Elterwater--Sought After and Rare Private Idyllic Berkshire Lakefront

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Last updated: 11/15/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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 with pull-out couch, water softener, plus screened in porch, full laundry room, two car garage--and all on the most blissful private 150 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! Everything you need for that perfect getaway.

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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--no liability--at renters' own risk. Children must always wear 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, non-shedding....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 the screened porch and all rear windows of the house across the lake to pristine, protected land. 200 feet right on the lake, plus private dock. ...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    One of a handful of lakefront houses on this lovely private 150 acre lake--protected land all around--pure bliss! Rural but not remote--Route 7 just a mile away....moreless

  • Rural:

    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 country road with lots of peace, and quiet neighbors through trees....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 where you can bask in the wicker chairs and drink your morning coffee as the sun comes up--see the swans, blue heron and bald eagle....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Walk from the house right down to your own private 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
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • 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:


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    Separate full freezer...moreless

  • Kitchen:

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

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Self cleaning oven...moreless


  • 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 ...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


Write a review 4.9
from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2015
3 night min stay
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 24 - Jan 2, 2016
3 night min stay
Ski season
Jan 3 - Mar 13, 2016
2 night min stay
$800 $2,500
Jun 4 - Sep 10, 2016
7 night min stay

$2,000 $4,750
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$200 $225
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


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

Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 11/15/2015
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49 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bradley Intl, Albany Intl, Stewart Intl
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Bridge
5.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Egremont Country Club
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Metro North Railroad to Wassaic
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Mass Pike (I-90), I-87, Taconic Parkway, Route 7
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Stage Coach, The Bridge, Guido's Marketplace
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
Butternut & 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. Boston Symphony Orchestra, 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. (And ask about local UFO sighting!)


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, great fishing in the summertime. 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. You'll be delighted with this rare find and come back again and again. You'll come for the culture--the music, theater, dance--and you'll stay for tranquil hours reading a favorite book on the porch, or beginning to write your novel.

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 house is a 60's ranch and is absolutely immaculately clean-- there's all the charm of hearing the screen door slam on the porch which evokes memories of summers past.

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 and paper products provided--just walk in, relax, and enjoy this magical house--don't you deserve it?

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Sun-drenched living room with stellar lake views!

    Sun-drenched living room with stellar lake views!

  • Curl up & get cozy next to the fire! (Wood included!)

    Curl up & get cozy next to the fire! (Wood included!)

  • Sitting at the table, or sitting next to a roaring fire, lake views abound!

    Sitting at the table, or sitting next to a roaring fire, lake views abound!

  • Bedroom with ample space for additional guests.

    Bedroom with ample space for additional guests.

  • Bathroom with shower and full size tub next to bedrooms

    Bathroom with shower and full size tub next to bedrooms

  • Spring Summer Winter Fall it's always beautiful on the lake!

    Spring Summer Winter Fall it's always beautiful on the lake!

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

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

  • 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.

  • Your walk down to water's edge

    Your walk down to water's edge

  • Paradise!


  • Welcome to your weekend home!

    Welcome to your weekend home!

  • All you need for the perfect dining experience overlooking the lake!

    All you need for the perfect dining experience overlooking the lake!

  • Cozy and Comfortable bedroom with linens by Ralph Lauren

    Cozy and Comfortable bedroom with linens by Ralph Lauren

  • Comfortably sized kitchen chock full of amenities.

    Comfortably sized kitchen chock full of amenities.

  • 2nd Bathroom with corner shower

    2nd Bathroom with corner shower

  • Picture yourself on your dock on this  lovely 150 acre private lake.

    Picture yourself on your dock on this lovely 150 acre private lake.

  • Red canoe waiting for you at your lakefront

    Red canoe waiting for you at your lakefront

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, November 27, 2015

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