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Melissa and Steve Jones

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

5BR Cottage on Lake Champlain - Private Beach-1st Floor Master - WiFi

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Crater Club Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

(Only one week left to rent in 2016- July 2-9 ).

Wake up to an exquisite sunrise! This secluded 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath summer cottage sits right on the water’s edge of Lake Champlain looking out to the high peaks of Vermont - Mt. Mansfield (Stowe) and Camel’s Hump. Enjoy the lake view from all first floor rooms and the upstairs master.

Sip a glass of wine with your dinner on the deck while watching the sunset’s purple glow over the Vermont Mountains followed by a glorious moonrise. Or watch the sailboats and Essex Ferry cross as you enjoy the private shale beach and large platform rock, good for reading, relaxing, sunning. Watch your kids swim, learn to skip rocks, or collect ‘beach’ glass. Launch your canoe or kayak off the beach. Explore the woods and head on down to south beach.

This 1889 cottage is rustic, used by the owner’s family since 1949, so is not simply a rental house. It is prized for its views. It has a first floor master bedroom with king-sized bed facing the lake and a full bath – great for people who do not want or can’t do stairs or who want to catch sunrises from their bed.

The kitchen-dining room wall has been opened so you can cook and see the lake. The kitchen has older appliances including a washer and dryer yet its very well equipped for cooking and baking. The large oak table in the dining-room can seat ten. The living-room has a wood-burning fireplace, doors opening to front and back for a breeze, and lots of tables and chairs for games, jigsaw puzzles or just relaxing. Both the living-room and dining-room have doors onto a small screened-in porch with everyone's favorite reading, napping or viewing item - an old-fashioned glider. The screened in porch leads to the very large open deck that has an eating table, chairs, lounge chairs and extraordinary views of the lake that change all the time. Lie flat on a chaise lounge in the evening and marvel at the "no street lights" night sky in the country.

Upstairs is the original master bedroom with large windows on the lake side and a double bed. It has a baby porthole door for peeking in on sleeping kids. The porthole room is the smallest bedroom and has two single beds. There is a third bedroom that has a single bed, and the 4th room has two single beds. The bathroom has a claw foot tub.

Essex, N.Y is an architectural treat as the entire town is on the National Historic Registry due to the numerous pre-civil war homes. A mile walk from the cottage and you are there for your morning newspaper and cup of coffee. The Adirondack high peaks with its numerous hiking trails are about an hour away as is Lake Placid. One can spend a great day in Montreal which is 90 miles to the north. Vermont is a 20 minute ferry ride from town - fun even just for the crossing at sunset and brings you close to the renowned Shelbourne Museum as well as Burlington, a lively university on-the-lake small city.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Melissa and Steve Jones (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Melissa and Steve Jones

Love sailing and being right on the lake. Can gaze at it for hours on end!

Melissa and Steve Jones purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Melissa and Steve Jones chose New York

My father bought this cottage sight unseen in 1949 as he knew and loved the area from hiking the Adirondacks as a kid. My family has been coming here every year since '49 and we are now into the third generation plus!

What makes this cottage unique

Lake front view with exquisite sunrises and reflected sunsets.

Best of all, it is quiet and peaceful, yet near to mountain and lake activities.


based on 6 traveler reviews

5BR Cottage on Lake Champlain - Private Beach-1st Floor Master - WiFi
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful visit, more than met expectations

  • 5 of 5

Our family with 2 elementary age children and our in-laws stayed for a week in July. The lake was great and the kids had a ball every day playing with the pebbles and splashing around. We cooked and ate outside most days. The rooms were very clean and my in-laws appreciated the 1st floor bedroom with AC as they have trouble with stairs. All supplies were available and in ready quantities. We were expecting only a few kitchen implements, but there were plenty of gadgets, utensils, and different size pots to use.

After a wicked thunderstorm, the power and internet was knocked out. The owners were very responsive and reported the outage and we got back online. I am glad they listened to our concerns and were proactive.

The cottage is a short drive from many tourist attractions so we took day trips to the North Pole, Vermont, and Ft. Ticonderoga.

I highly recommend Jack's Rock and would stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your kids loved the water and skipping stones at the beach. Sounds like you took great advantage of the property and several of the day trips near by. We very much appreciated you as tenants and hope you will return.
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Great Adirondack Camp

  • 5 of 5

Jack's Rock Cottage is a great old Adirondack place to stay with wonderful views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. You can sit in the house, on the deck, in the yard, or walk down to the lake and enjoy the views. House has plenty of bedroom and kitchen space. It also has three bathroom areas which is unusual for a house of this age. It was clean when we arrived and is maintained. Its location near the Essex Ferry makes it easy to visit Vermont or drive to anywhere in the high peaks region of New York. Owners are easy to work with and very helpful. Would recommend this property to anyone wanting to stay in the area and understands this is a property built long ago but still has modern conveniences like a washer and dryer.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review. We enjoyed having you as renters and you've told us you are planning to return - that's great.
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Peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 6 (all adults) stayed here for a week while in town for a family reunion. The private beach and deck are so beautiful and peaceful. The cottage had everything we needed and the master bedroom on the first floor was spacious with wonderful views. We heard loons, gulls and other birds while enjoying the breathtaking sunrises from the deck. We didn't spend a lot of time indoors as we were out hiking in the Adirondacks and exploring nearby cities like Lake Placid, Westport, and Burlington. We also took a raft down the Ausable River just 1/2 hour north. There were plenty of things to do nearby. It was a perfect spot for our vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you enjoyed the beauty of Jack’s Rock cottage's location and that you got up to see the sunrises from the deck. That time of day is often when we see and/or hear the loons! Also glad that the cottage offered you whatever you needed and that you and your family were able to explore so many of the fun places nearby. We too love hiking in the Adirondacks as well as taking the ferry across Lake Champlain to enjoy a bit of Vermont.
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Essex, NY

Summertime Stay at Jack's Rock

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful old-fashioned cottage on the edge of Lake Champlain, Jack's Rock was our hub of our hiking, swimming and sailing activities in the area. The place has tons of charm, a fantastic deck overlooking the lake, and a cozy little beach made of flat black stones. The kids and adults both loved it.

The owners were very helpful and accommodating. (Thank you!)

Only thing to be aware of is the proximity of the the road. Although it's not a busy road, the cars that do drive by, drive rather fast -- and due to the woods and bushes, it's difficult to see them, and vice versa.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review and so glad we could be of help to you and your family. I just wanted to clarify that our renter is referring to exiting from the driveway - it requires that you go slowly until you can see if there are any cars in either direction. Good point about the trees and bushes - we will trim them back immediately.
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Saratoga Springs NY

Great summer get away!

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing in this cottage for three years. It is the most relaxing place that I have been. The views are terrific at any time of day or night. Hiking, boating, swimming are all easily accessible and wonderfully satisfying. The kitchen is fully equipped but not fancy. We enjoyed preparing meals with locally grown ingredients and eating them on the deck while watching the lake. The owners

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cassville, NY

#355529 Cottage at Essex NY

  • 5 of 5

We went for a full week in August 2011. We had 2 adults, a 12 year old and 3 teenage boys. We had more than enough room. The place is big but also cozy. When you are on the back deck facing the water you cannot see or hear either neighbor to the left or to the right. It is very private and exclusive.

The cottage is a half mile from the village of Essex where you will find quaint little shops, an Ice Cream shop and an art gallery. The ferry boat to VT is right there in Essex. It is about 8 miles N to the closest grocery market.

We LOVED this cottage and would highly recommend it to anyone with a large family etc.

Top notch!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Essex Inn
Old Dock House
"Fun restaurant on the lake near the ferry landing."
Turtle Island Cafe
"Great cooking and large menu in pleasant surroundings."
"Historic hamlet,ferry crossing to Vermont,shops, coffee and more"
Ausable Chasm
Lake Placid
"Near the High Peaks, lots of shops and restaurants in a beautiful setting"
Noon Mark Diner
Old Montreal
"Great day trip - 2 hours north to the city."
Shelburne Museum
"Wonderful museum to visit for a day."
Dogwood Bread Company
"Best place for homemade breads, scones, coffees, Friday night pizzas, locally grown produce ..."
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Burlington, Vt. approx.1 hour; Plattsburgh,NY abt.
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Essex, N.Y.
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Westport, New York
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Essex, NY
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: recommended

About one hour to the following: AuSable Chasm, Whiteface Mt., Fort Ticonderoga, Lake Placid, Adirondack High Peaks, and Burlington.

Ferry from Essex to Vermont is a delightful 20 minute ride and leaves frequently.

Easy 2 hour drive to Montreal.


Rates & Availability

Crater Club Cottage Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $60
Security deposit $200

Rental season is from mid-June to early -mid-August. House is not winterized. Rental change-overs are on Saturdays.

Half of rent to be paid at time of making reservation
Second half to be paid three weeks before rental starts

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Crater Club Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , 1st floor master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , second floor bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , and sink; off kitchen back porch
  • 2.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , First floor master bedroom with full bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , second floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , second floor single bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , has a porthole window into master if you want to hear a baby
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , second floor master bedroom
  • King size beds (1) Located on main level in master bedroom, Double Beds (1) located in original master bedroom on second floor. Single Beds on 2nd floor:(5) Two single beds in one bedroom One single twin in one bedroom Two single beds in small third bedroom
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fiber optic Internet

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