|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
FEATURED ON HGTV ISLAND HUNTERS FOR LUXURY ISLAND RENTALS JANUARY 31, 2014 5:30 PM EST!
8 acre private island in St. Lawrence River, 1 mi. from Canada, 8 mi. from Clayton, NY. House sleeps 15 w/6 BR + bunk room, 3 & 1/2 baths; guests may bring there own tent to set up on tent platform tent w/ deck. 360 degree views of river, floor to ceiling glass doors, 2 fireplaces, cathedral ceiling, 48inch LCD Direct TV w/sports package, dining room table seats 10, Aga stove, refrigerator, separate freezer, coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher. Washer/dryer. High speed Internet, electric heat. 2 large decks (front/sunset, back sunrise) w/table, seating, grill, Private Har tru tennis court, basketball and volleyball courts. 2 natural protected harbors, boathouse & multiple docks, swimming raft and platform, stone gazebo with one of highest points on the river. 2 sea kayaks, 2 paddle boards; motor boat not included but can be rented in Clayton. Jolly Island is 1/2 mile from Potter's Beach and 1/2 mile from 40 Acre Shoals, site of world record muskies.
The privacy and seclusion of having the Jolly Island all to ourselves was the biggest asset the Island offered. Our group had a great time enjoying the views and the breathtaking sunsets. Swimming in the clear water, floating on rafts, diving off the swimming platform and paddleboarding in the warm water exploring all Jolly Island's coast was also a fantastic draw over this hot summer. The space and size of the house and bedrooms is adequate for 15 , with numerous activities including hiking Jolly Island's coasts, interior trails, and wilderness we had plenty to do.
The biggest issue our group had was the ineffective refrigerator. Although gorgeous in it's craftsmanship it could not maintain stable cool temperatures and the freezer was not in working condition. It was nice another freezer was present, albeit in the laundry room. Also the kitchen should be stocked better with better pans/more coffee cups to be honest if we rent this house next year we would bring a 6 pack of coffee mugs and just leave them there. A larger coffee maker would have been great.
Another issue was the lack of knowledge with the property the person we rented the property through. We were instructed to bring bed linens, and arrive at Jolly only to find bed linens already there. Would have been nice to not have to lug up sheets and towels. Little maintenance details can make or break a property; over 50% of the screens were ripped or had holes, missing light bulbs in light fixtures, tape on walls and ceilings from prior celebrations, sofa slipcovers that really need a good wash and a better equipped kitchen with glassware and plate-ware.
Despite the issues, my group and I would go back. Renting Jolly is less luxury house for the price and more akin to glamping. Having the wi-fi and Direct TV was a nice bonus for the rainy days.
The house needs Ice cube trays!
We had a lovely stay on this very private island! There were 10 of us ranging from 8 years of age to 70. We played tennis, basketball, hiked island, exercised at gazebo and took in it's stunning views, fished, went for boat trips, etc... House has an antique feel to it, which was part of house's charm, but yet was very spacious. The breeze felt good in all the bedrooms, and felt like we were at camp waking up to the loons calling on river.
A couple areas that need to be updated are carpets through out house, quite dingy so need to be replaced. Water pressure is not the best in most of bathrooms which may be hard to correct on an island. Furniture in common room most likely should be replaced as well. Tv worked very well and very large.
Overall we had a great week with our family celebrating my father's 70th birthday. Potter's beach is a couple minutes away by boat, and my kids loved going there and swimming around boat. Very lively beach with lots of people. Swimming to the dock, kayaking and paddle boarding, and fishing were spectacular. Water is so clear in the river you would think you are in the caribbean at times! You won't be disappointed! But plan ahead for your meals because it takes about 25 minutes by boat to dock for a market. Enjoy!
We had an absolutely fabulous time. Our group used the place a summer vacation for the entire family and lots of friends. Over the course of a week, we had such a relaxing and picturesque time enjoying a slice of heaven.
The caretakers for the property and owners were incredibly responsive which made our stay perfect.
Can't wait to get back up to the area and create more memories together is such a lovely atmosphere!
If you have never visited Thousand Islands in Upstate New York, put it on your list. The over one thousand islands ranging from tiny ('One Seagull Island') to large ('Grindstone Island') and vast waterway (Saint Lawrence River) create an atmosphere of adventure and remoteness that is thrilling to nature-lovers as well as city-folk (like us) looking to disconnect from everyday life and relax in a beautiful setting.
The house easily accommodated our large group (6 adults, 8 children), with comfortable beds, enough bathrooms, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The property is reminiscent of an old summer camp, with the great room as Lodge/gathering place, and the kitchen small but functional, assuming most people will spend the majority of their time enjoying the outdoors, which we did.
Property highlights include the natural beauty of the island, and the novelty of having it all to ourselves. The kids spent hours exploring on their own, and kids and adults alike enjoyed many spirited games of Capture the Flag. The small sandy beach was perfect for our 3-year old to play and swim, and the older kids loved jumping off the dock and racing to the swim raft and back again. The water was clean but chilly (refreshing, we liked to say!). Property owner was friendly, very helpful, and always responded quickly to questions and requests. Areas for improvement include fixing the low water pressure in one shower, updating great room furniture (couch has seen better days), and adding a full set of plates, bowls, coffee mugs, and wine glasses to the property. There was not a complete set for our group, so we supplemented with paper and plastic products,
Overall, a fantastic summer get-away! Lots of great memories made here!
Great backdrop to relaxing and enjoying family and friends. Ample amenities on a large private isle in the heart of the 1000 Islands region. Perfect for fishing, boating, and site seeing without the crowds of Alex Bay or other tourist spots. I'm a repeat customer and highly recommend this property.
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.