|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Welcome to Mountain Laurel Cottage on Norwich Lake. Available May 15-Oct.15. You'll feel as though you've been transported back to a simpler time when you step from the huge screened porch into the open living area with fieldstone fireplace. Living area flows into the original 1947 retro kitchen complete with modern appliances. Two bedrooms with two twin beds that can be put together to make a king. The living area has a trundle bed couch which opens to a queen or separated for twins. The porch has 3 loungers and a daybed. One bath with large shower. The cottage is set up and back from the dirt road on over an acre of land with amazing sunset views over the Berkshire Mountains. The lake is behind the cottage, a quick drive or 10 minute walk to the lakefront and private dock with a canoe and paddle boat. You'll be inspired for many outdoor activities! Or relax on the porch with a good book or one of the many games or puzzles as there is no TV, just a radio/CD player and piano.
Lake activities: Many hiking trails and amazing views. The lake is pristine and fairly quiet especially during the week, you may be one of just a few folks out on the water. Weekends get a bit busier but never crowded. Swimming, boating, fishing or just floating away the afternoon. Hampshire YMCA in Northampton operates Camp Norwich on the lake with week long day camp programs for kids. You relax while the kids splash the days away.
Close attractions.: The lake is only 20 minutes from Northampton, a thriving university town and cultural center offering theater, the arts, antiquing and the best dining found anywhere. Spa services are available at many local shops. It is only 35 minutes from Lee and Lenox, home of Tanglewood, great antiquing also and shopping outlet.
great retreat: Mountain Laurel is 20 minutes from Smith College and 40 minutes from Amherst College and UMASS Amherst. 45 minutes to Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges making it a nice place for summer students. Or a quiet writers retreat.
It was my second year renting this house and it was just as relaxing and wonderful as last year. Denise and Chad make you feel right at home. Looking forward to returning next year.
Back again for the fifth time with Denise and Chad at the cottage. Every spring we look forward to our trip and stay at the cottage. Peace and quiet, friendly neighbors and superb hosts! It is nice to take a break with our friends at Mountain Laurel. Our trip this year was again top notch. Already booked next year.
What a relaxing stay if only for the weekend! The place was rustic and everything a vintage cabin in the woods should be. Denise and Chad supplied the firewood and Mother Nature a rainy day by which to sit by the fire. Also we spent the day on the lake swimming and using the paddle boat. The four of us and our water loving dog had a great time there. Best of all, we didn't have to worry about alligators-we're from South Louisiana and swimming in the bayous at home is not quite as carefree as Norwich Lake. Can't wait to find a longer week in the spring for some R&R back at the cabin. Thanks Denise and Chad.
Denise and Chad were wonderful from the first email until the return of my deposit check. Traveled with my friend and our dogs and I don't know who had a better time. The house was lovely and comfortable and the dogs enjoyed the walk to the lake and a swim before walking home. I was a little concerned about being in a house in July with no a/c but I was actually cold a couple of nights. Thankfully I packed extra blankets and we didn't need the space heaters. Looking forward to returning next year! Thanks again Denise and Chad!
This was a return visit to the Mountain Laurel Cottage for myself and 4 of my "Turkey Hunting Buddies". Once again we had an awesome time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our stay. The cottage was just as we remembered it. Quiet nights and a warm fire with friends telling stories (and maybe a few white lies) about hunting adventures. The cabin was just perfect for us. It was clean and comfortable. Once again Chad and Denise couldn't have been more accomodating. Definitely a place to keep in mind for Fall Deer season too.
First off, the cottage is just lovely. The pictures do not do it justice. It has a rustic old-time feel to it and it is much much larger than the pictures make it look. There are lots of beds and it is clean and cozy. We wished there was at least one queen sized bed, but we had a bit of a good time putting two beds together and occasionally slipping through them in the middle of the night (I guess we are easily amused that way). We brought our three dogs with us and they just loved it, too.
It's a little hike to the water, but it has a private dock, row boat, canoe and more. Lots of little amenities that make it so comfortable regardless of the hike downhill (which we did not mind at all; we would alternate between driving down and walking down with the dogs).
The owners, Denise and Chad, are just two of the loveliest people we've met. The emails and conversations I exchanged with Denise before getting there made me know early on that she would be great. But once we got there we were just delighted by how friendly and accommodating both she and Chad were. Just lovely people. Wish we had more of them here in Brooklyn!
I highly recommend staying here. You will truly enjoy it!
Western Mass is a treasure of nature providing an abundance of outdoor activites along with great culture, the arts and fine dining. We're surrounded by colleges and therefore have quite the eclectic mix of friendly folks who'll make you feel right at home.
Other Activities: live theater and dance, Tanglewood summer concert series, cinemas
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage fee||$200|
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon reservation. Refunded if we are able to reserve your cancelled time even last minute.
Rental balance and Damage/Cleaning deposit is due 30 days prior to reservation.
The $200.00 refundable Damage/Cleaning deposit will be returned to RENTER within 30 days after rental. Often, if there are no problems, the deposit is mailed within the first week after rental.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.