STOCKBRIDGE — Naumkeag “cottage” has 44 rooms — that is, if you count only those in the house. Outside garden rooms, designed long before patios and backyard barbecues became a way of life, bring the house outdoors and the outdoors inside.
This summer residence overlooking the Housatonic River Valley was built for Joseph Hodges Choate and his wife, Caroline, in 1885 in the shingle style with a Norman French influence evident in its two steeply pitched towers. Choate was a lawyer and later ambassador to Britain at the turn of the century. Naumkeag is the Native American name of Choate’s hometown, Salem.