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Serene & cozy lakefront getaway on Congamond's pristine North Pond

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, plus finished basement & a dock - twenty steps from the water!

Welcome to our property on Congamond's pristine North Pond - just twenty steps off the water! One of three bodies of water that make up the Congamond Lakes, North Pond is a quiet & cozy place, perfect for couples or families looking for a week long or weekend getaway! By day, you'll find boaters lounging and playing on the sandy, uninhabited shores of the far side of North Pond and fishermen/women exploring the water throughout the day. By night, you'll be able to sit on the porch or by the lake enjoying a serene, quiet atmosphere, watching the stars, sitting by the fire bowl and enjoying a drink that you fancy. We have a nice dock with ONE space available for use at no cost - motor boats & non motorized boats are welcome! Jet Skis are not allowed on North Pond per MA law, but can be launched nearby on Middle Pond with ease.

The neighborhood is welcoming & filled with very friendly lake living neighbors and weekenders. It's a family oriented atmosphere, with many residents living in their current homes for 10, 20, 30+ years.

Our home has three bedrooms & one bathroom, one queen bed, one full size futon, and twin bunk beds - and also features a pullout couch, and a finished basement if you desire to bring air mattresses, etc. The home would comfortably accommodate a family of 5-6, and could easily accommodate a couple more. Granite counter tops, wide pine hardwood floors, a big leather sectional, and modern amenities fill the home - Keurig with a selection of coffee included, dishwasher, washer/dryer available for use, propane grill, and fire pit. All bedrooms & living room have separate air conditioners as well. Outside on the deck, enjoy time in a screened tent to stay out of the sun yet enjoy the lake.

It's truly a place where you can throw your car keys in the fish bowl and not touch them for a week if you didn't want to. Within walking distance are three fantastic places: Legends of the Lake, a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, - on the water; Nora's Restaurant, a mid to higher end restaurant that overlooks the lake from a nearby hill - a great place to enjoy a nice steak; and Louie B's - a restaurant/bar on the water featuring live music every weekend and rocking back deck.

Within a short drive, there's everything you would ever want - pharmacy, grocery store, gym, spas/salons, golf, antique shops, farm stands, one of the best fresh Donut shops (Mrs. Murphy's!) in New England, an ice cream shop (Summer Shack), brewery (Westfield River Brewery), and more. See below for a LONG list of nearby attractions and amenities!!

We've got loads of board games at the house for families to enjoy, as well as a flat screen Smart TV with Netflix subscription included.

More Details

Tim Bertrand
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

About Tim Bertrand

Owners Tim & Cara Bertrand are from nearby Sturbridge, MA and spend their summers on Lake Congamond. We'll always be nearby on the weekends for any assistance needed, as we also own a home just two doors down! Tim grew up in nearby, Suffield, CT - and always dreamed of owning a home on Congamond. It is a very special place, with lots to do!

Cara is a writer of young adult books and Tim is an executive in the software industry. They have a young daughter who also enjoys the lake very much!

Tim Bertrand purchased this house in 2014

Why Tim Bertrand chose Southwick

The minute we walked into this home, we were sold. You walk through the front door, and around the corner, an "infinity pool" that is the lake, catches your eye. The home has all the room you need for privacy & to get away, yet is cozy, modern and crisp. In addition - the lake offers three totally different experiences- North Pond, quiet and serene, Middle Pond - which is full of activity, water skiing, jet skiing, a sand bar for swimming and relaxing - and South Pond a large circular body of water that is a cross between North & South pond. The three ponds are connected by tunnels and are 11 miles long around the perimeter.

What makes this house unique

One of the best things about where our home is situated is that it has given us the best of all worlds. We can walk to breakfast, lunch and dinner if we wish - all within .2 miles from the house! We love the quiet & peaceful evenings on North Pond, yet just a quick walk or boat ride to the busy & bustling Middle Pond. Into Live Music? Boat or take a short walk to Louie B's. Need something from the grocery store? A 5 minute drive. Interested in exploring the area? Lots to do - only 15-20 minutes away - a Zoo, the Basketball Hall of Fame, Movies, a Gym, 2 golf courses and more!


Southwick House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full size futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , twin bunk beds
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Serene & cozy lakefront getaway on Congamond's pristine North Pond
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

perfect winter getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for Christmas weekend. It was the perfect size to gather our children and grandchildren all in one place for Christmas. The house is bigger than it looked in the pictures and there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and relax. It was a little bit cold when we first got there but the owner asked his father to bring over a heater to help warm it up quicker. His father brought the heater right away, and once the house warmed up to temperature, it was very comfortable and cozy the rest of the weekend. Our granddaughter really enjoyed watching the ducks on the lake, and the squirrels and seagulls. On Christmas day we had snow and the lake scene was so beautiful and picturesque. This really is a serene and cozy getaway with a beautiful lake view.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!!!
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A very serene and relaxing setting with everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Tim and family are awesome. They went out of their way to make our Grandmas 100th birthday very special and memorable. The place is very spacious and has all the amenities you need for a family week or weekend retreat on the water. Thanks

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely lakefront cottage

  • 4 of 5

Loved this Lake House. Whole house was recently renovated with beautiful hardwood floor and modern kitchen. More spacious than expected with extra bedroom (and twin sleep area for a child!) in the basement. Great view and great price. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The place is beautiful and definitely a great getaway. The house is clean and the owners are very responsive to anything you might need. Overall we had a great time and it was very comfortable. The only drawback was that I like to cook for my kids and the oven had a lot of grease so it was difficult without creating a lot of smoke. Might just be time for a Spring cleaning but very minor compared to everything else.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

There were a few issues with the home that took away from our experience initially, however the owner and his wife were quick to get things taken care of, including having a maintenance man show up to take care of our needs.

At the end of the week our family had a consensus that we would all like to stay at the home again! Thank you for helping to make our trip an excellent one!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Chad! You are welcome back any time!
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Fantastic house!

  • 5 of 5

This is by far the best house I've stayed in using VRBO. We used this house as the bridal hub for my sister's wedding and it was perfect. Not only is there ample space, a fantastic view and tons of amenities but it also photographs very well for the bridal shots! My sisters and I are already planning a girls weekend here in the near future! Only word of caution, don't get freaked out by the motion sensor light constantly going off - it goes off after every car that drives by but it freaked me out at first.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bradley International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Louie B's
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
New London
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Windsor Locks
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Route 91
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles

Within walking distance:

-Nora's Restaurant (upscale wine bar/restaurant w/ water views and porch dining - $50 gift card included with booking of 5 nights or more!)

-*Louie B's (a rocking bar/restaurant on the water featuring live music every weekend and huge back deck - $25 gift card included with booking of 5 nights or more!)

-*Legends of the Lake (great breakfast/lunch/dinner restaurant on the water w/ patio seating available - $25 gift card included with booking of 5 nights or more!)

-*Lakeside Pizza (take out)

-Oak n Keg package/liquor store

*Boat-up docking spaces also available!

Also on the water:

-*Crabby Joe's Bar & Grill (South Pond - Live music every weekend on the back deck)

-*Boathouse Breakfast (Attached to Crabby Joe's)

*Boat up docking available

-Babb's Beach (Middle Pond - large public sandy beach and summer outdoor concert series)

-Southwick Public Beach (South Pond - large sandy beach; bathrooms; lifeguards)

Nearby are:

-Big Y grocery store (5 miles)

-Multiple fresh farm stands (2-10 miles)

-Southwick Rail Trail (connects for 40 miles of walking/biking/rollerblading)

-Crossover Fitness 24/7 (5 miles, day passes available)

-Multiple public golf courses (2-10 miles)

-Six Flags New England Theme & Water Park (12 miles)

-Mini-golf @ Longhi's (7 miles)

-Westfield River Brewing Co. (7 miles - serving 10+ craft beers & barbecue)

-Lost Acres Vineyard (N. Granby, CT, 10 miles - picnic on the grounds!)

-The Springfield Museum & Dr. Seuss' Sculpture Garden (15 miles)

-Basketball Hall of Fame (15 miles)

-Amelia Park Children's Museum (Westfield, 15 minutes)

-Stanley Park (Westfield, 15 minutes)

-Cinemark 12 Movie Theaters/Shopping/Chain Restaurants (Enfield, 20 minutes)

-Lupa Zoo (Ludlow, 35 minutes)

-Holyoke Children's Museum (35 minutes)

-Connecticut Science Museum (35 minutes)

-The Mark Twain/Harriet Beecher Stowe House/Museum (40 minutes)

-Old Sturbridge Village (50 minutes)

-Eric Carle Museum (50 minutes)

-Norman Rockwell Museum/Tanglewood/Berkshire Mountains/Lenox Outlets (1 hour)

Popular in Fall:

-The Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) (West Springfield, 20 minutes)

-The Mohawk Trail's (Berkshire Mountains) for foliage viewing

Popular in Winter:

-snow mobiles; ice skating; ice fishing & cross country skiing

-Ski Sundown (25 minutes)

-Butternut or Catamount (1 hour)

Northampton, MA: 45 minutes

Brattleboro, VT: 60 minutes

Mystic, CT: 90 minutes

Albany, NY: 90 minutes

Boston or Providence: 2 hours


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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