Facilities & Amenities
Lush forest and vibrant meadows rest on 400 acres in the foothills of the southern Berkshires
In every season, stunning mountain vistas and serene lakes will inspire your senses and offer your spirit a place for renewal. Cottages and gathering spaces at Isabella Freedman are nestled at the base of a wooded ridge dotted with miles of hiking trails.
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Enjoy the simplicity, comfort, and charm of our quaint lodging. Nine lodges, each with its own unique character, house well-appointed climate-controlled rooms which accommodate up to 150 guests.
Some buildings have rooms with private baths; others offer shared bathrooms for two or three rooms. Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request.
The most spacious of our lodging, 30 rooms each with a private bathroom. Most have both a queen bed and one twin, a few rooms have either just a queen or two twins. Buildings: Weinberg, Scheuer, May, and Pine
A total of 14 total rooms, each pair share a hallway bathroom. Rooms have either one queen bed, two twin beds, or both a queen and a twin bed. Buildings: Cedar, Blue Heron, and Maple
These 18 rooms have either two twins or a bunkbed and a twin, with access to a shared bathroom in the interior hallway. Buildings: Elm and Kaufman
Innovative chefs create farm-to-table magic with ingredients that reflect our values in the larger world. Organic, local, and fair-trade products are purchased to promote environmental stewardship, vibrant local economies, good working conditions, and animal welfare.
Much of the produce is grown on campus where we practice season-extending methods such as greenhouse and hoop-house growing, pickling, freezing, canning, drying, and root cellar-ing, bringing farm food to our table year-round. Pasture-raised meats and poultry are sourced from Grow and Behold foods, while fish is sourced following guidelines from the Blue Ocean Institute.
The lakeside dining room accommodates up to 118 guests. Larger gatherings for up to 200 can opt for an outdoor meal with an additional fee for tent rentals. We serve buffet, family-style, or plated meals with vegetarian options for every meal and gluten-free available upon prior request.
Our kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission.
A variety of spaces designed for small or large gatherings can accommodate up to 150 people indoors and up to 200 people in outside on our scenic grounds.
Retreat Center indoor program spaces include:
- Glass-walled synagogue with inspiring views of the lake and mountains (available for non-prayer use as well)
- 2,000 ft2 multi-function lounge
- Large theater/recreation room
- Dining hall with cathedral ceiling
- Two 700 ft2 yurts
- Large screened-in gazebo
Explore 400 acres with four miles of marked trails through dense forest and a half mile climb to a stunning overlook of the surrounding Berkshire Hills.
The lake is available for seasonal boating and swimming (note – no lifeguard on duty).
Arrange a tour of our organic farm and explore 20 acres with green houses, row crops, berry bushes, beehives, composting center with hens, and goat barns.
Ample guest parking is near the main entrance and near the goat barn.
Isabella Freedman is located at 116 Johnson Road, Falls Village, CT, 06031.
We are located in the Connecticut Berkshires, approximately two hours by car from New York City and three hours from Boston in the Connecticut Berkshires. There is free parking on site.
By train from New York City, guests can take MetroNorth’s Harlem line to the Wassaic train station (a 2 hour trip). Shuttles or taxis can be arranged in advance for the 30 minute ride from the train station to our campus.
For those flying into the region, the closest airport is Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT, about 50 miles away. Rental cars are available, and taxis can be arranged in advance (about $100 each way).
Inspired by our core Jewish value to Tiukkun Olam – healing the world – environmental sustainability is ingrained in all aspects of our operation through greening our facilities and energy consumption, promoting animal welfare and food justice, and contributing to healthy ecosystems.
Beyond our commitment to sustainable facilities management, we engage visitors and partner organizations with experiences and tools to embrace environmental responsibility within our grounds and beyond.