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Oh Charlie. Such a good poser. What can I say. Charlie has become the star of our reviews. We have many guests come with their dogs. If you dog is well behaved and friendly - they are welcome! This photo was taken Oct. 12. The fall colors are incredible and have not even peaked yet!
The Pondhouse - A Magical Place
The Pondhouse - A Magical Place
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 private bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 private bath
You won’t be charged yet

Relax, rejuvenate and unplug in this ultimate rustic getaway experience in the country. In our beautiful screened Pondhouse, you can gaze at the stars and listen to the sounds of nature from your cozy warm bed. Feel the breeze as you sleep in this magical place unlike any other you will have ever seen. Read and nap, enjoy long walks and explore the nearby towns. You will love the Pondhouse!

The space

GLAMPING, aka Glamour Camping
Available mid-April through November 1

Read just a few reviews and you quickly understand that the Pondhouse is truly an EXPERIENCE. It is a transformative, magical retreat. NOTE: the Pondhouse is not for everyone. No electricity. No walls (screened only). You will hear animals in the woods. The bathroom is a two minute. walk. No kitchen. No stove (but there is an outdoor fire pit). You take chances with the weather. We've had guests love a cozy rainy weekend and even book an extra day during 30 degree temperatures. It's GLAMPING, aka Glamour Camping! No groups over 4 people and no kids under 12. You are always welcome to write me to explain your situation - if it feels like a good fit I am willing to bend these rules once in a while.

Still interested? Read on. . .

You have use of a private, full bathroom, with shower, located in our studio building a two minute walk from the Pondhouse. There is also an Airbnb guest room in the studio that may be rented as well. It works great to book both the Pondhouse and this guest room - you can leave your stuff in the studio and keep the Pondhouse tranquil and serene! Happy to give discounts to rent both. Just ask.

There is a fire pit a few steps from your door. It’s stocked with paper and chopped wood (or chop your own), so you can make a fire to roast marshmallows, cook a whole meal, or just hang out and enjoy the feeling of camping.

Other amenities, including recycled paper plates and utensils, small fridge, electric teapot, coffee press, coffee and teas are provided for you in the studio.

Dogs are welcome, but MUST get along with other dogs. We love dogs and our dog Charlie is a fantastic host, will provide lots of love and affection, and is always happy to go for a walk with you. It you bring a dog, you may not leave it in the Pondhouse while you are gone.

*No Wi-Fi or cell service in the pond house - come to unplug! (There is wifi and a land line you can use at the studio for emergencies)
*No nearby transit, and we are in the boonies, so you’ll need a car
*Planning this as a surprise? I strongly suggest that you KNOW that your partner will love this. I've seen a few surprises not work very well. Glamping is not for everyone!
*We are on 50 acres and sound carries. This means no loud music or parties. *Please be respectful of the peace, quiet and serenity of our property
*MUST arrive before dark

My husband, Peter Kitchell, and I are artists and have lived here for almost 30 years. Peter has carefully cultivated and nurtured the land, which includes building the Pondhouse with Hemlock trees from our woods. We have three buildings (our home and studios) a two minute walk from the Pondhouse. We are good at respecting our guest’s privacy but are also happy to chat and answer any questions. I've made a great list of places to eat (including dog friendly & vegan!)
** Having a special anniversary? Give us a budget and we can decorate with extra special things like flowers, treats, or whatever you'd like!

This is truly an amazing place.
***PLEASE READ ENTIRE LISTING DESCRIPTION AND RULES BEFORE REQUESTING A RESERVATION.*** We want to make sure that your stay meets your expectations... When making a request, please tell us a little about yourselves, your interest in the Pondhouse and indicate that you have read the full listing and house rules... Thank you!

Guest access

A fire pit just outside the Pondhouse is available for fires and grilling. The bathroom is in the studio building, a two minute walk from the Pondhouse. You have use of a small fridge located across from the bathroom, as well as a cabinet stocked with recycled paper plates and utensils, electric teapot, coffee press, coffee and teas. Most guests planning to cook also bring coolers and other essentials they'd bring on a camping trip. If you are traveling and don't have anything with you, please tell me and we can make sure you have everything you need!

We live and work here and ask that you keep this in mind. The bathroom is downstairs in Peter's studio. Please be respectful of his space and do not wander around. He is happy to give a tour if he has time - just ask!

Interaction with guests

We welcome you, check in on you, and are happy to help with anything you need.

PLEASE PLAN TO CHECK IN BEFORE DARK. We understand this isn’t always possible, but this isn't the kind of place where you pick up a key and let yourself in, and it’s essential to get the tour while it’s still light outside. If you are a group of 4, we ask that if at all possible all guests arrive together.

If you have a dog, you may see more of us as our dog, Charlie, is always happy to have a playmate. I have a list of great, dog friendly restaurants, and a few things to do around here.

Please let us know when you leave - we like to hear how about your stay, and to say goodbye!

Other things to note

We need to be here when you check in, so communication about arrival time is essential. I plan my schedule around meeting you - and ask that you respect this. I try to be flexible, but sometimes need to agree on an arrival time, so please stick to this and communicate if you are running late.You can always check in before going back out to lunch or dinner.

New Yorkers! Avoid the traffic getting out of NYC by taking the train to New Haven. You can rent a car from Avis - super easy and less expensive than renting in the city!

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Extra people €48 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee €57
Security Deposit €217
Weekly Discount: 27%
Weekend Price €174 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 queen beds, 1 single bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in time is 2PM - 8PM
Check out by 10AM

The bathroom Pondhouse guests use is downstairs in Peter's studio building. His studio is upstairs and is off limits. Unless you ask one of us for a tour. If Peter is not busy he will probably be happy to show you. Please be respectful that this is his workspace. Please don't hang out on the stairs or talk loudly in this space - he works at all hours ( he's an artist!:)
No smoking in the pond house or bathroom. If you have a dog you may not leave him/her while you are gone. Take your trash from the pond house up to the studio and put into the recycling and trash that is designated for your use. Please do not leave candles burning when not in the pond house. Please latch the pond house when you leave. A good rule of thumb to get those 5 star guest reviews? Leave the pond house how you found it :)

Check in time is 1PM - 8PM

• When submitting an inquiry, please tell us a little about yourself and your interest in the Pondhouse. Also let us know that you have read the full description and understand the house rules and feel comfortable staying in a treehouse.
• Please keep in mind that the Pondhouse is meant as a quiet retreat. If you have ANYTHING else in mind, you must let us know ahead of time and get appropriate permission before booking. Photo shoots, events, ceremonies etc. are subject to additional fees.
• If you are interested in using the Pondhouse for a photo shoot, you must give us explicit descriptions of your concept before booking as well as your location budget. Please be aware that photoshoots are subject to different rules and rates, and must be approved by us in advance.
• Guests will receive on arrival a full list of property details, rules and local recommendations.
• If using images from this site, please credit the appropriate photographers, as are noted in the individual image descriptions. Please tag us on Instagram #pondhouse

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon!

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - it is a 2 minute walk from the Pondhouse to the studio building where the bathroom is. No actual stairs. But you get the idea.
Pet(s) live on property - Our dog Charlie roams the property
Some spaces are shared - The bathroom is private for your use only - but it is in Peter's studio building. We ask that guests respect the quiet in this building.
Amenity limitations - no wifi or cell service in the Pondhouse. Wifi is avail in the studio building. Land line avail.
2 nights minimum stay

168 Reviews

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Courtney User Profile
October 2017
Gayle’s magical pond home far exceeded my expectations for the weekend. Peter’s craftsmanship is evident in every detail of their property from the welcome sign at the front gate to the complete layout of the pond home. I felt safe and cozy whilst being completely immersed in nature, including the sun waking me in the morning and the moon reflecting shadows from the trees at night. Gayle was very kind to connect with me and insured I had everything I needed during my stay. I was inspired to explore, relax and to write during my trip which is exactly what I was hoping for. The first night was definitely much cooler than the second but Gayle provided me with hot water bottles and more than enough bedding to stay warm. I was very excited to build a campfire and the grill/fire-pit was ready to go with firewood and kindling. I especially enjoyed Charlie and his curious nature.
Gayle User Profile
Response from Gayle:
We loved having you here. Come back!!
October 2017

Katlyn User Profile
October 2017
This place is heaven on earth. It literally gets better every time.

Stevie User Profile
October 2017
Words really can’t describe what an incredible experience the pond house is. That said, I’ll try my best to impress how much I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a peaceful retreat to indulge in being outside and the stunning scenery surrounding your screened in, doorless, outdoor oasis. Gayle is a phenomenal host, and creates an experience for her guests so that they have to think of nothing, because she has already taken care of everything you could need. The land and surrounding greenery speak for itself, but even the interior of pond house itself is impeccably decorated and the bedding and bed are insanely comfortable. During our stay we hiked around the property, played with the gorgeous and incredibly well-behaved Charlie (Gayle’s Dog,) went into town for a meal per Gayle’s recommendations, built a fire, and enjoyed the stars. Gayle was kind enough to accommodate us with a last minute stay and I can’t thank her enough for the opportunity to truly relax and enjoy the incredible world she has created at the pond house. If you have the chance to stay here, do it; you will not be disappointed!!
Gayle User Profile
Response from Gayle:
so glad you had such a good time. come again next season!
October 2017

Sonia User Profile
October 2017
This was the perfect get away to disconnect form it all! The place was amazingly clean and the bed super comfortable! We really enjoyed our stay and it was so peaceful, exactly what we needed at the time!

Kerri User Profile
October 2017
The Pond House was one of my favorite experiences to date. So beautiful, serene and hand crafted. Our time there really led us to appreciate our surroundings and time away. Charlie was an amazingly friendly host and enjoyed showing us around! Gayle & Peter were wonderful hosts and truly enjoyed sharing their love of art with us. All of the local fare and restaurants recommended were perfect. We were impressed to be sleeping in 38 degree nights and as warm and cozy as could be, so fun! We could not recommend this highly enough. Thank you for such a memorable getaway.
Gayle User Profile
Response from Gayle:
So glad you had such a nice time even with the cold weather!
October 2017

Kirk User Profile
October 2017
Fantastic getaway spot with great hosts and beautiful views! This place is very secluded which has both pros and cons, so plan ahead. If you're looking to get away from the busyness of life, this is the place for you. I just hope you're not afraid of sleeping outside.
Gayle User Profile
Response from Gayle:
yes - def. not for folks who are afraid of the dark and the sounds of the sleeping outside :) glad you had a good time.
October 2017

Allison User Profile
October 2017
The property is truly one of a kind. All the colors of the trees were beautiful and changing. Definitely a place to get in touch with nature. Charlie made us feel safe. Gayle and Peter accommodated us very well with little things we forgot. It was a little chilly for October while we were there but we would definitely come back when its warmer.
Gayle User Profile
Response from Gayle:
Yes October can be cold! Try again next July :) Glad you had a good time and Charlie is doing his job!
October 2017

Ashfield, Massachusetts, United StatesJoined in May 2013
Gayle User Profile

I am an illustrator & my husband Peter Kitchell is a photographer/painter/builder all round renaissance man . We've lived out here for 28 years after moving from San Francisco. Our kids are out of the house - and we decided it made sense to open up our place. Both of us have our work studios here. I jog & walk daily with our dog Charlie and do yoga as often as possible in town at Shelburne Falls Yoga & spin in Greenfield about 30 min. away. I'm vegan and love to cook. We both love to travel and have stayed as Airbnb guests many times. We love to go see live music and movies or can easily spend a whole day laying around reading if we have the time. After many years of living out here with just our family, it's been fun to open up our place for others to enjoy it. We really enjoy all the interesting people we've had the pleasure of meeting as Airbnb hosts!

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