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Helen Riehle

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Waterfront, Sandy Beaches, Airstrip, Private Retreat

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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4 Bedrooms , 3 Bathrooms private island

This spectacular 207 acre private island estate offers incredible views, sunsets and sunrises, privacy and luxurious living in a green and eco sensitive manner. The main house is beautifully and comfortably furnished with hardwood floors throughout. The first floor open design features a large living room with two sets of French doors opening onto wrap-around porch/deck, wood stove and 2 story ceilings. Well-equipped kitchen (with spices and cooking basics available) overlooks the living room providing a relaxed entertaining and living atmosphere. Small dining nook off kitchen seats 5-6. Dining room has large table that seats 12 with French doors opening onto a screened in eating area seating 6-8. A den/4th bedroom, large slate-floored mudroom and bath/laundry room complete the first floor. Upstairs is a magnificent master bedroom with two small decks facing south and east, queen bed, walk-in closet and full bath. Two other bedrooms (one with deck) and a shared bath with shower are on the second floor. Comfortably sleeps 8 adults with pull out and floor mattresses for up to an additional 4 with upcharge. A spiral staircase leads to the third floor enclosed widow's walk and gorgeous sunset and 360 degree views of island and lake. This property is 'off the grid' with an extensive photovoltaic solar system that supplies power to the main house. A back-up generator helps during the cloudy days, but some accommodation for nature's proclivities is required. An island caretaker and working farmer in residence at the south end, is available to assist guests with navigating the solar system as well as providing trips ashore as needed. The system requires some user interaction. Panoramic views of water, mountains and pastoral fields are enjoyed from every room of the house. Extensive sandy beaches are just a 5 minute walk. Walking and running paths circle the island. Fly in to a 2500 foot runway with excellent approaches north and south. Check out for additional information.

Keywords: beaches, pastoral, scenic, fly-in, kid and pet friendly, confortable

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Helen Riehle (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Why Helen Riehle chose Lake Champlain Islands

My father-in-law bought the island in 1955 as a weekend retreat from the NYC area. He ended up relocating to Vermont and the island became his passion, building first a small log cabin, then an airstrip, and eventually creating a small sheep farm with several barns and fenced pastures. Following retirement the island became a summer and holiday gathering place and the main home was built in 1990s. Weddings, reunions and variious fund-raising events have enjoyed the incredible spot. The three sons now oversee the island and are pleased to share this special place with others.

What makes this estate unique

The island is a wonderful place to get away from the stresses and noise of the real world. We help with haying and gardening if we want physical activity or simply sit and enjoy the sunsets, beaches and lake activities.


based on 15 traveler reviews

Waterfront, Sandy Beaches, Airstrip, Private Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

A truly unique kind of vacation

  • 5 of 5

Myself and a group of friends spent 4 nights here on July, and it was a fantastic experience. Coming from a large city, I can't understate how much I appreciated the serenity and seclusion of being disconnected from everything.

There are some caveats with being in in a self-sustaining house on an island. The refrigerator doesn't get very cold, 110v wall plugs are hard to come by, and the lack of internet service and spotty signal may seem unappealing at first. However, the longer I was there, the less I found myself needing to check in online, or use my electronics.

The caretaker, Wayne, was absolutely delightful. He never took issue with needing rides to and from the island, and was always up for a chat. He's also on the island, along with a few of the owners on occasion, but you'd hardly know they were there.

All in all, I see myself booking a trip for next year very soon. I can't imagine visiting Burlington any other way at this point.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Homey

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed on the Island in between wedding events for a family member. We had a beautiful June weekend with wonderful springtime weather! It was a beautiful location to rest and recuperate. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We had the best time! The island is absolutely beautiful and the house is everything we hoped for and more. The owner was extremely pleasant and easy to work with, and the caretaker was very helpful with ferrying us back and forth to the island, along with all of our stuff. I highly recommend this property - we are already trying to plan when we can go back next!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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World-Class - Amazing - Peaceful - One of a kind

  • 5 of 5

I've traveling the world seeking beautiful locations throughout the US, Italy, France, Asia, Pacific Islands, Australia including many islands off of these aforementioned coasts. This property on Savage Island compares to the best of the best.

First off, there is only one property on this island. You are surrounded by beautiful nesting birds, butterflies, incredible flowers, your own vegetable garden and a lush maintained expansive lawn. The nighttime sky is amazing. Bring binoculars, the view of the stars/planets will amaze you! Sitting by the campfire at the water's edge is one of the beautiful pleasures of Savage Island.

During the day, we read, played bocci, frisbee, took the boat, took a ride into town - the caretaker Wayne and his wife are awesome people and very accommodating.

We cooked on the grill outside and also prepared meals inside, in the home.

This is a special place for a wedding, a girls/guys getaway, a very romantic weekend where you can unplug on every level. No cars, no noise, no neighbors, no nothing you don't want!

You can walk the whole island and experience the beaches, take a swim with a sand bottom, check out all the birds, walk around the many paths on the island - with no other people except you and your family, friends, and/or loved one.

Now is the time to book - i am convinced that once the word gets out, it will be tough to rent this magnificent place. Do yourself a favor - check it out. It really is magical.

Rocco Capobianco - Dallas TX.

Bring your love, an open heart,

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on Savage Island with friends and family. It's your own island....what else do you need? It was the perfect place to get away and relax. The house had everything you could need and Randy, the caretaker, was always available.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely amazing and magical place. I spent most of a week here for part of my honeymoon. The house is like something out of a story book - beautifully decorated, incredibly inviting with plenty of great books and games to relax with, and endless windows with gorgeous views in every direction. We loved walking around the grounds, taking in the stunning views and enjoying the beach. I could not be happier with my experience here and I try to return every year if I can. You must try the locally made "Island Ice Cream" on your way to the island - amazing!

I would highly recommend this destination - it exceeded all of my expectations.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
burlington International Airport
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Interstate 89
Car: necessary

boat rentals available from near-by marinas, farmer's markets in South Hero (Wednesdays) and Grand Isle (Thursdays), volley ball, croquet, two local wineries close by and several farm stands with local produce.


Rates & Availability

Grand Isle Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 26 2016 - Sep 5 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Grand Isle Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , first floor across from den/bedroom--new washer and dryer
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , masterbath
    Bathroom 2 - shower , 2nd floor and serves two bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , First floor
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single pull out beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) porta-crib. Comfortably sleeps 8 adults. Pull out and floor mattresses can accommodate up to 4 additional guests for slight up charge.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 3 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
sunset and sunrise views, on-site caretaker for limited trips ashore and assistance with solar energy system, back up generator, dock and mooring space available, off-street parking at private mainland launching location, 2500 foot grass airstrip for small craft, wrap-around covered deck with outdoor dining area, kayaks, beach chairs, bikes, extensive library, board games.

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