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Carl Blaisdell

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Secluded, Modern, Pine Cottage on 70 Acre Wilderness Pond ,130 acre wooded lot

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Lakefront, 3 bedrooms plus loft sleeps 8. Modern conveniences in the wilderness

Moose Landing cottage has three bedrooms plus a loft and sleeps eight. It is one of four modern pine cottages built and owned by Carl Blaisdell on 3000 feet of shore frontage on the East side of Symes Pond. These cottages face pristine, undeveloped forrest owned by the State of Vermont on the opposite side of Symes . Each cottage is private and secluded from each other by at least 500 feet of forest. . Each is located directly on the pond with spectacular views from their front porches. Each cottage has its own private, sandy, beach; perfect swimming for all ages with gradual slope into the water. These knotty pine cottages each feature a cathedral ceiling, glass front woodstove and/or fire pit, gas grill, satellite TV, free wi fi for emails available in central location at specific times, full kitchen with eating utensils, and gas heat. Each cottage has a wood fired outdoor hot tub constructed of Eastern White Cedar available for rent. .A free canoe or row boat is provided to each cottage .A paddle boat is shared between the campers. Kayaks are available for rent. Linens are provided for each bed as well as towels.. A bundle of firewood is provided at no charge. Additional firewood is available for a small fee.

Great fishing for perch, small-mouth bass, pickerel, horned pout (catfish), walleyed-pike. Hiking/ biking trails.

If you would like to check on availability of my other three cottages, please go to Homeaway property number 4194473 for two bedroom Loon Lodge (sleeps 8); 4194478 for two bedroom Eagle's Nest (sleeps 8); or 4194480 for one bedroom Boulder Bluff(sleeps six).

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Carl Blaisdell (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

About Carl Blaisdell

I am a retired postmaster and native of the area. My father had purchased this 130 acre gem when I was very young. The pond was totally undeveloped, no roads, no power. Our family used it for hunting and fishing. After I graduated from college and got married, we built our first road to the shore and set up a rv camper near the shore for our growing family to enjoy. We brought our horses over to ride through the wooded trails. Where our horse paddock was, I built our first cottage, Loon Lodge, from native pine. , Eventually, two more cottages were built, with individual roads going to each. We now enjoy sharing this very special place with others.

Carl Blaisdell purchased this cottage in 1962

Why Carl Blaisdell chose Ryegate

This property is best described as "A piece of Heaven”. The wooded mountains slope down to meet the pond. There is absolutely no road noise. All that can be heard is an occasional call of the loon, the hoot of an owl, or perhaps the howl of a coyote at night.

What makes this cottage unique

Almost any cottage you look to rent on other ponds are highly developed with wall to wall camps. My cottages are unique in that they are all owned be me, tastefully placed out of sight of each other. All you see from your porch is the natural beauty of Symes Pond and the surrounding woodland. The area is teaming with wildlife, not people. The pond is actually made of two ponds; Upper Symes and Lower Symes with a channel in between. There are islands to explore. This is a kayaker's paradise. The swimming is also nice with a float to swim out to. The loons are always putting on a show that you can watch from your front porch!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay in your cabin (Eagle's Nest) was GREAT!

The view was breathtaking! We loved canoing, and searching for wildlife. We saw deer, loons, wild turkey, chickadees, nuthatches,and geese. We especially enjoyed the horseback riding.

The cabin was so comfy and warm. We loved everything about the cabin. I especially enjoyed reading on the balcony overlooking Symes Pond.

Thanks so much for your hospitallity Carl and Kym.

We will be back!
Mar 2010
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Secluded, Modern, Pine Cottage on 70 Acre Wilderness Pond ,130 acre wooded lot
average rating of 4.548387 based on 34 reviews
Palm Bay, Fl

We LOVED Eagle's Nest !!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the Eagel's Nest cottage was GREAT! The view is breathtaking! We loved canoing, and searching for wildlife. We saw deer, loons, wild tiurkey, chickadees, nuthatches, and geese. We especially enjoyed the horseback riding. Thanks, Kym, for such a memorable experience!

The views were great and everything so peaceful.

The water was warm. We loved swimming out to the float.

The cabin was so comfy, we loved everything about the cabbin. Lou especially enjoyed reading on the balcony overlooking Symes Pond.

We have been dissapointed in other places we have stayed. This week far exceeded our expectations. It is the best kept secret in Vermont!

Thanks so much for your hospitality Carl and Kym.

We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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Owner's Response: Thanks or your review. It is our pleasure to share this special place. We look forward to seeing you again. Carl and Kym.
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A Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from our stay at Eagle's Nest and the peace we felt while vacationing there remains. What a gorgeous calm, peaceful, and serene. Having lived in the Northeast Kingdom for many years, I must say our experience at this beautiful place was one of the most pleasant and relaxing. The quiet was deafening and simply exquisite...only hearing the sounds of distant wildlife, loons, and the red squirrel who seems to reside in a tree outside our window. The view was absolutely lovely...the reflection of the fiery fall colors on the water was unbelieveable! A much needed getaway from the city. Carl was very accomodating, making sure to have the cottage warm and ready for us upon arrival...even allowing us to arrive before the standard check in time, and leaving us a note while we were away to let us know he had stopped to check on us, leaving us his contact info should we need anything. Thank you Carl for allowing us to experience this amazing, beautiful home away from home! A much needed long weekend of rest and relaxation from our crazy lives!!! We'll be back...can't wait for our kids to experience this place too!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Moose Landing

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place, nice cottage, pretty pond. All what we (group of 7 people from Montreal/Laval) needed it was quiet peaceful place. And found it! Yes, WIFI was not available in the cottage and could be found only for 30 min each 2 hours near other cottage and TV had only one channel but who cares about? We came to get relaxing time so we got what we were looking for. Hiking, swimming, boating, barbecue, camp fire, wild mushrooms, wild life... And it was a paradise for my dog :-) Thank you Carl for letting us take her with us! Hopefully one day we will be back and get the chance to tell you MERCI personally.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay at Moose Landing! I am sorry you had a problem with the tv. We use Dish Network which provides many channels. I encourage campers to call me if they need assistance with the controls. We do provide basic WiFi service in this remote location. It works well for checking emails . We hope to have you return to beautiful Symes Pond!
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Nice cottage, excellent location and good fishing

  • 5 of 5

We really liked that place. It is very secluded and private. Forest is really nice, filled with mushrooms, apples and berries. Cabin offers a lot of modern amenities. Close to major shopping. Fishing is awesome.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for sharing your experience. I used to collect mushrooms from the forrest with my grandmother and fry them up. They were so tasty, but I still leave choosing the right ones to the more experienced. Hope to have you back.
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Symes Pond is a gem

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Loon Lodge this summer for the second time. The location is magnificent, the house has everything you need, and Carl (the owner) is very accommodating. We spent one week there and it was way too short a time. We fished, kayaked, canoed, stargazed, bird-watched, swam, painted, and lounged around. The stress just melts off when we are there and I can't wait for the next time we go.

thanks Carl for not over developing the gorgeous land.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree that this place melts the stress away. I am writing this now from the porch of Loon Lodge as I enjoy the week that I had reserved for myself. The birds are chirping, the loons are squawking, and in between, silence. Another day in paradise. Thanks for sharing and hope to see you back next year. Carl
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Return paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two Golden Retrievers and I joyfully returned to Moose Lodge for a second visit! The seclusion is just what we needed. Symes Pond is incredible.

Carl was responsive and very accommodating. Everything was perfect as always.

Can't wait return! Thank you again Carl for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome, and thank you for your kind review. Carl
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Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Woodsville, NH

Relax while you watch wildlife from the porch, or perhaps go swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or take a nature walk along the shore. Just 10 minutes off I-91 near St Johnsbury and its' shopping centers, Maple Museum, Art gallery, Planetarium, movie theater, health club, golf course; 45 minutes to Canada or White Mountain attractions. Dog Mountain dog park and gallery in nearby St. Johnsbury. Ben and Jerry tours. Cabot Cheese factory. Santa’s Village. Six Gun City.


Rates & Availability

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Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 31 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

Wood-Fired hot tub rentals: $50 per stay
Single-place Kayak rentals: $50 per week

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Ryegate Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Loft - 2 twin/ single
    Master first floor bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom #1 - 1 double
    Upstairs Bedroom #2 - 1 double
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
Canoe, paddle-boat, private beach; horseshoe pit, fire-pit. Super fishing for perch, pickeral, horned-pout (catfish), small mouth bass, wall-eyed pike. Each cottage has an outdoor, wood fired hot tub available for rent.

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