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Historic Ice House At Highland Lake In Winsted!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This is a very unique property. It is a converted ice house (originally built in 1840s and converted in 1940s) complete with thick oak-paneled walls, fieldstone fireplace and lofts. It sits on an acre of wooded property and is very private. It is a short walk to the waterfront on the East Side of third bay of Highland Lake just down the road. The waterfront area is a peaceful little piece of forested land right on the water with a dock and swimming area. If you have a motorboat, you can tie it up safely at the dock. You can also launch our canoe or row boat from there.

It's the best of both worlds - you can swim and paddle all day but then unplug from the lakeside hubub, return to the woods in the evening and relax with the sound of crickets and toads.

Keywords: cottage, cabin, lake, waterfront, water ski, jet ski, swim, canoe, kayak

More Details

Mary Ann Marino
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2017

About Mary Ann Marino

I am a producer working in NY and Los Angeles. I grew up in CT and spent my summers on Highland Lake. My family is still on the lake and I get back home every chance I get. It is my favorite place in the world.

Mary Ann Marino purchased this house in 2006

Why Mary Ann Marino chose Connecticut

Because I spent all my childhood summers on Highland Lake and I love it there! I am a fan of the Northwestern corner of CT, Western Mass. and Eastern upstate NY. There are so many artists in nearby Duchess County, music and theatre and art in the Great Barrington/Lenox area. CT has such beautiful hikes (The Appalachian Trail runs along the nearby Houstatonic River), fly fishing, great roads for motorcycle rides. And the pizza is unparalleled!!!

What makes this house unique

It's SO CLOSE to NY but feels SO FAR! It's a great balance of access to water sports and access to pristine nature. I get such a sense of peace and enjoy the nature and the community when I'm there. Tanglewood nights are so fantastic. The bike path along the Farmington River is exquisite. The weather is always so great there - even when it's unbearably hot everywhere else.


Winchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This is a semi-private sleeping loft.
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2). Linens and towels and blankets ARE provided.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Historic Ice House At Highland Lake In Winsted!
average rating of 4.4166665 based on 12 reviews

What a wonderful cabin in the woods! Vey quiet and peaceful. Loved the decor of the cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice time here. Everything was available for us - like we were right at home. Very clean and cozy! Loved the peace and quiet of the woods. Would recommend this cabin to anyone who loves nature and the woods! I would stay her all year if I could!! Thank -You Maryann and family for letting us enjoy your beautiful cabin in the woods!!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded and well appointed!

  • 4 of 5

The Ice House at Highland Lake was a great location and a wonderful place to host friends and family. The Ice House would also be a great writing paradise any time of the year!

Job well done!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved the Ice House and Highland Lake

  • 4 of 5

So many beautiful moments in our week at the Ice House. Our dogs were so content and peaceful with none of the suburban distractions. And Mary Ann's home was well equipped with everything we thought we needed to pack for our vacation at a lake house. So glad it included all sorts of amenities. And what a wonderful time to spend sailing on the lake and getting acquainted with the other renters and homeowners. Happened upon Patrick at the local watering hole and had a great day with a renter Stephanie who helped us sail our boat down the length of Higland Lake and out of the water on the last day. We'll treasure our time spent there.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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House in the woods

  • 3 of 5

We found the Ice House to be rustic with all the modern conveniences. The steep approach to the house and the dock were uncomfortable for older folks. Very private and a great place to walk the dog on the unpaved road.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for family with children 4 years and older

  • 5 of 5

We love this house so much. It is unique house with a warm atmosphere , full of history... many interesting book, a lot of games, electric piano... A wild nature around, very quite place, so beautiful lake! Our children have liked to swim there. We are felt  relaxed and enjoyed! We like this house and we are hope to come back!

Thank you very much, Mary Ann!!!

With best wishes,


July, 2016

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Solace and Celebration

  • 5 of 5

I loved this space. It's a beautiful kind of funky... and clean. Every morning I drank hot tea on the deck, wrapped in a blanket in the brisk cold. In the evenings I lit a fire in the wood stove. The location of this house is both private and quiet, which was perfect for what I needed the space for... to prepare to defend my dissertation at the University of Connecticut. The lake is in walking distance and you can rent kayaks and bicycles along the Farmington River in the nearby town of Collinsville. In addition, the house is close to some of my favorite hiking in and around People's State Forest. I was out there for a couple of nights before my two sisters arrived and I felt completely safe and comfortable being on my own. If I needed any assistance, which I/we did on occasion, both Mary Ann, the owner, and John, who helps manage the place, were available to assist me asap! I never had to wait for a response, they were both very supportive and on top of everything. The space was equally spacious and enjoyable to share when my sisters arrived. The place has a desk upstairs, which was perfect for working, but it also has an impressive CD and DVD collection as well as an electric piano, which I played when taking needed breaks from studying. I will definitely return when I get the chance. Thank you for providing a lovely home and experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Winchester House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $200

Non-Summer holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Easter) are $150/night with a three night minimum.

There is an additional deposit (refundable) if you bring a pet. $100 per pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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