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Elterwater--Sought After and Rare Private Idyllic Berkshire Lakefront

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Picture yourself on your dock on this lovely 100 acre private lake.


Last updated: 02/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Sheffield house description

Light-filled year-round lakefront house, with fireplace, all newly-furnished and decorated in mid-century retro style. Think 'Walden,' think 'On Golden Pond.' Two bedrooms--one queen-sized bed, two twins (new) two full baths, living room with fireplace, dining area, kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, den, water softener, plus screened in porch, full laundry room, two car garage--and all on the most blissful private 100 acre lake with wonderful fishing--bass and pike--and just a mile off Route 7, Sheffield, handy to everything and spotlessly clean. Good cell reception, slightly rare in the Berkshires! This is a slice of heaven!


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    However, lake may be a hazard for small children--at renters' own risk. Children must always wear provided life jackets....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    House is on one level with a couple of steps up into the living room....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Very well-behaved, totally house-trained, small....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • New Queen size Bed (1) --all new linens. Ralph Lauren sheets., Twin Beds (2) Two--brand new. All new Country Curtain linens., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Brand new pull out couch in living room; couch in den....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • First full bathroom has tub plus shower. Second full bathroom has full shower. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Great as a base for everything Berkshires. Bikes available for your use with maps of local bike rides from the house--on Berkshire Bike Around Trail. Guidebooks provided for nearby trails, including closeby Appalachian Trail. Canoe available in season for launching on your own 200' lakefront--life jackets provided. Catamount and Butternut Ski Resorts are short drive away. A bottle of wine will be chilling in the refrigerator for you, along with seasonal snacks. You are meant to be pampered! Good wi-fi and internet so you're not cut off from the world. Great local restaurants....moreless


  • Books:

    Nice collection, including guidebooks to the Berkshires, Appalachian Trail to familiarize you with all local attractions....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Lots of well-loved games, including Monopoly, Cranium, cards....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    High speed Internet and basic cable TV--42 inch...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Beautiful views from all rear windows of the house and perfect screened porch across the lake to undeveloped, protected land. ...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    One of a handful of lakefront houses on this lovely private 100 acre lake--protected land all around--pure bliss!...moreless

  • Rural:

    The house is definitely in the country but it's not remote. You're just a mile off Route 7 in the middle of Sheffield yet you're on a quiet country road with lots of peace....moreless

  • Village:

    Sheffield is just one of those great little New England towns. It's small, but you can get whatever you need--post office, banks, general store, restaurants,coffee shop, antique shops. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    From several rooms, including lovely screened in porch...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Walk from the house right down to your own waterfront where your canoe is waiting....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Retro 60's Bruno Hansen wishbone design teak dining table and chairs, in dining area overlooking the lake...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Air conditioning in both bedrooms...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Excellent large capacity dryer--separate laundry room....moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Two car garage...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Wonderful cozy fireplace--burns beautifully--wood supplied on property. Additional electric stove in den. Individual electric thermostats in each room....moreless

  • Garage:

    Huge two-car garage, with 4 bikes for your use--room for ski equipment...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Separate electric heating controls for each room--warm and comfortable...moreless

  • Internet:

    Good service...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All freshly laundered--luxurious and immaculate...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Wonderful hardwood floors and windows looking out over the lake. Great fireplace to snuggle up to on winter nights....moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample off street parking and two car garage...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Large parking space...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Good cell coverage--unusual in the Berkshires...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All new--plentiful...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Separate laundry room. Excellent up-to-date large capacity washer....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Lovely wood-burning fireplace in the living room. Stocked with your own supply of wood. In addition, cozy electric stove in den....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully equipped, including coffee maker, blender, electric kettle, Cuisinart pans, Crockpot...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Mostly Pottery Barn--fully equipped...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    Separate full freezer...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Well-equipped. Dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, Crock pot, toaster, teakettle, blender, stove, refrigerator, freezer, all dishes, pots and pans....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Self cleaning oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, tea, condiments, oils, dishwash detergent, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator/freezer ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Self-cleaning ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Four bicycles for your use...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Local--Egremont Country Club and Cranwell...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoe for use in warmer weather, together with life jackets....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    House has 200 feet on the lake planted with hundreds of daffodils for the spring. Lovely new outdoor lawn furniture, with glass topped table, umbrella. comfortable seating for five....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber grill...moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Tranquil screened in porch looking towards the lake...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Catamount and Butternut quite close by (within ten miles) with Jiminy Peak a little further north....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Ski season
Jan 3 - Mar 15, 2015
2 night min stay
$200 $225
Fri, Sat, Sun
$800 $2,500
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$200 $200
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,050 $4,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Pet Fee $10
  • Tax Rate 8%

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 02/19/2015
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  • Butternut Ski & Snowboard Shop

    "Great local skiing about 8 miles away on Route 23."

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1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Egremont Country Club
20 Miles
Nearest Train
Wassaic, NY
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 7
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Stage Coach, The Bridge, Route 7 Grill
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
Butternut and Catamount

Car: Necessary

Incredible wealth of things to do all year round--all the cultural activities of the Berkshires within easy reach. Close to Butternut and Catamount for winter skiing and great hiking all year, especially close-by Appalachian Trail. In summer, close to Sheffield's Berkshire Choral Festival. BSO, Tanglewood, Shakespeare and Company, Berkshire Theater Company, Jacob's Pillow. Near to Berkshire School, too, to visit your boarding students or to attend Berkshire Choral Festival. We're five miles south of Great Barrington in Sheffield so you avoid the tourist crush--yet really close to everything--just a mile off Route 7. You have a prime lakefront location on a private lake with remarkable serenity. Great dining all around, including local Guido's Marketplace Cafe smack on Main Street, Stage Coach Inn. Beautiful Sheffield is also the site of historic Shay's Rebellion and the home of Mumbet, early Civil Rights figure. Great hiking-Mount Everett and Mount Washington--plus local covered bridge. Wonderful local wildlife on your doorstep with bald eagle, swans, blue herons. Plus, because of excellent location, you're also close (5 miles) to attractions south in Connecticut such as Music Mountain in Norfolk, and Litchfield--perfect little New England towns, loaded with history. The quintessential New England experience and you'll be delighted you found it.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: English professor and husband fell in love with this idyllic house, not least because of the lake, which is amazing. Perfect in all seasons, and something to do all year long. We love the wildlife and drifting gently in the canoe across the private lake--wonderful winter views across private lake. The land across the road and across the lake is all preserved so your views are spectacular. Great local restaurants and, of course, everything the Berkshires has to offer.

Why the Owner Chose Sheffield:
This year-round lovely property has everything you want for the perfect vacation getaway--romantic weekend, hiking the Appalachian Trail, skiing, girls' retreat. Feel the weight of the world fall off your shoulders when you enter and look out at the lake, just beyond the slope to water's edge. Cozy wood-burning fireplace with wood supplied. Peaceful, yet not remote and on a sought-after, very private lake with views -- about a mile off Route 7 in Sheffield and just five miles south of Great Barrington.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
200 feet directly on the 100-acre private lake with your own private dock and canoe and protected shoreline across. Enjoy the cozy wood burning fireplace in addition to individually controlled heat in every room. You will never want to leave. All linens provided--just walk in, relax, and enjoy this magical house--you deserve it!

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Picture yourself on your dock on this  lovely 100 acre private lake.

    Picture yourself on your dock on this lovely 100 acre private lake.

  • Secluded, not isolated--just a hop away from Rt.7, Sheffield.

    Secluded, not isolated--just a hop away from Rt.7, Sheffield.

  • Your entry

    Your entry

  • Picture yourself relaxing on this lovely lake--there's a hammock and a grill.

    Picture yourself relaxing on this lovely lake--there's a hammock and a grill.

  • Fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, Cuisinart pans, etc.

    Fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, Cuisinart pans, etc.

  • Paradise!


  • Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness--the lake in Fall

    Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness--the lake in Fall

  • Sophisticated interior

    Sophisticated interior

  • Red canoe waiting for you at your lakefront

    Red canoe waiting for you at your lakefront

  • Brand new twin beds--fine linens

    Brand new twin beds--fine linens

  • Flat screen tv, high speed internet/cable, good cell phone coverage

    Flat screen tv, high speed internet/cable, good cell phone coverage

  • First bath with stall shower

    First bath with stall shower

  • Second full bath, with shower and tub

    Second full bath, with shower and tub

  • Your walk down to water's edge

    Your walk down to water's edge

  • Cozy woodburning fireplace for cool evenings

    Cozy woodburning fireplace for cool evenings

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