Best Lake House Getaways Near Boston

May 23, 2015 6:00 AM

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Boston is a lovely place to be, but the only water is the ocean or rivers with questionable cleanliness. Thankfully, there are lake house getaways within a short drive of the city that will make Bostonians feel like they are much farther from home. With amenities like private docks, huge decks, cozy furnishings and modern kitchens, these homes have everything a person needs to have a countryside getaway. For many people, there is even more privacy and space than at home.

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(Photo Credit: HomeAway.com)


Long Pond Cottage
Lakeville, MA 02347
(817) 939-7965
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Just a few minutes off Rte. 140 is a large lake house that rents for roughly the price or even less than a much smaller hotel room. It sleeps eight people, sits on 15 acres of forest, boasts a large dock, has a modern kitchen and much more. Families will love that one of the three bedrooms has bunk beds that are great for kids. There is also a boat launch, so guests can bring their boats with them on vacation. Otherwise, there is plenty of room to lounge in the sun and cook big meals.

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(Photo Credit: HomeAway.com)


Niles Pond Home
Gloucester, MA 01930
(508) 284-4394
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This North Shore home has the benefit of offering views of both Niles Pond and the Atlantic. Swimming, boating, fishing and more are just a short walk from the door. It also sleeps a whopping 16 people, so it is perfect for a large family getaway. Just in case the pond or the ocean are too far to go for a dip, there is a swimming pool and hot tub in the back yard. The best part about this lake house getaway is the space. The bedrooms, bathrooms and even the deck are large and inviting.

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Herring Pond Home
Cedarville, MA 02360
(781) 499-8878
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Vacationers who want to be almost on Cape Cod, but don’t want to deal with getting over the bridge in Route 3 traffic can visit Herring Pond. This spacious vacation home sits directly on the pond and is just minutes from all Plymouth has to offer. Stainless steel appliances, a spacious dining room and lovely landscaping are only part of this home’s allure. It has enough space for eight and even has a detached guest cottage.

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(Photo Credit: HomeAway.com)


Fort Meadow Reservoir Home
Marlborough, MA 01752
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Vacationers who want a luxurious getaway with lush landscaping and beautiful features, this is it. Walk across a manicured lawn to get to a private dock big enough for lounging, reading, or jumping in for a swim in Fort Meadow Reservoir. The kitchen has all stainless appliances and wide marble countertops. The sitting area has vaulted ceilings, a wood stove and huge windows overlooking a great view.

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(Photo Credit: HomeAway.com)


Lake Archer Cottage
Sharon, MA 02067
(508) 317-9000
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For a home with a country aesthetic, replete with distressed furniture and colorful décor, head to Lake Archer. This home with a private dock and sprawling deck overlooks the lake, making for memorable views and plenty of activities. The Wrentham Outlets are nearby, if any guests enjoy shopping on vacation. Otherwise, the cottage and lake should provide all of the entertainment any Bostonians on holiday need.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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