WATERFRONT COTTAGE, LAKE BUEL, PRIVACY. PLUS BOATING, SWIMMING, RELAXATION, FUN.

Lois Brown

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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WATERFRONT COTTAGE, LAKE BUEL, PRIVACY. PLUS BOATING, SWIMMING, RELAXATION, FUN.

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Private waterfront, deck overlooking the Lake. Canoes, kayaks, summer nights...

The Little House at Lake Buel is a cute, unique, 6-room-long Country Cottage with a charming history, as each room was added in a different year. The house is situated along the crest of a gentle slope that overlooks our 360' Private Cove, Dock, Boats, and Swim Area. Though it is up to date with WiFi, DirecTV, dishwasher, and phone with free long distance (in the U.S. and Canada), the Little House nevertheless retains its old-fashioned country feel.

Each of its pine-paneled rooms has a view of the Lake. Four people would be a comfortable fit, but six is our maximum.

The Dining Room is the Front Door Room. When you step inside, the Lake itself greets you, your eye drawn at once past the table (that seats 6) out through the picture window.

To the right of the Dining Room, two steps down, is the Sunken Living Room with its huge recycled antique picture window. This is the Peace and Quiet Room, perfect for collecting your thoughts, concentrating on your reading, your writing. It is also a wonderful room for listening to music on the FM radio/CD player, or for playing your own music on your fiddle, your harmonica, your ukulele. If you feel the need to be alone, you can close yourself in by shutting the door to the Dining Room and the one to the Family Room.

The Family Room is just beyond the Living Room, two steps up. It is a spacious room with a high peaked ceiling, sliding glass windows on three sides, a sofa, easy chairs, an old-fashioned rocking chair, an activities/dining table, a hi-rise couch for afternoon naps. The hi-rise can be opened to 2 twin beds for family or guests. The television is in this room.

Off the Family Room is a long Wooden Deck, a sort of private aerie that also overlooks the Lake. There are two chaise lounges out there, four camp chairs, an outdoor dining table. It is private enough for you to laze with your morning coffee while you sketch out your day.

The Country Kitchen is next to the Dining Room, to the left as you come in. A compact space, it nevertheless has a double-sink, lots of hot water, a gas stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, electric coffee maker, refrigerator, plus all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, gadgets, and under-the-sink items you could possibly need. The Gas Grille is just outside the door.

The Queen bedroom is the next room to the Kitchen. It is en suite with the Twin Bedroom and the Remarkably Spacious Bathroom. The Twin Bedroom itself has sliding glass windows on three sides with privacy screens that roll down. Both the Queen bedroom and the Bathroom have ceiling fans; the Twin Bedroom has the breeze.

The Queen bedroom, the Sunken Living Room, and the Family Room have baseboard heat.

All bed, bath, and kitchen linens, even beach towels, are provided.

And a washer and dryer are at your disposal, with no need to buy detergent.

At the dock are chairs, a sun umbrella, two canoes and two kayaks. The canoes and kayaks are exclusively for your use (really). Life jackets of all sizes are in the Living Room closet (Note: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires you to have life jackets in your boat. A non-swimmer or a child MUST be wearing his.)

Besides its creature comforts, here’s the best part of this summer place:

The Little House is comfortably nestled in an open woods on a quiet, old-fashioned, country dirt road that begs the early morning walk. Traffic is local, neighbors noddingly friendly. You'll feel safe there. A day or so after you've settled in, you'll find you have fallen into a spell. You'll realize you've been thinking not of your usual workaday cares, but of watching boats go by, of taking a swim off the dock, of surrendering to an afternoon nap out under the sky re-discovering what relaxation really feels like. There's a certain magic in living by a Lake: There is nothing to do, there is everything to do. The beauty of it is, you don't have to do anything at all.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

Lois Brown

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Lake Buel is a jewel in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Township of New Marlborough. It is near all the sights and sounds and scenery you've heard of that draw one to this area. The Little House is on the southwest shore of this Lake in a pleasant (largely summer) community that has been in existence for over 100 years. Its piney forest, with an understory of deciduous trees and shrubs, is home to a multitude of small animals and birds, making nature-watching a positive delight.

Lake Buel has three Inlets and is spring-fed besides, keeping the water continually refreshed (in other words, you won't get sick if you accidentally swallow it). There also is an imperceptible current that moves the water gently along towards the Dam. This is why the water remains so clean and clear year after year. If you are on the dock or out in one of the boats on a sunny day when the surface of the Lake is as still as glass, you can see right to the bottom.

Our resident sunfish may perceive your footfall on the dock. If you toss in small pieces of bread, they'll appear in numbers to feed, raising the curtain on a comedy of competition. You might even spy a harmless Wood Turtle trying to get into the act.

Our side of the Lake is shallow. And in our Cove the Lake bed is sandy, just perfect for little feet.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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4.5
based on 10 traveler reviews

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Waterfront cottage, Lake Buel, privacy. Plus Boating, Swimming, Relaxation, Fun.
average rating of 4.5 based on 10 reviews
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Great Barrington Berkshires
Central Connecticut
5

PERFECT

  • 5 of 5
This house on Lake Buel is exactly what I was hoping to find -- something that reminds me of camp as a kid, but with people I actually like. I just wanted a place where my family could have fun and relax.

That's what this house lets you do. Close enough to the lake that you can swim or kayak just seconds after you think, Hey, I'd like to swim or kayak. A view of the same lake that lets you enjoy the water even when you're not in it. It's also close enough to Great Barrington -- its great restaurants, grocery stores, and ice cream shops -- that you're in the woods one minute and in the thick of it the next. For us, the location (about 1.5 hours from our house in central Connecticut) is ideal.

The house itself is perfect, too -- it's exactly what we wanted when we searched for a place on a lake. All of the technogizmos work great, but we hardly use them. It's not how we like to unwind. And the place is rustic, which is what we wanted. Who wants a swank condo for a summertime, lakeside respite? Here, I actually read books. I unwind. We take long afternoon naps. We cook a lot. And we spend our time playing in the water, collecting rocks, and coloring with our two little girls.

The best part about the place, though, isn't the place at all. It's the people. Lois and Bruce couldn't be nicer, treating us (and everyone, I imagine) like extended family -- not in the creepy, geez, we wish they'd go away kind of way. They have their space, you have yours, but their home is as open as are their hearts.
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, Sadie. And thanks for becoming our very dear friends.
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Waterfront cottage, Lake Buel, privacy. Plus Boating, Swimming, Relaxation, Fun.
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Great Barrington Berkshires
5

PEACEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL.

  • 5 of 5
Great spot to come and relax. Quiet and clean. Cottage has everything you need. No worries. Owner couldn't have been nicer or easier to communicate with. Lake is beautiful. Great place to relax; read, kayak, sun on the dock and cocktails on the deck. Highly recommend. Will be coming back!
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Betsy. We are looking forward to having you in the Little House again.
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Waterfront cottage, Lake Buel, privacy. Plus Boating, Swimming, Relaxation, Fun.
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4

AWESOME VACATION AT THE LITTLE HOUSE

  • 4 of 5
This was our first true family vacation with my daughter and husband and it was everything we had hope it would be and more. Our 6 year old LOVED the water and the kayaks and always said good night to the water as she fell asleep at night.
If you want to get away to the middle of no wear but still be near some small town shop and great pizza places than this is the place for you. The house was great, we did not get cell phone reception which is exactly what I wanted but we did have internet access and dish TV so it had all the comforts of home but at our pace. Not that there was much inside time anyway as we were always on the water enjoying the quiet lake. Most days there was only a few motor boats on the water which made for nice rides on the canoe and kayaks - we all loved those.
The owners were super nice and offered assistance with anything we needed and even took us out on their party boat for a tour of the lake a couple of times.
We would definately go back again!!!
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jo, Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you and your family in the Little House. You are wonderful parents to precious little Sydney.
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North Carolina
5

THE COTTAGE IN THE WOODS

  • 5 of 5
When it came time to finally coordinate and schedule our first annual "Girls Week", this cottage launched our tradition and set the bar for subsequent annual gatherings. Some days we had alot of people together who floated in for a day or two. Other days, we had just two people. Whatever the activities of the day, this rustic cottage worked for us. Lois and Bruce were absolutely lovely and accommodating hosts. Lake Buel is a jewel and having various lake toys there added to the fun. Ask Lois as she witnessed our "Ride Shamu - The Blow up Whale" comeptition. This is a "5-star fun" and rare cottage experience, away from it all and definitely in the woods, quiet experience (save the soothing sounds of nature all in earhshot) yet close to the quaint southern Berkshire communities. Assuming you enjoy the song of a Chick-a-dee, you can soak it all up right here.
  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed being on the sidelines of your family reunion. It was clear you had a wonderful time, especially when you were having a memorably rambunctious sister time in the water one late afternoon.
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Ottawa, Ontario Canada
4

LAKE BUEL – AUGUST 2009

  • 4 of 5
When my daughter Tabitha suggested a cabin in the woods, seven hours from Ottawa on a small lake near Great Barrington MA, I must admit I was skeptical. Although I have pleasant memories having been a cottager in my youth, I knew, as an adult, there was the distinct possibility of “cabin fever” setting in early. But, it was family and so off we went!

I always marvel at the way small US towns, or any small town for that matter, are named. I thought, if there was a GREAT BARRINGTON, was there a mediocre BARRINGTON close by . . . My wife and I chuckled as we drove into town. You only have to go there once and you feel like you belong. Truly, we not only rented The Little Cottage, we rented the town for the week we were there!

Upon arrival at Lake Buel and The Little Cottage, rented to us by Lois and Bruce Brown, we were introduced to our cabin for the first time. It was long and narrow, refurbished, added onto, quirky and perfect for the 6 of us. We would make it home for a week and enjoy the memories forever.

We quickly settled into the cottager’s routine of eating, cleaning up, reading, playing games and preparing for the next meal. This past summer has been a time of transition for me, having resigned from my position of 18 years as Vice President Marketing and Business Development, and I decided to take the summer off to reenergize, reflect, and renew my working spirit. I found that peace I was looking for at the Lake. All our days at Lake Buel, seemingly, begin and end with the Lake, from a serene early morning swim to a quiet ride on the Brown’s pontoon boat where we reflected on the day’s events and told embellished stories of our past.

Lois and Bruce are perfect hosts, and, I think it would be fair to say, Lois is the unofficial steward of the Lake. One cannot visit there without hearing the family history of the Lake, and how this wonderful place was rebought, restored, revered and now, constantly, revisted.

The essence of this summer’s family cottage holiday was not just the family Bar-B-Q’s, the raucous laughter shared at mealtime, the constant trips into Great Barrington, quiet times reading, or even the lively chirping of birds early in the morning but rather it was the harmony and serenity that hovers, in some curious way, over everyone visiting there.

Lake Buel, a haven, where there are no pretentions – a place where one can land softly and be restored. I know – I was!

Peter
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Four stars instead of 5, because they didn't bring their dog. Astonishingly, they never asked.
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Brooklyn, NY
5

PERFECT PLACE FOR A PRIVATE GETAWAY

  • 5 of 5
When my wife and I were looking for a rental home on a lake for just the two of us, it was proving very difficult to find a suitable place that wasn't designed for large groups and was reasonably priced. Thankfully we found the little house at Lake Buel! The house had everything we were looking for: easy access to a swimmable lake, gorgeous views, a comfortable bed, and a cozy, rustic feel. We live in NYC, so even though the house is relatively small, it felt like a palace to us.

The owners, Lois and Bruce, happened to be staying at the main house the weekend we were there, and they couldn't have been better hosts, striking the perfect balance of being helpful without being too involved in our business. They took us for a ride on their pontoon boat, and set us up with a mattress on the dock, which my wife is still talking about. And their two cats are adorable.

It was a weekend we won't soon forget, and we definitely plan on returning in the future, maybe with another couple or maybe on our own.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Kevin, for your very nice comments.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany, NY or Hartford, CT
Car: necessary

The Little House is only 7 miles from Great Barrington, and about a half hour's drive to Tanglewood or Jacob's Pillow.

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Main Street (Route 7), Great Barrington leads northward to Stockbridge, Tanglewood, Lenox, Lee Premium Outlets, and southward to Sheffield for Oh-My-Gosh-my-grandmother-used-to-have-one-of-those-in-her-house antiquing.

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Tennis: Monument Valley Regional High School, just under 9 miles from the cottage on Monument Valley Road, has 7 hard-surface tennis courts that are free to the public on a sign-up first come/first served basis.

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Golf: There is well-maintained public golf course in a truly beautiful setting at Egremont Country Club, through Great Barrington, a 12 mile drive. You can lunch there after your round. (http://www.egremontcountryclub.com)

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Runners: Always run FACING traffic so you can see cars coming. For the most part, these are country roads with very little shoulder. Be careful, pay attention.

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Bikers: LISTEN for cars behind you. Be courteous -- move over. Wave. Drivers will love you for it.

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Climbers and Hikers: Monument Mountain on Route 7 north of Great Barrington has a parking area at its base. It is an easy climb, they say. The Appalachian Trail actually crosses Lake Buel Road. It, too, has a private parking area, and you can hike North or South. Take bug spray.

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There is a new cell tower directly across the Lake which presently serves only ATT customers.

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Great Barrington Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July through Labor Day
Jun 29 2014 - Sep 30 2014
Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
$265
From
$270
Thu,Fri,Sat
$1,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Half your rent (NON REFUNDABLE) will secure your reservation. Upon arrival, kindly bring the balance of your rent in CASH. Also, please bring your security deposit of $300 in the form of a check. At check out, if you leave no (serious) damage behind, your security check will be mailed back to you in tact a few days after your departure.
Notes Week of August 24 is an 8 day week which includes Labor Day (no charge for the extra night). There is a terrific fireworks display that weekend sponsored by the Lake Buel Association. The booms echo down the Lake, bouncing from Berkshire hill to Berkshire hill. It is awesome. And you can witness the whole display from our dock.
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Amenities

Great Barrington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Lake View
  • Waterfront
  • Water View
  • Mountain View
  • Mountain
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Parking Off Street
  • Free Long Distance
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ceiling fan
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Lavatory
  • The Remarkably-Spacious-'Bathroom #1' has a ceiling fan, curtained clerestory windows for privacy, and a shower big enough for two. Toilet tissue, facial tissue, and little bars of soap are provided. 'Bathroom #2' is a Lavatory off the Living Room at the other end of the house. It has a double-dutch door which invites conversation.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Lounge Hi-Rise
  • NOTE: Bed linens are provided, along with bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, and beach towels. Also provided are bed pillows, blankets, and quilts. No need to bring anything but your toys.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • caves
  • synagogues
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • library
  • cinemas
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • churches
  • waterfalls
  • autumn foliage
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • tennis
  • golf
Notes:
Kitchen: Dishwasher detergent 'pellets' are provided instead of liquid or powder (look under the sink). Also cloth kitchen towels, paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, Zip-loc bags, and cooking utensils aplenty. If you run out of anything, please let me know. I want you to be happy.
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