|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Cedar side, two-story, post & beam, lakefront year round house with 6 zone central heat overlooking private cove in Mallets Bay (Lake Champlain). 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.
John & Rachel Pilcher 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.
Rachel Pilcher purchased this house in 1895
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.
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.
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.
This is a very roomy home nestled between rock on either side. Plenty of parking, if your looking for peace and quite this is it. The geese flying over at midnight were the only sounds I heard. Every year for the past ten my family and I rent a home on Lake Champlain. This one has been the nicest. Kids are welcome here by the looks of the closets full of toys.
I could have stayed here for ever! My extended family visited from England to celebrate my 50th birthday. They loved the house, but were ecstatic about having a lake for a backyard. Our group totaled fourteen, but the house never seemed overcrowded.
We did send some suggested improvements and repairs to the owners, but nothing that should stop anyone from making a reservation.
Short Version: This is an amazingly located house that is in desperate need of a thorough cleaning.
Long Version: We visited the Lake House at Braeloch for one week with six adults (ages 27-60) and four children (ages 16 mos.-5 years). PROS: When we arrived, the first and most obvious thing is that the property is BEAUTIFUL. It is right on a cove off Malletts Bay with a beautiful view and amazing grounds. There is a nice pebble/rocky beach to play on and a dock. In terms of layout, the house is perfect for a family vacation. The house is child-friendly, with great toys and games for the kids to play as well as child-size PFDs. The house is also great for any older vacationers, as the driveway goes right to the first floor, which has bedrooms, the main kitchen, and a deck (screened in) leading to two porches replete with seating options. We were provided with a kayak and canoe. Also, we they have DIRECTV, a beautiful downstairs seating area, and a beautiful 8 person table for meals. The house is secluded, yet convenient to all that NW Vermont has to offer--Lake Champlain, Burlington, Shelburne, Vermont Teddy Bear Co. CONS: Saying the house was filthy would be an understatement. There was a visible layer of dust and pollen on all surfaces when we walked through the door. The bathrooms had not been cleaned, beds had obviously been slept in, and the windowsills were home to several dead insects. Lastly, there was a dead mouse sitting in the doorway by the children's room and he was not recently deceased. The walls need cleaning, the porch needs a good scrub, and the downstairs shower is not properly ventilated (even with the fan), leaving it feeling dank after use. Also, when we arrived the refrigerator did not work because the coils had frozen over. Owners were contacted during the stay regarding the cleanliness. I hope this is not a recurring issue because it is such an amazing space.
NOTE: There are two dining tables in the pictures, one inside and one outside. When we arrived, there was only one table and it was outside.
Lake was beautiful, however house appears to be neglected. Very dark in house with burnt out lights, a shortage of hangers, and we had to buy our own toaster. Appliances need to be replaced.
We loved our experience at Brae Loch. The house had everything we needed to relax and keep the kids entertained. Some of the most comfortable beds of any rental we had. Also very welcoming of our dog. The spot is beautiful and secluded and yet not so remote that you feel isolated.
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.
|Refundable damage deposit||$3,500|
|Cleaning||$300 + Tax|
We have a 60 day strict cancellation policy HOWEVER if you need to cancel inside of 60 days AND we are able to re-book your week we will refund you money that we otherwise did not lose, up to your deposit amount. We have been doing this for 10 years and are VERY considerate with respect to cancellations and damage.
Please note that Homeaway includes service charges in our quote that we cannot do anything about. Sorry.