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Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 10

Located on the beautiful St Lawrence River, 10 minute boat ride from Gananoque, Canada, and 20 minutes from Clayton, NY. 4 bedroom Adirondack Camp with spectacular sunset views of the Thousand Islands. Separate quaint cabin with bedroom and full bath and 1 bedroom boathouse. Located on family owned, 600 acre private preserve of fields and woods great for walking and mountain biking. Multiple docks for boating, swimming, and fishing. Diving board. 2 kayaks.

Grindstone Island is easily accessible by boat, barge if you wish to bring your car or by water taxi.

Boat rental information available.

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Sandra H Hamlen
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the use of the Howard-Smith house for the last week in June. I and my family had a magnificent time. We had perfect weather and constantly enjoyed views from the porch and from Blueberry Island. The house was better than advertised and very well stocked with towels, linens, books, glasses, dishes, puzzles and kitchen equipment. I now look forward to the arduous task of trying to coordinate schedules so we can visit again next year or the year after (at the latest)! Once again, thank you very much.
Jun 2014
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Clayton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Maincamp
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Maincamp
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , bunkbeds
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , bunkbeds
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Cabin
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Boathouse
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Adirondack Camp with 4 bedrooms, 2 twin beds in two bedrooms and 2 bunkbeds in the other two bedrooms, 2 full baths. 2 Slip Boathouse with 1 bedroom - Queen size bed, no bath. Dockage for atleast 3 other boats on outside docks. Separate 1 bedroom cabin with full bath and 2 twin beds.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

July 2015

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we rented this property. The only complaint we have is that the week goes by too quickly. This place is heaven on earth. Our kids swam, fished and kayaked for a week straight. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Love this place

  • 5 of 5

I love this place, the huge 700 acre nature preserve that this high end 1930s house sits in the middle of provides privacy that is hard to come by. The view from the front porch all the way to Canada gives you an eagles eye view of everything that is happening on the river. The peace and quiet helps restore my connection to the earth and I return to reality with a new perspective on life.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Great Vacation - July 2009

  • 5 of 5

We had four couples and five children under the age of 5 at the house and it was amazing! The house had everything we needed, was very comfortable and welcoming and the island was perfect! I was also impressed with how well prepared the kitchen was for extensive cooking and thanks to the large dining table, we were able to have all our meals together. It's a great spot for swimming, kayaking, hiking, etc. we really had a fantastic time and would definitely return to this house!

Thanks for a great time!


  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Hampshire

Wow! Pretty close to the perfect vacation.

  • 5 of 5

This well kept, very comfortable house is possibly the nicest spot on the River, very private and quiet with amazing views and sunsets. We spent many hours swimming back and forth to the island in front of the house which is owned by the family, also a great spot for a picnic. On this large island you can walk/bike for hours. We saw lots of deer, some turkeys, and all sorts of birds including bobolinks. At night the resident loons serenade. Entertaining the kids was easy. They loved the tubing and skiing which felt safe in this quieter part of the river, fishing is good for a few hours each day and as I said swimming. There's a good selection of board games and puzzles when they tire of all that.

I appreciated the house for it's charming decoration and very well equipped kitchen that made cooking for a crowd fun. The porch was a great place to settle down with a book in the afternoon while keeping an eye on the kids swimming down below. There are actually 6 bedrooms now so even though the family asks no more than 10 guests there are plenty of sleeping options. Just recently they have added a queen size bed in a comfortable new room at the boathouse - only thing is there's no bathroom, not such a problem. The dock is new and comfortably held all 3 of our boats with room to spare, boathouse too. We had a fantastic week. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Watertown, NY
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Clayton, NY 13624
Car: not necessary

A Wonderful Island Community Church with Sunday Services, July Turkey Dinner. Dance on Saturday nights at Dodge Hall. Two, one room school houses. One with a playground and summer classes. Walk to the Grindstone Island Winery with tours. Cattle grazing on our property. Spectacular Potter's Beach on the North Side of the Island, as well as Swimming, Snorkeling, Mountain Biking, Walking, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing and Exploring.


Rates & Availability

Clayton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Last Minute Cancellation
Jul 21 2017 - Jul 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $850

June - September:
$850.00 required for reservation deposit. We will retain the 850.00 if you cancel your reservation and we are unable to rent for that week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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