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Lakefront Love-Nest, G. Firep, Canoe, Books, Wireless, Art!

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Last updated: 02/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Middlebury cottage description

Seven years of sharing my home, and I've met the greatest people- just wonderful guests for the most part, I am not happy unless my guests are happy - 20-25 minutes to Midd.-year round- A cute, sweet, colorful happy cottage with lots of books, oil paintings, gas fireplace, private slate beach, ldeck hovering almost OVER the lake, look-out, canoe, great fishing, NO TV!!!!! Wireless Internet, lots of games, gas grill of course, full kitchen, everything you need. A.C.! Great for doggies - but with my experience, must have fee of 100 for your baby! chewing detected! private dead end country road directly on the lake - Particularly intense sunsets due to the large mountain range across the lake. Just off Vermont Bike touring route. Middlebury- galleries, college, bistros - waterfalls, hiking, revolutionary forts..Beautiful in all seasons. Finish your novel here, or start one. lake breeze keeps the bugs at bay. There are weeds in the lake, not great for swimming, (great for raft floating) Otherwise, it's pretty much paradise. Ceiling fan A.C. if needed, warm quilts, cozy furniture, great deck to grill and sit and eat and watch the mountains.

Revive both mind and body, read, write, sleep, eat, read, sleep, eat. - I am a writer and this place is quiet. i mean, quiet except for the birds. And, as a native Vermonter, I can give you plenty of tips on where to go that others may not know about. This place loves to be full of life as it should be, and also has a special feeling to it. Maybe it's because the lake, so active, so changeable, so close to the house... really soothing water sounds.!

Silent night: Most places, you hear distant traffic, or some kind of man-made noise, a dull vibrating hum, so that although you feel like you are really in the country, you aren't. This is the country. You hear the wind, the crickets, the birds, the squirrels, a fish jumping, and the achingly beautiful train whistle moaning across the lake. It's amazing to sit on the deck and watch the geese and the sunset and hear yourself breathing. Martini on the deck, reading Thomas Merton or Henry Miller, the lovely viewing of sailboats drifting by and bird watching is spectacular. Two bald eagles nest nearby! quiet fishing at an good inlet across the lake. Nice big open kitchen to cook in, as you look out a big bay window to the lake. The lake hasn't many cottages on it, you look North and see only trees for a couple of miles, so you don't feel like other people are breathing down your neck.
There are two neighbors hidden away up the road if you need to borrow a cup of sugar, but you would never know they're there. My art studio one-bedroom cottage up the hill as well, one bedroom, usually empty, if not, it's very private- behind fence- has own look out and stairs to beach and private beach area. Apple and berry picking in the late summer and fall. I know where the private swimming holes are up in the mountains if it gets really hot. Also a terrific river falls near Middlebury. -- Once in a while, very rarely, but I want to mention it- a field mouse gets in the house -You can't keep them out all the time... period. Not in the fields of Vermont. AND three times a year the farmers up the road spread manure on the fields. I can't prevent this either. Bridport, VT is a rural farm community. You won't be happy here if this bothers you. You WILL be happy here if you love to hike, canoe, bird watch, bike, sit and watch the sunset, play scrabble, read, write, cook, grill, take little day trips to Vermont towns, tour micro-breweries, sleep, have fires on the beach, build slate castles, do art, walk, talk to chipmunks. I say the place is funky because it isn't a Holiday Inn. Cleaning lady does her best, but it's on a lake, in the middle of nowhere, basically, - She does her best to make sure everything is fine- but even she doesn't have time to rewash every dish in the house. Part of the reason people have complained about the dishes, organic soap only! No phosphates! To protect the lake, Dishes might not look sparkling, but they're clean. If you want absolute flawless perfection, and will freak out if there is a tear on one side of a tablecloth, this house is not for you. It's a CAMP that has been decorated to look like a HOUSE. I mean it IS a house but it's also a CAMP, in the Vermont sense of the word.

Please give a call and chat with me before you make a decision. I am straight ahead and can tell you if it's a good fit for you. I would rather not rent than have people unhappy. Fact is, I like to stay there as much as I can!!


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are people, of course they're welcome! ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    no exceptions!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    welcomed but the dog hair is going to drive me insane. seriously. I love doggies, I have a doggie. There is only one way to handle it. On hands and knees corner to corner. Not even the cleaning lady will do that. We all must do it together. It takes a village. ...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • simple, cozy- lots of books. Sleeping is beyond words here, with the silence, or crickets and birds, and the intermittent moan of a train which makes its way up the other side of the lake to Montreal in the night, and morning. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Basic shower and claw foot tub. wonderful baths!

Other Amenities

  • Country laundromat ten miles away and you can drop it off. Thinking of getting washer-dryer and I will if it seems to matter to people. I ask that people bring their own linens if they can. This is country living so why not beat your clothes on the beach rocks? It's better than a gym work-out. Speaking of a work-out. There are huge beautiful slate rocks you can carry up the bank, and getting in the water on a float and pulling up the weeds will really work up your appetite. You can also walk for a mile up or down the beach, very very interesting beach, tree formations around the slate, little hide-a-way places. OR, you can go into the woods and collect firewood! Just wear trousers. OR, you can follow the creek up into the back woods which will take you to a cow pasture with cows in it. They will not bite you. I like to row the boat into the middle of the lake late at night and float and watch the shooting stars....moreless


  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    wireless for computer. ...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach:

    beautiful slate beach.Fossils, shells, meant for stacking- brings out your creativity. awesome structures left by guests!...moreless

  • Beach View:

    over the top......moreless

  • Beachfront:

    ten feet from the water...moreless

  • Lake:

    Lake Champlain is over a 100 miles long, and in some places, 2 miles wide. We're at the most narrow end- which is great for fishing, sailing, canoeing over the New York State. ...moreless

  • Lake View:

    VERY over the top....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    yes, very....moreless

  • Mountain:

    breathtaking mountain hike up snake Mountain, (shaped like a snake, no snakes) 2 mile hike brings you to what Vermont Life calls the most spectacular view in Vermont of the Adirondacks. h...moreless

  • Mountain View:


  • Rural:

    a couple of farms up the road- goats and cows and a few chickens. one cute pig. they are happy to let you tour. Ouelletes farm is now making gourmet goat cheeses that are now in demand world wide.! ...moreless

  • Village:

    Cute little americana village of Bridport, 5 miles- great old country store, a church, a baseball field, that's about it! ...moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    directly on Lake Champlain. lovely slate beach. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    again again, almost IN the water....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Table on the deck, for sunset outdoor dining. Inside table for cards, rainy days. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace:

    gas fireplace....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    gas fireplace. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Who can live without it? I can't....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    if you can't bring them, say you're flying in, happy to supply linens and towels for $50. ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    off street parking on quiet lake front road...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    no land line, but there is wireless. need cellphone....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    if you can't pack them! ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    yes, you can google from bed. ...moreless


  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    It's a kitchen. It's roomy and functional and stocked with everything you could need, including an antique ice cream scoop....moreless

  • Microwave:

    yes. ...moreless

  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    stocked with spices, olive oil, soup stock. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Brand new. Nice big freezer. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas- must light with match....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    flat bottom for fishing, inquire. It's locked as two have been stolen from the shore, out here i the middle of nowhere!! Have put put motor. ...moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    mind blowing sunsets, views, just heavenly.... table to eat, chairs to lean back and relax. ...moreless

  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf:

    Great course in Middlebury...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    a canoe and kayak. ...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis:

    many open free courts in Middlebury...moreless

  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.4
from 24 traveler reviews
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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
all season
May 1 - Nov 30, 2015
3 night min stay
$140 $140
Thu, Fri, Sat
$900 $1,200

Changeover Day: Sunday

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$900 $1,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • cleaning fee $75
  • Tax Rate 5%


Never have asked for damage deposit- been lucky with good people... if I trust you to stay in my home, I trust you to care for it. I like good people, nice people, clever, intelligent, interesting people- and have had wonderful luck with most of my guests-- Tell me exactly what you want and I will let you know if you'll love the place, or not.

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Last updated: 02/27/2015
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Burlington Vermont
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Brothers Tavern
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
Middlebury college
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak, New york to Montreal
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mister Ups
40 Miles
Nearest Ski
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

First of all, let me say that I finally had two cleaning crews come in and go over the place neurotically, with a toothbrush, after I was traumatized by a negative

review!! 6 miles from the Champlain Bridge to New York State and Revolutionary historic forts. A ten minute drive takes you to spectacular hiking, twenty minutes to the Appalachian Trail. Directly on Vermont Cycling route. Bass and perch fishing is excellent. Larger boat access 1/2 mile south. Flat bottom fishing boat available.Middlebury is sophisticated - up-scale quaint, with farmers markets, outdoor concerts, theater, great restaurants, galleries. A few miles further and you are heading up towards moose and mountains. Good skiing in 40 minutes. Great beach combing. Kids love the nearby Buffalo and Alpaca farms, world famous Morgan Horse Farm, Robert Frost trail. The lake has some weeds, certainly swimmable but I would suggest driving to a nearby clean-as-a-whistle swimming hole in the mountains where you can drink the water as you swim.

Other Activities: great bass fishing, glorious hikes, talk to each other, watch the birds, read, write a book, long walks, apple picking, Sheldon museum in Middlebury, Famous Shelburne Museum in Shelburne - across the bridge, New York State, revolutionary forts- lots of history. Most guests just love to sit and gaze at the lake, cook out, have fires on the beach, enjoy the quiet.

Ski: 25 miles to a great ski area that is not crowded like the biggies. Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Great trails and good rates, especially mid-week.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1960

About the owner: I grew up in Middlebury, and this house was where we kids escaped since I was in high school. We had some pretty great parties then, and now that my parents are gone, I treasure those memories greatly. My parents left the 'camp' to me, and being an artist, AND a city girl, I decided that the only way I could keep the cottage- was to redesign and renovate it- and rent it out to pay the taxes! My daughter visits, not often enough of course, and we enjoy our quiet time together here- scrabble, canoeing, campfire and marshmallows. I've met wonderful people who vacation here, and some have become long time friends! I thought it would be a bit of a headache, the renting, not being a business person, but it's been really FUN! I've enjoyed creating a cozy haven, and it makes me happy, and know it would make my parents happy, to know that people are having a great time in this special spot. I love it when guests have found an interesting piece of slate or a fossil, and leave it on the counter. I've had a few people who were real sticklers for perfection... usually catch on to them by their cryptic e-mails. One woman demanded the a tree that blocked her view of the lake be cut down. She said, 'Hell! I'll cut it down, give me a saw!' - I didn't want to kill the poor tree and trimmed it later.

Why the Owner Chose Middlebury:
I continue from above- A third generation Vermonter, everybody is gone now! Two brothers live far away- others are six feet under!- so it's just me, and my dog- holding on to our sliver of paradise! I spent most of my time in New York or Providence, being both painter and performance artist/cabaret singer. Not much work in these parts for the likes of me. As I travel the country I am beginning to realize how special Vermont is. I always took it for granted- the quiet, leaving keys in the car all the time, feeling safe, fresh air, the beauty and peace. And there is no reason to draw the curtains...ever...only the squirrels are around to peep in, and they could care less.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
My parents chose this property, I think, because they felt a camp should be an escape hatch! they chose the boonies!- and now, all these years later, it's STILL the boonies- friendly neighbors round the bend. little path in front of the cottage, to a look out, then stairs to private slate beach. I tell my guests all the secret Vermont hide-away trails, brooks, swimming holes! I have had a few people who didn't have a bohemian bone in their body, and I could spot them the minute they got out of the car- a heavy, negative energy that just doesn't fit in this colorful, gorgeous, happy place. Camp Casey isn't perfect- you WILL see a cobweb!- there is no stopping them, so close to the lake and way out in the country. You WILL hear a screaching fox in the woods, and you will also see shooting stars, as the sky has no light pollution. I sometimes take a lawn chair down to the beach and lay back, say 4 in the morning, and watch the show. Mosquitos don't like the lake breeze, neither do black flies, so with a little bug spray you're good to go. I would rather have NO guests than unhappy guests or guests who didn't understand where they were headed, and who I didn't think would be a good match for the place. I don't want to ruin the loving energy of the house with people who are looking for the Ritz-Carlton.

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  • If this is what you want to look at, this is the place for you.

    If this is what you want to look at, this is the place for you.

  • another angle before porch roof attached!

    another angle before porch roof attached!

  • sweet bedroom, firm mattress, lots of books!

    sweet bedroom, firm mattress, lots of books!

  • Cute little sink - next to tub...

    Cute little sink - next to tub...

  • steps from cottage to look out

    steps from cottage to look out

  • Canoe for two. a flat bottom boat, too.

    Canoe for two. a flat bottom boat, too.

  • No, Ma and Pa Kettle don't visit, but the barn boards look like their style!

    No, Ma and Pa Kettle don't visit, but the barn boards look like their style!

  • great fossil hunting !!

    great fossil hunting !!

  • behind the house-- quiet, lake side dead end country road-

    behind the house-- quiet, lake side dead end country road-

  • slate beach, perfect for building your own fire pit.

    slate beach, perfect for building your own fire pit.

  • constantly changing sky. This is your TV set.

    constantly changing sky. This is your TV set.

  • evening walks up the road under Moonlight in VT!

    evening walks up the road under Moonlight in VT!

  • One lovely rcooom - the bedroom is where photo was taken. WALL of books divide!

    One lovely rcooom - the bedroom is where photo was taken. WALL of books divide!

  • There is now a roof over the porch!!

    There is now a roof over the porch!!

  • spectacular views in any weather.

    spectacular views in any weather.

  • tub has a shower now!! No worries! The toilet is behind those curtains.! Bohemia

    tub has a shower now!! No worries! The toilet is behind those curtains.! Bohemia

  • look out down front -almost IN the lake - and stairs lead to the beach.

    look out down front -almost IN the lake - and stairs lead to the beach.

  • Woody Woodpecker visits almost every day! He's HUGE! Two bald eagles nest nearby

    Woody Woodpecker visits almost every day! He's HUGE! Two bald eagles nest nearby

  • Quiet beach, can walk 2 miles to a little light house- without seeing a soul.

    Quiet beach, can walk 2 miles to a little light house- without seeing a soul.

  • known all over the globe as the best leaf peeping anywhere! Mind-blowing!

    known all over the globe as the best leaf peeping anywhere! Mind-blowing!

  • Bridport is a beautiful little town- I love to walk on the town green--

    Bridport is a beautiful little town- I love to walk on the town green--

  • 4 seasons of breathtaking.

    4 seasons of breathtaking.

  • this is not photoshopped. This is real.

    this is not photoshopped. This is real.

  • winter wonderland

    winter wonderland

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