Features of The Shackteau The Shackteau is a 2022 construction which mixes French-Country design with modern technology. The vibe is cozy despite the wide-open floor plan, and luxurious without getting too precious about it. The house was designed for real living and serious entertaining - not as a delicate show-piece. The Shackteau features a beautiful kitchen, commandeered by your hosts, who strive to provide your group with a perfect food day! Basic snacking is always part of your rental. Your hosts are brand new to this particular platform so we are starting with an introductory low rate while we learn, gather feedback and work out any bugs! This space works great for: Photo shoots Photography and artist workshops Design Thinking Company off-sites & retreats Retreats Musician gatherings & practice (Yamaha baby grand avail) Family portrait & senior portrait venue w/ pet and child sitting help Small Weddings Elopement Packages Same-sex / LGBTQ unions & gatherings welcome! Receptions Rehearsal dinners Bachelorette weekends Girls Weekends Birthday celebrations Anniversary Family Reunions Milestone events Cooking classes Board Gaming weekends Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) venue Poker & Chess tournaments Knitting circles Dog training Bonfire evenings INTERIOR 1st LEVEL - Lots of natural light. Southern facing. Oversized, french paned, crank-case windows - Cathedral ceiling with oversized windows at peak - Interior balcony overlooking living room, cathedral windows, forest, & lake - Rustic Iron chandeliers - French Gourmet Kitchen - Copper pots & pans (Mauviel) - Dining Table (Expandable, seats 4 to 14) - Central 360 Fireplace - Leather furniture, hide rugs - Ceiling mounted wi-fi projector with 100" ceiling mounted retractable screen - 2 1st-level baths with interior and exterior access, 1 is wheelchair accessible - Back of house separated from main house by gothic dutch door. This is where hosts support rentals via coffee, food prep, laundry and dishwashing. Including a commercial dishwasher. INTERIOR 2ND LEVEL Green Room suite - Changing room (south & west facing windows, plants, hanging chair & water feature) - Kitchenette - Luxurious marble master-bath w/ fireplace - Balcony bar INTERIOR Lower LEVEL "Dance Hall" - Long hallway that can be outfitted with seating or used for dancing - Disco ball Music room - Baby grand piano (Yamaha) - Karaoke Machine (Singtrix) EXTERIOR - Sauna (Add-On) - Beer Garden, wine-barrel bar, side pasture & conversation pit (Add-On) - Miniature horses (Add-On) - Fire pit, Hammock station, Dock, 4 kayaks, 2 paddleboards, 1 row boat, swim raft (Add-On) - Cabin w/ dedicated wi-fi (Add-On) - Canvas bell tent outfitted with oriental rugs on the floor. 20'(d), 15' (h) (Add-On) - T@b pull-trailer (Add-On) - 30 Amp hookup (Add-On) TECH - 2 high-speed wi-fi networks - 4 Google homes - 2 Google Max speakers - Ceiling mounted wi-fi enabled projector in great room - 100" pull down screen - 2 other portable projection screens which can be hung almost anywhere. - 3 Bang & Olufsen bluetooth speakers (Add-On) **Hosts can be on-call for technical support if requested. We offer a multitude of dining, entertaining and tech Add-ons to support our guests. If you need something, please ask! A word about your hosts: "Mr. and Mrs. B." Mr. B was an IT director in the newspaper industry in Boston for over 20 years. Mrs. B was a user and customer-experience research director in financial services for over 20 years. After an early retirement from their respective industries, Mrs. B followed her dream by pivoting to apply those same principles to the hospitality sector. We look forward to making sure your meeting, offsite or event is unique and delightful to its attendees and organizers. The measure of The Shackteau's success is the success of your event! THE GROUNDS Bevvy Garden, Side Pasture & Conversation Pit (Add-On) The Bevvy Garden shares a wall with the kitchen. Surrounded by wattled fence on other 3 sides. Has outdoor power, outdoor filtered water spigot. Add-ons include fridge, extra standing cooler, extra metal drink bins, and canopy tent. **We cannot directly sell alcohol, but we can offer an Add-on to serve it. Please inquire. The Bevvy Garden is located in the side pasture, where there is plenty of space for cocktail tables or dinner tables. Lights are strung throughout. About 20 paces from the Bevvy garden and just over the post and rail fence is a 6' round spool table outfitted with checkered tablecloth and umbrella. Sauna (Add-On) Positioned just off the east side of the main house, and perhaps 10 paces from the Bevvy Garden. Harvia-Vega brand, also enclosed by wattled fencing with a little gate. Supposedly for 6 people, but 4 of fewer is a more comfortable number. Add-ons include robes and towels. Glamping tent (Add-On) 20' diameter and 20' high in the center. About 100 paces in front of the main Shackteau towards the lake, nestled in a little cove of trees. Tent floor is oriental rugs. Has 4 zip-open screen windows and if desired the entire bottom can be unzipped so that there is 360 open air between the floor and the bottom edge of the canopy. It can be dressed up or down for anything. Tent has a silent Jackery power generator that powers a ceiling-mounted fan, and Bang & Olufsen bluetooth speaker. It receives signal on one of the 2 wi-fi networks on the property. Not great for presentations requiring a screen (due to the slope of the canopy) but excellent for breakout activities surrounded by bird-song. Add-ons include table/chairs, chrome water tank. Depending on the activity, accommodates perhaps 7-10 people sitting. Lottie's Lodge (Add-On) One-room cabin with a sitting porch and its own wi-fi network which is reachable from almost any of the outdoor spaces except the very end of the dock. Surrounded by a picket fence with gates on either end. Overlooks the lake and the fire pit. Heated by a pellet stove on a thermostat, and has bunk beds, fold-down desk, 2 chairs, mini-fridge, freezer, microwave and moose-antler chandelier. This space can be dressed up for almost anything, and often makes a nice food / coffee / drink station for cold-weather bonfires. Also makes a very good headquarters for organizers, 1:1 meetings or meeting supply storage. Includes coffee maker, microwave, chrome water tank. Firepit-kitchen, Dock, Boats, and Hammock station (Add-On) Firepit is surrounded by built-in bench seating for 12, with plenty more room behind those benches for more Add-on chairs. Has a stocked firewood shed and dedicated kitchen shed with cooking implements. A nice Add-on to this space is an 80" movie screen which can be strung between 2 trees behind the firepit kitchen. 2 Hammocks are strung halfway down the hill to the dock, offering a view of the lake. The dock is 100' long and bisects a gorgeous wetland section featuring giant ferns and solar lanterns hanging from the trees. In July wild blueberries grow along it, which can be eaten right off the bush. At the end of the dock is a 12' x 12' floating platform with chaise lounges, umbrella and Corinthian Bells windchimes for relaxing. Swim raft ~100 feet off the dock. 2 stand-up paddleboards, 4 sit-on-top kayaks, 1 large rowboat and some tubes. No gasoline powered vehicles are allowed on this lake, so it's peaceful. Horse Barn & Chicken Coop (Not generally intended as part of a rental) The Shackteau is the home of 2 rescue miniature horses Bandit and MadEye. They are 6 year old twin brothers who are diabetic, and MadEye is blind in one eye. Friendly, soft and curious, they will eagerly greet individuals at the fences adjacent to the event spaces. They really enjoy a bedtime story at night, their favorite being The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh. There are also a gaggle of chickens free ranging the property. We collect eggs every day and guests are welcome to wander in to the coop and find their own during the day. The 10 ladies and 2 gentlemen fowl go to bed at dusk, where they are locked in until morning. They work hard to keep the Shackteau bug-free, so they need a good night's sleep! SQUARE FOOTAGE: 240,000sf ~2,950sf interior space ~237,050 outdoor space: drive, woods, pasture, dock, etc. The Shackteau Main House Great Room - Ground level 800sf open room, rough breakout: o 400 - Main Mtg space o 220 - Attached (open concept) gourmet kitchen o 180 - Attached (open concept) dining room Bathrooms - Ground level 100sf wheelchair accessible 80sf not wheelchair accessible Both are accessible via a ramp on the exterior of the house. Upper level 200sf - Green room 120sf - Reception + kitchenette 60sf - Balcony bar overlook Lower Level 266sf - Lower level music room 186sf - Lower level "social hall" 168sf - Lower level home-gym Outbuildings/spaces ~1500sf - Bevvy garden 45sf - T@B Trailer 160sf - Cabin 400sf - Bell Tent
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