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Serene, Private Waterfront House --Perfect Summer Retreat!

Sherwood Forest, Becket, MA, USA
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 4-5

Enjoy everything the Berkshires has to offer from this beautiful, secluded, nicely renovated waterfront cottage set on two acres of forested land. Perfect for families or couples. Swim, fish, or boat from the backyard. (Canoe, Kayak and lifejackets provided.) Explore the stream that runs through the property. Picnic down by the water, or lounge on the deck. Make a fire in the fire pit and eat s'mores. Or just sit down by the lake and listen to the sounds of nature while feeling the warm sun on your face. Very private--just one near neighbor. And if you want more activity, head to cultural activities such as Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Shakespeare & Company; Mass MOCA, the Berkshire Museum, and Norman Rockwell Museum; historic homes such as those of Edith Wharton and Herman Melville; outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, bicycling and hiking; and antiques and outlet shopping. 2 bedrooms, study, 2 full baths, full kitchen!

Owner History: This property is owned by experienced vacation rental owners with other rental properties on Homeaway with consistent five star reviews. Reserve with us with confidence.


Larry Hardoon

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Larry Hardoon

I own and manage this house with my wife and another couple. All four of us had long careers in education or criminal justice, and two of us are lawyers. We are also parents of both young and grown children. I have owned and managed vacation property since 1990, including the most frequently reviewed property on the entire island Martha's Vineyard. I travel a lot and strive to have my rental be the kind of place I would want to stay myself.

Larry Hardoon purchased this Cottage in 2010

Why Larry Hardoon chose Sherwood Forest

The Berkshires is a cultural and recreational mecca. There is so much to see and do here in the Summer. This property while so close to many attractions, makes you feel that like you are hundreds of miles away from civilization (There are 4 other houses on the lake, but we rarely see anyone else). In the Fall there is incredible foliage everywhere. In Winter it is a place for quiet and reflection. Living in Boston, these were very attractive attributes for a getaway spot. The lake, stream and large back yard make this a place for us relax, reflect, and recharge. The kids love the lake and wildlife which they do not get to enjoy in the city. The property was well built by its owner at the time. We added a second floor with more rooms and a full bath when we purchased it.

What makes this Cottage unique

We think this is a unique property. Sitting on the dock and looking out over the water is a calming sensation. Sitting on the porch, even in the rain under the porch ceiling, and looking at the lake and surrounding forest, is a great experience. The house has a wood stove for the winter. It is close to many of the area's Summer attractions (only 5 minutes from the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival) yet almost feels like it is the middle of nowhere.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, full-size futon in separate study
      • The house has two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with full size bed and a twin bed. Alternatively, there is a study with a full-size futon.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, double sinks
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, first floor
      • One full bath with a shower on the first floor, and one full bath with double sinks and a full size tub on the second floor. First floor bath has hardwood floors and a second floor bath is tiled.

      Location Type

        • Lake
        • Lakefront
          Nottingham Lake, a small lake with only four homes that borders our back yard. There is also a stream that runs through the property. There is a small private dock and a canoe and kayak available
        • Rural
          The house is located in Nottingham Forest. It abuts a forested area with a lake, and a private stream that runs through the property.
        • Waterfront


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      AC in main room and in master bedroom. Window fans for 2nd bedroom work quite well as the woods get cooler at night.
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Microwave
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          The house should be fully stocked with all needed dishes and utensils.
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is fully equipped but there is no dishwasher.
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          It has a glass topped electric stove.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining area adjoins the living room. Table is expandable.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Boat with Paddles
                                    • Canoe
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      One (single) kayak and one large family-size canoe, with paddles and life vests (2 adult, 1 youth, 1 child)
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Huge backyard, plus a stream and of course, the lake.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • autumn foliage
                                        • festivals
                                        • forests
                                        • live theater
                                        • museums
                                        • pond
                                        • restaurants

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • outlet shopping
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • sledding
                                            • walking

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • cycling
                                                • fishing
                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                • hiking
                                                • hunting
                                                • ice skating
                                                • mountain biking
                                                • mountaineering
                                                • skiing
                                                • swimming

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                  44 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Perfect paradise!

                                                  Joshua K.

                                                  The house is cozy and the property is serene; perfect for a weekend getaway, even in the dead of winter! We stay here every time we visit the Berkshires. Highly recommended.

                                                  Tranquility at its best!

                                                  Christine D.

                                                  This rustic cottage is tucked away in woodland, on the edge of a small lake in a gorgeous position. It is very easy to drive to shops in Lee, lovely New England towns, such as Stockbridge, and interesting places such as the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Shaker village at Holden, and Edith Wharton’s home. The house was cosy, with a wood stove for extra heating, and the beds comfy. Being able to use the washer and dryer was appreciated. The kitchen is a bit rustic, but very manageable. An electric kettle would have been useful, and we felt that more wine glasses were needed (only two there!) and perhaps some of the chipped bowls replaced. One small saucepan needs to be thrown out as it was very warped on the bottom and couldn't make contact with the stove top. Hopefully these are constructive suggestions, not criticisms. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and the vision of the glorious fall leaves reflected on the lake will be with us for a long time.

                                                  Very nice peaceful cottageby the lake

                                                  catherine t.

                                                  We had a very nice stay in this cottage: nothing luxurious, but a very convenient house in a very peaceful setting

                                                  Pros: very simple and efficient lay-out, well stocked kitchen, great wooden stove, nice back porch with gas bbq, super easy use of the canoes, nice back lawn for the kids to play, beautiful area with great hiking trails, fall foliage

                                                  Cons: we were off to a slightly chaotic start: we booked a couple of days only before arrival and it seems that, even though our booking was immediately confirmed, the owner did not realize we had booked until just a few hours before we were supposed to check in. We had tried to get in touch with her for some basic info and discuss arrival time but it seems she had not been checking her messages until a few hours before either.

                                                  As a result, the house was not ready for our family until 6:45 pm, which threw us for a loop and forced us to do some sightseeing which we would have preferred to do some other day. The owner made up for it somewhat by offering to lift up the cleaning fee and letting us stay two extra hours on the final day, but getting in that late on the first day was clearly not ideal.

                                                  Although the kitchen was well stocked up, there is no dishwasher. It did not bother us, but it could be a bad surprise for some. The one thing we did miss was a ladle - a small detail but hopefully easy to fix for the next visitors.

                                                  We were also unable to get the first- floor shower to work, but we did not report it to the owner as we found out very late on the first day and did not mind using the tub in the bigger bathroom upstairs.

                                                  Despite these problems, our family had a good time for the 3 days we spent in he area and found the house easy to be pleasant to be in. We would definitely consider renting it again - just not last minute!

                                                  Great - just as advertised

                                                  Alex H.

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                                                  Great house

                                                  Heather B.

                                                  House was even better than expected. Bedrooms were large and house was nicely redone. Sound of the brook was so relaxing and atmosphere was peaceful. Definitely a nice retreat away from city.

                                                  Exactly as advertised... excellent getaway!

                                                  John E.

                                                  We booked last minute because our family trip to London for spring break had to be cancelled. After carefully reading the reviews we decided to give it a try. Price was very reasonable, house was clean and comfortable, and we all really enjoyed it. Not much happening out there in mid-April, but the weather was great, the lake is very clean, and it's a quiet and private setting. We ate in mostly because of the limited restaurants in the area but a good kitchen made it convenient. We fish a lot as a family but unfortunately has no luck and really didn't see any movement in the lake. May have been too early.


                                                  Sherwood Forest, Becket, MA, USA

                                                  Lakes, art, music, Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, skiing, snowshoeing, foliage, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, theater, Berkshires, outlets, historic homes, gardens, Kripalu Yoga Center, Heartwood School, swimming, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing. House is on eastern tip of Nottingham Lake. The google map is mislabeled--the portion of Bow Ridge Lane that is south of Porcupine Ct. is actually Nottingham Court, but for GPS purposes use Bow Ridge Lane.. Other Activities: skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing

                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                  Cleaning Fee

                                                  Summer cancellation policy: 100% refund 60 or more days prior to arrival; otherwise, minimum $200 cancellation fee up to the full amount of the booking if not re-rented. Off-season: 100% refund 30 or more days prior to arrival; otherwise, minimum $100 cancellation fee up to the full amount of booking if not re-rented.

                                                  44 Reviews
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