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 (people rarely look up). There are two chaise lounges on the Deck with a small table in between to hold 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 and a carrying box are 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 the 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.