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.
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.
The Little House is only 7 miles from Great Barrington, and about a half hour's drive to Tanglewood or Jacob's Pillow.
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.
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 for it.
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.
There is a new cell tower directly across the Lake which presently serves only ATT customers.
|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
|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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