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Private Beach Lakehouse on Lake Champlain

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, Hot Tub, Tennis w 3,900 square feet

Cedar side, two-story, post & beam, lakefront year round house with 6 zone central heat overlooking private cove in Mallets Bay (Lake Champlain). Visit our information website ( to learn more. Total privacy in deep ancient forest, miles from civilization. Tennis & private beach in secluded cove with dock. Enjoy Vermont the way it was 200 years ago or go out for a night on the town. Downtown Burlington is just 20 minutes away...or visit Montreal (90 minutes). The house has a completely modern granite/stainless kitchen open to 25' vaulted great room opens seamlessly to a 300 SF screen porch with terrific breezes. Dueling master bedrooms (2), each with French doors open onto 60' X 20' Brazilian wood sun decks. Clawfoot slipper tub, enclosed shower room, outdoor hot tub, huge entertainment room, and many extras. Great for families, completely safe and natural. Easily accessible from NY or New England. BTV International Air is a 50 minute flight from NYC (Jet Blue).

Tennis Courts: A community hardcourt tennis court is available for your enjoyment. We supply a few rackets and balls but bring your own just in case.

Waterfront: Perfect for swimming, kayaks, paddle boards, and day sailing. Fishing is also very good. Nearby power boat rentals located approximately 20 mins away. Swimming is accessible directly from the house and the water is very warm and clean in the summer months. We provide a canoe and at least one kayak with loads of beach chairs and water floats.

Other Amenities: Open air hot tub overlooking the water. Wood-burning cast-iron stove in living room is great to heat up a cold night. Full swing-away Nano-wall doors completely open the outer screened deck to the living room and kitchen creating a monstrous Great Room that truly lives up to its name and cools off the entire house.

We keep this listing as up to date as possible, but please note that details about the house and the landscape are subject to change at any time. Likewise, photos are illustrative and although amenities remain constant, the house may not look exactly as depicted as items are often upgraded, replaced, etc. Contact John Pilcher if you need any assistance.

More Details

Property Manager
John Walker
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About John Walker

John Pilcher and Rachel with their sons Lewis and Ryan own the house with John's brother Brian Pilcher and his wife Becky and their three children Eli, Finlay, and Natalie Pilcher. Together they built this house on their grandfather's favorite lot known as 'Pebble Beach'.

Both John and Brian are originally from Los Angeles California but spent many summers at Braeloch. Most of the houses at Braeloch remain in family hands as the more than 500 acres had been passed down from their great great grandfather George Dick Finlay who bought Braeloch when he immigrated to VT from Glasgow, Scotland.

John Walker purchased this house in 1895

Why John Walker chose Lake Champlain Valley

Perfect for two families who want a house big enough to handle kids and dogs. The place is totally safe, free from any traffic on a closed road and completely private. It is ideal for those who want to reconnect to nature and treat their kids to an unplugged vacation.

What makes this house unique

Natural beauty, far away from everything yet close enough to enjoy one of the great small college cities around. The best of the old and the new.


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Burlington Intl VT (BTV)
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Plattsburgh NY to Grand Isle
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Essex Junction (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Exit 17 at I-89
Car: recommended

The house is located in Northern Vermont, 15 miles north of Burlington VT, 5 miles off of Interstate 89 via exit 17. It can be reached by driving 2 miles on a state road that connects Grand Isle to the mainland, then turning left on a residential road 'Clay Point' for 3/4 mile. That is followed by 3 miles on a private dirt road until you reach Braeloch. Braeloch was an old 500 acre farm run by my great great grandfather who immigrated from Scotland. The house is nestled in a valley flanked by small stone cliffs and set back 100 feet from the lakefront. It gets great afternoon and morning sun. The lot has been known as Pebble Beach for the small rounded pebbles that adorn the 150 feet of beachfront. Behind the house and over a small rounded hill, away from the water, lies a 10 acre open meadow with a small island of trees and Braelochs' hardcourt tennis court which is owned by a handful of houses at Braeloch. The quiet cove is very calm and great for swimming.


Malletts Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 4 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No food or drinks anywhere near the hot tub. Period. We test it each week and will bill you $500 if we have to empty/clean it.
  • Dogs are welcome but not on the furniture. Ever. Screen replacement is $100 per panel.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Senior Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Junior Master
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Common
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Downstairs Master
  • The senior master bathroom includes a built-in tub and shower with a curtain, a Kohler pedestal sink and matching toilet. There is also a fully stocked linen closet. The floors are bamboo and there is a small window. The junior master bathroom includes a cast-iron claw foot slipper tub with an excellent over sized shower. In addition there is a large well-stocked linen closet and a walnut and marble bathroom cabinet with brass sink. The floors are made of hardwood bamboo. The common bathroom is in the hallway just off of the Great Room and includes a stand up shower enclosure, a pedestal sink and matching white toilet. The downstairs bathroom includes an enclosed marble tiled shower room.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master1
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Master2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Guest
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Guest - Office
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Bed - Kids
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large Queen Downstairs
  • All new furniture. Both master bedrooms are of the same dimensions and layout. The Master bedroom includes a large dresser and has access to the private bathroom. Both rooms include a nightstand and ceiling fan with remote control. Both have large French doors that open directly onto opposite sides of the 60 foot wide sunny-portion of the deck which gets fantastic morning sun. There is a large, oversized closet in both and the junior master bath opens directly to the bedroom. Both the guest room and the convertible office are identical in size. The guest room includes a full sized bed, dresser, nightstand and a large double-door closet. The convertible office has a queen sized futon that is brand new and a table, desk, and chair with lamp. There is also a small closet in the convertible office. In addition, the front screened in porch includes a queen sized futon that is superb for sleeping on when the weather is warm because of the forest sounds and wonderful breezes.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Private Beach Lakehouse on Lake Champlain
average rating of 4.1875 based on 16 reviews

Perfect lakehouse

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property in a very secluded lakefront setting

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Privacy at its best!

  • 4 of 5

Loved the house and privacy and would probably stay there again. We brought our boat and found it convenient to launch near by and finding the house was not a problem. The beds were very comfortable and the linens on them were of good quality. We did not have a problem running out of towels and they too were good quality. Fishing was great, along with swimming and the hot tub was also enjoyable. The large screened in porch was a pleasure to eat in and play board games especially in the evening when the misquotes were out.

There were plenty of paper towels and toilet paper for our needs. Bathrooms were clean!

How ever, We did have a few issues, the first was the cable was not working and it took the owner a few days to get it going since it was a holiday weekend, thankfully "I" was not there to watch TV, but after that repair the internet was a problem. I survived! What did bother me was once we arrived and settled in I had to dry up a few spots from leaky coolers when unpacking. I was surprised I found the floor to be very dirty, as if it was not cleaned in awhile, the screens on the windows were also pretty dirty, as if they were not ready for the summer season yet ( I rented the first week of July)

The kitchen was not furnished properly, I need to run out and purchase a few serving utensils along with a few corningware dishes, (Naturally I did take what I purchased home) Dishes and eating utensils were of good quality.. I must say we all survived and had a great, great time! Hope to be back again soon.

Only advise for the homeowner is maybe an additional freezer/Refrigerator for ice. We needed to run out a few times.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for great review Mary Beth. Yes our lawn people ran over the Directv cord on the 3rd of July yet we had it fixed by noon on the 5th if you remember! I didn't know about the Internet but will check on that. Haven't had any other complaints. HOWEVER the floors comment is a real issue we take seriously - VERY upset - and we have since doubled our cleaners and re-trained them. I think we should be done with that issue as with the screens but stay tuned and please continue to give us feedback. Thanks again!
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Great house but dirty

  • 3 of 5

This home is a really awesome place for multiple families. The location is also fabulous. I was extremely disappointed in how dirty the house was and that the hot tub was broken. I had looked forward to using the hot tub! The floors in the house were so dirty! The screens in the beautiful screened in porch were filthy too. It really was unfortunate especially since we had little kids with us.

The positives were that the open concept was great for entertaining, the home itself was beautiful, and they had toys, cards, boats, and paddle boards. If they spent a little more time on this property, it could be the perfect place for families. However, for the price we paid for the week, I expected it to be clean and the amenities to be as described.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: While we appreciate all reviews, this one is neither accurate nor representative of the house as it was left for this guest. The floors were immaculately clean, they were mopped, as they always are, within an hour of check-in; I inspected them personally. They are however wide-board pine and as soft woods are prone to do they absorb scratches and wear particularly in high traffic areas. Pretty sure that is what is going on here. The pollen on the screens is a constant fight and we fight it but nature always wins. We do a GREAT job on them but if you could see what she is referring to it is laughable; however "no" they are not glass, they are screens. The hot tub did suffer a necessary repair and was out of action for a few days as I stated when you arrived and apologized profusely for it. That said, you have every right to have the house in a clean condition and for that I apologize. I will take your comments to our housecleaners and we will double and triple down. It is a constant effort but we will get there. Apologies again for your dissatisfaction but we do appreciate your feedback and will use it to better everyone else's future stay.
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Beautiful property with incredible potential

  • 4 of 5

The property can certainly accommodate a large group (we had 10) and the location is incredible in the cove with its private dock and beach -- which our party thoroughly enjoyed. We made great use of both outdoor decks, dock, screened porch and grill. The photos on the website show the property in top-notch order, but there were definitely some maintenance issues that need to be addressed -- they were all of minor inconvenience and we chose to "live with them" during our stay. I did bring all issues to the owner's attention via text upon leaving, but did not have a return reply. The property could use a bit of thorough cleaning and attention to small items such as cleaning out kitchen drawers, adding drawer/door knobs that are missing, additional toilet paper, extra light bulbs for burned out lights, no washcloths, no extra dish sponge or dish cloth for washing, etc. There is a fabulous large inflatable raft for use, but no air pump. But overall, would we rent this property again and/or recommend it to others -- YES.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. We did reply but it was after you posted this review for the record. And we have addressed all of your very helpful and well-received comments and suggestions. Aside from the cabinets - we are replacing all of the doors which are being custom built by hand - each of the issues have been addressed and resolved including an air pump and extra sponges! We are dealing with new cleaning crew and so review comments such as this are very good to help us direct them on areas of concern no matter how obvious (e.g. cabinet cleanliness and light bulbs!). It should be noted that 6 bedroom homes on Mallets Bay charge in excess of $6,000 to $9,000 per week with much poorer location/beach; we have not raised our rates in 7 years and won't until we get it "right". Anyway... As a result of this review in particular we have over-stuffed the house with extra bulbs, batteries, paper towels, and toiletry items. So sorry for missing still, we are working so HARD to get that extra star and maximize the potential. Thanks again for your vote of support!!!
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Beautiful lake front property

  • 5 of 5

The perfect home base for our Vermont golf weekend. Great location and felt like it was an easy "20 minutes from everywhere".Everything from the outdoor hot tub overlooking the lake and dock to the wonderful spacious kitchen that leads out to the screened in porch and sun deck was top notch. Wouldn't hesitate one second to book this property again!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! We appreciate the feedback...
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Beautiful property in need of significant maintenance and cleaning

  • 2 of 5

Overall, we were disappointed in this rental unit. To summarize, this property has 5-star potential, but 1-star maintenance and ownership attention to detail. The unit is on a beautiful lakeside property, and the home is large and spacious. Cell coverage for Verizon and AT&T was excellent. Internet and TV were functional. However, there were several disappointments. First, for unclear reasons the address in the arrival packet is wrong - the listed address is actually the home next door - this led to some confusion on arrival. The unit was of marginal cleanliness that was not enough to contact the owners - floors were a little dirty, particularly in the closets, furniture was worn and stained in places, the kitchen utensils weren’t uniformly cleaned, and the outdoor grill was absolutely filthy. The home was somewhat dimly lit, which was further compounded by the fact that several light bulbs were out - including the entire fixture in one of the master bedrooms and the attached closet. I contacted the owner, who stated that it was the fault of prior renters, and unfortunately the housekeeper was on vacation, and that they had placed a lamp in the bedroom to compensate (note - the small bedside lamp didn’t illuminate the room particularly well). The propane tank was nearly empty, and the spare tank was completely empty. I was told this was because it was “late in the season” and instructed to fill myself when it ran out and the owner would reimburse. The kitchen was in the greatest need of maintenance - the dishwasher door was bent and had to be pushed sideways to properly close, many drawer knobs were missing, and the utensils and cookware were of generally low quality, not organized (ie., spread over many drawers and cabinets) and variably clean. We’ve stayed in many VRBO units across the US and this unit unfortunately was one of our bigger disappointments.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David for your detailed and honest comment. We take your concerns VERY seriously and feel awful that you were so disappointed. As a result of yours and other comments we received this summer we have fired our manager and our cleaner at the property. We had moved away from the area for the past 2 years and are moving back. We will be taking over management personally and bringing back our old cleaner for 2017 and will have everything fixed and in tip top shape each and every week. UPDATE (June 2017) Since this response we have done the following upgrades at the property: * Replaced the dishwasher, all glassware, plates and cutlery as well as appliances * Refinished all of the decks * Added new deck furniture with a completely new layout * Received a "barnboard" solid wood handmade Amish dining room table with 12 matching chairs * New grill * All new linens and towels * And "yes" we even replaced all of the lightbulbs and added some lighting to the kitchen. The pictures are accurate. Thanks AGAIN! Your responses really do make a difference.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $79
Damage Deposit $500

Homeaway includes a fee to you directly and I cannot do anything about that however if you would prefer to book with a check you may do so by contacting John Pilcher directly. Thank you.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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