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Serene, Private Waterfront House --Perfect Summer Retreat!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 2-4

Enjoy everything the Berkshires has to offer from this beautiful, secluded, nicely renovated waterfront cottage set on two acres of forested land. Perfect for families or couples. Swim, fish, or boat from the backyard. (Canoe, Kayak and lifejackets provided.) Explore the stream that runs through the property. Picnic down by the water, or lounge on the deck. Make a fire in the fire pit and eat s'mores. Or just sit down by the lake and listen to the sounds of nature while feeling the warm sun on your face. Very private--just one near neighbor. And if you want more activity, head to cultural activities such as Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Shakespeare & Company; Mass MOCA, the Berkshire Museum, and Norman Rockwell Museum; historic homes such as those of Edith Wharton and Herman Melville; outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, bicycling and hiking; and antiques and outlet shopping. 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, full kitchen!

Owner History: This property is owned by experienced vacation rental owners with other rental properties on Homeaway with consistent five star reviews. Reserve with us with confidence.

More Details

Djuna Perkins
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 January, 2018

About Djuna Perkins

My husband and I own this house with another couple. All four of us had long careers in education or criminal justice, and two of us are lawyers. We are also parents of both young and grown children, and dog owners.

Djuna Perkins purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Djuna Perkins chose Sherwood Forest

Living in Boston, I missed the country I grew up in, and wanted to be able to recapture the country girl by having a foothold in the Berkshires. For my husband, it was the cultural attractions of the area. And for our kids, it was the lake and the wildlife!

What makes this cottage unique

We saw this house in the spring of 2009 and saw its great potential. At the time, the house was a one bedroom 600 square foot cottage, but it was on a beautiful, quiet piece of property with a lake and stream on two acres. We knew it could be paradise, and so we renovated it to add a second floor and take full advantage of the beauty of the land.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sherwood Forest in Becket

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , first floor
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , double sinks
  • One full bath with a shower on the first floor, and one full bath with double sinks and a full size tub on the second floor. First floor bath has hardwood floors and a second floor bath is tiled.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , full-size futon in separate study
  • The house has two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with full size bed and a twin bed. Alternatively, there is a study with a full-size futon sofa.
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 2 deck chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming


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Serene, Private Waterfront House --Perfect Summer Retreat!
average rating of 4.7906976 based on 43 reviews

Tranquility at its best!

  • 4 of 5

This rustic cottage is tucked away in woodland, on the edge of a small lake in a gorgeous position. It is very easy to drive to shops in Lee, lovely New England towns, such as Stockbridge, and interesting places such as the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Shaker village at Holden, and Edith Wharton’s home. The house was cosy, with a wood stove for extra heating, and the beds comfy. Being able to use the washer and dryer was appreciated. The kitchen is a bit rustic, but very manageable. An electric kettle would have been useful, and we felt that more wine glasses were needed (only two there!) and perhaps some of the chipped bowls replaced. One small saucepan needs to be thrown out as it was very warped on the bottom and couldn't make contact with the stove top. Hopefully these are constructive suggestions, not criticisms. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and the vision of the glorious fall leaves reflected on the lake will be with us for a long time.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice peaceful cottageby the lake

  • 4 of 5

We had a very nice stay in this cottage: nothing luxurious, but a very convenient house in a very peaceful setting

Pros: very simple and efficient lay-out, well stocked kitchen, great wooden stove, nice back porch with gas bbq, super easy use of the canoes, nice back lawn for the kids to play, beautiful area with great hiking trails, fall foliage

Cons: we were off to a slightly chaotic start: we booked a couple of days only before arrival and it seems that, even though our booking was immediately confirmed, the owner did not realize we had booked until just a few hours before we were supposed to check in. We had tried to get in touch with her for some basic info and discuss arrival time but it seems she had not been checking her messages until a few hours before either.

As a result, the house was not ready for our family until 6:45 pm, which threw us for a loop and forced us to do some sightseeing which we would have preferred to do some other day. The owner made up for it somewhat by offering to lift up the cleaning fee and letting us stay two extra hours on the final day, but getting in that late on the first day was clearly not ideal.

Although the kitchen was well stocked up, there is no dishwasher. It did not bother us, but it could be a bad surprise for some. The one thing we did miss was a ladle - a small detail but hopefully easy to fix for the next visitors.

We were also unable to get the first- floor shower to work, but we did not report it to the owner as we found out very late on the first day and did not mind using the tub in the bigger bathroom upstairs.

Despite these problems, our family had a good time for the 3 days we spent in he area and found the house easy to be pleasant to be in. We would definitely consider renting it again - just not last minute!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great - just as advertised

  • 5 of 5

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  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house

  • 5 of 5

House was even better than expected. Bedrooms were large and house was nicely redone. Sound of the brook was so relaxing and atmosphere was peaceful. Definitely a nice retreat away from city.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly as advertised... excellent getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We booked last minute because our family trip to London for spring break had to be cancelled. After carefully reading the reviews we decided to give it a try. Price was very reasonable, house was clean and comfortable, and we all really enjoyed it. Not much happening out there in mid-April, but the weather was great, the lake is very clean, and it's a quiet and private setting. We ate in mostly because of the limited restaurants in the area but a good kitchen made it convenient. We fish a lot as a family but unfortunately has no luck and really didn't see any movement in the lake. May have been too early.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a wonderful weekend getaway.

  • 4 of 5

Djuna has a clean, welcoming home. It was spacious and had the necessary equipment for my weekend trip with 3 other people. I wish the heat was controllable by the us and not the owner. Besides that the communication between Djuna was minimal. Once in contact with her, she was flexible and nice. I'd consider returning back to the property in the summer. Thanks for renting out your space!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. We are sorry you had any issue with the heat. We just want to note that the heat is controllable by the guest at the thermostat. It can be turned on/off by the guest and the temperature can be raised to a maximum of 75 degrees or lowered to any number. In the future, we will include instructions with the check-in information.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bradley International
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Springfield, MA
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 2
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Car: necessary

Lakes, art, music, Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, skiing, snowshoeing, foliage, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, theater, Berkshires, outlets, historic homes, gardens, Kripalu, Heartwood School, swimming, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing. House is on eastern tip of Nottingham Lake. The google map is mislabeled--the portion of Bow Ridge Lane that is south of Porcupine Ct. is actually Nottingham Court.

Other Activities: skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £75.58

Summer cancellation policy: 100% refund 60 or more days prior to arrival; otherwise, minimum $200 cancellation fee up to the full amount of the booking if not re-rented. Off-season: 100% refund 30 or more days prior to arrival; otherwise, minimum $100 cancellation fee up to the full amount of booking if not re-rented.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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