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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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2018

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 Winchester

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews

Great place - peaceful, cozy, clean and a great feel!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the place! Impressed with all of it. The one thing I was taken aback by was the fact that the cabin is not right on the lake. I assumed it was, but maybe I overlooked that fact. Nonetheless, it was only a 5 minute walk to the lake and there is a private dock, which was wonderfully awesome! Highly recommend it! Great BBQ place close by - Zach and Lou's! Everyone you run into around the lake and in town, extremely friendly and kind! Overall, a wonderful, wonderful, awesome place all around!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ice House

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect! Clean, cozy and peaceful . We loved it and will return. Highly recommend it. The owner is very nice.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very very interesting and different

  • 5 of 5

Stunning throwback icehouse...very preserved, unique and fun..clean accommodations in a secluded wooded area..all Aspects of the lake were amazing

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 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: December 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: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $120
Pet Fee $100

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

  • 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.