4 Bedrooms, plus new sleeping porch with 4 beds , 3 Baths, private island
Why Helen Riehle chose Grand Isle
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. Family weddings, reunions and various 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.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - Well behaved dogs at $20 a dayWell behaved dogs at $20 a day
Max guests: 12
Best kept secret!
I have wanted to rent this property for years, and finally got a group together to do it... boy am I glad I did! It was everything and more. What an amazing spot to put everything aside and relax for a while. Walking/biking trails, beaches galore, wild flowers, and the best sunrises and sunsets. We brought a boat and landed a plane - both seamless to do. The caretaker Wayne was amazing, and communication with Helen was great too. Overall one of the best trips I’ve taken... mostly because of the beauty, allure, and solitude of Savage Island.
Selfishly, we probably shouldn't share such a positive review!
I suppose we should try and "game the system," offering a poor review so that this beautiful, peaceful, fun-filled, hide-away, remains unknown, and thus more available for use by our family. However, as both the owners and property managers are so nice, generous, and accommodating--despite the risk of this amazing property being booked throughout following summers--we simply have to give Savage Island top marks: all five stars.
Savage Island is the ideal get-away for a large family (this was our second visit with 14 people). It accommodates large group activities--three large beaches, family dining inside and out, huge green space (volleyball, Frisbee golf, flag football, croquet), hiking, etc.--as well as small spaces to read a book, go for a (two person) sail, find a friend for a kayak or bike ride around the island, or just slip away for a walk during sunset.
Wayne, who manages the property, is AMAZING. There is nothing we needed (he took care of everything before we arrived), but if we did need anything (forgot groceries, needed ice, more firewood), he willingly and happily helped us out. Wayne was conscientious of our privacy, while checking in enough to make sure we were all settled and set up.
My suggestion--once you get to the island, stay on the island! Don't try to go into town or Burlington... get all your groceries before arriving... don't go over "antiquing" or shopping. Just stay on the island and enjoy the solitude, your family and friends, and the experiences only available on an island and with the lake.
But most of all, don't book your visit during our family's preferred weeks!!!
Privacy, fun, serenity
Our sojourn on Savage Island was truly glorious. Our deck faced east across Lake Champlain to Vermont, and a five-minute walk took us to a sandy beach on the west side of the island looking west to the Adirondacks. The remainder of the 200 acres were ours to enjoy as we wished, along with our most affable and helpful caretakers, Wayne and Lynn, a few sheep and chickens, and occasional guests in one other dwelling to our north. The privacy and scenery were sublime. We had a happy week we'll never forget.
Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciated all the island had to offer. Wayne and Lynn are indeed a wonderful care taking couple!
Great Vacation Home
We really loved the privacy and island experience. The magic of Savage Island made for a lifetime of memories.
Beautiful, tranquil and very, very special.
The Savage Island farm was the perfect escape for our family of five (my wife and I, our two teen daughters and our Nova Scotia Duck Toller Retriever). The house is beautiful, with stunning views, windows that capture the breeze, broad porches that offer sun and shade, bookshelves full of delightful family photos and great reads and an overall feeling of character and warmth. The island itself is full of its own delights, from sandy beach to intricate slate rocks, meadows and groves of trees. Add in a couple of lamb and a family of chickens and the setting is almost complete. The only thing missing is Wayne, the incredibly helpful and friendly caretaker who is there to help in any way you might need.
For those of you who need to stay on-grid, you should know it's doable but not easy. I had to do some email and phone work on a couple of mornings, and there is no wifi, and my cell connection (via ATT) was sometimes good, sometimes not. Don't expect to get a lot done. Streaming video? Very challenging. But who needs to with this much non-work to enjoy!?!
Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed the island and captured the essence of the island and all it can offer!
boat rentals available from near-by marinas, farmer's markets in South Hero (Wednesdays) and Grand Isle (Thursdays), volley ball, croquet on site, two local wineries close by and several farm stands with local produce, biking on the mainland with maps in guest book, running/walking trail around island