Complete with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, a brick fireplace, and pristine water views, this vacation rental will check off everything on your lake house wish list. Clear your mind with a relaxing paddle on the water and bring along your fishing gear for some morning casts. Come autumn, explore leaf-peeping trails and relish in the vibrant foliage. With ski mountains, breweries, apple orchards, and scenic hikes just minutes away, this lakefront retreat makes for the quintessential New England vacation.
MANITOOK LAKE (on-site): Swimming, fishing, kayaking
OUTDOOR RECREATION: Granbrook Park (4.1 miles), Hatchett Hill Wilderness Area (5.8 miles), Enders State Forest (6.3 miles), Cowles Park (7.0 miles), Indian Council Caves (10.4 miles), Penwood State Park (12.5 miles), People’s State Forest (15.7 miles)
ATTRACTIONS: Old Mill Pond Village (1.3 miles), Clark Farms Inc at Bushy Hill Orchard (2.9 miles), Maple View Farm (3.1 miles), Lost Acres Vineyard (4.2 miles), Six Flags New England (14.9 miles), Downtown Hartford (18.1 miles)
GOLF: Copper Hill Golf Club (4.4 miles), Edgewood Golf Course (5.8 miles), The Ranch Golf Club (8.2 miles)
SKIING: Ski Sundown (14.1 miles), Mount Lakeridge (23.9 miles), Otis Ridge (29.3 miles), Butternut Ski Area & Tubing Center (38.2 miles), Mohawk Mountain Ski Area (39.2 miles)
AIRPORT: Bradley International Airport (10.2 miles)
My daughter and I enjoyed this charming lake house with such an extraordinary view!! It was clean, cozy and had everything we needed for our stay. We were greeted by a lovely and thoughtful welcome package that contained a delicious pancake mix and syrup which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was very much appreciated as we got in late at night without breakfast food with us for the next morning. We enjoyed the convenient location and would not hesitate to stay again were it not for the exceptionally long and inconvenient staircase which was rather stressful for us. I had booked this home before any reviews were published so I had no idea about the 70 stairs in total. I do think Evolve should be much clearer and more detailed in their description so prospective renters can make an informed decision if this is the right rental for them given the unusual amount of stairs. It was very stressful going down the stairs at night, in the rain and carrying up suitcases. I would still recommend this house as the view is really magnificent and it makes for a very special, peaceful stay but renters do need to be aware and okay with 70 stairs. I would highly recommend bringing a flashlight as well. The contact person, Marilyn was lovely. I had reached out to her prior to and during my stay and she was very kind and responsive. Were it not for the stairs, I would happily give the rental 5 stars- it is a special property and we enjoyed the house itself and the very much. Thank you for your hospitality and sharing your lovely home, Pam and Lexie
I knew this place was small but it was much smaller than I thought it would be. They said there would AC, there was no AC. The parking situation is a disaster, which they don't tell you about until you book it. You have to walk down a hill of 70 plus steps to get to the place. The neighbors out of their mind, one of them threatened someone in our group with a shotgun. I would not recommend this property.
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Hi Zachary, we're sorry that this beautiful home did not exceed your expectations. After following up with the homeowner, we would like to share this feedback:
- The listing accurately states that the house is 1100 sq. feet.
- The AC was removed as it is not needed in the cooler fall and winter months.
- There are two clearly marked parking spaces available, and we note in the listing that stairs are required for access, but we're sorry this caught you off guard. We have updated the pre-stay email with this info as well.
- Their neighbors were upset to find that you had blocked their car in, but there were absolutely no threats of weapons in the conversation.
We are disappointed in your experience but confident that future guests will continue to have exceptional stays here!
If you're looking for a sweet house, on a lake, away from all of the congestion, this is the perfect place for you!My husband and I took out the kayaks and went for a beautiful ride on the lake. So peaceful.We ended up driving into Springfield for dinner and the casino which was only 30 min away.Thank you for sharing your home!!
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Our family enjoyed our time at this rental. We stayed here for two nights. It's a very quaint, clean and nicely decorated cabin. I missed the road entrance initially so know it is the dirt road :) There are 70 steps to walk down to the cabin (and back up to your car) but the view makes up for it. There is a railing to hold on to and a bench about halfway if you need to take a break. It is well stocked with pots/pans/plates/etc. to cook there. There are two air conditioners (master bedroom, living room) and a box fan we used in the 2nd bedroom. The towels are in the master bedroom closet. There are a variety of board games (1st floor) and a wii in the basement/lower level with a nice size TV. There is one bathroom so coordination is important if you have four guests. Check-in and check-out was easy. They sent us an email prior with all the information we needed to check-in/out. They also have a book on the table explaining where to eat, reminder of the wi-fi, restaurants they recommend and other important information which I truly appreciate! We didn't get a chance to check out the kayaks. This is a great location if you plan to attend the Big E--only 25 minutes away. My favorite was enjoying breakfast while overlooking the lake. They have a balcony with a table and chairs too. This truly is a great getaway. Thank you!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this house. The kayaks were great and the house was very clean and well kept. The lake was great for swimming--the owners have cleared the area near their dock so you can walk out on sand/rocks (walk right in for little kids!). The kitchen was perfect for cooking and the dining table with views of the lake surrounding was fantastic. The house has great wifi (we had 7+ devices running and streamed Yankee games with no problem), amazing views, tons of windows and AC for when it is hot.
The area has lots to do including museums, hikes, peach picking, farms, etc. The restaurants are great and if you drive down to Simsbury you can access some of the top rated restaurants in the state.
The owners are very clear in their description that there are a lot of stairs--there are! It is quite a hike up to the car and down but the upside is that the walk to the lake is a couple short steps. The house is small--we had 4 kids and 2 adults so we used the basement and all the bedrooms. The couch only seats 3 and there is only 1 bathroom. Defiantly not a house for entertaining but can fit a family comfortably. We fit without any issue but it would have been more difficult if it was cold or bad weather.
Bottom line--This is a great small house right on a beautiful lake with great swimming, fishing and kayaking.
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