The SpaceRelaxing home/cottage on Lake Quacumquasit / South Pond in Brookfield, MA. Originally a cottage built in 1932, I purchased it as my home in 2004 and did many renovations to the living areas. A second round of renovations recently completed after storm damage sustained in August 2012 - extensive improvements to bathroom, kitchen, master bedroom. I live here but rent in order to supplement income and offer it to guests who will respect my property and belongings. It is a perfect place to escape to and unwind. It's on a small private road, with 4 neighbors. Full disclosure - it's not immediately on the water front, but across the small lane/road. There is direct access to the lake for swimming, kayaks, canoes and fishing via our town beach which is within easy walking distance - less than 1/3 mile (500mtrs), or 2 minutes if you drive there. There's also a boat ramp recently renovated by the lake association.
The house has five rooms: The main livingroom with cathedral ceiling, sky lights, french doors opening to the patio (main entrance) and couch, chairs, coffee table, rugs. A fully equipped kitchen with dining area and chairs, cookware and utensils, plates and flatware, some herbs and spices, olive oil, balsamic vinegar (many people ask!). A bathroom with shower, towels and hair dryer, too. There are two bed rooms - one larger with queen bed, and the other with a small single bed - both have closets and bureaus. Also, there is floor space for air mattresses and sleeping bags, etc. For your convenience there are washer and dryer, parking. There is a TV and DVD player, to watch movies (local rentals available) but there is no cable TV or internet service - it's an escape cottage and great place to disconnect. If you have a cell phone port or internet card the signal is strong.
The entire property is perched on a knoll that is above the neighbors affording a beautiful, unobstructed view of the lake. One neighbor is close, abutting the rear of my cottage, but the cottage and property is situated in such a way that blocks them and provides for excellent privacy. The front of the cottage opens to the patio (15'x20' with furniture) which then extends out across a large yard - perfect for games, frolicking and lounging. It is wonderfully quiet and peaceful. A perfectly comfortable year 'round cottage: Summers are lazy and cool, Autumn is stunningly beautiful, Winter is cozy and warm.
Easy to get to - Brookfield borders Strubridge at the intersection of the Mass Pike and Interstate 84. It's 1.25 hours from Boston, 2.5 hours from NYC. 40 minutes to Amherst. And 45 minutes to Worcester, Springfield or Hartford.
Major local attraction include Old Sturbridge Village (3miles), The Brimfield Antiques Festival (5 miles. May, July, Sept), beautiful hiking at Quabbin Reservoir (10 (URL HIDDEN) sites:
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Quabbin Reservoir. (URL HIDDEN)