43 ACRES ON BOTH BENTON AND BIG PONDS -- 3BR MODERN CABIN

Bill Huss

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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43 ACRES ON BOTH BENTON AND BIG PONDS -- 3BR MODERN CABIN

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This three bedroom cabin (built in 1993) is the ONLY property in Otis that borders BOTH Benton Pond and Big Pond. At Benton Pond, we offer 400 feet of water frontage along with a canoe for your enjoyment. Our gazebo sits on a cliff overlooking the pond and is a great place to enjoy a picnic. Our water frontage at Big Pond includes a dock where you can park your motorboat for fishing and waterskiing. Walking trails criss-cross the 43 acre property for your hiking enjoyment.

In addition to the three bedrooms, the house consists of a large screened back porch that during the summer season can serve as an extra bedroom or dining area. There is a covered front porch, a side deck, and a balcony off the upstairs master bedroom. These outdoor spaces nearly double the amount of usable space.

After spending your day walking, boating, or just enjoying a good book on the porch, you will be ready to enjoy some of the many cultural activites that Berkshire County offers. In less than 30 minutes, you can listen to the Boston Symphony from your lawn seat at Tanglewood. Or, if theatre is more to your liking, try the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge or Shakespeare and Company in Lenox each less than 30 minutes away. Stockbridge is also the home of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Finally, if modern dance is more your thing, it is just a 20 minute drive to Becket and the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. In addition, there are some fantastic restaurants and the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington.

The house is available in the summer as well as the fall when you can view some of the most beautiful leaf scenery in the world. Come join us!

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying at your lovely cabin in the woods for the last week. We were looking for a quiet spot for a family get-away and we found it! We spent in numerous hours reading, playing games, laughing, telling stories, etc. on your back porch. The weather was perfect all week (thanks for taking care of that for us!), the trails in the woods constantly beckoned for dog walks, the cabin was well-appointed with everything we needed, the serenity was all encompassing. All in all — the perfect vacation. Thanks so much for letting us rent your place!!
Aug 2013
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Bill Huss

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The woods, lake, and cultural activities -- plus it's only a 2 hour drive from our home.

Woods, lake, and cultural activities.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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4.2
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43 Acres on Both Benton and Big Ponds -- 3BR Modern Cabin
average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews
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43 Acres on Both Benton and Big Ponds -- 3BR Modern Cabin
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p267835vb
(508) 358-2778
Otis Berkshires
3

Great house, but dark

  • 3 of 5
It is a beautiful house, with a large screened in porch on one side, a roofed open porch on another, and the third side has an open deck. However, the inside is very dark and since the house is in a small clearing there isn't much sun. The ponds are nice and good for canoeing…canoes provided…but they're 10-15 minutes walk away. There isn't much in terms of option for sitting by the ponds…a very small wharf on one, and the other has a very step bank.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As Steve and Rob observe, the house is surrounded by woods on three sides providing some peace, quiet, and privacy -- but a bit less sunlight. The house faces south onto a clearing which allows sunlight from that direction to reach the 12 solar panels I have on the roof. These panels capture about 85% of sunlight that would be available on a clear field and make the house virtually "net zero energy" -- a plus to those guests with a sensitivity for the environment.
The time to walk to the ponds depends on whether your priority is the destination itself or on enjoying the route. I often make the trip in slightly more than half the time expressed by Steve and Rob -- but they probably took in a lot more of the natural beauty than I do. While access to Benton Pond is rather steep -- we provide a nice gazebo (with chairs) on a cliff overlooking the water with great views. On Big Pond, the dock is 4 feet by 16 feet. Guests can relax on plastic chairs that we provide or sit on the dock itself dangling their feet in the water. Many guests swim from the dock.
While this listing may not be the best choice for those looking for a water view from the house itself -- it's perfect for people (and dogs) who enjoy hiking the 43 acres of private wooded trails, access to two ponds, and the peace and quiet of the outdoors.
By the way, Steve and Rob were terrific guests leaving everything in great shape. Thanks!
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43 Acres on Both Benton and Big Ponds -- 3BR Modern Cabin
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p267835vb
(508) 358-2778
Otis Berkshires
5

Fantastic experience!

  • 5 of 5
I booked this cabin in the fall as a surprise for my husband's birthday and we took along our two dogs. The owner was so thoughtful that he left my craft-beer-loving husband a bottle of a local beer and us a bottle of champagne in the fridge. We were looking for a gorgeous, secluded cabin in the woods with hiking trails and a lake and that's what we got. We would definitely rent again! :)
  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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43 Acres on Both Benton and Big Ponds -- 3BR Modern Cabin
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p267835vb
(508) 358-2778
Otis Berkshires
5

Getaway in woods

  • 5 of 5
Excellent getaway for adventure seekers. Beautiful property. Friendly owner. Will come back again.
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
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43 Acres on Both Benton and Big Ponds -- 3BR Modern Cabin
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(508) 358-2778
Otis Berkshires
Keene, NH
3

Not What We Expected

  • 3 of 5
We chose this property because we wanted to stay in a house on a lake where we could boat and swim with easy access to the water. We found a comfortable, beautiful house with a screened-in porch the width of the house. The house was well equipped and stayed cool due to ceiling fans and ample shade. However, we were disappointed to find no easy access to the water. The gazebo was near the water but it was a hike away from the house, on rocky, hilly terrain,. Once at the water, there was no clearing or easy place to sit or launch a boat. We used the canoe once, but it was difficult to get it in the water, and to bring it back to its resting place. The dock mentioned in the description was a short drive away, in a little community of private houses and a parking spot that was difficult to use. The dock itself was not in great shape, and not an appealing place to swim. We ended up swimming at the public beach nearby. If you want a to stay at a lovely house in the woods, but do not care about easy access to water, this is a great place.
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I appreciate all reviews and and am glad that Linda was happy with the house. I try to make it clear to all renters that while the property borders two lakes, it is a 5-10 minute walk from the house to each lake.

Benton Pond has the gazebo (with lake view) and a canoe. There is no dock, so the canoe must be pulled directly out of the water. As a 60-year old man, I do it all the time, but it understandably more difficult for some.

Big Pond is the other lake which has kayaks and a recently renovated floating dock. This lake is also a 5-10 minute walk from the house although renters are welcome to drive if they are carrying a boat or heavy equipment -- or just prefer not to walk. There is plenty of room at the dock for a motor boat up to 20 feet long (my Boston Whaler is 14 feet long). Renters are welcome to trailer their own boat to the property and tie it up at the dock. Otherwise, kayaks can easily be tied to the dock.

The property is private and best suited for a family or couple who desire a quiet, relaxing experience in a modern cabin with a great screened porch but who also like to hike, are experienced with kayaks and canoes, and perhaps have a dog who likes to run in the woods.

Prospective renters are welcome to visit the property at their convenience and hike the trails. I also welcome phone calls and will answer any questions renters may have. My phone number is posted on the VRBO site.

Bill and Cheri
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43 Acres on Both Benton and Big Ponds -- 3BR Modern Cabin
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Otis Berkshires
Cleveland, OH
5

Beautiful Log Home and Wonderful Vacation!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at this property for a week in July 2011 and had an absolutely wonderful experience. The owner is friendly, helpful, responsive and a pleasure to deal with. The property was even more lovely than depicted in the photos (the cathedral ceilings and rough hewn beams and railings and walls were gorgeous). All modern conveniences and linens are included. The house is set in the woods on a large, peaceful, private, quiet piece of land that includes hiking trails and pretty, wooded water frontage. The huge screened porch at the back of the house is a great outdoor living space. House is attractively and comfortably furnished. Loved the loft sleeping area (beautiful view of cathedral ceiling woodwork while lying in cozy bed). Bathrooms are modern and comfortable, with pretty woodwork. We enjoyed the open living space and fireplace. The indoor space stayed pretty well insulated and comfortable in spite of the summer heat. We used the ceiling fan in the living/great room, but surprisingly didn't need the fan in the loft.

There is a screened gazebo set on a cliff overlooking Benton Pond -- the view is amazing and the setting private and peaceful. You need to walk a wooded trail for a few minutes to get to it (all part of the fun as far as we're concerned!) . We enjoyed many hours in the gazebo and also canoeing, swimming, and floating in inner tubes in the pond. The pond water is warm, clear, clean and excellent for swimming. Be sure to bring water shoes for the rocky bottom. Life jackets are available at the cabin for nonswimmers and canoeing. We didn't see or hear any motorized boats on this pond (hooray). The gazebo is surrounded by a tall, wonderful pine forest. .

If you have your own watercraft, then you'll enjoy using the dock at the Big Pond. Good for motorized toys and kayaks/canoes, too. If you don't have your own watercraft, then you'll appreciate and enjoy the owner's canoe at Benton Pond, or renting kayaks at the Otis Reservoir (Camp Overflow) about 10 minutes away..

Tolland State Forest was 10 minutes down the road and has great hiking. Jacob's Pillow 7 miles away. Tanglewood is a 20-30 minute drive. Great Barrington about 45 minutes away for quaint town shopping, eating, major grocery, etc.. Westfield hospital and major stores are a 30 minute drive. Northampton an hour away (great food and funky town).

We LOVED this place. Go there and de-stress. A home away from home. Highly recommend!
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Refundable damage deposit $500
Notes Off season, I will occasionally allow bookings of 3-6 nights. Please inquire if you are interested. Also, the $1500 weekly charge is for the first week only. Subsequent weeks are $1250/week.
Payment of 50% is required at booking. The remaining 50% plus the security deposit are due prior to arrival. Note that the weekly rate goes down to $1250 after the first week.
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Amenities

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Otis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Telephone
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • miniature golf
  • antiquing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • cycling
  • wind-surfing
  • swimming
  • jet skiing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • basketball court
  • snowmobiling
  • water skiing
  • skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • fishing
  • tennis
  • cross country skiing
Notes:
Canoe, boat dock
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