Classic lakehouse getaway on Mallets Bay. www.vermontlakegetaway.com Located in total seclusion, miles from nowhere, yet only 15 miles from downtown Burlington, the house is wonderfully set overlooking a private cove, in the deep woods, adjacent to a huge meadow. Trees, hiking, swimming, solace and a place to getaway from everything! The lake house is newly renovated - gut rehabbed - with 2 large all-pine master bedrooms and French doors that open on to an expansive sun deck overlooking the water. The house has an island-style kitchen open to the living room with double French doors to a large covered screened in porch. The house sits atop and looks onto a private cove in Mallets Bay (Lake Champlain). Boat dock with sandy private beaches (2). Community tennis court is included. NO TELEVISION. Great for families looking to unplug and live simple/natural.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE NOW HAVE WATER SOFTENER SYSTEM SO ALL WATER IS SAFE and POTABLE.
Hiking: The house is located a short walk from Niquette Bay State Park. Nearby there are hiking trails that extend for miles and rise up above the lake into the deep virgin woods of Vermont.
Boating: We do not currently offer any boating services but have a 50 lb. mooring off the shore for those who would be interested in bringing your own. That is adequate for a small fishing or outboard boat.
Swimming: The rental includes two beaches for use both are gradual and safe (no rocks), perfect for young children. Tots is not great swimming except from dock. Sandy beach is perfect for swimming/sandy bottom but have to walk out far to get deep.
Fishing: Great bass. For kids, perch and sunfish off of dock practically jump on the hook.
Unwinding: Sitting on the porch and playing board games or napping there is one of my favorite things to do in the world. The weather is perfect, hot days, cool nights with great breezes.
This house was originally a camp that was built by my Grandfather's Grandfather for his oldest daughter 'Granny Tot' as a wedding present. They lived on more than 300 acres back then and ran Braeloch as a 'farm' with numerous houses that each had various functions (i.e. the 'dining house', 'camphouse rocks', and of course the 'farmhouse'). Many of those properties are still there and for the most part Braeloch has remained undeveloped and much the same as it was back in those days.
My brothers and me grew up in Los Angeles and only ever spent a week here and there at Braeloch, growing up. In 2005, our grandparents decided to dissolve the family trust that owned our portion of the property (Brealoch was originally divided amongst 3 sisters) and break it up to my father's family (passed to me and my brothers) and my two uncles and aunts (into 4 pieces). We wanted Tots and we also got an undeveloped parcel of land that we since developed (prop ID #133165).
Tots was in bad shape at the time but my brothers and me had a little bit of money and so my brother Brian, specifically, decided to completely renovate Tots and bring her back to 'like new'. Yet we went overboard in trying to retain her charm.
I (John) now live in Burlington VT and my oldest brother Steve lives just south of town. Brian and his family still live out west in the San Francisco area.
Braeloch is like very few places in the world. It is secluded and offers a natural and old world charm at a time when McMansions and the omnipresence of technology and connectedness is oppressive. If you want to unplug for a week and enjoy a great week at the lake and in the woods, this house is for you. You'll love it.
Private beach and cove. Great swimming (from dock). Fishing. Tennis. Hiking. And you're close to one of the most amazing little cities in the nation (Burlington) and one of the most amazing big cities in the world (Montreal). What's not to love!?