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Private Beach Lakehouse on Lake Champlain

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, Hot Tub, Tennis w 3,800 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 informational website (lakegetawayvermont) to learn more. Total privacy in deep ancient forest, miles from civilization yet only minutes from downtown. 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 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. We partner with lakefrontvt boat rentals and offer drop-off/pick-up service for your week for an additional charge. Swimming is accessible directly from the house and the water is very warm and clean in the summer months. We provide a canoe and to SUP paddleboards with loads of beach chairs and water floats/toys.

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 (taken 2017) and although amenities remain constant, the house may not look exactly as depicted as items are often upgraded, replaced, etc. Contact the property manager if you need any assistance or want to make sure we have an amenity or item that is important to you!.

More Details

Property Manager
John Walker
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About John Walker

Brothers Brian, Steve, and John(ny) have owned RDC (aka "Pebble Beach") together with their families since 2003 when they inherited the land as part of a 100 year dissolution of the greater family trust that was the legacy of Great Granny Tot.

Braeloch was purchased by George Dick Finlay on or around the turn of the 20th century. He was an immigrant from Glasgow Scotland and bought 300 acres on the north side of Mallets Bay. At that time the railroad barons and NYC socialites used to summer in Burlington and many built massive estates that persist to this day (albeit in alternate forms, eg. Shelburne Farms). Well, ole George sought to do the same to Colchester as Lila Vanderbilt did in Shelburne but maybe without the same financial support. Nevertheless he left Braeloch proper to his three surviving daughters who divided it, one of whom was Granny Tot. Tot's inheritance remained in tact until when in 2003 Tots son (featured above) and beloved wife decided it was time to divide the property amongst their four children. The eldest was Lewis Stephen III (aka Steve) and he was the patriarch of the "Red doodlebug" clan, where as his brothers and sister led the Green, Yellow and Blue doodlebug branches of the family.

Steve had three sons, each of whom were raised in Los Angeles CA and though they had spent many weeks over the years at Braeloch it was not a constant in their young lives. Yet the magical allure of Braeloch is hard to forget and even as they lived far away, when they ultimately inherited the "Pebble Beach" lot and Tots camp (#133190) all decided to double down and reconnect to Braeloch.

In 2005, the Red doodlebug brothers three decided to build a "small little cottage" maybe of 1,500 SF or so "just enough to enjoy the lake and breezes...nothing too much" they said. A year later "RDC" ("Red Doodlebug Cottage") was built and though the house was anything but "too much" the name stuck as an ironic reminder to all of the house's humble beginnings

John Walker purchased this house in 1895

Why John Walker chose Malletts Bay

Because you want to unplug in style! Yes we have cable and yes we have wifi and great cell service but families come to Braeloch to take a break from technology and city life. Expose your kids to the beauty of untouched forests and natural privacy; the way life was, not just when you were a kid, but when your ancestors were.

RDC is especially perfect for two families who want a house big enough to share. Braeloch itself is totally safe from modern worries; free from any traffic on a closed road and completely private (yet it does have natural dangers from lake and rock cliffs).

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 enjoying the old without having to sacrifice the comforts of modern convenience [wink!].

Said another way, it's perfect for you and your family who will love it for what it is yet still technologically updated and stately enough for that uncle or aunt who won't go anywhere without being able to stream constantly.


Malletts Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3800 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
  • Pets considered
  • 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
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 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 4.48 based on 25 reviews

Ridiculously Gorgeous House Located on a Ridiculously Gorgeous Beach

  • 5 of 5

Friends, readers, fellow travelers - I believe in being upfront and to-the-point: stay at this house. Book the place out for a long weekend, bring your family and friends, have them bring THEIR family and friends, and blissfully lose yourself in the absolute serenity of the location. It's 100% worth it.

First, the house itself is freakin' sweet. I'd gladly pay just to stay in the screened-in porch area, and the open living/dining room combo is excellent. The wood burning stove was a nightly thing for us. All of the rooms were in tip-top shape, and the suites were particularly impressive. The downstairs living room is huge and very comfortable, deep couches. We did have a bit of an issue with the coffee maker (might be time for a new one), but the kitchen itself was well stocked and organized - we easily grilled/cooked most nights, and that was for 9 people. The outdoor deck is a thing of beauty.

The house is situated on a perfect piece of land. Complete seclusion, except for the occasional boat or jet ski moving out on the lake in front of you. You want utter privacy and a complete detachment from the trials/tribulations of your daily life? Head down to the "pebble" beach, sit on one of the logs or bring a chair, crack open a beer (canned, of course), and literally sit in solitude. Total peace.

I think it's important to remember that a rental like this isn't a hotel room - you're not paying for that experience. What's clear about this place is that the owners care about the ambiance and look, the design, the way it makes you feel. It's a home you're staying in, not a cookie-cutter motel chain - some of the more negative reviewers seem to have forgotten that. This house has everything you need to turn a great vacation into something really memorable. I say without reservation that I'd rent here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: [Speechless]. [Big pause] Thank you!!! So happy you had a great weekend. Knowing that friends and families, like you and yours, are making memories at Braeloch and at our house this thrills us beyond words. The house and the place was built to create such memories but sadly much of our family has either passed away or grown apart. So when we read a review like this about a group of friends who had a truly remarkable time there and experienced it the way we always had hoped to it makes us particularly happy. Thank you again for sharing (and for using canned beer on the beach!! Ha!) ;{)}
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Kingston, Washington

Very Vermont

  • 5 of 5

Great place, clean, lots of space. Can’t beat the view! We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house!!! Lots of room!

  • 5 of 5

Property was amazing for a long ski weekend... Also John was a great host. We received 10 inches of snow one night and John came to the house and snowblowed the driveway to ensure we could get out for skiing! Overall, a perfect property!!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it...what a winterful weekend!
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Vermont getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property and home! Exactly what was described. Very spacious, perfect for a large group. We had a wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house

  • 5 of 5

Everything the pictures made it out to be. Great house and location. If you are going in the winter have 4 wheel drive but other than the long road to the house it was amazing.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Burlington, VT

We loved the house and accommodations - was everything we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

The house is a wonderful layout for a large group/family. We found the house to be incredibly cozy and are hoping to come back sometime in the summer to enjoy the lake and beautiful screened porch. It's a quick drive to Burlington and really quiet neighborhood. Great combination! Nice laundry right there off the kitchen and nice open layout so you can always see your views of the lake. Overall we had a wonderful experience and were very well tended to. Will definitely go again! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and your compliments to the house. It was a pleasure and an honor to host your wonderful family! Thank you also for taking great care of the house. Please do come back!!
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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.


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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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