"We rented for one week and were most pleased with the area, the lake, the cottage and the owners. First the area: located within yards of the US-Canada border, this section of Green Mountain State is one of the most scenic I've had the pleasure to visit. It has everything: rolling, forested mountains, open pastures and grasslands, a beautiful and uncrowded lake, and many fewer people than most New England vacation spots. The lake is larger than average for the state: less than a quarter of its 28 mile length is in Vermont, the remainder extends into Quebec. The section of the lake where we stayed is dotted with small islands with rocky shorelines, protected tree-lined coves, and some terrain where the lake gives way to marshland. Within a few yards of the cottage there's a wildlife management area with wetlands and grassy areas full of birds, waterfowl, small game and deer. There are also trails for walking and unhurried roads for jogging and biking. As others have remarked, the cottage is as furnished and well-stocked as a family home. The owners have anticipated almost every need for comfort and utility. The kitchen has almost every kind of utensil, an attractive gas range & oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, roomy fridge, plenty of cups, glasses, plates and bowls, flour, sugar, spices, etc. There's also a great Weber gas grill in the backyard. Very comfy furniture and beds. Clean bathrooms with good plumbing, a washer & dryer, nicely finished floors, a great deck with a good table and seating, etc. I've rented a number of vacation homes before, and this one by far is the best value I've encountered. Finally, there are the owners who work hard to be excellent hosts. They do a great job keeping the place in tip-top order, but with a light touch. Their own vacation home is on an adjacent lot, but apart from inquiring whether everything was fine, they gave us plenty of space and privacy. They offer the use of a rowboat, a paddle boat, and a canoe. They have a small stretch of sandy beach where my cousin's two kids played every afternoon. The water is warm and good for swimming. The owner's had also left us two bottles of wine on the dining room table when we arrived, a very welcoming gesture. I would recommend this property to most people, but especially families with young children or teens, young couples, and retired people. The only people I would not recommend the property to is any poor soul who needs constantly to be connected to the internet!"
Guest: John W.
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 18, 2015