|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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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 Cove (360' feet of private waterfront), Dock and Swimming Area. Though the cottage is up to date with WiFi, TV, phone with free long distance (not to mention cell phone coverage if you subscribe through ATT), 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 out at once through the picture window, down the slope to the shore.
To the right of the Dining Room, two steps down, is the Sunken Living Room which has a huge antique glass picture window. Really! The Living Room is the Peace and Quiet Room, perfect for collecting your thoughts, concentrating on your reading, your writing. It is also a wonderful spot for listening to music on the FM radio/CD player on a shelf, 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 (or others out) by shutting the door to the Dining Room and the one to the Family Room on the opposite wall.
The Family Room is just beyond the Living Room, two steps up. It is a spacious area with a high peaked ceiling, sliding glass windows, a sleep-sofa that opens to 2 twin beds for family or guests, easy chairs, a couch, an old-fashioned rocking chair, a glass-top table for dining,. The television is in this room.
Off the Family Room is a long Wooden Deck, your private aerie. In privacy, you can see the Lake below, boats passing by. There are two chaise lounges with a small table in between for your morning coffee, your evening cocktail. Plus there is an outdoor dining table and four chairs to go with it. The Deck is private enough for you to laze in your pajamas while you sketch out - or wind up - your day.
The Country Kitchen is next to the Dining Room, to the left as you come in the front door. 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 beyond 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, whereas the Twin Bedroom has the breeze.
The Queen bedroom, the Sunken Living Room, and the Family Room all have baseboard heat.
All bed, bath, big beach towels, plus kitchen linens, are provided.
And a washer and dryer are at your disposal just next door on your way down to the Lake. Detergent is provided.
At the dock (shared with owner) are a wooden bench, a sun umbrella, a chaise, and deck chairs. On the shore are two canoes and two kayaks exclusively for your use. Life jackets of all sizes are in the Living Room closet. (Note: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires you have life jackets IN your boat. A non-swimmer or a child MUST be WEARING his.)
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 an early morning walk. Traffic is local, neighbors noddingly (even chattingly) 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 way more than one hundred years. A piney forest, with its 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 is also 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 straight to the bottom.
Our cautious resident sunfish may perceive your footfall on the dock. If you toss in small pieces of bread, they'll rashly 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. Sometimes ducks swim by looking for a handout.
Our side of the Lake is shallow. And in our Cove the Lake bed is sandy, just perfect for little feet.
This house on Lake Buel is exactly what I was hoping to find -- something that reminds me of camp as a kid, but with people I actually like. I just wanted a place where my family could have fun and relax.
That's what this house lets you do. Close enough to the lake that you can swim or kayak just seconds after you think, Hey, I'd like to swim or kayak. A view of the same lake that lets you enjoy the water even when you're not in it. It's also close enough to Great Barrington -- its great restaurants, grocery stores, and ice cream shops -- that you're in the woods one minute and in the thick of it the next. For us, the location (about 1.5 hours from our house in central Connecticut) is ideal.
The house itself is perfect, too -- it's exactly what we wanted when we searched for a place on a lake. All of the technogizmos work great, but we hardly use them. It's not how we like to unwind. And the place is rustic, which is what we wanted. Who wants a swank condo for a summertime, lakeside respite? Here, I actually read books. I unwind. We take long afternoon naps. We cook a lot. And we spend our time playing in the water, collecting rocks, and coloring with our two little girls.
The best part about the place, though, isn't the place at all. It's the people. Lois and Bruce couldn't be nicer, treating us (and everyone, I imagine) like extended family -- not in the creepy, geez, we wish they'd go away kind of way. They have their space, you have yours, but their home is as open as are their hearts.
Great spot to come and relax. Quiet and clean. Cottage has everything you need. No worries. Owner couldn't have been nicer or easier to communicate with. Lake is beautiful. Great place to relax; read, kayak, sun on the dock and cocktails on the deck. Highly recommend. Will be coming back!
This was our first true family vacation with my daughter and husband and it was everything we had hope it would be and more. Our 6 year old LOVED the water and the kayaks and always said good night to the water as she fell asleep at night.
If you want to get away to the middle of no wear but still be near some small town shop and great pizza places than this is the place for you. The house was great, we did not get cell phone reception which is exactly what I wanted but we did have internet access and dish TV so it had all the comforts of home but at our pace. Not that there was much inside time anyway as we were always on the water enjoying the quiet lake. Most days there was only a few motor boats on the water which made for nice rides on the canoe and kayaks - we all loved those.
The owners were super nice and offered assistance with anything we needed and even took us out on their party boat for a tour of the lake a couple of times.
We would definately go back again!!!
When it came time to finally coordinate and schedule our first annual "Girls Week", this cottage launched our tradition and set the bar for subsequent annual gatherings. Some days we had alot of people together who floated in for a day or two. Other days, we had just two people. Whatever the activities of the day, this rustic cottage worked for us. Lois and Bruce were absolutely lovely and accommodating hosts. Lake Buel is a jewel and having various lake toys there added to the fun. Ask Lois as she witnessed our "Ride Shamu - The Blow up Whale" comeptition. This is a "5-star fun" and rare cottage experience, away from it all and definitely in the woods, quiet experience (save the soothing sounds of nature all in earhshot) yet close to the quaint southern Berkshire communities. Assuming you enjoy the song of a Chick-a-dee, you can soak it all up right here.
When my daughter Tabitha suggested a cabin in the woods, seven hours from Ottawa on a small lake near Great Barrington MA, I must admit I was skeptical. Although I have pleasant memories having been a cottager in my youth, I knew, as an adult, there was the distinct possibility of “cabin fever” setting in early. But, it was family and so off we went!
I always marvel at the way small US towns, or any small town for that matter, are named. I thought, if there was a GREAT BARRINGTON, was there a mediocre BARRINGTON close by . . . My wife and I chuckled as we drove into town. You only have to go there once and you feel like you belong. Truly, we not only rented The Little Cottage, we rented the town for the week we were there!
Upon arrival at Lake Buel and The Little Cottage, rented to us by Lois and Bruce Brown, we were introduced to our cabin for the first time. It was long and narrow, refurbished, added onto, quirky and perfect for the 6 of us. We would make it home for a week and enjoy the memories forever.
We quickly settled into the cottager’s routine of eating, cleaning up, reading, playing games and preparing for the next meal. This past summer has been a time of transition for me, having resigned from my position of 18 years as Vice President Marketing and Business Development, and I decided to take the summer off to reenergize, reflect, and renew my working spirit. I found that peace I was looking for at the Lake. All our days at Lake Buel, seemingly, begin and end with the Lake, from a serene early morning swim to a quiet ride on the Brown’s pontoon boat where we reflected on the day’s events and told embellished stories of our past.
Lois and Bruce are perfect hosts, and, I think it would be fair to say, Lois is the unofficial steward of the Lake. One cannot visit there without hearing the family history of the Lake, and how this wonderful place was rebought, restored, revered and now, constantly, revisted.
The essence of this summer’s family cottage holiday was not just the family Bar-B-Q’s, the raucous laughter shared at mealtime, the constant trips into Great Barrington, quiet times reading, or even the lively chirping of birds early in the morning but rather it was the harmony and serenity that hovers, in some curious way, over everyone visiting there.
Lake Buel, a haven, where there are no pretentions – a place where one can land softly and be restored. I know – I was!
When my wife and I were looking for a rental home on a lake for just the two of us, it was proving very difficult to find a suitable place that wasn't designed for large groups and was reasonably priced. Thankfully we found the little house at Lake Buel! The house had everything we were looking for: easy access to a swimmable lake, gorgeous views, a comfortable bed, and a cozy, rustic feel. We live in NYC, so even though the house is relatively small, it felt like a palace to us.
The owners, Lois and Bruce, happened to be staying at the main house the weekend we were there, and they couldn't have been better hosts, striking the perfect balance of being helpful without being too involved in our business. They took us for a ride on their pontoon boat, and set us up with a mattress on the dock, which my wife is still talking about. And their two cats are adorable.
It was a weekend we won't soon forget, and we definitely plan on returning in the future, maybe with another couple or maybe on our own.
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Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Week of August 23 will include Labor Day. There is a terrific fireworks display on the holiday weekend sponsored by the Lake Buel Association. The booms echo down the Lake, bouncing from Berkshire hill to Berkshire hill. It is awesome. You can witness the whole display from the dock.