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

Sheffield, MA, USA
  • House1400 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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 Berkshireedge.com for current events.


Dr. Gillian Hettinger

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 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?


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 sleep sofa /futon
      • 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Lake View
          Beautiful views from the screened porch and all rear windows of the house across the lake to pristine, protected land. 200 feet right on the lake, plus private dock.
        • Lakefront
          One of a handful of lakefront houses on this lovely private 150 acre lake--protected land all around--pure bliss! Rural but not remote--Route 7 just a mile away.
        • Rural
          House is definitely in the country but it's not remote. You're just a mile off Route 7 in the middle of Sheffield yet you're on a country road with lots of peace, and quiet neighbors through trees.
        • Village
          Sheffield is just one of those great little New England towns. It's small, but you can get whatever you need--post office, NY Times, banks, general store, restaurants,coffee shop, antique shops.
        • Water View
          From several rooms, including lovely screened in porch where you can bask in the wicker chairs and drink your morning coffee as the sun comes up--see the swans, blue heron and bald eagle.
        • Waterfront
          Walk from the house right down to your own private dock where your canoe and kayak waiting. Paddle with the beavers and the otters.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      All freshly laundered--luxurious and immaculate
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Air conditioning in both bedrooms, fans in other rooms. Tall trees and lake frontage keep the house cool in the summer
                    • Covered Parking
                      Two car garage
                    • Fireplace
                      Wonderful cozy fireplace--burns beautifully--wood supplied on property. Additional electric stove in den. Individual electric thermostats in each room.
                    • Garage
                      Huge two-car garage, with 4 bikes for your use--room for ski equipment
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Separate electric heating controls for each room--warm and comfortable
                    • Internet
                      Good service
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Excellent large capacity dryer--separate laundry room.
                    • Living Room
                      Wonderful hardwood floors and windows looking out over the lake. Great fireplace to snuggle up to on winter nights.
                    • Parking
                      Ample off street parking and two car garage
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Large parking space
                    • Telephone
                      Good cell coverage--unusual in the Berkshires
                    • Towels Provided
                      All new--plentiful
                    • Washing Machine
                      Separate laundry room. Excellent up-to-date large capacity washer.
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Lovely wood-burning fireplace in the living room. Stocked with your own supply of wood. In addition, cozy electric stove in den.


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Separate full freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Well-equipped. Dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, Crock pot, toaster, teakettle, blender, stove, refrigerator, freezer, all dishes, pots and pans.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Fully equipped, including coffee maker, blender, electric kettle, Cuisinart pans, Crockpot
                        • Oven
                          Self cleaning oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Coffee, tea, condiments, oils, dishwash detergent, etc.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Retro 60's Bruno Hansen wishbone design teak dining table and chairs, in dining area overlooking the lake
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Nice collection, including guidebooks to the Berkshires, Appalachian Trail to familiarize you with all local attractions.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Lots of well-loved games, including Monopoly, Cranium, cards.
                                • Music Library
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  High speed Internet and basic cable TV--42 inch
                                • Television
                                  42 inch- with expanded cable, including CNN, PBS, ESPN, Disney, Discovery, etc., etc.
                                • Video Library
                                  Nice range of videos


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Four bicycles for your use
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      Local--Egremont Country Club and Cranwell
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Canoe and kayak, with life jackets
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      House has 200 feet on the lake Lovely outdoor lawn furniture, with glass topped table, umbrella. comfortable seating for five.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber grill
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      Tranquil screened in porch looking towards the lake
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Catamount and Butternut quite close by (within ten miles) with Jiminy Peak a little further north.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • limited accessibility
                                          House is on one level with two steps up into the living room.

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Private Chef


                                                • live theater
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • 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

                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • 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.

                                                                  48 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Fantastic lakeside retreat!

                                                                  Branda E.Northborough, MA

                                                                  We had a wonderful weekend in this cozy and comfortable retreat. We had plenty of room and everything we needed - fully stocked w/dishes, cookware, etc...even a dog bowl! There is a fantastic view of the lake (right outside your door!) from several of the rooms including the main living area with a wood burning fireplace. It was the perfect place to relax and read a good book. The wifi worked well so we were still in touch on our "get-away." The host was absolutely fantastic - we had the heat turned up and lights on when we initially arrived at the house after dark. We enjoyed looking through the countless brochures and books about the area and tried to hit several of the recommended spots. Highly recommend this property!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  What an absolutely and generous review. I’ve moved it to the top of the list and actually want to embroider in needlepoint and hang on the wall. Plus you left the house spotless. We do hope you’ll come back. It’s lovely on the lake in any season.


                                                                  Great place to stay with family.

                                                                  Dawn G.

                                                                  The location is wonderful. We heard the ice make lots of noise in the evening. Lots of information was provided regarding the area.

                                                                  We enjoyed a nice long weekend spending time with family, skiing and watching the Olympics.

                                                                  Thank you

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Absolutely loved these perfect guests who left our home immaculate. Do hope they’ll come back.

                                                                  Great house in Sheffield

                                                                  Suzanne R.

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Brian H.Chester, NY

                                                                  Great location, awesome place to get away and relax!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks so much—just what we love to hear!

                                                                  Well-appointed home in perfect New England setting

                                                                  Jacques B.Anchorage, Alaska

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Absolutely delightful guests who left the home in immaculate condition.

                                                                  Wonderful choice in a lovely neighborhood

                                                                  Deb C.Eagle River, Alaska

                                                                  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!

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Sheffield, MA, USA

                                                                  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.

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