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Large Beachfront Family Cottage on Sandy Beach at Colchester Point

Malletts Bay, Burlington, VT, USA
  • Cottage1824 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Cottage, 6 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

Wake up to gentle breezes and the sound of lapping waves against the beach, relax over coffee on the glassed dining porch or snuggle into a comfy wicker chair on the enclosed front porch just steps from a sandy beach and the waters of Lake Champlain. Plan your day of relaxation: Take a canoe out (we have two), be a 'beach walker or sitter', bike to Burlington or along the causeway viewing the Islands via the Burlington Bike path. Hiking trails, tennis courts, children's play area, soccer fields, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and more are nearby at Colchester Airport Park (one mile away). Relax, enjoy and make memories to last a lifetime.

Welcome to our rustic family lake cottage and use this as your base camp to go forth and explore.

Keywords: Six Bedrooms, large living room, expansive front porch, windowed dining area, 1825 sq. ft., family gatherings, sandy bottom swimming


John Cunningham

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Jan 24, 2018
About John Cunningham

Sons and daughters, born 1943 - 1950 of a prominent Burlington physician, siblings and their families have maintained the large, rustic beachfront cottage for over 65 years. The five owners have shared this six-bedroom camp during the summer months, bringing spouses, children, and grandchildren to this pristine beach community with excellent neighbors. Traveling from California, Florida, Maine, Western New York and Southern Vermont, the extended families enjoy relaxing away from their busy lives as doctors, professors, psychologists and educators at the Big Yellow Camp with the broadest view of Lake Champlain on Colchester Point.

John Cunningham purchased this Cottage in 1949

Why John Cunningham chose Malletts Bay

A singular stretch of light sand beach, bracketed by prominent slate and cedar points, the Cunningham Camp faces the broad lake with a wrap around porch view of Camel's Hump mountain near Stowe, VT to Port Kent, NY, the western terminus of the Lake Champlain Ferry that links Burlington to New York and the Adirondack Mountains. This broad lake view attracted our father and mother to build the Camp in 1948. Three generations of Cunninghams have summered here and now are inviting others to share in the magic of a Colchester Point beachfront vacation.

What makes this Cottage unique

Just 15 minutes from Burlington, named one of the top ten small cities in the U.S., by car and only 30 minutes by bicycle on rail-to-trail path along the lake shore, the camp is both convenient and private. The bike trail extends past Colchester Point well out into Malletts Bay, providing some of the most picturesque walking, running, or biking in New England. Boating, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing are as easy as sliding the watercraft into the water from the soft sand beach. Internal space, with an Adirondack style, is enhanced by vaulted, two-story living room ceiling, knotty pine walls, a very large dining porch that catches the early morning light, and an even larger front porch with that breath-taking wrap-around view - -extending down the lake beyond the horizon. This vacation home is 'paradise found'.


    • Internet
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
      • Bedroom 1
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 5
        1 double, 1 bunk bed
      • Bedroom 6
        1 queen, Front bedroom with lake view.
      • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        Toilet and Sink
      • Bathroom 1
        Toilet, Sink, Shower
      • 1.5

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          75 feet of sandy beach. Sandy shallow bottom of lake Ideal for kids
        • Mountain View


            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Broadband Access
                    • Gas Fireplace
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Parking
                      Parking available at Town Recreational Park 1.5 miles from cottage. No overnight parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Parking for 5 cars only in driveway!
                    • Telephone
                      No Landline Telephone. Guests use their Cell Phones
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Two picnic-style tables with 4 benches
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 14 people


                                • Books
                                  Eclectic selections of hardback and paperback books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD player
                                • Games
                                  Many board games available
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Comcast Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  55' HD flat screen smart TV wall-mounted in living room


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Rack for Six bicycles
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Two canoes with paddles
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Standard Weber gas grill Outdoor shower with hot and cold water
                                    • Tennis
                                      Public courts at park - 1.0 mile


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • marina
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • horseshoes
                                            • miniature golf
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water skiing
                                                    • wind-surfing

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                      10 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Great Family Getaway Location

                                                      Peter L.-

                                                      Cottage is rustic, but clean, well equipped and spacious! Location is great for biking and visiting area attractions or just kicking back on the beach - just outside the door!

                                                      We had a great week!

                                                      Thank you Cunningham Family!

                                                      Beautiful location for a family vacation

                                                      Kevin O.Boston, MA

                                                      Simple (not luxurious) camp house, in a wonderful Lake Champlain location. Very nice location for families with bikes. In same family since 1948. We'll be back.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      We are pleased that your family enjoyed our lake house and wish to return for a third consecutive summer.

                                                      A memorable week on beautiful Lake Champlain

                                                      James B.

                                                      The house worked great for the 12 of us - eight adults and four small children. Six bedrooms, all with very comfortable beds, a great porch looking out on the lake, an eating area just off the kitchen that worked extremely well. The living room is large and well equipped,although with the excellent weather we didn't use it that much. The kitchen isn't large but worked just fine - a large refrigerator, lots of utensils and dishes, and well located in the house. The bathrooms are small but worked just fine, and there is an outdoor shower with hot and cold water that we used a lot. It is a great location, right on the shore of Lake Champlain, friendly neighbors, plenty of parking space. We would rent this again!

                                                      Peaceful and beautiful

                                                      Kevin O.Boston, MA

                                                      Just as promised. Local family beach house (camp) in the family for 7 decades. Great casual place

                                                      Perfect in every way!

                                                      Eric S.

                                                      We loved our week on Colchester Point. The camp is bright, the kitchen well equipped and the beach sandy and relaxing.

                                                      Perfect Week!!

                                                      nancy f.

                                                      Our family had the most wonderful week at this summer cottage than we ever dreamt we would have. Our grandchildren, all seven them aged 7 - 17 never left there except for one day when we had a big celebration party with family & friends in downtown Burlington. They lived in the water 80% of the time using the paddle board and the canoe . Bon fire on the beach was the perfect way to end the day. Of course we were so lucky, the weather was perfect. I would definitely want to spend another week there when the time is right for my family to come together again for another reunion. Thank you Cunningham family, loved every minute of it.


                                                      Malletts Bay, Burlington, VT, USA

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