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Private lakefront home, 300' on lake, dock, beach, boat ramp, 40 miles to Boston

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Peaceful 2+ Ac. lakefront Cape, 2 Bedrm, proch, +2 decks all with water views.

This is our family summer home for over 85 years, and our family has first options. We do not consider reservation until at least the end of April. We did rent out our Lake house for about 6 weeks in 2017 from June through September, and we will mostly likely do the same in 2018. The fee per week will most likely be in range of $1400 to $2100 depending on what week. If this is what you are considering, let us know toward the end of April, and we can talk in more detail.

Private and Peace lakefront home is 40 miles to Boston, with 300' on lake, a dock, small sandy beach for children, row boat and boat ramp for your own boat. The house is on a point of land offering lovely views from the two decks and a screened porch of the lake. The 1st floor BR has a comfortable double bed and the large 2nd floor BR has 3 twin beds. In the den there is Fireplace, HD TV, DVD and internet access. 40’ in front of the porch is a dock with water depth of about 9 feet at the end, great for swimming, fishing and boating. In addition, there is a small sandy “beach” area, with a gradual slope, great for young children plus there is a row boat and boat ramp for your own boat on the property for your convenience.

Being at the end of a dead end road, we have a great feeling of privacy with 2.7 acres with 300' on North Pond. Abutting the property is a 500 acre Peppercorn Hill conservation area with many walking and mountain biking trails. The lakes surface is about 234 acres which is an average of 9 feet deep feet. We see an abundance of birds: including many ducks, a Great Blue Heron, swans + Eagle.

Testimonial: Hi Bob,

We just got back home in Illinois last night and miss the house on the pond already. It is a beautiful lot you have there, on what is probably the prettiest part of the lake. We had a great time exploring the lake by canoe, hiking the trails on Peppercorn Hill and swimming off the dock. I was really surprised at how warm the water still was for September, and was in it almost every day. We enjoyed putting the lounge chairs out on the floating dock mid-morning and lying in the sun. I could not get over the lack of mosquitoes...and they usually like me a lot.

I think one of the things I liked best about 95 Crockett is that it’s been left alone as it was probably 40 years ago. Walking in I was immediately transported back to the mid 60’s when on occasion I would visit cottages owned by friends’ families on a lake or down the Cape. The knotty pine paneling, the screened porch, etc.


More Details

Robert Stallard
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017

About Robert Stallard

North Pond, has been in our family since 1930, when my grandfather had bought in the Great Depression. Ever since, it been and still a place where our families have relax and been nourished. For the last 20 years we have rented to others during the winter months and part of the summer, since we are able only to be there for about a month. Renting has enabled us to make a number of improvements and allow others to be blessed.

Robert Stallard purchased this house in 1993

Why Robert Stallard chose Upton

Please look after this home as if it were your own. We want you to enjoy your time at the Lake while also respecting the property and our efforts to keep it a clean and comfortable place to be! Also, please be mindful of the private single family community you are in. Though this is a private setting, is not a "party house".

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Bob,

Gale and I just wanted to let you know that we had a very good time at the pond this year. The week went by way too quickly and we decided that next time we want to make it a 2 week stay instead of one. The weather wasn’t the best but we did have 3 or 4 good days that we could swim and float around in the water. At least we missed that very hot weather the week or two before we arrived.

The Wifi is a nice improvement, as were the new chairs on the deck and those 2 very comfortable lounge chairs.

We had my parents over for lunch twice along with one of my sisters and her husband. They really enjoy it there and they liked seeing all the water skiers and boaters out on Sunday. The following day it was a little rainy and a complete opposite of Sunday. It was quiet and peaceful with nobody on the water. (Except that one guy who skis every day between 7:30 and 8AM).

Also, along with the usual Canada Geese and the blue heron I identified a new bird this year. It’s an osprey. And he or she likes to sit in the old dead pine tree on the other side of the pond and fish. One day I walked down to the beach area to toss some corn husks on your brush pile and suddenly heard a loud splash right off shore by the boat ramp. I looked at the water and this osprey came up out of the water carrying a fish in its talons and flew up into a tree with it. It’s a beautiful hawk like bird with about a 5 foot wingspan. I read that they were almost extinct in the 60s because of the use of DDT back then but are now making a comeback in the northeast. Saw him out there every day sitting in the trees looking for fish.

Hopefully we’ll be able to do a two week rental next year and I’ll be sure and get in touch with you early in the year.

Aug 2013
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Upton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , is also a den
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , 2nd floor
    Room 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Funtonis is in the enclosed porch
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The normal stay is 7 days from Saturday at 4PM to Saturday at 10AM. Possibility of winter rental from October to end of May. For rental application please send me an email with your HOME mailing address (postal NOT email) and your phone number. Please inquire for rates with well behaved dogs. .


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Private lakefront home, 300' on lake, dock, beach, boat ramp, 40 miles to Boston
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Scarsdale NY

A hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 1st time renting at Bob & Nancy’s lake cottage and it was fantastic! The home and property are extremely clean and well-maintained, down to the interior of the bureau drawers. The cottage has a wonderful vibe. It feels … HAPPY. There are grapevines blooming near the upper hill and shed/parking area, and the lawn is expansive. The street is a dead-end, windy but quiet and great for walks/bikes or to cross and head up the trails of Peppercorn Hill.

You can barely see the neighbors to either side, but we did run into them walking and biking and they were extremely nice and fun to chat with. The water (late July) was perfect - warm, clean, and welcoming. We fished (quite successfully), paddle boarded around the lake, went tubing with friends who live on the Hopkinton side (aka Lake Maspenock), watched boats, kayaks and swimmers go by, and had an absolutely superlative time. At night we sat outdoors, fireside, watching the moon over the lake. The stars are quite visible as there are no street lights, and it’s far nicer that way.

Indoors, the beds were all comfortable, with a charming master bedroom on the 1st floor with a deck, table, and loungers. The living room has a comfortable sectional large enough for several guests and a huge leather chair. Between that and the large screened in porch, there is ample indoor lounge seating and the seating easily triples if you include the outdoor seating. The kitchen, though small, has all the modern conveniences required for a simple meal and all of the tools and cookware needed for a family of 4. We cooked, baked, and fed two hungry boys no problem. Additionally, we hosted extended family for a BBQ one afternoon and with the large propane grill (plus the option for a charcoal one if needed/desired), there was plenty of room to cook. Wifi worked perfectly, if you can’t unplug.

Logistics are super easy: Bait/fishing store ~ 10 minutes away, 15 minutes for the local and HUGE Price Chopper grocery store. My boys have celiac (no gluten) and it was as easy if not easier than NYC to keep them fed and happy with lots of choices.

Bob & Nancy are very considerate hosts who have clearly put much thought into ensuring that this cottage has everything that is necessary and nothing that isn’t. When you are here, you feel so peaceful. We can’t wait to return next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fort Collins, CO

Rustic, serene getaway.

  • 5 of 5

This is a nice retreat to a clean, warm lake. Our kids enjoyed the dock where they swam, fished, and paddle boarded. This is a great little hidden gem. I hope to be back one day.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Great Stay at North Pond

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th time renting at Bob & Nancy's North Pond cottage and it was the best so far. Our two weeks in August were perfect, great weather, warm water temperature and as beautiful as ever. A few improvements in furnishings and services added to our comfort and enjoyment. The newer bed in the main bedroom is very comfortable for two and the 2 guests we had for a couple nights reported that the twins upstairs were very comfortable as well. The updated living room sofa is a good improvement. The added internet access was a nice addition (a longer cable I brought along allowed me to use my laptop from the back porch).

We found the property very clean and well maintained upon arrival.

We enjoyed several family lunches on the back decks. Probably the most exciting part was on our last evening there, we were sitting out in the side yard after dinner overlooking the lake when we experienced a "blue moon", the second full moon in the month of August, on the 31st. We sat for hours as we watched this beautiful huge moon rise from the east and illuminate the water in front of us. If only the photos I took could have captured the full beauty of it. But still, Unforgettable! We really hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vacation Rental 190409

  • 5 of 5

My family lives overseas and we come home for about a month every summer. The house that we were fortunate enough to rent this summer was amazing! We had more than enough room for our family of five. We spent our days in the cool, refreshing water - with our extended family that lives in the area. The location of our "lake house" is about 20 minutes from the Mass. Pike....making it an easy drive to either Springfield or Boston. There is a grocery store that is less than 20 minutes from the a shopping plaza that has a Five Guys, Friendly's, hair/nail salon, and much more.

The house itself is well-maintained and updated, while still keeping it's lakehouse charm. When we had our family over for a barbeque, we had ample room for 15 plus people to sit and eat. There are four seating areas so, it never seemed crowded. The house is clean, well supplied with cooking utensils, and the living room has a/c - which helped during the heat wave. A/C was not always necessary as there is typically a cool breeze coming off the water. The views from the house are simply beautiful - water, trees, and blue sky...what more could you ask for?

As you can tell, we REALLY enjoyed our stay at Bob and Nancy's house!!! Our teenaged daughter is already asking if we can stay here next year!!

Many, many thanks!!

Rhonda Mojkowski, et al

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rhonda, It is our joy to have the opportunity to share our lake house with you and your family. For five generations my family have continued to find North Pond to be a relaxing and refreshing. Look forward to your coming again. Bob Stallard
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Brooklyn, NY

Great Vacation Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Ed and I enjoyed our stay at this rustic and cozy cottage overlooking a lovely pond. It was very peaceful and welcoming. Swimming was great, and we enjoyed visiting the neighboring towns. On one occasion we took the commuter train to Boston and spent the day exploring the Commons and revisiting historical sites.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 495
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
There a beach and boat ramp at the property.
Car: necessary

Reservation start on June 6, to the end of October. At least 5 days stay is required.

There are reports that it is great lake for large and small bass It is about 25 minutes to Worcester, 45 minutes to Boston & Providence, 35 minutes to Old Sturbridge Village and Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor. Southwick Zoo in Mendon, New England's finest zoo, is 10 miles away. There are many Golf Course and restaurants close by. Brimfield Flea Market 30 min. away.

Abutting to rear on the property is Peppercorn Hill with many miles of walking and Mt Biking trails.

Upton has many historic buildings and sites. There are some hidden historic Indian sites and some beehive cave chambers. On a clear fall day, you can see the tip of the Boston sky line from Peppercorn Hill.

Other Activities: Old Sturbridge Village & Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,200

All inquires must provide your HOME mailing address, email, and your phone number, and credit report prior to signing lease.
This a winter rental, minimum stay is until April 30, 2018 the latest is May 31. Due at signing of lease is 1st, and last month rent plus a security deposit of $2200. Please inquire for rates with well behaved dogs and for groups over 3 people. Tenant is responsible for utility cost and yard and snow care.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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