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Dramatic Architect-designed Water-front Home on Lake Garfield

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 -6 max)

Charming, sunny and airy three-story home on beautiful Lake Garfield. Open loft-like space provides a unique 'tree-house' experience. House comes fully furnished and includes satellite TV as well as use of solo kayak and two-seater canoe.

Guests enjoy south-facing lake access and all-day sunbathing on 30-foot dock. Naturally wooded environment with hundred-year old hemlocks, mountain laurel and other native species, provides privacy and contribute to no-weed swimming.

Property features two outdoor decks for lounging or watching sunsets. Enjoy al fresco dining on upper deck with an outdoor refrigerator, charcoal barbecue grill, table, chairs and umbrella. On chilly Berkshire evenings, relax next to the home's wood-burning fireplace, located in the living room. House is close to the Monterey sandy and lifeguarded town beach, popular with families, as well as the beloved and historic Monterey General Store, which serves breakfast and lunch and provides free wireless Internet access.

Just a short 15-minute drive away take advantage of fabulous restaurants and shopping in Great Barrington and other picturesque communities, including Housatonic, Lee (location of Prime Outlets), Lenox and Stockbridge.

In addition to the master bedroom with queen-size bed there are two bunk rooms each with a twin-size platform bed as well as a full-size, pull-out futon bed in the living room area. The property's 'house book' describes local attractions, activities and eateries.

Keywords: House, cottage, lakefront home, Lake Garfield, Berkshires, Monterey

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Owner

Lakefront property was purchased in 1980 and house was designed by owners (AIA architect) and completed in 1983.

Owner purchased this house in 1980

Why Owner chose Berkshires

We fell in love with Lake Garfield and the Berkshires. It's so easy to get to Moore Cottage from both New York and Boston. And Berkshire County is an amazingly rich area, historically, culturally and recreationally.

What makes this house unique

Moore Cottage is close to many cultural activities, including Jacob's Pillow, the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood. It's fifteen minutes from Great Barrington and Lee; 20-25 minutes from Stockbridge and Lenox, all of which offer fine (and ethnic) dining, interesting shops and boutiques and great opportunities for hiking (including access to the Appalachian Trail in Monterey and Tyringham), walking, boating and fishing.


Monterey House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom includes new (2013) glassed-in/tiled shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , pull-out futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , platform-style bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , platform-style bed
  • Queen size bed (1) located in large master bedroom on third (top) floor; twin size platform beds (2) located on third (top) floor in two small, separate bunk rooms; full size sleep sofa/futon (1) located on second (middle floor) in living room, adjacent to (1) bathroom
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Rental includes use of a two-person canoe and a solo kayak.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Dramatic Architect-designed Water-front Home on Lake Garfield
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Medford, MA

Wonderful Lake House Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My spouse and I had high expectations for this cottage and Moore cottage exceeded them. The cottage's design really compliments the beauty of the area and lake. There are many vantage points in which to view the lake: inside the cottage from all three floors and especially from the two separate outdoor decks and a private dock-all at different levels or heights. The three floors of the cottage all have a spacious view of the lake. We were there for one week at the busy time of summer yet this spot felt very private. The swimming and boating (canoe and kayak) were very pleasant, no weeds. We enjoyed this magical spot so much we rarely left the cottage for the many surrounding events, restaurants, shopping, etc. We also took walks around the area which was pleasant with dirt roads in a wooded area. Sandra was incredibly helpful, warm and displayed a generous attitude throughout our interactions (e.g., with restaurant tips and went above and beyond even helping us retrieve an forgotten item). Also at the cottage there was a helpful guidebook the owners put together and the cottage was well stocked with all household basics and more. We would definitely return to Moore Cottage and letting our friends about this gem. We absolutely adored the whole experience of Moore Cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words! We hope you'll decide to visit again!
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Beautiful House by the Lake!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this special house for a long weekend in June while we attended a wedding in Monterey. The place is very beautiful, with large windows overlooking the lake. The kitchen is really charming, and well equipped. There is a dock that leads right out from the house to the lake. We felt like we were in a magical hideaway. The main bedroom is big and bright; the two little bedrooms are meant for kids, but we had an adult sleep in each bed, and it was comfortable. There is no internet, but our at&t phones worked just fine, and we went to the nearby general store when we needed to use our computers. We were nice and warm at night. The shower worked well. We recommend this place fully!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lawrenceville NJ

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was awesome! We were in such a peaceful state of mind after arriving that we didn't even care about doing all the things we had planned before the trip. Just being in the house, on the dock (our granddaughter's favorite spot) or walking the dirt road leading to the cottage was all we needed to do. We did go to a wonderful production of The Other Place in Pittsfield

that we enjoyed very much and General Store was a great place for brunch, then again for late afternoon cookies and ice cream which we would take back to the house to enjoy with a fire and a movie. We all agreed that we really need at least one more week in our perfect retreat. Thank you for allowing us to share in the beauty and magic of your Moore Cottage, it is an experience we will always hold dear in our hearts. Kindest regards, Bill, Sandi and Camille

PS-Can not wait to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful refuge in the treetops by the lake

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I spent a week at this enchantingly unique cottage, and are planning to return next summer. It makes ingenious use of its steep and dramatic site, offering stunning views of the lake from every level while maintaining a comfy and welcoming aura. Photos don't really do it justice. The wooded surroundings offer seclusion, and the lake itself is clean, clear, and beautiful. It was sheer bliss to sit by the fireplace in the evenings. The kitchen is well-equipped, and the top terrace is a perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner from the charcoal grill.

Just two caveats: this is a very vertical property, so if stairs are a problem, you might look elsewhere. And the two side bedrooms, with loft beds, are most suitable for children or adults under 5'7", though the futon couch in the living room is very comfortable. In any case, this place is a true gem.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good news! In the fall of 2013, we removed each of the twin-size loft beds from their elevated "nook" positions in the bunk rooms and converted them to twin-size platform beds (no more ladders!) AND installed bi-fold doors for added privacy. :)
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Returning family of 4

  • 5 of 5

We have come to view this cottage as our home away from home, without any of the responsibility of a homewner! It's a lovely, quiet, well-built and comfortable vacation cottage for our family of 4. Very convenient location, lots of places to walk, good swimming and boating, nice community in Monterey. Incredible views from inside the house and on the deck/dock. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Still dreaming of our time here

  • 5 of 5

Moore Cottage was everything described and so much more magical. It was the PERFECT July lake front getaway. I'm in love with this property and location. I hope to go back this fall if my schedule allows. The owners were kind and responsive from the initial reservation through our entire stay (via the incredible house book they created). I happily recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing, peaceful, beautiful getaway.

A couple of helpful hints: the cottage sleeps four comfortably. Two in the master bedroom (btw the view of the lake from this room is stunning), one person each in the bunk rooms. There is not room in the bunk rooms for an air mattress on the floor. You CAN sleep six with two people on the futon in the living room which is what we did, but if it's rainy there is not enough common space for everyone to "lounge". The kitchen dining and outdoor dining is also better suited for 4 than 6. We found everything we needed for preparing meals - dishes, plates, glasses, cookware, utensils - and ate every meal at the house (mostly outside). The oven is European sized and the temperature temperamental - recommend cold desserts or hit the bakery. The fridge is apartment size, we filled it up quickly and had to store some things in a cooler with ice packs. I'm midwestern originally and live in Brooklyn, I tend to go overboard at big grocery stores. . . The Big Y in Great Barrington is great and offers good deals if you use their loyalty program - the silver coins especially.

The bathroom is small, better for 4 people than 6. My only complaint is that the shower and bathtub could use some updating/attention.

The lake is the cleanest most beautiful lake I have ever seen outside of Minnesota. The water is crystal clear. Bring floaties as it is about 6' deep a the end of the dock. There are floaties at the house, but we bought more. The hammock tucked away just above the lake was ideal for afternoon reading and naps.

Moore Cottage is a very special location, with great character, and beautifully maintained with a lot of love.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good news! In the fall of 2013, we removed each of the twin-size loft beds from their elevated "nook" positions in the bunk rooms and converted them to twin-size platform beds (no more ladders!) AND installed bi-fold doors for added privacy. Also...In the fall of 2013, we removed the old tub/shower combo and installed a brand-new, re-tiled two-person-size glassed-in shower with modern fixtures! :)
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Tanglewood Music Center
Shakespeare & Company
Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Berkshire Co-op Market Restaurant
Berkshire Botanical Gardens
20 Railroad -- CLOSED
"Great for families! This was the only restaurant in town when we were builing Moore Cottage."
Gypsy Joynt -- CLOSED
"Really fun place with unusual, eclectic decor! Great for families. "
Mount - Estate and Gardens, the
"A "must-see" - Edith Wharton's lovingly restored home."
"Unique women's clothing store"
Hancock Shaker Village
"So interesting! Fun for the whole family."
"Excellent Vietnamese cuisine; has been around since at least the 80s."
Truc Orient Express
"Excellent Vietnamese cuisine; been around (at least) since the 80s"
Domaney's Liquors and Fine Wines
Appalachian Trail
"The trail crosses Rt. 23 in Monterey and goes through a beautiful (downhill) path in Tyringh..."
Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Albany International
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Great Barrington
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Wassaic Station (Harlem Line from NYC)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Mass Pike
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Monterey General Store (and cafe)
Car: necessary

The Berkshires have been a popular vacation destination since the Gilded Age, when 19th century 'cottages' (i.e., mansions) were built as second homes by wealthy East Coast families. It's an area rich in history, culture and recreational opportunities for the whole family.


Rates & Availability

Monterey House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Season
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable Damage Dep. $250
Cleaning $100

We rent Saturday to Saturday for weekly stays. Arrival is 2 pm or later and check-out is 10 am.
Price per night on Columbus Day weekend is $300.00 with three-night minimum (10/7, 8 and 9, 2016).

A non-refundable cleaning feel of $100/stay is required.

Pets will be considered and, if approved, a minimum non-refundable pet fee of $100/pet (levied on stays of 2 - 7 nights; $100/pet/week for multiple-week stays) is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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