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LAKEFRONT LOVE-NEST, G. FIREP, CANOE, BOOKS, WIRELESS, ART!

Laurel Casey

Advertiser since: 2006
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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Middlebury House Rental Photos and Description

cozy, sweet studio/one bedroom- full kitchen, perfect for two.

Seven years of sharing my home, and I've met the greatest people- just wonderful guests-- I am not happy unless my guests are happy- a very few have not been happy- but did not call and tell me when

they arrived. - - 20-25 minutes to Midd.-year round- A cute, sweet, colorful happy cottage with lots of books, oil paintings, gas fireplace, private slate beach, large deck hovering almost OVER the lake, canoe, great fishing, NO TV!!!!! Wireless Internet, lots of games, gas grill of course, full kitchen, everything you need. A.C.! Great for doggies - but with my experience, must have fee of 75 for your baby! chewing detected! See photo….isolated, private dirt road directly on the lake - Particularly intense sunsets due to the large mountain range across the lake. Just off Vermont Bike touring route. Middlebury- galleries, college, bistros - waterfalls, hiking, revolutionary forts..Beautiful in all seasons. Finish your novel here, or start one. lake breeze keeps the bugs at bay. There are weeds in the lake, not great for swimming, (great for raft floating) Otherwise, it's pretty much paradise. Ceiling fan A.C. if needed, warm quilts, cozy furniture, great deck to grill and sit and eat and watch the mountains.

Revive both mind and body, read, write, sleep, eat, read, sleep, eat. - I am a writer and this place is quiet. i mean, quiet except for the birds. And, as a native Vermonter, I can give you plenty of tips on where to go that others may not know about. This place loves to be full of life as it should be, and also has a special feeling to it. Maybe it's because the lake, so active, so changeable, so close to the house... really soothing water sounds.!

Silent night: Most places, you hear distant traffic, or some kind of man-made noise, a dull vibrating hum, so that although you feel like you are really in the country, you aren't. This is the country. You hear the wind, the crickets, the birds, the squirrels, a fish jumping, and the achingly beautiful train whistle moaning across the lake. It's amazing to sit on the deck and watch the geese and the sunset and hear yourself breathing. Martini on the deck, reading Thomas Merton or Henry Miller, the lovely viewing of sailboats drifting by and bird watching is spectacular. Two bald eagles nest nearby! quiet fishing at an good inlet across the lake. Nice big open kitchen to cook in, as you look out a big bay window to the lake. The lake hasn't many cottages on it, you look North and see only trees for a couple of miles, so you don't feel like other people are breathing down your neck.

There are two neighbors up the hill within walking distance if you need to borrow a cup of sugar, but you

would never know they're there. There is a studio cottage up the hill as well, but hidden behind a fence. Apple and berry picking in the late summer and fall. I know where the private swimming holes are up in the mountains if it gets really hot. Also a terrific river falls near Middlebury. -- Once in a while, very rarely, but I want to mention it- a field mouse gets in the house -You can't keep them out all the time... period. Not in the fields of Vermont. AND three times a year the farmers up the road spread manure on the fields. I can't prevent this either. Bridport, VT is a rural farm community. You won't be happy here if this bothers you. You WILL be happy here if you love to hike, canoe, bird watch, bike, sit and watch the sunset, play scrabble, read, write, cook, grill, take little day trips to Vermont towns, tour micro-breweries, sleep, have fires on the beach, build slate castles, do art, walk, talk to chipmunks.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Laurel Casey (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Laurel Casey

I grew up in Middlebury, and this house was where we kids escaped since I was in high school. We had some pretty great parties then, and now that my parents are gone, I treasure those memories greatly. My parents left the 'camp' to me, and being an artist, AND a city girl, I decided that the only way I could keep the cottage- was to redesign and renovate it- and rent it out to pay the taxes! My daughter visits, not often enough of course, and we enjoy our quiet time together here- scrabble, canoeing, campfire and marshmallows. I've met wonderful people who vacation here, and some have become long time friends! I thought it would be a bit of a headache, the renting, not being a business person, but it's been really FUN! I've enjoyed creating a cozy haven, and it makes me happy, and know it would make my parents happy, to know that people are having a great time in this special spot. I love it when guests have found an interesting piece of slate or a fossil, and leave it on the counter. I've had a few people who were real sticklers for perfection... usually catch on to them by their cryptic e-mails. One woman demanded the a tree that blocked her view of the lake be cut down. She said, 'Hell! I'll cut it down, give me a saw!' - I didn't want to kill the poor tree and trimmed it later.

Laurel Casey purchased this house in 1960

Why Laurel Casey chose Middlebury

I continue from above- A third generation Vermonter, everybody is gone now! Two brothers live far away- others are six feet under!- so it's just me, and my dog- holding on to our sliver of paradise! I spent most of my time in New York or Providence, being both painter and performance artist/cabaret singer. Not much work in these parts for the likes of me. As I travel the country I am beginning to realize how special Vermont is. I always took it for granted- the quiet, leaving keys in the car all the time, feeling safe, fresh air, the beauty and peace. And there is no reason to draw the curtains...ever...only the squirrels are around to peep in, and they could care less.

What makes this house unique

My parents chose this property, I think, because they felt a camp should be an escape hatch! they chose the boonies!- and now, all these years later, it's STILL the boonies- friendly neighbors round the bend. little path in front of the cottage, to a look out, then stairs to private slate beach. I tell my guests all the secret Vermont hide-away trails, brooks, swimming holes! I have had a few people who didn't have a bohemian bone in their body, and I could spot them the minute they got out of the car- a heavy, negative energy that just doesn't fit in this colorful, gorgeous, happy place. Camp Casey isn't perfect- you WILL see a cobweb!- there is no stopping them, so close to the lake and way out in the country. You WILL hear a screaching fox in the woods, and you will also see shooting stars, as the sky has no light pollution. I sometimes take a lawn chair down to the beach and lay back, say 4 in the morning, and watch the show. Mosquitos don't like the lake breeze, neither do black flies, so with a little bug spray you're good to go. I would rather have NO guests than unhappy guests or guests who didn't understand where they were headed, and who I didn't think would be a good match for the place. I don't want to ruin the loving energy of the house with people who are looking for the Ritz-Carlton.

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Reviews

4.4
based on 24 traveler reviews

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Lakefront love-nest, g. firep, canoe, books, wireless, art!
average rating of 4.375 based on 24 reviews
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Middlebury Lake Champlain Valley
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
5

Middlebury Area Romantically Hip Private Lakefront

  • 5 of 5
This was the most amazing cottage rental we have ever done. We thoroughly enjoyed the privacy, the water, the boat, the canoe, the sunsets, the breathe taking views, the laughs, the countless good night sleeps, the landlady and I could go on and on. We will definitely return next year and that is saying something for my husband who is generally not a cottage person. The water is great for swimming as long as you wear some water shoes, the fishing was great, bonfires on the beach memorable. The fact that you are renting somebody's home is such a plus and a really unique concept that we loved. I have never seen my dog so calm and relaxed with all the fresh air and swimming. Blissful!!! Vermont is beautiful and the people are so pleasant. We enjoyed several restaurants (The American Flatbread and Big Fatties in Burlington were two of our favourites) and the biggest selling point for my husband were the micro-breweries - the beer and the tours. Missing Vermont already!!
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Spectacular views, full of charm & character

Spectacular views, full of charm & character
  • 5 of 5
We loved the cozy book-filled rooms, secluded slate rock-covered beach, and of course the spectacular views of the the Adirondacks across the lake. Take a walk down the beach looking for fossils, catch fresh perch from the lake, roast marshmallows over a bonfire, watch the sunset from a canoe, or just curl up with a book on the porch. There is plenty to do on the property, but it's also an easy drive to the restaurants and shopping in Middlebury. Laurel has clearly poured her heart and soul into making this place the hidden treasure that it is - from the old family photos that line the walls to the thoughtfully-selected books of poems on the shelves.

This is truly a unique place on earth and we can't wait to come back.
  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint but not clean

  • 1 of 5
As advertised, this cabin is quaint, cozy, beautiful views, great beach but everything was dirty. We had to scrub the chairs and table outside before use, everything was dusty inside, floors were dirty, stove was totally grease splattered and I had to wash bugs & grime off every dish before use. We had to make the bed ourselves & even though it had been arranged & agreed upon prior to our stay, there were only two bath towels and no wash cloths or hand towels provided until 4 days into our one week stay. We have rented off of Homeway many times and have never encountered uncleanliness like this. The place has such potential to be charming; it just needs to be cleaned and taken care of. I do expect at least a little service to be provided when I pay for something. And the bed was extremely uncomfortable. We stayed at a lot of places during our 3 week vacation and this was the worst. We even left a day early.
  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: If only these people had called me! The cleaning girl did NOT make it to the cottage before they arrived- and apparently had missed a previous cleaning as well. I have replaced her!! Instead of waiting to post a seething review, call the owner, renters of the future! I would have bent over backwards to make it right. No one has complained about the bed before, but because of this review, I'm replacing it. I only want people to be HAPPY! True, some won't be, no matter what, but the key here is to communicate immediately- but then, maybe these guests wanted to seethe...
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Middlebury Lake Champlain Valley
5

Perfect Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5
Can we rate this higher than 5 stars?? This was our very first HomeAway rental, and the incredible experience definitely surpassed all our expectations. Even though we never personally met Laurel, and had only communicated through email and phone, her cottage has a way of making you feel like you've known it (and her!) forever. It is inviting and comforting, with an abundance of character. Private and serene. Everything we could possibly want or need for a romantic getaway. The lovely colorful artwork, books, curiosities, and quaint furnishings in the cottage just added to its many charms.

Our two dogs Bella and Gio (Cane Corso mastiffs) practically lived on the lake, and had the time of their lives splashing around while we did some fishing and admired the view of the mountains. An invigorating 2-mile hike up nearby Snake Mountain provided some breathtaking views from the summit. Made several trips into Middlebury for groceries and shopping, and browsed through some cute antique shops en route. My wonderful husband cooked me the best birthday dinner ever, including chocolate covered strawberries for dessert, which we savored on the privacy of the deck. We sat by a very cozy campfire on the beach well into the night, with content dogs curled up at our feet. Ultimate relaxation. The bed was beyond comfortable, and with windows open and incoming breeze from the lake, it was the perfect sleeping climate. None of us - including Bella and Gio - wanted to leave.

Laurel went above and beyond to be accommodating and did everything possible to work out the days we wanted, which we sooo greatly appreciated! Also thrilled our dogs were allowed to accompany us - we never travel without them. Would recommend this beautiful place to anyone, and hoping to be back someday! Not sure how anyone could write a negative review. If you can't coexist peacefully with an occasional little spider or fly or critter, or the wildlife outside, then this may not be the place for you. But to us, and anyone else with an appreciation and love of the country, this charming cottage on the lake is truly is a little corner of heaven. Perfect weekend. :) Thanks again Laurel!!
  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
5

Love at first stay

  • 5 of 5
Stayed here twice now and we will be coming back really really soon! Laurel is a doll, very helpful,sweet and funny. We stayed in the little cabin which is the cutest place on earth, and every time we stay we feel right at home. (So much so we never want to leave when the vacation is over!) There is a boat and life vests you can use, (this place is excellent for fishing!) a private little rocky beach and absolute gorgeous views of the lake and the Adirondacks across the lake.

This is our #1 place to stay in Vermont and I would recommend this to anyone who likes to stay at Cute Bed without Breakfasts with views for days and who's not afraid of a little wilderness and leafs in your hair and a little mud under your boots and who likes to fish and swim
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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5

Comfy and Cozy

  • 5 of 5
Camp Casey was awesome. The cottage, views, and amenities were even better than described. We were very comfortable and loved the spectacular view right from the front deck, which is set practically over the lake. We just wanted to live on that deck for our entire stay! The bed is very comfortable, the kitchen is well equipped, and the cottage was very clean. Also, Laurel was wonderful to deal with. She was always friendly and helpful and we knew she really wanted things to be perfect for us (which they were). We highly recommend this cottage. It is a great romantic get-away and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We’ll definitely be back. Thanks Laurel for everything.
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Burlington Vermont
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Brothers Tavern
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Middlebury college
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak, New york to Montreal
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
87
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Mister Ups
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

First of all, let me say that I finally had two cleaning crews come in and go over the place neurotically, with a toothbrush, after I was traumatized by a negative

review!! 6 miles from the Champlain Bridge to New York State and Revolutionary historic forts. A ten minute drive takes you to spectacular hiking, twenty minutes to the Appalachian Trail. Directly on Vermont Cycling route. Bass and perch fishing is excellent. Larger boat access 1 1/2 miles south. Middlebury is sophisticated - up-scale quaint, with farmers markets, outdoor concerts, theater, great restaurants, galleries. A few miles further and you are heading up towards moose and mountains. Good skiing in 40 minutes. Great beach combing. Kids love the nearby Buffalo and Alpaca farms, world famous Morgan Horse Farm, Robert Frost trail. The lake has some weeds, certainly swimmable but I would suggest driving to a nearby clean-as-a-whistle swimming hole in the mountains where you can drink the water as you swim.

Other Activities: great bass fishing, glorious hikes, talk to each other

Ski: 25 miles to a great ski area that is not crowded like the biggies. Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Great trails and good rates, especially mid-week.

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Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Middlebury House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
winter
Nov 15 2014 - Apr 17 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
$800
$1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$180
$1,350
$4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning fee $100
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes Never have asked for damage deposit- been lucky with good people... if I trust you to stay in my home, I trust you to care for it. I like good people, nice people, clever, intelligent, interesting people- and have had wonderful luck with most of my guests-- Tell me exactly what you want and I will let you know if you'll love the place, or not.

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Amenities

Middlebury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • there is a red toilet seat. It seems to be calming for some reason. Basic shower and claw foot tub. basic, basic. basic. It works.!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • simple, cozy- lots of books. Sleeping is beyond words here, with the silence, or crickets and birds, and the intermittent moan of a train which makes its way up the other side of the lake to Montreal in the night, and morning.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sound/bay fishing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Country laundromat ten miles away and you can drop it off. Thinking of getting washer-dryer and I will if it seems to matter to people. I ask that people bring their own linens if they can. This is country living so why not beat your clothes on the beach rocks? It's better than a gym work-out. Speaking of a work-out. There are huge beautiful slate rocks you can carry up the bank, and getting in the water on a float and pulling up the weeds will really work up your appetite. You can also walk for a mile up or down the beach, very very interesting beach, tree formations around the slate, little hide-a-way places. OR, you can go into the woods and collect firewood! Just wear trousers. OR, you can follow the creek up into the back woods which will take you to a cow pasture with cows in it. They will not bite you. I like to row the boat into the middle of the lake late at night and float and watch the shooting stars.

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