LAKEHOUSE ON PRIVATE PENINSULA WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS

John Scott, Elizabeth Scott, Peni rentals, Lucie Satkowski

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
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LAKEHOUSE ON PRIVATE PENINSULA WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS

Sturbridge House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

‘The Peni’

This year-round vacation home (1,800 square feet) has been in our family for three generations. It has an exceptional location on a private peninsula with 1,500 feet of water frontage. Every room of the house has stunning views of Lake Hamilton. The main house has three bedrooms (a queen, a double, and a single with two single beds), and two baths. The kitchen and bathrooms (both with showers, no tub) were renovated in 2011. There is a gated private drive with plenty of parking. The long shoreline supports a variety of wildlife. You are likely to see great blue heron, ducks, geese, cormorants. The lake is stocked, and the deeper waters just off the south shore are considered some of the best fishing on the lake. There is a public boat launch a hundred feet from our driveway, and the property has a dock as well as a raft.

Each season provides special vacation opportunities; swimming, boating, fishing, fall foliage, ice fishing and skiing. There are also activities and events weekly at Old

Sturbridge Village.

No Smoking in the buildings.

Keywords: lake house, year round vacation home, surrounded by water, leaf peaking.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only

John Scott, Elizabeth Scott, Peni rentals, Lucie Satkowski

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We are three siblings (Zabby, John, and Robin) who are sharing the family project of renting 'The Peni' where we spent all our childhood summers swimming, boating, fishing, playing with cousins, and riding our pony. Zabby runs a study program in Paris for a New England prep school, John is a retired teacher, and Robin is a lawyer. Both John and Robin live in Holland near 'The Peni'.

John Scott, Elizabeth Scott, Peni rentals, Lucie Satkowski purchased this house in 1926

In 1926, our grandparents acquired a part interest in 'The Peni' when they purchased the hill just to the west of it. They quickly realized it was an ideal swimming place. At the time, there were no other 'camps' on the lake. They went to great lengths to acquire the remaining shares of this extraordinary spot, and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have benefited ever since. It continues to be a favorite place for the family to gather for swimming, boating, and family reunions.

Swimming, boating, fishing, privacy, space, wildlife, and bird life.The long, convoluted shoreline of 'The Peni' provides many swimming spots as well as places to explore. There are lovely walks in every direction including into the Quinebaug Woods, formerly part of the family property, now owned by Trustees of the Reservation and open to the public. There is a wide variety of fine dining in nearby Sturbridge.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
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4.9
based on 12 traveler reviews

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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p359084vb
413-455-5086
Sturbridge Central Massachusetts
acton, ma
5

UPDATED "CABIN"

updated "cabin"
  • 5 of 5
I spent 3 nights at Peni with my 3 young children, ages 9, 7 and 2. It was REALLY cold and wet for the end of May but we still had a very enjoyable time. And we didn't even go anywhere because I am 8 months pregnant and just wanted to lay around! We did bring PDF's, although there is one at the house, and we enjoyed the dock and canoe very much. The canoe is aluminum and so I had no worries about damaging it, or allowing the 9 yr old out by himself. The house is situated so that there are water views from both sides of the rooms. It does feel private, but not isolated. There is a nice inlet set up for swimming, sanded, with a float to swim out to, and bench seating, There is also a fire ring, and we toasted marshmallows. The interior of the house is a nice mix of updated-- kitchen, laundry, pretty dining area-- and older "camp-style" house. The layout is nice for families, there is some cable tv channels, and the wireless capability allowed us to stream movies from Netflix with just a few hiccups. John was very kind when booking the reservation and he was unconcerned about my diffident arrival estimate. He came by to show us the house and it was obvious that he and his family have a lot of pride in the house-- his parents house-- and they really want their renters to enjoy their stay. The older kids were both asking to come back the next weekend, which shows how nice the house and property are, as the temperature did not get above 52 degrees and it rained a lot of the time.
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p359084vb
413-455-5086
Sturbridge Central Massachusetts
Boston, MA
5

A WONDERFUL GETAWAY!

  • 5 of 5
Rented the Peni for a girls' weekend to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was a great central location for friends from NYC, Boston, Burlington and Portland, ME.

John was incredibly accommodating and welcoming from the moment I submitted my inquiry about the property on VRBO. It was refreshing to interact with someone who cares so much about both the property and the experience of the renters. The Peni is a well-loved, cozy lakehouse, with very comfortable sleeping and updated bathrooms. The kitchen is also well stocked and renovated - was fun and easy to cook big meals in. Lots of outdoor lakeside spots to lounge in the sun -- the swimming hole is adorable and gets great afternoon sunlight. It's not a huge peninsula, but there is a lot to explore. We also really loved taking out the canoe and making fires in the outdoor firepit.

All in all, a great spot to get away from the bustling city and reconnect with old friends! We hope to make it back someday soon.
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: The nicest thing about my job is seeing the enjoyment we bring to our guests. I’m almost always at the Peni when they arrive, so I experience the excitement they feel at seeing the property and the accommodations. I also try to be there upon leaving, and greatly enjoy sharing good-byes with a contented group. Often touched by nostalgia, they linger. We talk about our lives, families, and the fun they have just experience.

I feel surprise, and nostalgia to the point of cornyness, when someone actually takes the time to write a thoughtfull review of us.

Happy birthday E.D., and thank you.

John Scott
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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p359084vb
413-455-5086
Sturbridge Central Massachusetts
Bristol, CT
4

LOVELY GETAWAY

  • 4 of 5
We were able to secure a 3 day weekend on short notice. John was very accommodating to our schedule and provided a top notch experience, The renovations are very nicely done and enhance the cottage. We loved Wilbur, the great blue heron, Bucky the beaver, Mr. And Mrs. Quakers the ducks. The private getaway was perfect for our family. The fall foliage and wilderness experience was excellent. We enjoyed the canoe ride very much. Thanks for having us.
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Sean,
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Peni. In particular, I am glad you and your family enjoyed the wildlife.
Best wishes,
John Scott
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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p359084vb
413-455-5086
Sturbridge Central Massachusetts
Rensselaer, NY
5

FAMILY GATHERING

  • 5 of 5
Our family was warmly welcomed and cared for by John, our fascinating host!. Can't thank him and his siblings enough for sharing their "Peni" with us. Our grandparents once had a cottage on this lake and this vacation not only brought our family together, but also renewed the fondest memories of our childhoods.

The location is unparalleled. Nearly island-like on beautiful clean Hamilton Reservoir, private with a huge variety of flora, fauna and terrain, swimming, views, and a rambling cottage... this is just the start of the list of good things you will enjoy. Everyday was something new to see and appreciate.

The new bathrooms, kitchen, breakfast/dining nook, and a large library all add to the atmosphere that is sure to get you unwound and relaxed. We highly recommend the "Peni" and look forward very much to coming again!
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Julie, I can not easily express how much I enjoyed my brief visit with you and members of three generations of your family; I felt so appreciated. We obviously have things in common. Both families spent sweet summers on the lake, and we share an interest in history. But the warmth and kindness I felt transcended common interests. I found you all amazing! Thank you making my job easy, and I hope you all will return someday.
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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p359084vb
413-455-5086
Sturbridge Central Massachusetts
Akron, OH
5

10 DAYS AT THE PENI PARADISE

  • 5 of 5
This property is not just well maintained, it is receiving ongoing updates and enhancements. The two bathrooms are new. The kitchen is great to work in and all appliances are modern. A new bay window was added to the eating area facing out onto the lake.

The owners provided remarkable responsiveness and hospitality. There were items we were planning to bring to use in the kitchen and the owners bought them so we could travel lighter! Thank you!

Because this is such a beautiful location and accommodated guests of all ages (3 - 82 in our case), we look forward to renting the property again...
  • Submitted: May 30, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Gordon, It was a great and easy pleasure for me to help you and your extended family have a wonderful experience at our Peni property. It also was not hard to see how important the occasion you were celebrating was for your family, and I was honored that you felt comfortable enough to let me witness a very touching celebration event. I would like the readers of this to know that, so far, we have not had a single bad experience with VRBO renters. I would like you to know Gordon, that if renters got rated, we would give you five stars. We would love to have you back. Thank you for everything and best wishes to you and all your family, John Scott
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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p359084vb
413-455-5086
Sturbridge Central Massachusetts
Sugar Land, TX
5

"MOM, WHEN ARE WE GOING BACK TO THE PENI?"

"Mom, when are we going back to the Peni?"
  • 5 of 5
Our family vacation to the Peni was by far the best we've ever had. The house was beautiful, well-maintained, spacious, and clearly loved. Dealing with both John and Zabby was a wonderful experience. As we were driving up from Texas with a 3 and 4 year-old, our arrival time was rather vague. John met us at midnight to let us in and show us around. Talk about hospitality! The private beach was the perfect entertainment for the little ones. They lived in their bathing suits the entire time. The seclusion of the property was just what we were looking for - a quiet place to rest and relax. When we wanted to get out and about, there were plenty of restaurants close by and Sturbridge Village to explore (which was even better than the memory of it from my youth). It was a wonderful family vacation spot. My kids are still asking when we are going back! Thank you to John, Zabby and Robin for sharing the Peni with us!
  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Hilary, what a lovely note! Thank you. It is touching to see how others enjoy the Peni. Welcome to the family. Z

Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Bradley, Ct
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Worcester
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Junction of Mass Pike and I 84
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
PJ's Lounge
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
cross country 5 miles. Downhill
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Hemlock Ridge, Sturbridge
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Numerous in Sturbridge MA
Car: recommended

near Old Sturbridge Village, Brimfield flea market, and the Norcross Wildlife Foundation

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Availability & Rates

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Sturbridge House Rental Rates

Notes

  • $1200-$1600/wk
  • US Dollars
  • May 1-Sept 30, 2013-$1600/wk(Saturday to Saturday)..depending on number of guests.
  • Oct. 1, 2012-April 30, 2013 $1200/wk, ajusted rates for shorter or longer stays.
  • A refunable security/damage deposit of $400 is due at booking.
  • One half the rent is due one month prior to occupancy (or with booking)
  • ....and the balance is due one week prior to occupancy.
  • Sleeping cabin available for an additional $75 fee. Motor boat fee $100
  • Discounts for longer bookings/returning guests. Please contact owner about rates.
  • Minimum booking is one week. Christmas and holiday rates subject to change.

Amenities

Sturbridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Lakefront ...
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Garage
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Catering Available
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two single beds, Baby Cribs (1) Pack'nPlay, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • golf
  • sailing
  • cross country skiing
  • tennis
Notes:
The property has it's own dock and raft. There is a boat launch next to the property, excellent fishing. Winter activities include cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing once lake is frozen.

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