Elegant Berkshire Cottage
Elegant Berkshire Cottage - Renovated and restored to the grandeur of yesteryear. This home sits on 58+ acres on a street of fine homes and protected land. Enjoy the mountain views and walking distance to the village of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Built in 1915, the "Villa Virginia" is a significant example of Mediterranean Renaissance Revival architecture and rumored to be a replica of an Italian Villa in the Sabine hills of Italy. Designed by architect H.Hobart Weekes of the Manhattan firm of Hill and Weekes. The landscape architect was Ferruccio Vitale. Box woods and other shrubs surround the rebuilt front patio reminiscent of the original design.
Hidden behind a line of evergreens you enter the property thru electronically controlled wooden gates to the front entry. Marble steps lead into an air lock entry and a foyer with black and white marble flooring. The vestibule is comprised of a reception area, coat room, powder room and graceful curved marble staircase. There are four fireplaces on the main level each distinct and functional.
The spacious and light filled library is currently used as an office and family space with wireless internet. Book shelves flank three walls, some with custom doors to hide modern amenities such as TVs. The gleaming wood floors, French doors and two identical gray marble fireplaces make this a warm and cozy room. The loggia with tile floor and painted vaulted ceiling is waiting for you to relax for hours in this seasonal room with original fountain and window wall with southern exposure.
The main salon overlooks the terrace and enjoys the eastern light. A spacious room with polished floors, coffered ceiling and large fireplace, it’s the perfect place to welcome guests. Italian artisans adorned the coffered ceiling in the main salon with hand painted cherubs and zodiacal signs on the loggia ceiling
The spacious dining room has an additional fireplace, two pink marble columns, and multiple chandeliers. The custom dining room table is 18 feet long and seats 14 comfortably.
A country kitchen offers an over-sized island for food prep and built in seating. Corian counters, whimsical tiles and breakfast table make this a delightful room for a busy family or staff. Two Sub-zero refrigerators and full freezer, two dishwashers, two ovens, Gaggenau cook top fit well in this efficient kitchen.
Approach the second level from a marble staircase with curved ceiling architectural accents and Bulls Eye Glass custom window that illuminates the stairway and accentuates the elegant luxury of this fine home.
The master suite is comprised of two rooms separated from the guest bedrooms by French doors. A sitting room includes a fireplace, ample storage and access to a rooftop patio. The spacious bedroom offers easterly views of the Berkshire Hills, private bath and fireplace.
There are three spacious on-suite guest rooms with fireplaces and two additional bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bath. A rear staircase leads to the kitchen below as well as the third floor where there are four additional bedrooms and two full baths.
A full basement houses the utilities (updated and efficient) oil fired furnaces and hot water heaters and central air. Property is serviced by public water and private septic.
The Sunuggery is a free standing carriage barn/guest house. This building offers three bedroom, three bath, full kitchen, dining room, two fireplaces, roof top deck, cedar closet, and tower room. Throughout history this quaint building has had many uses; including carriage barn, school house, guest house. The main level is now used as a garage and storage area.