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Secluded Lake Champlain Home on 1200' of Frontage

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Spectacular setting

Spectacular setting 1200 ft. shoreline Waterside dining for 12 Newly renovated kitchen Relaxing lakefront setting Awesome sunsets Enjoy Canoeing, boating and swimming within steps of the house


Last updated: 04/23/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

South Hero house description

This rustic, Adirondack-style home is full of charms and quirks. Families and friends have been returning here, time after time, just to enjoy the magic that is 'Camp.'. Nowhere on the Lake do you have this kind of setting and easy freedom to enjoy the beauty of the Champlain region. The property sits in the middle of 5 acres of land, so the nearest neighbor feels far away and you can enjoy the peace and rustic charm of Camp, comfortably ensconced in your own room.
The entire home and grounds are at your disposal.  There is a fully stocked kitchen, separate dining room and living room. The latter two rooms have large windows that look out over the Lake.  There is an inside and outside shower, and two half-bathrooms (one downstairs and the other on the second floor).  There are 5 bedrooms in the main house and one in a separate building: Camp can sleep 14-16 comfortably.  
We leave several bikes there so you can enjoy the excellent back road riding on Grand Isle, a dock, raft, and volleyball/badminton court. There's also a local winery that hosts concerts and tasting evenings, a drive-in (still!) a short drive away and some of the most amazing sunsets anywhere. Convenient to Burlington and Montreal, though once you arrive, you probably aren’t going to want to leave.

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Limited Accessibility:

                Kitchen entry has no stairs though a long, uneven walkway to door. There is a bath and a bedroom also on the main floor. Narrow doorways...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Toaster
              • Microwave
              • Kitchen
              • Pantry Items


              • Wood Fireplace:

                campfire area next to lake...moreless

              • Washing Machine
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Parking Off Street
              • Hair Dryer
              • Towels Provided
              • Linens Provided

              Other Amenities

                  • Fireplace with gas insert, Refrigerator plus beer frig, Propane powered mosquito killer, ...moreless


                  • Books
                  • VCR
                  • Toys
                  • Games
                  • CD Player
                  • Stereo
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television
                  • DVD Player


                  • Internet
                  • Telephone
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Boat


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    western views across Lake Champlain to Adirondacks...moreless

                  • Lakefront
                  • Beachfront


                  • Tennis
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Hiking
                  • Golf
                  • Sailing
                  • Cycling
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Fishing
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Boating
                  • Shopping
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Swimming
                  • Walking
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Other Activities

                      • Canoeing, volleyball court, bicycles


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                      • Perfect summer lake cabin!

                        Perfect summer lake cabin!

                        • Guest Bruno H. (New York City)
                        • Date of stay 05/24/13
                        • Review Submitted 06/05/13
                        It is difficult for me to imagine a more perfect place to get together with a group of people you care about and have a great time. We went there on Memorial Day weekend with 4 other couples and spent most of our time grilling, drinking beer, playing lawn games, swimming, canoeing, and enjoying campfires by the water and views from the porch. The property has a great lawn and is surrounded by woods, making it feel spacious and secluded. The views of the lake are panoramic. The sunsets are magnificent. The lake is lined with big slabs of rock that are perfect for sunbathing. There are plenty of lawn chairs and a picnic table right by the lake. The house itself is one of the most charming buildings I've ever been in. It's more than a hundred years old, has a very rustic Adirondack style, and you can feel the good vibes of the generations of others who have enjoyed its magic charm. The kitchen is highly functional and well-stocked with equipment - we cooked almost all our meals there or on the grill outside. At the owners recommendation, we stopped at the Costco near Burlington and stocked up on food and drink for the weekend. The owners were very responsive and helpful during every step of the rental process. At one point we thought we had an electrical problem and they promptly sent over the handy-man and gave us his contact info. After we left the house, one of us realized she had left an earring behind. We contacted the handyman, who agreed to come by the house and mail it to us. The owners and their staff demonstrated over and over again that they wanted us to have a great stay and that they were friendly, honest, good-natured people who love the house and are eager to share. I really hope to come back to this place again - it is just a wonderful place to hang out and enjoy a great setting with great company. I highly recommend!!!

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                      • Lakefront vacation spot

                        Lakefront vacation spot

                        • Guest Sarah H. (Wilton, NH)
                        • Date of stay 08/13/11
                        • Review Submitted 06/27/12
                        As a UVM graduate I was familiar with the lovely Lake Champlain Islands, so I wanted a property next to the water, yet easily accessible to Burlington. We, along with two other families, found this private location with its spectacular view. There was plenty of sleeping room for us all and a large table with benches to accommodate many eaters, hungry after a full day of swimming, boating, and biking. The kitchen had been modernized, while the house's other rooms retained their old time rustic charm. There was even cable tv and a dvd player. We especially enjoyed sitting on the porch, grilling our evening meal, and feeling the breeze from the lake. It would be hard to find a better spot for a group of friends or family members to get together!

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers.

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                      • Beautiful and Peaceful

                        Beautiful and Peaceful

                        • Guest Peter B.
                        • Date of stay 08/25/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/07/13
                        The location of this summer camp is fantastic. Totally private, with a lovely sculpted-rock shoreline and a mix of lawn and forest. Views across the lake to the west and across the bay to the south. We swam every day in the clear, cool water. We usually had a campfire at night; there is a nice fire pit by the shoreline. The house is charming and rustic, with good cooking facilities in the kitchen. We took advantage of the canoe and fishing boat to explore along the shoreline of Lake Champlain. "Our" house was by far the best we ever saw. We had a wonderful time.

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                      • Reunion


                        • Guest roatan (wisconsin)
                        • Date of stay 08/25/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/06/13
                        We were fortunate to experience The Camp this past August with a small group of friends and had a wonderful time. While quite rustic it still has all the necessities to enjoy this great property, we had fun biking, boating, swimming and relaxing. We also had campfires in the evening, went to hear music at a local winery, rented a pontoon one afternoon and had a lot of fun catching up with good friends. This is a large property with plenty of room to enjoy the great outdoors. If you're looking for rustic charm this is the place. Joe and Karin

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing.

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                      • Peaceful Pleasure

                        Peaceful Pleasure

                        • Guest Gina and Chris (Rhode Island)
                        • Date of stay 08/25/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/02/13
                        Last week my husband and I had the opportunity to vacation at “the camp”. Our visit was a most pleasurable, peaceful time. We vacationed on this magnificent property with several of our friends, which also had a spectacular stay. This was a reuniting and a first reunion of five adult couples. The camp surpassed our expectations. The property was located on five luscious acres of mature trees and gorgeous rock which bordered the lakefront, simply beautiful! The grounds were very secluded and private affording us the serenity we desired. The home was large and spacious enough to accommodate all ten adults without any inconvenience. The ambiance was such of rustic charm, very laid back as a seasonal property like this should be. We swam, canoed, kayaked, fished, paddle-boarded, sunbathed, read, relaxed, of course lots of wining and dining and most of all enjoyed each others company. We felt comfort being there amongst friends and the wonderful atmosphere. We rode bikes to the venue of music at the local winery. Most of all we laughed, and laughed some more. This event brought much pleasure and peace to all of us. On behalf of the Roatan clan, we thank our hosts very much for granting us this fine opportunity to enjoy “the camp”. Yes, yes, yes!!

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.

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                      • Most peaceful place on earth!

                        Most peaceful place on earth!

                        • Guest Jack M. (MD)
                        • Date of stay 08/11/13
                        • Review Submitted 08/22/13
                        Our stay here was in 2 words: Out Standing. We arrived on a Sunday to a picture perfect day, nice warm sun, white puffy clouds and a light breeze. The views here are truly breathtaking-you have the Appalachian Mountains across the lake and the Green Mountains behind you. The property is very quiet and so peaceful. It was like a spa. It is not what I would call fancy or high end but we were not looking for that-It was comfortable and we had a great time enjoying all there was to do here! Note - I highly recommend a stop at Kim's French Fries on Rte. 2 in Grand Isle - the best French fries you will ever have!

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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                      • Not so Spectacular

                        Not so Spectacular

                        • Guest Jen H.
                        • Date of stay 07/13/13
                        • Review Submitted 07/30/13
                        This house sits on a beautiful lot, has large sleeping capacity, and many amenities (canoe, motor boat, bikes), but we would certainly not recommend it after our stay with 3 families (6 adults and 7 children). The outdoor amenities were not as stated and the condition posed a safety hazard. The dock was in pieces near the entrance and the float was sitting on the rocks by the steps to the water impeding our access and hindering our view. We contacted the caretaker and were advised that weather conditions were to blame. After our insistence, he did agree to set up the floating raft but logistical arrangements became quite problematic. It took several calls with both caretaker and owner before it was resolved and included requests that we provide assistance which we found unacceptable. Once the raft was removed from the beach area, the front of the property was much nicer and we did enjoy the float! The interior of the house is described as rustic, however, it may be more accurate to call this primitive. The full bath does not exist – it is a small toilet room (no sink) behind one door in the kitchen and a shower/sink room behind a door that does not even close all the way on the other side of the kitchen. There is a very rustic half bath upstairs. The house has some charm, but there are safety issues throughout – odd wiring with power cords rigged all over the place, nails sticking out of walls, clutter and dirt in every corner – especially in the kitchen, and a musty smell throughout (especially in the detached bedroom). In addition, the property was not properly cleaned when we arrived. There were personal toiletries in the bathrooms and the kitchen was cluttered with leftover food. Other problems we encountered included severe water pressure issues including no water at some points. This was also blamed on weather conditions when reported to the caretaker. Trash had not been emptied from the previous stay and there was no place for our trash or recyclables. Complaints to the owner resulted in her advising us that she has never had another renter complain like us and she believes that we had unrealistic expectations. We were also accused of leaving dishes, toys, and dog excrement around the property which was absolutely not true. Our full security deposit was returned despite the false accusations.

                        Owner response: We are sorry that this tenant didn't have a positive experience. The week before she and her group were there we had brutal weather--windy and rainy which prevented our handyman and his staff from putting the dock and raft into the water. He put them in as soon as the weather would allow, a day or two after her arrival. Her complaints are grossly exaggerated and untrue e.g. the kitchen. We leave condiments available that most people like to have to use if they need them! The same thing with the shower room. Bottles of shampoo etc. are available if people want them! We have been renting this camp for over 20 years to a dozen or more groups every year. Real estate taxes alone are $16000/year for this 3 million dollar seasonal property! So we need help in paying the expenses and our large family gets to use it in August! We have received only one other complaint in all that time! Most of our tenants have been extremely happy and have told us that their time at our camp has been one of their best experiences ever! Despite her group leaving dog poop, dishes, toys, etc. everywhere which necessitated extra work for our handyman and our cleaning staff, we did return all of her deposit as we were sympathetic with all the difficulties caused by the weather

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                      • Gorgeous lakefront with privacy

                        Gorgeous lakefront with privacy

                        • Guest Mark (Sharon, NH)
                        • Date of stay 07/21/12
                        • Review Submitted 10/28/12
                        If you want a summer getaway with some privacy and some elbow room, this is the place for you. The property is one-half of a peninsula on Lake Champlain, and 1200 of frontage. Look to your left, and there's a couple camps a quarter mile away. Look across the bay, and there's one distant camp, but no one was ever there. Look to the right, and it's just beautiful trees out to the point, and the five miles of water to New York. Some lakes are plagued by loud motorboats. There isn't much boat traffic on Champlain, and the lake is so big, most of the boats that do go by are far, far away. It's hard for me to do this place justice, but it's a beautiful place with no nearby neighbors, almost no noisy boats, so you get seclusion and peace. The camp was not fancy--it's a camp, after all--but it was clean, well-equipped, and roomy. Biking on the roads is easy--there's very little traffic, and the countryside is nearly flat. There is also a bike path out into the lake on the old railroad causeway, which was really fascinating because it was built over a hundred years ago using reject slabs of Vermont marble. A truly great vacation spot.

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.

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                      • Holding on to heaven

                        Holding on to heaven

                        • Guest Kathryn B.
                        • Date of stay 10/11/12
                        • Review Submitted 10/12/12
                        I drive from Washington DC to this edge of paradise every chance I get, and have been for more than forty years when my father did the driving. There are beautiful places closer to home and all over the world, and I've been to many. But none feels like home, or heaven, like this slice of deep green. The sun shines on the lake and through the warped glass of these century old windows. The wind sings through the tall skinny pines that stand to hold the clothesline and the volleyball net, and fall to build the porch and the nightly bonfire on the rocks. The owners deserve thanks for drawing a line around god's sunroom and preventing anyone from remodeling it. The antique wood cottage is a spa and a retreat. The rooms and furniture harbor the memories of a thousands kids shouting and a thousand adults sipping beverage. This remote paradise is the ultimate vacation from our lives stressed by all our pampering. Not a neighbor can hear the nightly charades or arguments over cards, but shops for every whim are just nearby. I will never stop returning.

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                      • Great VT Camp

                        Great VT Camp

                        • Guest Timothy R.
                        • Date of stay 08/06/12
                        • Review Submitted 09/17/12
                        We had a great time here and have for many years. You can see and hear the water from almost every room in the house. I enjoy bringing friends and family to this place because they say it's magical. Beautiful sunsets. It's the kind of simple, healthy, summer vacation we love- reading, playing in and around the water all day, card games, puzzles, BBQ and fresh corn, bike rides. Even the rain did not deter us. One day, a storm came across the lake and because there was no lighting, we went for a rain swim! Tim R.

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Early Season
                      May 1 - May 10, 2014
                      4 night min stay

                      Graduation Week
                      May 11 - May 18, 2014
                      4 night min stay

                      More Early Season
                      May 19 - Jun 30, 2014
                      4 night min stay

                      High Season
                      Jul 1 - Sep 7, 2014
                      6 night min stay

                      Fall Season
                      Sep 8 - Oct 19, 2014
                      4 night min stay


                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Pet Fee $200
                      • Taxes Not included


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                      Last updated: 04/23/2014
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                      • Nearest Airport: Burlington at 20 Miles
                      • Nearest Ferry: at 4 Miles

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                      Year Purchased: 1969

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                      • Spectacular setting

                        Spectacular setting

                      • 1200 ft. shoreline

                        1200 ft. shoreline

                      • Newly renovated kitchen

                        Newly renovated kitchen

                      • Awesome sunsets

                        Awesome sunsets

                      • Enjoy Canoeing, boating and swimming within steps of the house

                        Enjoy Canoeing, boating and swimming within steps of the house

                      • Waterside dining for 12

                        Waterside dining for 12

                      • Relaxing lakefront setting

                        Relaxing lakefront setting

                      VRBO #89475

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                      This listing was first published here in 2005.

                      Date last modified - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

                      $271 - $529 per night (USD)

                      6 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 14

                      View calendar: Updated 04/23/14
                      Minimum stay: 4-6 nights
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