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HGTV FEATURE 8 acre private island, tennis court, boathouse, kayaks,

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms + bunk room, 3 1/2 baths, private tennis court, sleeps 15


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.

Property Manager
Hayes Danforth
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018


Clayton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • 2nd floor bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    2nd floor bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    1rst floor bedroom 1 (master) - 1 king
    1rst floor bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Ground level Bunk room - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single
    1rst floor bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
15' x 10' tent platform available if guests desire to bring their own tent


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
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HGTV FEATURE 8 acre private island, tennis court, boathouse, kayaks,
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
Chester, NY, USA

Amazing home and property!

  • 5 of 5

I've been vacationing in the thousand islands for 41 years and this is the best place we have ever stayed. We had 8 men for our annual fishing trip and each of us loved Jolly Island.

There were enough beds for each of us and the dining room could easily accommodate all of us in a house filled with charm and history. We had good internet connection and clear television. Great outdoor grill and deck space.

We enjoyed playing basketball , exploring the island and fishing from shore . We spent less time in our boat this year because Jolly Island was so much fun.

We are already planning on returning next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic sunsets and Jolly Island's privacy outweigh the the Island's flaws.

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York, New York

Beautiful location, house and island offer so many different activities for all..

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Webster, NY

Overall, one of a kind, tremendous character, and priceless experience

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Shaker Heights, OH

Nature at its Best

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spectacular setting for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Wellsley Island
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
US 81
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Potters Beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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