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Laurel Casey

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french

Lakefront Quiet Love-Nest

43 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Bridport House Rental Photos and Description

Books, Art, Fireplace, Lake, Sunsets, canoe, peace and quiet!

Lake Champlain- - 20 minutes to Middlebury-- A cute, 2 bedroom sweet, colorful happy cottage full of books and art and sanity. NO T.V. - ORGANIC soap, shampoo, dishwashing liquid-- ONLY. Dr. Bonner's at LEAST- so close to the lake - and it's provided! Please look elsewhere for a vacation if this is too much for you to handle. -- gas fireplace, slate beach, stunning mountain sunsets, -- solitude....canoe, flat bottom boat, kayak. - wireless, of course. full kitchen, everything you need including spices and Olive oil. Great for doggies!!! (I've signed up for automatic payment because that suits some people, but I really prefer to chat with you over the phone beforehand and also happy with a check in the mail) But listen, no smokers. Even if you don't smoke inside, it's on your clothes, coming out of your pores... have to launder everything. sorry.... -- Private country road which dead ends... so no cars. Just off Vermont Bike touring route. The lake has weeds! And sometimes algae! Dogs have frolicked for ten years with a problem but I need to mention it!!! beautiful drive to Middlebury- galleries, college, bistros- not to mention TENNIS COURTS, both at the Middlebury Recreation Center, and Middlebury College! - waterfalls, hiking, Revolutionary forts across the bridge in NY State..plenty to do but this is a place most people don't want to leave. Finish your novel here, or start one. lake breeze keeps the bugs at bay. There are weeds in the lake, not very good swimming, (great for rafting, boating, and it's a fascinating slate beach for beachcombing- fossils, arrowheads..) Cozy furniture, great deck to grill and sit and eat and watch the mountains and the lake. Designed for romantics, bohemians, artists, bibliophiles, meditators with champagne glasses.

I am a writer and this place is quiet. i mean, quiet, except for the birds. And, as a native Vermonter, I can give you plenty of tips on where to go that others may not know about. This place loves to be full of life as it should be, and also has a special feeling to it. Maybe it's because the lake, so active, so changeable, is right at your door. And of course, it's Vermont.

Uptight people, or those that like to think inside the box, will NOT like this cottage. It's funky, artsy, colorful, eclectic. If there is a cobweb in the corner, say hello to the spider. It's a cottage on a lake- with loons, and eagles and foxes and, up the road - some cows!-- The wind blows through the windows, and in ten minutes there might be a bit of dust on the table. It is not a hermetically sealed tomb- you must go to The Marriott for that...

Silent night: Most places, you hear distant traffic, or some kind of man-made noise, a dull vibrating hum, so that although you feel like you are really in the country, you aren't. This is the country. You hear the wind, the crickets, the birds, the squirrels, a fish jumping, and the achingly beautiful train whistle moaning across the lake. It's amazing to sit on the deck and watch the geese and the sunset and hear yourself breathing. Martini on the deck, reading Thomas Merton or Henry Miller, the lovely viewing of sailboats drifting by and bird watching is spectacular. Two bald eagles nest nearby! quiet fishing at an great inlet across the lake. This part of the lake hasn't many cottages on it, you look North and see only trees for a couple of miles, so you don't feel like other people are breathing down your neck.

There are two neighbors hidden away up the road if you need to borrow a cup of sugar, but you would never know they're there and a cottage up the hill. Apple and berry picking in the late summer and fall. I know where the private swimming holes are up in the mountains if it gets really hot. Also a terrific river falls near Middlebury. -- Once in a while, a GREAT while, very rarely, but I want to mention it- a field mouse gets in the house -You can't keep them out all the time... period. Not in the fields of Vermont. ( I have some tiny electric things in the wall that emit a sound they hate. seems to be working--- )AND three times a year the farmers up the road spread manure on the fields. I can't prevent this either. Bridport, VT is a rural farm community. You won't be happy here if this bothers you. You WILL be happy here if you love to hike, canoe, bird watch, bike, sit and watch the sunset, play scrabble, read, write, cook, grill, take little day trips to Vermont towns, tour micro-breweries, sleep, have fires on the beach, build slate castles, do art, walk, talk to chipmunks. -- ***** Oh, please call me or e-mail directly. I like to chat a bit with potential guests so that I can any questions in a more personal way!!

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Laurel Casey (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Laurel Casey

I grew up in Middlebury, and this house was where we kids escaped since I was in high school. We had some pretty great parties then, and now that my parents are gone, I treasure those memories greatly. My parents left the 'camp' to me, and being an artist, AND a city girl, I decided that the only way I could keep the cottage- was to redesign and renovate it- and rent it out to pay the taxes! My daughter visits, not often enough of course, and we enjoy our quiet time together here- scrabble, canoeing, campfire and marshmallows. I've met wonderful people who vacation here, and some have become long time friends! I thought it would be a bit of a headache, the renting, not being a business person, but it's been really FUN! I've enjoyed creating a cozy haven, and it makes me happy, and know it would make my parents happy, to know that people are having a great time in this special spot. I love it when guests have found an interesting piece of slate or a fossil, and leave it on the counter. I've had a few people who were real sticklers for perfection... usually catch on to them by their cryptic e-mails. One woman demanded the a tree that blocked her view of the lake be cut down. She said, 'Hell! I'll cut it down, give me a saw!' - I didn't want to kill the poor tree and trimmed it later.

Laurel Casey purchased this house in 1967

Why Laurel Casey chose Lake Champlain Valley

I continue from above- A third generation Vermonter, everybody is gone now, daughter in St. Louis, two brothers live far away- others are six feet under!- so it's just me, and my dog- holding on to our sliver of paradise! I spent most of my time in New York or Providence, being both painter and performance artist/cabaret singer. Not much work in these parts for the likes of me. As I travel the country I am beginning to realize how special Vermont is. I always took it for granted- the quiet, leaving keys in the car all the time, feeling safe, fresh air, the beauty and peace. And there is no reason to draw the curtains...ever...only the squirrels are around to peep in, and they could care less.

What makes this house unique

My parents chose this property, I think, because they felt a camp should be an escape hatch! they chose the boonies!- and now, all these years later, it's STILL the boonies- friendly neighbors round the bend. little path in front of the cottage, to a look out, then stairs to private slate beach. I tell my guests all the secret Vermont hide-away trails, brooks, swimming holes! I have had a few people who didn't have a bohemian bone in their body, and I could spot them the minute they got out of the car- a heavy, negative energy that just doesn't fit in this colorful, gorgeous, happy place. Camp Casey isn't perfect- you WILL see a cobweb!- there is no stopping them, so close to the lake and way out in the country. You WILL hear a screaching fox in the woods, and you will also see shooting stars, as the sky has no light pollution. I sometimes take a lawn chair down to the beach and lay back, say 4 in the morning, and watch the show. Mosquitos don't like the lake breeze, neither do black flies, so with a little bug spray you're good to go. I would rather have NO guests than unhappy guests or guests who didn't understand where they were headed, and who I didn't think would be a good match for the place. I don't want to ruin the loving energy of the house with people who are looking for the Ritz-Carlton.

Reviews

4.5
based on 43 traveler reviews

Lakefront Quiet Love-Nest
average rating of 4.4883723 based on 43 reviews
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
5

Middlebury Area Romantically Hip Private Lakefront

  • 5 of 5

This was the most amazing cottage rental we have ever done. We thoroughly enjoyed the privacy, the water, the boat, the canoe, the sunsets, the breathe taking views, the laughs, the countless good night sleeps, the landlady and I could go on and on. We will definitely return next year and that is saying something for my husband who is generally not a cottage person. The water is great for swimming as long as you wear some water shoes, the fishing was great, bonfires on the beach memorable. The fact that you are renting somebody's home is such a plus and a really unique concept that we loved. I have never seen my dog so calm and relaxed with all the fresh air and swimming. Blissful!!! Vermont is beautiful and the people are so pleasant. We enjoyed several restaurants (The American Flatbread and Big Fatties in Burlington were two of our favourites) and the biggest selling point for my husband were the micro-breweries - the beer and the tours. Missing Vermont already!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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19 5
4

Leave the City Behind!

  • 4 of 5

Two New Yorkers spent a lovely week on the lake, bbqing on the grill, canoeing upstream, cooking hot dogs over a bonfire on the beach, swimming, kayaking and lots of just lazing around and leaving the city behind. Great bird watching: an osprey nests nearby and we watched him hunt. Also saw great blue herons, baltimore orioles, hummingbirds, harriers and sandpipers to name a few. Lots of spiders. A train passes by somewhere, unseen, across the lake and blasts its horn a few times a day - bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Don't forget a can opener and cooking oil.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What? Did somebody steal the can openers and use all the cooking oil!? HORRORS! And that Train Whistle across the lake, the Amtrak Adirondack? Dares to go to and from Montreal 3 times every DAY!!!?? NIGHTMARE!!!
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5

Perfect Summer Lake House

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location for peaceful relaxation on Lake Champlain! This charming 2 bedroom lake house was perfectly appointed in a very quiet rural area of Vermont. 25-30 minutes from a few amazing swimming holes and hiking, 10 minutes from Crown Point Fort and Lighthouse. The owner was very accommodating in every way and made us feel at home. EXACTLY as advertised and pictured. The home sits directly on the lake with a large partially covered deck, boats and a kayak to use. Very comfortable, clean and eclectic with beautiful original artwork throughout. Perfect for couples or a small family. Pet friendly!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Sunsets

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at this magical cottage. The decor is hip and comfortable and the book selection is divine. The private deck is perfect for sunset watching, an activity which quickly became an every evening must-see event, despite super cool Middlebury being only an enticing 15 miles away. The dogs loved the private beach area, also the site of many epic fires, and much wildlife watching. The owner Laurel was kindness itself and its a definite that we will visit this very special place again. Don't miss kayaking the lake, exploring Button Bay and Kingsland Bay State parks, perusing the selections at Otter Creek Used Books, good eats from Pratt's in Bridport, Addison Four Corners store, and Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Quirky, Cool and Quiet on Lake Champlain

  • 5 of 5

I loved this property. It was exactly as advertised. It was quiet and relaxing, the perfect vacation for what we wanted. I was very surprised by the lack of bugs (mosquitos or ticks) during the July 4th week-end. I am a bit phobic about those two, so if the bug count is normally low, or we got lucky, I can't say; but there were plenty of screens if I got crazy. It is close to Middlebury, which we wanted to explore. It is a bit too far from New York to go often (about 4.5 hours), but it was amazing and great.

Read the write-up, this isn't the place to go if you are looking for 5 star luxury and to be entertained, but if you are going to relax and be comfortable, it's perfect. It's got good wifi too (we had to stream a little of the Tennis).

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warrensburg NY
5

A peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the cottage. The location cannot be beat. Each night watching the sunset on the shores of Lake Champlain was the best part! The cottage is as advertised. Clean and comfortable. Laurel stopped over to make sure we were settled in and answered any questions we had. If you are looking for a quiet getaway then this is the place!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Crown Point State Historic Site
Fire & Ice
"unique, cozy, fabulous steaks and seafood- the bar is happening."
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Burlington Vermont
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Brothers Tavern
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Middlebury college
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak, New york to Montreal
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
87
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Mister Ups
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

6 miles from the Champlain Bridge to New York State and Revolutionary historic forts. A ten minute drive takes you to spectacular hiking, twenty minutes to the Appalachian Trail. Directly on Vermont Cycling route. Bass and perch fishing is excellent. Larger boat access 1/2 mile south. Flat bottom fishing boat available.Middlebury is sophisticated - up-scale quaint, with farmers markets, outdoor concerts, theater, great restaurants, galleries. A few miles further and you are heading up towards moose and mountains. Great beach combing. -- Buffalo and Alpaca farms, world famous Morgan Horse Farm, Robert Frost trail. The lake has some weeds, certainly swimmable but I would suggest driving to a nearby clean-as-a-whistle swimming hole in the mountains where you can drink the water as you swim.

Other Activities: great bass fishing, glorious hikes, talk to each other, watch the birds, read, write a book, long walks, apple picking, Sheldon museum in Middlebury, Famous Shelburne Museum in Shelburne - across the bridge, New York State, revolutionary forts- lots of history. Most guests just love to sit and gaze at the lake, cook out, have fires on the beach, enjoy the quiet.

Ski: 25 miles to a great ski area that is not crowded like the biggies. Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Great trails and good rates, especially mid-week. snow shoeing and cros country is a mind blower thought the trees. TAM- Trail Around Middlbury - gorgeous.

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Rates & Availability

Bridport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
autumn leaves
Sep 13 2015 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$180
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$200
 

Additional information about rental rates

doggy extra fur cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $250
cleaning fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59

-- The damage deposit is simply about the septic system and the lake! -- on such a small piece of land, so close to the lake, only a small septic tank fits.... and long showers and endless flushing fill up the tank fast. That means a 200 pump out, like a holding tank. I will check the tank each time a guest leaves (pleasant chore!) to make certain the water use was not abused. Sorry about this restriction, but that's reality on the lake, so close, and in Vermont, with severe laws.... Absolutely NO smoking unless you go up in the pasture or out in a boat. Outdoor hose to wash off doggies. Call me anytime, 24 hours a day, with any questions or problems during your visit. I want everybody to be happy. Damage deposit is basically for boats, a couple have washed away, and broken paddles.... Also, talk to me straight before you book- so I can let you know if the cottage is the best match-up for you. !! Have made wonderful friends through Homeaway-- just read people- I'm not a business person, not a real estate landlady type- and everybody warns me about stuff being stolen, roughed up, etc. from their rentals- in 9 years, I have NEVER had any big problems, EVER- and with all the personal antiques etc. some of which are a bit sensitive- I"m happily flabbergasted. The place attracts good people... albeit a few sticklers, but I'm become very good at weeding them out ahead of time. I don't build the place up to be something it isn't. If anything, people are surprised that it's more lovely than they expected. That's a GOOD thing! BUT be CAREFUL! Slippery rocks after a rain, a high bank to the water, although with good wide stairs, always a spare rock or stone or stick to be alert to. Step high! March! Don't Sue ME!

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Amenities

Bridport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • On septic system in the country 10 feet from the water. Must conserve water a bit- no long long showers, etc. -- which is why I say 2 people instead of 3 or 4, although the place is big enough.....Bright red toilet cover, what else could you want??
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • I say it sleeps two, although there are two bedrooms, because of the septic system so near the lake. Can't have too many people taking long showers, etc. -- the place simply is not meant for that....simple, cozy- lots of books. Sleeping is beyond words here, with the silence, or crickets and birds, and the intermittent moan of a train which makes its way up the other side of the lake to Montreal in the night, and morning.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Country laundromat ten miles away and you can drop it off. This septic country lake front system is fragile. Water conservation is a muThinking of getting washer-dryer and I will if it seems to matter to people. I ask that people bring their own linens if they can. This is country living so why not beat your clothes on the beach rocks? It's better than a gym work-out. Speaking of a work-out. There are huge beautiful slate rocks you can carry up the bank, and getting in the water on a float and pulling up the weeds will really work up your appetite. You can also walk for a mile up or down the beach, very very interesting beach, tree formations around the slate, little hide-a-way places. OR, you can go into the woods and collect firewood! Just wear trousers. OR, you can follow the creek up into the back woods which will take you to a cow pasture with cows in it. They will not bite you. I like to row the boat into the middle of the lake late at night and float and watch the shooting stars

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