...a question we've been asked a fair few times on the phone this summer. At first we would apologise for lacking this essential amenity but then we thought, hang on a minute, why would you come to an area so blessed with hills, lakes and ponds, and then opt to stay somewhere that yes, has a pool, but entails swimming alongside a major road, downwind of a fast food restaurant and a filling station?
The Berkshires IS The Great Outdoors: cabin life, hiking, cycling and swimming amidst beautiful scenery. So now we say, yes, we do have a pool - it's Benedict Pond, around seven minutes’ drive from here. (Three-and-a-half minutes if Clare’s at the wheel.) It’s in the forest, the setting is amazing and the water temperature’s in the 70s at this time of year. There's a swimming beach and changing rooms. You can even buy a bundle of firewood so you can really get back to the pioneering spirit.
If you don’t like getting wet, it's a great place to take out a kayak instead, as no motor boats are allowed.
Just a little further is Lake Mansfield, which is passionately preserved by the locals and where you can take your kids for swimming classes.
And when winter comes, be it in August or December, you can swim with the locals at our community center pool, just two minutes down the road. Ask us about it and we’ll set it up for you.