About the property
- House850 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)
A short drive from New York City or Boston, or a flight into Hartford or Albany and you're in a new world of peacefulness - Gemini's Place in the Berkshires. Surrounded by tall trees and flowering shrubbery, kick off your shoes and relax on the screened porch with your summer read. Or if you're feeling energetic, you're steps to the lake - swimming, fishing, boating - or minutes to the Appalachian Trail for an afternoon hike.
The Berkshires are famous for their cultural opportunities - musical, theatrical and dance productions - and who could resist an evening picnic supper on the 'great lawn' of Tanglewood combined with a premiere performance of the Boston Symphony or Pops at their summer home.
Many guests take advantage of the Berkshire's fine restaurants but if you prefer to cook, the pantry is stocked with basics so you can spend your vacation funds visiting places of interest like Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum and Studio, Jacob's Pillow, the Edith Wharton House, the scenic railway, golf courses, secret waterfalls in Mill River, dozens of unusual antique shops and the hidden treasures of Stockbridge, Lenox, Lee and Great Barrington. Come, we promise you'll have a good time!
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- Feb 26, 2018
About Deirdre Jersey
We're boomers who work hard and play hard. Mr. J is retired from the telecommunications industry and Mrs. J continues providing conference, meeting and event planning. Work took us to North Carolina but our love is the northeast and our vacations in the Berkshires every spring renew and rejuvanate.
Deirdre Jersey purchased this House in 1984
Why Deirdre Jersey chose New Marlborough
We first drove into Great Barrington in 1967 on our motorcycle. We never forgot the GB planting as you come over the Housatonic Bridge. In '84 we had opportunity to buy a family vacation place and the cottage was perfect. Close to lake for swimming, a state boat ramp, an airport for private planes and we were in paradise. Our sons loved exploring the woods, stream and nearby waterfall. Now it's our grandsons who explore. The cottage is waiting for you, too.
What makes this House unique
The cottage is nestled in a quiet vacation community. Sounds of bird calls and the hum of boats from the lake tell you you're on vacation. No need to scurry for email. Instead, pick up a book, take a nap, go for a swim. Leisure is the name of the game at Lake Buel. But if you must do email - the house boasts WIFI. So come and enjoy!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Well equipped and cozy
We enjoyed a very nice week at the property which is very well equipped and located for local attractions. Only a two minute walk to the lake shore as well. Close to the towns of Great Barrington and Stockbridge which are both attractive, with a good selection of eating establishments. Very helpful and welcoming host, would have no hesitation in recommending the property to others.
Thank you. We thoroughly enjoyed working with you and your family in planning your trip across the pond. Grateful for your kind comments and do think of us anytime. Perhaps there's a house exchange in our future. Warmest regards, Deirdre
The Most Lovely Cottage
We have stayed at this lovely cottage six times. Three times in the summer and three times in the glorious fall. We just love it. It is located 13 minutes from downtown Great Barrington, with all its wonderful restaurants and quaint shops, and 30 minutes from Tanglewood.
All the rooms are beautifully decorated and the owner has stocked them with everything you could possibly need. Just bring your clothes and toothbrushes and you are good to go.
We especially love the screened in front porch where you can relax and chill out. It is just a short walk from there to the community dock and sitting area on the most beautiful lake in the area.
The owners are delightful people who have always addressed our every need. You can’t go wrong here.
Thank you for the kind words. Our goal is always to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable. We want them to return home and say, "we really liked it there."
Clean, comfortable and much better than a hotel!
I stayed in this cottage for 4 nights in mid August with my parents and 2 children (12,8). We traveled each day, so we were up early and back late. There was plenty of room for all of us to sleep. We even drove to Plymouth, Mass one day (a little over 2 hours). We like to find rental properties when we travel, and this was perfect for us. We arrived after 11pm our first night, and I have to say the drive in was a little intimidating. It is a long dirt road with some hills included. I was driving an older mini van, and we had no issues at any time coming or going.
Because of our extensive traveling each day, we only had one afternoon to check out the lake and surrounding area. The lake is gorgeous. Clear water. There is a lot of seaweed looking stuff in the water. One of the locals explained that this is because it is a very healthy lake and not man made. It wasn't a problem, just something i had never experienced before. As for getting to the lake...its not right out the front door. You walk out of the house to the left, down a pretty steep hill and then to the steps down to the dock. There is only a very small "beach" (wouldn't really call it a beach, but it is where my 8 year old played in the water for a couple hours). You can swim off the dock and there is a floating dock to jump off of a little bit out from the pier, but as mentioned, the ducks us this as a bathroom, so you must be careful not to slip in the poo. We only talked to one family, but they were very friendly. You can fish off the pier (not sure about license..we didn't fish).
The kitchen is well stocked and roomy. The shower was a little small, but very wonderful water pressure, and i love the pull down shower head.
Communication with owner was very easy. Answered all questions before, during and after our stay. If we are ever back in the area, we would stay here again.
Thanks so much!!
Comfortable cottage, walk to nice lake, close to GB, great for kids
We stayed at Deidre's lake cottage in Aug 2015 and had a great time on short notice for very reasonable rate. The cottage is back in the woods off Lake Buel. The cottage's 2 bedrooms worked well for us -- 2 adults, 2 kids (2, 4) and a newborn. Our girls shared the 2nd bedroom with 2 twin/trundle which is located off the kitchen away from the master bedroom which is off the living room. The master bedroom is well appointed with 2 large chest of drawers and a very comfortable Queen bed. It was great to have a house well supplied with linens and towels (not always the case in the Berks). The house only has a stall shower (fine), this actually worked out well with the girls as they were happy to use the sprayer and we didn't need to watch them. The basement has a nice washer and a dryer which is an absolute necessity with 3 kids. We slept with the windows open every night and used the gas fireplace to take the chill off the LR couple mornings when it was in the 50s.
The Water: The house is not immediately close to the lake, as is described. It is a 5 minute stroll down dirt road to boat dock on Lake Buel, down a hill, nothing too strenuous even with stroller. We liked hanging out on the dock with floaties with the kids, feeding the ample fish population (warning: they will nibble your feet). The floating swim dock has a definite duck poop problem unfortunately. The house has a raft and small row boat. I would have liked to Kayak / Canoe but didn't get that together (pity there are hundreds of fallow canoes and kayaks on the lake!!). The cottage's immediate neighbors were friendly and helpful.
Dining: the kitchen is well supplied and has lots of pans. Big fan of the Denmark non-stick and the whisk blender... Made pancakes, crepes, bacon, blueberry buttermilk bread, etc. There is a table big enough for 4-5 to eat in the kitchen and a table on the covered porch where we ate most of the time. The covered porch is very nice and we also got to take in a strong thunderstorm from there (one afternoon only). We grilled outside frequently -- the ribs from Guido's are delicious.
Activities: We come to the Berkshires every summer pretty much. West Marlborough is close to Great Barrington for shopping and dining, Plaza Package for beer/wine/spirits, Monterey, Rawson Brook Goat Farm. We drove to Tanglewood for Tanglewood on Parade and also to Goose Pond to visit friends / beach. We had clear skies 2 nights with great sky watching - shooting stars included.
Lake cottage waiting for you.
The description of the property was accurate but it was bigger than depicted. We enjoyed the setting, very quiet but close to the many activities in the area. The screened porch was perfect for eating all our meals and reading, even in the evening because of the available lighting. The cottage is about 5-10 minutes from the lake if you are thinking of carrying the aluminum boat which we didn't. Although Lake Buel is beautiful there was no real beach and I didn't particularly enjoying sitting near the dock. Overall our experience was excellent and we would definitely consider returning next year.
Lake Buel Cottage-wonderful
My husband and I stayed one week, and found the cottage delightful. The place was very clean, larger than we expected, and generously stocked with toiletries and kitchen supplies of all types. The wi-fi worked perfectly. The lights were great for reading anywhere in the house or on the lovely screened porch. Having 2 recliners for TV and reading was a very nice touch. It is convenient to Great Barrington and Stockbridge. There is live music in Gt. Barrington; we enjoyed hiking Monument Mt. as well as swimming in Lake Buel [which is pretty but sea-weedy].
We're delighted you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you, also, for the referral. We've already heard from your friends. Come back anytime. You were delightful guests to work with through the Homeaway experience.
Tanglewood (summer home of Boston Symphony), live theater, concerts and dance productions; John boat with paddles (use at own risk) and life preservers; inflatable boat; fishing rods; water sports; DVD collection; 1 queen, 2 twin beds, sleeper sofa; state boat ramp; Norman Rockwell, Stockbridge, Berkshire Botanical Garden, regional outlet shopping, relaxation on screened in porch.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Discounts for multiple weeks. Call owner for rates. Home 919-639-1015; Cell 919-815-7317.