Alexandria Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Waterfront 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom cottage
Stay at this lovely historical cottage, 'Always', circa 1898, where the rich and famous once stayed. Once the summer vacation home of Max Winslow, an executive with Columbia pictures and close friend of the famous composer Irving Berlin, our cottage is maintained in its original state from the 1920s. The waterfront cottage has 5 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and many original furnishings. A large dining room with the original table and chairs that were used by Winslow and his guests. There is also a large family room and fireplace. The eat in kitchen is recently updated, but still holds the charm of the cottage. Enjoy watching the ships and yachts pass by as you sit on the 60 ft. screened in, wrap around porch or sit down at the water's edge (almost 200' feet of river frontage). Alexandria Bay is just over a mile away and offers restaurants, golf courses, marinas, grocery stores and boat tours of Boldt Castle! Clayton is located 11 miles south from this property, home to the Antique Boat Museum. The Thousand Island Bridge can take you to Canada as well.
This historical cottage is one of two cottages on the property! Both cottages share the waterfront property, with plenty of room on almost 200' of river frontage!
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
About Tim Crotty
Our family has owned this summer cottage for over 66 years. It has 'Always' been where we could converge to get away from our busy schedules and relax! Four generations have come here for the summer to make memories and share some laughs. It is truly a special place and we hope you enjoy it.
Tim Crotty purchased this cottage in 1946
Why Tim Crotty chose Alexandria Bay
Featured in the book 'The Summer Cottage, Retreats of the 1000 Islands', our family cottage was built in 1898, having several owners until it was purchased in the 1920s by Max Winslow. Mr. Winslow was was a music producer and executive with Columbia pictures and close friend of the famous song writer, Irving Berlin. Irving and his wife Ellin spent six days of their honeymoon at the cottage in August of 1926, after eloping to Europe to avoid a media frenzy. Many guests visited the Winslow's summer cottage over their years of ownership, including movie moguls Harry Cohn and Frank Capra. They spent hours on the river fishing and reading movie scripts. The Winslow's owned the cottage until 1946, after the trips from Los Angeles to Alexandria Bay became too much for the aging couple. Our family has owned the proerty since 1946 and we have kept the charm of the cottage and grounds as it was back them.
What makes this cottage unique
The sixty foot screened in front porch overlooking the St. Lawrence River is the most special place in the cottage. You can wave to the tour boats as they pass by, announcing the history of 'Always', and watch the ships and yachts pass by in the narrowest part of the St. Lawrence Seaway. It is so peaceful and relaxing!
This historical cottage is one of two cottages on the property!