalu Yoga Center.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$189.69
Damage Insurance AU$74.61
Damage Deposit AU$632.3

All guests are charged a $150 cleaning fee; payable up front at booking. All guests with pets must purchase damage protection in addition to a deposit; this helps cover any accidental damage to the home or property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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