The SpaceLocated in the Berkshire Mountains of southwestern Massachusetts, this cottage is part of a private association called Wildwood, surrounding two lakes called Cranberry Pond and Otter Pond. Our cottage is a modified A-frame hand made by a father and sons, who were founding members at Wildwood, and has lakefront access to the main lake (Cranberry Pond) down a short flat path to the water and private dock. The cottage comfortably sleeps 6 people with 1 double-size bed bedroom, 2 twin-bed bedroom and a single bed bedroom as well as a trundle bed that can open up in the living room and a day bed in the upstairs gallery if you want more people in your party. There is a galley kitchen, dining area/living room and half bath downstairs, and 3 bedrooms and full bathroom with shower upstairs. A back utility/boat room has another small bed, across from the downstairs bathroom.
The cottage features a lovely screened in porch that overlooks Cranberry Pond. Great for enjoying outside dining, bird-watching, and entertaining. We have sighted scarlet tanager, great blue heron, kingfisher and many other woodland birds. Guest AccessThere is free WiFi access for guests at the Clubhouse 24/7.
We do not have Wifi or a TV/cable at the cottage.
Although our lakefront and dock is wonderful for swimming, the cottage is a two minute walk from the Main beach area (one of four). The Main beach has a men's and a women's restroom facility and shower at the community Clubhouse. On certain days and times (posted) a lifeguard is on duty.
The outdoor tennis courts, a shuffle board area, croquet , a swing set area/picnic ground, baseball/soccer field and 2 basketball hoops are all located near the Clubhouse, which houses a library and relaxing tables and sofas as well as the Wildwood Office.
The laundry is also located there, (electric key access) and cards for the laundry can be purchased. Croquet and Shuffleboard equipment kept in the laundry.
The cottage rental includes use of a row boat, 3 kayaks and a canoe (specific information will be provided for the use of each watercraft). Cranberry Pond is great for fishing (Bass, crappies, bluegills, sunfish, pickerel, and bullheads are plentiful). Remember the bait. We have some fishing supplies, but live worms reap the best fishing experience. Catch and release is mainly practiced.
Otter pond is located about a 15-20 minute walk from our cottage. This pond is stocked every year with trout and has a small intimate beach and also has a men's and women's bath house. Our kids loved to go looking for frogs and newts, and built elaborate sandcastles there. Floating docks are also features of both lakes and beaches. Please remember your guest pass when driving to the beaches and use the designated parking areas. Interaction with GuestsWe live a distance away, but can call on neighbors or staff if you need help. We are available by phone and email.
The Wildwood office hours are posted, and there are security and maintenance staff on duty every day. The NeighborhoodThere are many walking trails and paths throughout the complex that you can explore and information and maps are provided.
The lakes have wonderfully clear, soft water that is always refreshing and enjoyable for swimming and boating. Trolling motors only are allowed, so the pond is very quiet, with paddlers and sailors, and fisherfolk, and some say mermaids and mermen have been sighted. Getting AroundThe complex is relatively isolated (the nearest towns are 20 to 35 minutes away). There is not any public transportation in the area. There are miles of quiet roads to walk or bike within the Wildwood complex and also some hiking trails. There are three adult size bikes and one child’s bike available for your enjoyment.
The closest markets are in Granville and Southwick to our east, Winsted Ct. to our south, and Otis to the north. Shopping before you arrive is recommended. Other Things to NoteWhen driving into the driveway please be aware of the well head on the right side by the road as you enter. Dogs are not allowed on beaches, and must be leashed. We have a running overhead line to hook your dog up roadside.
"Please note"...The Wildwood Association does not allow any outside boats to be brought in to the complex for use in the two lakes. and no outside watercraft of any sort are allowed in the lakes. The Association works very hard in keeping the lakes weed free and by limiting the boats brought in they have kept the lakes in fantastic shape. No automatic dishwashers or private laundry facilities are permitted in the Wildwood homes, to protect the PH of the lake.
The cottage does not have Central Air-conditioning or heat at this time. The woodstove is what we use to warm up a cool night, as we are only open three seasons.
Key to tennis courts, and electric key fob for laundry hanging on key rack in kitchen.