3 bedroom, 2 bathroom lakefront home for 8 with canoe, kayaks and paddleboat
Greetings Travelers! I'm Marian, mother to 4 active boys ranging in age from 8-17 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 purchased this House in 2014
Why Marian chose Lake Pocotopaug
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 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. Thanks to our original caretaker, Mark and current caretaker, Robert, maintenance of the home, yard, and and water equipment keeps the property running smoothly and safely. The housekeeping crew deserve much credit for making the inside of the home clean, safe and well stocked with all of the comforts of home. I have been fortunate to find a partners who share my vision for this business.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
This was our 4th summer in Marian's home. Every year gets better and better! The house has had everything we've needed for adults, kids and a baby. We look forward to Lakeside Ferns every year and it never disappoints. Thanks Marian for another wonderful family trip at the lake!
Our second visit
Our family had such a wonderful time! This is our second visit back and it was even better than the first! Thank you so much to Marian for letting us stay in her beautiful home and for being so accommodating! We will definitely be back again ☺️
Perfect in every way! Can't wait to go back again!
This property was absolutely amazing! The home had everything you could possibly need! So peaceful...we even caught a deer grazing on the lawn one of the mornings! There is a grocery store just 5 minutes away, so convenient! Communication with Marian from beginning to end was stellar! I highly recommend this property! We can't wait to go back!
Wonderful experience on all counts!
Marian’s home was very comfortable and extremely clean. It was well-appointed in all areas. Being right on the lake offered a beautiful and peaceful stay. I would highly recommend this house without reservation.
Graduation weekend 2109
I had my parents with me for my son’s graduation from Quinnipiac University. I was looking for a house instead of hotel rooms and one with a bedroom on the ground floor. In addition, I needed a reasonable commute to the school (approximately 40 minutes). This place checked all my boxes. It was very clean, beautiful, and Marian was attentive and super easy to work with. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Impressive attention to detail
The property was stocked with all of the quality items a guest could want; the grounds and interior were of a particularly high level of cleanliness, designed beautifully and thoughtfully and great attention to those amazing details such as electronic connections, stocked boutique teas, condiments, etc. !
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.
You may not even realize how often you've heard a Bevin bell. Bevin Bros. makes most of the bells that the Salvation Army bell ringers use with their iconic kettles during the holiday season; it was a Bevin Gong Bell that opened and closed the NYSE for nearly seven decades; a Bevin Bell gave Clarence his wings in the iconic “It’s a Wonderful Life” movie; Good Humor trucks ignited the taste buds of children growing up as they rang their Bevin Bells throughout the neighborhoods; and many a prize fight featuring legend Muhammad Ali was marked by the gong of a Bevin Bell.