Private Suite with Lake Views at Artist Residence


Entire guest suite hosted by Cheryl

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Welcome to “The Mermaid” at Highland Lake

Your private, modern suite is located in a vacation wonderland in the foothills of the Berkshires. Easy access to year round recreation and the Berkshires with nearby lake access for guests.

We follow Airbnb and State of CT COVID cleaning guidelines.

Views of Highland Like across the street by day on your private third floor sundeck; moon and star gazing by night.

Home and art studio of International Folk Artist Cheryl Bartley.

The space
Private third floor suite ( Please see pictures)
Air conditioners in both bedrooms equipped with brand new zoned split air/ heat units and baseboard heat in each room that you can control. Cleaned after every guest stay. We live on main level of the home and lower level is an art studio.

PARKING: Large parking space with space to put your gear. Off street parking area will be yours throughout your entire stay. Ample arrangements as needed.

KITCHEN: We have so many restaurants in Winsted that we recommend eating out. After all you are on a vacation!!!! We offer an outdoor barbecue grill available upon request. †here is a very small kitchen like you would find in a hotel, no sink in the kitchen area but there is a dish pan if you need to wash things, toaster oven silicone baking mat and baking pans, small electric skillet, refrigerator, Krups Coffee maker with coffee, electric tea kettle with tea, eating utensils, some cooking utensils, salt pepper, spray olive oil, oven mitts and towels, paper towels, plates cups bowls, napkins, paper plates and plastic ware, mixing bowl, trash bags, recycle and trash cans. Dining table and chairs on deck and in suite.

BEDROOMS: two newly renovated with designer mermaid bedding, linen and decor. First bedroom has a queen bed (Alexa equipped), 50” Tv, sliding patio door to deck, ample closets and oversized bureau, dining table and two chairs. Second bedroom: new full memory foam bed and pillows, ample closet and 6 draw bureau. Extra pillows and blankets, bed linens, towels and beach towels. Please see pictures for more details.

BATHROOM: A recently updated full private bathroom with rain shower head and ample towels, shampoo and conditioner and soap. Extra towels, toilet paper and paper towels.
DECK: 12' x 20' with dining table/chairs, umbrella, bench and two teak deck lounge chairs with designer cushions. Incredible sunsets from your private deck!!!

GARDENS: Encircling the entire home is a professionally landscaped Japanese stroll garden with perennials, statues, specimen trees and shrubs. Six seating areas with designer cushions placed throughout the garden.
Be alert for hummingbirds, song birds and other wild life.

Vacation wonderland located at the foothills of the Berkshires.
Access to two town beaches within walking/biking distance(1/2 mile & 1 mile); numerous hiking trails, bike trails. Appalachian trail access 23 miles. Too many hiking trails to count!! Appalachian trail, Tunxis Trail, Peoples Forest trails. Plan to picnic, float the Farmington River, fly fishing or regular fishing (with license). Kayaking, swimming, snowshoe, cross country skiing, fishing, antiques, museums, and art local studios. Excellent restaurants and shopping minutes away.

The lake is great for swimming and fishing. Bring your Kayak, canoe, jet ski, fishing boat and use the public boat launch minutes away. Your stay will include parking beach pass for Resha Beach and Holland town beaches. Also available upon request I can tell you where the secret lake swimming spots are. (Wakefield Rock and State forest with swimming beach).

Local interesting towns: Litchfield, 20 minutes Collinsville 30, The Berkshires, MA 20 minutes, Great Barrington 35 minutes, Millerton NY 40 minutes, & Rivertown 15 minutes for trout fishing!

Winter sports: Snowshoe, Cross Country Ski on Highland Lake, downhill at Ski Sundown, New Hartford 30 minutes, Mowhak Mountain 40 minutes, and Otis Ridge, MA 40 minutes.

What this place offers

Lake view
Mountain view
Public or shared beach access
Free driveway parking on premises – 2 spaces
55" HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Roku
Free washer – In building
Free dryer – In building
Central air conditioning
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Winchester, Connecticut, United States

“The Mermaid” was designed as a place for either contemplation and meditation or for recreational enthusiasts.

Update!!!! Do not miss a free! And COVID safe Japanese Stroll Garden tour!!! Soon it will be listed as a separate formal Airbnb Experience!

The Mermaid is located in a quiet lake community with expected lake recreational and traffic noise mainly on holiday weekends. Highland lake is above the town and off the main highways by a few miles, so the traffic is limited until weekends.

Sundays after 6:00 pm is quiet time on the lake.

Hosted by Cheryl

  1. Joined in February 2016
  • 36 Reviews
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Hi I'm Cheryl. I am an International Professional Folk Artist. I license my artwork images to manufacturers to put on products like puzzles, garden flags, cloth calendars etc. When you stay with me you will have your own private suite, private bath, kitchenette- coffee and tea makers, toaster oven, medium size refrigerator, dining area inside and outside with dinnerware and linens. Your private bath has a rain shower head, ample soap, shampoo, extra towels galore! We are located on Highland Lake 6 miles around and three bays. Your suite is just 1/2 walk to one of two public town beaches. We also have a state forest on third bay with a beach and hiking trails. I can also show you secret swimming areas! (Highly recommend). My art studio is located on the lower level of my home and I do offer painting lessons if you are interested in doing that while you are here for additional fee. The painting session can be booked through Air BnB experiences. Or just come and browse my gallery. I have lots of pictures so check them out! Thanks Cheryl
Hi I'm Cheryl. I am an International Professional Folk Artist. I license my artwork images to manufacturers to put on products like puzzles, garden flags, cloth calendars etc. When…

During your stay

Occasionally you might see me working and watering my garden. I do my best to afford my guests complete privacy in and outside. If swimming, endless supply of towels if needed!.

Full Stroll Garden tour at safe distances upon request! It is far more complex than meets the eye!

I am available by cell phone to answer any questions about local recreational and cultural opportunities.
Occasionally you might see me working and watering my garden. I do my best to afford my guests complete privacy in and outside. If swimming, endless supply of towels if needed!.…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: Flexible
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animal

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