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4Br Lakefront/Ski House in the Berkshires

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

4 BR: sleeps 10, 3 full bath, Internet, game room w/ pool, ping pong, HDTV

Lakefront property with own dock on Otis Reservoir with beautiful views and garden. Great for fall foliage. For ski season: 25 minutes to Butternut, 55 minutes to Jiminy Peak, 6 minutes to Otis Ridge, and steps from lake for cross country skiing or skating. 2 minutes to 'downtown East Otis' with Katie's Country store and gas station with all essentials. 5 minutes to Tolland St Park, 12 minutes to Jacob's Pillow, 35-50 minutes from Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Co, Rockwell Museum, Outlets in Lee, and the rest of the Berkshire's attractions. Max of 4 cars. House has full working kitchen with china for 10+, dinner table for 6, bar stools for 4, two refrigerators, electric oven with 4 glasstop burners, microwave, coffee maker, and dishwasher. Also has a washer and dryer and a back-up power generator. The basement has a 42' HDTV hooked up to satellite TV, full sized pool table, dart board, and separate ping pong table. Free wifi internet (1 Gig/week, no streaming videos please) through dish satellite. Lots of games for young and old. The screened-in porch is used during 3 seasons and seats 10.

June/September Rental: The house comes with its own dock 75 feet from the back deck. There is a boat lift if you have a boat 18feet or less. Also available are a canoe and a kayak that can be put into the water. Otis Reservoir is a highly desirable lake because it is drained down 25+ feet every winter thus killing all seaweed. The water is beautiful and clean for all swimming and boating activities -- no green algea or seaweed. The reservoir is 1/2 mile wide and 4+ miles long. House has a wet room for storing all tubes, paddles, life jackets. Also, it is on the eastern shore of the lake which means it gets the afternoon sun -- more likely to be swimmable on marginal days. Also, good fishing right off the dock (for smaller fish).

More Details

Marshal Root
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Marshal Root

I am a helpful, courteous landlord looking for high quality renters that will take good care of our second home.

Marshal Root purchased this house in 1998

Why Marshal Root chose Otis

Rustic beauty of the Berkshires with beautiful lake views, in a quiet bucolic town with access to skiing, dance, music, theater, outlets. Easy access from both the East (Boston) and the South (NY/CT). High quality home able to host guests from near and far to 'get away from it all' but still have modern comforts, full kitchen, satellite TV and wifi internet.

What makes this house unique

Great lake views, lakefront property, fully stocked kitchen. Please read the reviews to get an accurate picture of this property, what it is really like. Our guests have really enjoyed their stay here.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Otis, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , bath with shower , upstairs, big: 8'x7'
    Main Level Bath - toilet , bath with shower , main level, big: 6'x10'
    Lower level bath - toilet , shower enclosure , in basement, 5'x5'
  • Stocked with towels, shampoo and soap..
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master/kids - 4 single bed , 2 bunks, 2 twins, has own bathroom, upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , off Master bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , main level
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , main level
    Family Room - 1 sofa bed/futon , Pullout on lower level
    Great Room - 1 sofa bed/futon , Pullout on main level, bright
  • Fold out couch in basement and on main level. Futon and blow-up mattress for extra children upstairs. Our kids love to sleep on the landing outside the master bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Raft
  • sand pit
  • conservatory
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Skis
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Dining for 10 indoors includes 4 bar stools at counter. For three seasons, additional patio dining table that sits 8-10 people. Kitchen has a new glasstop stove and a full set of dishes and cookware. Serve 10 people, run the dishwasher and ready for the next meal. There is a 2nd full fridge in the basement if you are stocking up to feed a lot of people. House is ON the lake, 60 feet from back door to dock and beach front. The lake is Otis reservoir, the largest recreational body of water in Mass. The lake is extraordinarily clean as they draw down the water each year so seaweed does not grow. In addition to dining, seating for 7 adults upstairs in LR, 6 adults downstairs in game room. House has back-up power generator. Downstairs has a flat-screen 48 inch TV with DVD/VCR and Satellite TV. Wireless internet (limited volume, 1 Gig/week: plenty for e-mail and browsing, not streaming). No pets plz


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(60 traveller reviews)

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4Br Lakefront/Ski House in the Berkshires
average rating of 4.983333 based on 60 reviews
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So much to do and see. . .

  • 5 of 5

. . . and that was before we even left the home.

Wonderful three level home (you're renting a home, not a house.) to use as a base for exploring the Berkshires or as a destination in itself. Immaculate, spacious property in a beautiful setting on a lake. The open layout of the house is great and kids have the best bedroom (with a bunk bed) upstairs with a loft like balcony. A place away for them and still in earshot for you.

Plenty of entertainment in the basement for young and old (limited channels on the tv so bring DVD's for the kids. . . but thats not why you are there anyway.) and a serene setting on the main level to enjoy the view any time of year. After arriving at night, the first thing I did upon waking and walking to the great room, was run back and get my camera. Don't let the 30 min travel to skiing keep you away in the winter, it is well worth it. The rest of the seasons sell themselves.

Well appointed kitchen, plenty of housewares to take care of everyone, comfy beds, enough bathrooms and the owners belongings are minimal and out of the way.

The only thing that keeps this from being a slam dunk, especially in the winter, is no fire place. Almost didn't choose this property because of it, but it would have been my loss.

The owners are very amicable, the transactions went smoothly and they had plenty of helpful hints and tips for the home and the area.

I'm trying to figure out now, when the next time I could get back there.

Don't hesitate to choose this property.

I attest that I am not a friend or family member nor am I being paid to write this review. . . ^_^

  • Review Submitted: 25/01/2010
  • Date of Stay: January 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very accurate review about the strengths and weaknesses: great views, full working kitchen, comfy beds and 3 full bathrooms vs. lack of fireplace, 30 minute drive to larger ski areas. One update: we now have satellite TV so you are not limited to one or two over the air stations. Also, we do have an outside firepit that we use three seasons a year. Come see for yourself.
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Great place for a winter retreat

  • 5 of 5

The house is really well maintained, furnished and clean. Good amount of space for 10 people. Great view of the lake and close to several ski places. The pool table and the ping pong table are good fun. The beds and bathrooms were clean, plenty of sheets, blankets, and towels. Marshal is responsive and helpful.

The only downside was that the driveway to the house can get very icy and slippery, and two wheel drives can get stuck. The neighbor was helpful and gave us a bucket of dirt and gravel to help us get out. If visiting when snowing, get an AWD or use chains.

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. The point about AWD is a good highlight of a point I make in the notes about the property: AWD is preferred during the winter season. It can snow, there is a hill up a gravel driveway that can only be plowed and sanded so well. Thanks for pointing that out. Marshal
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend. The house was very nicely stocked. The only thing I didn't find that was listed is the blow dryer, but that would not stop me from a return visit. The house was lovely.

  • Review Submitted: 17/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We used to have one. We will replace it shortly. Glad that you enjoyed the house. Hope that you can return. Marshal
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Perfect weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home. It was the perfect weekend getaway and we made so many memories with out children -- we will definitely return.

Thank you again, Amy Fair

  • Review Submitted: 03/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being wonderful guests. Hope to have you back. Marshal
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Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The house had everything you could possibly want. Lake had good fishing and always beautiful views including seeing bald eagles. Definitely we would recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 27/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great renters who left the house in terrific shape. Glad you found our bald eagles. So happy that they are coming back and at least one is spending a lot of time at the lake. I've even seen them while tubing. Hope to have you back. Marshal
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Beautiful Lake House with Lots to Do

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 20-something daughters stayed at this lovely home. There was plenty of space for us to have a few guests to dinner. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils and cookware. Everything was very clean. We all enjoyed the pool table, the board games and the dart board.

Internet was slow, but there was so much to do we didn't mind.

We got in some fishing and kayaking on the lake. We brought our own kayaks, there is one on the property as well. After looking at all the local attraction pamphlets at the house, we decided to go to the Shaker Farm and then drove up to Mount Greylock. A nice dinner at the Peruvian Restaurant in Lee was perfect.

I recommend this home, the owner is responsive to questions, and very clear about expectations. This made us feel comfortable and at home right away.

  • Review Submitted: 11/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terrific renters who took good care of the house. Hope they can come back. The internet is satellite -- not great. They are beginning to install high speed in town -- not sure when that will happen. Marshal
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bradley Intl: Hartford/Springfield
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Knox Trail Inn
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt 23 and Old Blandford Rd
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Knox Trail Inn
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
Car: necessary

Beautiful rustic setting on a lake. Looking at the map, the marker is off: our property is ON the lake, and Candlewood Road is not as marked, not near the lake. Our property is at between the end of Langdon Lane and the lake. Quiet roads (Vine St) off the property lead to trails through the woods -- walk a mile through the woods to Katie's Country Store. Skate, walk, or ski to islands in the reservoir (in warmer weather, take the kayak or canoe and pick blueberries). Snowmobile to the local state park, Tollland State Forest, that surrounds 1/2 of the lake. Otis is a town that hasn't changed much in 50 years -- country stores, small restaurants, rural setting with a community used to meeting needs of vacationers and boaters. Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Butternut and Jiminy Peak all nearby.

Other Activities: skiing, skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, walking through woods, leaf peeping, bird-watching


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Otis, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June 1st week
31 May 2018 - 7 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
June 2nd wk
8 Jun 2018 - 18 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Peak Leaf season
18 Sep 2018 - 23 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Late Leaf Season
24 Oct 2018 - 5 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall
6 Nov 2018 - 19 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving week
20 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Early December
27 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Christmas week
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
New Years week
28 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Online booking AU$19.83
Cleaning AU$132.17
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$660.85

Rent calculation by Homeaway can be wrong, check with owner to confirm rates.
Online booking ($25 fee to cover credit card costs), Paypal or checks accepted;
A $500 security deposit is required. $300 or 40% of the rent holds the reservation.
Extra charge for each guest over 5 people of $10 per person per night.
Cleaning fee of $75 pays for 3 hours of cleaning. $450 rental minimum per visit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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