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'Serenity': Family Friendly, Day Trips: Canada, Jay Peak, Burlington, Renovated

Bedrooms 3
Space 720 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom W/Add 6 Pers.Lock Off Avail: 1 dorm (1 queen & 2 single) & Queen bedrm

A/C, Heat, WIFI, basic Cable TV, DVD, games, kids toys, private dock are included. Local telephone calls are included.

This cottage has 180' of waterfront mostly wooded for privacy.

The 3 downsairs bedrooms are set up as: 1 queen; 1 full, & 2 twin beds. We have renovated to a 'country' kitchen w/ dining, living area, as well as a bath w/ shower - all the first floor. The knotty pine interior provides a nice cottage feel to unwind in. Lots of new features.

The second floor new 'lock off' is available for an additional 6 people (extra charge): 1 queen bedroom & a dorm w/ queen & 2 singles; bath & large common (10 x 20) area. This is great for reading, watching DVDs and the table is perfect for family games, puzzles etc. As with the downstairs, we have new linens & bedding. Great for 2 families to share. Note: this 'lock off' cannot not be purchased on its' own but only as an addition to the first floor. This second floor does carry an extra charge as some families do not have need this lock-off.

On the first floor, the new county kitchen includes: a full size range, Kitchen Aid mixer, microwave, 'Belgian' waffle iron, elec. griddle, coffee maker, crock pot, toaster, blender, service for 12, professional s/s pots & knives. New lobster & corn pots for that really fresh picked corn are included. Bake ware of all kinds and muffin pans are there for the chef.

An outside broiler, a woodsy campfire area (wood included) and picnic table will provide a rustic setting to 'get away from it all'.

The enclosed porch on the water with table for 6, rockers, end tables, etc. are there for relaxing. An outside deck is for sunning.

To enter: up 4 steps to new flooring that leads through to the porch all on one level. If you can walk up the 4 steps, you can relax all week in the rockers!

Plenty of parking, cleared section for horse shoes, volley ball etc. Gardens (feel free to pick the weeds!) for your enjoyment. Watch the blueberries & raspberries grow. Enjoy the pickings!

This waterfront property is fairly secluded in a woodsy area. Great for kids or honeymooners. Enjoy taking walks around the Westcott Shore. Pick the wildflowers. The campers are quite sociable and will welcome you with smiles.

Basic soaps, cleaning & paper products as well as linens are included.

We have a high chair & pack 'n play available for your use.

Lots of lake front activities are possible: swimming, fishing, and boating. We usually have several kayaks, a canoe & paddle boat available for your use at no charge. Bring your own motor boat & jet skis and launch in at the boat ramp at the north end. Jet skis are permissible as well as tubing. Just tie them up at the private dock.

The lake is approximately 3 miles long and 1 mile across. There are lots of camps on it, but it is very quiet except during holiday weeks. Quite tranquil.

Bird watching is a favorite pastime. We are hoping to see some loon nests established this summer.

Bring your bikes as bike touring is very popular in this part of the country. With younger kids, the old rail road beds have been converted to bike and walking trails for your enjoyment.

Plenty of day trips for those who need to be always on the go. See local activities listed.

Welcome to 'Serenity'.

More Details

Property Manager
Nancy & Bob Lumnah
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Nancy & Bob Lumnah

Bob is originally from the adjacent town, Enosburg. He has many fond memories of his time in northern Vermont from helping his grandfather work the family farm, helping his father in his grocery store, tapping the local maple trees and making his own syrup (which was sold in his father's store), and the special times at his grandfather's camp on Lake Carmi. After several years of camping & renting on Lake Carmi, we brought our cottage on the Westcott Shore. They say you can never go back home to live, so this is the best solution - a life of relaxation here at Carmi.

Bob took off to Boston for college and later met Nancy, (a city kid) who was a teacher. Eventually they raised a family of 6 kids ending up in NH.

Today they split their summers between work & Lake Carmi traveling 4 hours for long weekends/weeks to enjoy the tranquility of Lake Carmi often working from their camp. (The wonders of WIFI!) The best of both worlds.

Nancy & Bob Lumnah purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Nancy & Bob Lumnah chose Franklin

With 6 kids and 21 grandkids, our camp was often bursting at the seams and additional camps had to be rented for family weeks. As much as they loved the relaxing feeling of campy camps, there are a number of individuals with allergies and many camps were detrimental with mold issues. We needed another place to board our clan that minimized the allergy flare-ups.

During the summer of 2013, we purchased the property at Tanner Junction. Much work needed to be done. We sided the cottage, put in new flooring, updated the kitchen to retain a 'country look', but much easier to clean, more counter space, and provided more storage and easier accessibility to utensils. New linens & bedding were purchased as It made sense that a person going on vacation would only want to bring their clothes (& motor boat), but pick up the groceries locally. A chef would desire a kitchen full of gadgets, so he could whip up his famous Belgian waffles on Sunday morning with the berries he picked or perhaps make that pie. On the other hand, there are others who would think of a relaxing vacation as hitting the frozen foods section at the super market & zapping or broiling (or using the campfire). To accommodate all types, we needed to refurbish the kitchen. It is not perfect, but we feel that we have made a balance that states ' We are home'!

The water front has awesome views - hidden previously by the overgrown cedars which we trimmed so that now while sitting on the porch you feel as though you are actually on the water surveying God's country of farms & mountains.

With an eye toward environmental & safety issues, we now have a safe parking area, a space for volleyball, gardens and blueberries and raspberries. All this without destroying the woodsy quiet character surrounding this cottage and lake.

The 'lock-off', second floor, provides an opportunity to expand your gathering (extra fee) in a fresh new space.

We welcome you to share in tranquility in 'Serenity'.

What makes this cottage unique

Purchased as a 'diamond in the rough', we have spent much time enhancing the views from the porch and kitchen. To just have the opportunity to sit on the rocker with a book in hand, enjoy the breeze, and the views, is truly a gift. To doze off, well you're on vacation, go for it. To sit on the dock with your feet dangling in the water with no cares - ahhh.

OK party poopers, there is WIFI and air conditioning! (Unusual in most cottages.)

We are centrally located for lots of day trips. See elsewhere for their listings. We'll provide more info in our book of notes at the cottage. With Canada at our door steps, plan on bringing your passports - just in case.


Franklin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , First floor: soaps, towels, toilet paper, First aid
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs ('Lock-Off'-extra fee) soaps, towels ,toilet paper
  • shower, hair dryer, soaps, towels
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , bunk bed set
  • EXTRA CHARGE: Second Floor Lock-Off. see notes at bottom of rates page for charges. SECOND Floor layout (Lock-Off) 1 queen; Dorm room with 1 queen + 2 single beds. Large common area w/ DVD player and table for games; bath w/shower. All bed linens, towels, soaps included EXCEPT beach towels. Max. capacity 6 on first floor; Max. 6 on the second floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Campfire with wood & picnic table outside bench swing private dock for boats & swimming spring water large outside play area & woods Fresh eggs locally, local cheeses & maple syrup. Food Shopping: Hannaford's Supermarket in Enosburg; Hartmann's Farm Stand on Rt. 105; Franklin General Store in town, Byam's General Store E. Franklin Gas: Byams, & Enosburg gas stations McDonald's in Enosburg. local strawberry, blueberry & apple picking. Jay Peak Waterpark - 'Pump House', Tram ride 3 miles from Canadian border: Granby Zoo, Montreal Historical Society buildings Picnic at Avery's Gore Burlington Area: Shelburn Museum & Farm, colleges, shopping, ferry boats & tours Lake Champlain St. Anne's Shrine: Isle le Motte Scenic drives: Ben & Jerry's, Cabot Cheese factory, outlet, stone quarries, Canadian countryside


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
West Chester, PA

Great house. Exceptionally cleaned and well stocked!

  • 5 of 5

Serenity is a peaceful house on relaxing Lake Carmi. I have rented many a vacation homes and have never stayed in one so well stocked and so cleaned. The kitchen had everything you could need and more. Toilet paper, napkins, soaps, etc. was all there for us. Even coffee!! And the coffee maker made good coffee. The fire pit area was perfect as was use of the kayaks. There was a great grass area for the kids to play games on as well. The screened in porch was lovely for relaxing without worrying about mosquitos. We even were able to use it during a rain storm. Tons of sleeping space and beds were comfy. The owners were a breeze to work with and very accommodating as well as helpful with providing ideas for area recreation.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Suzanne! It was a delight having you. Know you & your family enjoyed exploring the treasures of VT. We appreciate the positive feedback. We hope you enjoy exploring the rest of the country with your family. You will always be welcomed back to share 'Serenity'. You did a great job leaving the house spotless. You were a 'dream' guest. THANK YOU! Bob & Nancy
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  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th year coming to the serenity camp and it gets better every year. would highly recommend beautiful place and great people to rent from. Can't wait for next year!!!!


  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you gents! It's always a pleasure to welcome you. When you arrive with your smiles & laughter, we know that winter is gone & you are a breath of fresh air to welcome the summer season. Thank you for your continued confidence in us! Feel free to drop in anytime. "Serenity" is truly a relaxing place and a chance to recharge your batteries, without giving up the comforts of home. It is a golden opportunity to interact with nature, using all the lakefront, farmland and mountain opportunities surrounding. Whether fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, bird watching from the relaxing porch or just 'vegging', curled up with a book; there is a sense of peace. Of course for those not able to sit still, There are so many destinations for one to pursue on day trips, with "Serenity" as your 'home' to return to each evening. Once again, THANKS to you Jay, Danny, Jimmy, Zack, Casey & Moose for being such wonderful guests. We enjoy you! Bob & Nancy
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wonderful vacation stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay and everything was just as described. Our hosts were readily available by phone if we needed anything and the camp had lots of little extras that we have had to supply in the past like linens and lots of towels. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to give a positive review. We are happy that you had a wonderful stay. We'd be delighted to greet you again should you visit our piece of 'heaven' again.
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'Serenity' says it all!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here a few years before the current owner took over. They kept the quaint cottage style but added so many wonderful personal touches. The beds were super comfy, air conditioners added to that for peaceful sleep. Very well equipped kitchen, and charming landscaping. We had plenty of room for our 5 adults and one toddler, but the cabin could accommodate more easily. We have a large family in the area and there was lots of room for parking and for all to enjoy. Two bathrooms a real plus. Loved the large screened porch for those rainy moments, but unusual in that there were NO BUGS! I don't know how they did that. We even had nature encounters, seeing both an eagle and a great heron catch fish right in front of the camp, as well as a double rainbow. Great lawn area for play. Very accommodating. Will definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We appreciate hearing that you enjoyed our family oriented retreat. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Memories to last a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my family and we had a great time! We rented to upstairs with the property. It was perfect for the rainy afternoon to have 2 places to watch TV. The kitchen was well equipped and we did some baking. The camp is right on the lake. The screened in porch was very relaxing to have my morning coffee. The owners were very informative and told us some great sights to check out. We will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great amenities!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! We were here a year ago and cannot believe all the updates and renovations. The kids enjoyed kayaking and canoeing while the adults were comfy hanging out on porch and deck enjoying the tranquil view. There is plenty to do right at the camp, but we did enjoy taking a day trip to Canada, Burlington and downtown Enosburg for the weekly town band concert. Great place if you just want to get away from city life and recharge. Owners are super friendly and family oriented.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you sooo much for your review. We enjoyed having you as a favored guest!
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Pine Cone Snack Bar -- CLOSED
Best Maple Creemees!
Devyns Creemee Stand -- CLOSED
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Burlington VT
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Abbey
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Train
17 Miles
St. Albans VT
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Route 89
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Abbey
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Jay Peak
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Carmi State Park
Car: recommended

We are located in a rural area complete with farms for fresh eggs, surrounded with mountain vistas loaded with nature activities, including those lakeside activities just outside the door.

Enjoy the weekly concerts in the park in Enosburg. Visit 'Abe's Cabin' & the little museum at the train depot. Perhaps take in a local production at the historical 'Opera House' here. Visit 'The Boston Post Dairy' and see the goats and watch the cheese being made. Our grand kids are NEVER bored. So much to see & do.... IF, you don't want to just sit and soak up the tranquility of 'Serenity'.

To the NORTH: Don't forget Passports

3 miles from the Canadian border with Montreal and Granby Zoo to the north. Enjoy a leisurely ride though the border towns and enjoy lunch. Pick some berries.

Jay Peak VT activities including incredible indoor water park - 'The Pump House', for adults & kids (great for rainy day) as well as ride up on the tram to the mountaintop for breath taking views of northeastern US as well as Canada and enjoy world class dining here. Visit the Haskell Library & Opera House, in Derby, VT which can be entered from either Canada or US. See the border line painted on the floor.


Burlington Area has great shopping, museums (especially Shelburne), colleges and restaurants. Boat touring of Lake Champlain as well as ferries to NY.


Tour through the quaint villages over rolling hills to Stowe for unique shopping and vistas. Go over Hazen's Notch. Check out the Cabot Annex and Ben & Jerry's. Go north to see the Cabot cheese factory & and St. Johnsbury or south to visit the capital, Montpelier. Have a picnic at Avery's Gore.


Tour Grand Isle, Shrine of St. Anne in Isle le Motte., Enjoy the marshland views as you cross over Lake Champlain via bridge to NY state. Visit Ausable Chasm in NY or perhaps spend time at Parc Safari in Canada just north of the NY border. Enjoy riding through the zoo in your car with the zebras' poking their heads in your car to say welcome.

Soooo much to do, so much to see using our cottage as a base - unless of course your aim is to just veg out, which is what we all need.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Sorry no pets or smoking due to allergies. Upstairs Lock-Off : sleeps 6 additional for a total of 12 with first floor rental. ADDITION to base prices listed above: Summer: $800week; Early or Fall: $800 week or $125 night; ( 3 night minimum) $400 refundable security deposit due upon arrival & returned after telephone & cable bills reveal no extra charges, no extra people & if no damaged or missing items. No tents or RVs or sleeping bags. Anyone over the posted limit will be charged the summer additional rate of $125 per person per week (NO daily rate available) or if "Early"or "Fall" $35 per night (minimum of 3 nights).
Payments are made in US dollars by check or Money order. No credit cards to avoid fees.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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