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

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 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 a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018


Clayton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • 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! 4.3/5 -
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HGTV FEATURE 8 acre private island, tennis court, boathouse, kayaks,
average rating of 4.3 based on 10 reviews

Fantastic Jolly Island

  • 5 of 5

For each of the past 2 summers, our family has had the privilege of spending 10 days on Jolly Island. In summary, we love Jolly Island and cannot say enough positive things about our experiences there. Swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, basketball, tennis, croquet, hiking, or just relaxing and watching the boats go by - Jolly Island has it all and then some. And it doesn't hurt that the surrounding area offers so much. It would be very difficult to find a place equal to Jolly, particularly when it comes to enjoying time with family and friends, and making memories. It clearly has been and is a very special place for the family that owns it. We cannot recommend Jolly Island highly enough and look forward to a few if not many more stays in the coming years.

Miller Family

Cayman Islands, B.W.I.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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HGTV needs to get back there!!!!

  • 2 of 5

We were disappointed in the house. The refrigerator did not keep things cold enough, and it took two days to get the oven to the correct temperature, there was a freezer off the walk in basement living quarters which at night was not an easy treck. We had to go outside to enter all the bedrooms and they were not clean. The living room was okay, there were ten of us there and not enough comfortable seating. The tennis court and basketball court has a lot be desired. The showers did not drain well. The screens are all in bad shape, we understand that there will be bugs, but we do not have to help them out. The day before we left the outside maintenance team showed up to do lawn work, the girls were out sunbathing and there were people napping. What if we of not been at the house, there is no way to lock any of the doors, and we all had cash and other items in our bedrooms. The owner was very quick to get back to us when we had issues. There is so much potential in this place, it could be beautiful!!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hershey, PA

Family graduation celebration

  • 5 of 5

Worthy of unesco heritage designation. Spectacular rain or shine. Bring extra firewood for the fireplace. Be patient with the Aga stove which takes 5 hours to preheat. Owners very responsive to queries and needs

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to go with friends. Host was very responsive and helpful.

  • 4 of 5

We met 2 other families at this home and had a wonderful stay! Home is well equip with all the essentials ! This is a older home with lots of character. The negative previous reviews had been fixed such as plenty of coffee cups and new couch slip covers. We spent most of the day outside with views all around. The kids really enjoyed exploring the island . We had camp fires every night by the river and it was beautiful. The bed rooms are all seperate from the living space, giving plenty of privacy. If i had to say one negative it would be the bugs outside! Lots of mosquitoes/ sandflies but luckily we found some bug spray in the house! If you dont own a boat, you must rent a water taxi to get to the island...which is what we did. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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