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Michael Kjelgaard

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Lake Front Home On Private 4 Acres, Near Cape Cod Canal & White Sandy Beaches!

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 90 nights

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South Shore Massachusetts House Rental Photos and Description

Lakefront, 4 Bed's, 3 Bath's, Outdoor Shower / Changing Area, Fire Pit / Patio

The cottage is a renovated antique tastefully done to maintain its original Cape Cod appeal and 'vacation cottage' feel. It has 4 bedrooms including 2 with queen size beds and 2 bedrooms with twin beds upstairs. There are 3 bathrooms (1 full and 2 half) and a brand new detached cedar outdoor hot water shower with changing area.

The outside living space includes 2 mahogany decks and a stone patio & fire pit with an elevated panoramic view of the lake and plenty of seating. The lot is 4 acres offering plenty of privacy, giving you that remote Vermont / Maine feel with the added benefit of cape cod beaches, entertainment and restaurants right at your doorstep!

Electronic entertainment features include (2) flat screen TV’s with cable in the living room and basement “boat bar” (my favorite room), and of course the built in wireless SONOS sound system with 4 individual zones (living room, fire pit, beach and boat bar). This system allows you to play anything you want, anywhere using your personal phone or device. Wifi / internet access is also provided.

The view is panoramic and stunning as the house is located at the water’s edge and is elevated. Access to the private sandy beach and dock is via a lighted teak stairway. The lake is fully recreational so if you want to bring your water toys, there is a brand new 70FT dock to tie up to with power and water available right at the dock. Or feel free to take the kayaks out for a relaxing paddle around the lake whenever you get the urge.

The lake is 3 miles long and about 50 Feet deep in the middle. It’s the last stop on the herring run before the herring return to the Cape Cod Canal every spring after a long journey upstream (unfortunately for many, only to get eaten by the striped bass and blue fish waiting for them). The inlet to the lake is located on the very North end, the outlet on the South end near the boat ramp.

This lake is not really a “vacation spot”. Most people live here and work on weekdays. That means that during the week, the activity level on the water is very low - very peaceful. One of the best areas to swim is at the large shallow sand bar on the South end.

The Mass Maritime training facility (Hartford Sailing Center) is also on the lake, where they teach sailing and use exact scale model merchant ships to teach the students how to navigate large ships.

Wildlife is everywhere including deer & wild turkey. If you’re a bird lover just grab a cup of coffee, sit quietly and enjoy the show. If you like to fish and catch bass (large and small mouth), it’s almost too easy using the right bait. We hear there are more challenging species out there as well including lake trout, which we have never been skilled (or lucky) enough to land.

There is also great salt water fishing available near by along the cape cod canal and the Scusset beach jetty's & fishing pier. You can actually get to the canal or Scusset on bike (mountain style, some roads unpaved) right from the house.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Michael Kjelgaard (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Michael Kjelgaard

I own an engineering consulting firm and I am not a real estate professional. I have a wife of 20 years, two teenagers and a yellow lab that loves to dive for rocks on the lake bottom. We have lived in New England all of our lives and don't think we would ever leave the area. We live in Easton MA, only 45 minutes away from the cottage. So we are available to respond quickly if any problems arise during your stay.

Michael Kjelgaard purchased this house in 2011

Why Michael Kjelgaard chose South Shore Massachusetts

We bought the cottage in 2011 and our family has enjoyed it immensely. We plan on keeping it forever. Its the perfect location for a vacation home given that we live 45 minutes away and can get there whenever we want to.

We decided to offer it up for rent seasonally because the kids are getting older and have other responsibilities and social lives that sometimes don't always allow for multiple long stays at the cottage. So instead of letting it just sit there when we are not there, why not offer it up to others?


based on 11 traveler reviews

Lake Front Home On Private 4 Acres, Near Cape Cod Canal & White Sandy Beaches!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews


  • 4 of 5

If you want that classic "cape cod" vacation experience this was the perfect spot. Beautiful cozy "shabby chic" decor with a vintage flair... Adorable. All amenities available. Owner very reachable if questions and very attentive. Wonderful renting experience. Great place to have the entire family visit .... Great memories.

Private setting, fishing off your own dock, kayaking any time and the views priceless.

A great spot to disconnect and reconnect.

Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful overseas holiday at a beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Being from out of country (England) this was our second family holiday to the US. Upon booking our stay we quickly received confirmation from Mike who was very responsive to our questions, providing a smooth booking process and helping us with our arrangements prior to arrival. On arrival we were met with a hamper of crisps and wine which instantly made us feel welcome and it was reassuring to see that the property truly is as nice as it looks in the pictures. All the rooms are light, airy and very tidy. It is clear that both Mike and Connie take pride in the upkeep and cleanliness of their home. The kitchen, dining and living room provide plenty of space and the house is opened up by a long wall of windows that overlook the lake. Much of the house is decorated in a coastal theme which adds to the holiday feel. We particularly liked the decor of the basement bar which is in the shape of a boat. This is a really nice breakout area and we enjoyed playing games there in the evening. The house is very well supplied and the kitchen well equipped. There is ample sleeping space and the house easily slept the 6 adults and 1 year old in our party. The outside space is just as well kept as the indoors and we enjoyed making use of the games equipment provided in the outside shed. The enclosed outside shower was also a hit and provided a refreshing alternative to the indoor bathroom. As you step onto the outside patio you are met with wonderful views of the lake. We loved that this property is in a remote area and you are free to enjoy the outdoors without being overlooked. The private beach area is one of the main attractions of the property. Its lovely to be able to walk along the long decking that leads out into the lake and we enjoyed launching both kayaks and canoes off there many a time. The Sonos system means that music can be played down at the beach and is an impressive addition to the house. The house was also a great launch pad for us. We travelled to some nearby locations such as Hyannis and were also able to travel further afield and enjoy a day trip to Boston and a stop off in Guilford, named after our home town of Guildford. We would encourage anyone from out of country, as well in country, to book a stay at this property. The lake house more than exceeded our expectations and proved to be just what we were looking for. I don’t think we could have picked a better place to stay and we would love to return one day in the future!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great getaway

  • 5 of 5

The place was just what we were looking for. It was very private and super clean. The owner was great and I was able to reach him with any questions I had during our visit. The only negative I could find if I had to search for one is that there are a decent amount of stairs to go up and down to get down to the beach area. Although some forced exercise isn't always a bad thing! I would definitely stay at this rental again.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Norfolk MA

Great Family Vacation "Off-Cape"

  • 5 of 5

First let me say that Mike and Connie's house is the perfect location. Just a few miles to the Sagamore Bridge, a short drive into beautiful historic Plymouth and all the pleasures the Cape has to offer, without dealing with the bridge traffic. From the long driveway, giving one a feeling of being up in Maine, to the beautiful views from the house and patio, this was by far one of our favorite rentals. The house is clean, (I am an admitted clean-freak, so this was very important to me) charming and provided a cozy and warm setting for all three generations of our family to enjoy, the lake, the views and each other.

The beach area is perfect for launching one of the kayaks, sticking your toes in the sand or cheering on the skiers as they zoomed by. We also enjoyed watching the Mass Maritime students learn their sailing maneuvers! Great Herring Pond is perfect for those who like to fish and those who enjoy water sports. The water is clean and the lake is relatively quiet. At times, we felt we had the lake to ourselves.

Starting the morning off with coffee on the patio, then enjoying the new outdoor shower, one then has the choice of enjoying the lake or touristing to one of the close-by Cape attractions. Finish off your evening with dinner overlooking the lake from the patio and, what I believe, is the best fire-pit area a rental house has to offer. Smores, check: After dinner cocktails by an open fire, check: Great late-nite conversations that brings family and friends even closer, check and check!! Did I say how much we loved the fire-pit?!?

The owners are lovely to work with. We had a few kerfuffles at the beginning of our stay, sadly one was self-inflicted, but Mike worked quickly and all wrinkles were smoothed out, spit-spot!!

My only hesitation about writing this review was sharing this gem with too many people!!! A part of me just wanted to keep this to myself, but this rental really deserves a great review!!

My tourist suggestions: Take the Native American Tour of Plymouth. Tour guide Tim Turner will give insight to Plymouth's history from a different perspective. Downtown Falmouth, pies, French pastries and many charming stores. Quaint Sandwich, visit the grist mill and the Hoxie House. Of course, at the end of your day you will return to a beautiful and relaxing setting. Enjoy!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stay at the Cape often and this has been my favorite property. The house is beautiful and the lake is gorgeous. We had so much fun at the lake, we barely ventured out to the rest of the Cape. The house was bright with windows overlooking the water. Views at sunrise are breathtaking. Bedrooms have plenty of space and there is also the finished basement for extra room. Outside there is some lawn to play lawn games and just relax. Plenty of outdoor seating and a fireplace stocked with wood. LOVED the Sonos system; very easy to use. Outdoor shower was a big hit too. My only advice would be to bring water shoes for the lake as there are some sharp rocks as you wade out. Otherwise, extremely happy we found this place. Owner was very responsive and helpful. Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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We will be back

  • 5 of 5

The lakehouse was just what we were looking for. Clean, welcoming with enough space for all of us. The outdoor shower was a hit. Spent our days floating in the lake and the kids playing in the sand to pleasant evenings around the fire or playing games in the basement. Sonos music was great Thank you Mike for your hospitality, the wine and chips is a nice touch 😀

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Logan Airport, Boston, MA
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Rte 3 & 495
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Sagamore Beach, Scusset Beach, Onset Beach
Car: recommended

The location is absolutely ideal for so many reasons. If you have been to Cape Cod before, you are likely familiar with the infamous bridge traffic (sometimes for miles), or even the bumper to bumper traffic just driving around the Cape. Our house is located very near the canal on the mainland side of the bridges ('off Cape') and you can get to the house through back roads (we will provide specific directions), completely avoiding bridge traffic. In addition, living on this side of the bridge allows you to plan your trips 'on Cape' strategically to avoid the busiest of times.

The house is just about half way between Boston and Provincetown (the very tip of the Cape), realistically opening up many options to explore historic Massachusetts in day trips if desired. Boston is an hour drive North (with no traffic). Venturing into Boston is best done on a weekend or after 10am on weekdays to avoid rush hour.

Down town Plymouth Harbor is only 20 minutes away, offering many sites and activities including whale watching, deep sea fishing, (Captain Johns), Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower and all kinds of water front restaurants and antique shops.

If you want to go to the beach without crossing the bridge there are a handful of awesome beaches with plenty of parking to check out just minutes away (Scusset, Onset, Sagamore). For the kids – the Water Wiz water park (featured in the recent movie Way Way Back) is also minutes away.

Scusset beach is located at the canal inlet, has plenty of parking and is a great beach to spend the day. It also offers great salt water fishing from the jetty and a fishing pier located in the canal. Scusset is about a 5-10 minute drive. You can also get there on bike traveling along the scenic Cape Cod Canal bike & walking trail (about a 30 minute bike ride to Scusset starting from the house). The bike ride from the house is for adults only as the ride requires about a mile along the main road and a mountain style bike to navigate some unpaved and steep hills near the house. If you have small children and/or road style bikes its best to park at the canal public parking area and start the ride there. Our shed has plenty of space to store your bikes.

Of course going 'On Cape' opens you up to some of the best beaches in the world. You can even ferry out of Woods Hole (and take your car with you) to explore Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket for a day or more. Don't miss the free Oceanographic Museum at Wood's Hole; where you can picnic outdoors while enjoying the ship scenery, live seal shows and even a hands-on area.

Other possibilities include world class golf courses, wineries and all kinds of restaurants & dining experiences both on and off the Cape. Of course spending quality down time at the lake house is a must - you may even find that after showing up to the cottage and settling in, that you don't want to leave!


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016 (2)
Jul 10 2016 - Sep 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 18 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2016/2017
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
90 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 28 2018
90 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Property Damage Protection $99

The rate for multiple off peak months is negotiable depending on number of months desired.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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South Shore Massachusetts House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , 1/2 bath in master bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , 1/2 bath in bar area
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , First floor main bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , New cedar out door shower with hot water and changing area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1/2 Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom with 1/2 bath and the second bedroom with queen size bed are on the first floor. The two twin bed rooms are both on the second floor. All bedroom furniture is new.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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