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The Cove: 360 feet of private waterfront.

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Last updated: 09/09/2014

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Great Barrington cottage description

The Little House at Lake Buel is a cute, unique, 6-room-long Country Cottage with a charming history, as each room was added in a different year. The house is situated along the crest of a gentle slope that overlooks our 360' Private Cove, Dock, Boats, and Swim Area. Though it is up to date with WiFi, DirecTV, dishwasher, and phone with free long distance (in the U.S. and Canada), the Little House nevertheless retains its old-fashioned country feel.

Each of its pine-paneled rooms has a view of the Lake. Four people would be a comfortable fit, but six is our maximum.

The Dining Room is the Front Door Room. When you step inside, the Lake itself greets you, your eye drawn at once past the table (that seats 6) out through the picture window.

To the right of the Dining Room, two steps down, is the Sunken Living Room with its huge recycled antique picture window. This is the Peace and Quiet Room, perfect for collecting your thoughts, concentrating on your reading, your writing. It is also a wonderful room for listening to music on the FM radio/CD player, or for playing your own music on your fiddle, your harmonica, your ukulele. If you feel the need to be alone, you can close yourself in by shutting the door to the Dining Room and the one to the Family Room.

The Family Room is just beyond the Living Room, two steps up. It is a spacious room with a high peaked ceiling, sliding glass windows on three sides, a sofa, easy chairs, an old-fashioned rocking chair, an activities/dining table, a hi-rise couch for afternoon naps. The hi-rise can be opened to 2 twin beds for family or guests. The television is in this room.

Off the Family Room is a long Wooden Deck, a sort of private aerie that also overlooks the Lake. There are two chaise lounges out there, four camp chairs, an outdoor dining table. It is private enough for you to laze with your morning coffee while you sketch out your day.

The Country Kitchen is next to the Dining Room, to the left as you come in. A compact space, it nevertheless has a double-sink, lots of hot water, a gas stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, electric coffee maker, refrigerator, plus all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, gadgets, and under-the-sink items you could possibly need. The Gas Grille is just outside the door.

The Queen bedroom is the next room to the Kitchen. It is en suite with the Twin Bedroom and the Remarkably Spacious Bathroom. The Twin Bedroom itself has sliding glass windows on three sides with privacy screens that roll down. Both the Queen bedroom and the Bathroom have ceiling fans; the Twin Bedroom has the breeze.

The Queen bedroom, the Sunken Living Room, and the Family Room have baseboard heat.

All bed, bath, and kitchen linens, even beach towels, are provided.

And a washer and dryer are at your disposal, detergent provided.

At the dock (shared with owner) are a wooden bench, sun umbrella, chaise, and chairs, plus two canoes and kayaks exclusively for your use (really). Life jackets of all sizes are in the Living Room closet. (Note: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires you to have life jackets in your boat. A non-swimmer or a child MUST be wearing his.)

Besides its creature comforts, here’s the best part of this summer place:

The Little House is comfortably nestled in an open woods on a quiet, old-fashioned, country dirt road that begs the early morning walk. Traffic is local, neighbors noddingly friendly. You'll feel safe there. A day or so after you've settled in, you'll find you have fallen into a spell. You'll realize you've been thinking not of your usual workaday cares, but of watching boats go by, of taking a swim off the dock, of surrendering to an afternoon nap out under the sky re-discovering what relaxation really feels like. There's a certain magic in living by a Lake: There is nothing to do, there is everything to do. The beauty of it is, you don't have to do anything at all.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                Ceiling fan...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                Lounge Hi-Rise...moreless

              • NOTE: Bed linens are provided, along with bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, and beach towels. Also provided are bed pillows, blankets, and quilts. No need to bring anything but your toys....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                Ceiling fan...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet

                Lavatory...moreless

              • The Remarkably-Spacious-'Bathroom #1' has a ceiling fan, curtained clerestory windows for privacy, and a shower big enough for two. Toilet tissue, facial tissue, and little bars of soap are provided. 'Bathroom #2' is a Lavatory off the Living Room at the other end of the house. It has a double-dutch door which invites conversation. ...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Kitchen: Dishwasher detergent 'pellets' are provided instead of liquid or powder (look under the sink). Also cloth kitchen towels, paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, Zip-loc bags, and cooking utensils aplenty. If you run out of anything, please let me know. I want you to be happy....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books
                  • Books For Kids
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Radio
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Stereo
                  • Television
                  • Video Library:

                    Limited, but passes the time on a rainy day....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic

                  Attractions

                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Caves
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Forests
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Synagogues
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                  • Lake View
                  • Lakefront
                  • Mountain
                  • Mountain View
                  • Water View
                  • Waterfront
                  • Waterfront

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis

                  Dining

                  • Dining
                  • Dining Room
                  • Seating for 6 people

                  General

                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Ceiling Fans
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Free Local Calls
                  • Free Long Distance
                  • Heating:

                    Electric baseboard heat in the Lounge, the Sunken Living Room, and in the Queen Bedroom....moreless

                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Sofa Bed
                  • Telephone
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Kitchen

                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Blender
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Canoe
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Deck Furniture
                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Two of each....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Wood Deck

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional
                       

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                      Rent includes: 
                                                 High Speed Wireless Internet Service
                                                 Satellite TV
                                                 DVD player
                                                 CD Stereo
                                                 Unlimited phone calls in the United States and Canada (your overseas calls, of course, are extra)
                                                 All utilities
                      
                      Cell phones will not work at Lake Buel because of the Berkshire Hills that surround it. BUT there IS a cell tower that appeared in 2013 on one of the hills across the Lake, so there's hope.
                      
                      Note: Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property.
                      TERMS:  Half your rent (NON-REFUNDABLE) is required right away to hold your reservation. The balance of your rent in CASH is due upon arrival. Also due upon arrival is your security deposit of $300 in the form of a CHECK. Barring any (serious) damage, the balance (or your in tact check) will be mailed to you within seven to ten days of your departure.
                      
                      Phone number for reservations is 585-381-4261. Please ask for Lois. If no one should answer, kindly leave a message.
                      

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                      Location

                      50 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Albany, NY or Hartford, CT

                      Car: Necessary

                      The Little House is only 7 miles from Great Barrington, and about a half hour's drive to Tanglewood or Jacob's Pillow.

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                      Main Street (Route 7), Great Barrington leads northward to Stockbridge, Tanglewood, Lenox, Lee Premium Outlets, and southward to Sheffield for Oh-My-Gosh-my-grandmother-used-to-have-one-of-those-in-her-house antiquing.

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                      Tennis: Monument Valley Regional High School, just under 9 miles from the cottage on Monument Valley Road, has 7 hard-surface tennis courts that are free to the public on a sign-up first come/first served basis.

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                      Golf: There is well-maintained public golf course in a truly beautiful setting at Egremont Country Club, through Great Barrington, a 12 mile drive. You can lunch there after your round. (http://www.egremontcountryclub.com)

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                      Runners: Always run FACING traffic so you can see cars coming. For the most part, these are country roads with very little shoulder. Be careful, pay attention.

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                      Bikers: LISTEN for cars behind you. Be courteous -- move over. Wave. Drivers will love you for it.

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                      Climbers and Hikers: Monument Mountain on Route 7 north of Great Barrington has a parking area at its base. It is an easy climb, they say. The Appalachian Trail actually crosses Lake Buel Road. It, too, has a private parking area, and you can hike North or South. Take bug spray.

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                      There is a new cell tower directly across the Lake which presently serves only ATT customers.

                       

                      Manager info

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      Lake Buel is a jewel in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Township of New Marlborough. It is near all the sights and sounds and scenery you've heard of that draw one to this area. The Little House is on the southwest shore of this Lake in a pleasant (largely summer) community that has been in existence for over 100 years. Its piney forest, with an understory of deciduous trees and shrubs, is home to a multitude of small animals and birds, making nature-watching a positive delight. Lake Buel has three Inlets and is spring-fed besides, keeping the water continually refreshed (in other words, you won't get sick if you accidentally swallow it). There also is an imperceptible current that moves the water gently along towards the Dam. This is why the water remains so clean and clear year after year. If you are on the dock or out in one of the boats on a sunny day when the surface of the Lake is as still as glass, you can see right to the bottom. Our resident sunfish may perceive your footfall on the dock. If you toss in small pieces of bread, they'll appear in numbers to feed, raising the curtain on a comedy of competition. You might even spy a harmless Wood Turtle trying to get into the act. Our side of the Lake is shallow. And in our Cove the Lake bed is sandy, just perfect for little feet.


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                      Photos

                      • The Cove:  360 feet of private waterfront.

                        The Cove: 360 feet of private waterfront.

                      • The Dining room (with seating for 6) looks out on the Lake.

                        The Dining room (with seating for 6) looks out on the Lake.

                      • Lounge (Family Room) is 12' x 18', sliding windows on 3 sides, and door to deck.

                        Lounge (Family Room) is 12' x 18', sliding windows on 3 sides, and door to deck.

                      • A Country kitchen. This window looks out on the Lake, too.

                        A Country kitchen. This window looks out on the Lake, too.

                      • The Queen bedroom has a ceiling fan.

                        The Queen bedroom has a ceiling fan.

                      • 26' wooden deck, a great place to relax and watch the world go by. Dock below.

                        26' wooden deck, a great place to relax and watch the world go by. Dock below.

                      • The Little House at Lake Buel.

                        The Little House at Lake Buel.

                      • Sunken Living Room, just perfect for quiet contemplation. A picture window, too.

                        Sunken Living Room, just perfect for quiet contemplation. A picture window, too.

                      • Another view of the Lounge.

                        Another view of the Lounge.

                      • This is the rest of the Kitchen, compact, but complete.

                        This is the rest of the Kitchen, compact, but complete.

                      • The Remarkably Spacious Bathroom with ceiling fan and shower big enough for two.

                        The Remarkably Spacious Bathroom with ceiling fan and shower big enough for two.

                      • Dock on a magnificently still morning when the Lake is like glass. Beautiful.

                        Dock on a magnificently still morning when the Lake is like glass. Beautiful.

                      10

                      2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

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                      Member since: 2008
                      Speaks: english
                      • Response time: Within a few days
                      • Response rate: 33%
                      • Calendar last updated: 09/09/2014
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