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Post and Beam Home on Island on West River - Close to Stratton

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11-13)

This home is very unique and special to me. I am a builder from Martha's Vineyard and put my heart, soul and experience into this one of a kind post and beam house. It sits on a private island on the West River that you access by going over a covered bridge. There are only two other homes on the island (island is over 100 acres). The house is 2800 square feet and the bedrooms range from 200 to 250 square feet. Each room has special touches down to the hand made tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms and branches in the railing systems. The kids bunk bed system is hand crafted with logs and branches and sports an elevated walkway, trap door and rope ladder. The massive 30 foot high interior fireplace is fashioned after a Lew French design and the spiral staircase to the loft has to be seen to be appreciated. I sit for hours listening to the river outside as it is only 30 feet from the house. Some days we put on our snow shoes and explore the island. We have just completed an around the island trail system that shows off its beauty. My girls love looking for animal tracks. We have deer and beaver on the island. I have seen lynx tracks but have never seen one.

This is not really a rental property - this is my dream house. It is 10 miles from Stratton Mountain (about a 15-20 minute ride to the mountain) which is a great ski and snowboard area in the winter and golfing community in the summer. The House rental comes with a parking pass so that you can always park right at the foot of the mountain. Stratton Mountain is one of the best run mountains I have ever been to. Their customer service is unmatched in Vermont - They give out tissues at the chair lifts on really cold days. The people that work at the mountain truly want you to have a good skiing experience. They are not just punching a clock. The ski school is first rate and my 6 year old daughter can already ski from the top of the mountain and guides me through some of the easier forest trails. Manchester is about 30 miles away and is home to every outlet store you would want to shop in.......... I could go on forever. Take a look at the pictures and contact me if you want to see more.

Keywords: Ski, Stratton, Vermont, snowboard, beautiful, unique, Jamaica, covered bridge, river, mt. snow

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Jamaica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • All bathrooms have hand made tile, custom cabinetry, granite counter tops and heated floors.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Master Bedroom - Private master bathroom with jacuzzi tub
    Kids Room - 1 bunk bed , One of a kind bunked with rope ladder, trap door and walkway
    Bedroom 3 - Upstairs with views of the river from every window
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Upstairs guest bedroom
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , complete with air hockey, Wii, bean bag chairs and wifi
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Home sits on a private island accessible by a covered bridge on the west river


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

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Post and Beam Home on Island on West River - Close to Stratton
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews
South Salem, NY

Beautiful home, amazing river views, excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

Kagan River Ranch truly is a masterpiece, beautifully decorated, and has everything you need. Setting is perfect and the river views are amazing. Rob met us at arrival to show us the house and the place was immaculate and very welcoming. It was nice to be as secluded as we were, yet close enough to town, skiing and other activities. Children loved the loft, while others enjoyed board games and wine by the fireplace in the living room. Rob is great to work with and we look forward to visiting again.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy to have you guys stay at my house. I love when people appreciate the hard work I put into creating this oasis and have a great vacation. The house and the surroundings are so magical and I am glad when people can experience it when I can not get up there myself. Enjoy the rest of the winter. Stay warm!
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New Canaan, CT

Perfect Southern Vermont Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed here for the freezing cold New Year's long weekend. Rob was wonderful to work with and we would be lucky to stay here again. Clear instructions were provided which made for initial, easy access to the many practical and special features of the home. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare a meal, the open layout is perfect for families, and the bedrooms are private with comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. Everything was perfectly clean. The home itself is a work of art and it is tastefully decorated with impressive pieces of art from local artists. The mudroom has enough space for the entire family to store and put on their ski equipment at the same time. The fireplace was a favorite spot to hang out. Every tool is perfectly placed at your fingertips to facilitate a roaring fire plus a large coffee table sits just in front of it making it a perfect place for games and puzzles. The town of Jamaica is charming and has D&K's friendly market that has everything you need from Benedryl to homemade fudge to a healthy deli-made sandwich for the trip home. We enjoyed the North Country General for delicious take out. A true highlight was snow-shoeing at dusk around the island while watching the rising of a full moon.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad your family had a great time at the house. I love it there and never want to leave. Your kind words about my island creation are warming to my heart. All that you described is what I dreamed of when I built the house with my crew. I only wish you had weather above -10 degrees. I am still working on creating a climate bubble for the island and Stratton mountain - but that might be a few years away. Have a great rest of the year and thanks for treating my home as if it were your own - with respect and care.
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Perfect house and location!!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our vacation. The owner is extremely nice and took the time to meet us there and show us around. The house itself is located in the woods and right next to a river. Everyone in our group absolutely loved everything about it. The house was made with love!!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All I want is for our guests to love the house as much as we do and have a magical time on our island oasis. So, mission accomplished. Here comes Spring.................another season, another fun time.
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suburb of NYC

Return stay at a wonderful house close to stratton

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at this lovely house. The kids love driving over a small narrow bridge onto the small private island which has this house and two others. It is very private, yet close to everything. The house is in great shape, and a perfect layout for families. The kids intricate bunk beds are amazing and like sleeping in a tree house. The loft is perfect for the kids to play games or watch TV's while the adults hang out by the fireplace. Two of the bedrooms have great views which make you feel as if you are right on the river. Rob is very attentive to any issues. We hope to return for a third visit in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always, I am glad that Jennifer and her family had a great stay at our dream house. We love that people appreciate the house and its surroundings as much as we do. It is truly a magical place that we never truly want to leave.
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suburb of NYC

Lovely house in fabulous setting

  • 5 of 5

Two families stayed in this house for MLK weekend. There were 8 of us but the house could have easily accommodated more. The house is absolutely incredible. New built, charming, clean, tons of windows letting in sunlight. It is very upbeat and bright, yet cozy at the same time. Although it is spacious, it was still easy to keep an eye on the children as they loved hanging out in the loft complete with a hammock. The house is very clean, with spacious bedrooms and spotless bathrooms.

The location of the house is also worth noting. It is on a private island that is close to everything yet "away from it all" as there are only three homes on the island. The rushing river by the house is soothing and the perfect "white noise" for sleeping at night.

Rob is very easy to work with and was very considerate. Our only issue is that he doesn't rent it out often enough =( My kids are already asking about when they can return.

We went to Stratton which was a quick drive. Highly recommend the house for the location, house itself, and the lovely setting!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you had a great time and loved the house as much as we do. Enjoy the rest of your winter.
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Simsbury, CT

Celebrating Mom's 75th birthday and the New Year

  • 5 of 5

This home is one of a kind! We arrived right after Christmas for 5 days of skiing, relaxing, and celebrating my mom's 75th birthday (yes, she still skis!) with our family. Everyone loved the house -and the location is also spectacular with complete privacy and beautiful views of the river from almost every window. It met, and exceeded the owners description, and it is easy to see why he is attached to this property. The kitchen is very well equipped (we cooked dinner in most nights), the bathroom floors have radiant heating, plenty on towels, extra blankets, games, and special details throughout. A real gem! The owner was responsive and easy to work with. He was there when we arrived, which I appreciated since he was able to quickly walk us through the house and point out a few details, then he was on his way.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always I am glad that everyone enjoyed my dream home, but a little jealous that I left and they arrived the day that 20+ inches of powder dumped on Stratton. The island looks magical with snow on the river and animal tracks dotting the forest. I am just sorry they did not see the moose that visited our house the week before they arrived.
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Rob Kagan
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2018

Why Rob Kagan chose Jamaica

I took six years to build this house using the finist woods and handmade tiles. There are special details throughout this house to make it a one of a kind experience. You truly will not want to leave the house. The view from the house is a stunning river 12 months a year. I can never get enough of the view. And, we built an intricate trail system around the 100 acre island that the house sits on where you are apt to see turkeys, deer, beaver, foxes..........

What makes this house unique

Skiing at Stratton is great and having the private parking pass that we include with the rental allows you to park at the foot of the mountain. This makes driving to the mountain a pleasure instead of a hassle.


Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Stratton Mountain
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Stratton Mountain


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $1,000

Tenant must sign a lease for the duration of the rental period - sent to them by the landlord. They also need to sign a "rules of the house" addendum to the lease. Both documents must be signed and sent to the landlord before tenant can occupy the house.

Owner'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.