Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12) High Season rents Sunday to Sunday
About Matt Withers
Our 'Scratch Pad' cottage has been owned and enjoyed by our family for nearly 40 years. Before my folks could afford their own cottage in this 'Garden of the Gods' as the Native Americans called it, we rented cottages in the Park. We never missed a summer. When an opportunity came up to buy a cottage, they invested. A few years later, as our family grew and kids began starting their own families, we bought what is now Scratch Pad, to handle us all. When purchased, the cottage received a near total make over to what it looks like today.
Matt Withers purchased this Cottage in 1980
Why Matt Withers chose Wellesley Island
It's a family affair for us at the Park. I have my mother, two sisters and a brother and their families each owning their own cottage in the Park. My wife and I, along with our three children, also have a second cottage where we spend our summers. This allows us to invite family and friends to visit and stay at Scratch Pad, or to offer it for rent. We've hosted wedding parties, family reunions, 50th Wedding Anniversaries, Thanksgivings and Christmases, and all kinds of celebrations at this cottage. My family loves to come up in the winter to stay at the cottage and snowmobile around town. It's quiet, beautiful, and toasty warm in the cottage with our wood burning Fischer stove.
What makes this Cottage unique
My kids enjoy inviting their friends up to T.I.Park for a visit and being able to introduce them to the natural beauty and fun of 'the River' and of Thousand Island Park. They love to tube behind our boat, paddle their double kayak over to South Bay and back, fish for 'Sunnys' off the dock, swim at the Cove, sunbath at the Main Dock with the other teens, work at the movie theater, and meet their friends at the fire pit at night. My wife and I enjoy inviting friends over after dinner to sit on our porch with a glass of wine or two, to talk, tell stories and jokes, or play cards or a board game til it's too dark to see. We also enjoy walking up to the Wellesley Hotel for a great meal served on their porch, joining trivia night in the Pub, taking visitors for boat rides to point out the famous landmarks on the River, going to the Clayton Opera House for a show, and making a run across the border for the great Canadian beer we can't get in the US. We've seen the Northern Lights several times from the porch of Scratch Pad and that never grows old. You can just see the lights of the bridge too. We've taken advantage of all the room around us by flying kites, playing wiffle ball, tossing a frisbee, setting up a volley ball net for a family tournament, tossing lawn darts, or learning to ride bikes. There's plenty of room to do just about anything at Scratch Pad.
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Stay at the scractpad
We had great stay plenty of room for everyone
Thanks Myrna and Bob. It was great to meet your family. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you all again. Best Regards, Matt
Wellesley Island Scratch Pad
We had a great stay everything was wonderful. Would stay there again. If they were to add anything a gas grille would be great.
It was great hosting your family. Thanks for the kind words. Hope to see you all back next year! Best Regards, Matt
When may I expect my security deposit returned?
A great week all around in TIP
We loved staying at Scratchpad. It was the perfect house for our family of 8. From the porch to the outdoor grassy area, we found plenty of space for recreation: pickle ball, corn hole, bocce, etc. The house was comfortable and had everything we needed! Beds were comfortable and each room had plenty of fans. Matt gave us some great suggestions about dinner and things to do in the area. He is down to earth and willing to help with any issues. We want to come back in 2019!
Thanks for your kind comments Ruth. It was great to meet your family. They are exactly the type of folks I enjoy having visit the Park and stay with us. Also, thanks for treating my cottage like your home and leaving it in such great shape. I also hope you'll be able to make it back for another visit next summer.
Best Regards, Matt
Scratch Pad - Charming and comfortable cottage
Our family group gathered for a week and thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere of the island. The cottage was perfectly located, close to everything we needed. There was plenty of room for everyone to spread out. The wrap around porch was great for lounging and enjoying the ambiance. The kitchen was well stocked with everything needed. It was great having the washer and dryer to avoid hauling lots of dirty laundry back home. Matt was very welcoming on our arrival and advised us of local attractions that we should take in. Everyone we met on the island were so friendly and shared the history and unique features of this charming place. And everyone knew Scratch Pad! Seems like we shared a piece of history for that week and we will definitely be back again.
Thank you Wendy. It was a pleasure hosting you and your family. We hope you'll visit again.
Great Week at the Scratch Pad
We really enjoy our stay at the cottage. Great location for relaxing at the River. Kitchen was fully equipped with all you needed. The location was great being close to the cove for swimming and having some tennis courts right across the street. A lot of room for grandchildren to play. Very quiet at all the times of the day. Very clean and it was a bless to have a washer and dryer. That upstairs loft was great for the grandchildren who loved it and there parents joined them for a few nights. We enjoy the wrap around porch and spent plenty of time sitting on it and enjoying the great weather. We are look forward to renting it again next summer.
Thank you for the kind words Dick. It was nice to host you all. Glad you'll be coming back next year! Best regards,
Cottage is 10 min drive from two PGA Golf Courses, the Canadian border, Alexandria Bay, and Clayton where you can find boat tours, Boldt Castle, Dark Island and Singer Castle tours, fishing guides and World Class Fishing, Fishing Tournaments, boat rentals, water skiing, Casino, Military reenactments, fine dining, bars, night clubs, miniature golf, go cart racing, helicopter/ balloon rides, dirt track races, scuba diving, horseback riding, drive-in movie theatre, live theatre, museums, Antique Boat Museum with speedboat rides, nature trails, Charity Casino, Minna Anthony Nature Center, Historical sites scuba diving, bike trails, kayaking, sailing lessons, tennis, indoor rock climbing, Aquaterium, etc