Rachel Pilcher

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Bedrooms 6
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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6 Bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, + W/D, 3,900 square feet 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.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only

Rachel Pilcher

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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'.

Rachel Pilcher purchased this house in 1895

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.

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Perfect Lake Getaway: Private Beach + Tennis
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
Perfect Lake Getaway: Private Beach + Tennis
Colchester Lake Champlain Valley
Central PA


  • 5 of 5
We loved our experience at Brae Loch. The house had everything we needed to relax and keep the kids entertained. Some of the most comfortable beds of any rental we had. Also very welcoming of our dog. The spot is beautiful and secluded and yet not so remote that you feel isolated.
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Perfect Lake Getaway: Private Beach + Tennis
Colchester Lake Champlain Valley
Sacramento CA


  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed here in May 2010. We came from Sacramento CA to attend our daughter's college graduation and we were concerned about spending so much money for something we found on-line. But when we got there, we found the house to be even bigger and more comfortable than it appears in pictures. The grounds, lake and view were spectacular. My husband and I and our guests were very comfortable. The house can easily handle up to 3 families. The kitchen was EXTREMELY well supplied and lacked nothing. We hope to visit again.
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Perfect Lake Getaway: Private Beach + Tennis
Colchester Lake Champlain Valley
Bergen County, NJ


  • 5 of 5
We have been renting this wonderful house since it was first available and we can’t say enough great things about it! We enjoyed our fourth summer vacation here this past August and, as always, wished we could stay longer. The house’s smart layout makes it ideal for two or three families, with large private bedrooms and baths, plus a great kitchen, living and dining area. The location on Lake Champlain is both quiet and spectacular. We can spend all day enjoying the views and the private cove. And we can zip into Burlington in only 15 minutes to enjoy our favorite breakfast spot (Penny Cluse). We are already looking forward to next summer!
  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Perfect Lake Getaway: Private Beach + Tennis
Colchester Lake Champlain Valley


  • 5 of 5
Early June we stayed at this lovely timberframe home on Mallets Bay. We are a group of 10 adults and 5 children and were very pleased to find the photos and description accurate and above our expectations.
This home is extremely well equipped from a kitchen stocked to the brim including paper goods, spices and top of the line appliances and accessories to games, water toys and a selection of books suited to every age. The property was very clean and included a washer/dryer and tons of beach towels besides the normal bath linens.
Two kayaks and a canoe, plus tennis courts and lawn games were available. Despite the rural setting/location it is an easy drive to Burlington and other attractions. The layout was conducive to four families and the two floors offer privacy and extra space for everyone.
The screened porch, where the main dining table is, and the connecting two decks are delightful and help to expand the living space. There is a beautiful gas grill for outdoor cooking and plenty of outdoor seating. Our suggestion to the owner was a larger table to accomodate 12 people!
There are lovely roads to walk and be sure to take note of family photos nailed to the trees of original buildings/history of the family compound.
Once you have submitted your deposit and signed the contract you will recieve the history of this site and directions which are very helpful.
We enjoyed this home and location and would highly recommend it.
Our reunion represented families from Vermont, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois and New Jersey!
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Perfect Lake Getaway: Private Beach + Tennis
Colchester Lake Champlain Valley
Princeton, NJ, USA


  • 5 of 5
Long drive in leads to this lake front home. We were two families and this home was perfect for the 8 of us (And two dogs!) The two master bedroom layout affords great togetherness as well as privacy and is perfect for two families.
The kids took over the lower level.
In the day we would all run the length of the dock and cannon ball into the lake. The water was perfect in August for swimming.
Used the canoes and kayaks to explore the area- including an uninhabited island.
Our friends had never fished before and were avid fishermen before the week was over- great fishing from the dock!
The dogs swam and fished and ran themselves tired.
We used the out door hot tub when it was cooler. Spent wonderful evenings around the fire ring on the huge deck and saw so many more stars than we can here in the light-polluted NJ area.
Spent a wonderful day at nearby very- European-town- Montreal- like Burlington with a great outdoor market and a Cruise around the lake.
Spent another day sightseeing local attractions- including hiking to a nearby waterfall.
The home has a dream kitchen layout and we had many many wonderful meals together.
Overall, a great relaxing fun filled week!
  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Perfect Lake Getaway: Private Beach + Tennis
Colchester Lake Champlain Valley
Groton, MA


  • 4 of 5
We (4 adults) loved this house and property for our mid-summer stay. Quiet, private, surrounded by trees, nice view of lake, great place for swimming and kayaking (kayaks provided). Big hot tub for relaxing. Lovely decks and large screened porch.

A few notes - if you have a large group, you should know that you may have to split up for meals. There is a table and chairs on each floor, but neither is big enough for more than 6 (?) people (and the downstairs table is too heavy to be moved).

A large part of the great room/kitchen is the screened porch area, so it has to be closed off in cold weather. A large group in winter might feel a bit cramped in this area, but there is another good sized living room downstairs.

The only problem we had was getting our deposit back from the owners. It took several weeks and multiple attempts to reach them and then required some discussion about damage that apparently occurred after we departed. I'd suggest you ask to have a representative of the owner greet you on arrival and return to check for damage before you depart to avoid this kind of problem. Although the house is very new, there had been some wear and tear and minor damage before we arrived.
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Burlington Intl VT (BTV)
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Plattsburgh NY to Grand Isle
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Essex Junction (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Exit 17 at I-89
Car: recommended

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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Colchester House Rental Rates

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Jul 12 2014 - Aug 24 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Property Damage Protection $89
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes We bill 1/3rd at booking, 1/3rd May 1st, and 1/3rd two weeks prior to arrival. $1,000 non-refundable for incidental

Once you make your final payment we email you or call you with a door code that opens a lockbox with a key to the front door. The house will be in perfect condition with all beds made and clean dishes, etc. The fridge is empty however and you should plan to shop on your way up.
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Colchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Parking
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Grill
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Senior Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Junior Master
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Common
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Downstairs Master
  • The senior master bathroom includes a built-in tub and shower with a curtain, a Kohler pedestal sink and matching toilet. There is also a fully stocked linen closet. The floors are bamboo and there is a small window. The junior master bathroom includes a brand new 500 lb cast-iron claw foot slipper tub with an excellent over sized shower. In addition there is a large well-stocked linen closet and a walnut and marble bathroom cabinet with brass sink. The floors are made of hardwood bamboo. The common bathroom is in the hallway just off of the Great Room and includes a stand up shower enclosure, a pedestal sink and matching white toilet. The downstairs bathroom includes an enclosed tiled shower room with an oversized sunflower spout.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master1
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Guest
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Guest - Office
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Bed - Kids
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large Queen Downstairs
  • All new furniture. Both master bedrooms are of the same dimensions and layout. The Master bedroom includes a large dresser and has access to the private bathroom. Both rooms include a nightstand and ceiling fan with remote control. Both have large French doors that open directly onto opposite sides of the 60 foot wide sunny-portion of the deck which gets fantastic morning sun. There is a large, oversized closet in both and the junior master bath opens directly to the bedroom. Both the guest room and the convertible office are identical in size. The guest room includes a full sized bed, dresser, nightstand and a large double-door closet. The convertible office has a queen sized futon that is brand new and a table, desk, and chair with lamp. There is also a small closet in the convertible office. In addition, the front screened in porch includes a queen sized futon that is superb for sleeping on when the weather is warm because of the forest sounds and wonderful breezes.
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Raft
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Canoe
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Deck
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Beach Towels
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • skiing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • spelunking
  • ski privileges optional
  • fishing
  • golf
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • water tubing
  • golf privileges optional
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
In addition, all blankets and linens are provided and were purchased in 2005. There is a washer/dryer room for your use. The house includes an entertainment room with a TV and DVD player that includes DirecTV. The internet may or may not be available.
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