Come enjoy this unique and beautiful retreat home, set on 50 acres of wooded land, with a breath-taking view over a 2 mile long, 190-acre body of water, and no houses in sight! Peaceful, healing haven, and great get-away spot for a romantic weekend or family vacation. Perfect for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and hiking--or just relaxing in a hammock, on the deck, or in a bedroom overlooking the water. Comfortably accommodates from 1 to 11!
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Play in the sandy shallows near the dock; swim to an island and back; explore the water in a canoe, kayak, or rowboat; or fish to your heart’s content. There are no jet skis or gas-powered motor boats on the lake, so it very peaceful and perfect for swimming and boating. Hike on our private trails. Or just gaze at the water, and curved, forested shores, and breathe in the peace and quiet and beauty.
The house, built in the 1920s with antique lumber from the owner's mill, is beautiful, simple, comfortable, and spacious. The first floor has a large, fully equipped kitchen with a cozy breakfast nook. There is also a beautiful dining room with a fireplace for more formal meals and celebrations, and a screened-in porch with a large dining table and hammocks, both overlooking the water. These rooms connect to an expansive and comfy living room, with a beautiful stone fireplace, also overlooking the water. The second floor has a master bedroom with a fireplace and bathroom and water views on two sides. There are three other, good-sized bedrooms, two of which face the water, and a second bathroom with a shower and antique claw-foot tub for soaking. A large outdoor deck on the water’s edge is another great place to take in the water, woods, and ample wildlife, including turtles, blue heron, owls, and an occasional beaver.
30 minute (15 miles) drive from Worcester; 51 minutes (34 miles) from Amherst.; 1 ½ hours (61 miles) from Boston, 3 hours from NYC.
Guests have access to a large deck over the water; a dock on the water; a canoe, 2 single kayaks, and a row boat; a movable outdoor fire pit that can be used on the deck or dock; and 50 acres of land to walk or mountain bike on, with trails. Two hammocks, piano, washer-dryer, and wifi in the house. Cell phone tower reception varies, depending on server. We do not have TV reception, but our 46" TV screen easily attaches to your PC or phone.
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Morgan lives close by and Julie lives in Boston.
One of us will meet you and show you around our family house. We will both be available by cell to answer any questions.
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We hope you will come and experience the tranquility and beauty of our home and the surrounding area. We have many precious memories of gatherings of family and friends in this unique spot, and trust that your stay will provide the same. While this is a great place for get-togethers of families and/or friends, and alcohol is allowed, we are not looking to rent to those who are planning to have loud parties or make excessive noise.
Please read the house manual before your stay. Guests are welcome to use the boats. Wipes and sanitary items should not be flushed in any of the house toilets. There is no smoking allowed in the house and we also do not allow pets. We reserve the right to ask people who are not following the rules and guidelines to vacate before the end of their stay without a refund. Most importantly, it is our family home most of which is irreplaceable and we want it to be treated respectfully. Thank you!
New England forests have ticks that can carry lyme, so take precautions if you're walking in the woods; the 1/2 mile long driveway is also a beautiful walk.
My sister Morgan and I are renting our cherished family country home short-term, part-time, to help cover the overhead expenses. We are glad to share this incredible, special spot with others. Morgan lives 10 minutes away, and is an expert on the local area. We are happy to answer any questions you might have so that you have a fantastic vacation.