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Waterfront, Sandy Beaches, Airstrip, Private Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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.

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

More Details

Helen Riehle
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 15, 2017

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.


Grand Isle Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , first floor across from den/bedroom--new washer and dryer
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , masterbath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 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 10 adults. Pull out and floor mattresses can accommodate up to 2 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
  • 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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Waterfront, Sandy Beaches, Airstrip, Private Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Savage Island is AMAZING

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at Savage Island and we had a fabulous time! It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Wayne, the caretaker, is wonderfully helpful and a really nice guy. We can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Outstanding and exceptional experience

  • 5 of 5

Savage island is like no other vacaion rental. Not only is the house stunning and the scenery marvelous but the quality of lodging also exceeded our expectations. The 207 acre island offers uncompromising levels of natural beauty and exploration like no other, one could spend weeks exploring the beaches along the shore, trails throughout the woods and waters surrounding the island. Wayne, the caretaker is extremely accommodating and caters to your needs at a moments notice. Make sure to pack plenty of ice and fresh water for your stay along with your food. Other than bear essentials not much else is needed to have a spectacular time. We certainly plan on going back in the near future and would highly reccomend Savage Island to anyone who prefers a unique and memorable vacation experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven. Amazing experience.

  • 5 of 5

Wow. I love this place. This island is magical with a wonderful history. You need to ask the caretaker for specifics however this area played a major role in the revolutionary war. As well as home to some interesting people over the years.

Today, this island is a tranquil oasis for you and family and friends as you have over 200 acres for yourself surrounded by great beaches. They offer free water vehicles like kayaks and sailboats. Also great for romance. I can image spending a quiet week with my honey here. You will be alone to spend quality time together.

The home is wonderful for entertaining and relaxing. The sky at night is magical.

We had a waterfront fire every night.

Helen, the owner, is also amazing and will ensure your stay is top-notch.

All in all this place is heaven on earth and one of my favorite places to spend time.


  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
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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:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Sep 7 2017 - Oct 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
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

cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 9.0%

Included in the fees is one round trip daily to the mainland. Additional trips require a fee of $50 per round trip. All trips are subject to weather conditions and safety.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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