MORNINGSIDE, 137 Jerusalem Road

Morningside combines a stunning location with exceptional views overlooking Tyringham valley with a rich Shaker and Gilded Age history. The scope is exceptional: significant acreage, the Manor House as a glorious centerpiece, the many luxuries from the pool to the landscaped gardens to the swim pond, Morningside is truly one of the Berkshires' premier estates.

The Main House of Morningside is set on 44 acres and was built circa 1800 by the Shakers, specifically for the North Family of the unique and tiny Tyringham Shaker community,   The acreage is a blend of open land, luxuriant forest, spring-fed pond, and the permanently protected U.S. Appalachian Trail borders the land to the south.  The setting is serene, spectacular and blissfully quiet without being isolated. You are in the very heart of the Berkshires and Tanglewood is a mere ten miles away.

The Manor House dates back to almost twenty years years after the Tyringham Shakers were established in 1782. The double entry doors, one for the Shaker Brothers and one for the Sisters, stand as testaments to the rich history of the home and the property. Indeed, while there are numerous luxuries, there is both beauty and simplicity in the inherent elegance of the home. Period, hand-crafted details throughout the home include rich wood floors, exposed post and beam old-growth timbers, colonial-era hardware and woodwork, and millwork. Extensively renovated in 2005, including a brand new kitchen that has evolved into a keeping room, there are sixteen rooms in all, seven bedrooms, including a palatial master suite, and four full and two half baths. A large three-car carriage barn has a guest suite above. The home was brought soundly into the twenty-first century to help ensure the home lasts for another two hundred years and the work included (but is not limited to) extensive basement and foundation and drainage work, all siding was replaced, the roofs redone as needed, plumbing, heating, electrical work, a new Buderus heating system, as well as the renovation or addition of varying living spaces. The library features a hand-painted wall mural evoking the history of the property and the character of the Berkshires, the breakfast room has French doors opening to a stone terrace, and the master suite with a marvelously high ceiling, antique beams, fireplace, sitting room, office and expansive bath. Great care was taken to retain the scale and character of the original Shaker dairy and weave house. This is most evident in the main parlor with two fireplaces, and views across the valley beyond the deep wraparound porch.

Morningside... history, acreage, and natural beauty... distinctly genuine and with substance... an incomparable farm-estate and one of the Berkshires' truly finest properties.

 

The Manor House dates back to the turn of the 19th century, almost twenty years years after the Tyringham Shakers were established in 1782. The double entry doors, one for the Shaker Brothers and one for the Sisters, stand as testaments to the rich history of the home and the property.  While there are numerous luxuries, there is both beauty and simplicity in the inherent elegance of the home.   Period, hand-crafted details throughout the home include rich wood floors, exposed post and beam old-growth timbers, colonial-era hardware and woodwork, and millwork.  

The sixteen rooms include a kitchen that has evolved into a keeping room, seven bedrooms, one a palatial master suite, and four full and two half baths. A large three-car carriage barn has a guest suite above. The library features a hand-painted wall mural evoking the history of the property and the character of the Berkshires, the breakfast room has French doors opening to a stone terrace, and the master suite with a marvelously high ceiling, antique beams, fireplace, sitting room, office and expansive bath.  

Morningside was extensively renovated in 2005 to bringthe home soundly into the twenty-first century in order to ensure that it lasts for another two hundred years. Examples of renovations in addition to those of living spaces are extensive basement and foundation and drainage work, all siding replaced, roofs redone as needed, plumbing, heating, electrical work, and a new Buderus heating system.  Great care was taken to retain the scale and character of the original Shaker dairy and weave house.  This is most evident in the main parlor with two fireplaces, and views across the valley beyond the deep wraparound porch.

 

Life at Morningside is as much out of doors as it is within.  The north border is flanked by the ruins of one of two Shaker dams that effectively provided power to the Tyringham community as a whole, and ran planers, saws, lathes and a cider press in the mill, known as The Red House, above the north dam. To the south lies the Appalachian Trail Corridor which runs from Georgia to Maine.  To the west is a gunite pool and pool house, plus a swim pond with dock and float just above, perfect for lingering on a warm summer day.  Apple trees dot the landscape around the Manor House, and a formal herb and flower garden is perfectly situated between the main house and the carriage barn. The Manor House is surrounded on two sides by a covered porch and breezeway and open to spectacular vistas to the east.  Perennial gardens are planted along the perfectly maintained stone walls that run like ribbons throughout the hillside estate, some dating from the time of the Shakers.  Broad, verdant, terraced pastures and meadows step down the gently sloping hillside and are enfolded by lush woodland that leads you down to the floor of Tyringham valley.  Here there is a large horse paddock, livestock run-in barns, a Shaker-inspired timber-framed barn and an aircraft hangar - easily repurposed - along with a large pond.  The acreage stretches across to Hop Brook where there once was an unofficial grassy landing strip.    

 

MORNINGSIDE FARM

Morningside combines an expansive location overlooking Tyringham valley with a rich Shaker and Gilded Age history. The scope is exceptional: significant acreage, the Manor House as a centerpiece, the many luxuries from the pool to the tennis court, the extensive stables, barns and numerous accommodations for guests, family, friends and caretakers.  

One of the Berkshires’ premier estates, Morningside is set on 132 acres with a circa 1800 Manor House originally constructed by the North Family of the unique Tyringham Shaker community, a pool and pool house, tennis court, stables, artist’s cottage, equipment barn with an expansive apartment, guest house, hay barn, and aircraft hangar, along with associated outbuildings.  The acreage is a blend of open pasture, luxuriant forest, meadows, and three ponds. The permanently protected U.S. Appalachian Trail borders the land to the south.  Extensive stoneworks, all hand-laid, criss-cross the land as they have for hundreds of years.  The setting is both spectacular and blissfully quiet without being isolated.  You are in the very heart of the Berkshires and Tanglewood is only ten miles away.

The outbuildings are numerous and as meticulously maintained as the Manor House and grounds.  If your family or guests desire privacy with a broad, expansive view the recently renovated guest cottage presents just one alternative.  Relax on the large deck listening to the water spill over the Shaker-era dam, or enjoy the outdoor shower on a summer morning.  In winter, relax in front of the wood stove in the open plan living room and kitchen.  There is a full bath with laundry and two bedrooms.  Built about 1900, the guest cottage is surrounded by beautifully landscaped perennial gardens and fruit trees. 

The Guest Cottage

The Stables

Morningside also offers excellent multi-purpose equine facilities.  The Stables, along with several other barns and outbuildings were carefully constructed to reflect the property’s Shaker heritage.  Built in 1989, the Stables were renovated in 2005 and include bead-board walls, a small fenced paddock, heated tack room with full bath and laundry, four box stalls and ten slip stalls.  

Carefully constructed in the Shaker style

Walk up to the second floor through the private entrance, and be astounded by a soaring loft with galley kitchen, and full bath.  Endless possibilities include an ultimate private office suite far from the skyscrapers of Manhattan or Boston, London or Hong Kong, guest or family accommodation, or a scholar or artist’s studio.  

The second floor loft of The Stables


The Artist's Cottage

Purposefully constructed to suit its name, the Artist’s Cottage is located at the far end of the estate’s private road. This barn residence includes a full kitchen, open-plan living with high ceilings, skylights and large windows overlooking the fields and the mountains beyond. The additional large studio space may also serve as a bedroom. Solitude and privacy abound.

 

The Tool Shed ...with a beautiful 3 bedroom guest suite-apartment above

The Tool Shed is a large 4-bay equipment barn, with a heated workroom, bunk room, and full bath on the first floor.  Enter through a private entrance and mudroom and ascend the stairs to a stunning 4 bedroom, two bath apartment with exposed wood beams, and floors tastefully painted in the Shaker-style.  

On balmy summer days and nights you will likely find yourself at the Pool House, adjacent to the heated gunite pool.  There is an open living area for entertaining and relaxing, a summer kitchen, full bath and dressing room.

 

                                           Morningside...  history, acreage, and natural beauty.


                    ...distinctly genuine and with substance


...an incomparable farm-estate and one of the Berkshires’ truly finest properties.

 

The Details

Tyringham, Ma

132 Acres

Colonial; Historic; Barn

Built in 1800

12,295 square feet of living space

29 Rooms

14 Bedrooms

10 Full Bathrooms; 3 Half Bathrooms

4 Fireplaces; 2 Woodstoves

Heat: Heat Pump; Hot Water; Multizone; Oil; Propane

Electric: 200 amp

Private Water

Private Sewer

 

Offered by Brockman Real Estate

THE MANOR HOUSE ON 44 ACRES $2,750,000

THE ENTIRE ESTATE for $4,750,000