Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

5 BR Water Front House on 700 Acre Nature Preserve on Private Island

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 3 full Baths, (Sleeps max 12)

This is a well maintained four bedroom cottage, (an additional stone cottage houses the 5th bedroom, but has no bathroom) with a barn(with 'game room' on second, unfinished, floor with ping pong, foos ball, weights) and dock(holds four boats) at the foot of Grenadier Island(no bridge!), which is at the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway and is a part of the Thousand Islands.

All the rooms offer a spectacular view of Lake Ontario and/or Basin Harbor. The house sits on approximately 700 acres of private preserve, on a 1200 acre island great for exclusive nature adventures. You are renting much more than just a house! The house itself is on seven acres of lawn, with stone fire pit by shore. Please note that new for 2019 will be AC throughout house with ductless ultra quiet units. We have also purchased a commercial insect fogger to eliminate (or close to it!) any mosquitoes or other insects around house. Spraying done regularly, when guests not present.

The house has the charm of an old stone house with the comforts and conveniences of a new home. There is a large master bedroom with a private balcony and ensuite tossed marble bathroom, a bedroom with a queen bed and another with a pair of twin beds and lounge area(including pull out sofa), as well as a 4 bed bunk room with a loft.

The separate stone cottage contains a full size bed. The two other bathrooms(all bathrooms have at least a shower) are relatively new, and tiled in marble as well. The full kitchen has almost every convenience; including a kitchen aide, ice cream maker, warming drawer, and waffle iron.

Grenadier Island is nicknamed 'The Paradise of Kings'(but should be Queens as well). On the island you can hike, swim (use of a private beach at the head of the island as well as, flat stone beach by the house), boat, bird watch, mountain bike, fish, water ski, tube, and more! (provided with rental are: canoe, 2 kayaks, and a paddle board .There is even a restored 19th century one story school house on property with original desks. Click video button in 'Video' section above to see activities on Island and beach(put together on GoPro by my son as part of his weekend in September (weather can still be very nice in September). Please note that the cliff jumping was not on the Island but part of a boat tour into the Thousand Islands nearby. All other pictures are on the island or beach on west side.

In September/October, there is still plenty to do, from apple picking(numerous apple trees on property, hiking, bon fires by newly renovated fire pit, or just reading by the two fireplaces.

If you choose to leave this bit of paradise, then you can go ashore where you can find tennis, golf, shopping, movies, museums, bars, restaurants, etc., or head over to Kingston, Canada which is about 40 minutes away by boat. (It's a bit longer if you take the Ferry from Cape Vincent), or go to Cape Vincent by 15 minute boat ride, to visit one of its stores or restaurants

USE OF BOAT REQUIRED to get to and from the island(5 to ten minute boat ride). Boat rental possible with owner. Caretaker will meet you at marina when you first arrive and follow you out in your boat and show you around. Alternatively, if you don't want stress of renting and operating a boat, or don't plan on much boating, arrangements can be made for caretaker to transport guests back and forth.

Options: 2 ATVs($775/wk plus security deposit), New for 2016: 4 seater Polaris, with 4 person trailer($775/wk plus security deposit)(discount if combined) and boat rental($950/wk plus security deposit) also possible. Foregoing will be pro rated if less than a week.

Keywords: House on Thousand islands, with all amenities, including Internet, landline, sat tv, on 1000 acres. Pet friendly

More Details

John Uhlein
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About John Uhlein

My wife and I have four children (ages 24-30) and currently just one yellow lab We all love the thrill of a new adventure, and this island really helps bring the whole family together. We all become kids again

John Uhlein purchased this house in 1990

Why John Uhlein chose Cape Vincent

My family is originally from the area, and the Island has been in the family for over seventy years . My four kids still love the island; so much that they have cross country skied across the lake to get out there in the dead of winter. There is so much that you can do out there, you will never have enough time to fit it all in... I am still trying.

What makes this house unique

I have just taken up mountain biking on the island, so if you don't want to rent the ATVs, bring your bikes....or just walk/hike. There is a LOT of history to the island

Guestbook comments from the owner

This trip is the first of hopefully many to come! The description on VRBO is nothing shy of understated. Everything we need is here. The place surpassed our expectations on nearly every level. It is spacious, extremely private, comfortable and seems to have every amenity available appropriate to this surreal retreat setting. On a scale of 1-10, it scores a 25! We would definitely recommend it to anyone seeking a quiet family getaway, sporting lodge or nature escape surrounded by walls of water & wildlife.”

Cheri and Gary C.
Aug 2012
  • 1 of 4


Cape Vincent House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • If renting the Polaris Ranger, ATVs or 22' Grady White, a waiver and agreement must be signed. See Guide Book for lots of additional info
  • Must travel only on designated trails on Island (there are miles of trails) as much of our 700 private acres designated as Nature Preserve
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , MBR
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Private dock for three boats(holds four but sailboat may be there). Canoe, two kayaks, paddle board included in rental. Various sports equipment, foot wear, jackets available for guest use.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
5 BR Water Front House on 700 Acre Nature Preserve on Private Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Paradise and Privacy!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place! My family of 7 adults and 2 kids had a blast. The house is super comfortable and very spacious. There's plenty of space for everyone to hang-out. The views from the house and all around the island are breathtaking - from the sunrise to the spectacular sunsets..... ship watching, wildlife and the acres and acres of wilderness.... this place is a photographer's dream. We rented the UTV to explore the island (highly recommend this if you have more than 4 people) and made several trips to the white sand beach on the back of the island. This place looks like the Caribbean and is basically like having your own private beach. There is so much to do on the island; swimming, hiking, bird-watching, hanging out on the beach, fishing or just spending time on the huge porches enjoying the sunsets. John (the owner) and George the caretaker were great to deal with and very helpful in making sure all of our needs were met. We will definitely be renting here again.... true Paradise in Cape Vincent!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristi Thanks so much for your kind words. We are very much looking forward to your return! Next year we will have additional improvements, like central AC throughout the house and other items that we will announce soon John
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Awesome Adventure!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Grenadier Island with my family as well as my brother's family. In total, 4 kids, 4 adults and 2 dogs. We had a blast! The views were spectacular, the atmosphere was truly breathtaking. The house was very nice, plenty of bed space and room to operate, and service upon arrival was excellent. We rented the boat as well as a couple ATV's which were a big hit as we explored the Island on a daily/nightly basis and the kids loved it. The fire pit was fun, the beach was nice and found the entire week very relaxing as a family. If you are into Boating, Fishing, ATV's, Sunsets, Sunrises, etc you will LOVE this spot!

We will definitely be back! Thanks to John (owner) for everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pat! You, your brother and families(and 2 dogs) were great guests, and I enjoyed speaking with you both before and after your trip.. Glad you enjoyed it and were able to take advantage of almost everything the island has to offer, so I guess you have to come back to keep trying! I still am. Best, John
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Amazing island retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time using VRBO and visiting 1000 islands. John, the owner, and his caretakers, George and RJ, were trustworthy, honest and extremely accommodating! They were very easy to get ahold of and responded to emails, calls and texts very quickly...

They made us feel very comfortable through the entire process and everything was perfect, just as the ad stated.

The house was very clean and everything worked perfectly. The island was amazing for exploring and/or hunting and the house location is perfectly situated! We saw sunrises and sunsets from both the patio and living room! You can't ask for a better location! Wish I could post pics because they were amazing. I'll send them to John so he can post in the ad if he chooses because it was breathtaking.

We didn't see a single person as we explored the island, so if you love solitude, this place is perfect for you.

We took full advantage of the amenities that the house and property had to offer and it made our vacation even better than we expected.

I highly recommend this property and owner, and I doubt you'll find better service, cleanliness, accommodations and especially location!

We will be back again...

John thanks for everything!

Jim and Sherry

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jim and Sherry; great having your crew out on Grenadier. You accomplished a lot, from boating, riding the Polaris, and catching some big fish. Yes, please send some of the pics, as I need to do justice to the island. Hope to see you back soon John
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

What a Find!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many vacation rentals and this rental is the best!! Our family has nicknamed this rental "Surf and Turf" because there is just as much fun to be had on land as there is on the water. We had three generations with us and had so much fun together ...BOATING...ATVS ....BONFIRES.....FISHING....BEACH DAYS...LOOKING FOR FOSSILS ON THE COAST...BIRD WATCHING.....AND JUST RELAXING . The home is VERY PRIVATE, beautiful and had every ammenity we could ask for. We are all cooks and enjoyed making family meals in the well stocked kitchen. The porches provided hours of entertainment having coffee or cocktails while birdwatching or watching the sunset. We had teenagers and preschoolers and everyone was outside and entertained. The owner (John) is great! He had Bill (the caretaker) meet us upon arrival at Martin's Marina and follow him to the rental to show us around and answer any questions we had. We would like to thank John for sharing this gem of a property with our family. We can't wait to return next year :-)

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pete Glad you took advantage of some of the many things the Island has to offer. Hope to see you again next year best, john
Did you find this review helpful?
0 1

Never bored

  • 5 of 5

Hi John,

I can't even begin to describe how much we enjoyed your house and the island. It was perfect for us in so many ways. The boat and ATVs were such a huge hit and enabled us to enjoy the island on many different levels. My sister's children, ages 4 and 6, were free to enjoy the surroundings without the fear of cars or other hazards. My boys, ages 11 to 23, had an absolute blast. Not once did we hear the typical, "we're bored" routine from any of the kids! The adults truly appreciated the opportunity to unplug. It is such a special place, I think we all agreed we'd like to return same time next year.

Again, just an incredible place. Thanks for making it available to us, as well as your attention to detail. It has been clear to me that you want your guests to enjoy their stay on the island. We typically rent vacation homes twice a year and I must say that this experience, both the rental itself and your ability to make your home feel so welcoming to guests, exceeded all of our collective expectations and experiences. By the way, I loved reading the newspaper article in the downstairs bathroom about your 6 hour event on the ice, as well as your son's detail of the fall journey to the island in 8ft swells! Sounds like a lot of memories have been made on Grenadier.

Take care,


  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
New York, NY


  • 5 of 5

Thanks for everything. In short, it way exceeded our expectations. Well worth it. One of the best family trips we have every had.

thanks again.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Cape Vincent
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
House location
Nearest Point of Interest
Private Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
School House
Nearest Point of Interest
Fallen down house
Nearest Point of Interest
Fields and walking trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Asociation property
Nearest Point of Interest
Martin's Marina

Island great for mountain biking hiking bird watching exploring. Water is good for fishing water skiing sailing etc. Beach at head of island Need boat to get to island


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Polaris/wk $775/wk $0
22' Grady/wk $950/wk $0
2 ATVs/wk $ 775/wk $0
House clean:$250 approx $250
Refundable damage deposit $500

Discount for payment by check, Venmo etc on house rental. $775 week for two ATVs(plus$500 deposit); $775/wk for one 4 seater Polaris Ranger Crew, including 4 seater trailer (discount if ATVs and Polaris combined); $950 for Grady White(plus $1000 deposit) The foregoing rentals will be pro rated if less than a week. 10% discount on second week Cleaning extra($250) unless extra cleaning charges apply). May reduce total deposit if both boat and ATV rented. Possible to make arrangements for caretaker to take guests back and forth in lieu of renting or bringing your own boat. Pets: no more than 2 pets, except with owner's permission. $500 deposit for house

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.