We loved our stay in The Annex on Isle La Motte. The island is secluded, but it is not desolate. We went to Fisk Farm for Sunday afternoon tea our first full day; it is an easy walk away. The tea and sweets were delightful, the crowd was small and friendly, and the music was excellent considering the intimate surroundings and the price. (Free!) It took us too long to discover the South End Cafe & Hall's Orchard, about a mile away, with great coffee and more. The maple creamees at the local stand was another unanticipated treat. The island is a cyclist's paradise, but we left our bikes at home. No problem, though; Allenholme Farm in South Hero (about 30 minutes away) rented us bikes and we were able to spend a day exploring on two wheels. We took another day to go to the Adirondacks. Poke o' Moonshine is one of several nice hikes less than 90 minutes away, with a fire tower on top that affords spectacular views of the high peaks and a fair chunk of Lake Champlain, too. We stopped at Rulf's Orchard, right off I-87 just south of Plattsburgh, on the way home and picked some blueberries. This all left plenty of time to stay at the lake house and enjoy the shore. Most houses on the west shore of Isle La Motte have the road between them and the lake, but not this one. The lake is right out the door and the expansive shoreline is just as advertised. We used the row boat to have some fun on the water, too.
The bedrooms are cozy, tucked under the eaves, the beds are comfortable, and the bathroom is clean and functional, though not large. The kitchen is serviceable, too; cooked almost all our meals using the pots, pans, and utensils on hand. (The grill is great!) We brought a huge jigsaw puzzle to work on when it rained (and it did rain!); there was lots of room for it on the spacious dining room table. Don't choose this lake house for the furnishings, which are clean and well-tended, but not modern or luxurious. Choose this one for the location! It is truly a gem. Spots like this are usually outside our price range, so this one is a treasure.
Downsides? It's a half-an-hour to a supermarket, so best to bring food with you. The sound on the TV was muddy, so we watched movies on the computers we brought. The internet was plenty fast enough to stream HD video.
Can't close without mentioning Kathy, the owner. She was hospitable and helpful throughout our stay. We feel fortunate to have stumbled on this place, and to have made her acquaintance.