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Merilyn Holt

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Beautiful Lake Lodge Home - Nostalgic & Rustic

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay nights


Barkhamsted Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Lodge, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10 in bedrooms)

This turn-of-the-century, family, lake lodge is in the township of Barkhamsted, Connecticut. It is in the foothills of the Berkshires, nestled at the northwest bank of Connecticut's clearest lake, West Hill Lake. The owner retained the nostalgic feel of a comfortable antique lake home while updating it with state-of-the-art insulation and central heating. The original fireplace was of course retained as well. The architecture is in the style of Adirondack arts and crafts. Much of the furnishings are of that style as well.

There are four bedrooms each with direct access to a full bathroom. All four bedrooms open onto an interior balcony which overlooks the living room and a bank of windows. Renters have the option of renting a completely separate apartment on the far end of the house. This apartment is otherwise not rented to other guests. The population can still not exceed 12 as we choose to never stress the septic system and jeopardize the cleanest lake in Connecticut. The country kitchen, family room is spacious, as well as the living and dining area and library alcove area.

The old fashioned wrap-around porch overlooks the lake, a large party size dock, boat house, kayak rack, and a small, easy wade in beach. The property is woodsy and natural.

There are plenty of other quaint New England villages nearby as well as woodsy walking trails.

Keywords: Lodge, cabin, lakefront, lakeside, kayaks, swimming, fishing, dock, rustic, nostalgic, wraparound porch

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Merilyn Holt (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

About Merilyn Holt

This is my family at a holiday dinner. We have a much longer table now which seats 12 if you sit close.

Merilyn Holt purchased this lodge in 1973

Why Merilyn Holt chose Litchfield County

Two of the main reasons we bought this house (37 years ago) was because of the Adirondack architecture and also because of it's close proximity to EVERYTHING!

What makes this lodge unique

Friendly neighbors, natural setting, crystal clear water and the convenience of stores and theaters are just a few of the reasons I enjoy staying here.


based on 5 traveler reviews

Beautiful Lake Lodge Home - Nostalgic & Rustic
average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews

Peaceful Weekend

  • 5 of 5

What a great time we had this weekend going up to the lake house in CT. What a pleasant adventure it was. The lake house was more spacious than we expected and it was very nicely decorated . Complete with kitchen, living room and four very comfortable bedrooms. It seems as though you could sleep as many as 8 or more people. The beds were soft and we had a great night’s sleep. The views of the lake were very impressive and the water was extremely clear. There were people fishing on the lake and we actually went kayaking while we were there . Even it had rained there would have been no problem entertaining the kids given all the tv’s and games available for our use. I would describe it as very peaceful, beautiful and a great place to get away from it all. It’s the kind of a place that you could go to again and again.. The kids want to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We only rent by the week in the summer but have started occasionally doing long week ends in the other seasons. I'm so glad Marion and her children had a good time. They were excellent tenants. The weather was good that weekend. However, people assure me that even if it rains, there are so many videos, books and games as well as separate spaces at the house that a rainy day is no problem, even with children.
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Idyllic Restoration

  • 5 of 5

As my 5-year old daughter said so aptly..."Mommy, everything was ready just for us!" From the well-stocked book and video library to the easily accessible boat dock to the toys stored neatly under the piano, we honestly felt as if the house was just waiting for us. I will hold forever the memories of the smell of the wood-burning stove heavy in the air as our children shuffled across gently creaking floorboards into the kitchen to have pancakes with real maple syrup from a near-by "sugar shack". With hours spent by the lake swimming, canoeing, "couch rafting", fishing, playing capture the island, and reconnecting with each other and with themselves, our children had more to do than could possibly be done. The lake and cabin were peaceful, poetic and restorative in its power. There were days when we all just wanted to stay "at home" in the cabin. Each morning, the autumn sun rested gently through the painted leaves across the large porch while the pristine quiet of the sparkling lake was broken only by determined fishermen and the splashing of eager trout and salmon. Recommend it? Yes!! Return next year? Definately!! When you imagine spending a family weekend in a cabin by a lake in Connecticut, this historic property will meet and exceed every expectation one could possibly have.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! I should spend more time there! This family came at peak foliage time, and it is a beautiful time. I first met the family when I went on day of departure to take the garbage away. We ended up talking for an hour and a half. They said they loved it and plan to come back. I hope they do, as they were great tenants and sent the most georgeous pictures. I will post some of them on this website.
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Barkhamstead--My Favorite Vacation Place

  • 5 of 5

As usual (23 years of annual family reunions!) our gang enjoyed our vacation at this lake lodge again this year. We have family who meet us there from NYC so we don't mind the journey from Tennessee. I remember early on when the house was not winterized. It was campy and full of cabin charm with exposed post and beam construction, the living room fireplace and the kitchen wood burning Franklin stove kept us warm in the mornings. We weren't sure we would like the new, imporved, insulated and centrally heated verson. WE LOVE IT!! Glad the owner left the old wood beams exposed everywhere and of course the same fireplaces. The new extra bathrooms are a definate plus. However, we still spend most of the day at the big new dock or rocking on the wraparound porch. The grounds are rustic, but we don't intend to practice putting.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So very glad you keep coming back. Hard to believe that little Andrew (now 6' 2") is a sophmore in college now. When you first brought him here, he was your only grandchild and just around 18 months. Nice to know that they all want to keep the tradition going.
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South Salem, NY, USA

My Favorite Place

  • 5 of 5

I have rented this property several times. I was there is the spring and will spend the Labor Day week there as well. I return a lot because it is my favorite place to rent.

On three occasions I have rented it for big family reunions. On the second and third reunion everyone (5 couples) was anxious to be invited back again. The house does not have manicured lawns but that's what I like, a rustic setting. Each time I have booked it was clean and comfy.

The lake merits its rating as the cleanest lake in Connecticut so we spend a lot of time on the big party dock or using her kayaks.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Doc, Thanks for the kind words. I remember last time you asked if I wanted your leftover homemade spaghetti sauce, so here is my opportunity to say, it was delicious. Also, thanks for always leaving the house clean and orderly. My cleaning crew applauds you.
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port jeff n.y

very rustic

  • 1 of 5

We were expecting a rustic cabin instead we got ants ,mice,and spiders.I also found a big blood stain on my blankets,we had to buy our own sheets for the beds and the couches. We were supposed to stay Saturday to saturday but we could not stand the smell so we left on tuesday. It is also not a lake view it is so overgrown with weeds you cannot see the lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I usually get the summer completely booked during the previous winter. I have many tenants who keep returning quite frequently over the last 26 years and know they have to book early to get their preferred weeks. Because of repeaters, the spring, fall and winter are getting relatively busy now. Please ask for references if you like. I could say that the review is puzzling. This should be puzzling. It is not. I could tell why it is not, but the "story" is pretty predictable. People who carefully plan vacations at beautiful pristine lakes in lovely 100 year old lake lodges might agree.
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Bradley International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Waterbury CT
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Rt 8
Nearest Restaurant
North End
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Ski Sundown
Nearest Beach
200 feet to our little private cove beach
Car: necessary

Collinsville's La Salle Market Deli, museum, antique cooperative in old ax factory


Rates & Availability

Barkhamsted Lodge Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

We do not deduct any of the deposit if a tenant breaks a cup or a glass or a plate. We do not want you to worry about those kind of everyday accidents on your vacation. If "Day of Departure" clean up procedures are all done, and there are no expensive damages, the security deposit is sent back with in 14 days, usually within the week.

When the lease is retuned in regular mail the security deposit shall be included. The rent is usually to be paid one month later. Those dates are all included within the lease.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
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Barkhamsted Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Library and family room - 3 twin/ single , There is a full bathroom downstairs for these spaces.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby portable Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa (2)
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Linens optional, In winter there is a caretaker on premises in separate quarters

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