|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Just opened for bookings for spring / summer / fall 2015! Book now! Don't miss out!
3 - 6 BEDROOMS, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 BATHROOMS: RENT MAIN HOUSE ONLY (SLEEPS 6), OR ADD 1 OR 2 GUESTHOUSES, FOR EXTRA SPACE WITH PRIVACY.
Live the dream, on spectacular Friendly Island, your very own private island on exclusive Millionaires Row, with magnificent views of Boldt Castle, Sunken Rock Lighthouse, and ocean-going ships. Right in the main channel, and only 5 minutes from town. Marvel at breathtaking River views from every room and every outdoor area! Enjoy every comfort and convenience! This unique island cannot be compared to any other property for rent; its location, features, amenities, and view are unrivalled in the area. So special, that Friendly Island is featured on postcards and in magazine articles about the Thousand Islands.
Glorious sunrises and sunsets. Multiple oversized sliding glass doors and windows offer awesome panoramic views from indoors or out. Cathedral ceilings! Many fabulous amenities, including private heated in-ground swimming pool (please inquire about new liner), hot tub (both of which overlook the River, positioned high on the island for your privacy), outdoor sauna (with stereo!), home theater system (with huge 82' screen!), surround sound, lots of electronics, DVD's, VCR's, TV in every bedroom, business center (including high-speed internet, fax, photocopier, scanner, printer), barbeque, and so much more. World-class fishing (rated among the top 10 in the U.S.!), right from your own dock.
Magnificent stonework throughout the island, including million-dollar seawall.
Dine right beside the scenic St. Lawrence River, while you feast your eyes on majestic Boldt Castle, picturesque Sunken Rock Lighthouse, and exclusive Millionaires Row. Gaze in awe at ships from all over the world - so close, you can almost touch them!
Friendly Island is unique, and offers all these fabulous features and amenities not available with other island rentals:
Private heated inground swimming pool (please inquire)
Hot Tub in beautiful gazebo
Outdoor Sauna (with stereo)
Home Theater, with dozens of channels, including movie, children's, & specialty channels
Ultra High-Speed Internet
Cathedral ceilings, including skylights
Almost-new top-of-the-line appliances (except 1); LG washer & dryer with steam!
No rocks or shoals (unlike most islands for rent), to damage boats or people, so you can glide right in, alongside our sheltered back dock
Only 5 minutes from town (so convenient, especially at night, when you can just zip straight across, without fear of unknown waters - no rocks, no shoals)
Spectacular, panoramic views
A Castle as a neighbor!
PLEASE VERIFY RENTAL RATE FOR USE OF THE MAIN HOUSE OR 2 HOUSES OR ALL 3 HOUSES. BONUS: FOR LARGE PARTIES REQUIRING MORE SPACE OR THE PRIVACY OF A SEPARATE HOUSE, THERE ARE 2 ADDITIONAL GUEST HOUSES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. DOCKAGE BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT.
1) MAIN HOUSE SLEEPS 6 (2 bedrooms & double loft, great room [living room] with cathedral ceiling, home theater, TV in every bedroom, kitchen, breakfast nook, 1 1/2 baths, wraparound deck, balconies, pergola. Enjoy River views from every room!)
2) LARGE GUEST HOUSE SLEEPS 4 (Enormous master bedroom suite, adjoining separate sitting room with queen-sized sofa-bed and separate outside entrance, small fridge, microwave, brand new LG washer & dryer with steam! Both sleeping rooms have soaring cathedral ceilings and each has it's own private entrance from outside (many glass doors and oversized windows). Skylights, huge bathroom, additional enclosed outdoor rainshower is open to the sky, TV in each bedroom, 60' HDTV. Huge covered veranda/sunroom with cathedral ceiling, balconies. Enjoy River views from every room!)
3) PUMP HOUSE SLEEPS 2 (historic renovated charming 1 room cottage; covered back porch. Share kitchen & bathrooms of Main House. Scenic windows all around. Enjoy 3 different panoramic River views from this special location!)
Area attractions and activities include wonderful sightseeing opportunities (including Boldt and Singer Castles), tours by boat or helicopter or hot air balloon, museums, historic sites and reenactments, art galleries, artists' colony, live theater and music, free outdoor concerts, fine and casual dining, spas (or, relax with an outdoor massage, right on your private island paradise), nightlife, antique shops, charming boutiques, winery tours, horseback riding, hunting, freshwater scuba diving and snorkeling in crystal clear water (listed among the finest in the world), hot air ballooning, several zoos (including Aqua Zoo), whitewater river rafting, flyboarding (new), skydiving, go-karting, bumper cars, arcade, manicured golf courses (including one on an island!), scenic miniature golf, giant chess, Mazeland, swimming, boating, tubing, jet-skiing, beaches, Nature Center (among the top 5 in the U.S.!), world-class fishing (among the top 10 in the U.S.!!), Riverquest (new), and more.
Another country is practically at your doorstep, only 15 minutes away. (Passport or enhanced driver's license required to enter Canada.) Casino apx. 20 minutes away. One of only a handful of places on earth with 2 UNESCO designations: World Biosphere Reserve AND World Heritage Site, only minutes away.
Or, just relaaaaaaaaaaaax in one of our designer patio chairs / rockers / lounges, on one of our numerous decks or docks or balconies, or on our extensive (multi-acre) grounds, or in one of our single or double hammocks, or one of our old-time lawn swings, and marvel at the beauty and wonder that is Millionaires Row, as ocean-going vessels from all over the world pass right before your dazzled eyes.
Kindly include your TELEPHONE NUMBER in your response (spam avoidance), in order to be considered. Due to the exclusivity of this property, we are targeting a smaller traveler audience. Serious inquiries only, please. References will be required.
Live the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Live the dream........
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Like many of our neighbours, we have travelled all over the world, but, after discovering the incomparable Thousand islands, and vacationing in the area for many years, we chose this unique spectacular island as our little piece of paradise.
A visitor said it best; she described the area as 'serene, exciting, peaceful, glorious, breathtaking', and said, 'Boating on this river gives you the ultimate sense of freedom - there is no end in sight, no limitations!'
Friendly Island is, at once, romantic, secluded, and private (with breathtaking views!), offering everything you could want, right on the island, but close enough to access all the worldly sights and activities, restaurants, sports facilities, etc., only a few minutes away.
We have front-row seats, right on our own front deck or dock, to see ocean-going ships, or the fireworks over Boldt Castle, or the pirate invasion during Pirate's Days, or high-powered speedboats during the Poker Run.
Perfect for a romantic getaway, or a fun vacation for several friends, or a wonderful opportunity for family bonding!
Only a couple of minutes from the wonderful offerings on the mainland, yet, we can have our own little world to enjoy - truly, the BEST of all worlds....exclusivity with accessibility!
The air is pure (you will actually notice the difference!), the water crystal clear (we are the freshwater diving capital of the WORLD). Unlike many other islands for rent, Friendly Island offers deep water dockage - no rocks or shoals to destroy your boat or propeller, and an easy, quick ride to and from town (these were definite attractions for us, when searching for the perfect island).
Feel like royalty, as you survey you own private domain. The sheer beauty defies description. Swim in your own private heated pool (or in the private, protected River swimming area), relax in the hot tub or sauna, de-stress with a wonderful outdoor massage.
The home theater system offers an unbelievable assortment of channels (including recent movies), and the surround-sound makes you feel as if you're right there! Cozy sofas and cushy chairs have been professionally positioned for your comfort and viewing pleasure.
Truly, a refuge from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Return from your island holiday feeling refreshed and alive. (However, should you require a brief, temporary return to reality, to deal with a pressing business matter, or other time-sensitive issue, you can feel secure in the knowledge that our dedicated business center, right in the Main House, provides for all your needs: high speed internet, WiFi, fax machine, photocopier, and printer.)
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, while enjoying all the creature comforts that life has to offer in your own idyllic sanctuary.....your very own private paradise.
Words cannot describe my great feeling of having arrived when we docked at Friendly Island. The island's gracious owner who rents her glorious place to allow others to share and experience pure joy and solitude whille breathing deeply and loving all the amenities fit for a king or queen, as they say. I loved relaxing, barbequing, swimming and having fun offering the "Queen's Wave" to the touring boat passengers and one night, listening to a rich, baritone voice singing Irish ditties, wafting over from Alexandria Bay. There was always a cool breeze at night and my stay here on Friendly Island has given me an experience with only positive vibes remaining and which I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Thank you, Ellen for making Friendly Island not just a label but a reality. We appreciated all the labour and love that went into the creation of your island for all four seasons to boot.
This island was beautiful. The houses had everything modern you could possibly want or need and the grounds were kept up very nicely. Ellen is an awsome person who stays in touch with you throughout the entire process. My family and I have rented many vacation properties and went through private agencies. This vacation rental is very different. Ellen and Steve made us ( 12 total ) feel very welcome and treated all of us like we were old friends. The surrounding islands and Bay are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. All of the vacations we have been on don't even compare to this time we had on Friendly Island. Sitting out on the deck at night and looking at the town lit up was just amazing. Ellen and Steve work very hard to make the stay as wonderful as can possibly be expected and then some. I can't say enough about this vacation paradise to give it the justice it fully deserves. The fishing, boating, tubing and just relaxing time spent was the best. The pool, hot tub, sauna, houses, grounds, boat docks and everything else on this island are very well kept up and just a pleasure for every person no matter if you are 5 or 105. I would rate this a 10 out of 10 for anyone looking for a true vacation paradise. Ellen, My family and I can't thank you enough for your hard work and friendship to make this the vacation of a lifetime. We all look forward to returning to the island this year. Your friendship and hospitality is truly amazing. Thank you again.. Scott, Cheryl, Amanda, Justin, Morgan, Justin, Trista,( the lawyer, lol ), Rob, Josh, Alex, Jimmy and Jake...You are the BEST..
My family and I were lucky to get a last minute cancellation on Friendly Island for Pirate week in Alexandria Bay. We had always talked about visiting the Thousand Islands after passing though one previous year and jumped at the chance to rent our own private island when we saw Friendly Island was available. I can’t say enough about what a picturesque location this is, but just minutes by boat from in town dining. Every direction is another great view. We took turns picking the spot on the island to set up our chairs for our evening wine and cheese and watching the world go by.
My two children thanked me many times for picking such a great vacation spot. They enjoyed the fishing, swimming from the docks and in the pool, relaxing in the hammocks, and exploring around the island by foot and boat. If your kids are older and adventurous ask Ellen to tell you about the cliff diving, that was a highlight for my two, but too daring for me. My 23 year old son had great fun during breakfast on the porch waving at the tour boats as they passed by on the St. Lawrence River. We had to wave and smile because we were on “Friendly Island”. It was a great change from our usual over planned vacation, there was plenty to do here, but in a more relaxed family bonding atmosphere.
Steve and Ellen were very helpful on making sure we felt at home and answering any questions we had. The listing was accurate and the house was freshly cleaned when we arrived. I would highly recommend this house to friends and family.
My husband surprised me by booking us a 10 day getaway on this private island to celebrate our 10th anniversary. At first I was unsure as my husband has never booked anything by himself before, but my fears were soon laid to rest. We had a wonderfully romantic escape. The views are truly second to none. It was blissful lounging on the front deck, you feel as if you are sitting at the top of the world.
My husband played a lot of golf on our getaway as there were several courses that he wanted to try out. I relaxed in the sun and by the pool and read about four books over the ten days (definitely a luxury for me). Although we did enjoy a few romantic dinners at some of the finer restaurants in the area, we preferred to dine under the stars on the island listening to the water lapping against the rocks, watching the boats carry people to and from town.
A real treat was a midnight dip in the pool and enjoying a cocktail before bed in the hot tub at the top of the island. Very romantic, very private...
We did a little bit of sight seeing and shopping in the nearby towns. A must see is the Clayton boat museum where they have wonderful old wooden boats. You are even able to arrange a ride on one. A truly worthwhile experience.
The accommodations on the island were perfect. The place is kept very clean and very well equipped. My husband enjoyed having the large screen televisions for watching golf (of course) and I enjoyed having a full kitchen especially because we ate most of our meals on the island. We actually ended up sleeping in the second house because it is closer to the hot tub. We did rent the whole island because we wanted our privacy but it would have easily accommodated us in the front house.
We have stayed at many summer residences before and have been to many islands in the past. We have spent much more for much less in the past. This is by far the most romantic vacation we have taken to date and we hope to be able to visit again soon. It was worth every penny!
I have been vacationing in the Thousand Islands since 1971, and this vacation was the best! The owners were most gracious and very accommodating. The view from the deck was unbelievable - with ships passing right by your doorstep. I brought by own boat, and was pleased by the protection offered by the slip on the backside of the island. While we love to eat out, we had most of our meals at the island because the view was second to none. There are plenty of things to do, and my two teenage daughters can not wait to return for our next vacation. While the photos on this website do accurately reflect the appearance of the island, they can not do it justice. You have to see it for yourself. I would recommend this dream island to friends or relatives!
My family has stayed here twice over the past two years and are planning a return trip for this summer as well. This is a wonderful location right on the river very close to the town of Alexandria Bay. It only took us about 5 minutes by boat from the dock on the island to get to the town dock in Alexandria Bay.
The island was perfect for our family. We rented the main house and the "bunkie" for our kids to sleep in. They thought that having their own place was a blast! The main house was very spacious. The upstairs bedroom was perfect for my husband and I and there is a beautiful breeze that flows through that level. The living room was large enough that we could all hang out in there to watch a movie and play some board games but to be honest we did not stay inside too often. The kitchen was well equipped and the dining room table expands so you can seat at least 10 very comfortably. Also, it was perfect having the two washrooms... no lineups!
By far the most outstanding part of this vacation home is the outdoor space. The deck that stretches across the entire front of the house and wraps around the other house and down to the pool deck is fabulous! Views galore!!! We pretty much ate every meal on the deck and spent most evenings enjoying a glass of wine overlooking the water watching the sun go down. The pool was a real bonus forour family and extremely private and there is a lovely gazebo with a hot tub. The property is large so our boys had a lot of space to roam, play friz-bee and throw the ball around. We have a boat so we spent a great deal of time on the water and there is ample docking space at the island even if you are entertaining.
I would absolutely recommend this vacation home to anyone.
Flyboarding (NEW!), Go-Karting (one of the longest tracks in North America!), Bumper Cars, Scenic Mini Golf, Indoor/Outdoor Drive-in Movie Theater, Whitewater River Rafting, Skydiving, State Parks, Sightseeing in the magnificent Thousand Islands by Tour Boat / Private Cruise / Giant Voyageur Canoe / Hot Air Balloon / Helicopter, Hiking, Nature Center (rated one of the top 5 in the U.S.!), Antique Boat Museum, Art Galleries (including local artists), Artists' Colony, Craft Fairs, Jazz Brunches, Opera House, Live Theater and Entertainment, Beaches, Playgrounds, Tours of Boldt AND Singer Castles, Riverquest (NEW), Ecological Reserves, UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Historical Sites and Reenactments, World Heritage Sites, Casino, Comedy Clubs, Nightclubs, Pubs, Free Concerts, Free Block Dances and so much more.
SPECIAL WEEKS / WEEKENDS / EVENTS: Pirates Days (for kids from 1 to 100), Rockin' the Bay, Blues in the Bay, Poker Run Powerboat Race, etc. Our front deck and dock offer front-row seats to so many exciting events, including the dazzling 4th of July Fireworks off Boldt Castle, as well as the Invasion by Pirate Boats, and the Poker Run Powerboat Race!
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$290 + Tax|
Rates & information subject to change prior to confirmation.
Rates shown are for MAIN HOUSE ONLY. High Season rates for 2 houses: from $6500/wk & incidentals; for 3 houses: from $6895/wk & incidentals.
Amenities subject to change (pool alert!)
Rates shown are for rental of Main House only; additional charge for rental of 1 or 2 extra Guesthouses / entire island.
Linens (fee is waived, should you bring your own; we supply pillows, mattress pads, comforters/quilts/blankets/bed covers for all rentals, FREE)
10% Tax is NOT included.
Premium applies for weeks including holidays and special events.
50% deposit upon confirmation. Balance, plus security deposit and incidentals, due 60 days prior to arrival. Premium for holiday or special event weeks. Cleaning, Utilities & (Optional) Linen Fee. All payments are non-refundable.
Cancellation insurance is available to protect your payment, in case of an unexpected covered event.
Optional Property Damage Protection.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.