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Charming Lakefront Cabin And Guest Cottage With Spectacular View

Morris, CT, USA
  • Cabin2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

5 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom, 10 Sleeps



Charming 3-bedroom lakefront furnished cabin and 2-bedroom guest cottage that share a large, sunny patio, the very best view on Bantam lake, and your own dock right out the back door. Located on private Deer Island, only five miles from the town of Litchfield, this one-of-a-kind rental is ideal for extended families or groups of friends. The two houses easily sleep 10, and can accommodate more with the couches in the two living rooms (and there are two blow-up beds available - one twin and one full). Dogs are allowed with prior notice, the property is completely fenced in except for water-side and is equipped with dog bowls and beds so that everyone can feel at home!

Long called “The Magic House” by friends, decorated in cottage-cozy style inspired by fairy tales, this is an ideal spot for those who love to stay in unique places – and both houses have all you might need (pots and pans, dishes, dishwashers, linens, bath and beach towels, etc.).

We are happy to answer any questions about the property or area but if you would like to know whether the DATES you are interested in are available, all you need to do is plug the dates you are interested in into the calendar. If they are already taken, they will be blocked out - the calendar is always up to date. Likewise, if you would like to know the FEES just plug in the dates and hit the "Get Instant Quote" button and you will see the total amount, which is non-negotiable.

This property is enjoyable year-round. There is a huge bluestone patio with stone fire pit, full gas grill, teak furniture and built in outdoor hutch with a small sink and two small refrigerators for entertaining. In summer, with the fishing rods, kayaks, a canoe and a 60+ foot dock with a large landing at the end, the property is ideal for spending your days and evenings outdoors. If you grow tired of the sun (or in the event of a shower) take shelter and possibly a nap in the shade on the porch swing. Or head to the guest house to watch movies from the extensive DVD collection, on the 70" HD screen. In the fall, you can’t beat the beauty of the New England foliage – with literally the longest view across the lake, facing White’s Woods Conservation area, the vantage point from your rocking chair on the porch is unobstructed by houses or developments. And as a winter rental, this is the best spot on the lake for ice fishing – right out the back door. Set your tip ups and watch for the flags out the picture window in the living room, by a roaring fire. With wood stoves in both houses, tons of classic games and books, wi-fi and cable TV, there is no better place to curl up and relax.

• Main house has three bedrooms with double or queen beds in each, full bath with shower on second floor,powder room on first floor and full kitchen with propane stove, large refrigerator and dishwasher. The living room has a Bose iPod docking station, large wood insert in the fireplace, TV and dining area. There is also a washer and dryer on the second floor. A large generator is connected to the main house and turns on automatically in case of any power outage (note: If necessary, an extension cord can be run from the generator to the guest house to provide electricity).

• Guest house has two bedrooms, one with a twin and a trundle pull-out, the other with a futon bed that sleeps two. There is a full bathroom with shower, a kitchen with an electric stove, smaller refrigerator and dishwasher. The large living room has a woodstove, TV and pull out couch.


* Our minimum stay is 7 nights.

* We require all renters be at least 25-years old.

* No smoking is allowed in either house.


Janet Spencer

Member Since 2016
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Janet Spencer

Originally bought as a weekend/vacation spot for family and friends, this was a second home for over a decade as I resided in Manhattan and travelled extensively as a management consultant. In 2011 I met my boyfriend who was born and raised in the area (Bantam) and since then, this migrated to being more of a home base. In 2014 I sold my apartment in downtown Manhattan as we decided to buy land, build a house and move to VT where I was born and raised, and where my family still resides. But we still love the lake house and want to enjoy spending time here as my boyfriend's family is in the area.

Janet Spencer purchased this Cabin in 2000

Why Janet Spencer chose Morris

This was originally purchased as a "half-way" destination between Manhattan and NH/VT. My family and I would all get together on long weekends and vacations, and with the two houses the adults could happily co-exist with the growing children! There is a lot of love and many memories stored up in these walls. And the area is quintessential New England - it's hard to believe how close it is to NYC given the rural feel and character.

What makes this Cabin unique

The property is 90 miles (2 hours) from NYC, one hour west of Hartford and just three miles from historic Litchfield. There are countless places to explore nearby: Miles of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding White Memorial Woods… dozens of places in the area for shopping and antique-ing… award winning restaurants and renowned chefs within a 20 mile radius… and a short distance from CT’s legendary wine trail. A book with recommendations, details and directions awaits you on the coffee table!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Main house green room
        1 double
      • Guest cottage first bedroom
        1 twin/ single, with pull out twin trundle beneath
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, Adjustable bed - can sit up, raise legs or both
      • Main house yellow room
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Pillow top is provided
      • Guest cottage second bedroom
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Pillow top is provided


        • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • Main house downstairs
        • Main house upstairs
          toilet, shower
        • Guest house
          toilet, shower

          Location Type

            • Lake View
            • Lakefront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                          Sheets, pillows, pillow cases all provided.
                        • Air Conditioning
                          Central A/C in main house. Window unit in living room in guest house. Fans throughout.
                        • Fireplace
                          Outdoor stone fire pit.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Central heating in main house. Electric room heaters in guest cottage.
                        • Internet
                          Wi-Fi available.
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Stackable w/d units in main house on second floor. Dryer sheets provided.
                        • Living Room
                          Both living rooms comfortably seat 8 or more. TVs, games and books in both living rooms.
                        • Parking
                          Space for only three vehicles (or four if small) in driveway. Parking at a premium on the island and carefully monitored, so over parking is prohibited
                        • Telephone
                          Landline available - any additional charges made during stay will be billed to renter.
                        • Towels Provided
                          Bath, kitchen and beach towels provided.
                        • Washing Machine
                          Stackable w/d units in main house on second floor. Detergent provided.
                        • Wood Stove
                          Wood burning stove in guest cottage; wood burning insert in main house. Both used for ambiance and heating (not cooking).


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Full set of dishes, utensils, glasses, etc. in both houses. Can serve at least 10-12 in each house.
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Full kitchen in both houses - refrigerator/freezer, stovetop, oven, sink, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, utensils, etc.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Spices, condiments, paper goods.
                            • Refrigerator
                              Large refrigerator/freezer in main house; smaller (but full) refrigerator/freezer in guest cottage.
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Dining table in main house only. There is a breakfast bar with four chairs in the guest cottage.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      Owner's personal collection - can be read while staying but not taken afterwards.
                                    • DVD Player
                                      DVD players in both houses.
                                    • Games
                                      All the classics in the guest cottage (Scrabble, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, etc.).
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Full cable and movie channels in both houses.
                                    • Stereo
                                      Transportable Bose iPod dock in living room in main house.
                                    • Television
                                      TVs in main house living room and master bedroom. 70" HD TV in guest cottage living room
                                    • Toys
                                      A few children's toys on the lower level of the library bookcases.
                                    • Video Library
                                      Extensive collection in guest cottage.


                                        • Balcony
                                          Large covered porch off the main house living room. Gorgeous view of patio, dock and lake. Teak furniture: Porch swing, glider, 2 rocking chairs, 2 regular chairs. Coffee and corner tables.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          750 sf bluestone patio, fire pit in center. All teak furniture: Picnic table with central umbrella, couch with cushions, numerous Adirondack chairs, two lounge chairs at end of dock.
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Two sea kayaks, one regular kayak, one tandem kayak and one canoe.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Minimal lawn space. Many perennial beds. Herb garden which may be used in cooking. Both houses have Christmas lights along roof lines which provide lovely ambiance after dark in all seasons.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Large gas grill on patio and small gas grill on shelf off porch. Covered hutch on patio with small sink and two small refrigerators, ideal for outdoor dining.
                                        • Tennis
                                          Court in the middle of the island, available for anyone to use.
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          Fishing rods, life jackets, paddles for boats, swimming noodles all available for use.


                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hot air ballooning
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • swimming

                                                          7 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Great place to relax!

                                                          Irene B.

                                                          The view is absolutely beautiful, beautiful lake. Lots of space, every level is enjoyable. Morning coffee on the porch, evening on the lower deck around the fire pit. Adults can relax while the kids are kayaking or on their water boards. Always busy. They loved it! Thanks to the owners who were so helpful, understanding and met all our needs. Highly recommend.

                                                          Quaint and cozy

                                                          Angel R.BROOKLYN

                                                          The property was beautiful. The house was fully equipped and exceeded our expectations. We love the home but I'll girl Brooklyn was totally enamored with the property. She was allowed to roam freely and enjoy the Connecticut fresh air . We can't wait to go back. we look forward to making more memories there.

                                                          Wonderful lakeside cabin-home experience.

                                                          Jason M.

                                                          Enjoyed watching the snow from the woodstove-heated family room. Cozy, comfortable warm vibe perfect for close friends amd family get together.

                                                          Absolutely loved it

                                                          Chandler L.

                                                          This is a must rent! The two cottages are absolutely magical. So quant and comfortable -- straight out of Elle Decor. Janet was incredible -- always reachable and so warm and welcoming. We hope to come back!

                                                          Terrific cottages in great area

                                                          MikeRed Lion, PA

                                                          Two fabulous cottages for guests with dogs! The houses had all the amenities and the owner was gracious, accommodating, responsive and hospitable. We awoke Christmas morning to a gentle Berkshire snowfall! The frozen Bantam Lake was filled with skaters, fishermen and ice sailboats. We had a delightful weeklong stay and would be willing to bet this is a great "Home Away" during the Summer though Spring and Fall would be special too! The best recommendation we could give is that we'd gladly do this again! The house has all the necessary bells and whistles for a fun, safe and satisfying stay in a ready to use family-style atmosphere!

                                                          Quiet weekend on the lake

                                                          Sabreena K.

                                                          We rented Janet's home for a quick, weekend getaway for Columbus Day weekend. Our original plans fell through and with only one days notice, Janet was incredibly accommodating, making sure everything was set up for us. The home was inviting, with many thoughtful touches throughout, and had an amazing view of the lake. The weather didn't allow for us to take advantage of the outdoor patio/firepit much, but I imagine it's fantastic when the weather permits. Thanks again, Janet!


                                                          Morris, CT, USA

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