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Explore four miles of trails past fields, wander through manicured gardens graced by modern sculptures, and discover New England's youngest historic house museum.
What makes Field Farm a special place?
The northern Berkshires provide a perfect natural backdrop to the pair of Modernist homes that are the showpieces of this singular property. Surrounding the two architectural gems (one is now a bed-and-breakfast and one is open for guided tours) are more than 300 acres of open fields, woods and wetlands, through which four miles of footpaths meander.
The two houses here are terrific illustrations of trends in post-World War II architecture. The main house – now the Guest House at Field Farm, a six-room bed & breakfast with period art and furniture and mountain views – evokes the International style with its straight lines and extensive use of glass. The Folly consists of curves centered on a central silo. Take a tour inside to discover its playful organic design, with elements of Shingle-style architecture, and its site overlooking a pond recalls its use for skating and swimming parties held by the Bloedel family. Thirteen modern sculptures, including works by Richard M. Miller and Herbert Ferber, are sited in the garden.
The diversity of natural “architecture” here is as impressive as these two striking houses, which were designed to blend into their surroundings. The broad fields and uplands provide habitat for white-tail deer, coyote, and the secretive bobcat. The wetlands are home to an active beaver colony, turtles, snakes and salamanders, as well as a wide variety of marsh-nesting birds and waders. Look for red-winged blackbirds with their scarlet epaulets, kingfishers darting and swooping above the water’s surface, and regal great blue heron stalking the shallows. Red-tailed hawks and northern harriers waft silently above the meadows.
Nestled against the eastern slope of the Taconic Range near the New York border, the geologic foundation of Field Farm is marble and schist, emblematic of the wrenching earth forces, and later glacial action, that crafted this beautiful corner of New England many millennia ago. And don’t be surprised to discover a cave or two.
Enjoy more than four miles of moderate hiking. Beyond the manicured landscape, follow the popular mile-long North Trail, which circles the centrally located pasture in a wide loop and affords mountain views in all directions.
Pick up the Oak Loop trail and wander for another half mile across a flowing stream and abundant ferns in the mature oak forest.
Continue on the Caves Trail loop, another half mile, to explore small streams that disappear into a series of underground channels and caves carved over the millennia from limestone bedrock.
When to Visit
Grounds: Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1½ hours for the trails.
The Guest House at Field Farm offers bed & breakfast accommodations in six spacious, finely appointed rooms, all with mountain views. Picnic tables are available for day visitors.