Broadlake Retreat is a 4000-square-foot furnished home with a backyard wildlife habitat directly on the shore of Lake Champlain. The style is eclectic: In our many renovations, we've used earthy and regional materials such as fieldstone, VT green slate, VT farmhouse doors, Vt white pine post & beams, Mexican tile and hardwood flooring.
Entering the Retreat one looks up to a 20-foot- high post & beam ceiling with a wall of lakeside windows. A short stairway leads into a spectacular 20'x30' Great Room. French doors open to a lake-front balcony. A massive Rumford fieldstone fireplace invites an elegant gathering; soft chairs and sofas keep the group together. The Great Room seats eight for a formal dinner, under a Colorado chandelier of naturally shed antlers. Oriental carpets on hardwood floors replicate the grand Adirondack "camps."
Beneath the Great Room is a sizable post and beam gym/lounge with tiled floor and a Hearthstone wood-burning stove. You'll find an elliptical that faces a 40" flat screen TV, a Bow-flex, two stands for stationary bikes -- bikes are provided, a selection of free weights and yoga mats, and a regulation massage table. A sofa bed provides additional sleeping or late-night TV-watching. Amenities include a lounge chair and a full-sized refrigerator.
The white kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless appliances, an alcove window over the sink, and a granite-topped island with four padded stools. The smallish kitchen is enlarged by an open keeping room with a wood-burning stove in a slate hearth and a farmhouse table long enough to seat eight. The lake-end of the room includes an L-shaped sectional sofa and leather recliner that face the lake, just steps away. Antique structural ceiling beams (from an old mill in Winooski) give a rustic old-world feel to the first floor, including the bedroom with a sleigh bed and an alcove window. Every room at the Retreat features hardwood or tiled floors, oriental carpets, antiques, original art; and a few rooms have antique stained glass or leaded glass windows. It is a soothing environment, made nearly hypnotic by the panoramic 180 degree view of blue-gray water and purple mountains.
The first floor bathroom has a built-in porcelain tub/shower and sparkles with white ceramic tiles. Also has an alcove window and a tiled vanity with a painted sink.
A 34- foot-long glass sunroom with a Mexican- tiled floor brings the outdoors inside with tables and chairs, and soft sofas for sky gazers. A handy new Avalon spring water dispenser (hot & cold) in sunroom
A large laundry/pantry room features washer and dryer, clothes steamer, and many shelves of serving dishes, baking pans, glassware and table linens. This room has all the kitchen supplies you need to prepare dozens of delicious meals.
Another set of stairs off of the keeping room leads to the second floor bedrooms. An atrium ceiling with skylights and huge ceiling fan keeps the upper hall light and airy. All three bedrooms enjoy high cathedral ceilings; two are equally sized and share a bathroom, which has a tub/shower and a skylight.
But frankly, it is the master suite that wows guests. A queen-sized canopy mahogany bed, hand carved in Hickory, North Carolina, stands regally before French doors that open onto a private balcony, which is somewhat hidden in a willow tree. The 12'x 26' bedroom has ample space for two large dressers, a linen cabinet and a fabulous overstuffed chaise that overlooks the long beach below. The master bath features a pristine viewpoint: a lakeside antique claw-foot x-long tub. A white tiled enclosed shower is well lighted with a wall of wavy-glass vintage squares that refract the light from off the water.
The property enjoys a set of sturdy metal steps (with railings on both sides) to a 40 ft dock extending from the 90 ft-long seawall, giving access to a sandy bottom, and if it's late summer, we'll have a sandy beach (depends on lake level). Moor your boat: a shallow- water mooring on a 200 pound mushroom anchor, big enough to hold a 22- foot boat. The boat launch is close by on Winooski River. Great fishing!! You'll enjoy use of two kayaks and an SUP (stand-up paddle board) and plenty of floats. The large brick patio is great for grilling and eating, with seating for 10 under an umbrella, with a fun fireplace to roast marshmallows. This is a private, green, and shady yard, bordered with firs and pines that, with two willow trees, keep us feeling far from the madding crowd (though just 15 minutes from Burlington). You'll be delighted by our feathered friends, both migratory and local. FYI -- We are a LGBTQSafe Space.
News for 2019! We have a new screen porch directly by the lake with a vintage cushioned glider and chairs. Also, we now include our first-floor working office (10'X11'), complete with big lakeside windows, a laser printer, a ream of paper, hi-speed internet, an L-shaped spacious desk/wall unit, reading chair and a library.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS PROPERTY
The garage is not available. There are two permanent parking spaces in the driveway, with room for a visiting third (behind one car).
Owners have two dogs, but they won't be near the property while rented, nor will their fur.
Closet space is limited to one large walk-in, a large foyer coat closet, a few smaller closets, and hanging bars, or armoire, in each bedroom with hangers.
Our WILDLIFE HABITAT requires that birds and little critters are fed daily. Either of the two owners comes by daily, early morning, to feed them. We expect our guests to treat the wildlife kindly and alert us to any possible problems (say, if a bird is injured) before they call anyone else.