In early June, a group of high school girlfriends enjoyed our stay in this spacious home for a Berkshires weekend celebration of us all turning 60 this year. We were familiar with the area, and knew the location was a secluded, woodsy spot near a beautiful swimming pond, a mile plus up a dirt road from the paved roads of the town.
The house has lots of separate areas inside and outside to accommodate pretty much whatever you might want to do, just as described. The kitchen is large, with two sinks and plenty of storage space, and it is well-equipped for cooking if you want to do that. There is a banquet-sized full dining table.
The furnishings are sturdy and well-used. A big family group, even including young children and athletic, high-energy teens, would feel comfortable relaxing here and not have to worry overly about breaking delicate things.
We did not hang out outside much, though, as it was a buggy weekend. People did take walks on the dirt road, went to and from the pond, and shopping in Great Barrington. Some of us also hiked "the Cobble," a small mountain in the next town, Tyringham, which has trails intersecting the Appalachian trail for a spell.
There are wonderful cultural activities in the area that start up for the season in mid-June: Shakespeare & Company with NY summer stock theater in Lenox, Tanglewood with symphony and some pop music, and Jacob's Pillow for dance, and free "Inside Out" free performances where you can picnic on their garden grounds. Lenox and Great Barrington have art galleries, restaurants and shops to browse.
"The Pillow" is about 15 minutes from the VRBO by the back country roads in the town of Becket, where Joe Pilates invented his namesake exercise program). The BIFF Berkshire International Film Festival) was held the first weekend in June this year, in Great Barrington.
The VRBO house sleeping spaces are flexible to accommodate everyone's various needs in a large party. Our party had one person of the 12 of us with a pet allergy so she could not stay in a pet-friendly house, so two of us stayed elsewhere. If that were not the case, one or two guests might've brought up our dogs, which the owners allow.
The owners were very helpful, providing clear information and instructions for before, during and after our stay. Overall it was great for a large group of people wanting an outdoorsy weekend stay in the Berkshires.