About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 -6 max)
Charming, sunny and airy three-story home with a master bedroom, two small bunk rooms and one bathroom on beautiful Lake Garfield. Open loft-like space provides a unique 'tree-house' experience. House comes fully furnished and includes satellite TV and wireless Internet as well as use of two solo kayaks and one, two-seater canoe.
Guests enjoy south-facing lake access and all-day sunbathing on 30-foot dock with separate floating raft. 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
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 17, 2018
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 Monterey
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.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Our family's summer vacation at Moore cottage was truly outstanding. The house was equipped with everything we needed. The waterfront was where we spent most of our time; relaxing, swimming, boating, and fishing. Our hosts made the entire process—rental, arrival, and departure—as easy as possible, and they were always available to answer questions. Lake Garfield is a gem, and the surrounding Berkshire towns are among the most special places in New England. The house itself is one of a kind; one that we will never forget having the pleasure to call our home for two wonderful weeks. We hope to visit again. And again.
Wonderful Lake House Cottage
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.
Thanks so much for the kind words! We hope you'll decide to visit again!
Beautiful House by the Lake!
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!
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.
A beautiful refuge in the treetops by the lake
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.
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. :)
Returning family of 4
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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, 2017). A non-refundable cleaning fee 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.