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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
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. 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

More Details

Rob Kagan
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017


Jamaica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
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


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(12 traveler reviews)

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Post and Beam Home on Island on West River - Close to Stratton
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews

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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Extended family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Kagan River Ranch exceeded my family's vacation expectations! The house and property were as described in the owner's write-up. What was NOT included in the description, however, was the feeling of peace and serenity you get from being right on the river. Inside or outside the house, the gurgling sound of the river soothes your soul. We loved the beds, beautiful woodwork throughout the house, the huge dining table, the kitchen with everything you could need, the firepit, and the feeling of being in a remote area while actually being not too far from anywhere. While you're there, definitively check out the Jamaica State Park, Hamilton Falls, and the Dam Diner.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow - you should write ad copy for our house. I am always glad that people enjoy our house as much as we do. My wife is especially happy that you appreciated and took advantage of our well stocked kitchen as she is a big time cook. I wish we could be up there all the time, but since we can not it is comforting that others can take advantage of the beauty of our dream house and our beautiful island in the middle of the West River.
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Bergen County New Jersey

Wonderful stay in Vermont

  • 5 of 5

My family and some close friends stayed in this beautiful home over the New Years Eve weekend. There were 12 of us in all and the house accommodated us perfectly. This group of families has been renting homes in VT for nearly 10 years and, I'd have to say, this home may well be our new favorite. It's essentially brand new with every amenity you could wish for. What truly sets it apart, however, is the setting. The sense of privacy and seclusion coupled with an unparallelled view of a shallow, rushing river just a few yards from the back deck make this home extremely unique.

While the weather and the snow didn't necessarily cooperate this time around, the house, it's setting and it's incredible river view made for a peaceful and serene holiday.

I highly recommend this home to anyone seeking a fresh, comfortable home in a beautiful setting. If you plan on skiing, the home is about 20 minutes from the Stratton base lodge. It's also close to the town of Jamaica which was quite convenient for quick, last minute needs.

The owner was also readily available to answer any questions during our stay.

Do yourselves a favor and put this home near the top of your list. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you had a great vacation. I want everyone to enjoy the house as much as I do. It really is a special spot. I never want to leave. The snow is really the only thing I have no control over but I am glad you were able to still have a fun and a memorable time.
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Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Stratton Mountain
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Stratton Mountain


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

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.

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