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Elterwater--Sought after and rare private idyllic Berkshire lakefront

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Two bedroom, two full bathroom lakefront home

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. Good cell reception, slightly rare in the Berkshires. This is a slice of heaven! Everything you need for that perfect getaway. http://

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Dr. Gillian Hettinger
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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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 Berkshires

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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based on 27 traveler reviews

Elterwater--Sought after and rare private idyllic Berkshire lakefront
average rating of 4.962963 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful home with gorgeous view

  • 5 of 5

Home is beautiful, cozy and just as pictured! It had everything we needed for our stay and exceeded our expectations. The views of the lake were even better than pictured, especially with the mist rising in the morning. Gillian and her daughter were a pleasure, and made sure we enjoyed our stay in many ways, (fresh eggs in the fridge for one). Their recommendations of where to dine were perfect and added several memories to our experience. They also have a binder full of pamphlets and several books on what to do in the Berkshires, which were very helpful. We did not have a chance to use the canoe or bikes that were available, but would love to on our next return!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect trip....

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about this area, place and Gillian (the owner). Everything was wonderful - my 85 year old mother and I came to visit my daughter who had moved to Great Barrington. We thoroughly enjoyed the house and the lake - a welcome addition to the ambiance and pace of the town.

The house is comfortable and so easy to enjoy!

Gillian and her husband couldn't have been nicer!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having guests like these. The house was left immaculate and they seemed like old friends
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Beautiful setting, peaceful, perfect for a quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here immensely. All major rooms have views of The water, property is quiet and peaceful, wildlife abounds! Very very clean and neat, beds were comfy. Screened in porch was a fave. Owners are very responsive, checked in on us, and left us a welcome packet of fresh eggs from their chickens and bottle of wine. We are going back in the fall.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests left us some really helpful suggestions which we are following up on--delightful
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A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed at this lovely lake house for Memorial Day weekend. Our hostess left us fresh eggs and a bottle of wine to welcome us, and pulled the canoe to the shore for us to have a paddle. Everything was relaxing and lovely. It's a great house, with lots of space, comfortable beds, and room to relax either outdoors or on the screened-in porch. We spread out and took advantage of it all. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such nice guests. We love it when people enjoy the house as much as we do. We always think it's like Brigadoon--in some sort of charmed bubble so that people always kick back and relax
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Gillian's home was perfect for our needs. My family was in town to attend my son's graduation activities at one of the area's boarding schools. It was an easy drive, located in a great area, but hidden away on an idyllic lake. It was comfortable, quiet, and quaint. We were welcomed with fresh flowers, fresh farm raised eggs, and a bottle of chilled wine. We immediately felt at home. Our only regret was that we didn't have enough time to get our fishing lines in the water. We are looking forward to going back to enjoy all the lake location has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Again, absolutely lovely guests--we'd love to have them back.
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Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect - well kept and exactly as advertised.

We loved the screened in porch and views of the lake. The furniture was comfortable, and the kitchen was well stocked.

Will try to come back - we really loved the place.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted when guests enjoy Elterwater Cottage. People who love it feel like old friends and we always hope they'll be back.
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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 Railroad to 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 students or to attend Berkshire Choral Festival. 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. 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, Stage Coach Inn. Beautiful Sheffield is also the site of historic Shay's Rebellion and the home of Mumbet, early Civil Rights figure. 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!) Expanded cable with CNN, TNT, PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN.


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

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Sheffield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
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 closeby Appalachian Trail. Canoe and kayak available ifor launching on your own 200' lakefront--life jackets provided. Kripalu Yoga Center up in Lenox. Lime Rock racing down in Conn. 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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