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Serene, Private Waterfront House --Perfect Summer Retreat!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Larry Hardoon
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 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.


Sherwood Forest Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , first floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
  • 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


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Serene, Private Waterfront House --Perfect Summer Retreat!
average rating of 4.8 based on 45 reviews

Clean, peaceful, lovely

  • 5 of 5

This place had everything that we needed for the best weekend getaway! The entire home was spotless and prepared for many people to stay! I would recommend this home to anyone looking for a quiet place. There’s a pond to swim in, canoes, a fire pit, everything you could hope for!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect paradise!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquility at its best!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice peaceful cottageby the lake

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great - just as advertised

  • 5 of 5

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  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bradley International
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Springfield, MA
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 2
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $105

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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