The Little House at Lake Buel is a cute, unique, 6-room-long Country Cottage situated along the crest of a gentle slope that overlooks our Private Cove, Dock, Boats, and Swim Area. Though it has been brought up to date with WiFi, DirecTV, dishwasher, and phone with free long distance (in the U.S. and Canada), the Little House retains its old-fashioned country feel.
Each one 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. The first thing you see when you come inside is the Lake, your eye drawn at once past the table (that seats 6) out through the picture window.
The Sunken Living Room, next to the Dining Room, is the Peace and Quiet Room, perfect for concentrating on your writing, your reading, listening to music, playing your guitar. You can close yourself in, if you want to, by shutting the doors to the Dining Room and to the Lounge.
The Lounge is just beyond the Living Room. The Lounge is really the Family Room. It is quite a large space with a high peaked ceiling, sliding glass windows on three sides, a sofa, easy chairs, an old-fashioned rocking chair, and 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 Lounge is the 26 foot Wooden Deck, a sort of aerie that also overlooks the Lake. The Deck has two chaises lounges, four chairs, and an outdoor table. It is private enough for you to laze with your morning coffee, while you sketch out your day.
The Country Kitchen is conveniently next to the Dining Room. For a compact kitchen, it nevertheless has 21st Century amenities: a double-sink, lots of hot water, a gas stove, a 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, conveniently, is right outside.
The Queen bedroom is on the other side of the kitchen. It is en suite with the Twin Bedroom and the Remarkably Spacious Bathroom. The Twin Bedroom has sliding windows on three sides with screens that roll down for privacy, though privacy is assured on two sides. Both the Queen bedroom and the Bathroom have ceiling fans.
All bed, bath, and kitchen linens plus beach towels are provided.
Down at the dock are two canoes and two kayaks exclusively for your use. Life jackets are provided.
Here’s the best part of this summer oasis:
The Little House is comfortably nestled in an open woods on a quiet, old-fashioned, country dirt road that begs the early morning walk (or bike ride). 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 discover 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 on the deck, out under the sky. 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.
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 west shore of this Lake in a pleasant (largely summer) community that has been in existence for over 100 years. The piney forest, with its dense understory of deciduous trees and shrubs, is home to a multitude of small animals and birds, making nature-watching a positive, often delightful, pleasure.
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 clean and clear year after year. If you are on the dock or in in the Cove or out in one of the boats on a still, sunny day when the surface of the Lake is as still as glass, you can see right to the bottom.
Our resident under-the-dock sunfish may perceive your footfall. If you toss in small pieces of bread, they'll appear in numbers to feed. You might even spy a harmless Wood Turtle trying to get into the act.
On top of all this, our side of the Lake is shallow. And in our Cove the Lake bed is sandy, just perfect for little feet.
The Little House is only 7 miles from Great Barrington, and about a half hour's drive to Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow.
Main Street (Route 7), Great Barrington leads northward to Stockbridge, Tanglewood, Lenox, Lee Premium Outlets, and southward to Sheffield and Oh-My-Gosh-my-grandmother-used-to-have-one-of-those-in-her-house! antiquing.
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.
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)
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.
Bikers: LISTEN for cars behind you. Be courteous -- move over. Wave. Drivers will love you.
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.
CELL PHONES presently will not work at Lake Buel because of the Berkshire Hills that surround it. That may change soon, as you actually can see a recently erected tower at the top of a high hill right across the Lake.
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