About the property
- House6500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
-10 Bedrooms, 4 Full Bathrooms
Watch Island is one of the 1000 Islands set in a tranquil bay overlooking the St Lawrence Seaway. It is a restored 100 year old Victorian home with spectacular location with views of ships, sunsets, 1000 Island Bridge, Rock Island Lighthouse. Dining room is a large gracious room seats 6 to 16+ with 12 windows overlooking the seaway and evening sunsets. Comfortable living room furnished in antiques with piano, fireplace and views of the river. Country-size, full-service, eat-in kitchen and pantry. The house is surrounded by 4 furnished porches with breathtaking views..one enclosed in glass/ screens. All baths have claw-foot soaking tubs/showers. Small Boathouse with deep water and plenty of dock space. Crystal clear water for swimming. The house was originally built with servants quarters if anyone wishes to bring a nanny and cook there is plenty of room. The grounds are manicured and plenty of room for outside games, sports or just relaxing in the hammock.
GREAT LOCATION FOR SPECIAL EVENTS : This has been called the Venice of the North. The history of the area and these enchanted islands is fascinating with stories of wars, pirates, sunken ships, boat building, thousand island dressing, grand island hotels, famous people and their families and much more. A Land of castles, mansions, gingerbread cottages and antique boats which are still here and a must see. Watch Island is one of these wonderful Victorian houses. It is located in Blind Bay south of Fishers Landing and north of Rounds Island and can be seen on google earth.
A place where freedom and adventure rule and ~~~~~
FALL is Fabulous
WINTER is Wonderful
SPRING is Splendid
SUMMER is Sensational
FALL is exploding with color and reflections in the crystal clear river.
WINTER is still, white and breathtaking.
SPRING is bursting with natures wonders.
SUMMER is everyone's dream vacation.
GREAT LOCATION FOR SPECIAL EVENTS : GREAT LOCATION FOR SPECIAL EVENTS Ask about corporate events and wedding specials!
Private General Use Maxson AirField 5 mi. from island - Identifier 89NY
What To Do:
Swimming, boating, fishing (guides available), hunting, golf, tennis, sailing, water-skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, fall foliage, sightseeing in Canada as well as U.S., duty-free shopping, unique gift shops (The Boatique Gift Shop on Bluff Island - only accessible by boat), 1000 island boat tours, tours of Boldt Castle, Victorian teas (Dark Castle teas), craft shows, a world famous Antique Boat Museum, antique shops, and art museums, boat tours, helicopter rides. There are many fine restaurants in Clayton and Alexandria Bay as well as in Canada. Foxy’s is a small local restaurant with a bar in Fishers Landing only 5 min. by boat from Watch Island. Swan Bay Restaurant close to island and accessible by boat. Wellesley Island Hotel is an outstanding restaurants.
Places to visit:
The GOLD LOCKER 690 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 315-777-6058
The Boatique, Bluff Island
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Marilyn Colangelo
Live in Westchester County, NY and bought the island in 1997 and are the second family to own in 122 years. We have been restoring since then to its original splendor. Every surface in the house has been refinished including new electric, plumbing, well dug, heating system. There is air conditioning in the front of the house but rarely used for days are warm and evenings are cool.
Marilyn Colangelo purchased this House in 1997
Why Marilyn Colangelo chose Fishers Landing
This property is unique and the only house like it in the world. The location is magnificent and house with "gone with the wind" staircase is awesome. Magnificent oak wood thru out with the most fantastic views of the river. One side faces the 1000 Island bridge in the distance and the Rock Island Lighthouse. The other sides face the seaway and you can enjoy the ships passing by in the distance. The back of the island faces a bay which is calm for all water toys and sports. It is also close to the mainland which is nice for you do need a boat but you are not isolated by any means. Activities in area and on island are wonderful for all ages.
What makes this House unique
It is the only house like it in the world on an island that is one of 1,900 in the river. The views, activities are fun for every age group. It is an adventure for all ages and interests. A must do vacation! You must visit the 1000 islands once in your lifetime.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Absolutely exquisite island property!
My family rented this property for two weeks in August 2017. I feel compelled to review the experience for prospective VRBO clients. By way of background, I grew up on the St. Lawrence River at Chippewa Bay in my parents' summer home, returning to New York with my extended family for a two week vacation at Watch Island.
The Watch Island property is absolutely exquisite. Beginning with the location, we were treated to daily sunrises and sunsets. The island is proximate to the main shipping channel, 4 miles downriver from Clayton and approximately 2 miles upriver from the picturesque and brightly lit 1000 Island Bridge, which is clearly visible from most Watch Island bedrooms at night. One mile downriver and clearly visible from the property is a working lighthouse, complete with foghorns which were necessary several mornings due to convection fog forming on the river.
We had 16 family members including three granddaughters ranging in age from 2-11 years old. The 2 year old toddler spent most of her time in the lovely sunroom which is completely baby-proofed and comfortable for all ages. In fact the room is stunningly beautiful, adorned in Victorian white wicker furniture with panoramic views of the shipping lanes and extraordinary sunsets over the Canadian landscape.
The property is also a tree and bird-lovers paradise, boasting mature maples, red oaks, elms, and mountain ash trees. We identified dozens of local and migratory birds, including arctic terns, several varieties of gulls, loons, geese and ducks, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, sapsuckers, and of course the ubiquitous cormorants.
The house itself has been lovingly and meticulously restored to its 1920 grandeur. There are 8 bedrooms, all large enough for couples if necessary. Bathrooms are entirely restored and workable. Most impressive in the home is the formal dining room, situated in a rotunda overlooking the western views of the St. Lawrence River, the surrounding islands, the lighthouse, and the fabulous sunsets. The home is filled with exquisite antique furniture, including the oak dining table that easily accommodated our family of 16, without resorting to using two additional table leafs which were available but not needed.
Meriting additional mention was the large country kitchen with a full pantry which was filled with every pot, pan, dish, and kitchen utensil needed to prepare large or small meals.
Overall, we rate this property as an A+ and plan to return.
Beautiful spacious home.
Staying on Watch Island was a beautiful memorable vacation for our family. We had eight adults and eight children ages ranging from 7-13. There was more than enough room and there was something to do for all ages. The fishing was great right on the island but there were plenty of other close spots if you wanted to adventure out on the boat. The bay just NE of the house was excellent for kayaking, fishing and watching nature. There was a family of swans and loons right there to observe every day. The kitchen was stocked with everything you needed to prepare meals for a large group. Plenty of pots, pans, serving dishes, silverware, mugs, glasses, blender, toaster, griddle, bakeware etc. There were no mosquitoes which was awesome but plenty of gnats to drive you nuts. Overall it was a wonderful vacation and the kids are all asking when we can go again!
Disappointed. Property somewhat neglected.
High water caused dock to be under water. Dangerous getting on and off boat. Even half path leading to house under water. Not owners fault but would have changed dates if we had known. TV consisted of 2 channels only with ancient reruns. No normal stations. No DVD player so we could rent movies. Invaded by tiny flies that covered almost everything. Had to remove and shake them out of bedding. Porches were so full of them I swept up piles and piles. I havie some pics of them. Many lights were missing bulbs and too many children toys around. Our youngest was 11 but all the stuff for older kids was not to be touched. House is a grand old lady who has fallen on hard times. It could be restored to its former greatness but would probably cost a fortune. Meanwhile the rent is far too high for the house as is
Thank you for your comments.
Please know guests have our 24/7 cell number and we are here for you and could have helped with all except high water.
The most unusual weather in the history of the river caused the high water and we discussed with all our renters. My sincerest apologies if there was any misunderstanding. (Int'l St. Lawrence River Board of Control and US Canadian Commision).
11 year olds are welcome to use everything in the house. Toy/game suggestions for this age group welcomed. Toys supplied at the request of previous and repeat renters.
Light bulbs checked and always a large supply in supply closet off kitchen.
Houses on islands always need something but most every surface has been restored as well as new electric, well, plumbing, heating and air conditioning.
Thanks for mentioning DVD. A new one has been installed.
Dish TV should have had 58 channels with a pamphlet on table with numbers to call to
customize further. We are contacting DISH to find out why you only had 2. Thanks again for letting us know.
There are no mosquitoes and rarely a fly on the island but do have tiny May flies at times at dusk and in the evening. They come and go with the wind especially in the spring and do not bite, spread disease or eat anything. They are attracted by the light at dusk and evening so keeping lights low and off in rooms not being used as well as closing doors and minimizing open windows at dusk and in evening will eliminate them from coming in the house. Using the air conditioning is also an option. We have posted these instructions in the house for future guests. Thank you again.
Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time. The views were beautiful especially the sunsets!
Our family had a blast!!
Time Stood Still!
There has been no other home to which we go with so much pleasure and leave with such regret. This time we spent on this beautiful Watch Island was filled with adventure from the moment we parked our car at O'Brians boat rental in Alexandria Bay, NY until the time we had to return. I will say it does take some adjusting to living on an Island but once you adjust....you will LOVE IT! We had perfect weather on a daily basis 72 and sunny. I just would like to recommend this experience to everyone. The first time you see the moon and stars being in that much dark just covering us and the house like a blanket was one of the most spectactular things we have ever seen. The first time you see a freighter over a thousand feet long just glide by in the night and you will here it before you can see it. I hope you get lucky enough to see one go by at night like we did. The sun rises in the US and sets in Canada. So very beautiful! Something we will never forget. Thank you Watch Island for the most beautiful vacation ever!
Who hasn't dreamed of their own private island? Our family stayed there last summer and had an amazing time. THe house is magnificent, large enough for multiple generations. We had huge family dinners in the dining room, spent hours on the porches and had a great time teaching the kids to play piano. The river is crystal clear and teaming with fish. We loved the minks! Lot's to do in the area. Highly recommended!
From the South – Rte. 81 to Exit 47(Clayton – Rte. 12 North) left off exit to Clayton.
From the North – Rte 81 to Clayton Exit, Rte 12 North to Clayton
Clayton is ---
1-1/2 hr. from Syracuse
2-1/2 hr. from Rochester
2-l/2 hr. from Binghamton
5-1/2 hr. from New York City
5-1/2 hr from Boston
By Private Plane - General Use Maxson AirField 5 mi. from island in Alexandria Bay - Identifier 89NY
By Private Yacht/Boat – Accessible from south - Great Lakes, New York City-Hudson River-Erie Canal-
St. Lawrence Seaway. From the north - Canada St. Lawrence Seaway – Rideau Canal System.
All these waterways are accessible from the oceans and most any place in the world.
A charming and unique part of the world nestled among 1,800 enchanting islands in the St. Lawrence River. Rich in history and exciting historical activities such as a French Festival, tour & enjoy tea in lovely castles, ride in antique boats, partake in boat auctions, picnic
Other Activities: This part of NY is a Venice in the states, touring castles, boating, island hopping, camping, relaxing in the hammock, antique boat museums, restaurants, visit Spa in Clayton, tea in a castle, dinner by boat, dining on the porch of a victorian hotel-heavenly, visit one of the 1st post offices in US, enjoy a massage on the island under the old oak tree, pirate days where everyone dress up like a pirate and decorates their boats too, water balloon canons aboard everyone's boat.
Golf: There are many challenging golf courses in the area. One on an island. You can go by boat.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
GREAT LOCATION FOR SPECIAL EVENTS: Ask about CORPORATE events and WEDDING specials! Private General Use Maxson AirField 5 mi. from island - Identifier 89NY