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Two waterfront cottages together sleep 11 and have lots of privacy!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 cottages with 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 11 $750 & $900 weekly

Two waterfront cottages together sleep 11 and have lots of privacy. There are 41+ acres of secluded woodland and a mile + of private lake shore. Half way between Burlington and Montreal (50 miles) This has been a family compound for 90 years. We offer a canoe and 40' dock. Rent together or separately. The larger cottage is $950 and the smaller is $750 weekly. discount for longer stays. Both are 30 feet from the lake, 400 feet from Rt 2, lots of privacy - no other building insight, we mow about 6 acres around the houses, which are surrounded by cedar trees. A active beaver pond is adjacent - fishing is great and the sunsets are beautiful .Wi- fi is in the village library or general store/coffee shop (fresh baked goods every morning) Just a bit north there is another family grocery with a great butcher shop.

We are proud of our place and crazy clean - both are well equipped and ready for a memorable visit. Most are repeat guests and love the rustic privacy, sunsets are georgeous, fishing great,

church dinners frequent, farmers markets near, great restaurants

antique shops & a 500 million year old ocean reef for you to explore are nearby Adrondack mts just a ferry boat ride away, Shelborne museum, world larges carriage collection, built by

same family that built Biltmore House in Ashville NC - a must see

Ausable Chasim, the Grand Canyon of the East is just across the Lake. Lots of Us,French and English forts very close.

More Details

Property Manager
Robert Kelsey
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Robert Kelsey

Grandfather bought this farm 90 years ago - the ice house and barns are gone, original house now has 70' of porches and huge veggie garden - lots of summer guests. I live in Ft Lauderdale, on the ocean am a Realtor and don't like the cold Vermont winters.

Robert Kelsey purchased this estate in 1926

Why Robert Kelsey chose Lake Champlain Islands

Family owned 41 acres of woods and open fields, a mile of lake shore - on , Carry Bay - cliffs and wetlands, sunset views - 40' dock, canoe - toss a pebble into the Lake no other house in view - lots of wild life, 2 acre pond full of wildlife, beaver, ducks, etc. 100' from cottage, privacy for sure, only two cottages

What makes this estate unique

Montreal and Burlington about 1 hour, great fishing, mountain views, canoe/pram for your use - good butcher,grocer, fresh markets, cheese makers, church dinners, library, good restaurants, acres of woodland, shore to roam.Privacy galore. Metal roofs, light and bright rooms, fully equipped kitchen, lines etc. , 400' from roadway, well behaved pets welcome. 41 acres of woods,wetlands, lake front cliffs,open former hay field,wild flowers galore, yard games


North Hero Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • full bath with shower/tub in both cottages also full kitchens
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 2 double , 3 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon , twin in master could be a king if necessary
  • twins in the master (could be king) single on porch, double sleeper in living room double in second bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We had a catered wedding for 30 -outdoors lots of room - extra guests slept in tents (available) Perfect family compound - 400' from road, privacy galore - lots of wild life - deer, fox, beaver,rabbits, osprey, owls, no bear or wild cats, moose. Good fishing, great sunsets Good local produce, bakery goods, town suppers, ,tag sales, antiques for sure. Many historic sites, oldest know coral reef on next island, reinactments, nature trails, tour boat in Town, eggs,farm poducts sold locally, excellent local meat markets, Cotsco,supermarkets 30 miles, great antiquing, good restaurants abound, border crossing requires passport now.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Two waterfront cottages together sleep 11 and have lots of privacy!
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 6 reviews

Loved it!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The property is very much as described. Both cottages are comfy and cozy. There is lots of privacy and the fishing is fantastic. We caught lots of perch and bass. My toy fox terrier had a great time with lots of running space. Bob was a really great host and super accommodating. We all came back from our vacation happy and relaxed. I hope to be able to spend time here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Step back in time

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a week in Bob’s camps, this makes four trips to North Hero in the past seven years, each time staying with Bob. Its back to the basics, the way it was when life was simple, like stepping back to a time when people made due, not expecting someone to do everything for them.

From the long spring slamming the screen door shut, no hydraulic door closer here, to the pump house that brings water up to the camps, it’s actually the old outhouse from decades ago, now serving as the pump house: here time feels unchanging.

We bring the boat to fish, but the largest bass we ever caught anywhere was while we sat on shore, in lawn chairs, only 30 feet from the sliding glass doors of the large bedroom, in the trailer, overlooking the bay.

I wonderful time with a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't Wait to Unpack!

  • 4 of 5

What a great spot for a cabin and converted retro motortrailer right on the lake! I had my sister's family with me and between the usual hassles of vacationing with family, this was the perfect spot to not only get away from the hustle and bustle of life, but also privacy from family once in a while.

Perfect for fishing, canoeing and watching beautiful sunsets, the master host and owner Bob made everything "just right" with all of our simple requests. What a beautiful location for a perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so fortunate to have so many nice groups, this Fathers Day Fishing Derby is the sixth year for the same "group of guys" we had catered wedding for 30+ -the yall love the privacy and ambiance - never had an unruly pet either.- just one unruly woman in 20 years. Grandparents love the privacy of the "little" cottage - kids and parents in the 2 bedroom, with sleeping porch almost on the lake.
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Great Rustic cottage on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

We were returned to the cottage for our second consecutive year and had a wonderful experience on both occasions!

We brought along two 10 year olds and our half crazy dog Yodi.

We stayed in the larger cottage which has plenty of room for more. I believe it was built in the 1920's and has a great deal of character. Unlike one of the previous reviewers, we were not expecting, or desiring a stay at the Hilton. If you are, don't stay here, but if you would like you and your kids to be away from your cell phones, with days filled with fishing, sunsets and simplicity, by all means, stay here!

The owner of the property, Bob, was very accommodating to our every need. In fact, the other cottage was vacant the week we were there, and we asked Bob if, perhaps we could rent it for a couple of nights as we had friends who were planning on a visit. He said to not worry about it, "Let them enjoy it"! A couple of days later some one called who wanted to rent the second cottage for the week. Bob approached us and asked us if it was ok. He was actually going to let us have the cabin for free rather than rent it for a fee. Now that's service. Of course we thanked Bob for his consideration, but told him to make some money during the short season. We never felt unsafe or uncomfortable, as the previous reviewer had, nor did we expect polished silver and room service! It bothers me that one who may expect this from a 1920's cabin would write such a caustic review without consideration of possible consequences to the owner. She may want to stay closer to home in New Jersey!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Retro cottage right on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the smaller cottage and had a really great time. It's a converted 60's trailer, very cool, but roomy enough for two. It's so close to the lake, you wake up to the lake right in front of you and can watch the sunset every night. We canoed (canoe provided) almost every day, found an osprey nest, it was very fun. North Hero is very cute, we would definitely consider renting again, probably renting both cottages. The owner was extremely helpful, just a great experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unsafe Conditions, cottages not as advertised

  • 1 of 5

I recently wrote this owner regarding my dissatisfaction with the condition of his cottages and did not get any satisfaction. Our family, 3 siblings and spouses rented the two cottages the first week of August. I would caution anyone considering renting to be aware of the unsafe conditions in these two cottages. One cannot even be called a cottage; it is a converted 1950’s travel trailer. It does not have 2 bedrooms as advertised; it does not have a working oven. The electric is dangerous with an open switch box in the bathroom and improper wiring. The foundation is unstable; the screens have holes which let the insects into the house. One member of our group, who spent the night on the pull out futon, was covered in insect bites. I can’t say if this was from the ripped screening or bugs in the futon or rug. The larger cottage had a 220 volt hot water heater within arm’s reach of the tub; I don’t believe that meets code. There were no working smoke detectors in the buildings. Both cottages had hot and cold running lake water. The owners did put bottled water in the refrigerator for drinking but we had to bath in lake water. Lake Champlain has been contaminated with toxic algae this past summer and we were fortunate that no one developed skin irritation. We spent one night in the “travel trailer” cottage than return with our RV and parked it on the property for the remainder of our stay. We did not want to upset the family members staying in the larger cottage by leaving the family vacation. One relative recently suffered a heart attack and another was diagnosed with a serious illness.

I have 3 rental properties on and strive to give all my guests a good vacation experience and a home that matches my listing description. My sister has 4 properties on homeaway .com and she also does her best to make everyone’s stay a pleasant and safe time. Another friend has a rustic cottage in NY which she rents, with no electricity and minimal amenities BUT she describes all that honestly in her listing and has repeat guests who relish roughing it. We did not expect lavish accommodations but we did expect more than a place to camp.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most of our guests are returning visitors, like the family with the one year old in that same cottage this week,that our unhappy guest wrote about - This is an antique house trailer with great curved wood paneling and a 12x'30' addition, with sliding doors on Lake Champlain and awesome sunset views. I suspect that a screen was left ajar, a night light left on and the mosquitos attacked. The couple with their one year old son are here for the third year, the previous guests, father and son caught 5 pike and several bass and plan bring the whole family next summer. We found a smoke detector disconnected, and folks in the larger 2 bedroom cottage (again 3rd year renters) a found that one in full operation. We have two very private cottages, well off the road and no other houses in sight. With 35 acres and almost a mile of lake shore we pride ourselves on cleanliness,friendliness, great fishing and repeat business.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
North Hero House
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Grand Isle
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Alburgh Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Plattsburg NY
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 89
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Shore Acres North Hero House B&B less than 2 miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
almost one mile of private/owned lake shore 4 you
Car: necessary

Many Revolutionary War battles were fought in this area, many forts remain Ticonderoga the largest is an easy drive, Saratoga 130 miles.


Rates & Availability

North Hero Estate Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

In this area we customarily rent Saturday afternoon to Saturday morning.
Most are repeat guests - one bad guest out of 100 - this land has been in my Family since 1926 Longer stays are welcome.
The dock is 40', fishing great from it, a canoe and pram are provided, 41 acres of fields and woods, a mile ol lake shore to roam, a beaver / wildlife pond is adjacent- the second cottage is 2 bedrooms, sleeps 7, the one bedroom sleeps 3 plus a small bed - this is a former mobile home, (1960) curved wood ceiling, charming, large living room and master with sliding doors looking at lake 30' away no other house in sight, sunsets to enjoy, ideal for family gathering, - 400' from road, yard games, room to pitch tents for extra guests.good meat market,groceries nearby, restaurants many amenities, farmers stands, church suppers, bingo, a nature walk on the deer path thru out woods, fire pit grille, yard games.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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