Like a little second honeymoon
Submitted: November 20, 2012
Stayed: November 2012
Exactly as described and a great place for two. The cottage is whimsical, elegant, funky, and designed around the view of the lake; extremely important, since we were there in early November and knew we probably wouldn't be sitting outside. We did get out in the kayak one day -- lovely. The lake is serene and beautiful in sun and cloud. The house is on the quiet, marshy end of the lake, with lots of waterfowl and great sunsets. Absolutely delightful.
The owners were easy to work with and up-front in making sure we knew what the cottage is like. The house is on the road but, at least in November, the road isn't busy and with the windows closed there was no noise and very little light from vehicles. In fact, other than the small house across the road, there are no neighbors visible from the property and you really have a sense of being alone on the lake. Too marshy for swimming, but they have a canoe and kayak and their own dock.
The house is clean and warm, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen is reasonably well stocked, but bring your own coffee grinder. No microwave -- but we came to cook, so it didn't matter. Coffee maker but no teapot.
The ladder to the loft is as steep as a bunk bed ladder and about twice as tall. I personally wouldn't worry about my kids climbing up or down it -- they're tree climbers -- but most elders and anybody scared of heights wouldn't be able to do it. Down is harder than up.
The cottage has 2 bedrooms plus the loft over the kitchen/eating/living area, but very little privacy; part of the whimsey is some interior windows. It was perfect for a couple but I can't see bringing our kids unless we intended to be out and about a lot; they aren't experienced enough to be out in the canoe or kayak alone and there's not much else to do outside without traveling.
The area is beautiful but we mostly snuggled in and enjoyed the cottage for 3 days. We had one lovely dinner in Vergennes at the Black Sheep Bistro and stopped for supplies at the Castleton Village Store (look it up). The owners have lots of recommendations for eating, hiking, biking, shopping, and other activities.
We'd go back in a heartbeat and certainly will recommend it to others. Many thanks.
Families with Young Children,
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