|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This lakefront cottage is on the quieter side of Lake Cedar (also known as Monkton Pond) in the lovely little town of Monkton, Vermont (population: 2,800). Monkton has a general store, a berry farm (June to Sept.), an apple orchard (Sept. to Oct.), a vegetable farmstand (open daily) and a school playground all within a short distance.
The 16-mile drive from the nearest airport - Burlington, VT (BTV) - takes you from the hip, vibrant college town to a relaxing rural paradise via pretty country roads surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains and the Green Mountains. The drive from the south - via Middlebury or Route 7 - is also wonderful: peppered with farms, quaint towns, antique shops, rolling hills and mountains in the distance.
The setting is private and makes you feel like you've gone backwards in time - to a place where life is simpler. It is on an unpaved road, nestled together with a handful of other "camps" or "cabins," which is what seasonal houses on a lake are called up here. Imagine an old-fashioned summer camp, but with a lovingly hand-crafted interior and modern conveniences, including WIFI. Pretty views surround you and lake sounds (bullfrogs & birdsong) fill the air.
There is a campfire pit, perfect for having a glass of wine or cold beer by and of course, roasting marshmallows! The night brings out lightning bugs and the sky is filled with stars.
The lake is great for fishing. Swimming is limited due to weeds, which we have opted to not remove for the sake of the the lake and its aquatic life's health. We also have an electric composting toilet for a similar reason: given that we are right on the lake, it is much more eco-friendly than a traditional septic system. Don't worry - the toilet is sanitary, easy-to-use and doesn't smell. It's actually kind of cool! Since we are very environmentally conscious, we ask our guests to be respectful of the lake as well.
There enclosed porch is a beautiful place to sit and watch the sun rise or drink a coctail in the evening. The main bedroom is small, but private. There is a loft with two single beds. The stairs are steep, though, so those with physical limitations and very small children may not be able to use them. There is a gate at the top for safety purposes.
Please be advised that there is WIFI, but the only TV is extremely old and only runs videos. This is on purpose and is in the spirit of simplicity - we hope to gently encourage our guests to 'unplug' & unwind during your stay. We are situated exactly halfway between Burlington and Middlebury, so there are endless options for things to do in the area. To give you some ideas, there are ample brochures, maps and guidebooks in the cabin.
The kitchen is fully equipped and towels and linens are included.
I grew up in upstate New York and lived in Vermont as an adult. To me, it is the most beautiful place in the world and my heart calls it home! I moved to Florida to take care of my aging parents, and currently live there full-time. Ultimately, I plan to be a snowbird: spending my winters in the sunny south and the rest of the year in my wonderful little Vermont sanctuary! I have two elementary-aged girls and we come to Vermont for a vacation at least once every year.
Pam purchased this cottage in 2002
Even though I lived in nearby Hinesburg, VT when I bought my property, I had no idea the little lake it is on even existed. It's close to everything, but just secluded enough to feel far away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life. To this day, I remember my first impression when I first walked in - love at first sight! The cottage was so simple & cozy - and the view of the lake was breathtaking. I still get the same feeling everytime I go there. My children adore it and already are making plans to live there when they are grown (they are 7 and 10).
I completely remodeled the interior of the cabin over the course of 10 years or so. All of the work was a labor of love. Since we spend a lot of time there ourselves - and had babies and small children living there at one point, too - a lot of care was put into making it very livable. I plan to use it as a second home when my kids are older, so even though it is a "camp", it has all the comforts of a home and functions quite well!
This is a great place to stay! I would recommend this place to all my family and friends. If your coming with kids or without this place is great for any age. The view of the lake each day was wonderful! Also the location of the house is central to all things you want to do. Please don't be afraid of the compost toilet it was so easy to use, and it is nice to know we were helping the environment!
This cabin is not fancy, but it was comfy and a perfect fit for our family. The sun porch was a preferred hang out.
We enjoyed fishing for "sunnies" right off the dock, our 3 1/2 yr old daughter caught so many she is now hooked on fishing! Our 2 yr old had fun catching toads and playing in the boat on shore. We did take the paddle boat out a few times. We liked the short walk to the boat launch and the rec. path to the playground.
The composting toilet was no big deal, the kids actually got a kick out of it. We had to get used to the smaller amount of hot water, but that wasn't a big deal either. The only thing I was a little confused about was the description of the beds was different than they were when we got there, but for us it worked fine. And the wifi was not reliable but we didn't care because we were on vacation. We did wish there was a better selection of kids VCR tapes, or a DVD player, but most of the time we were outside fishing or out on a few day trips near by that we didn't have time to watch TV anyways.
We went to Echo in Burlington, awesome for younger kids. Same for Shelburne Farm. We also did a State Park Day, if you pay for a day pass you can go into as many VT state parks as you want on that day. We hit 3 along Lake Champlain. We also went across on the Ferry to NY and had dinner on the NY side at a cute place called Dockside with outside dining and things for the kids to do. Plus it was near an awesome playground that looks out at the lake.
There are so many things to do in the area if you want to "do" something, or if you want to stay away from the masses the cabin was the prefect place to do that too.
As a busy mom of 2, I was happy to just have a safe quiet place and to finish a whole novel the week we were away. (oh ya, the washer and dryer were a bonus) !
this place was absolutely wonderful and a true value. Much of the interior flooring and walls appeared new and everything extremely clean and charming. My husband caught a bass within five minutes of heading out with the poles provided. It only took 20 minutes to get to all the destinations in Shelburne we were planning our trip around.
The screened in porch was a true delight. We had the lake much to ourselves during the week with the other homes occupied on the Weekend.
while we were there was a five minute power outtage after which the alarm kept beeping. The problem was quickly resolved with a phone call to the owner who was already notified and trying to solve the issue.
Great fishing, quiet-water boating, birding & wildlife viewing. Our property is conveniently located halfway between Burlington and Middlebury Vermont. This picturesque, waterfront cottage is in a beautiful rural setting & is only minutes away from great shopping, antiquing, hiking, swimming, playgrounds, biking & more!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.