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Elterwater--Sought after and rare idyllic Berkshire lakefront in Sheffield.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two bedroom, two full bathroom lakefront home, additional den.

Perfect for ski vacation (Catamount, Butternut) or,if cabin fever is getting to you, just to enjoy winter in the country. Light-filled, year-round lakefront house, with fireplace, all newly-furnished and decorated in mid-century retro style. Think 'Walden,' think 'On Golden Pond.' Two bedrooms--one queen-sized bed, two twins (new) two full baths, living room with fireplace, dining area, kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, den with pull-out couch, water softener, plus screened in porch, full laundry room, two car garage--and all on the most blissful private 150 acre lake with wonderful fishing--bass and pike--and just a mile off Route 7, Sheffield, handy to everything and spotlessly clean. WiFi, good cell reception, slightly rare in the Berkshires., cable tv. This is a slice of heaven! Everything you need for that perfect getaway—we can give lots of tips for restaurants and things to do. You can also go to for current events.

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Sheffield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • First full bathroom has tub plus shower. Second full bathroom has full shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • New Queen size Bed (1) --all new linens. Ralph Lauren sheets., Twin Beds (2) Two--brand new. All new Country Curtain linens., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Brand new pull out couch in living room; couch in den.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Great as a base for everything Berkshires. Bikes available for your use with maps of local bike rides from the house--on Berkshire Bike Around Trail. Guidebooks provided for nearby trails, including close by Appalachian Trail. Canoe and kayak available for launching on your own 200' lakefront--life jackets available. Kripalu Yoga Center, plus Canyon Ranch not far away in Lenox. Lime Rock racing down in Conn. Option Institute (Center for Autism) nearby in Sheffield. Also handy for Berkshire School--parents welcome. A bottle of wine will be chilling in the refrigerator for you, along with seasonal snacks. You are meant to be pampered! Good wi-fi and internet so you're not cut off from the world. Great local restaurants.


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Elterwater--Sought after and rare idyllic Berkshire lakefront in Sheffield.
average rating of 4.978261 based on 47 reviews

A Little Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were very blessed to have been able to spend three weeks at this delightful home on a private lake. Tranquility. Beauty. Serenity. Extremely well maintained. Every need anticipated. Ample information provided on a wide range of activities available in the Berkshires. We felt like honored guests. This respite from our usual lives left us refreshed and renewed. We are looking forward to returning, especially since we now know how peaceful and comfortable the accommodations are and how much there is to do. Thank you many, many times over, Dr. Gillian! You are a very special lady.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely perfect guests, totally in tune with the serenity of the Berkshires--lovely to have met them both.
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Great house in Sheffield

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in this well appointed and cozy home over New Year's. The frigid temps did not spoil the view of snow on the lake in the morning and gave purpose to the roaring fire in the evenings. Thank you for a great week.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chester, NY


  • 5 of 5

Great location, awesome place to get away and relax!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much—just what we love to hear!
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Anchorage, Alaska

Well-appointed home in perfect New England setting

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely enjoyed our time at Elterwater. In addition to its beautiful lakeside setting and quiet neighborhood, the house contained every convenience we needed (or could have imagined). The property is spotlessly-maintained and very comfortable. Gillian recommended an amazing nearby restaurant. In sum: a superb choice for southwestern Massachusetts.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely delightful guests who left the home in immaculate condition.
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Eagle River, Alaska

Wonderful choice in a lovely neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

The property is all that the description promises. Picturesque setting, private but easily accessible, clean and well-equipped with all amenities, it was a perfect choice for an adult sibling reunion. Gillian was very responsive to email inquiries and made us feel welcomed in her home. There are plenty of nearby opportunities for indoor or outdoor activities in and around Sheffield. I only wish we had booked a longer stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love guests like this. They made the most of their stay in the Berkshires and we look forward to them coming back.
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Perfect fall weekend

  • 5 of 5

A welcome change from staying at one of our favorite inns which was full for the weekend. It was so nice to be in a comfortable and warm, inviting home. The lake was beautiful and offered a new twist to our Berkshire weekend. After some hiking to come home and enjoy a canoe and catch some fish made the day perfect. The home was well appointed and the owner was so attentive to everything.

Look forward to coming again as we visit our children at Berkshire.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dr. Gillian Hettinger
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Dr. Gillian Hettinger

English professor and husband fell in love with this idyllic house, not least because of the lake, which is amazing. Perfect in all seasons, and something to do all year long. We love the wildlife and drifting gently in the canoe across the private lake--wonderful winter views across private lake, great fishing in the summertime. The land across the road and across the lake is all preserved so your views are spectacular. Great local restaurants and, of course, everything the Berkshires has to offer. You'll be delighted with this rare find and come back again and again. You'll come for the culture--the music, theater, dance--and you'll stay for tranquil hours reading a favorite book on the porch, or beginning to write your novel.

Dr. Gillian Hettinger purchased this house in 2012

Why Dr. Gillian Hettinger chose Sheffield

This year-round lovely property has everything you want for the perfect vacation getaway--romantic weekend, hiking the Appalachian Trail, skiing, girls' retreat. Feel the weight of the world fall off your shoulders when you enter and look out at the lake, just beyond the slope to water's edge. Cozy wood-burning fireplace with wood supplied. Peaceful, yet not remote and on a sought-after, very private lake with views -- about a mile off Route 7 in Sheffield and just five miles south of Great Barrington. The house is a 60's ranch and is absolutely immaculately clean-- there's also the charm of hearing the screen door slam on the porch which evokes memories of summers past.

What makes this house unique

200 feet directly on the 150-acre private lake with your own private dock and canoe and protected shoreline across. Surrounded by Land Trust protected property. Enjoy the cozy wood burning fireplace in addition to individually controlled heat in every room. You will never want to leave. Water is pure, tested, and good to drink. All linens and paper products provided--just walk in, relax, and enjoy this magical house--don't you deserve it?

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed on this idyllic lake--beautifully furnished house with everything we needed. Fishing for bass was outstanding and it was a wonderful few days.
Jul 2012
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Bradley Intl, Albany Intl, Stewart Intl
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Bridge
Nearest Golf
5.5 Miles
Egremont Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Metro North Railroadat Wassaic
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Mass Pike (I-90), I-87, Taconic Parkway, Route 7
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Stage Coach, The Bridge, Guido's Marketplace
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Butternut & Catamount
Car: necessary

Incredible wealth of things to do all year round--all the cultural activities of the Berkshires within easy reach. Great hiking all year, especially close-by Appalachian Trail and Mount Washington Reservation. In summer, close to Sheffield's Berkshire Choral Festival. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, Shakespeare and Company, Berkshire Theater Company, Jacob's Pillow. Near to Berkshire School, too, to visit your boarding school students. We're five miles south of Great Barrington in Sheffield so you avoid the tourist crush--yet really close to everything--just a mile off Route 7. 5 miles north of Connecticut, Litchfield County and Infinity Hall. You have a prime lakefront location on a private lake with remarkable serenity. Great dining all around, including local Guido's Marketplace Cafe smack on Main Street, plus Stage Coach Inn. Beautiful Sheffield is also the site of historic Shay's Rebellion, home of Mumbet, early Civil Rights figure and site of first UFO abduction! Great hiking-Mount Everett and Mount Washington--plus local covered bridge. Wonderful local wildlife on your doorstep with bald eagle, swans, blue herons. Plus, because of excellent location, you're also close (5 miles) to attractions south in Connecticut such as Music Mountain in Norfolk, Lime Rock for racing and Litchfield--perfect little New England towns, loaded with history. The quintessential New England experience and you'll be delighted you found it. (And ask about local UFO sighting, attested to by Governor of Massachusetts) Expanded cable with CNN, TNT, PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN. Wi-fi and good cell reception, somewhat rare in the Berkshires.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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