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Berkshire Lake House: Stunning Views, Romantic Setting, Family Fun!!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Directly On Pristine Queechy Lake, Our Home Offers The Best Of The Berkshires.

We are not accepting reservations at this time. We plan to sell after the summer.

Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, campfires and ice skating make this home ideal for a summer or winter family vacation. Downhill skiing in the winter and fine dining and world class cultural events in the summer are just a few of the local attractions.

Originally built around the turn of the century, we modernized the cottage to accommodate our growing family and endless guests. Two family rooms (one with a fireplace, one with a tv), a large deck, a 12' dining table, four bedrooms, including a bunk room plus an extra sleep loft turn this cozy cottage into an accommodation for two families with a gang of kids. The ambience is part Ralph Lauren and part 'On Golden Pond'; a place where everyone feels at home. It's where life-long memories have been made. We invite you to make a few of your own.

PS. If its just for the two of you, all the better ;)

More Details

Mary Ellen Scherl
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Russian, Greek, hebrew
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 April, 2017

About Mary Ellen Scherl

I am an artist and a mother of three grown children.

Having grown up in Miami, I gravitate to property on the water as I have a view of the Hudson River from my NY home and views of Queechy Lake from all but one room of this 'cottage'.

Mary Ellen Scherl purchased this house in 1989

Why Mary Ellen Scherl chose Berkshires

I went to camp in the Berkshires, so I have been fond of the area since I was a child.

Just two hours and change from Manhattan, this property offered our growing family the benefits of a wonderful lake house as well as the proximity to year-round cultural events and sporting activities. Whether boating, swimming, biking, campfires or just hanging out on the deck watching the light change on the water, there's nothing better than life on peaceful Queechy Lake. It's like camp! Only nicer...

What makes this house unique

The view from our home is all natural -- no houses across the lake, only tree blanketed hills. That makes this house truly unique, especially given its excellent Berkshire location.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Canaan in Columbia County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , On suite for master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Outdoor Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Corner room with stunning lake views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Two single beds, lake view
    Loft - 1 Large Double Bed , Loft, accessible by ladder. Perfect for teens.
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , On suite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed , Bunk room!
  • Pull out sofa in TV room and window seats have also served as beds when all the relatives showed up. Also, portable crib.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

Berkshire Lake House: Stunning Views, Romantic Setting, Family Fun!!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Great lake house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of friends go for a long weekend. The space was great and the kitchen was perfect! We loved to use the canoes and kayaks, and the lake was just amazing. We can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good but had a few issues

  • 4 of 5

House and setting are lovely as others have reviewed. We had two issues that prevented us from giving 5 stars. 1) the house wasn't fully cleaned before our arrival. The bedrooms were fine but there were dirty towels hanging up in the baths and kitchen, dirty dishes in the sink and dirty towels in and draped over the washer. So, upon arrival we had to do dishes and laundry first thing, which was kind of a drag. 2) Be advised that upstairs hallway bath plumbing leaks through the ceiling onto the main level. This appears to have been going on for some time, as there were marks on the living room ceiling and floor. (We have young kids and this is the only tub in the house with a stopper for tub bathing.) We informed the owner of these issues immediately via email and never got a response. The lake is beautiful but not the best spot for wading or swimming unless you like mud, snail shells, aquatic vegetation, etc. The dock is great for canoe/kayak launch.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: After a stretch of perfect reviews, I was shocked to hear that our home was not in perfect shape upon this guest's arrival. I have contacted the cleaning service and have been assured it will not happen again. The lake is a little muddy near our shore, but that never deterred my children or our guests from swimming from our house. For the squeamish I recommend wearing water shoes. There are two bathtubs in the house. Both should have stoppers. I am always available by cell phone for emergencies, unless I am out of the country and another number has been provided.
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upstate NY

good Time Had by all

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a 3 day get-away. There were 7 adults, 8 young people age 12-21 and a 6 month old baby. The house was very well equipped, laid out so you could get away from others if desired. We enjoyed the lake and the kayaks. The fishermen even caught fish tho' not to keep. the outlets were close by as was a craft fair. Most of the time we stayed at the house and enjoyed the surrounding. I can't think of anything we lacked. My first encounter with VRBO and HomeAway was very positive. Mary Ellen was reachable by e-mail for the questions I had. I would recommend this get-away without reservation although it would be difficult for handicapped individuals.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beast family vacation in a long time!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home was perfect for our family reunion!The house was charming with plenty of room for everyone.There were plenty of activities to keep everyone busy and night time fun with games by the fire. It was wonderful and we look forward to renting again and again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huntington Woods, MI


  • 5 of 5

Just a lovely, lovely place. Off the beaten path just enough, but close enough for a quick trip to quaint small towns nearby. The property itself is fantastic. Well maintained, clean, lots of personality, with just about everything you could ask for! The lake is lovely, too, although a little seaweed-y by the house to swim in. But you can drive or kayak over to the beach nearby and its much clearer.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great lake house

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 3 families (6 adults, 4 kids) had a great long winter weekend here. Loved the fact it was right on the lake with a great view from the kitchen window. The house is very well equipped - we cook a lot and kitchen had plenty of everything - plates, pans, casseroles, baking dishes, knives etc. no need to bring anything. Also loved the long dining table that could seat 10 easily, and one night friends came so we had 14 without a problem.

Loved snowshoeing on the frozen lake, although was slightly hard to tell how thick the ice was as the weather had started getting warmer and there were no ice fishermen out, but it was fine. Very peaceful.

House is very comfortable, plenty of towels, linens etc. Kids loved loft beds. Fire worked well. Was nice to have the second living room with the TV in it separate from the main living / dining area.

Imagine its great in summer too. Mary Ellen was very responsive and helpful. Only thing is that in winter the driveway gets icy - we had chains so were OK as was the 4 wheel drive car but the other car in our party couldn't get out one day.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
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Car: necessary

Summer in the Berkshires is known for Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Berkshire and Williamstown Theater Festivals, and many more cultural events. Jiminy Peak has alpine slides and other fun activities

MassMoCA is nearby.

In the winter, it's just a short ride to Jiminy Peak for snow skiing or a little longer to Butternut.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Canaan, New York

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £61.07
Heat (October-April) £38.65
Cleaning £92.76

Guests are required to send a photo copy of their US Driver's License, or US or International Passport.

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