Private Island Paradise: Spectacular Views & Pool
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Alexandria Bay house description
3 - 6 BEDROOMS, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 BATHROOMS: RENT MAIN HOUSE ONLY (SLEEPS 6), OR ADD 1 OR 2 GUESTHOUSES, FOR EXTRA SPACE WITH PRIVACY. WE ONLY RENT TO ONE GROUP AT A TIME.
Live the dream, on spectacular Friendly Island, your own private island on exclusive Millionaires Row, with magnificent views of Boldt Castle, Sunken Rock Lighthouse, and ocean-going ships. Right in the main channel, and only 5 minutes from town. Marvel at breathtaking River views from every room and every outdoor area! Enjoy every comfort and convenience! This unique island cannot be compared to any other property for rent; its location, features, amenities, and view are unrivalled in the area. So special, that Friendly Island is featured on postcards and in magazine articles about the Thousand Islands.
Glorious sunrises and sunsets. Multiple oversized sliding glass doors and windows offer awesome panoramic views from indoors or out. Many fabulous amenities, including private heated in-ground swimming pool, hot tub (both of which overlook the River, positioned high on the island for your privacy), private and protected River swimming cove at the end of the island, outdoor sauna (with stereo!), home theater (with huge new 82' screen!), surround sound, lots of electronics, DVD's, VCR's, TV in every bedroom, business center (including high-speed internet, fax, photocopier, printer), barbeque, and so much more. World-class fishing (rated among the top 10 in the U.S.!), right from your own dock.
Magnificent stonework throughout the island, including million-dollar seawall.
Dine right beside the scenic St. Lawrence River, while you feast your eyes on majestic Boldt Castle, picturesque Sunken Rock Lighthouse, and exclusive Millionaires Row.
RENTAL RATE INCLUDES USE OF THE MAIN HOUSE, ALL OUTDOOR AREAS, AND ALL THE FABULOUS FACILITIES OF THE ISLAND. BONUS: FOR LARGE PARTIES REQUIRING MORE SPACE OR THE PRIVACY OF A SEPARATE HOUSE, THERE ARE 2 ADDITIONAL GUEST HOUSES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, AT EXTRA COST. (WE ONLY RENT TO ONE GROUP AT A TIME.) DOCKAGE BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT.
1) MAIN HOUSE SLEEPS 6 (2 bedrooms & double loft, great room [living room] with cathedral ceiling, home theater, TV in every bedroom, kitchen, breakfast nook, 1 1/2 baths, wraparound deck, balconies, pergola. Enjoy River views from every room!)
2) GUEST HOUSE SLEEPS 4 (Enormous master bedroom suite, adjoining separate sitting room with queen-sized sofa-bed and separate outside entrance, small fridge, microwave, brand new LG washer & dryer with steam! Both sleeping rooms have soaring cathedral ceilings and each has it's own private entrance from outside. Skylights, huge bathroom, additional outdoor rainshower is open to the sky, TV in each bedroom, 60' HDTV. Huge covered veranda/sunroom with cathedral ceiling, balconies. Enjoy River views from every room!)
3) PUMP HOUSE SLEEPS 2 (historic renovated charming 1 room cottage; covered back porch. Share kitchen & bathrooms of Main House. Scenic windows all around. Enjoy 3 different panoramic River views from this special location!
Area attractions and activities include wonderful sightseeing opportunities (including Boldt and Singer Castles), tours by boat or helicopter, museums, historic sites and reenactments, art galleries, artists' colony, live theater and music, free outdoor concerts, fine and casual dining, spas (or, relax with an outdoor massage, right on your private island paradise), nightlife, antique shops, charming boutiques, winery tours, horseback riding, hunting, freshwater scuba diving and snorkelling in crystal clear water (listed among the finest in the world), hot air ballooning, several zoos (including Aqua Zoo), whitewater river rafting, skydiving, go-karting, bumper cars, arcade, manicured golf courses (including one on an island!), scenic miniature golf, giant chess, Mazeland, swimming, boating, jet-skiing, beaches, Nature Center, world-class fishing (among the top 10 in the U.S.!!), and more.
Another country is practically at your doorstep, only 15 minutes away. (Passport or enhanced driver's license required to enter Canada.) Casino apx. 20 minutes away. One of only a handful of places on earth with 2 UNESCO designations: World Biosphere Reserve AND World Heritage Site, only minutes away.
Or, just relaaaaaaaaaaaax in one of our designer patio chairs / rockers / lounges, on one of our numerous decks or docks or balconies, or on our extensive (multi-acre) grounds, or in one of our single or double hammocks, or one of our old-time lawn swings, and marvel at the beauty and wonder that is Millionaires Row, as ocean-going vessels from all over the world pass right before your dazzled eyes.
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Live the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Live the dream........
Keywords: Main House, Guest House, Alexandria Bay Vacation Rental, Thousand Islands, Private Island, Millionaires Row, Exclusive, Island, St. Lawrence, River, Cottage, House, Country House, Estate, Villa, Cabins, Rental, Pool, Jacuzzi, Hot Tub, Private Pool, Swimming pool, Boat, Dock, Scenic, Picturesque, View, 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms, 5 bedrooms,Thousand Islands Rental, Thousand Island Rental, Friendly Island.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Optional
Lots of activities for kids - on and off the island: Nature Centre, Aqua Zoo, Pirates Week (parades, dress-up contests, magic shows, pirate invasion, theater, crafts, treasure hunts, prizes, etc. - the most popular week of the year!), Thompson Park Zoo, Science Center, Old MacDonald's Farm, Mazeland, miniature golf, Go Karts, arcade, bumper cars, historical sites & villages, fabulous fishing (right from our dock, or a boat), free kids' fishing clinics, free street dances, free outdoor concerts, storytime, kid's activities and crafts at the Antique Boat Museum, Riverquest, beaches, playgrounds, and more. Our multi-acre island offers a private heated pool, extensive grounds for playing games, and, kids love our lawn swings....moreless
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12
- King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (8) NOTE: 6 of these beds are currently configured to form the 3 King Beds, but can be split apart to form 6 twins, for a total of 8 twin beds, including 2 twins in the loft. Please clarify all bed types with owner. Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)...moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
IN MAIN HOUSE, abundantly equipped. Lots and lots of appliances and gadgets, including Gourmet Coffeemaker, 'Set it and Forget It' Rotisserie/Oven, Miniature Movie Theater-stlye Popcorn Maker, iced-Tea Maker, Smoothie Machine, etc., etc. LARGE GUEST HOUSE has small fridge & microwave....moreless
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- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
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- Your own in-house business center, including high speed internet, WiFi, fax machine, photocopier, printer. Separate wine cooler. You will feel as if you are in a postcard (actually, we are - see pictures!), as you relax on Adirondack chairs, designer outdoor furniture, lawn swings, and hammocks (including romantic double hammock!) on the extensive grounds, as you marvel at the spectacular views! Just imagine having a castle as a neighbor! Convenient boat dockage offered, on island and mainland, by prior arrangement....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Home theater system in Main House, with surround-sound, satellite, dozens of channels, including movie and specialty channels, brand new 82' TV. BlueRay DVD. TV in every bedroom, including 60' HDTV in Guest House....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Free Long Distance:
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
Enjoy the only private island in the Thousand Islands with an inground pool. Spectacular views overlooking the River. Positioned high on the island, for your privacy. Heated by new programmable deluxe heat pump. Lots of comfortable chairs, lounges, tables on multi-level decks....moreless
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- Heated Pool
Deck / Patio:
(9) Hundreds of feet of wraparound decks, docks, porches, patios, covered veranda / sunroom, pergola, all with marvellous River views. Lots of beautiful patio furniture - chairs, tables, lounges. Relax in sun or shade, as you desire....moreless
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- Away From It All
Location & View
- Equestrian Events
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Whitewater Rafting
- Fitness Center
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Hunting Big Game
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hunting Small Game
- Jet Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Roller Blading
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Live Theater
- Coin Laundry
- Theme Parks
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Autumn Foliage
- Duty Free Shops
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Water Sports
- Bowling Center
- Miniature Golf
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Gambling Casinos
- Outlet Shopping
- Sight Seeing
- Go-Karting (one of the longest tracks in North America!), Bumper Cars, Mini Golf, Indoor/Outdoor Drive-in Movie Theater, Whitewater River Rafting, Skydiving, Hiking, Nature Center, Antique Boat Museum, Art Galleries (including local artists), Artists' Colony, Craft Fairs, Jazz Brunches, Beaches, Playgrounds, Tours of Boldt AND Singer Castles, NEW: Riverquest, Ecological Reserves, UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Historical Sites and Reenactments, World Heritage Sites, Casino, Comedy Clubs, Nightclubs, Pubs, Free Concerts, Free Block Dances and so much more. SPECIAL WEEKS / WEEKENDS / EVENTS: Pirates Days (for kids from 1 to 100), Rockin' the Bay, Blues in the Bay. Our front deck and dock offer front-row seats to 4th of July and 75th Anniversary of St. Lawrence Seaway Fireworks (Aug. 2, 2013) off Boldt Castle, Poker Run, Pirate Invasion....moreless
ReviewsWrite a review
This island was beautiful. The houses had everything modern you could possibly want or need and the grounds were kept up very nicely. Ellen is an awsome person who stays in touch with you throughout the entire process. My family and I have rented many vacation properties and went through private agencies. This vacation rental is very different. Ellen and Steve made us ( 12 total ) feel very welcome and treated all of us like we were old friends. The surrounding islands and Bay are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. All of the vacations we have been on don't even compare to this time we had on Friendly Island. Sitting out on the deck at night and looking at the town lit up was just amazing. Ellen and Steve work very hard to make the stay as wonderful as can possibly be expected and then some. I can't say enough about this vacation paradise to give it the justice it fully deserves. The fishing, boating, tubing and just relaxing time spent was the best. The pool, hot tub, sauna, houses, grounds, boat docks and everything else on this island are very well kept up and just a pleasure for every person no matter if you are 5 or 105. I would rate this a 10 out of 10 for anyone looking for a true vacation paradise. Ellen, My family and I can't thank you enough for your hard work and friendship to make this the vacation of a lifetime. We all look forward to returning to the island this year. Your friendship and hospitality is truly amazing. Thank you again.. Scott, Cheryl, Amanda, Justin, Morgan, Justin, Trista,( the lawyer, lol ), Rob, Josh, Alex, Jimmy and Jake...You are the BEST..
- Guest Scott (Middlefield, Ohio)
- Date of stay 06/22/12
- Review Submitted 01/14/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Relaxing family time on private Friendly Islad
Relaxing family time on private Friendly Islad
My family and I were lucky to get a last minute cancellation on Friendly Island for Pirate week in Alexandria Bay. We had always talked about visiting the Thousand Islands after passing though one previous year and jumped at the chance to rent our own private island when we saw Friendly Island was available. I can’t say enough about what a picturesque location this is, but just minutes by boat from in town dining. Every direction is another great view. We took turns picking the spot on the island to set up our chairs for our evening wine and cheese and watching the world go by. My two children thanked me many times for picking such a great vacation spot. They enjoyed the fishing, swimming from the docks and in the pool, relaxing in the hammocks, and exploring around the island by foot and boat. If your kids are older and adventurous ask Ellen to tell you about the cliff diving, that was a highlight for my two, but too daring for me. My 23 year old son had great fun during breakfast on the porch waving at the tour boats as they passed by on the St. Lawrence River. We had to wave and smile because we were on “Friendly Island”. It was a great change from our usual over planned vacation, there was plenty to do here, but in a more relaxed family bonding atmosphere. Steve and Ellen were very helpful on making sure we felt at home and answering any questions we had. The listing was accurate and the house was freshly cleaned when we arrived. I would highly recommend this house to friends and family.
- Guest Sold on Friendly Island (Gilbertsville, PA USA)
- Date of stay 08/13/11
- Review Submitted 08/29/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: This family was THE BEST! We are thrilled that they loved their island holiday as much as we loved them, and look forward to making it even more wonderful next time.
Our Private Piece of Paradise
Our Private Piece of Paradise
My husband surprised me by booking us a 10 day getaway on this private island to celebrate our 10th anniversary. At first I was unsure as my husband has never booked anything by himself before, but my fears were soon laid to rest. We had a wonderfully romantic escape. The views are truly second to none. It was blissful lounging on the front deck, you feel as if you are sitting at the top of the world. My husband played a lot of golf on our getaway as there were several courses that he wanted to try out. I relaxed in the sun and by the pool and read about four books over the ten days (definitely a luxury for me). Although we did enjoy a few romantic dinners at some of the finer restaurants in the area, we preferred to dine under the stars on the island listening to the water lapping against the rocks, watching the boats carry people to and from town. A real treat was a midnight dip in the pool and enjoying a cocktail before bed in the hot tub at the top of the island. Very romantic, very private... We did a little bit of sight seeing and shopping in the nearby towns. A must see is the Clayton boat museum where they have wonderful old wooden boats. You are even able to arrange a ride on one. A truly worthwhile experience. The accommodations on the island were perfect. The place is kept very clean and very well equipped. My husband enjoyed having the large screen televisions for watching golf (of course) and I enjoyed having a full kitchen especially because we ate most of our meals on the island. We actually ended up sleeping in the second house because it is closer to the hot tub. We did rent the whole island because we wanted our privacy but it would have easily accommodated us in the front house. We have stayed at many summer residences before and have been to many islands in the past. We have spent much more for much less in the past. This is by far the most romantic vacation we have taken to date and we hope to be able to visit again soon. It was worth every penny!
- Guest 2 Romantics (Caledon Canada)
- Date of stay 06/04/10
- Review Submitted 04/26/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
I have been vacationing in the Thousand Islands since 1971, and this vacation was the best! The owners were most gracious and very accommodating. The view from the deck was unbelievable - with ships passing right by your doorstep. I brought by own boat, and was pleased by the protection offered by the slip on the backside of the island. While we love to eat out, we had most of our meals at the island because the view was second to none. There are plenty of things to do, and my two teenage daughters can not wait to return for our next vacation. While the photos on this website do accurately reflect the appearance of the island, they can not do it justice. You have to see it for yourself. I would recommend this dream island to friends or relatives!
- Guest Bob (Syracuse, NY)
- Date of stay 08/09/10
- Review Submitted 04/11/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Our joy is in making our tenants happy, and we are gratified that we were able to provide their best holiday in 40 years! We look forward to their return, so we can exceed their expectations, as we constantly strive to do. We will try to provide better photos to more accurately display the spaciousness of the rooms and property, cathedral ceilings, spectacular views, etc. (we have lots of pictures to e-mail to potential renters), but the reviewer is accurate when he says, ".....photos.....can not do it justice. You have to see it for yourself".
My family has stayed here twice over the past two years and are planning a return trip for this summer as well. This is a wonderful location right on the river very close to the town of Alexandria Bay. It only took us about 5 minutes by boat from the dock on the island to get to the town dock in Alexandria Bay. The island was perfect for our family. We rented the main house and the "bunkie" for our kids to sleep in. They thought that having their own place was a blast! The main house was very spacious. The upstairs bedroom was perfect for my husband and I and there is a beautiful breeze that flows through that level. The living room was large enough that we could all hang out in there to watch a movie and play some board games but to be honest we did not stay inside too often. The kitchen was well equipped and the dining room table expands so you can seat at least 10 very comfortably. Also, it was perfect having the two washrooms... no lineups! By far the most outstanding part of this vacation home is the outdoor space. The deck that stretches across the entire front of the house and wraps around the other house and down to the pool deck is fabulous! Views galore!!! We pretty much ate every meal on the deck and spent most evenings enjoying a glass of wine overlooking the water watching the sun go down. The pool was a real bonus forour family and extremely private and there is a lovely gazebo with a hot tub. The property is large so our boys had a lot of space to roam, play friz-bee and throw the ball around. We have a boat so we spent a great deal of time on the water and there is ample docking space at the island even if you are entertaining. I would absolutely recommend this vacation home to anyone.
- Guest T I LOVE (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- Date of stay 07/24/10
- Review Submitted 04/09/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: We are delighted to be welcoming back this wonderful family who shares our passion for the island and area. We aim to not only provide the best vacation ever, but also, memories to last a lifetime.
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Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change prior to confirmation.
Rates shown are for rental of Main House only, and vary according to season; please inquire about additional charge for rental of 1 or 2 extra Guesthouses / entire island.
Linens (fee is waived, should you elect to bring your own)
10% Tax is NOT included.
Premium applies for holiday and special weeks.
50% deposit upon confirmation. Balance, plus security deposit, due 60 days prior to arrival. All payments are non-refundable.
Cancellation insurance is available to protect your payment, in case of an unexpected covered event.
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- Property Damage Protection: $89
- Tax Rate 10%
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- Nearest Airport: Syracuse or Ottawa: 1 1/2 hrs.; Montreal: 2 hrs at 90 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Route 12 at 2 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Many beaches at 0.5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Top o' the Bay at 0.5 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Many; we can obtain reduced green fees at 0.5 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Many restaurants at 0.5 Miles
Year Purchased: 1992
Why the Owner Chose Alexandria Bay:
Like many of our neighbours, we have travelled all over the world, but, after discovering the incomparable Thousand islands, and vacationing in the area for many years, we chose this unique spectacular island as our little piece of paradise. A visitor said it best; she described the area as 'serene, exciting, peaceful, glorious, breathtaking', and said, 'Boating on this river gives you the ultimate sense of freedom - there is no end in sight, no limitations!' Friendly Island is, at once, romantic, secluded, and private (with breathtaking views!), offering everything you could want, right on the island, but close enough to access all the worldly sights and activities, restaurants, sports facilities, etc., only a few minutes away. We have front-row seats, right on our own front deck or dock, to see ocean-going ships, or the fireworks over Boldt Castle, or the pirate invasion during Pirate's Days, or high-powered speedboats during the Poker Run. Perfect for a romantic getaway, or a fun vacation for several friends, or a wonderful opportunity for family bonding!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Only a couple of minutes from the wonderful offerings on the mainland, yet, we can have our own little world to enjoy - truly, the BEST of all worlds. The air is pure (you will actually notice the difference!), the water crystal clear. Our island offers deep water dockage - no rocks to destroy your boat or propellor. Feel like royalty, as you survey you own private domain. The sheer beauty defies description. Swim in your own private heated pool (or in the private, protected River swimming area), relax in the hot tub or sauna, de-stress with a wonderful outdoor massage. The home theater system offers an unbelievable assortment of channels (including recent movies), and the surround-sound makes you feel as if you're right there! Cozy sofas and cushy chairs have been professionally positioned for your comfort and viewing pleasure. Truly, a refuge from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Return from your island holiday feeling refreshed and alive. (However, should you require a brief, temporary return to reality, to deal with a pressing business matter, or other time-sensitive issue, you can feel secure in the knowledge that our dedicated business center, right in the Main House, provides for all your needs: high speed internet, WiFi, fax machine, photocopier, and printer.) Escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, while enjoying all the creature comforts that life has to offer in your own private paradise.
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Photo in magazine articles about the 1000 Islands. Our island is on the right.
Front deck - dining with breathtaking views of Castle, Millionaires Row, ships
A small area of huge great room with cathedral ceilings and spectacular views
Post card of Millionaire's Row. Friendly Island is on the right.
The only private island in the Thousand Islands with an inground pool
Breakfast nook, overlooking pool and River
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