|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Steppingstone is a classic restored camp on the west side of Lake Morey. Can easily walk to Lake Morey Inn, Golf & Resort. The house is all on one level and is easily accessible via a fairly flat walkway from the road. Easy in and out with no major staircases to get to the house.
House located on lakeside of road. You do not have to cross street to get to lake.
The front has a lawn perfect for a lawn party or simply playing games with the children. Meanwhile if it’s lakefront access you want, simply go down the winding path of stepping stones in the back and enjoy lake living from the private dock.
The house contains 2 bedrooms, living room, full kitchen, dining area, sun room, and two decks off of main house. Each of the bedrooms has its own bathroom, each with its own tub & shower. Keeping with the ambiance and serenity of the lake there is no TV … which guests have said is a blessing … as it leaves more time for reading, talking with your kids, playing games, or simply enjoying the outdoors.
The mahogany wood deck off the sun-room provides an ideal spot for enjoying the lake view, reading, sun-bathing, barbequing, having hors d’oeuvres & cocktails, or outdoor dining as the sun sets.
The private deck/patio off the master bedroom offers views of the lake and mountains.
The property has parking for three cars, with overflow parking available at a public boat launch area (about 5 min walk up the lake).
To help protect the new floors, we ask shoes be left in the front entry area.
Bedding and towels are provided. There is a full-sized refrigerator in the kitchen. There is a gas grill on the deck for your use, please replace the gas if you empty the container.
There is an indoor fireplace that you probably won’t need in the summer.
No smoking and no pets. We recycle everything. If you simply put all clean paper, plastic, glass and cans in one bag and other non-recyclable garbage in another we will take them to the dump.
We require a 5 night minimum stay.
There is wireless internet service with 12 GB of data included with each rental. According to Verizon 1 hour of streaming video per day uses between 3-4 GB for the week. Standard Verizon rates of $15/GB apply on usage over 12 GB.
Stepping Stone was the perfect spot for a wonderful vacation, far from city worries and responsibilities. The fully equipped kitchen meant that we could pretty much stay put, alternating swimming and kayaking with reading -- and preparing some great meals. We did venture out, though, and based on the good recommendations of the owners, we enjoyed the soft-serve at Whippy Dip as well as the great "Farm Stand" in Thetford. On the last evening, we had a really wonderful dinner at Ariana's in Orford -- again, a recommendation of the owners.
I grew up in the Upper Valley, so I know the landscape well, but Lake Morey itself is outstanding, and it was so lovely to wake up to the mist rising from the lake. The house was perfect for just two of us, but we imagined coming back with friends and/or family. We loved the décor -- it was very comfortable but open and airy. And although we always bring a few key kitchen tools with us, we didn't really need them. Although we spent most of our time on the lovely decks and sunning on the dock, the lawn and lovely border gardens are lovely, too. The location was easy to find, convenient, and remarkably quiet. It really was the perfect retreat for us and we look forward to returning in the very near future.
I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a long weekend at Stepping Stone. The view alone from the back porch makes this place a 10! We took full advantage of all the resources provided by our lovely hosts. Weekend was full of lazy mornings in the sun-filled home, coffee on the porch,, reading on the lakeside dock, swimming in the lake, kayaking in the afternoon, and then grilling out for dinner on the back porch. There wasn't much reason to leave this precious location, but we managed to fit in a hike or two, visits to town (hello Whippy Dip!), and a few drive-in movies nearby. The hosts are great and the house is equipped with anything you may need during your stay. It is a convenient location; just a short walk to the public beach if you crave sand in your toes and a quick drive/bike ride to the town. Loved my time at Stepping Stone and can't wait to go back soon!
I have stayed at SteppingStone for the past few summers, and it has been the perfect place to get away and relax for a weekend or longer. The home itself embodies everything you want in a lakefront, mountain property. It's cozy, clean, and stocked with the basic amenities needed for a pleasant stay. The back deck overlooking the lake is perfect for early morning coffee or grilling out for dinner. The dock receives ample sun and the provided adirondack chairs encourage lazy days spent reading or swimming in the lake. The home is a quick car or bike ride to the main part of town (Fairlee) where you can enjoy ice cream at Whippy Dip, browse antique shops, or enjoy dinner at the local resort. The drive-in movie showings are also not to be missed! SteppingStone is a close drive to larger Vermont/New Hampshire towns should you wish to do a little shopping or stroll through the beautiful Dartmouth campus. There are hiking trails surrounding Fairlee lake, and SteppingStone also features kayaks for those who want to enjoy a more active experience. The owners have truly thought of everything you could want and/or need to enjoy an authentic, comfortable New England vacation. I highly recommend the property and plan on returning this summer!
I have been renting Steppingstone for a week or two every summer for the last four years, and I can't say enough about it. The cottage, the lake, Fairlee, Whippy Dip, Ariana's Restaurant, the mountains, the people all make for a wonderful and relaxing time. Coffee on the upper deck overlooking the sun rising over the lake, followed by a walk around it, is a prefect way to start each day. I recommend it highly!
We spent five nights at SteppingStone early in September of 2012, and in a word it was WONDERFUL! Highlights included sipping morning coffee on the deck while watching mist drift over the lake as the sun rose, sitting on the dock lakeside reading, kayaking, riding bikes around the lake and through surrounding towns, lobster rolls and soft-serve from the Whippee Dipp in Fairlee, dancing at the golf club on Saturday night, playing bocce ball on the front lawn, having a glass of wine and watching the light on the trees and lake change. The cottage kitchen is very well stocked so we were able to cook and eat in, as we like to do. The view of the lake is so peaceful, and it's very tempting to just sit and watch the time go by from the gorgeous deck or the homey and comfortable main living areas. The cottage has a very open feel and is very welcoming. While we didn't have occasion to use the fireplace, the huge armchairs in the living room are very inviting and a great place to read a good book. We will definitely return!
Lake Morey is 5 miles around on a paved quiet road; perfect for a morning walk, bike ride or jog. There are 2 bikes with helmets provided. The golf course, site of the Vermont State Open, is less than ½ mile from the house. The Lake Morey Resort has been well known as a vacation destination since the early 1900's when actor Melvin Douglas lived on the lake and President Eisenhower vacationed here. Meanwhile Dartmouth College is only 15 miles away down interstate 91.
In addition to swimming off our private dock there is the town beach and nearby Lake Fairlee to explore, not to mention great trails and waterfalls (within walking distance from house) to discover. For the more adventuresome there is hot air ballooning in nearby Post Mills.
Our family has been coming to Lake Morey for over 70 years and family members are still very active in the local community … make sure you stop in at Gryphon’s Antiques and Chapmans when you visit Fairlee. Fishing licenses can be obtained at Chapman’s and are required even off the dock and the lake is patrolled. For grocery shopping there is Wings in Fairlee, Hannaford's in Bradford and the Dartmouth Coop in Hanover.
Restaurants- There are many within 10-15 mile radius. In Fairlee there is the Whippi Dip (great ice cream, sandwiches, etc.), Lake Morey Inn (sit down dining with view of the lake), Fairlee Diner (traditional breakfast). For fine dining try any of the following: Peyton Place or Arianna’s in Orford, Stella’s in Lyme, or Carpenter & Main in Norwich.
There are 2 kayaks provided for guest’s use. The Fairlee Marina on Route 5 rents boats, if you’d like to do so separately. With rates for the week you can keep boat at our dock. Swimming from the dock is fine. The water is thigh deep at shore and over your head at the end of the dock. The house comes with two life vests; Vermont law requires life vests be worn in all boats, canoes and kayaks.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Late Summer - Early Fall
Sep 25 2016 - Oct 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Weekly rentals are Saturday to Saturday OR Sunday to Sunday (flexible) 10:00 am check-out 4:00pm check-in.
Monthly rates also available. Please contact owner.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Requires signed rental agreement along with 50% deposit to secure dates.
Final 50% due 30 days prior to arrival.