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Charming Malletts Bay Beachfront, Beautiful Sunsets, WiFi, Modern Kitchen

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


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3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 enclosed porches convertible for sleeping, sleeps 8

Enjoy boating, fishing, sandy beach, water sports, and breathtaking views of the sunset from the back porches, beach and a grassy terrace area of a newly built lakefront house located centrally along the eastern shore of Malletts Bay. You will experience the modern comforts and amenities of home while being only a few feet from the beach and your exclusive water access.

Please note that we are a seasonal property, open from May 1 through October 31, but this timing includes great access to fall foliage via interstate 89, from mid-September through mid-October.

Step from the luxury of the cherry wood cabinets and granite countertops of the gourmet kitchen along hardwood floors into a cozy sitting area with a two-sided fireplace as focal point, and then out onto the generous, fully screened and enclosed porch for dinner with a view. The floor plan of this house was ingeniously designed to make you feel as if you are always connected to the waters of the beautiful bay and Lake Champlain. The first floor has a full bath and bedroom; and the porch converts to a sleeping room on the sectional sofa. Two large bedrooms on the second level share a bathroom suite and walkout access to another enclosed porch that has a love seat convertible for additional sleeping space. A spiral staircase leads up to a unique cupola with lookout windows that allow even better views of the bay.

Boat moorings allow ready access to fishing and water sports on the bay or the broad lake. This well-situated property provides convenient access to shopping, great dining, and sightseeing in Burlington just to the south. Hop on the interstate for an easy drive of only 90 minutes to cosmopolitan Montreal or less than an hour to the rustic wonders of Vermont’s central mountains and summer/ski resorts.

This is a seasonal property open from May 1 to October 31.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Richard MacDonald
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016

About Richard MacDonald

Much like Ben & Jerry, the owners all moved to Burlington in the late 1970's. The four owners (two couples, Rich and Jacque, Rick and Madeleine) came to Burlington to attend the University of Vermont for undergrad and graduate work. We then met our future spouses there, all while enjoying the great Burlington/UVM student experience, and living on a shoestring. Distant cousins Rich and Madeleine connected there and our foursome were our only local family. Although the years and different jobs have taken us geographically far away, Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains have always felt like home to us all. We welcome you and hope that you enjoy our house. Our friend Laurie who lives nearby and manages the property for us will take good care of you.

Richard MacDonald purchased this house in 2009

Why Richard MacDonald chose Lake Champlain Valley

Waterfront properties on Malletts Bay do not become available very often, so when the chance arose to reconnect on the Pastime property, we were all in accord to go for it. 'Renovations' became a 'rebuild,' to 'new build' through record-breaking flooding and even a hurricane! But it has all been worthwhile when we sit out sipping wine at sunset enjoying the lake and the mountains while connecting with friends and family! Priceless!

What makes this house unique

The original Pastime cottage was located in a wonderful central setting with panoramic views along the eastern shore of the bay, but it was in disrepair, leading to renovation and, eventually, to the necessity of total reconstruction to modern standards. The owners have put much energy and thought into the design and setup of the house, and we all have fallen in love with its charming rooms and pleasant spaces, especially the lovely gourmet kitchen and the enclosed porches that give the feeling of practically being on the beach. We already have many wonderful shared memories of our experiences at Pastime, including a very special wedding on the beach in the summer of 2012. The sunsets on the lake are spectacular and worth the trip at any time of year.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Charming Malletts Bay Beachfront, Beautiful Sunsets, WiFi, Modern Kitchen
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Fantastic week at this gem of a house

  • 5 of 5

Very impressed with this rental. The owners have spared no expense with decorating their home. The walls were decorated with local artist pictures and sayings that made you feel that you were truly welcome to visit their home. The house was very clean. The towels supplied were top quality. They also supplied beach umbrella's, chairs, coolers, etc for using on the beach. The views of the water were just so breathtaking. We loved watching the sun set each night. The full time residents surrounding the house were very pleasant and their caretaker, Laurie was so personable. I will highly recommend this home to my friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home great location!

  • 5 of 5

My family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful lakefront home. Furnishings are tasteful and everything was clean and well appointed. The house is truly fully equipped-including nice sheets & towels, coffee filters, salt & pepper and more! It's a nice quick ride into downtown Burlington for shopping and dining. We loved the kayaking during the daytime and firepit at night! We would definitely return on our next trip to visit the Burlington area!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The house is well appointed and everything is new. The view is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Best Family Vacation Yet!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this beautiful lake home. Our favorite features were the large sun porch overlooking the lake and the gourmet kitchen. We ate on the sun porch every night, played board games out there with the kids, and retreated there when the mosquitoes came out late at night. It is a nice location--only a few minutes from Burlington and close to the bike path. The owners and property manager were very accommodating. I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway on Lake Champlain.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, comfortable house in a peaceful location!

  • 5 of 5

The house was if anything, better than the pictures! Very comfortable rooms, all amenities; loved the gourmet kitchen and had every meal on the 3-season porch overlooking the water. The decor was delightful, a major cut above most of our previous rental experiences - felt like staying in a friend's home rather than a rental. We took advantage of the kayaks and the nearby bike path. Plenty of space for 6 adults.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect spot to vacation in Mallots Bay on Lake Champlain! The home feels welcoming and inviting! The owners are so fun and provided everything we needed! The home is equipped with all high end essentials, especially the kitchen. It is filled with gorgeous antiques and beautifully decorated! We loved our stay here as it was heaven on earth!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Burlington International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Along the bay
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Lake Champlain Ferries (King Street, Burlington)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
The Links at Lang Farm, Essex Junction
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak Station, Essex Junction
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 89 (Exits 16 or 17)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Numerous in Burlington, Colchester, and Winooski
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Smuggler’s Notch Summer and Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Just off the back deck
Car: necessary

Stowe Mountain Summer and Ski Resort,

Smuggler’s Notch Summer and Ski Resort

Church Street Marketplace

Burlington Square Mall

Essex Outlets

Lake Champlain Ferries

Burlington Waterfront Park

University of Vermont

Champlain College

St. Michael's College

Cabot Cheese Outlet Store

Ben and Jerry's Factory

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Shelburne Museum

ECHO Science Center


Rates & Availability

Colchester House Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

The deposit will be held by the Owner pending the Owner’s or Owner’s agent’s inspection of the premises at the termination of this lease and prior to new Tenants taking possession. Depending on results of the inspection, the deposit or remaining balance will be returned to Tenant within 21 days of the end of this Lease agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Colchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Double vanity with large counter, Jack and Jill
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Serves main floor and bedroom 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Generous master bedroom, 2nd floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Second bedroom, 2nd floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , First-floor bedroom with indirect access to a full bathroom
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 share a Jack and Jill bathroom suite with double vanity and full shower. Bedroom 1 also has walkout access to the second floor porch with lake view. The upstairs porch has a convertible love seat that sleeps one additional person.
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house is equipped with ceiling fans throughout. The porches are among the best features of the house, covered, screened, with walls of windows that can be opened to the breeze or closed when there is a chill in the air. A third-story cupola has a sitting area and allows great lake views.

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