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Charming Colchester Home with Malletts Bay Beachfront, WiFi, Gourmet Kitchen

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Richard MacDonald
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

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 Colchester

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.


Colchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • 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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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Great house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the house. The view is fantastic and we really loved the fireplace, which made the sun room cozy during cool weather. The amenities are all quite decent with plenty of towels and supplies. Very thoughtful!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely spot.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, close to Burlington. Beautiful set-up. Nice house with everything you need. We had great weather too! Nice that we got to use the water toys.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location on the lake

  • 5 of 5

This home is perfect for a relaxed vacation. It has a sandy beach for the kids and easy access for kayaks and paddle boards. The sunsets are beautiful from the enclosed porch. The owners have though of everything for your comfort and convenience.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


Pastime is a lovely, modern, well equipped home

with spectacular views of the lake from 2 porch levels.

There is a sandy beach and a long expanse of shallow water.

The parking was our only challenge because of narrow space

and heavy traffic.


  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: August 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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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




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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