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Summer Lake Cottage, private beach, Berkshire Hills, small village

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

5 BR, 3 BTH + hot outdoorshowr, large kitch, 2-story LR, 3 screened porches, doc

This is the lake cottage your grandmother visited during her childhood. Charming, original 1920 features. Big remodeled kitchen (new stove/oven) and big living room for family reunions and guests. Sleeps 9 in comfort; it has often slept 20. Porch overlooks Lake Wononscopomuc -- deepest lake in Connecticut. Close to train to New York and recreation facilities, in the heart of the New England independent school world and just right for the family's May and June, end of school and graduation weekends. Adjacent to Hotchkiss School and Interlaken Inn. Great fishing, hiking (including access to Appalachian Trail), antiques, golf, tennis, fall foliage, summer theater, dance and art. Superb porch sitting. Wood stove, fire-place, and electric heaters deal with extra-cool evenings or mornings. Outdoor gas grill supplements 2 indoor ovens and stove. WiFi, TV, phone.

Note that this is NOT a good place for wild or late night parties. It is located on a quiet lake not far from neighbors who appreciate the quiet beauty of the rural area. If you want to party loudly or despoil the lake, please go elsewhere.

Cultural Activities -- Near Lakeville, CT: Within a few miles of Lakeville, CT are features that include Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow, Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse, Music Mountain, Norfolk Festival, Railroad Days, excellent restaurants, and lovely NW CT countryside. We are five miles from the Appalachian Trail and many other hiking options. Lake Wononscopomuc is cool and clean all summer. It drops to 180 ft within 250 yards of our shore. Kayak, canoes and a sailboat supplied.

Sports: Sports include all low speed water sports -- no water skiing. Fishing is excellent for Lake trout, bass, pickerel, perch, and catfish. Many other lakes streams and ponds in the area. The Hotchkiss School Golf course is about 300 yards away and other nearby and publicly available courses are in Sharon, Amenia and North Canaan. Tennis is available at town courts a mile away. Horse-back riding is nearby. Lots of hiking opportunities.

More Details

Property Manager
Alden Briscoe
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2018

About Alden Briscoe

I grew up in Lakeville only a few miles from this house, which my parents bought in 1958. I and my family have spent numerous summers here, swimming, fishing, sailing, canoeing, reading, cooking and eating great meals, and resting, We have brought family, friends, and colleagues here for relaxation and business retreats. Our company still meets here annually to bond, plan strategy, refresh.


Lakeville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , All modern fixtures
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , 1920s fixtures
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Two heads in hot-water outdoor shower
  • The upstairs bathroom was fully modernized in 2005. The hot-water outdoor shower is surrounded by 8' walls. It is open to the sky and surrounded by very large pine, ash. and tulip popular.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeping porch attached
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Sleeping porch attached
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Sleeping porch attached
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Attached bathroom
  • All bedrooms are 1920s original with 90 year old pine walls and cathedral ceilings. The three upstairs bedrooms have screened porches attached which can serve as extra sleeping areas for blow-up mattresses. The cottage can sleep 9 comfortably in existing beds. It has frequently slept 15-20 for weddings and other celebrations.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sailboat
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 3 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Think 1920s lake cottage with big living room (30'x35') and front porch (12'x36') overlooking the lake. Lake Wononscopomuc restricts motor boats to 10 hp or less; therefore no water skiing and no loud boats. Lake access is either via a short stair-case and dock or a longer staircase and a small beach. The lake is the deepest in CT and always cool. A woodstove in the living room and a fire-place in the kitchen can cope with weather in the 30s and 40s. Recreational activities include golf, tennis and hiking --- all within 300 yards --- and water sports. You are welcome to our kayak, Sunfish, and two canoes. The Interlaken Inn is about 300 yards away and offers a restaurant, bar and escape for adults. Groceries, clothing store, book store, movie theater, etc. are 3 miles away in Millerton, NY. Pets and children are welcome with the normal, 'You break it; you bought it!' rule.


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Summer Lake Cottage, private beach, Berkshire Hills, small village
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Loved the rustic feel.

  • 5 of 5

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to have people who love the rustic feel of the house and who treasure the house and the environment and treat it well.
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Outstanding Lakeville rental!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this great cottage for our daughter's wedding and could not have been happier. The owner responds to questions immediately, was very nice to deal with from start to finish, and provided all the necessary information to make the stay easy. Thank you so much for a great Lakeville rental!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were appy to have a pleasant group who took care of the house and treated the area with respect.
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Great location, secluded camp vibes

  • 5 of 5

We've rented this house for two years now, and about the bedrooms sleep about nine comfortably we manage to bring in about 16 folks in the combination of beds, couches and tents. The league provides a perfect outlet for water sports like sailing, canoeing and kayaking, well the yard allows for a lawn games grilling and relaxing. Very close to nearby stores and amenities, and we look forward to our visit in 2018!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you were able to enjoy the house.
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Beautiful location had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

Went up with friends and had a wonderful time. We enjoyed swimming in the lake and sitting on the porch in the evening. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for treating the house and the environment well.
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Great Getaway Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Over the summer, a group of friends and I met at this house, central to travelers from NYC, Boston and Baltimore, and enjoyed a few days in heaven at the Lake House. The location is set back off of a lightly travelled street, yet a short drive to the local grocer. Ample accommodations for a larger group, we enjoyed cooking in the beautiful kitchen, sharing the long dining table, beautiful views and serenity of the place. The lake was great for splashing around in on long summer days! We wished it was cool enough to need the fireplace inside, but enjoyed the fire pit in the yard instead.

Highly recommend this place for folks interested in a quiet destination!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old and run down property

  • 1 of 5

We found this house to be disgusting. The absentee owner who apparently lives on the other coast has someone come over and clean when she pleases and as she pleases. No one checks her work and she does the bare minimum like throwing the dirty laundry into the washing machines. She doesn't bother staying to take it out. There was soot and dust inside the house and garbage left on the premises. The bedding is old, ripped and stained. The windows lack curtains. The water would not go down in kitchen sinks. There was lack of proper cookware. There is no beach or easy water access. The place is a complete dump. I have no idea who posted the glowing five star reviews. They must be either hipsters or teens who enjoy such "rustic" accommodations.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review makes a host of charges, some of which are so outlandish as to make a response almost impossible, but here are responses one at a time: 1) Yes, the owner lives on the other coast. I call the house shortly after guests arrive and check that everything is in good shape. We have local representatives (plumber, electrician, carpenter, house cleaners, and others) who fix any problem brought to our attention. 2) The house cleaners clean the house prior to the arrival of a guests. If a guest shows up before check-in time, the house may have been dirty from the prior guest, but it will be clean before check-in time. 3) That the house cleaners simply throw dirty laundry into the washing machine and don't stay to take it out is ridiculous. This charge could only have been made by someone who arrived prior to check in. 4) The house is cleaned between guests. It being an old house, it is possible that there is some dust inside. 5) If someone shows up prior to check-in time, it is possible that a prior guest has left garbage on the premises, but that is removed by check in time. 5) Old bedding is replaced each year or more frequently if necessary. 6) Some windows do not have curtains. 7) There are a number of pots, pans, and other cooking utensils. These are replaced when they disappear. 8) There are two accesses to the water. One is down a set of stairs to a dock with an easy step and a ladder to the water. The other is a beach with stairs down to it. 9) The person who arrived August 20 did not write this review. The guests who arrived August 20, were making their third visit and have already booked for 2017.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bradley Field -- Hartford
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Interlaken Inn
Nearest Golf
0.3 Miles
Hotchkiss School
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Wassaic, NY
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Rte 112 and Rte 44
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Interlaken Inn
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Butternut Ski Area
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
50 feet
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Fall foliage (autumn color, leaf peeping), farm visit, museums, summer theater, dance, concerts; close to secondary schools (Hotchkiss, Indian Mountain, Berkshire, Salisbury, Kildonan), near Lime Rock Park (Lime Rock Raceway) & Skip Barber Racing School, Appalachian Trail, and Housatonic River.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $300

Refundable security deposit of $300

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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