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Elterwater--Sought after and rare private idyllic Berkshire lakefront

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two bedroom, two full bathroom lakefront home

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. http://

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Dr. Gillian Hettinger
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Dr. Gillian Hettinger

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.

Dr. Gillian Hettinger purchased this house in 2012

Why Dr. Gillian Hettinger chose Berkshires

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 also the charm of hearing the screen door slam on the porch which evokes memories of summers past.

What makes this house unique

200 feet directly on the 150-acre private lake with your own private dock and canoe and protected shoreline across. Surrounded by Land Trust protected property. Enjoy the cozy wood burning fireplace in addition to individually controlled heat in every room. You will never want to leave. Water is pure, tested, and good to drink. All linens and paper products provided--just walk in, relax, and enjoy this magical house--don't you deserve it?

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed on this idyllic lake--beautifully furnished house with everything we needed. Fishing for bass was outstanding and it was a wonderful few days.
Jul 2012
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Ski Butternut
"Great local skiing about 8 miles away on Route 23."
Old Mill
"Phenomenal restaurant for dinner. Incredibly charming and, as the name suggests, located in ..."
Guido's Fresh Marketplace
"Phenomenal food shopping experience! Great prepared foods to take along on healthy hikes, or..."
Tanglewood Music Center
"A "Can't Miss!" musical experience in the Berkshires. Lawn tickets and a picnic basket and b..."
Jacob's Pillow
"Beautiful ballet and other dance performances throughout the summer months!"
Catamount Ski Area
"Located only 9 miles from Elterwater Cottage Catamount offers bunny hills to decently techni..."
Roadside Store & Cafe Monterey
"If you love breakfast you will love Roadside. We recommend that you call before you go to ch..."
The Old Inn on the Green
"Nothing is more magical that a night dining at the Old Inn on the Green. Candelit, stellar s..."
White Flower Farm Inc
Lime Rock Park
"Check out the speedway at Lime Rock Park, one of the most historically significant speedways..."
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Bradley Intl, Albany Intl, Stewart Intl
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Bridge
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
Egremont Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Metro North Railroad to Wassaic
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Mass Pike (I-90), I-87, Taconic Parkway, Route 7
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Stage Coach, The Bridge, Guido's Marketplace
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Butternut & Catamount
Car: necessary

Incredible wealth of things to do all year round--all the cultural activities of the Berkshires within easy reach. Great hiking all year, especially close-by Appalachian Trail and Mount Washington Reservation. 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, Lime Rock for racing 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!) Expanded cable with CNN, TNT, PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN.


Sheffield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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 and kayak available ifor launching on your own 200' lakefront--life jackets provided. Kripalu Yoga Center up in Lenox. Lime Rock racing down in Conn. 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.


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Elterwater--Sought after and rare private idyllic Berkshire lakefront
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 39 reviews

Wonderful lake retreat

  • 5 of 5

This property is such a treat! Plenty of room, comfortable, great kitchen for fun family meals and a great location right on the lake. Perfect for privacy, but close to neighbors, country restaurants and grocery just down the road so you don't feel isolated. We really enjoyed exploring the nearby towns for sights and shopping - Great Barrington and Stockbridge were close by and had really nice shops. The house is on a nice road for biking and jogging with minimal traffic.

We wanted a nice mountain get away for a spring break visit. Little did we know we'd be there for what the news called the "worst storm of the decade" = blizzard with 3+ feet of snow. Gillian was in contact with us and regularly available for advice and information. We were able to see the sights the first couple of days, stocked up on groceries and hunkered down to watch the beautiful snowfall. Gillian made sure someone came by to plow the driveway and the next day we were able to make it out and about without any problem. No hesitation to give this wonderful place a 5 star rating in the midst of all this, so imagine how nice it will be in the summer!

I hope we have the opportunity to stay at Elterwater again and would highly recommend it for a great family vacation or a nice get away with friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What an absolutely wonderful and generous review. We were so concerned about the snow and you were such troupers, just toughing it out and making the most of your stay. Thank you so much! Warmest wishes, Gillian
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This house was even better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

Our party of four adults and my dog enjoyed this lake house immensely. The house is situated well off a relatively quiet road and the driveway has plenty of parking space. The house was comfortably furnished and accessorized with interesting, whimsical pieces and lovely art work. The bed linens and towels were of good quality and we never wanted for blankets. Had we wanted to, we could have easily prepared a dinner in the complete kitchen. The porch was the ideal spot to catch the sunrise. Although the yard was large enough for my dog to romp safely, the nearby town park had a short hiking trail for more exercise. We also enjoyed the Jug End State Park and would have hiked the Appalachian Trail if we had more time. Sheffield is a great location for exploring the Berkshires. All in all, it was a pleasure to rent a house where the owner clearly considered the comfort of her guests. I would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Little Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were very blessed to have been able to spend three weeks at this delightful home on a private lake. Tranquility. Beauty. Serenity. Extremely well maintained. Every need anticipated. Ample information provided on a wide range of activities available in the Berkshires. We felt like honored guests. This respite from our usual lives left us refreshed and renewed. We are looking forward to returning, especially since we now know how peaceful and comfortable the accommodations are and how much there is to do. Thank you many, many times over, Dr. Gillian! You are a very special lady.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, Ga

fantastic vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this house for the month of July. The house was spotless, and everything we needed was laid out for us. My husband woke up each morning and got in the boat and fished on the private lake. He caught many bass. The house is located very close to all of the hiking trails, museums, golf courses, and restaurants, and we did something every day. Gillian and her husband, Norman, as well as daughter Caitlin are delightful people. They came by to check on us to make sure everything was going well. When we needed a new shade for the bedroom we texted Gillian, and it was replaced within a few hours. It was a super vacation, and we plan on going back in 2019.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

we love it at elterwater cottage and will be back

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York, NY

A Lovely Lake House in The Berkshires

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at this property. This home is located in a lovely town in Sheffield, The Berkshires. It feels like a remote location, but it is close enough to good food and good drink (loved the Barrington Brewery).

Gillian was amazingly accommodating, very friendly and helpful with all my concerns and requests. The booking process was easy, someone is always available, but never interfered with our privacy. The house itself is clean and tastefully decorated, it reminds me of a small stylish (boutique) hotel in New York City. You can tell by the detail in the décor that Gillian cares and it shows!

The beds are comfortable and wifi makes it easy to keep in touch, or work if you must (I did not). There is some gear for fun; a canoe and kayak for the lake, bikes, board games, books, etc. We enjoyed our time on the deck that overlooks the lake, it was just so beautiful to watch the calmness of the water. It was hard to venture out, I was happy just to sit lakeside with my cup of coffee, but we wanted to take a stab at The Appalachian Trail.

The guidebooks have lots of ideas, we loved our trip to Hancock Shaker Village. If you are interested in American History, you can take a refreshing walk back into the past through beautiful buildings, gardens and farm animals. Very interesting place if you would like to know more about Shaker Culture history.

Gillian, thank you for letting us share your home and for the lovely bottle of Pinot Grigio.

I Highly recommend this house for anyone looking to stay in the area.

Cheers, Sonia

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Damage Deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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