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Willoughby Lake Cottage with Private Sandy Beach, Spectacular Mountain Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms upstairs, 1 Bathroom, single bed downstairs, sleeps 8

PLEASE NOTE: $1,800/week + 9% VT tax $162. We continue with 5 star reviews for 2017 at another site, but the rentals were not through Homeaway so they cannot be shown here. .

This is a 112 year-old restored Victorian cottage with beautiful private beach. Canoe, Motor Boat, WI-Fi, Phone with Unlimited LD; possible for 2 families-max 8. Lake Willoughby is Vermont's finest lake with pristine, crystal clear water. Our unique combination of a secluded cottage with the finest private beach in the State makes ours a rare rental with exceptional privacy. The white sandy beach is 800' long. Canoe silently across with spectacular mountain views (12 min around by car, private parking).The cottage faces the sunset; the beach greets the sunrise. After shadows fall across the beach, returning to the cottage is like getting a whole new day.Children love sunning, fishing or diving off the dock or underwater bolder. After a Bar-B-Q, breakfast trout are best caught during sunset.The cottage is completely outfitted: library, porch, picnic table, complete kitchen with fresh basics, stereo,fishing equipment, and a shore side sitting niche to enjoy crashing waves, nature's finest views and the call of the loons.

Peaceful and Natural : We are very particular about the presentation and cleanliness of our property. The cottage is private and secluded as is the private beach. Both command beautiful views, and we are the only family cottage with property on both sides of the lake with the beach directly across from the cottage 2/3's mile.

Additional Pictures Available: Additional pictures are available for those who are considering a specific week. These we will send by attached e-mail. Technology is Great! Also, we provide a 5-page cottage information document (by e-mail attachment) which describes details about the cottage, directions, and recreational resources in the area. We really enjoy compliments from previous visitors (who are available to you for their commentary). The pictures are as complete as possible. Rainy weather is not under our control, but the cottage is spacious, and we see spectacular views of rain storms coming down the lake, from a secure and warm interior, and those sights are quite an experience. A trip to the beach across the lake by canoe and around by car, both arrive about the same time, on a beautiful sunny day make all the hard work you do during the rest of the year well worth it! And you can take a tour around the lake in the motor boat...or fish from the dock. Life can be good and will be when we so choose!!!

Fishing: Willoughby has produced some lunker lake trout in the 20 to 40 lb range. They are there -- but rare. We do provide fine trolling equipment with lead core line and terminal tackle (which you must replace if lost) [with motor boat] and other fishing equipment (fly, casting, and spinning). Nice rainbows may be caught at sunset in front of the cottage with bobber and worm.

Tenting on the beach across the lake from the cottage. Also, a tent may be placed on the 10'x10' platform in front of the cottage by the shore. The 'parental' room looks down on the platform and all sounds may be noted...but it truly is a beautiful site which a child (or adult) will never forget.

More Details

Property Manager
Sam Kent or Blythe Kent or Heather Dickson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Sam Kent or Blythe Kent or Heather Dickson

This cottage has been in the family since 1906 and shares many happy memories. I am told that I first walked on the porch there, and being in my 8th decade that was some time ago. I am a very happy father and grandfather, former professor, but now free to go fishing and read all those good books. I shall be quite honest about that cottage: it is a special place to be in the early AM for a swim or in the evening to watch the sunset, and be sure to bring a camera. One of my greater satisfactions is seeing happy families, whether it be my own or others, have a wonderful vacation at the lake. The beach really is special for children and adults too! Truly spectacular mountain views.

Sam Kent or Blythe Kent or Heather Dickson purchased this cottage in 1906

Why Sam Kent or Blythe Kent or Heather Dickson chose Westmore

I am overly biased about our cottage property, but I think the reviews are pretty accurate. The cottage has been restored to original days, including much original furniture. It is peaceful and relatively private with wonderful neighbors up and down the lake. We do have more privacy, lake and woods than most in our particular location. The ends of the lake are sort of cramped. If you like the out-of-doors environment with all the conveniences, then you will have a wonderful vacation. Ours is a rustic cottage, but with all the amenities, and the food even tastes better. The Wi-Fi has invaded, and we no longer have a crank telephone on a 4-party line. But, to return from the beach as the shadows approach the water at 4-5 pm and get another full day (seemingly) at the cottage with sunset at 9. It is a special treat.

What makes this cottage unique

Now, this is pretty biased, but there are many with a first time experience at Lake Willoughby who do agree: It is a certainty that Lake Willoughby is the finest lake in Vermont. Crescent beach, which is about 800' long, of which we own 100', is the finest on the lake and the beach with its mountain views is probably the finest in Vermont, maybe even on a more extensive scale. Folks say the cottage takes them back in time. I spent about 30 years restoring it with small and large projects, kind of tuckered now, but just in time. Much of the furniture is original, restored. And, it is peaceful and private. I really didn't bribe any reviewers, but their perspectives are probably pretty accurate. Every year for myself, it simply gets better. Now even the woods behind the beach are nicely trimmed. That was the last project. Most of all, it is gratifying to share the setting with others, so they too may be refreshed with perhaps the best of all possible vacations.


Westmore Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Internet ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub
  • H/C running water, an antique claw foot tub (in excellent condition) with antique style circular shower [2014] , new toilet [2014]. The water is quality mountain spring water from a well-protected spring 100 years old. A separate, new septic for the toilet. The older septic is used for the tub and sinks. Medicine cabinet stocked. All accessories for kitchen and bathroom [soap, paper goods, dish towels] but please bring your personal towels. OTHER AMENITIES: There is a pantry with several open shelves for storing your food, board games for children and adults. There are locking French doors, although for 100 years were have never encountered problems with the privacy we enjoy. Some of the wavy German antique glass panes with cracks have been replaced, but not all as they lend a special charm to the views. The cottage is outfitted with many extras: library, tools, fishing equipment, 8 new Blue Willow place settings and silver in 2015. Also, paper plates and holders for youngsters ;-)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 2 double
    Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Other - 1 twin/ single
  • 3 bedrooms are upstairs. One bedroom with 2 double beds looks out over the lake. Upon wakening, just open your eyes to view the lake scenery. The bedroom in the back of the cottage is open-screened with curtains and looks up into the woods (total privacy, just nature). A third (middle) bedroom with single bed is between and all are accessed by stairs to the middle bedroom. A single bed is down stairs in the main room looking out over the lake (superb location by picture window for sunning and reading.) 4 new mattresses, one older but fine. Bring sheets and towels. Blankets and pillows provided. Every year we put a lot of effort into upgrading and painting and presenting the cottage immaculately clean with more amenities (fresh spices-not in the can), food larder backup, new, quality pots and pans). In 2009 a new roof and French screen doors. The greatest pleasure comes from sharing our family cottage with nice people and having them experience a pleasurable and relaxing vacation.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Our family cottage is 106 years old (6 generations have seen it). With renovations since 1988 it is in peak order with the original furniture restored, much reconstruction, so capturing the original tradition and style of a 'Vermont Summer Camp' of the early 1900's, but with a few modern conveniences. 3 double beds and 2 twins, original, restored with new mattresses. Blankets, fresh mattress covers, and pillows are provided. Please bring your own sheets. A fully outfitted kitchen with basic larder and large variety of fresh spices, set of anodized cookware, blue willow dishes, fridge, stove, Bar-B-Q; upright Steinway piano; picnic tables (cottage and beach); an extensive library with excellent reading materials.The peace and privacy for watching the sunset after a Bar-B-Q or fishing off the dock in twilight evokes an unforgettable experience. Greeting the sunrise from a tent on the private beach with magnificent mountain views and fresh air is unparalleled.


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Willoughby Lake Cottage with Private Sandy Beach, Spectacular Mountain Views
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
Shelburne, VT

Quaint,secluded cottage on spectacular lake

  • 5 of 5

Our family rented this house last summer, and we had a wonderful experience and we would definitely recommend this place to others. For those looking for a secluded getaway on a stunning lake, this house can't be beat. The views from in the house are wonderful, and every night we experienced a spectacular sunset that our 2 year old still talks about.

We found the cottage to be well equipped with everything you might need. We used the grill each night, which works great, and the kitchen has plenty of cookware and plates. We would recommend buying food elsewhere and bringing it, as local stores are somewhat limited in selection. There are not a lot of local high quality restaurants, so you are better off bringing good food with you.

We either took the motor boat (which we had no problem using, and we are not boaters) or drove around to the private beach each morning. We soaked up the warm morning sun and had the entire large stretch of private beach all to our own. This could not have been more ideal for our 2 year old daughter, who was able to wade in the shallow water safely and play in the sand. We stayed Labor day week, and the water was crisp but warm enough for all of us to swim. We also enjoyed some great local hikes, especially Wheeler Mountain.

We had a very memorable experience at this cottage and I would recommend it to anyone seeking the peace and seclusion of a spectacular place.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gem of a place!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is full of rustic old charm and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The kitchen is very well stocked and we loved eating dinner at the picnic table on the north porch. The cottage is shaded from the trees and can be quite cool in the mornings - we even lit a fire one morning to take off the chill! Afternoons its bathed in sunshine. If you hit it right with the weather, the set up is heavenly between the cottage on the east side and beach on the west side. Sam and his daughter were extremely helpful and so very friendly. We enjoyed talking with them on the sandy beach at the other side of the lake. Having acces to both sides of the lake is incredible! If it's windy on the east side, then it's likely sheltered on west side. The lake is cool and extremely clear. Our group fished a lot and were very lucky to catch two large lake trout - one just about exactly where Sam recommended we try! We brought our own kayaks and also a small motor boat. (We discovered that the canoe leaks so if you like to boat, its best to bring your own) The area has wonderful hiking all around and it's fun to explore the surrounding towns .

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint cottage on beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

My family of five stayed at the Kent Camp for a week, and fell in love. The cottage had everything you need, including two boats, and spectacular views of the lake. We visited the beach nearly every afternoon, and it was also gorgeous. People on the lake were very friendly, and many knew the Kents. There are spectacular hikes in the mountains surrounding the lake, a rope swing about 1/4 mile down fro the cottage, Devil's rock to jump from, and an ice cream shack about 1 mile from the camp. We loved it there, and are trying to figure out how to spend even more time at the Kent Camp next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, Keegan. Our family has had fond memories of Willoughby lake and the cottage for many generations; it is always a special privilege to share with others who appreciate such treasures.
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What a beautiful beach.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is an amazing place to stay. The lake and beach are simply incredible. The views are some of the most beautiful in Vermont. The entire place is filled with a timeless rustic charm and warmth. The cottage is neat, clean, including bathroom, beds comfortable. There is a well supplied kitchen for cooking, nice dishes, silver or just cottage flatware. The experience of having a fine meal with friends or family, is enhanced by the surroundings, and makes for great memories. My two favorite spots are sitting in a chair on the platform right next to the water, or resting on the bed in the front room being warmed by the afternoon sun. The lake is simply the cleanest I have ever been swimming in. Their is a huge variety of books for any one to find something of interest to read on a rainy day, or as you go to bed. Having wireless Internet access allows you to connect to the outside world, research the area, or check up on news/weather. Their are several comfortable beds, with warm blankets/covers. On some nights the loons can be heard. Their calls are truly beautiful and unforgettable. Early in the morning, you sometimes wake to a lake like a giant mirror. During breakfast, looking out over the lake, you can often see ducks or loons swimming by, with occasional fish jumping. In the evenings there is sometimes a spectacular sunset to welcome the quiet clear cool starlit night. Here you can either sit back and relax, or explore the beauty of Vermont's North East. This is a very special place, and highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very generous review of our cottage. For this old duffer, it means a lot to have happy campers, but that's what really makes the difference. I may get in trouble for saying it, but taxes take it all anyway. However, the state can't take any bites out of happy families and good vacations. So, there!!!
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Cozy cottage right on the beautiful lake!!

  • 5 of 5

Everything that was stated in the description rang true to its word. It is an older, but absolutely well taken care of cottage right on the lake. The views, when you wake up and when you hit the pillow at night, are beyond gorgeous. Our kids and I had a wonderful time both at the cottage, on the lake, or on the beach, which is on the other side of the lake--and private! We look forward to the day when we can return, which will hopefully be soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

A Real Cottage Experience!

  • 5 of 5

The Kent Cottage is truly unique. Lake Willoughby is by far one of the cleanest and peaceful we had had the pleasure of vacationing on. The cottage has a wonderful historic energy. The moment we entered the cottage we were welcomed by Vermont hospitality that in our opinion is simply second to none. The cottage is well furnished and filled with family memorabilia that attest to the many spent summers on the lake by the family who are still to this day the original owners of the place. Don’t bring a book…let yourself be tempted by the eclectic collection of vintage books the cottage is filled with. We felt privileged to have spent a week in such a beautiful cottage. A perfect marriage between rustic and modern…we had everything at our finger tips. We had all the necessary cutlery, glassware and cookware to cook up a storm. Feeling a bit chilly, put a few logs in the wood stove and wrap yourself in one of the many blankets carefully folded in the cedar chest and let the stress of the daily hustle and bustle disappear to the songs of the many resident loons. Your kids will fall asleep with a smile on their face leaving the adults to enjoy the silence.

A 15 minutes drive from the cottage, lead us in town of Newport where bought anything from delicious steaks to fresh live Maine lobsters and all at reasonable prices. We recommend the Price Chopper, for the variety and freshness of their products. The Vista is also great…but if you are an epicurean like we are, then the Price Chopper is slightly better and your one stop shop before heading down to the cottage. From cheddar to chardonnay…you will be served in the town of Newport.

The cottage has everything to ensure you enjoy your experience to the fullest. From the small motorboat with its equipment (fishing rods, jackets etc.) to a wide array of fresh herbs to complement your evening dish. The lake front is shallow which makes it very convenient and safe when you have a 2 and 1 year old. The view from the common room is simply breathtaking. Four adults and 4 children lived, ate and slept comfortably for a week.

We drove 9.5 hours from Toronto, Canada and the trip was well worth it. Simply enquiring about the cottage was a treat. The owner is a gentlemen and a scholar.

Me and my family hope to return to visit Vermont and the Kent Cottage real soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been so fortunate to have had wonderful guests...and it is most gratifying to see good people have happy and relaxing vacations. We just pray it doesn't rain, which of course in Vermont is impossible. But, it is still beautiful to see a storm sweep in its sometimes fury down the length of the lake. We ask guests to treat the cottage as if it was their own precious home. Well, this family was exceptional in the care of this old structure to the point where they simply must receive a generous discount for their next visit. Thank you, Cowboy Marty, you are a great fellow. Indeed, he is quite a dynamic man and a scholar of one of the more erudite professions. They sent us the most precious black and white picture of three little children, perhaps 14 months to 3 years of age, standing on the bed, hands leaning on the big picture window, looking out over the lake watching all the fanciful waterfront activities...the sort of memory a child may hold for a lifetime. That picture is to be framed and, God willing, will be found hanging on the wall of this old cottage for the next hundred years.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Burlington International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Willovale Inn
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Burlington, Vermont
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Burlington, Vermont
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Interstate 91
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Willovale Inn
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Crescent Beach (private) 750' long.
Car: necessary

Lake Willoughby is a rare and beautiful glacial lake, often called the Lucerne of the U.S. and rightfully so with with the rugged mountains carved out by ancient glaciers. The waters are clean and pristine. Our cottage and beach are a rare combination of privacy and generous views. When the sun begins to go down on the beach, we truly do get another half day upon returning to the cottage. The cottage is about 30 feet from a beautiful granite stone shore with a 24' dock and sitting platform with about 7 steps going down to the crystal clear water (pebble-sand). There is an underwater bolder for diving near the stairs, and a massive 100-ton-plus under water bolder where children can stand up to their waist 75 feet from the shore. Each year brings new aesthetic touches to both beach and cottage. A sandy path along a clear water brook leads to the beach. It is a Shangra La from which one wishes never to leave...and you know at the end that you truly have had a marvelous vacation.

Other Activities: Fishing equipment and motor boat for trolling (motor boat offered free, and only rarely has the previous renter dropped the motor in the lake, i.e. which occurence tends to complicate matters for subsequent renters but we hope for the best [the last time we had to look for rare spare parts]. In truth, a motor boat ride around the lake in the evening under the primitive and haunting aromas of of the shear, mossey, wooded slopes Mt. Hoare are an unforgettable experience -- unchanged for 1000's of years.

Or, you can climb Mt. Pisgah or Mt. Wheeler (superb for children) which have wonderful views of the Lake. And from Wheeler right to our beach for a refreshing swim.

Or, visiting Ben and Jerry's factory, the Maple Museum, or the Cabot Cheese Factory for tummy-filling samples of ice cream, all shades of maple syrup, and many varieties of cheese -- all at a time-distance of of perhaps 60-90 minutes through the beautiful Vermont countryside. I have 44 characters remaining and now there are

Golf: There are two golf courses in the area, one a club with fancy dining about 15 minutes away in Orleans, Vermont and another newly created from pasture, for practice with a view, in the hills close by Willoughby Lake.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

WEEKENDS SPRING AND FALL: $1,725 per week summer, pre- and post-season: $200 extra/family/week. $100/extra couple/week. Refund in full upon re-rental which has been 3 for 3 over 10 years. Weekends: $680/3 nights; $490/2 nights. The cottage is presented in spotless order and we ask kindly reciprocation. We are primarily interested in folks having wonderful vacations, so questions encouraged.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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