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Perfect Fall Weekend: Stroll the Airline Trail, Sip Hot Cider & Carve Pumpkins!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,960 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom lakefront retreat for 8 with canoe, kayaks and paddle boat

This home is located 11 mi S of Glastonbury, 21 mi SE of Hartford and 9 mi E of Middletown

FYI: The calendar is up to date. If your desired dates show available, this information is accurate.

WiFi and canoe/kayak/paddle boat and life preservers are complementary. Minimum age requirements and maximum occupancy of 6 adults and 2 minor guests apply. Events (house parties, reunions or weddings), pets and smoking are never permitted. Standard check in time is 4:00 pm and check out time is 10:00 am unless stated otherwise in your rental agreement.

Lakeside Ferns is my family's vacation home, opened to HomeAway families in July 2015. The home is located on Spellman's Point of Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton, CT and has 50 feet of private water frontage. Our selection of furnishings, bedding and appliances/accessories were chosen to provide guests with all the comforts of home. Efforts have been made to create an allergen reduced environment which includes maintenance of the air filters in the heat/air conditioning system and having each bed mattress, box spring and pillow encased in a dust mite, bed bug, allergen reducing protector. All linens are laundered using Charlie's Soap which is a hypoallergenic, non-toxic and safe for the environment laundry detergent. Two Himalayan salt lamps. Amenities include Tervis tumbler cups and Hydro Flask stainless steel pint glasses to keep your beverages cold on hot summer days. The home has WiFi, cable tv in 3 rooms, a wood burning fireplace, Keurig coffee machine, Mr. Coffee machine, Ninja blender, iron/steamer, hairdryers, washer and dryer, canoe, sit on top kayaks (individual and 2 person), paddleboat, life vests and lake towels.

The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Each bedroom has a King size bed with luxury pillow top mattress, 750 thread count sheets and allergen reducing bedding. There is a laundry closet in the first floor bathroom stocked with Charlie's Laundry powder and Tide color catcher laundry sheets.

The first floor bedroom, the Red Fern room, includes a 32" Sharp smart tv, Samsung dvd player and basic cable channels. Two bedrooms on the second floor have lake views. The Boston Fern room is the master bedroom with a 50" smart tv, Blu ray player and basic cable television channels. This bedroom has direct access to the upstairs bathroom. The Maidenhair Fern room is also on the second floor. This room has a lake view and small patio facing the lakeside. Along with the King size bed there is a twin bunk bed suitable for 2 children. The Maidenhair Fern room is perfect for parents who want to share a room with their two small children or for a kid's room only. Two additional (rollaway) beds can be added if requested for small children.

The first floor bathroom has a bathtub/shower combination and closet which contains the washer and dryer. Also in this bathroom you will find a hairdryer, soap and shampoo, hand held steamer, iron with ironing board, basic cleaning supplies, and toiletries. Four sets of bath towels are located in the downstairs bathroom.

The second floor bathroom has a stall shower and claw foot bath tub. Start up quantities of soap, shampoo, facial tissue and toilet paper are provided. Twelve sets of bath towels are located in the upstairs bathroom. Step stools for younger guests needing to reach the sinks are located in the cabinets under the sinks in both bathrooms.

The kitchen has a dishwasher, gas stove and oven, microwave, refrigerator with ice maker, toaster, Mr. Coffee and Keurig k-cup coffee machine, blender, crock pots (3 and 6 quart), knives, Cuisinart pots and pans, silverware, glassware, Tervis tumblers and wine glasses for outdoor use, Hydro Flask stainless steel pint glasses and dishes for 16. Start up kitchen supplies include dish detergent, sponge, dishwasher packets, trash bags, ziplock bags, tea, sugar, a variety of k-cup coffees, Mr. Coffee filters, and basic spices.

The outdoor Weber charcoal grill comes with a startup supply of charcoal bricks, lighter fluid, matches, grilling utensils, ash bucket and wire brush for cleaning. A portable Igloo day trip cooler and larger cooler are available for use during your stay.

On the lakeside patio is seating for 8. There is a deck box with PFDs ranging from infant size to XL adult. From May - September a canoe, kayak and paddle boat are available for use. Outside of these peak season months the kayaks and canoe can be made available upon request.

Lakeside Ferns can accommodate up to 8 guests and is best suited for 6 adults and 2 children or any combination of groups with no more than 6 adults and any number of children so long as the total people does not exceed 8. The home is a vacation rental only. Events such as weddings, reunions, graduation and house parties are not permitted on the property.

More Details

Property Manager
Marian S.
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2017

About Marian S.

Greetings Travelers! I'm Marian, mother to 4 active boys ranging in age from 6 - 15 yrs old. We reside in a suburb of Austin, TX where I keep busy with my sons' football, basketball, baseball and school activities. "Me time" revolves around living the vacation life. Whether it is working on my own vacation home business, consulting other vacation home owners on generating income through short term rentals or helping clients purchase their dream vacation home, I LOVE everything about vacation homes.

I'm a life long collector of miniatures and dollhouses. As an adult, I have trained in glass blowing and lampwork at Wheaton Arts in Millville, NJ. Each summer I become a HomeAway traveler when I visit Tigard, OR to glass blow at Live Laugh Love Art studio. I have a green thumb for growing a variety of ferns in my Texas home. Both owls and cardinals have a special meaning to my family. I've incorporated a little of each of these hobbies into the decor at Lakeside Ferns.

Prior to opening Lakeside Ferns to HomeAway families, my family would evacuate Austin, Texas each May - August for cooler weather on Lake Pocotopaug. We made many memories each summer biking, boating, tubing and jet skiing on the water. For my sons, the memories they made with their dad over each year's 3 month vacation will stay with them forever.

Marian S. purchased this house in 2014

Why Marian S. chose East Hampton

Lakeside Ferns became a vacation home as the result of the sudden and unexpected loss of my husband Eric in the fall of 2014. In an effort to delay any decision on what to do with our vacation home, I decided to share our beloved retreat with other families. What started out as a way to cover property taxes soon became the best business adventure I have ever experienced.

Over the past two years I have had the pleasure of hosting the most wonderful guests ranging from Wesleyan University parents, wedding attendees, corporate relocation families, business travelers, girls' weekends, romantic getaways, and the usual family vacations. I appreciate the guests who have shared their reasons for travel being due to a loved one's illness or loss. My heart goes out to these travelers who I know in their time of sadness and grief can take comfort being together in a space that feels like home.

What I have come to learn as a result of loss is that the time we take to be together is what matters in life. My sons will not likely remember the gifts their dad gave them for birthdays or holidays. I know they will remember the days spent laying on dad's chest while rocking in the hammock. The memories my boys have with their dad at the lake are what remain. I am grateful for the time we took out of our busy lives in Texas to enjoy our family while at Lake Pocotopaug.

It has been my goal to provide a consistent vacation home experience in an environment which is clean, comfortable, safe and welcoming. It is my hope that this home allows guests of all ages to rest, relax and enjoy spending time with each other. Regardless of guests' reason for travel, I want every guest to connect with each other and take home what matters in life, experiences with each other.

What makes this house unique

Lakeside Ferns is not an investment property. It is not a property that was purchased with the goal of producing income. It is a home, it is my family's vacation home which we enjoy through out the year.

Teamwork has enabled Lakeside Ferns to provide travelers with a top notch experience. Living in Texas, I cannot be there for the day to day operations. Fortunately, the grounds allow for an on-site property manager to maintain the home, yard, and be available for our guests. The housekeeping crew deserve much credit for keeping the home clean, safe and well stocked with all of the comforts of home. I have been fortunate to find a staff who share my vision for this business.


Lake Pocotopaug House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , First floor bathroom has a laundry closet (washer & dryer).
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Second floor bathroom includes a claw foot tub.
  • The house has two bathrooms; one on each floor. The first floor bathroom is complete with a laundry closet. The second floor bathroom has a shower stall and claw foot bathtub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Red Fern - 1st floor bedroom with 32" tv and yard views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Boston Fern - 2nd floor room has 50"tv and lake views.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Maidenhair Fern - 2nd floor room with balcony & lake views.
  • All three bedrooms have a King bed with new pillow top mattresses. The pillows, mattresses and box springs have water proof, allergen resistant and pest proof bedding and encasements. We strive for both physical comfort when sleeping and peace of mind.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome


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Perfect Fall Weekend: Stroll the Airline Trail, Sip Hot Cider & Carve Pumpkins!
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 44 reviews
Montpelier, VT

Very impressive!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures were beautiful, but the house surpassed them, very well appointed. My husband surprised me with a Valentine's getaway and the spa like bathroom was just the thing. Very romantic and the view from my breakfast in bed was outstanding. Highly impressed with Marian and her team. Best home away stay to date, and we have done many.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for recognizing the efforts of my team members. Together, we strive to offer all guests a value added experience. Glad to hear your romantic getaway was pleasant. Safe travels wherever life takes you! - Marian
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Wonderful place with a great host

  • 5 of 5

The house was excellent, we had some great shut eye in the luxurious beds. We also had fun swimming off the dock and enjoying the view. Highly recommend the home!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house and the site on the lake rate high 4.

  • 4 of 5

The owner has thought of nearly everything to make your stay wonderful, except for lawn chairs and gas grill. Everything in the home is top quality! Unfortunately, the beach area was not good for small children (6 and under). Our older grandson (10) had a great time fishing and swimming. The town beach was closed due to the high algae content in the lake and the Health Dept did not recommend swimming in it. It is a problem with many lakes, especially in August so beware! Certainly not the owner's fault, but she didn't warn us at check-in or we wouldn't have let the kids in the water. Overall a very comfortable, relaxing stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing, all the amenities and luxuriousness of a Lake House not a " cottage"

  • 5 of 5

Great time, many amenities provided which made for light packing.

House was immaculate with every imaginable need well provided for and thought out.

Marion, the owner had quick responses to any concerns as well as being available and meeting up.

Would go there again at the drop of a hat😀

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pat, coming from a guest who has had many years of experience vacationing on Lake Pocotopaug, I value your feedback. See you again some stay!
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Perfect Vacation House

  • 5 of 5

Spent a wonderful week in this vacation home. Attention to detail and all the comforts of home. The owner provided a list of local events happening during our stay which was helpful. Would love to come back to see the fall colors on the lake.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd year renting Marian's house. We are still amazed with how much the house feels like "home" to us. The house has everything we could possibly need. It is so nice to not have to worry about towels, linens, kitchen items. The whole week was perfect! Relaxing, fun, and comfortable for us and all of our guests. You will not be disappointed with this house! And Marian is the most responsive, dedicated host that we have ever worked with. Thank you again Marian! We can't wait for next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It makes my heart feel happy to provide you the setting for a wonderful experience with your loved ones. I'd welcome the opportunity for Lakeside Ferns to become YOUR vacation home each summer. Safe travels wherever life takes you!
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Nearest Airport
32.8 Miles
Bradley International
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Angelico's Lake House
Nearest Golf
10.2 Miles
Portland Golf Course
Nearest Train
40.2 Miles
New Haven Union Station
Nearest Restaurant
3.9 Miles
Saddlers Ordinary
Nearest Beach
34.5 Miles
Hammonasset Beach State Park
Car: necessary

East Hampton is often referred to as "Belltown" for its rich history in bell manufacturing. Since 1832, Bevin Bros. have been manufacturing bells in this town. Today, in their 6th generation of family ownership, they are the only company in the U.S. dedicated to bell manufacturing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

This is a non smoking, pet free home that requires a minimum age of 25 years for renters. Events such as reunions, weddings, and house parties are not permitted on the property. Summer Peak Season dates are for reserved dates between and including Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. During Peak Season dates a minimum of 7 nights is required with a check in time of 4 pm on Friday and check out of 10 am the following Friday. Peak Season rates are for up to 8 guests.

This home has a minimum age requirement (25yrs) and is a pet free and non-smoking home. Events such as weddings, reunions and house parties are not permitted.

Off Peak Season dates are for reserved dates after Labor Day weekend and before Memorial Day weekend. During Off Peak Season there is a 3 night minimum stay. Rates are for up to 8 guests.

Monthly rates for both Peak and Off Peak Seasons are for up to 4 guests. Additional guests up to ten total may be added for an additional fee per guest.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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