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"You Can't Always Get What You Want, Except at The Lake House!"

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

On The Water, 4 Bedrooms, Each With Its Own Bath, And All With Lake Views!

The Lakehouse is convenient to everything and is located on Laurel Lake & Rte. 20. It is 2 miles from the MA Turnpike and is easily accessible to Berkshire attractions, outdoor activities, and shopping.

The house is casual and comfortable and beautifully decorated for lakeside living. The 'backyard' is maintenance free, as you are less than 20 ft. From the lake. There is a beautiful awning and maple-shaded, stone patio with recessed lights, a large barbecue grill and lawn furniture. In addition, there is a changing shed, hot tub, outdoor shower, kayaks, canoe and row boat that come with the property. For added fun, there is a water slide (built onto one of the docks)

When you enter the house from the water level, there are 2 sets of French doors that open into the Great Room and kitchen. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances with a large separate refrigerator and freezer (commercial) and an electric, commercial double oven. There is also a 5 burner gas range, dishwasher, disposal (yes, public water & sewer - no septic) and trash compactor. The kitchen also has granite counter tops, a bar area with 4 barstools, microwave and toaster oven, and full kitchen supplies. The Great Room has 2 sitting areas, a gas fireplace, 50" flatscreen roku tv, a large dining table and a built in beverage area with wine cooler. Off of the Great Room there is a full bath and laundry room.

The second level, which is the main entrance from the parking area and street, has a large impressive entryway, and tucked away in the vestibule is an indoor sauna. Off the main hallway, there is a bedroom with French doors that open onto a Juliette balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee and paper (or your evening martini) and just take in the gorgeous lake views. This bedroom has a queen bed, full closet, TV, night tables and its own bath with a 6 ft. bathtub. The den can be used for occasional guests as a bedroom because it has a twin sofa bed. It has a flatscreen TV and 3 bay windows under which is a charming window seat across the length of the room, facing the lake. It also has a closet and its own bath with a shower.

On the next level, there are 2 more bedrooms. The green room, sunny and delightful, has a great lake view with 3 windows facing the water, a queen bed, night table, flatscreen TV and a closet. It also has its own bathroom with a shower. Next is the spacious Master Bedroom with its beautiful cathedral ceiling, lovely lake breeze, two large glass slider windows that face the water and two additional windows. The room is furnished with a queen bed, end tables, flatscreen TV, divan and lots of closet space. The Master Bath has a 2- person shower with separate shower sprays. A hidden cedar closet is a surprise bonus. Enjoy!

One more level to go, and the stairway to heaven is here: the piece de resistance, of The Lakehouse. Here is a nanny suite or teen haven equipped with a mini-refrigerator, mini-dishwasher, wine-rack, bar sink, granite counter top, and many cabinets. Also, there are amenities, such as a coffee pot, toaster oven, dishes, etc. so you can just chill and be away from it all without having to go downstairs to the Great Room. This room can be used as a bedroom, artist studio, reading room, or just a great place to escape! There is a full size futon couch/bed, flatscreen TV, 2 closets, and a bathroom with a shower. The sliding glass and screen door open onto the outdoor rooftop deck with a multi-million dollar view from 4 stories up, so enjoy sipping your wine, light the gas fire pit and leave the world behind. Nirvana awaits.

The Lakehouse is built to be a unique and fun place. There are no formalities, so just relax, enjoy, be yourself (or be someone else if you choose) and have a great time. We are happy if you are happy enjoying our house.

More Details

Margie Shulman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Hebrew
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Margie Shulman

We are fun people who believe in enjoying life and having a good time. We designed The Lakehouse to fit in with the landscape of the property, which is multi levels. The first half of the house was completed in 2006 and the second half was completed in 2013.. It has been a work in progress for many years on and off, as this was our second home until it became our first home, but now we are sharing it with you during part of the year. I am a Berkshire native, so I pretty much know my way around, and my husband has lived in The Berkshires for 35 years. He is a 5th degree black belt in karate, but I'm the boss (obviously, as I wrote this). Truthfully, we love life, travel, and people, and if you choose, we would love to meet you and show you around the house upon your arrival, so you will feel comfortable and at home.

Margie Shulman purchased this house in 2013

Why Margie Shulman chose Lee

Why not this property? Lake property is soooo valuable and hard to come by, so to speak. Laurel Lake is not a really large lake, but is a lake that attracts fishermen, sailboaters and kayakers. There are a few motor boats, but mostly pontoons, canoes, kayaks, etc. Because of the fantastic location on Rt. 20, it is so easy and convenient to drive anywhere. Just drive out of your parking spot, and you are on your way. The Lakehouse may not be a good choice for someone who is challenged with stairs, as there are multi levels (unless he or she chooses a lower bedroom). The house has a western view with the most beautiful sunsets imaginable and also the most glowing full moons that glimmer at night and reflect off the water. Heavenly and really indescribable! There is always a lake breeze and all the rooms have ceiling fans and if needed, air conditioners are available. If there is a cool night, turn on the electric heater in your bedroom and snuggle up.The Lakehouse has incredible Icylene insulation and outside noises are hardly noticeable. Sorry, No pets as we have bad allergies!

What makes this house unique

If you love views, water, hot tubs, saunas, eating, drinking, sunning, culture, mountains, reading, biking, relaxation, and more, then you will love The Lake House and the Berkshires. If you want to 'dress down' for dinner at home, walk barefoot, and do whatever the heck you want, when you want, then spend some time at The Lake House. It's waiting for you!


Lee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No smoking in the house, please.
  • No pads or wipes to be put in downstairs toilet. Toilet paper only. It is pump activated and renter will be responsible for a new pump if damaged.
  • Renters use all recreational equipment at his or her own risk, including boats, hot tub, sauna, grill, and gas fire pit.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Full laundry room off Bathroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Extra large, 6-foot tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , tiled with sliding rounding doors
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , tiled, double shower heads, extra large
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Corner shower with glass door
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , corner shower with glass door
  • There are 6 bathrooms. The lower level has a full bath with laundry room. Each of the 4 bedrooms and den has its own bath with shower or shower/tub. There is also an outdoor shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Deep mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Deep mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Deep mattress
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full futon
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , One twin
  • There are 4 or 5 bedrooms depending on if you want to use them as such. There are 3 queen beds with high-end, deep mattresses; 1 full futon; and one twin sofa bed in the den. The room with the sofa bed can be used as a den or bedroom. The 4th level mini suite has the full size futon bed, but this room can be also used for other purposes.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Lakehouse is whatever you want it to be. It can be an 'Away From It All' place, a romantic space, a sports adventure with swimming and boating, a luxurious place to sip some wine and unwind in the hot tub, relax in the sauna, or it can be your home away from home. 'Whatever you think about expands, so think happy thoughts!'


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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"You Can't Always Get What You Want, Except at The Lake House!"
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

A beautiful week!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (7 people) had a wonderful time on our week long vacation at the lake house. Margie was so helpful leading up to the trip answering questions (we were traveling in from out of state). The house was completely set up for us with anything we could need, kitchen utensils, swim towels, water toys, accommodations for small children, etc. They also had a bottle of bubbly and some staples for the refrigerator stocked. The home is perfectly situated near town, grocery stores, and restaurants, but yet felt very secluded and quiet. The home is also very close to Tanglewood (10 mins), the Shakespeare Company (10 mins), and Jacobs Pillow (20 mins) all of which we enjoyed. We would absolutely return to the lake house in a heartbeat and hope to next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It is indeed appreciated. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. It is amazing that our house is situated on a main road, yet once inside, all outside noises seem to be so remote, and you enter the "La La Land or Laurel Lake". The convenience of its location is one of the better selling points to renters. Who doesn't like to be close by to so many Berkshire attractions? We really try our best to stock the house with most everything that someone would want on vacation. Thank you for mentioning this. We look forward to having you return to the Lake House in the near future. You were wonderful tenants. Margie & Frank
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Gorgeous location! Large comfortable house!

  • 4 of 5

Lakefront house ! Owner supplied kayaks,row boat and canoes. My kids age range 18-10 spent hours swimming in the clean lake and on the boats. Beautiful sunsets over the lake ! The house is large and comfortable with plenty of sheets and towels. Large bedrooms with their own bathroom make it ideal for privacy and comfort. The owners were very helpful and accommodating! We had a wonderful stay ! Would recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy the kids took advantage of the boats and water and had a lot of fun. We are also glad that you found the house comfortable and well stocked with linens. It is very important to us that guests feel right at home and don't have to run out and buy something that they need. Having taken many vacations, we stock our house with everything we can think of that is useful or fun. We even have baking pans and baking items for those that love baking. If there is something missing, we would love to know, and so far, we have everything covered. Please come again. Margie & Frank
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Great house, beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

This was a great experience from beginning to end. Margie was responsive and easy to work with. The house was beautiful with lots of amenities (loved the sauna and hot tub!) and well equipped to handle our fairly large group. The lake was a lot of fun - great for swimming and kayaking. I highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay at the lake

  • 5 of 5

Margie was wonderful to rent from, very accommodating and it was obvious she wanted to help us have the best vacation possible. The house is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. Went swimming, kayaking etc in the lake every day. The beach is a 30 second drive from the house, but there is also a space next to the deck where you can "ease in" to the lake, and the water is shallow-ish (up to waist) at the deck so a beach isn't even necessary! We stayed at the house with young kids, and everything worked out well. The sauna and hot tub were great - it really did have everything we could have possibly wanted!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cathryn & friends, We are so happy that our house worked out so well for your vacation. It is always nice when people have a mini reunion here and are able to be together. It sounds like you took advantage of the hot tub, sauna, and all the boats. We are glad the toddlers and young kids enjoyed the house, as well as, the lake. You were great renters and we look forward to you coming back again for another vacation. Margie & Frank
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perfect vacation on the lake

  • 5 of 5

This is one incredible house. My family (8 people, 3 generations) had a great week (unfortunately not 2 or 3). The house location is perfect to attend various Berkshire events and then relax on the lake.

The house was built with great attention to every little detail; it is in perfect condition and spotless.

If you can imagine something you might need for your stay, it is already there for you.

The owners welcomed us with a great tour of the house (it takes some time not to get lost there). They also brought us some food for breakfast.

We enjoyed every minute of our stay, from early fog on the lake to an incredible sunset and even a fast moving rain storm.

Unfortunately, five stars are inadequate to express our satisfaction.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vladimir & Family, We certainly appreciate your kind words. It was wonderful that you fell in love with our home. It is very spacious and having all the bedrooms with their own baths, really insures privacy. Every season, we try to improve our home to keep it meticulous and as spotless as possible, along with making sure everything works. We are so glad you thought so, also. It is nice that you took advantage of Tanglewood, Shakepeare, and other nearby venues. It is amazing how close everything is to us. As you mentioned, the lake is the perfect location for those gorgeous sunsets, but fog provides another unusual setting, especially capturing this in your mind, if not on a canvas. Thunderstorms and rain really are something to watch, moving across the lake. Sometimes it is like the sky is all lit up with its own creative fireworks! Amazing. Glad you got to experience it! You were awesome tenants and we welcome you back anytime. Thank you. Margie & Frank
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A fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the lakehouse! 8 of us (two families of 4) were incredibly comfortable at this beautiful spot. House is spotless, well-maintained, well-stocked - everything from towels to fishing gear to anything we needed for food prep - including a well-stocked pantry. The owners even had goodies waiting for us upon our arrival, and any question we had was either covered in their info booklet, or was immediately answered. We alternated between sauna, lake and hot tub - how perfect!! Only minutes to Tanglewood, Shake & Co, and any other Berkshire retreat. Perfect! We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you had a fantastic time. We hope that you do return in the future as you were terrific guests. When our guests are happy, we are happy. We stock the house as much as possible so our guests do not have to go out and buy too much. Being near downtown Lee and near Lenox and Stockbridge is really ideal to take advantage of everything going on. The Berkshires is truly an ideal vacation spot and a wonderful place to live, also. Hope to see you again. Margie & Frank
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cork & Hearth, Lenox, MA
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Cranwell Golf Resort & Spa
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Lee, MA Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mint and Cork & Hearth
Car: recommended

This property is the best location for everything in the Berkshires; two miles off the MA Turnpike, conveniently located on Rt. 20. The following are all a 5-15 minute drive: Cranwell Golf Resort & Spa (also home to a great pub), Canyon Ranch Spa (rated one of the best in the world), Tanglewood Music Festival (summer home of the Boston Symphony and a must visit), Shakespeare & Co. (excellent performances), the Prime Outlets in Lee (everyone loves a bargain, and only 2 miles away), Berkshire Theater Festival, the Barrington Stage Co., the Colonial Theater (all professional and wonderful theaters), Kripalu Yoga Center (beautiful and so calming there)., Edith Wharton's the Mount, Naumkeag, Chesterfield, (historical old cottages of the once rich and famous), Stockbridge, with the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Red Lion Inn, Gt. Barrington, (sometimes referred to as mini NY with its shops and restaurants), the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield (great hands-on for kids and wonderful foreign movies shown at their Little Cinema), The Berkshire Carousel (who doesn't love a carousel?), Berkshire Medical Center (terrific emergency room that, hopefully, you will never visit), the Berkshire Athenaeum, which has branches in all the surrounding towns, including Lenox and Lee. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (a must see with wonderful performances and often offers free workshops), the Appalachian Trail, and so much more hiking and biking, including many state forests that are easily accessible. Within a half hour drive is the Berkshire Mall and Mt. Greylock, filled with hiking trails. Another 15 minutes beyond that is Williamstown with Williams College, the Clark Art Museum, the Williams College Museum (this is a definite must visit because the campus is so gorgeous and the museums are the best). Don't forget the Williamstown Theater Festival with great performances throughout the summer. North Adams and MASS MoCA Museum of Modern Art are a 10 minute drive from Williamstown. There are so many wonderful fun and cultural activities in the Berkshires that it is hard to include everything. We will be happy to give more explicit suggestions and also recommend restaurants. The dining is amazing in the Berkshires with so many diverse choices. Just driving around the Berkshires and enjoying the mountains, lakes, rivers, and foliage is a great way to spend the day. You never know what you may find hidden in some of the hill towns. Most likely, you will discover an unbelievable place to eat and an antique barn filled with treasures!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

The Lakehouse is available for rent by the week or by the month in the summer.
Summer: $5000. Per week. through September 8 2018.
ALL RENTALS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE ONCE BOOKED. Payment is due 50% upon booking and the remainder 50% upon rental. Rental insurance is highly recommended.
Cleaning Fee - $200.. a week

Winter rentals are $3500.00 a month with a 6 month minimum rental agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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