5 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom, 10 Sleeps
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 House 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 House 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!
Max guests: 10
Minimum age of primary renter: 25 - 2525
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Cozy. Beautiful views. (Make sure to put some coffee on and wake for sunset one morning during your stay; Even if your not an early riser, you could always go back to bed..... it is vacation). Great setup for family with teens. Outdoor areas could use some attention related to overall cleanliness and upkeep. Suggest bringing your own fishing poles, life jackets, particularly adult sizes, and inflatables. We were glad we did. (Sadly, It's likely people just don't take care to treat these items respectfully.) Home is fantastic, plenty of supplies/cooking utensils/ towels/games/books etc. Basically just pack up your food items, ICE, personal items and put your feet up to enjoy this great home. Owner and caretaker's communication were friendly, responsive and overall excellent! We had a great stay!! We will be looking forward to hopefully visit again!!
Wonderful week with family
We had a wonderful week at this rustic cottage(s). Our son-in-law is from Denmark and commented that this was a quintessential American holiday - just what one would imagine as a perfect week in a cabin on a lake! We all agree! The house had every amenity needed from modern appliances to kayaks and huge floats to while away the day on the lake!
In the words of my 16 year old nephew “it was the best vacation of our lives. “
The house is interesting and fun. There is something to find around every corner. The property is beautiful it’s like a fairy garden. Having a separate cottage for the teenagers was great. We used the outdoor kitchen every day. Can’t wait to come back.
We had a lovely time - a couple of bumps in the roads, but everything was addressed in an extremely timely manner. The location is spectacular and the view even better. We brought our own fishing poles but used the kayaks and life jackets, the kids had a blast, so easy to watch them from the dock.
Loved the location and the area.
The homes were equipped with excellent cooking utensils.
The there lots of games and puzzles. lots of outdoor toys such as kayaks, canoes, games. This was a lovely place, but appeared to need a better job of cleaning. We cleaned the stove and refrigerator.
Sheets were messy and wrinkled. They knew how many people would be there, and only three beds were made.
The refrigerator had a lot of condiments and duplicates, such as 6 different jellies.
Very little space to put the food we brought for the week.
No cupboard space because they had so much stuff stored.
We had to go out and buy special bulbs as many outside were out. We could not see the stairs at night. The ashes were not emptied from the fire-pit. We emptied what was therein the container and emptied our own ashes. The garbage was overflowing in the cans in front. There was no room for us to put our garbage in the cans.
We arrived at 3:30 because we were not sure how long it would take to get there. The were 6 SUVS parked on both sides of the street. I would say at least 25 people kids and dogs. I was shocked that this was allowed to go on. We actually were fine waiting in the car until 4:00. They told us we had the wrong house when we did not.
I have rented from VRBO many times and never went into a rental that wasn't ready for the next renters.