When I saw the photos of the cottage on this website, especially it's location right on the lake, I thought, "This is just what we are looking for." The cottage is exactly as described and shown in the extensive photos. The lakeside cottage is designed to maximize the breezes and views of lovely Lake St. Catherine. It has a wonderful mix of up-to-date amenities (powerful gas stove, stainless steel refrigerator, etc.) with a relaxed, Vermont lake cottage feeling. There are thoughtful touches throughout the home such as an iPod/iPhone dock player in the living room that fills the downstairs with music. We used the BluRay player to watch DVDs on the large flat screen TV in the evenings. We had beautiful weather and some pretty warm days (around 90 degrees), but the house felt comfortable thanks to the ceiling fan in the loft bedroom plus all the windows on both floors. This end of the lake seems especially quiet. Even the motor boats with skiers came by at a reasonable speed so it just sounds like summer, especially when their waves hit the shore. The cottage is near the end of a dead-end road so there is very little car traffic here. Just a sense of tranquility and privacy in a well-maintained home.
The surrounding area is filled with Vermont beauty -- farms, rolling hills, rivers, and lakes. We enjoyed driving to the various surrounding villages taking the opportunity to pick up raspberries and corn from local farmers. A surprising find was the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, NY. A very enthusiastic and knowledgable staffer, Amy, gave us a brief introduction to the regular collection plus some special exhibits including one about immigrants to this area. We also did the self-guided walking tour and admired the many beautiful slate roofs in town.
We highly recommend the Birdseye Diner in Castleton, VT -- a lovely little town nearby -- it's a 1940's dining-car diner and has wonderful food including delicious pies. The country store across the street has a great selection of local foods, beer, and wine. Plus the banana bread you can buy there (from the Castleton pizza place) is fantastic. Farther afield in Rutland are Roots Restaurant and Table 24 -- both offer local produce, beers, and wines. Perry's in Poultney offers good, casual food.
All in all, a lovely, restful getaway in beautiful surroundings with a perfect lakefront cottage to come home to. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer.