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4Br Lakefront/Ski House in the Berkshires

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 BR: sleeps 10, 3 full bath, Internet, game room w/ pool, ping pong, HDTV

Lakefront property with own dock on Otis Reservoir with beautiful views and garden. Great for fall foliage. For ski season: 25 minutes to Butternut, 55 minutes to Jiminy Peak, 6 minutes to Otis Ridge, and steps from lake for cross country skiing or skating. 2 minutes to 'downtown East Otis' with Katie's Country store and gas station with all essentials. 5 minutes to Tolland St Park, 12 minutes to Jacob's Pillow, 35-50 minutes from Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Co, Rockwell Museum, Outlets in Lee, and the rest of the Berkshire's attractions. Max of 4 cars. House has full working kitchen with china for 10+, dinner table for 6, bar stools for 4, two refrigerators, electric oven with 4 glasstop burners, microwave, coffee maker, and dishwasher. Also has a washer and dryer and a back-up power generator. The basement has a 42' HDTV hooked up to satellite TV, full sized pool table, dart board, and separate ping pong table. Recently added high speed satellite internet with Wifi (1 Gig/week, no streaming videos please). Lots of games for young and old. The screened-in porch is used during 3 seasons and seats 10.

June/September Rental: The house comes with its own dock 75 feet from the back deck. There is a boat lift if you have a boat 18feet or less. Also available are a canoe and a kayak that can be put into the water. Otis Reservoir is a highly desirable lake because it is drained down 25+ feet every winter thus killing all seaweed. The water is beautiful and clean for all swimming and boating activities -- no green algea or seaweed. The reservoir is 1/2 mile wide and 4+ miles long. House has a wet room for storing all tubes, paddles, life jackets. Also, it is on the eastern shore of the lake which means it gets the afternoon sun -- more likely to be swimmable on marginal days. Also, good fishing right off the dock (for smaller fish).

More Details

Marshal Root
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2017

About Marshal Root

I am a helpful, courteous landlord looking for high quality renters that will take good care of our second home.

Marshal Root purchased this house in 1998

Why Marshal Root chose Berkshires

Rustic beauty of the Berkshires with beautiful lake views, in a quiet bucolic town with access to skiing, dance, music, theater, outlets. Easy access from both the East (Boston) and the South (NY/CT). High quality home able to host guests from near and far to 'get away from it all' but still have modern comforts, full kitchen, satellite TV and wifi internet.

What makes this house unique

Please read the reviews to get an accurate picture of this property, what it is really like. Our guests have really enjoyed their stay here.


Otis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs, big: 8'x7'
    Main Level Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , main level, big: 6'x10'
    Lower level bath - toilet , shower , in basement, 5'x5'
  • Stocked with towels, shampoo and soap..
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master/kids - 4 twin/ single , 2 bunks, 2 twins, has own bathroom, upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , off Master bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , main level
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , main level
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pullout on lower level
    Great Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pullout on main level, bright
  • Fold out couch in basement and on main level. Futon and blow-up mattress for extra children upstairs. Our kids love to sleep on the landing outside the master bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Skis
  • Wood Deck
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Dining for 10 indoors includes 4 bar stools at counter. For three seasons, additional patio dining table that sits 8-10 people. Kitchen has a new glasstop stove and a full set of dishes and cookware. Serve 10 people, run the dishwasher and ready for the next meal. There is a 2nd full fridge in the basement if you are stocking up to feed a lot of people. House is ON the lake, 60 feet from back door to dock and beach front. The lake is Otis reservoir, the largest recreational body of water in Mass. The lake is extraordinarily clean as they draw down the water each year so seaweed does not grow. In addition to dining, seating for 7 adults upstairs in LR, 6 adults downstairs in game room. House has back-up power generator. Upstairs has a 2nd (20 inch) TV with a VCR/DVD only. Downstairs has a flat-screen 48 inch TV with DVD/VCR and Satellite TV. Wireless internet (limited volume, 1 Gig/week: plenty for e-mail and browsing, not streaming). No pets plz


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

4Br Lakefront/Ski House in the Berkshires
average rating of 4.9814816 based on 54 reviews
United States

So much to do and see. . .

  • 5 of 5

. . . and that was before we even left the home.

Wonderful three level home (you're renting a home, not a house.) to use as a base for exploring the Berkshires or as a destination in itself. Immaculate, spacious property in a beautiful setting on a lake. The open layout of the house is great and kids have the best bedroom (with a bunk bed) upstairs with a loft like balcony. A place away for them and still in earshot for you.

Plenty of entertainment in the basement for young and old (limited channels on the tv so bring DVD's for the kids. . . but thats not why you are there anyway.) and a serene setting on the main level to enjoy the view any time of year. After arriving at night, the first thing I did upon waking and walking to the great room, was run back and get my camera. Don't let the 30 min travel to skiing keep you away in the winter, it is well worth it. The rest of the seasons sell themselves.

Well appointed kitchen, plenty of housewares to take care of everyone, comfy beds, enough bathrooms and the owners belongings are minimal and out of the way.

The only thing that keeps this from being a slam dunk, especially in the winter, is no fire place. Almost didn't choose this property because of it, but it would have been my loss.

The owners are very amicable, the transactions went smoothly and they had plenty of helpful hints and tips for the home and the area.

I'm trying to figure out now, when the next time I could get back there.

Don't hesitate to choose this property.

I attest that I am not a friend or family member nor am I being paid to write this review. . . ^_^

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very accurate review about the strengths and weaknesses: great views, full working kitchen, comfy beds and 3 full bathrooms vs. lack of fireplace, 30 minute drive to larger ski areas. One update: we now have satellite TV so you are not limited to one or two over the air stations. Also, we do have an outside firepit that we use three seasons a year. Come see for yourself.
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Great time

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful and beautiful

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks -- brevity is the soul of wit.
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Three families from CT with kids ages 3-10 were very fortunate to celebrate New Year at the lake house. You can't really call it a rental property. As soon as you walk in, you feel more like at home. The house has everything you need-from fully stocked kitchen to kids sleds/toys/games downstairs. Initially we were searching for the rental in VT and NH since some of us are avid skiers and we wanted to make sure we have some snow. At the same time we were trying to avoid 3+hours driving with small kids. Fortunately, we were able to find this amazing house with stunning lake views only one hour away from us. Commute was quick and easy, we followed owner's directions and found a house without a problem. Kitchen/bathrooms were immaculately clean. My husband and his friend did ice fishing and even managed to catch a trout. Moms went for a walk around the neighborhood and kids really enjoyed sled rides around the house. If your kids are interested in snow tubing, it is half an hour away-lots of fun Good book collection in case you forgot your book at home. I will highly recommend this house and we will definitely be back. Thank you so much for hosting us!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great renters. Thanks for the detailed write up. Hope to have you back. Marshal
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Beautiful lakehouse

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 5 adults and 2 children really enjoyed our Christmas in the Berkshires. The lake house is comfortable, warm, immaculate, with plenty of bedrooms, gorgeous views of the lake, well stocked kitchen and plenty of room for all. The finished lower level with large TV and a pool table was an added bonus. All the bedrooms were just perfect. We enjoyed our weekend (ages 1 to 61). Great memories. Very easy booking process with owner. Hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great renters who took good care of the house. Hope you can make it back soon. Marshal
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Great home,great view

  • 5 of 5

Clean and well stocked. Beautiful lakefront. Comfortable home Definitely would stay again.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. Marshal
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Beautiful home and breathtaking views!

  • 5 of 5

It was our first time in the Berkshires and we really picked a beauty! The ski lodge home was warm and inviting. With amazing grounds to explore and plenty to do inside in case of bad weather, we were totally entertained. I think this will become an annual retreat for our family!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bradley Intl: Hartford/Springfield
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Knox Trail Inn
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt 23 and Old Blandford Rd
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Knox Trail Inn
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
Car: necessary

Beautiful rustic setting on a lake. Looking at the map, the marker is off: our property is ON the lake, and Candlewood Road is not as marked, not near the lake. Our property is at between the end of Langdon Lane and the lake. Quiet roads (Vine St) off the property lead to trails through the woods -- walk a mile through the woods to Katie's Country Store. Skate, walk, or ski to islands in the reservoir (in warmer weather, take the kayak or canoe and pick blueberries). Snowmobile to the local state park, Tollland State Forest, that surrounds 1/2 of the lake. Otis is a town that hasn't changed much in 50 years -- country stores, small restaurants, rural setting with a community used to meeting needs of vacationers and boaters. Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Butternut and Jiminy Peak all nearby.

Other Activities: skiing, skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, walking through woods, leaf peeping, bird-watching


Rates & Availability

Otis House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Spring
Mar 10 2017 - May 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
May 25 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
June 1st week
Jun 4 2017 - Jun 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
June 2nd wk
Jun 11 2017 - Jun 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Peak Leaf season 2016
Sep 15 2017 - Oct 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Late Leaf Season
Oct 24 2017 - Nov 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall
Nov 7 2017 - Nov 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving week
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Early December
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas week
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
New Years week
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Online booking $15
Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

Rent calculation by Homeaway can be wrong, check with owner to confirm rates.
Online booking ($25 fee to cover credit card costs), Paypal or checks accepted;
A $500 security deposit is required. $300 or 40% of the rent holds the reservation.
Extra charge for each guest over 5 people of $10 per person per night.
Cleaning fee of $75 pays for 3 hours of cleaning. $450 rental minimum per visit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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