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Property Details

Updated: Mar 13, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

A short drive from New York City or Boston, or a flight into Hartford or Albany and you're in a new world of peace - Gemini's Place in the Berkshires. Surrounded by tall pines 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!

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

We're boomers who work hard and play hard. Mr. J is retired from the telecommunications industry and Mrs. J continues providing conference, meeting and event planning and most recentedly added a client for fund development. Work took us to North Carolina but our love is the northeast and our vacations in the Berkshires every spring and fall.

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Lake Cottage Waiting for You! Near Town, Attractions
Great Barrington Berkshires
United States

Lake cottage waiting for you.

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Lake Cottage Waiting for You! Near Town, Attractions
Great Barrington Berkshires

Lake Cottage in the Berkshires

  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing
Lake Cottage Waiting for You! Near Town, Attractions
Great Barrington Berkshires
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Lake Buel Cottage

  • 5 of 5
I have so many wonderful things to say about our stay at the Lake Buel Cottage that I don't know where to begin!! Well: location - sooo peaceful, cottage - cozy and felt like home (everything you need is provided from pots and pans to washer/dryer to awesome recliners!), neighbors - extemely friendly, lake - picturesque!!

We truly felt like we were staying with family...rabbits, deer and frogs hahaha. If you really want to leave your hectic life behind this is the place. We slept with the windows open and let the fresh air in. The air made us full of energy to enjoy all the Berkshires has to offer!

The first 2 nights were chilly but the fireplace warmed us right up! The last night was hot but the a/c kept us comfortable! Truly better than a hotel!!!

We enjoyed our stay so much I highly recommend you give it a try too!!

The Olivers,
Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're overwhelmed at the praise. Feeling like Olympic Gold Metalists. Thank you.
Lake Cottage Waiting for You! Near Town, Attractions
Great Barrington Berkshires
Boston, MA

The cottage

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Lake Cottage Waiting for You! Near Town, Attractions
Great Barrington Berkshires
Boston, MA

Cottage in the woods

  • 5 of 5
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
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahh. That is so sweet. You sure make me want to go on vacation. I'm tickled you enjoyed yourselves so well and we'll have to talk about that walk route. Thanks. Deirdre
Lake Cottage Waiting for You! Near Town, Attractions
Great Barrington Berkshires

Lake Buel Cottage-wonderful

  • 5 of 5
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].
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you enjoyed your holiday. Thank you, also, for the referral. We've already heard from your friends. Come back anytime. You were delightful guests to work with through the Homeaway experience.


From the Owner

We first drove into Great Barrington in 1967 on our motorcycle. We never forgot the GB planting as you come over the Housatonic Bridge. In '84 we had opportunity to buy a family vacation place and the cottage was perfect. Close to lake for swimming, a state boat ramp, an airport for private planes and we were in paradise. Our sons loved exploring the woods, stream and nearby waterfall. Now it's our grandsons who explore. The cottage is waiting for you, too.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Tanglewood (summer home of Boston Symphony), live theater, concerts and dance productions; John boat with paddles (use at own risk) and life preservers; inflatable boat; fishing rods; water sports; DVD collection; 1 queen, 2 twin beds, sleeper sofa; state boat ramp; Norman Rockwell, Stockbridge, Berkshire Botanical Garden, regional outlet shopping, relaxation on screened in porch.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 - Jun 14
3 nights
Jun 15 - Sep 13
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 nights
Sep 14 - Oct 25
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $200.00
  • Cleaning $100.00
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From the Owner

The cottage is nestled in a quiet vacation community. Sounds of bird calls and the hum of boats from the lake tell you you're on vacation. No need to scurry for email. Instead, pick up a book, take a nap, go for a swim. Leisure is the name of the game at Lake Buel. But if you must do email - the house boasts WIFI. So come and enjoy!

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Budget


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Mountain


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 850 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • 150 paces to lake access/swimming area and lots of fun!

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