LAKEFRONT LOVE-NEST, ISOLATED, G. FIREP, CANOE, BOOKS, WIRELESS

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two bedroom cozy, sweet, simple, magical.

First of all, let me just say that the fantastic guests I've had the past 7 years has made the hassle worth it! 20-25 minutes to Midd.-year round- A cute, sweet, colorful happy house 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 due to chewed antiques there is now a 300 dollar returnable deposit!! 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.

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. 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.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Events Allowed

laurel casey

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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 cottage in 1960

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.

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- isolated, but with friendly neighbors round the bend- very rare now-a-days- this kind of quiet and peace. And it really is lake front, You're almost IN the lake and it's easy to get TO the lake down the winding path- or stairs if you prefer. I've been renting for 6 years, since my mom died- and I've had, for the most part, spectacular people who have become good friends ever since!- I sometimes stay in my art studio up on the hill (isolated from the cottage) and when in town have often been invited for a cocktail whereby 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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Lakefront love-nest, Isolated, g. firep, canoe, books, wireless
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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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Middlebury Lake Champlain Valley
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 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Middlebury Lake Champlain Valley
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
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Middlebury Lake Champlain Valley
5

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5
Upon arriving we just let a sigh of relief. If your not one for chaotic hustle and bustle this is the place for you. Literally a HomeAway from home. During our one week stay we only ventured out 1 day and we couldn't wait to get back. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed, we did all of our own cooking and topped it off with delicious adult beverages and soaked in the day. Amazing views each hour. No television needed for sure. We played chess by the large rear window and found ourselves just staring out at the scenery, laughed talked and caught up on some well deserved R & R. A great reading retreat as well. Fire pit offered us smores with the crackling sounds of wood burning and nature playing its tunes in the background. Simply the simple life.
  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Middlebury Lake Champlain Valley
5

Perfect perfect perfect

  • 5 of 5
This place is perfect! The views of the lake are stunning, and the cabin is charming and well-appointed in every way. Kudos to Laurel for creating a perfect retreat! It's my number one HomeAway rental so far (and I've had many!)
  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Middlebury Lake Champlain Valley
5

charming and unique

  • 5 of 5
Our two regrets after having stayed at Camp Casey is that we didn't stay long enough, and that we didn't start one of the books from the unique collection! After biking across the Crown Point Bridge to the fort beyond, we savored our dinner on the deck overlooking the water. When the rain let up we ventured out in the canoe for an after dinner paddle on a quiet lake. Camp Casey had everything we needed and we recommend it for those seeking peace and a little bit of adventure in beautiful Vermont!
  • Submitted: May 29, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: All I can say is, I have the best guests anyone could hope for. Just a wonderful, helpful, kind group of excellent human beings. There were a couple of mice in the house when these guests were in residence. They were kind to the mice, and put them outside. They did not call to whine about it. They knew it was the country and sometimes you can't keep them out. They gave me good advice about peppermint. Peppermint packets in the corners now!
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Burlington Vermont
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
beach
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
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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Availability & Rates

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Aug 22 2014 - Aug 27 2015
371 night minimum stay
$800
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
1 night minimum stay
$200
From
$200
Fri,Sat
$1,400
$3,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes always willing to talk turkey about rental fees. If there are two of you, and your struggling, like I am, and will leave the place clean as a whistle, I make exceptions- I like good people, nice people, clever, intelligent, interesting people- and have had wonderful luck with most of my guests-- I know the kind of people that will love the cottage, and also the type that won't.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Middlebury Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Rural
  • Lake
  • Beachfront ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Water View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Beach
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Parking
  • Internet ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
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 tub. basic, basic. basic. It works.!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • 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:
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Video Library
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Large Cooler
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Canoe
  • Wood Deck
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Events Allowed
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • live theater
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sound/bay fishing
  • water tubing
  • golf privileges optional
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • cycling
  • fishing
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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