Perfect location for all Berkshire activities. 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 with A/C—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. WiFi, good cell reception, slightly rare in the Berkshires., cable tv. This is a slice of heaven! Everything you need for that perfect Berkshire getaway—we can give lots of tips for restaurants and things to do. Local owners readily available to answer questions.
- House1400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
Two bedroom, two full bathroom lakefront home, additional den.
Dr. Gillian Hettinger
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 23, 2018
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 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 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?
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Tranquil Lake House
The house was located on a quiet street and affords a lot of privacy. The owners provided all the essential items for a comfortable stay. In addition, the owners are easily accessible and response time is great. We enjoyed our stay very much.
p.s. They dropped off a bag with veggies from their garden which was much appreciated.
Little Bit of Heaven
The accommodations were excellent, exactly as depicted. The owner was extremely helpful with any requests and provided wonderful and timely information on many of the events from which to choose in the Berkshires. A pleasure to experience! Well worth a return visit!
What a warm and generous response. Absolutely delightful guests.
Best house ever
This is the best house we have ever rented in Berkshires! It pefectly fits a family of 4, has a lakefront location and has everything which you might need, yet not cluttered with unnecessary stuff.
Clean and neat, organized with great taste, with every device and light working, even the bikes in perfect condition.
Thank you, Gillian!
This was a spectacularly lovely family who traveled from Israel to enjoy Tanglewood. They made the most of everything we had to offer and left the house immaculate. Couldn’t have been better guests—come again, often.
Peaceful and quiet
If you’re seeking peace and quiet with a gorgeous view, this is the place for you. The house is spacious and so close to the water.
Gillian is a great host and very easy to reach and communicate with. She lives nearby and was available if we needed anything.
It had rained and the mosquitoes were relentless. I recommend having repellent on hand.
We were slightly disappointed at the cleanliness of the house. Particularly the floors.
Overall the house is neat and tidy and equipped with everything you’d need.
Was perfect getawsy
Large comfortable quiet 2 bedrooms large 2 bathrooms overlooks the Old Miil Pond
Gillian agreeable helpful with info to what todo and what to see along with veggies and flowers
Nice guests who made the most of everything the Berkshires had to offer.
Comfortable home with beautiful view
My family and I truly enjoyed our stay at Elterwater. What a beautiful location! The four of us were very comfortable in the spacious yet cozy house. We enjoyed canoeing and fishing on the pond. The area is perfect for scenic bike rides. There is so much to do! We hope to return one day.
This was an absolutely delightful family who made the most of everything the Berkshires has to offer.
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 school students. 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. 5 miles north of Connecticut, Litchfield County and Infinity Hall. 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, plus Stage Coach Inn. Beautiful Sheffield is also the site of historic Shay's Rebellion, home of Mumbet, early Civil Rights figure and site of first UFO abduction! 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, attested to by Governor of Massachusetts) Expanded cable with CNN, TNT, PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN. Wi-fi and good cell reception, somewhat rare in the Berkshires.