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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
St. Johnsbury cottage description
Wilderness setting in East Ryegate, Vermont.On VAST trail. Super fishing for perch, pickeral, horned-pout (catfish), small mouth bass, and wall-eyed pike.Watch for loons, beaver, and moose as you explore two adjoining ponds, 70-acre Upper and Lower Symes, bordered by 500 acres of forest with miles of hiking trails, all owned by your hosts, the Blaisdell's.
There are only four cottages on Symes Pond, private and secluded from each other by at least 500 feet of forest. The cottages are directly on the pond and have great views from the front porch. The new knotty pine cottages features cathedral ceilings, glass front woodstoves, satellite TV, free wi fi for emails available at central location at specified hours, VCR, full kitchen, gas heat, 1-3 bedrooms plus loft sleeps six to eight, and private sandy beach that has a gradual slope; perfect for the young ones.
NEW THIS YEAR! The cottages have brand-new wood fired outdoor hot tubs constructed of Eastern White Cedar. Fire up your private tub and soak in the natural beauty of Symes Pond. Seats six.
A free canoe or row boat is provided for each cottage. A paddle boat is shared between the campers. Kayaks are available for rent. Linens are provided. A bundle of firewood is provided at no charge. Additional firewood is available for a small fee.
We are located only ten minutes off I-91 near St. Johnsbury.
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Please feel free to call Carl at 802-274-2094 or email at carlblaisdell@gmail dot com.
Keywords: Pine Cottages
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Limited Accessibility
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- Wood Stove
- Canoe, Row boat, Firewood, Outdoor hot tub overlooks the pond, seats 7
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
- Hot Tub
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Medical Services
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We LOVED Eagle's Nest !!
We LOVED Eagle's Nest !!
Our stay in the Eagel's Nest cottage was GREAT! The view is breathtaking! We loved canoing, and searching for wildlife. We saw deer, loons, wild tiurkey, chickadees, nuthatches, and geese. We especially enjoyed the horseback riding. Thanks, Kym, for such a memorable experience! The views were great and everything so peaceful. The water was warm. We loved swimming out to the float. The cabin was so comfy, we loved everything about the cabbin. Lou especially enjoyed reading on the balcony overlooking Symes Pond. We have been dissapointed in other places we have stayed. This week far exceeded our expectations. It is the best kept secret in Vermont! Thanks so much for your hospitality Carl and Kym. We'll be back!
- Guest cominback (Palm Bay, Fl)
- Date of stay 07/04/09
- Review Submitted 02/19/10
Recommended for: Pet owners, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thanks or your review. It is our pleasure to share this special place. We look forward to seeing you again. Carl and Kym.
Beautiful and quiet
Beautiful and quiet
My husband and I just spent last week in the "Moose Landing" cottage and we had a great time. This place is beautiful and it was perfect and just what we were looking for: secluded, quiet, gorgeous views, and a canoe right there for us to use during our stay. We spent the mornings either fishing or hiking, right off our doorstep! We spent the afternoons swimming in the cool, clean water. At night we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows in the fire pit outside. We read good books on the lovely deck overlooking the rolling hills, forest, and pond--just beautiful. The loon family is beautiful and we enjoyed listening to their calls. What a wonderful place!
- Guest -RLK (North Texas)
- Date of stay 07/27/13
- Review Submitted 08/05/13
Recommended for: Pet owners, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
We enjoyed the design of the cabin's open architecture: the interior balcony overlooking the living room, the upstairs deck over the front porch, the quaint and more-than-adequate kitchen. The location can't be beat. From the front porch, we experienced the beautiful view of Lower Symes pond and the surrounding mountains, which showed no signs of civilization. The chairs on the deck were ultra-comfortable, and the hot tub, also with a view of the pond, provided an equally relaxing experience. The narrow winding road to the cabin contributed to our feeling of seclusion. The fishing was excellent. We caught a lot of pickerel and small-mouth bass on spoons and little green-and-white artificial minnows, working the shoreline and edges of the lily pads. With a worm, a hook, and an hour, a person could catch 20 perch, many over 8 inches. Kayaking on the pond was a blast, and there was another pond connected to the north-west side of Lower Symes that is postcard perfect and equally untouched by man. Sliding silently across the reflection of the mountains in a kayak, I saw deer cautiously approach the water's edge for a drink. Many experiences were both peaceful and exciting. We liked watching the kingfishers fish and the humming birds hum. Anyone interested in birds will enjoy seeing the grouse and turkey in the woods and loons, herons and ducks on the water, not to mention the countless other birds. We took a few escapades to the north, including biking in Quebec and a quick stop for poutine. Cabot is a town in the proximity of the cabin, about 20 minutes away, and the Cabot Cheese Factory Tour was both educational and delicious. Carl, the owner of the cabin, was pleasant. He made sure we were set immediately after our arrival, and he checked on us a couple of times during the week. I never felt like he was intruding, but I always felt like he would respond if we needed him. We didn't. Everything was perfect. We brought an extra fan because I read a review that the air circulation in the cabin was poor. We didn't share this observation. There was a ceiling fan and two fans in the cabin, but nevertheless, one of the August nights, we didn't mind having our extra fan to quickly regulate the indoor temperature for comfort. There is a strong Verizon signal throughout the location and satellite TV in the cabin, but I recommend keeping the electronic devices turned off.
- Guest Mark G.
- Date of stay 08/25/12
- Review Submitted 09/02/12
Bliss! Moose Landing
Bliss! Moose Landing
So perfect. Everything as advertised. My husband and two Golden Retrievers, Trinity and Brady, and I spent our anniversary here. The dogs had a great time romping and swimming. We had a time great reading, cooking, enjoying a warm fire and the Milky Way! We did hear the coyotes howling and the beavers slapping the pond. Great to melt away the rat race. Can't wait to head back to paradise! Thanks Carl and Kym!
- Guest Stephanie (New Jersey)
- Date of stay 11/13/11
- Review Submitted 12/02/11
Recommended for: Pet owners, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
I have been reluctant to give a review of this little wonderful place called Symes Pond and the cabins available there the reason for my reluctance is too good of a review, then we might not get to go because of the demand increasing). We have come the past 2 summers and haven't relaxed this much in ages. From fishing to swimming to horseback riding (my wife only) this is an outdoors persons paradise. Yes it can be a little rough getting there but well worth it. We are hoping to return for another 2 weeks this summer. Thanks Carl and Kym for sharing your wonderful cottages.
- Guest Jim (West Chester)
- Date of stay 08/13/11
- Review Submitted 11/30/11
Recommended for: Pet owners, sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers.
Beautiful cabin on a peaceful pond. Had a wonderful weekend, the setting is beautiful and the cabin very comfortable. Fishing wasn't bad either! I would recommend this rental to anyone looking to get away from it all and just relax for awhile.
- Guest Cathy G.
- Date of stay 11/11/11
- Review Submitted 11/13/11
Had a great time staying at Moose Landing during the 2011, July 4 week. Everything you stated in your website description is true and accurate. My kids loved the cry of the loons and fishing on the pond! I wish we could of stayed for two weeks! Thank You Carl & Kym for the horseback riding in NH! Hope to return soon!
- Guest Frank (Staten Island, NY)
- Date of stay 07/02/11
- Review Submitted 08/31/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Aggie & John
Aggie & John
We rented on Symes Pond late July , 2010. It was secluded & quiet most of the time. If you like the smell of pine and enjoy loons, this is the place to rent. We roasted hot dogs & marshmallows. I read alot, enjoyed rowing on the lake. We have rented previously in the NY Catskills, but this site was far superior for being peaceful and beautiful. Thanks Carl & Kym
- Guest Aggie & John (Central New York)
- Date of stay 07/24/10
- Review Submitted 08/20/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.
Nice Place To Stay
Nice Place To Stay
We recently stayed at Loon's Lodge cottage, with our 5 month old and 5 year old. The cottages are definitely secluded and on a beautiful lake. It was nice to have canoes and a paddle boat available to use. The cottage appeared to be very new, and was nicely decorated (not tons of clutter like at many other cabins I have stayed.) It was generally very clean, but as someone said the bathroom smelled a bit musty. This didn't really bother us; we just put it down to being part of staying in a cabin and not a hotel. The swimming was great - although we did have to keep moving the boats out of the way to get into the water (many of the canoes are stored at Loon's Lodge.) The lake was really warm and there was a little dock to swim out to. The cabin was supplied with games and puzzles, and also satellite tv for those evenings when we needed some amusement. The cabins are down a dirt road, which seemed a bit rough at points, but definitely can be navigated in a regular car. There are many little towns nearby (St Johnsbury is about 15 mins drive,) and the cottages are 5 minutes from the border of New Hampshire. We found lots of cute towns and farm stands around the area. There is a free outdoor swimming pool in the center of St Johnsbury, which was a hit with our kids. My only complaint was that there were no curtains/blinds in any of the windows of the cottage (just sheers) which meant it was hard to keep the kids asleep in the mornings, as they would wake with the light around 5.30am. I know it was unlikely anyone would be walking outside in the evenings, but it did make me feel a little weird that anyone could look in, especially in the bathroom. We would absolutely recommend the cottages to others, and we hope to come back in the fall.
- Guest Mel and Vince (New Milford, NJ)
- Date of stay 07/24/10
- Review Submitted 08/02/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Private and Secluded!
Private and Secluded!
I have two young children (age 3 yr. old and 8 months old). The lake was perfect for my daughter (not very rocky, gradual entry, calm water). The property was better than expected. This is a beautiful location with mountains surrounding the lake. Each house is separated from one another with forest. We did not see our neighbors the entire time we were there. The water was amazing, the lake was serene! The boats that were provided were wonderful. The property was miles form any paved road (which was great!). The location of the house was exactly what we were looking for and it exceeded our expectations. We stayed at the Loon Lodge and except for the cleanliness of it, the house was beautiful. It was all knotty pine inside, nicely decorated, comfortable beds. One thing worth noting was that the view from the porch was obstructed by lots of trees. I was dissappointed as I was looking forward to sitting on the house porch and watching the sunset every evening. However there was a wooden platform in the yard closer to the lake that provided breathtaking views. I am only givng this rating 4 out of 5 stars because I was very dissatisfied with the cleanliness of the house. I understand that the house is deep in the woods and bugs are expected (there were dead moths, etc. on the window sills) but there were also cobwebs on the ceilings (above the stove, above the shower, above the kitchen table, etc.). Also, my major complaint was that the bathroom floor (carpeted) was soaked. Apparently the rentors before us left the window wide open during a rainstorm and did not take care to close the shower curtain. Due to the carelessness of those before us, we had to suffer with a musty/moldy smelling bathroom with a squishy wet floor. It was so bad and frstrating because if I had known about the bathroom situation prior to booking our trip, I would've chose a different rental. On the positive side, Carl and Kym are EXTREMELY accommodating and if you need anything, they will be there right away. The horseback riding was great, horses were meticulously groomed and friendly. I would return again, but would prefer the Moose Lodge over the other two.
- Guest Mother of two (Long Island, New York)
- Date of stay 07/10/10
- Review Submitted 07/19/10
Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: As owners/housekeepers, my wife and I strive to keep our cottages as clean as possible. That particular week, we had an extreme challenge of cleaning up after ten 21 year-olds who had rented the cottage the previous week. It was all we could do to get the house back into shape within the four hour window between tenants. Loon Lodge does have a nice view of the pond, and yes, there are some trees. We try to strike a balance of providing a view from the cottage without destroying the natural beauty of the shoreline of Symes Pond. Carl
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2 night min stay
|Summer at Boulder Bluff
Jul 1 - Aug 31
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
We have 4 cottages on Symes Pond. The rates quoted are for our smallest cottage, Boulder Bluff, which has a full size bed in the bedroom, a full size futon in the living area, and 2 twins in the loft. Sleeps 6 total. Eagle's Nest and Loon Lodge cottages are 2 bedroom, sleep 7, and cost $200 more/wk. Moose Landing, 3 bedroom, is $500 more/wk. Please contact owner for link with pictures and info.
To reserve, please send half now, including above fees. The balance is due two weeks before arrival. Please send money orders to Carl Blaisdell, 2729 DCH, No. Haverhill, NH 03774. We are not set up for credit cards.
Additional Fees and Taxes:
9% Vermont tax ; $50/pet; $50/week Kayak; NO CLEANING FEE. Please leave the cottage clean. Tips accepted.
6 Month Special: November to April, $6000 ( heat, plowing, utilities, not included)
July and August, Saturday to Saturday only.
Check in time: 3:00 PM Check out: 11:00 AM
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Year Purchased: 1955
About the owner: I am a retired postmaster. I had been living at the pond year round until my 82 year old father fell out of a 20 foot high tree stand while hunting on the property. I had to leave this special place in order to care for him. I now offer to share this home with you.
Why the Owner Chose St. Johnsbury:
This property is best described as 'A piece of Heaven'. The wooded mountains slope down to meet the pond. There is absolutely no road noise. All that can be heard is an ocassional call of the Loon, the hoot of an owl, or perhaps the howl of the coyote at night.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Sit in the hot tub which overlooks the pond. Shut off the jets at night and just listen. You may hear a deer crossing just above you or geese landing on the pond below. The call of the loon or the hoot of an owl breaks the silence. You look up and see the stars or perhaps the blinking lights of a jet thousands of feet above as it crosses the night sky. This is the place to let all your cares evaporate. You will go home with a new perspective. And you will come back.
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