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Steve Simmons

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Starry Nite - a Lake & Mtn Getaway. Aug and July Midweek still open!!!

17 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Berkshires House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-10)

Charming year round lake house in the Berkshires with private GreenWater Pond beach access across the street. Three bedrooms plus a 440 sq foot rec-room and two full baths. Sleeps 7 to 10. Brand new: living room, dining room, and kitchen in an open 3 room layout. Views of the lake from the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom.

**** Inquire via VRBO and I will send you a link of pics and full video of interior of home. ****

House is situated on ground gently sloping towards the lake across the street, abutting forest on the side and back. Gigantic wrap around deck overlooks your private lake, accessible from kitchen and living\dining area. Master bedroom balcony overlooking lake and mountain. Finished rec-room basement with a walk out patio.

Fully furnished. 3 TV's. 3 DVD players. 1 VCR player. Games. Karaoke Machine. CD player. Gas Log Fireplace. Microwave. Coffee maker. Dishwasher. Plate sets and silverware for 10. Barbeque grill. Cooking utensils. Pots and Pans. Baking Utensils. 2 Swinging Benchs. Washer and Dryer.

Twenty-five minutes to Tanglewood. Five minutes to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Other nearby attractions include Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Company, Norman Rockwell Museum, Barrington Stage Company, Cranwell Resort and Golf Club, and Prime Outlet Stores 5 minute drive away(65 brand-name shops). Many historic sites are throughout the area and you can certainly find an abundance of restaurants and bistros with a scenic drive.

This is a year round base camp to enjoy all that the Berkshires have to offer for the outdoor lover.

In the spring and summer, you have full access to a crystal clear, clean private lake across the street for fishing, waterskiing, swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, snorkeling or scuba. You do have to bring your own equipment. Great trout fishing in the spring (lake is stocked) and the bass hit all summer long. MA fishing License Required which you can get online at the MassOutdoors website.

Fall activities include prime leaf peeping and cider drinking on the Scenic Rt 20. There are also recreational hunting grounds at nearby October Mountain. For the hikers, you are conveniently located 1 mile from the Becket trailhead for the Appalachian Trail.

Wintertime activities abound as Bosquet (20 minutes) and Jiminy Peak (30 minutes) ski areas are close by. In addition, there is a SMA (Snowmobile Assoc of MA) club maintained trailhead for snowmobiling. Please visit their site for details on laws, maps, registration, operator age reqs, etc)

Getting there:

1 hour from Northampton,MA; Amherst,MA; and Springfield, MA.

2 hours from Boston, MA and New Haven, CT

2.5 hours from NYC and Northern NJ

4 hours from Montreal Canada and Burlington, VT

** This house is 5 minutes off Exit 2 on the Massachusetts Turnpike **

The property is in a great centralized location to really explore what the Berkshires have to offer ... Best of all there are many more things not listed here or in any of the guides, but rather tucked away, in the nooks and crannies amidst the forest, stream and mountain, awaiting the discovery of your inner Frodo!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Steve Simmons (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Steve Simmons

We all chipped in with the rebuilding of this house. We finished construction in the fall of 2009. Here are Dave and Steve drilling a well pipe access point. As you can see, we literally started from scratch. We also enjoy two other family homes on GreenWater, and we visit all summer long! And btw, we are always looking for people to wakeboard!

Steve Simmons purchased this house in 2007

Why Steve Simmons chose Berkshires

We are an extended family that all fell in love with Becket and can especially appreciate the recreation that GreenWater Pond has to offer. Our family all went in and bought a rundown old cabin and decided to rebuild it. It was really a no brainer. With gorgeous Mountain and Lake views, private access to the lake across the street, and close proximity to year round activities, it really is a great place to bring the whole family.

What makes this house unique

This is where we go to decompress from the craziness of Boston. Whether it is soaking up sun, wakeboarding, hitting the shoppes, hitting the slopes, catching a James Taylor concert in the summer (always around the 4th by the way), catching some Hollywood folk starring in summer stock, or grabbing hot cider at the Red Lion Inn after a day of hiking the Trail in the fall ... One cannot help just feel the stress of life just melt away.

Reviews

4.8
based on 17 traveler reviews

Starry Nite - a Lake & Mtn Getaway. Aug and July Midweek still open!!!
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews
5

A perfect weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

10 of us had an absolutely perfect weekend at Starry Night. The house is great-- lots of space, everything you need, and we appreciated the labeled light switches!

Thank you THANK YOU, Steve & Dave for a great get-away!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for you kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your stayed. The weekend did not cooperate weather wise. We do hope to see you guys again.
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5

A Merry Christmas...!

  • 5 of 5

We came to the Berkshires from Southern CA and Australia hoping for a white Christmas...and although the weather did not co-operate (one of the warmest 24/25 December on record) it did not keep us from having a Merry and Bright time! There are loads of places to enjoy and explore close to Starry Night that kept us busy and entertained - we also loved the house - cooking and eating in a most nights...we had no trouble finding what we needed close to hand. And to top it off Steve had provided a table top Christmas Tree which we made good use of. We are grateful for the lovely memories we will carry of our stay at Starry Night!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time and thank you for the kind words.
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Long Island, NY
5

Fantastic end of summer getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second trip to Starry Nite. The first was a whirlwind birthday celebration weekend in September of 2014. The house was so wonderful that I wanted to come back this year for more than a couple of days. It was a great decision! Our week at Starry Nite was exactly what was needed for our stressed out family. My mom finally got to spend some quality time away from it all and the Berkshires was a fantastic setting to do so. She got to take morning dance classes at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival five minutes away and we went to an incredible Martha Graham company performance later on in the week. Starry Night is just south of October Mountain State Forest, which was perfect for hiking and enjoying the summer weather. The lake, paddle boat, and kayaks kept us entertained for hours and the house itself is spacious, yet very cozy. Everything you could need (groceries, restaurants, outlet shopping, etc.) is available in nearby Lee, so we did not need to drive very much. After our two summer trips to Starry Nite, we cannot wait to visit during another season!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY, USA
4

suited us perfectly

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Starry Nite to attend a friend's wedding. There were 4 couples, and this house suited us perfectly. Comfortable, clean, and conviently located. We loved hiking in near-by October Mountain State Park and Monument Mountain. Access to the water was great. Communication with the owner was super easy!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful comfortable home.. enjoyed every minute with children and grandchildren...pond clear and warm..fished, swam, flew kites. And just had fun.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Latham, NY
4

Not ideal for hot summer days

  • 4 of 5

The house itself is just as described - clean, comfortable, well-equipped, nicely furnished, etc. But if you arrive on a hot summer night, as we did, it is very hard to enjoy the beautiful house or views with the near constant rush of traffic (average of 5 cars and one tractor-trailer per minute) on US Route 20 only 75 feet away. Out on the deck, we found it nearly impossible to hold conversations and inside was not much better with the windows open. (Only the bedrooms are air-conditioned.) And when the traffic on Route 20 eventually slowed a bit, there was the constant drone of traffic from the Mass Pike just across the small pond. Every member of our family likes to sleep with an open window but that was nearly impossible here, even in the back bedrooms.

This is not meant as a complaint, as I probably could have guessed at this issue based on the location; rather, it is just information for other summer travelers who feel the same way about having to constantly hear traffic while they are trying to relax. Our solution was to spend less time in the house than we might have otherwise and, while in the house, to enjoy the karaoke and drown out the traffic. And good earplugs at night.

Despite the noise, we were able to have a good time, which says a lot for the good qualities of the house.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi James, Thank you for your honest review. We do our best to ensure that the house is spotless, fully equipped and so on. The one thing we cannot control is the traffic unfortunately. August can get busy up there. While Starry night is on the main road, 1 tractor trailer per minute is far from typical. And for that, you have our apologies and we will own that. I do hope you were able to enjoy the lake swimming and kayaking and the other things Starry Nite had to offer and it was not a total wash for you and your family. I am open to any and all suggestions you may have to ensure that all of our guests are happy and will leave this review so all can understand it can get busy. Regards, Steve
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bradley international
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Several to choose from
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Cranwell
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Rt 90\MassPike
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many to choose from depending on taste
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Bosquet Ski Area
Car: recommended

The Berkshires offer a wonderful mix of history, culture and recreation. There is an abundance of all these qualities here in the hills of western Massachusetts. Whether you're looking to feed your mind or your body, this is the perfect vacation destination.

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Rates & Availability

Becket House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 1 2016 - Sep 11 2016
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,200
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall Leave Peeping
Sep 12 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$275
Fri,Sat
$750
$1,500
 
 
Winter Rates (15-16)
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$215
From
$250
Fri,Sat
$500
$1,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning fee $65
Tax Rate 6.25%

If you wish to pay by personal U.S. check, you can split your payments in 2, with the second payment due 1 month from the day of your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Berkshires House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , First floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Second floor
  • Spotless. Body and hand towels provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , There is also a twin bed in the room.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , There is also plenty of room for massive kid slumber area.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with walkout deck and views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , First floor
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen Size .. Brand New
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Private Beach Frontage (1 minute walk), Access for Boats (power, sail, row), Clear and Clean Lake, Large Den Play area for children

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