www.vermontlakegetaway.com Newly constructed, cedar side, two-story, post & beam, lakefront summer-house overlooking quiet cove in Mallets Bay (Lake Champlain). Total privacy in deep woods, miles from civilization. Tennis & private beach in secluded cove w/ dock. Finely furnished (new). Enjoy Vermont the way it was 200 years ago or go out for a night on the town. Downtown Burlington is just 20 minutes away...or visit Montreal (90 minutes). The house has a completely modern granite/stainless kitchen open to 25' vaulted great room opens seamlessly to a 300 SF screen porch with terrific breezes. Dueling master bedrooms (2), each with French doors open onto 60' X 20' Brazilian wood sun decks. Clawfoot slipper tub. Enclosed rain room. Great for families, completely safe and natural. Easily accessible from NY or New England. BTV International Air is a 50 minute flight from NYC (Jet Blue). Hammock included.
Tennis Courts: Hardcourt tennis courts are available to use with full-week rental. House includes 2 new rackets and balls. Croquet and other games are included as well.
Waterfront: Perfect for swimming, kayaks, and day sailing. Fishing is also very good. We can supply a boat for a charge and we have a mooring established for any boat. Swimming is accessible directly from the house and the water is very warm and clean in the core summer months.
Other Amenities: Open air hot tub overlooking the water. Wood-burning cast-iron stove in living room is great to heat up a cold night. Full swing-away Nano-wall doors completely open the outer screen deck to the living room and kitchen creating a monstrous Great Room that truly lives up to its name and cools off the entire house. Brand new outdoor hot tub overlooks the lake.
John Pilcher with wife Rachel and son Lewie Pilcher own this house with older brother Brian Pilcher and his wife Becky and their three kids Eli, Finlay, and Natalie Pilcher. Together they built this house on their grandfather's favorite lot known as 'Pebble Beach' after they were barely able to scrape together enough lake frontage to comply with new Colchester zoning rules. John lives at Braeloch with his family while Brian lives in Ross, CA in the winter and Wellfleet, Cape Cod in the summer.
Both John and Brian are originally from Los Angeles California but spent many summers at Braeloch. Most of the houses at Braeloch remain in family hands as the more than 500 acres had been passed down from their great great grandfather George Dick Finlay who bought Braeloch when he immigrated to VT from Glasgow Scotland.
The original in tact Braeloch parcel was divided unevenly by Mr. Finlay's three daughter's families and our parcel was again divided into four, based on our grandparent's children, in 2003. From that John and Brian decided to build a 'small little cottage' on the lake that was designed by hand by their uncle John Frymoyer. Hence the ironic name 'Red Doodlebug Cottage' though some family members refer to it as 'Red Doodlebug Compound'.
Natural beauty, far away from everything yet close enough to enjoy one of the funnest small college cities around. The best of the old and the new.
The house is located in Northern Vermont, 15 miles north of Burlington VT, 5 miles off of Interstate 89 via exit 17. It can be reached by driving 2 miles on a state road that connects Grand Isle to the mainland, then turning left on a residential road 'Clay Point' for 3/4 mile. That is followed by 3 miles on a private dirt road until you reach Braeloch. Braeloch was an old 500 acre farm run by my great great grandfather who immigrated from Scotland. The house is nestled in a valley flanked by small stone cliffs and set back 100 feet from the lakefront. It gets great afternoon and morning sun. The lot has been known as Pebble Beach for the small rounded pebbles that adorn the 150 feet of beachfront. Behind the house and over a small rounded hill, away from the water, lies a 10 acre open meadow with a small island of trees and Braelochs' hardcourt tennis court which is owned by a handful of houses at Braeloch. The quiet cove is very calm and great for swimming.
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