Welcome to our light-filled, well-stocked home in The Berkshires. With a two-level wraparound deck & open floorplan, it's easy to be together, with cozy spots for private time, too. Perfect for families (with a swingset!) or getaways with friends. Otis Reservoir, MA's biggest lake, is just down the road. Fall fun abounds, like apple picking & leaf-peeping hikes. Ski at Otis Ridge (10 min) or Butternut (30 min), or plan summer fun with Tanglewood, Great Barrington, Jacob's Pillow and more nearby.
This home features three floors. On the main floor, enjoy gathering together--or apart. Talk or read on comfy couches under the cathedral ceiling, while others do puzzles on the game table, someone else naps on the couch by the stone fireplace, and the kids watch a movie cozy on the leather sectional.
Cooks will enjoy the fully-equipped kitchen, stocked with quality pots and pans, tea, coffee, oils and spices. You'll have a gas stove, full-size refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, drip coffee maker (or French press, if you prefer), electric tea kettle, a griddle for pancakes, and all the dishes you'll possibly need. Everyone can fit around the large dining table.
Upstairs features two bedrooms. The master bedroom includes a queen bed plus fold-out twin cot, as well as an en suite bath with walk-in shower and your own private balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee at the table for two. The second bedroom also has a queen; while its bathroom is in the hall, no other bedroom shares it.
The lower level bedroom, with beds for four plus a fold-out futon mattress and a portable crib, offers perfect privacy for a family; we have found that sound doesn't travel upstairs, so even a crying toddler will not wake upstairs sleepers.
Another alternative, depending on your group: put all the kids in the lower-level as a bunkroom! Did we mention there's an air-hockey table there, too?
While away your afternoons on the two-floor wraparound deck. Enjoy sun upstairs and shade downstairs, including a porch swing that overlooks the forest. For young kids, a backyard swingset completes the fun.
Please note: because well water and septic sustain this house, we can host up to 10 adults at most. If some in your group are children, we can extend that to 11 or 12 people. If you have more people than that, we suggest combining this home with some of the other Airbnbs nearby; although the home is spacious for entertaining, we cannot host larger groups due to showering, other water use, and general wear and tear (it is our family home as well). Thank you for your understanding! :-)
Our friendly local caretaker prepares the house for your arrival, and she'll be able to take care of any issues that come up during your stay. Our snow removal service will clear the driveway in winter. While we won't be around in person, we are always available for any questions or concerns.
Please enjoy our DVDs or bring your own. You can also rent DVDs by the day at one of the local general stores.
Otis is rural, and does not yet have residential wi-fi service, so the house has no wi-fi. You can use this as an excuse to unplug -- or you could use your phone as a hotspot, because there is good cellphone reception. Wi-fi is also available at the town library (even in its parking lot when the library is closed) and at coffee shops and museums throughout the surroundings towns.
Dogs beloved and welcome*! Food and water bowls provided. Extra $25 fee per dog applies, plus an extra $150 security deposit. We would appreciate your crating your pup when you go out. (*There are, sadly, a few breeds our insurance prohibits, so please send a note and let's talk!)