Lake Community - Near Town, Attractions

Great Barrington, Massachusetts


A short drive from New York City or Boston, or a flight into Hartford or Albany and you're in a new world of peacefulness - Gemini's Place in the Berkshires. Surrounded by tall trees and flowering shrubbery, kick off your shoes and relax on the screened porch with your summer read. Or if you're feeling energetic, you're steps to the lake - swimming, fishing, boating - or minutes to the Appalachian Trail for an afternoon hike.

The Berkshires are famous for their cultural opportunities - musical, theatrical and dance productions - and who could resist an evening picnic supper on the 'great lawn' of Tanglewood combined with a premiere performance of the Boston Symphony or Pops at their summer home.

Many guests take advantage of the Berkshire's fine restaurants but if you prefer to cook, the pantry is stocked with basics so you can spend your vacation funds visiting places of interest like Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum and Studio, Jacob's Pillow, the Edith Wharton House, the scenic railway, golf courses, secret waterfalls in Mill River, dozens of unusual antique shops and the hidden treasures of Stockbridge, Lenox, Lee and Great Barrington. Come, we promise you'll have a good time!


Keywords: House


Amenities

LOCATION FAMILY HEADPIN

  • Mountain
  • Lake

SPORTS AND ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hunting
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Basketball Court
  • Kayaking

CAR

  • Necessary

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Boating
  • Shopping

LOCAL SERVICES AND BUSINESSES

  • Hospital

ATTRACTIONS

  • Museums
  • Winery Tours
  • Health/beauty Spa

General

  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Living Room

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen

Entertainment

  • Television
  • Satellite/Cable
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible
  • Non Smoking Only

Dining

  • Dining Area

Outside

  • Boat
  • Beach Chairs
  • Porch/Veranda
  • Deck/Patio
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Golf

Property SuperType

  • Cottage

Houses Rules

  • 04:00 PM
  • 11:00 AM
  • No parties/events
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Children allowed
  • Max occupancy: 6

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Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

27 Reviews

    Nice house

    5/5 Stayed May 28, 2021
    Submitted Jun 13, 2021

    Extremely clean and well kept house in cute quiet neighborhood right by lake. Perfect weekend getaway

    Better than expected

    5/5 Stayed Oct 20, 2020
    Submitted Oct 23, 2020

    This charming cottage is nestled in the woods a short walk to a beautiful lake. Visiting in late October we were not expecting to be able to enjoy the screened in porch but due to exceptionally mild weather, we had lunch and relaxed on the porch watching and listening to the leaves fall. Close to Great Barrington and Stockbridge for dining and shopping. We hope to return soon!

    Lake Buel Stay

    5/5 Stayed Oct 14, 2020
    Submitted Oct 17, 2020

    This is a lovely, small, 2 bedroom cottage in a community of cottages on Lake Buel. The listing describes it well. Deidre communicated with me easily and quickly, though we didn't need to contact her during our stay b/c everything we could possibly need was in her write-up. The cottage was very clean. Diedre has decorated the cottage with care and whimsy (bathroom walls mural, folk decorations in each room). The furniture is adequate but on the older sider. Internet is DSL, so not fast. The kitchen has a full complement of everything you need to cook with, and all appliances work perfectly. In fact, there is a supply of basic spices and supplies one would need to cook. I loved the gas fireplace that warmed us up in the morning and evening since it got cold (40's) while we were there. The trees around the cottage and the lake were beautiful. We enjoyed our stay and would certainly stay again.

    Wonderful retreat by the lake

    5/5 Stayed Sep 24, 2020
    Submitted Oct 1, 2020

    We had a fantastic stay. The house was very homely with everything you could need. The lake was just a few steps away and a lovely place to relax with a drink and a great view at the end of the day. As was the porch with candles all around at the house and grill to use. The location was beautiful in a quiet cul de sac, with a few houses around but lots of woodland. It was an easy drive to Great Barrington, Appalachian trail routes and mountains around. Diedre was a great host, providing a detailed breakdown of everything about the house (perhaps there could be a printed version in the house?) and answering questions about our stay in advance. Check in was very easy with the lock box. The house is a little tricky to find in the dark, so along with the instructions Dierdre provides, google maps finds it but doesn't know how to make the link from Downs road to the house (so follow Downs road and keep going!). We had the best time. Thank you!

    Lovely and cozy property

    5/5 Stayed Sep 30, 2019
    Submitted Oct 8, 2019

    Owner bent over backwards to help me get through the process (which I confused). Lovely experience!

    Two Weeks of Bliss

    5/5 Stayed Jul 27, 2019
    Submitted Aug 16, 2019

    We enjoyed every minute of our stay in the New Marlborough house. It is nestled in the woods but still close to all major attractions in the Berkshires. The owner has thoughtfully provided everything you can want to make one's stay convenient and comfortable, whether a full set of kitchen equipment and spices, linens and towels, or games. The screened-in porch was a delightful place to start and end the day for eating, reading and just relaxing. We look forward to renting it again next year.

    Wonderful stay.

    5/5 Stayed Jul 16, 2019
    Submitted Jul 30, 2019

    A very clean and comfortable home and stay. Was a beautiful location. The whole family enjoyed the stay.

    Cozy, charming hideaway

    5/5 Stayed Jul 13, 2019
    Submitted Jul 27, 2019

    Our family of three rented the cottage for a few days for our Tanglewood visit. The cottage is nestled in the woods but has neighbors nearby. When we entered through the screened in porch, I felt a childhood summer vacation vibe -welcoming and peaceful. It had full amenities-air conditioning in bedrooms, stocked kitchen, appliances, washer/dryer. When not in town, we played board games and had coffee on the porch. We did not visit the lake. We drove a lot as points of interest(Tanglewood...) are 30 minutes away-as Deirdre mentions. All in all it was a lovely stay and we would definitely rent again.

    Sweet Cottage Retreat

    5/5 Stayed Jun 30, 2019
    Submitted Jul 19, 2019

    Delightful and refreshing as well as cozy and inviting. Although I was there for 'work ( a part of the Berkshires Art Festival as a vendor) we met/brought in friends in from Minnesota and had good visits, went to plays and toured the Mount and other local attractions. The kitchen was well stocked and we enjoyed meals there as well as dining out. Easy access to grocery and other amenities. LOVED the screened in porch/deck and appreciated that there was a washer/dryer on premises. Boon! The drive in the first time is an almost challenge - if you miss any direction - but once there - all becomes clear. The Lake was inviting and cool woods in the heat of summer relaxing. (hooray for ac and fans when needed) It was easy to feel at home. Contacts with the owner were friendly and she/they were very accommodating in special requests. Let's meet here again was our feeling as we left our vacation time. Thank YOU for sharing your Berkeshire escape spot.

    Lovely Experience

    5/5 Stayed Sep 2, 2018
    Submitted Sep 11, 2018

    My wife and I and our little pet rabbit just spent a week at this location. Very nice cottage with pretty much everything provided. It is a short walk to the nearby lake although the hill coming back is a bit steep. We are not lake people so didn't spend too much time there. We mostly like to tour and see what historical and cultural sites are nearby. Very close to Great Barrington, about a 15 minute drive and also close to Stockbridge, Another 15 or minutes north up route 7. We had very nice weather although hot and humid but was lovely tucked back in the woods. One word of caution is if you use your GPS to find the cottage once you enter the gravel road (Downs Road) to the lake houses it may tell you to make a left onto Lawrence. Instead follow Deirdre's instructions and make the right turn and you will find the house easier. I would stay here again if we get a chance to visit the Berkshires again.

    Quiet, in the woods, comfortable

    4/5 Stayed Jun 23, 2018
    Submitted Jul 9, 2018

    We were looking for a place to stay while visiting family in Great Barrington. This cabin served that purpose without any issue, had everything we needed for our visit and was clean. I would just comment on the directions so you can be prepared. Not a major issue, but something that could be done better. We arrived very late at night and tried to use our gps since I had been able to properly map it through googlemap (streetview). That got us lost for a while so I tried to revert to the directions. This area is a bit of a maze and the streets are not regular streets, there are unpaved roads with no street signs. You're essentially driving in the forest with winding roads, so at 11:00 pm, finding our way was a bit of a challenge. I think simpler directions would have gotten us there a lot quicker, rather than a full paragraph with turns at fences or house being built, yellow house or turn under trees, all difficult to see at night. A simple map would be even better. There's really only really a few turns. Maybe a picture of the house from the road would also help as all the pictures you can see are from the top of the hill, not from where you will arrive so you will not recognize the house. Do not let that discourage you, this would have been easier during the day, and once you've driven it once, you're good.

    Well equipped and cozy

    5/5 Stayed Aug 26, 2017
    Submitted Sep 10, 2017

    We enjoyed a very nice week at the property which is very well equipped and located for local attractions. Only a two minute walk to the lake shore as well. Close to the towns of Great Barrington and Stockbridge which are both attractive, with a good selection of eating establishments. Very helpful and welcoming host, would have no hesitation in recommending the property to others.

    The Most Lovely Cottage

    5/5 Stayed Jul 3, 2016
    Submitted Jan 17, 2017

    We have stayed at this lovely cottage six times. Three times in the summer and three times in the glorious fall. We just love it. It is located 13 minutes from downtown Great Barrington, with all its wonderful restaurants and quaint shops, and 30 minutes from Tanglewood. All the rooms are beautifully decorated and the owner has stocked them with everything you could possibly need. Just bring your clothes and toothbrushes and you are good to go. We especially love the screened in front porch where you can relax and chill out. It is just a short walk from there to the community dock and sitting area on the most beautiful lake in the area. The owners are delightful people who have always addressed our every need. You can’t go wrong here.

    Clean, comfortable and much better than a hotel!

    5/5 Stayed Aug 19, 2015
    Submitted Sep 1, 2015

    I stayed in this cottage for 4 nights in mid August with my parents and 2 children (12,8). We traveled each day, so we were up early and back late. There was plenty of room for all of us to sleep. We even drove to Plymouth, Mass one day (a little over 2 hours). We like to find rental properties when we travel, and this was perfect for us. We arrived after 11pm our first night, and I have to say the drive in was a little intimidating. It is a long dirt road with some hills included. I was driving an older mini van, and we had no issues at any time coming or going. Because of our extensive traveling each day, we only had one afternoon to check out the lake and surrounding area. The lake is gorgeous. Clear water. There is a lot of seaweed looking stuff in the water. One of the locals explained that this is because it is a very healthy lake and not man made. It wasn't a problem, just something i had never experienced before. As for getting to the lake...its not right out the front door. You walk out of the house to the left, down a pretty steep hill and then to the steps down to the dock. There is only a very small beach (wouldn't really call it a beach, but it is where my 8 year old played in the water for a couple hours). You can swim off the dock and there is a floating dock to jump off of a little bit out from the pier, but as mentioned, the ducks us this as a bathroom, so you must be careful not to slip in the poo. We only talked to one family, but they were very friendly. You can fish off the pier (not sure about license..we didn't fish). The kitchen is well stocked and roomy. The shower was a little small, but very wonderful water pressure, and i love the pull down shower head. Communication with owner was very easy. Answered all questions before, during and after our stay. If we are ever back in the area, we would stay here again. Thanks so much!!

    Comfortable cottage, walk to nice lake, close to GB, great for kids

    5/5 Stayed Aug 1, 2015
    Submitted Aug 11, 2015

    We stayed at Deidre's lake cottage in Aug 2015 and had a great time on short notice for very reasonable rate. The cottage is back in the woods off Lake Buel. The cottage's 2 bedrooms worked well for us -- 2 adults, 2 kids (2, 4) and a newborn. Our girls shared the 2nd bedroom with 2 twin/trundle which is located off the kitchen away from the master bedroom which is off the living room. The master bedroom is well appointed with 2 large chest of drawers and a very comfortable Queen bed. It was great to have a house well supplied with linens and towels (not always the case in the Berks). The house only has a stall shower (fine), this actually worked out well with the girls as they were happy to use the sprayer and we didn't need to watch them. The basement has a nice washer and a dryer which is an absolute necessity with 3 kids. We slept with the windows open every night and used the gas fireplace to take the chill off the LR couple mornings when it was in the 50s. The Water: The house is not immediately close to the lake, as is described. It is a 5 minute stroll down dirt road to boat dock on Lake Buel, down a hill, nothing too strenuous even with stroller. We liked hanging out on the dock with floaties with the kids, feeding the ample fish population (warning: they will nibble your feet). The floating swim dock has a definite duck poop problem unfortunately. The house has a raft and small row boat. I would have liked to Kayak / Canoe but didn't get that together (pity there are hundreds of fallow canoes and kayaks on the lake!!). The cottage's immediate neighbors were friendly and helpful. Dining: the kitchen is well supplied and has lots of pans. Big fan of the Denmark non-stick and the whisk blender... Made pancakes, crepes, bacon, blueberry buttermilk bread, etc. There is a table big enough for 4-5 to eat in the kitchen and a table on the covered porch where we ate most of the time. The covered porch is very nice and we also got to take in a strong thunderstorm from there (one afternoon only). We grilled outside frequently -- the ribs from Guido's are delicious. Activities: We come to the Berkshires every summer pretty much. West Marlborough is close to Great Barrington for shopping and dining, Plaza Package for beer/wine/spirits, Monterey, Rawson Brook Goat Farm. We drove to Tanglewood for Tanglewood on Parade and also to Goose Pond to visit friends / beach. We had clear skies 2 nights with great sky watching - shooting stars included.

    Lake cottage waiting for you.

    5/5 Stayed Aug 11, 2012
    Submitted Aug 21, 2012

    The description of the property was accurate but it was bigger than depicted. We enjoyed the setting, very quiet but close to the many activities in the area. The screened porch was perfect for eating all our meals and reading, even in the evening because of the available lighting. The cottage is about 5-10 minutes from the lake if you are thinking of carrying the aluminum boat which we didn't. Although Lake Buel is beautiful there was no real beach and I didn't particularly enjoying sitting near the dock. Overall our experience was excellent and we would definitely consider returning next year.

    Lake Buel Cottage-wonderful

    5/5 Stayed Jul 21, 2012
    Submitted Jul 29, 2012

    My husband and I stayed one week, and found the cottage delightful. The place was very clean, larger than we expected, and generously stocked with toiletries and kitchen supplies of all types. The wi-fi worked perfectly. The lights were great for reading anywhere in the house or on the lovely screened porch. Having 2 recliners for TV and reading was a very nice touch. It is convenient to Great Barrington and Stockbridge. There is live music in Gt. Barrington; we enjoyed hiking Monument Mt. as well as swimming in Lake Buel [which is pretty but sea-weedy].

    Lake Cottage in the Berkshires

    4/5 Stayed Jul 14, 2012
    Submitted Aug 9, 2012

    This property was extremely clean and tidy. The screened porch was a perfect way to extend your living space and to take your meals. The air conditioning in the bedroom was needed for July 2012 and we brought along a small fan to bring air into the living room which did not have AC. It worked fine. The bathroom was small but once again very clean. And, the kitchen was supplied with everything you could need. Neat as a pin. Need to note that the decor is reminiscent of grandma's cozy cottage. Also, the Great Barrington area is full of attractions, museums , historic homes, winerys, restaurants, etc. Enough to keep you very busy.

    Cottage in the woods

    5/5 Stayed Jun 30, 2012
    Submitted Jul 30, 2012

    My wife and I were very very happy and satisfied with our stay at the cottage. The cottage itself was very comfortable and cozy. We ate every meal on the screened porch surrounded by the forest and enjoying the fresh air. Being from Florida, the cool, 57 degree, temp. in the morning was a delight. We had family visit from NH and all 7 of us were able to eat on the porch with the added outside table. Very fun. The fresh water lake is just a short 5 minute walk. Such a pleasant treat of a northern lake and the beach even had a raft for relaxation in the sun. We did a loop around the road walk every morning of 1.5 miles. Very nice way to start the day. The cottage itself had many supplies for the kitchen (fully stocked). We discovered a new way of relaxation with the use of the two lazy boy lounge chairs. Don't know why I've resisted them for so long. The location was excellent for the surrounding activities in the area. Tanglewood just 20 minutes. We attended a James Taylor concert. Fabulous. Other theaters close within easy driving distance and Great Barrington just 10-15 minutes. Even a shoppers discount mall not far away with all the popular brand name stores. The saddests day was the day we had to leave. Will try to make it again to this serene retreat in the northern woods. Dallas and Jackie Peacock Daytona Beach, Florida

    The cottage

    5/5 Stayed Jun 30, 2012
    Submitted Jul 30, 2012

    We rented the cottage for two weeks June 30-July 14. It was a wonderfull stay. The cottage is located just 20 minutes from Tanglewood. We attended a James Taylor concert. Excellent. There are many summer stock theaters in the area of which we also took advantage. It is only 10-15 min from Great Barrington,, an attractive little town with many good restaurants and shops. The most pleasant part of the stay however was the cottage and its environs. The screened porch was a delight for all meals. In the morning the 57 degree temps where great for someone from Florida. And it is tucked in the northern forest surrounded by trees. I'm a country boy from Minnesota and really enjoyed the woods, hiking on the Applachian trail and the fresh water lake swimming. Even had a floating raft to relax on. The lake is just a 5 minute walk. Our children and grands visited and they loved the lake swimming. We did a 1.5 morning hike on the area road through the woods nearly every day. Loved the fresh air. The cottage kitchen is fully stocked with spices, condiments and utensils very clean and the owner was extremely helpful with questions before our arrival and after. The best discovery was the lazy boy lounge chairs. I don't know why we have been resisting this for so long. Loved the relaxing. There is even a discount mall with national brand name stores a short drive away if you get bored with everything else to do. The saddest day was the day we had to leave and drive back to Florida. We hope to repeat this experience again.

    Cozy, great vacation spot

    5/5 Stayed Aug 14, 2010
    Submitted Mar 18, 2011

    Our family (myself, my husband, and our 2 young children) stayed here for a week in August, 2010. We had a wonderful vacation. We found the cottage to be cozy, very clean, and well stocked. My daughters loved being so close to the lake, and also enjoyed the video library--we would grill and then watch a movie just about every night. We found the owners to be very responsive and friendly in all of our comunications, we hope to return this summer.

    Wonderful vacation home

    5/5 Stayed Jul 31, 2010
    Submitted Sep 2, 2010

    My wife, myself, and our 3 year old son stayed at this house from July 31-August 14 2010. We found it to be a perfect sized vacation house for us. Upon arrival we found the house was well cleaned from top to bottom. It was nicely furnished, there really wasn't anything missing, even the kitchen cabinet had a good deal of basic ingredients. The children's bedroom was small but nice and also had a trundle bed. The master bedroom was larger with a desk. Both rooms had good air conditioners. We spent a great deal of time on the screened in porch which also acts as a mudroom. The bathroom is simple but nice. Note that there is no bathtub, only a shower. That was not a problem but we didn't realize that ahead of time so my 3 year old took his first showers there! We spent a good deal of time in the living room where my son spread out his cars from end to end. We loved the grill and tried to use it as often as possible. The new washer & dryer were in the basement along with lawn chairs and boating/fishing supplies. With a 3 year old we also spent a good amount of time at the lake. Do note that there are two very steep inclines on the way down to the lake. It is walkable (or if you're 3, runnable) It was not a challenge to bring the inflatable boat down to the lake. The location is a bit off the beaten path, but that's what we were hoping for. The neighbors we met by the house and at the lake were all very friendly. It was about 10 minutes to Stockbridge and 7-10 into Great Barrington, 25-30 minutes to Jacob's Pillow. As other reviews have suggested there was plenty to do. There is a children's playground/baseball/basketball courts a short drive away behind Monterrey City Hall, about a 10 minute drive. We found the owner to be highly responsive by email both before and during our vacation time always answering questions and addressing our concerns. Overall we were very happy with the house and we are strongly considering making plans to rent there again in 2011.

    Great place to get away from it all

    5/5 Stayed Jul 17, 2010
    Submitted Aug 20, 2010

    My wife and I rented this cottage for two weeks this July. We had a terrific time. It's close enough to Great Barrington (5 miles/15 minutes by car), yet tucked away in very quiet woods a three-minute walk from the lake, in which I swam every day. (Most days I spotted rabbits on my way to the lake. One night, we saw an owl nearby.) When we arrived, the house was clean and well-stocked, including condiments, toiletries, etc. It offered plenty of amenities, including satellite Tv, a DVD player, and wireless DSL which performed almost flawlessly for 14 days. The main bedroom is comfortable; its window A/C (we had some hot weather) was adequate for that room, but didn't cool the rest of the house. One of my favorite routines was eating breakfast on the screened-in porch, while reading or web surfing. There's no cell or 3G coverage in the house, or for a radius of about a mile around it, which can be a blessing if you want quiet--or frustrate you if you're a workaholic. Everything was in working order. The bathroom's toilet needed a bit of maintenance. When we contacted the owners, they responded quickly and had a local person attend to the problem the same day. Otherwise, we had little need to bother them. (They did later ship me, to NJ, a shirt that I apparently left behind). The cottage's listing was accurate (we had made a visit in winter to check out the place in person). We would recommend this property to friends and relatives. And we are seriously considering renting it again when we next vacation in the Berkshires. Nearby favorites: In Great Barrington, Martin's is great for breakfast, Babalouie's Sourdough Pizza is wonderful (even for veteran New Yorkers). And don't miss Robyn's Candy Store. Tanglewood/Lenox is a 25-30 minute drive, but that's OK if you leave plenty of time before a concert and park at the Lion's Gate entrance off 183. You can get to the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge in 20 minutes. Oh yeah: Chez Nous, a spectacular French restaurant, is 20 minutes away in Lee.

    Great place to get away from it all

    5/5 Stayed Jul 17, 2010
    Submitted Aug 17, 2010

    My wife and I rented this cottage for two weeks this July. We had a terrific time. It's close enough to Great Barrington (5 miles/15 minutes by car), yet tucked away in very quiet woods a three-minute walk from the lake, in which I swam every day. (Most days I spotted rabbits on my way to the lake. One night, we saw an owl nearby.) When we arrived, the house was clean and well-stocked, including condiments, toiletries, etc. It offered plenty of amenities, including satellite Tv, a DVD player, and wireless DSL which performed almost flawlessly for 14 days. The main bedroom is comfortable; its window A/C (we had some hot weather) was adequate for that room, but didn't cool the rest of the house. One of my favorite routines was eating breakfast on the screened-in porch, while reading or web surfing. There's no cell or 3G coverage in the house, or for a radius of about a mile around it, which can be a blessing if you want quiet--or frustrate you if you're a workaholic. Everything was in working order. The bathroom's toilet needed a bit of maintenance. When we contacted the owners, they responded quickly and had a local person attend to the problem the same day. Otherwise, we had little need to bother them. (They did later ship me, to NJ, a shirt that I apparently left behind). The cottage's listing was accurate (we had made a visit in winter to check out the place in person). We would recommend this property to friends and relatives. And we are seriously considering renting it again when we next vacation in the Berkshires. Nearby favorites: In Great Barrington, Martin's is great for breakfast, Babalouie's Sourdough Pizza is wonderful (even for veteran New Yorkers). And don't miss Robyn's Candy Store. Tanglewood/Lenox is a 25-30 minute drive, but that's OK if you leave plenty of time before a concert and park at the Lion's Gate entrance off 183. You can get to the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge in 20 minutes. Oh yeah: Chez Nous, a spectacular French restaurant, is 20 minutes away in Lee.

    Cottage was dirty & owner ignored regarding same.

    2/5 Stayed Jun 30, 2010
    Submitted Aug 4, 2010

    The pictures on the site looked like the cottage was in pristine and clean condition. Can you imagine our dismay as we opened the door to an awful odor of mustiness and animal smells? It got worse. The toilet was black inside, the floor in the bedroom not swept and the area carpets literally filled with black dog hair. The blinds and other areas were filled with dirt and dust from not cleaning for a long time. The toiled only flushed occasionally, and only part of the cottage was air conditioned, so that the kitchen and living room and dining areas were quite uncomfortable. Discussions with the owner via email were unsatisfactory. She had been attentive, particularly about schedule of payments and amounts. The house is really in Marlborough, Ma., soTanglewood and other activities in the Lenox area were around 16 miles each way. We were hoping to find a rental to return to each year, but this will not be the case. Dates of stay: June 30-August 14, 2010.

    Our home between homes

    5/5 Stayed Sep 1, 2009
    Submitted Aug 14, 2010

    My family and I spent the entire month of September 2009 in Deirdre and Ira's cottage after we sold and moved out of our old house but before we closed on a house in Great Barrington. It was a great way to ease the pain of moving. The cottage was clean and well stocked when we arrived. The washer and dryer were brand new. Internet access (with wifi) worked, and I pulled out the table in the master bedroom to make a little office for myself. My two kids slept in the smaller bedroom, my wife and I slept in the master bedroom, and my niece slept on a pullout couch in the living room. As September got colder, we used the gas fireplace a few times at night for heat, and it was more than sufficient. We ate most of our meals in the screened-in porch, and even managed to have a small dinner party there. The neighbors were very nice and took us out for boat rides a few times. The location is great: just a short walk to the water, lots of hiking nearby. It's about 10 minutes to downtown Great Barrington, but we were spending most of our free time playing on the lake or hiking. We managed to finish off the countertop above the dishwasher (steam separated the formica) while we were there, but Deirdre assured us it needed fixing before we got there and that it wasn't our fault. Deirdre is very easy to deal with. We met Deirdre and Ira at the cottage a few days before we moved in. She called a few times while we were there to make sure everything was okay. Everything else was done through email. I'm not sure I could be so accommodating and flexible if I had people staying in my house. Right up to the end of the month we were not sure if the closing would go through, and Deirdre told us not to worry, we could rent the cottage for October if we needed it. Cell phones don't work anywhere near Lake Buel, but I plugged my IP phone into Ira's DSL modem and was able to use my own phone number. Besides hiking, biking, and playing in the water, I found that--without a house to take care of--I had some extra time for baking. And Deirdre had the kitchen stocked with all the things I wouldn't have ever remembered to buy: baking powder, walnuts, chocolate chips. While we were there we made cookies, roasted a turkey, barbecued. It was just supposed to be a temporary rental, but it turned into a really nice working vacation. Our first friends here in Great Barrington are the neighbors we met at Lake Buel.

    good place to vacation

    5/5 Stayed Jul 11, 2009
    Submitted Aug 22, 2010

    The cabin is located wonderfully - up a mountain (providing cool breezes in the summer), on a (swimmable) lake, in the Berkshires which offers wonderful cultural opportunities (Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, theater, etal). The description is accurate - a cabin which is a perfect size, kept immaculately, and the owners, as well as their caretaker, are very responsive. I would recommend this comfortable and homey place which has all the neccesities for daily living.

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