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Sunset from the beach looking west over Lake Champlain
PRIME LAKEFRONT RENTAL IN VERMONT'S CHAMPLAIN ISLANDS
Isle La Motte Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Annex loft sleeps 6; two private bedrooms and open sleeping area
Isle La Motte Lake Gem! Located on Isle La Motte's west shore fronting beautiful Lake Champlain. Includes more than 750 feet of beach on a private point of land with protected cove. Mountain views, spectacular sunsets. One hour from Burlington, Vermont and just over an hour to Montreal, Quebec.
Please note that 'The Annex' is semi-private. It shares the property with 'The Old Home Place', which is the original 1835 farmhouse that occupied the property. They share no common walls but both have the garage in common where the washer & dryer are located.
Both spaces are ideal for two families.
Island great for cycling and roller blading. A lovely walk or short drive to the fabulous arts program at Fisk Farm on Sundays, or the quarry for hikes any time.
10 Minute Drive to the Golf Course: Check out Alburg Golf Links. It's only 10 minutes away!
We loved our stay in The Annex on Isle La Motte. The island is secluded, but it is not desolate. We went to Fisk Farm for Sunday afternoon tea our first full day; it is an easy walk away. The tea and sweets were delightful, the crowd was small and friendly, and the music was excellent considering the intimate surroundings and the price. (Free!) It took us too long to discover the South End Cafe & Hall's Orchard, about a mile away, with great coffee and more. The maple creamees at the local stand was another unanticipated treat. The island is a cyclist's paradise, but we left our bikes at home. No problem, though; Allenholme Farm in South Hero (about 30 minutes away) rented us bikes and we were able to spend a day exploring on two wheels. We took another day to go to the Adirondacks. Poke o' Moonshine is one of several nice hikes less than 90 minutes away, with a fire tower on top that affords spectacular views of the high peaks and a fair chunk of Lake Champlain, too. We stopped at Rulf's Orchard, right off I-87 just south of Plattsburgh, on the way home and picked some blueberries. This all left plenty of time to stay at the lake house and enjoy the shore. Most houses on the west shore of Isle La Motte have the road between them and the lake, but not this one. The lake is right out the door and the expansive shoreline is just as advertised. We used the row boat to have some fun on the water, too.
The bedrooms are cozy, tucked under the eaves, the beds are comfortable, and the bathroom is clean and functional, though not large. The kitchen is serviceable, too; cooked almost all our meals using the pots, pans, and utensils on hand. (The grill is great!) We brought a huge jigsaw puzzle to work on when it rained (and it did rain!); there was lots of room for it on the spacious dining room table. Don't choose this lake house for the furnishings, which are clean and well-tended, but not modern or luxurious. Choose this one for the location! It is truly a gem. Spots like this are usually outside our price range, so this one is a treasure.
Downsides? It's a half-an-hour to a supermarket, so best to bring food with you. The sound on the TV was muddy, so we watched movies on the computers we brought. The internet was plenty fast enough to stream HD video.
Can't close without mentioning Kathy, the owner. She was hospitable and helpful throughout our stay. We feel fortunate to have stumbled on this place, and to have made her acquaintance.
A group of women friends and I rented this place to gather together on the lake and take a breather. I can't begin to capture how happy we were with the home and Kathy! She is an amazing host, and goes the extra mile to make you feel right at home. We loved the house, the light, the sound of the lake waves at night, swimming on the lake, and the cozy beds. If you're looking for a great place to get away on Lake Champlain, I highly recommend this home!
Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
Stayed: Jul 2013
Owner's Response: It is such a delight when the expectations of the guests, and host, are met! What a fine group of talented, spirited and appreciative young women - your arrival enough to turn Mother Nature's head from a scowling grey morning into a sun-filled afternoon and evening, all the more enjoyable for your maxing out your enjoyment of the amenities - from windsurfing to BBQing, celebrating to sleeping. Please come again!
We stayed here for two weeks, and had a wedding in the middle of the stay. There are too many positive things to say in this review not only about the property itself, but also the owner, Kathy, and her property manager Debbie. They were incredibly excited that we wanted to have our wedding on their property and made the planning incredibly easy for us. We really appreciated how involved Kathy was to make sure our special day went off without a hitch. All of our wedding guests commented on how beautiful the property was.
The property itself was just what we were looking for. It has a very private beach area (make sure you bring beach shoes, the zebra mussels are everywhere) as well as a cove that was perfect for launching our kayak. The kids (ages 6 and 7) always had something fun to do, and the adults enjoyed the quiet beach, lovely bike rides along the west coast of the island, and beautiful sunsets. We rented both the old house and the annex because we had the in-laws staying with us and were very happy with both. The accommodations are not fancy (but then we didn't want fancy) and everything in the houses were in good working condition.
We would strongly recommend a stay here to anyone with a desire for a tranquil, easy stay on beautiful Isle La Motte.
What an amazing experience. We enjoyed every moment. Stayed here (2 adultes and 5 children) very very comfortably. Kathy is a great person and the communication and details of the home were as described. The view is exceptional and the swimming is great. We all had a wonderful time. Would recommend to anyone and would greatly enjoy a return visit. :)
Incroyable! Nous sommes restez a ce chalet ( 2 adultes et 5 enfants) tres comfortablement. Kathy la proprietaire est excellente. La description sur ce site est tel quelle quand tu arrive. Aucune surprise. Nous le recommandons a tous et seraient a y retourner des demain. :)
Wonderful weekend: une fin de semaine merveilleuse
4 of 5
Isle La Motte est un endroit fabuleux, tranquille et vraiment reposant. CE chalet (L'annexe) est vraiment bien situé sur une péninsule et dispose d'une plage privée qui a fait vraiment fait notre bonheur. Les couchés de soleil sont magnifiques et l'endroit baigne dans une sérénité manifeste. Nous sommes une famille de 5 personnes dont 3 enfants de 5, 5 et 7 ans et dois dire que mes enfants ont grandement apprécié le séjour. La plage est sécuritaire et le température de l'eau était très satisfaisante. Le chalet est bien meublé et dispose de tout le nécessaire. De plus, je dois mentionné que la communication avec la propriétaire(Kathy) a été très positive. Bref, nous avons passé une fin de semaine dont nous nous souviendrons longtemps.
Isle La Motte is a fabulous place, quiet and really relaxing. This cottage (Annex) is very well situated on a peninsula and has a private beach that has really made us happy. The sunsets are beautiful and the place is bathed in an apparent serenity. We are a family of 5 including 3 children 5, 5 and 7 years and must say that my children have greatly enjoyed the stay. The beach is safe and the water temperature was very nice. The chalet is well furnished and has everything you need. Also, I mentioned that communication with the owner (Kathy) has been very positive. In short, we spent a weekend we will remember for long.
Submitted: Aug 2, 2011
Stayed: Jul 2011
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
My family and I, including a 6 year old and 4 year old, spent a wonderful week at the Annex. The house is good for relaxing with the second floor deck and waterfront location. Our kids loved the shallow swimming beach and we liked being on a very quiet, rural road for family biking. The Champlain Islands are just beautiful and offer family farms, pretty lake topography, and some tasty local produce (fruits, meat and cheese). Some of the late summer sunsets were just beautiful. My family and I will be going back.
Submitted: Sep 7, 2010
Stayed: Aug 2010
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
There are two private bedrooms, each with a double bed, and an open area on the same level with a double bed and Captain's bed--perfect for children.
Audio Tape Player
Books for Adults
Books for Kids
Deck / Patio ...
Lawn / Garden ...
6 garden chairs
4 beach chairs
unsuitable for elderly or infirm
non smoking only
Sports & Adventure Activities:
golf privileges optional
scuba diving or snorkeling
Nearest Airport: Burlington International Airport at 50 Miles/P.E.Trudeau Airport, Montreal, 70 miles
Nearest Train: St. Albans at 25 Miles
Nearest Golf: Alburgh Country Golf at 5 Miles
Nearest Cafe: South End Cafe, Main Street at 2 miles.
Nearest Restaurant: South End Ruthcliffe Restaurant at 3 Miles
Boating, hiking, fishing, swimming, rollerblading, biking, or simply relaxing on the beach.
Historical trails and golfing nearby.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website: