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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms ,2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

‘The Peni’

This year-round vacation home (1,800 square feet) has been in our family for three generations. It has an exceptional location on a private peninsula with 1,500 feet of water frontage. Every room of the house has stunning views of Lake Hamilton. The main house has three bedrooms (a queen, a double, and a single with two single beds), and two baths. The kitchen and bathrooms (both with showers, no tub) were renovated in 2011. The living room and west bedroom were renovated in 2013. There is a gated private drive with plenty of parking. The long shoreline supports a variety of wildlife. You are likely to see great blue heron, ducks, geese, cormorants. The lake is stocked, and the deeper waters just off the south shore are considered some of the best fishing on the lake. There is a public boat launch a hundred feet from our driveway, and the property has a dock as well as a raft.

Each season provides special vacation opportunities; swimming, boating, fishing, fall foliage, ice fishing and skiing. There are also activities and events weekly at Old

Sturbridge Village.

No Smoking in the buildings.

Keywords: lake house, year round vacation home, surrounded by water, leaf peaking.

More Details

Elizabeth Scott, Peni rentals, Lucie Satkowski
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Elizabeth Scott, Peni rentals, Lucie Satkowski

We are three siblings (Zabby, John, and Robin) who are sharing the family project of renting 'The Peni' where we spent all our childhood summers swimming, boating, fishing, playing with cousins, and riding our pony. Zabby runs a study program in Paris for a New England prep school, John is a retired teacher, and Robin is a lawyer. Both John and Robin live in Holland near 'The Peni'.

Elizabeth Scott, Peni rentals, Lucie Satkowski purchased this house in 1926

Why Elizabeth Scott, Peni rentals, Lucie Satkowski chose Holland

In 1926, our grandparents acquired a part interest in 'The Peni' when they purchased the hill just to the west of it. They quickly realized it was an ideal swimming place. At the time, there were no other 'camps' on the lake. They went to great lengths to acquire the remaining shares of this extraordinary spot, and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have benefited ever since. It continues to be a favorite place for the family to gather for swimming, boating, and family reunions.

What makes this house unique

Swimming, boating, fishing, privacy, space, wildlife, and bird life.The long, convoluted shoreline of 'The Peni' provides many swimming spots as well as places to explore. There are lovely walks in every direction including into the Quinebaug Woods, formerly part of the family property, now owned by Trustees of the Reservation and open to the public. There is a wide variety of fine dining in nearby Sturbridge.


Holland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two single beds, Pack'nPlay, Sleep Sofa (single) (1)
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The property has it's own dock and raft. There is a boat launch next to the property, excellent fishing. Winter activities include cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing once lake is frozen.


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Lakehouse on Private Peninsula with Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house. Beautiful property. Private. Feet from the water. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Already re-booked for next year. 2 weeks this time!! Thanks for sharing this treasure with the rest of us!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice words. Repeaters....good idea to arrange things with Lucie directly since VRBO has imposed a new way to book and pay which I barely understand.🤔🙄. We just like to keep things simple. ES
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Genuine Delight!

  • 5 of 5

The Peni has something fantastic everyone. The views, wildlife, proximity to local hiking trails and Sturbridge, well appointed kitchen, and variety of well-designed indoor and outdoor spaces made it perfect for hosting family who joined us throughout our stay. We woke in the mornings to bird songs, had an adventure each day, and went to sleep at night enjoying the fireflies and croaking frogs. The lake was quiet most mornings, breezes across the water cooled the cottage even on the warmest days, and clear nights were brilliant for star gazing. Experiencing all the beauty The Peni has to offer, especially with the youngest kiddos in the family, was indeed magical. Thank you, for all the care that goes in to making this property so special.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing the fun you had at 'The Peni'! We love hearing how our guests appreciate it as much as we do. For us, it's all about indelible, childhood memories. So glad you are carrying on the tradition with your family.
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Florida and Paris, France

Wonderful in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I searched extensively for a lake house rental that would comfortably accommodate us & our dear friends from Paris, France as well as our Chocolate Lab, Bailey. My husband & I have rented many vacation properties in the past with the "Peni" being by far the best. The "Peni" exceeded our expectations & was truly wonderful in every way. The peninsular location afforded privacy & stunning views from every window of the lovely abode. The house is inviting, spacious & so very comfortable. One can feel the warmth & history of the generations of family who has loved, owned & cared for the property. Splendid breezes off the lake along with cool shade from towering pines dare you to not relax. Many a delicious meal was prepared in the well equipped & roomy kitchen. Bailey enjoyed swimming in the lake with our grand nieces who made day trips over Memorial day weekend with their parents. Nearby trail systems provided great hiking experiences. We greatly appreciated the welcome we received from Lucie upon our arrival & her assistance as we prepared for our stay at the "Peni". Many thanks also to Zabby who accommodated our dates. We wish we could have stayed longer & hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this glowing review! I was sorry not to have met you the other day...especially since there seems to be a 'French Connection'. I have an apartment in Paris where I go every time I get a chance. Please stay in touch, and I would love to meet you...on either side of the Atlantic.
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Great Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We returned again to The Peni to spend time with our Southbridge-Webster relatives. The entire setting really was ideal to discuss past memories and further discussions of our family tree. The warmth and character of this comfortable lakeside retreat makes a stay here so memorable. The decor and upgrades makes a stay here very special. Hopefully it is available every time we reurn to the area. Thank you Lucy for all that you did to make our stay so wonderful!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a getaway from it all....just to relax. The "Peni" was a great destination. The house was tastefully decorated and had all the amenities that you could need or want. All you need to do is pack your bags nothing else needed. Several great restaurants in the area that can be considered 4 stars. We wish we had stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Lovely Getaway in a Warm Home

  • 5 of 5

The "Peni" is a quiet property with a well designed house that the owners clearly placed some time and effort into its' design and details. Within ten minutes there is a large state park with ample hiking trails. We were able to enjoy the woods in the morning and the lake in the afternoon. We were sorry to leave and would definitely consider returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the Peni and found good places for walking. Lucie and I enjoy getting the place set up for a comfortable stay. So nice to hear that our efforts are noticed and appreciated! We'd love to have you back.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Bradley, Ct
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
PJ's Lounge
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Hemlock Ridge, Sturbridge
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Junction of Mass Pike and I 84
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Numerous in Sturbridge MA
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
cross country 5 miles. Downhill
Car: recommended

near Old Sturbridge Village, Brimfield flea market, and the Norcross Wildlife Foundation


Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
$50 per dog per week $50
Refundable damage deposit $400

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.
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