My mother and I concluded a "tour" of family visits with a 6 night stay at Barney Point. The setting is stunning with views across the lake and down the lake from this treed ledge above the lake. Every night we built an outdoor fire and watched the sun set. There great view to the lake from the front of the house and captivating partial views from most of the bedrooms.
The big open space is great for visiting, hanging out and entertaining. We had multiples dinner guests and visitors over the course of our time there and everyone loved it.
The owner Tim was very communicative in advance of the trip. We ended up arriving later than planned, and he brought in a lot of wood for the fireplace insert. What's more he turned on the lights and the space heaters and laid in a fire so that we felt immediately welcomed when we arrived. This particular night was chilly and he set out extra blankets and so on. We were very comfortable and did not get cold, and it was easy to learn to use the fireplace insert, which warms the main area of the house quickly. If you have a cold sensitive person in your group, the downstairs bedroom stays quite comfortable with the space heater and the fireplace.
There is a huge screened porch with another big table suitable for a big group, again with amazing views.
The kitchen is well equipped and we had everything we needed. I would suggest a few more non-glass plates and a salad spinner....but thats a suggestion not a complaint :-)
This is a setting best for people who appreciate simplicity, beauty, and a sense of history.
It is convenient to the causeway trail, which I feel is a must do for walkers or bikers. There are grocery stores a short drive away though I prefer to shop at City Market in Burlington which is an awesome market. The drive-in movie theater is also a must-do.
We definitely will look to return to Barney Point. We have stayed at many homes on the lake in Colchester, Shelbourne and Charlotte over the past three years when our daughter has been in school at UVM and this was certainly our favorite.