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'The Peni' /Private Peninsula

'The Peni' /Private Peninsula 'The Peni' house from the lake 'The Peni' from the east Livingroom Kitchen Queen Bedroom Single bedroom 'The Peni' view south/Lake Hamilton

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Last updated: 03/30/2014
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Sturbridge house description

‘The Peni’

This year-round vacation home (1,800 square feet) has been in our family for three generations. It has an exceptional location on a private peninsula with 1,500 feet of water frontage. Every room of the house has stunning views of Lake Hamilton. The main house has three bedrooms (a queen, a double, and a single with two single beds), and two baths. The kitchen and bathrooms (both with showers, no tub) were renovated in 2011. There is a gated private drive with plenty of parking. The long shoreline supports a variety of wildlife. You are likely to see great blue heron, ducks, geese, cormorants. The lake is stocked, and the deeper waters just off the south shore are considered some of the best fishing on the lake. There is a public boat launch a hundred feet from our driveway, and the property has a dock as well as a raft.

Each season provides special vacation opportunities; swimming, boating, fishing, fall foliage, ice fishing and skiing. There are also activities and events weekly at Old
Sturbridge Village.
No Smoking in the buildings.

Keywords: lake house, year round vacation home, surrounded by water, leaf peaking.

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                adults, but their children are welcome...moreless

              • Pets Considered
              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Microwave
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Catering Available
              • Dishwasher
              • Ice Maker

              Amenities

              • Linens Provided:

                Linens provided for three bedrooms...moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Parking Off Street
              • Washing Machine
              • Garage

              Other Amenities

                  • The property has it's own dock and raft. There is a boat launch next to the property, excellent fishing. Winter activities include cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing once lake is frozen....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Television

                  Communications

                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Telephone

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Deck / Patio

                  Location & View

                  • Lakefront:

                    1500 feet of lake frontage for swimming and canoe,kayak launching....moreless

                  • Beachfront:

                    The property has two, private swimming spots, a dock and a raft....moreless

                  • Water View:

                    beautiful view south over Lake Hamilton...moreless

                  • Lake View:

                    water views south, west, and north....moreless

                  Car

                      • Recommended

                      Activities

                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Cycling
                      • Kayaking
                      • Laundromat
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Sailing
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Tennis
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Fishing
                      • Swimming
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Churches
                      • Cinemas
                      • Library
                      • Museums
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Live Theater
                      • Restaurants
                      • Boating
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Antiquing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Zoo
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Walking

                      Other Activities

                          • near Old Sturbridge Village, Brimfield flea market, and the Norcross Wildlife Foundation...moreless
                           

                          Reviews

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                          • updated "cabin"

                            updated "cabin"

                            • Guest agte (acton, ma)
                            • Date of stay 05/24/13
                            • Review Submitted 06/05/13
                            I spent 3 nights at Peni with my 3 young children, ages 9, 7 and 2. It was REALLY cold and wet for the end of May but we still had a very enjoyable time. And we didn't even go anywhere because I am 8 months pregnant and just wanted to lay around! We did bring PDF's, although there is one at the house, and we enjoyed the dock and canoe very much. The canoe is aluminum and so I had no worries about damaging it, or allowing the 9 yr old out by himself. The house is situated so that there are water views from both sides of the rooms. It does feel private, but not isolated. There is a nice inlet set up for swimming, sanded, with a float to swim out to, and bench seating, There is also a fire ring, and we toasted marshmallows. The interior of the house is a nice mix of updated-- kitchen, laundry, pretty dining area-- and older "camp-style" house. The layout is nice for families, there is some cable tv channels, and the wireless capability allowed us to stream movies from Netflix with just a few hiccups. John was very kind when booking the reservation and he was unconcerned about my diffident arrival estimate. He came by to show us the house and it was obvious that he and his family have a lot of pride in the house-- his parents house-- and they really want their renters to enjoy their stay. The older kids were both asking to come back the next weekend, which shows how nice the house and property are, as the temperature did not get above 52 degrees and it rained a lot of the time.

                            Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.

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                          • A wonderful getaway!

                            A wonderful getaway!

                            • Guest Emily (Boston, MA)
                            • Date of stay 04/26/13
                            • Review Submitted 04/30/13
                            Rented the Peni for a girls' weekend to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was a great central location for friends from NYC, Boston, Burlington and Portland, ME. John was incredibly accommodating and welcoming from the moment I submitted my inquiry about the property on VRBO. It was refreshing to interact with someone who cares so much about both the property and the experience of the renters. The Peni is a well-loved, cozy lakehouse, with very comfortable sleeping and updated bathrooms. The kitchen is also well stocked and renovated - was fun and easy to cook big meals in. Lots of outdoor lakeside spots to lounge in the sun -- the swimming hole is adorable and gets great afternoon sunlight. It's not a huge peninsula, but there is a lot to explore. We also really loved taking out the canoe and making fires in the outdoor firepit. All in all, a great spot to get away from the bustling city and reconnect with old friends! We hope to make it back someday soon.

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway.

                            Owner response: The nicest thing about my job is seeing the enjoyment we bring to our guests. I’m almost always at the Peni when they arrive, so I experience the excitement they feel at seeing the property and the accommodations. I also try to be there upon leaving, and greatly enjoy sharing good-byes with a contented group. Often touched by nostalgia, they linger. We talk about our lives, families, and the fun they have just experience. I feel surprise, and nostalgia to the point of cornyness, when someone actually takes the time to write a thoughtfull review of us. Happy birthday E.D., and thank you. John Scott

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                          • Lovely getaway

                            Lovely getaway

                            • Guest Sean (Bristol, CT)
                            • Date of stay 10/05/12
                            • Review Submitted 10/08/12
                            We were able to secure a 3 day weekend on short notice. John was very accommodating to our schedule and provided a top notch experience, The renovations are very nicely done and enhance the cottage. We loved Wilbur, the great blue heron, Bucky the beaver, Mr. And Mrs. Quakers the ducks. The private getaway was perfect for our family. The fall foliage and wilderness experience was excellent. We enjoyed the canoe ride very much. Thanks for having us.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

                            Owner response: Dear Sean, I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Peni. In particular, I am glad you and your family enjoyed the wildlife. Best wishes, John Scott

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                          • Family gathering

                            Family gathering

                            • Guest Gnatty (Rensselaer, NY)
                            • Date of stay 08/04/12
                            • Review Submitted 08/12/12
                            Our family was warmly welcomed and cared for by John, our fascinating host!. Can't thank him and his siblings enough for sharing their "Peni" with us. Our grandparents once had a cottage on this lake and this vacation not only brought our family together, but also renewed the fondest memories of our childhoods. The location is unparalleled. Nearly island-like on beautiful clean Hamilton Reservoir, private with a huge variety of flora, fauna and terrain, swimming, views, and a rambling cottage... this is just the start of the list of good things you will enjoy. Everyday was something new to see and appreciate. The new bathrooms, kitchen, breakfast/dining nook, and a large library all add to the atmosphere that is sure to get you unwound and relaxed. We highly recommend the "Peni" and look forward very much to coming again!

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.

                            Owner response: Dear Julie, I can not easily express how much I enjoyed my brief visit with you and members of three generations of your family; I felt so appreciated. We obviously have things in common. Both families spent sweet summers on the lake, and we share an interest in history. But the warmth and kindness I felt transcended common interests. I found you all amazing! Thank you making my job easy, and I hope you all will return someday.

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                          • 10 Days at the Peni Paradise

                            10 Days at the Peni Paradise

                            • Guest Gordon (Akron, OH)
                            • Date of stay 05/16/12
                            • Review Submitted 05/30/12
                            This property is not just well maintained, it is receiving ongoing updates and enhancements. The two bathrooms are new. The kitchen is great to work in and all appliances are modern. A new bay window was added to the eating area facing out onto the lake. The owners provided remarkable responsiveness and hospitality. There were items we were planning to bring to use in the kitchen and the owners bought them so we could travel lighter! Thank you! Because this is such a beautiful location and accommodated guests of all ages (3 - 82 in our case), we look forward to renting the property again...

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, sightseeing.

                            Owner response: Dear Gordon, It was a great and easy pleasure for me to help you and your extended family have a wonderful experience at our Peni property. It also was not hard to see how important the occasion you were celebrating was for your family, and I was honored that you felt comfortable enough to let me witness a very touching celebration event. I would like the readers of this to know that, so far, we have not had a single bad experience with VRBO renters. I would like you to know Gordon, that if renters got rated, we would give you five stars. We would love to have you back. Thank you for everything and best wishes to you and all your family, John Scott

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                          • "Mom, when are we going back to the Peni?"

                            "Mom, when are we going back to the Peni?"

                            • Guest Hilary D. (Sugar Land, TX)
                            • Date of stay 07/31/11
                            • Review Submitted 04/12/12
                            Our family vacation to the Peni was by far the best we've ever had. The house was beautiful, well-maintained, spacious, and clearly loved. Dealing with both John and Zabby was a wonderful experience. As we were driving up from Texas with a 3 and 4 year-old, our arrival time was rather vague. John met us at midnight to let us in and show us around. Talk about hospitality! The private beach was the perfect entertainment for the little ones. They lived in their bathing suits the entire time. The seclusion of the property was just what we were looking for - a quiet place to rest and relax. When we wanted to get out and about, there were plenty of restaurants close by and Sturbridge Village to explore (which was even better than the memory of it from my youth). It was a wonderful family vacation spot. My kids are still asking when we are going back! Thank you to John, Zabby and Robin for sharing the Peni with us!

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.

                            Owner response: Dear Hilary, what a lovely note! Thank you. It is touching to see how others enjoy the Peni. Welcome to the family. Z

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                          • Lovely winter stay

                            Lovely winter stay

                            • Guest Snowbird (Alaska)
                            • Date of stay 12/21/11
                            • Review Submitted 12/27/11
                            The cabin was in a cozy, quiet spot with great light and easy access to town. The kitchen was well appointed and there was plenty of space to stretch out and feel comfortable. One bathroom was a bit cooler than the other, but the owners are in the process of upgrading the place so changes are ongoing. Because the house is on a septic system there are only showers--this was not a problem for us, however. We had a great time and would recommend our hosts and the cabin as a pleasant and comfortable place to stay.

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

                            Owner response: Bill and Cindi, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Peni, and thank you for thinking of writing a review. I didn't get a chance to meet you, but I think you got to know my brother, John. Thank you for taking such good care of the place, and, yes, we have work planned to do this winter. We have renters the second week of January, and then we'll block bookings while the work is going on. Hope you come back to see the improvements, and have a very Happy New Year. Zabby

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                          • A French family on the Peninsula

                            A French family on the Peninsula

                            • Guest Catherine & Jean-Claude (Paris (France))
                            • Date of stay 07/25/11
                            • Review Submitted 09/06/11
                            For our first stay in America, with many miles travelling along the Eat Coast, we had decided to spend a relaxing week not too far from Boston. 'The Peni' is a marvelous place to rest and admire nature: we actually saw beavers swimming at dusk, and many birds. The house is comfortable and we lacked nothing. Starting from Holland, we also discovered Massachussets from end to end: Mt Greylock to Cape Cod. We recommend this place for a family, and have been very happy to meet John and Elisabeth (who speaks a perfect French !).

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.

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                          • Wonderful Place To Stay!

                            Wonderful Place To Stay!

                            • Guest Steve (Pine Bush, NY)
                            • Date of stay 08/06/11
                            • Review Submitted 08/20/11
                            We had a wonderful, relaxing week at the Peni! The cottage was clean and well supplied with everything we needed. The water views were even better than the pictures and the new swimming area was great. We enjoyed creating meals in the gorgeous new kitchen and stepping outside just a few feet to eat by the water's edge on our own private peninsula. It doesn't get any better than that! Our host was very informative and accommodating. We look forward to coming back next year and would definitely recommend the Peni to friends and relatives.

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

                            Owner response: I am so happy you enjoyed the Peni! Speaking of stepping outside to eat, the ongoing work on the Peni for this fall will include a deck just to the south of the house overlooking the lake. We have had a busy season this summer, and will remember you as one of our first VRBO inquirees. The guest responses have been delightful...as have been the guests. We have greatly enjoyed their appreciation of our Peni!

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                          • Couldn't do better!

                            Couldn't do better!

                            • Guest Peter (Parsonsfield, Me)
                            • Date of stay 05/08/11
                            • Review Submitted 06/02/11
                            We've stayed at several places in the area over the years, and this is far and away the best of the best! , Private, quiet, surrounded (literally) by water, a truly beautiful property, obviuosly well-loved and treasured. The house is very well kept, easy, large enough to easily accomodate us all, and very comfortable, and there's the added benefit of the cabins for a little solitude. I'd recommend this place highly, and without reservation. We'll be coming back for years to come, I hope.

                            Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing.

                            Owner response: Peter...so glad to hear from you! Although I have never met you, you seem to be well acquainted with the charms of 'The Peni'. I am looking forward to meeting you when you come back in the fall. Z

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                          May 1-Sept 30, 2013-$1600/wk(Saturday to Saturday)..depending on number of guests.
                          Oct. 1, 2012-April 30, 2013 $1200/wk, ajusted rates for shorter or longer stays.
                          A refunable security/damage deposit of $400 is due at booking.
                          One half the rent is due one month prior to occupancy (or with booking)
                          ....and the balance is due one week prior to occupancy.
                          Sleeping cabin available for an additional $75 fee. Motor boat fee $100
                          Discounts for longer bookings/returning guests. Please contact owner about rates.
                          Minimum booking is one week. Christmas and holiday rates subject to change.
                          

                          Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                          Last updated: 03/30/2014
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                          Location

                          • Nearest Airport: Bradley, Ct at 45 Miles
                          • Nearest Train: Worcester at 35 Miles
                          • Nearest Motorway: Junction of Mass Pike and I 84 at 5 Miles
                          • Nearest Barpub: PJ's Lounge at 1 Miles
                          • Nearest Ski: cross country 5 miles. Downhill at 30 Miles
                          • Nearest Golf: Hemlock Ridge, Sturbridge at 4 Miles
                          • Nearest Restaurant: Numerous in Sturbridge MA at 8 Miles
                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1926

                          About the owner: We are three siblings (Zabby, John, and Robin) who are sharing the family project of renting 'The Peni' where we spent all our childhood summers swimming, boating, fishing, playing with cousins, and riding our pony. Zabby runs a study program in Paris for a New England prep school, John is a retired teacher, and Robin is a lawyer. Both John and Robin live in Holland near 'The Peni'.

                          Why the Owner Chose Sturbridge:
                          In 1926, our grandparents acquired a part interest in 'The Peni' when they purchased the hill just to the west of it. They quickly realized it was an ideal swimming place. At the time, there were no other 'camps' on the lake. They went to great lengths to acquire the remaining shares of this extraordinary spot, and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have benefited ever since. It continues to be a favorite place for the family to gather for swimming, boating, and family reunions.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Swimming, boating, fishing, privacy, space, wildlife, and bird life.The long, convoluted shoreline of 'The Peni' provides many swimming spots as well as places to explore. There are lovely walks in every direction including into the Quinebaug Woods, formerly part of the family property, now owned by Trustees of the Reservation and open to the public. There is a wide variety of fine dining in nearby Sturbridge.


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                          Photos

                          • 'The Peni' /Private Peninsula

                            'The Peni' /Private Peninsula

                          • 'The Peni' from the east

                            'The Peni' from the east

                          • Kitchen

                            Kitchen

                          • Single bedroom

                            Single bedroom

                          • 'The Peni' house from the lake

                            'The Peni' house from the lake

                          • Livingroom

                            Livingroom

                          • Queen Bedroom

                            Queen Bedroom

                          • 'The Peni' view south/Lake Hamilton

                            'The Peni' view south/Lake Hamilton

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                          This listing was first published here in 2011.

                          Date last modified - Friday, December 27, 2013

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