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Private Island Retreat In State Forest

SuperhostDouglas, Massachusetts, United States
Entire cabin hosted by Parker
8 guests2 bedrooms5 beds1 bath
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How many people can say they rented an entire island for their vacation? This little slice of paradise is completely private, comes with complimentary kayaks and a row boat, and is jam packed with things to do!! Whitins Reservoir has some of the best fishing in Massachusetts and boarders the Douglas State Forest which has miles and miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails! And of course, take full advantage of barbecues and campfires on your own private private island.

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Thank you for your interest in renting our island paradise, we hope you enjoy our island as much as we do. Summers in New England are painfully short and for most, vacation time is substantially shorter.

Dodd Island’s beauty and solitude provides a magnificent backdrop to the perfect island vacation. The island is approximately 7 acres with foot paths throughout. The water here is always calm which makes it a great place to bring your boat or rent one from us. The water is beautifully warm and clear for snorkeling and swimming. You can see turtles and huge large mouth bass as well as sunfish, pickerel and perch.

Whitins Reservoir is a warm shallow lake with water depths around the island at about 20feet maximum. The reservoir is about 210 acres in area and is one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in all of Massachusetts. The water is so clear that you can see the bottom as well as fish almost anywhere you look. The under water visibility is 20 to 40 feet which is unheard of in all but a few lakes which makes it great for snorkeling and diving. The land across from the island is part of the state forest system and it is made up of thousands of acres, all of which have hiking trails, brooks, ponds, meadows, etc. In fact, there are very few houses on the lake at all, due to most of the shoreline (3/4) is state forest.

Summer time water temperatures are in the mid 80's. Jet skis and power boats are permitted but you must use common sense and obey boating laws. The beauty of this lake is that there is NO PUBLIC ACCESS because the lake is privately owned by all the people who live on the lake and because there are so few homes on the lake, the boat traffic is almost non existent. In essence, most of the time you pretty much have the lake to yourself. Try and find that anywhere else!

You rent the entire 7 acre island with two cottages on it. The main cottage has a glassed in porch with a queen futon, a central sitting dining, kitchen area with another futon. There is a low loft area above for kids. The bathroom is small with a shower and sink. There is no flush toilet. We did not want to pollute the lake by putting in a septic system so we resurrected the old double seater outhouse.

The second cottage is a sleeping cabin with a large front deck right at the waters edge. It has a queen bed. Towels and linens are not provided. There is a TV and blue ray player in the main cottage. The kitchen is complete with stove, microwave, fridge, blender, toaster, pots and pans and grill. There is full electricity and hot and cold running water. There is an indoor shower and an outdoor shower. However all the water is pumped in from the lake and is not recommended for drinking. There is an old fashioned pitcher pump well in the front yard for potable water or you can bring your own bottled water.

VERY IMPORTANT ... if you are using a power boat you must always travel in a counter clockwise direction around the island.

The island rental comes with a 12 foot aluminum rowboat to get you over to the island which is about 400 feet from the mainland. We highly recommend that you consider renting one of the pontoon boats to ferry you and your gear to and from the island.

Guest access
Guests have access to the entire island. A row boat, "Dodd Island Ferry" waits for you on the mainland if you don't have your own boat and don't rent one of ours!

Other things to note
We have a "privy" (outhouse) on island for our guests use which is our best way to reduce our environmental impact on the surrounding lands.
How many people can say they rented an entire island for their vacation? This little slice of paradise is completely private, comes with complimentary kayaks and a row boat, and is jam packed with things to do!! Whitins Reservoir has some of the best fishing in Massachusetts and boarders the Douglas State Forest which has miles and miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails! And of course, take full advanta…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
3 single beds
Common spaces
2 sofa beds

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Kitchen
TV
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Douglas, Massachusetts, United States

The neighborhoods great! Mostly quite, a handful of squirrels and a couple chip monks next door but most of your neighbors or resting, "on the bottom"? (insert fish emojis here)

Hosted by Parker

Joined in April 2016
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
Pets are allowed
Safety & Property
No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm