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Review of Naumkeag

Ranked #4 of 13 things to do in Stockbridge
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Owner description: Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire Cottage.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our last historical home to visit while in the area for a week. Maybe it was the best for last, but another we visited in Sleepy Hollow was the best. This one was full of original belongings of the Choate family, so that is always a special bonus. The architecture was not the main draw, but it was special. The view and the gardens were outstanding, especially the view. You will see two floors but not the third where most of the servants slept. There are some nice items such as the gong on the front porch, the knife cleaner and the little brass wall knob that you whistled into to call for a servant rather than ringing a bell. There were many beautiful collections of porcelain, etchings, rugs and furniture original to the family. There is a nice gift shop and a place to eat. You can also wander the grounds/gardens before or after your tour. You can drop off people at the entrance to the house, up you have to drive down to a parking lot and walk up a hill. It’s one way, so you can’t go back up to pick up any dropped off passengers without exiting and going back through the entrance at the top.

Thank Kay M
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Went here with my parents. I don't know if my young children would have lasted well through the house tour, but they did have activity sheets for kids that seemed interesting. Our tour guide was fantastic - her knowledge of the home and the family was excellent and her passion for the property was obvious in the way she told our group the story and history of the estate. She even answered many questions after the tour ended and did not seem rushed to leave the group. Even though not much was in bloom when we were there, the gardens were still impressive. The Chinese garden was great and view of the Berkshires from all points of the property are lovely. Our guide mentioned they have various events throughout the year - we plan to go back in the fall for their Haloween event.

Thank ndragunat
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were on our 40th anniversary vacation and visited this hidden treasure. It is a 44 room “cottage” of the Choate family. The tour guide was very informative and the grounds magnificent. Would highly recommend!

Thank Kacee54
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Never heard of Naumkeag until I visited the Berkshires. I highly recommend seeing it. The house is beautiful, not over the top. Our guide was very informative and nice and was quick to answer any questions we asked. The grounds are nice to walk around.

Thank 12533Dee18
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Guided tours are available on the hour at peak season, and as you wait there are shaded tables with beverages available and extraordinary gardens to explore. The house is a museum with excellent guides. This Guilded Age “cottage” is unique in that it was a true home with self-sustaining livestock and gardens.

There are special programs for those spending time in the Berkshires. The programs offered span age groups and special interests, such as art, gardening, history and children's activities.

Thank bertken
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