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Beautiful Lakeside Home In The North Adams/Williamstown Area

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

Windsor Cottage is a beautiful, lakeside retreat located on Windsor Lake in North Adams, MA where you can enjoy your own private waterfront! You will feel like you are in the middle of the forest, yet you are in walking distance to the town, Mass MoCA and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as well as many bars and restaurants. In addition, it is a 10 minute drive to Williamstown, Williams College and the Clark Art Museum. Wander through ancient forests on a hike up the tallest mountain in Massachusetts, Mt. Greylock, visit several nearby treetop adventure parks or go white water rafting on the Deerfield River. The lake offers non-motorized boating, swimming and spectacular fishing. A row boat, a canoe and a kayak are available for you to explore the lake and take in the views of the Hoosac and Appalachian Mountain ranges, including Mt. Greylock. On Wednesday evenings in the summer you can sit on your deck and enjoy concerts that are held in the pavilion across the lake. There is a public swimming area with lifeguards, a snack bar and a playground across the lake as well. The home offers a large great room for relaxing and dining, a fireplace, a full kitchen that is well equipped for all of your cooking needs, one and a half baths, comfortable beds with brand new pillow-top mattresses, a huge deck and a spectacular screened in porch where you can relax the night away or take a nap on a unique, twin sized porch swing. Spend a cozy evening cooking s’mores around our outdoor fireplace or cook dinner on our outdoor grill. You can entertain yourself and your family with a multitude of games, a ping pong table and over 200 videos. Cable television is provided as well. Wireless internet service is available at the local library one mile away or at local restaurants. Cell reception is excellent. Windsor Cottage is a great place to enjoy all of what the Berkshires and Southern Vermont has to offer as the only three bedroom lakeside rental property in the North Adams/Williamstown area.

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Terri

We purchased Windsor Cottage in September 2013 from the couple who built it 35 years ago. It was a well loved family retreat, but had not been updated since it was built. Despite the decor, we recognized it as a very special place. We have spent the past 9 months bringing it into the 21st Century, while striving to make it inviting and comfortable. For fun and comparison, we have displayed pictures of each room prior to the renovation throughout the home. Everyone who has visited the cottage has given us very positive feedback. We have decided to share the home with others so that they can experience the unique beauty and tranquility of Windsor Cottage as well.

Terri purchased this house in 2013

Why Terri chose North Adams

My husband and I grew up in the Berkshires and we both have fond memories of time spent at Windsor Lake. When the rare chance to purchase one of the few lakeside properties came up we jumped at it. North Adams is the smallest city in Massachusetts, but there are hundreds of cultural and natural attractions in the area and Vermont is only about a 15 minute drive North. No matter what you want to do, golf, ski, shop, tube, fish, take in a play, visit a museum or take a scenic drive, you can do it from here. If you want to visit a big city we are only 2.5 hours from Boston or 3 hours from New York City. Our location truly encompasses the best of both worlds!

What makes this house unique

We fell in love with this property immediately when we walked in the door. There is something special about the place. My favorite pastime is to sit and watch the water and see how it changes from day to day and moment to moment throughout the year. The house has been designed for relaxation and enjoyment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cottage is well located, seemingly remote, but with nearby access to local attractions and restaurants. I enjoyed sitting on the deck, looking out over the water in the morning - very peaceful. The charming furnishings and immaculately maintained rooms made for a very pleasant stay. I would highly recommend this property
Aug 2014
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North Adams House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • You must bring your own sheets and towels. Mattress, pads, pillow covers and blankets are provided, however sheets and pillow cases are required.
  • Use of the boats, dock and lake are at your own risk. Life jackets (pfds) are required for all ages on the lake per city regulations.
  • Please leave the house broom clean and put everything back where you found it. This is a cherished property, please respect and care for it.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom is on the first floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , This bathroom is on the 2nd floor.
  • Please provide your own towels. Thank you.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 4 twin/ single , One of these beds is trundle bed.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , This is a first floor bedroom with an en suite bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This bedroom is on the 2nd floor.
  • Please provide your own sheets. Thank you.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Beautiful Lakeside Home In The North Adams/Williamstown Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Wonderful home away from home

  • 5 of 5

I truly loved our weekend at this home away from home. The location is wonderful and the house is clearly well cared for. So nicely decorated and exactly as described in the postings. The view from the deck and screen porch are so relaxing and renewing.

Terri was wonderful to work with and provided all the information that we needed to ensure a great weekend.

Really, top notch from beginning to end!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review and for visiting Windsor Cottage. Every year we add something new so please come back and visit again sometime!!
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The cottage was lovely.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Would recommend Cottage House to anyone wanting to get away and relax on the lake. The house had everything you could need. So many touches that made it feel like a home away from home. The kayak and rowboat were fun for our kids. The screened in porch was a nice place to relax and watch the world go by. Plenty to do in the surrounding area, Mt Greylock, Natural Bridge State Park, lots of restaurants, art museums. Such a cute setting!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stillwater, NY

Great place for a relaxing get-away!

  • 5 of 5

The house was great, lots of room to play and relax....My grandkids loved the beach and playground which was a short walk or canoe trip from the cottage. I would highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The picture says it all!

  • 5 of 5

Our family, we grandparents, two of our children and partners and two grandchildren(10 years old) had a ball! It was tight for space but except for meals and night we were seldom all there.

The lake is perfect for kids. It is small, no motorized boats allowed and the park across the lake (5 minute walk) has a supervised buoyed swimming area. The kayak and rowboat were big hits and the extra large dining room table allowed for family dinners, cards, monopoly etc. We don't think we could have picked a better place. And North Adams and Williamstown are very close for shopping and art galleries etc. The two best being the Mass Museum of Contemporary Art and The Clark which besides being spectacular in design contains a grand collection of world class art. The interior of the cottage is decorated beautifully and the kitchen equipped perfectly. Now with all that being said, it is a cottage. Water pressure is lower than city pressure and the roadway into the cottage has suffered from all the spring and summer rain (2017) but this is barely even a minor aggravation. Stay here, you will love it !

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay. It is a wonderful place to relax and have fun! Plans are in the works for municipal water, sewer and road upgrades for this fall. Once that is complete we will still be on a quaint dirt road, but we will have much better water pressure and a smoother drive in! I am glad that you enjoyed all that we have to offer in the beautiful and culturally amazing Berkshires!! Thank you for visiting!!
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Port Orange, FL. USA

North Adams Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage. We all enjoyed the lake, fishing and boating. Wednesday evening concert across the lake was good. Great place to vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our cottage for your visit with family. I am so glad you had a beautiful week here in the magical Berkshires and that you enjoyed the concert!!
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Bars and Restaurants are in walking distance.
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Adams, Williamstown and Stamford, VT
Nearest Train
21 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Downtown North Adams.
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

Please provide your own sheets, pillowcases and towels. There is one queen bed, one double bed and four twin beds.
**Due to insurance purposes, we are unable to allow more than the house maximum of 8 people (including children) on the property at any time. Therefore, we cannot allow the use of Windsor Cottage for reunions, family gatherings or parties that exceed 8 people. We do not charge extra fees for boat use or cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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