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Chester Massachusetts 01011 United States of America

Listing # 97888

Rates From USD 1550 Weekly
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

"Stepaside House" in the Berkshires Western Massachusetts

BERKSHIRES: RIVER FRONTAGE On the eastern slopes of the Berkshire mountains. Architecturally designed Shaker Farmhouse on 14 wooded acres - a perfect retreat! Standing back 200 feet from the designated National Scenic Middle Branch of the Westfield River. Also a detached sun filled artist studio with skylight and propane fireplace is near the main house. Fishing, canoeing, swimming in pristine waters. The beautiful, unspoiled Littleville Lake is less than a mile down the road. Glendale Falls a Trustee of Reservations conservation area is within 5 minutes. Trails and cross country skiing all about you. The house has lots of light and is an artist's retreat in a magnificent setting. Many people who visit our home think that we have renovated an old New England farmhouse. This is what we wanted. A new home that has the qualities of an old farmhouse. We are also 35 minutes away from the Stockbridge, Tanglewood at Lenox, Lee and the five college area of Northampton Massachusetts. There is lots of light throughout the house. The bottom floor is a workshop ( with washer/dryer) and garage. The first floor is: living room with brick fireplace, window seats and open planned space with living area, kitchen ( with overhead fan) and dining area. There is a guest bedroom and full bathroom on this floor. There is a Garden Room through french doors from the living room and a beautiful wrap around deck looking over the garden. The second ( top) floor has the Master Bedroom with window seats, dressing area, walk in closet. Very large Master Bathroom with large bathtub and bidet. A third bedroom/ study is on this floor as well and lots of bookshelves. There are overhead fans in the bedrooms. All in all the house is very cheerful and a happy home to live in. We have a one car garage that enters into the workshop space( or mudroom if you prefer to call it). Outdoors: lots of wildflowers ( in season) and perennials surrounding the house. The river is across the road and the sound is wonderful. Name of house is Stepaside and it is 35 to 40 minutes from Northampton


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1600 Sq. Feet
Suited for
3 people
Property Type


Available from Tuesday, October 1, 2019 until Thursday, October 1, 2020
Minimum Stay
1 week(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
Residentail home on 14 acres
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Chester
Postal Code - State or Province 01011 MA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords North Chester
Closest University Smith Collge, Northampton , Massachusetts 01060
University nearby 5 Colleges , Smith,

Rental Price:

USD 1550 Weekly
Rental Fee Comments
$1550 short term weekly summer rental and $5500 long term monthly.
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Mountains

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Holiday Term
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Summer Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • ArtStudio
  • Other: studio separate from house for writers/artist


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

  • Care for Plants
Housesitting Comments
Basic cleanliness and upkeep ie: return the home as you received it

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About Me
Olwen was born in Dublin Ireland and emigrated with her family to the United States. She grew up in Malibu California. Her primary inspirations in art are Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer. Olwen paints images in oil and watercolor of the West of Ireland, as well as, North Chester where she lives in the Berkshire mountains. She is also a printmaker in Intaglio and is a Member of the Zea Mays Printmaking Studio. Olwen is also a member of the National Association of Women Artists. Olwen’s paintings are in Private Collections in the United States and Europe. In recent years, she has exhibited at The James Joyce Gallery and The Hallward Gallery in Dublin, Ireland; Smith College Alumnae Gallery, Hosmer Gallery Northampton MA ; The Watkins Gallery Northampton MA; Olwen’s intaglio artwork is represented by the Zea Mays Flat File Project and her recent print work has been represented in group shows at the APE Gallery in Northampton and The Ferrin Gallery Pittsfield, Massachusetts. At the Lenox Gallery Massachusetts Olwen received Honorable Mention in the Fem in Art Show. Olwen has also worked for over two decades in the professional theatre. She has designed scenery and backcloths for theatrical productions. For the past 20 years, Olwen has been producer, managing director, production manager and stage manager for professional theatrical institutions, as well as, director of The Northampton Center for the Arts. She graduated as a Studio Art Major with a minor in Biology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Olwen has also studied at the L’Ecole d’Art, Vallauris, France and the Sun Valley Arts Program in Hailey, Idaho. Olwen is currently represented by her own gallery in North Chester Massachusetts and works as an arts consultant. Olwen lived for ten years in Cleveland Ohio where she was Production Manager at The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and helped move the company downtown Cleveland to Playhouse Square. Olwen is on the Board of Directors of her college as well as very active in NAMI.

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