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Lake Champlain, Waterfront Home & Guest Cottage

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Total: 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

The Lake House at Mile Point, Lake Champlain, Vermont

Perched on a rock fortified bank, just a few feet above the magnificent waters of Lake Champlain, Vermont, this charming Dutch Colonial was completed in 1905. This unique summer home has been gently coaxed into the 21st Century standard of leisure living preserving its’ original character and dignity.

The Lake House features a beautiful, recently renovated, well equipped kitchen with views West 1 mile across (from our 'Mile Point') the water to the forested hills of NY State and East over the slate beach of the bay featuring a double boat dock and swim platform shared generously by 3rd and 4th generation families. The sliders off the kitchen open to a large lakefront patio and lakeside lawn that is nestled among shagbark hickory and cedar trees…the official court of daily croquet tourneys, nightly BBQ's, heavenly hammock marathons, and lengthy Adirondack chair sitting. Day napping is optional and never frowned upon. Next to the kitchen and powder room on the bayside, is the enclosed sun porch, which is known as The Flag Room. It is a popular place for young ‘uns to watch TV and hook up their computer.

Most family dining takes place on the screened lakefront porch which extends across the entire front of the house. There is also a cozy seating area, including a pull out sofa at the south end of the same porch and a dartboard wall for those who dare. Two sets of Glass French doors divide the main house from the screened porch. On one side is the former formal dining room…now The Green Room, has become a favorite rainy day table game roost. The other side finds the living room, which has a TV, but the drawing points are the stone fireplace, put to use most chilly evenings, the wooden ceiling design, and the window seat set between well stocked bookshelves. A small stone covered porch adorned with hanging plants has access from the living room.

Adjacent to the lakeside lawn is a large wooden deck projecting over the rock lapping water. Sunset cocktails and conversations are mandatory.

Upstairs there are 4 lovely bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. (King, queen, twins and bunks)

Across the driveway, at the parking area and back badminton lawn is a small one floor guest cottage. It has a queen bedroom, bathroom, another room with a sofa, chairs & bunk beds, and kitchenette. Sliders lead to a grassed terrace overlooking the bay and up the lake to the north. It is a bit tight to sleep more than 2-3, but it affords a bit of privacy from a full house.

To that point, and in consideration of your optimum comfort, our wonderful neighbors, the well and septic system we prefer a maximum of 8-10 respectful guests. (Pets need to be pre-approved)

Just a short drive or pleasant walk away, the Basin Harbor Resort offers a number of amenities to the public: small aircraft landing strip, 18 holes of golf, tennis, boat rentals, ice cream shop, casual dining and its’ well respected boat museum.

Off the beaten path, The Lake House is approximately 30 miles south of Burlington / Airport and about 18 miles north of Middlebury. Route 7 is the main road and there are several scenic back roads to reach either town. Vergennes is the closest place for grocery shopping, a library, churches and several very good restaurants.

More detailed information including linen service, final cleaning, trash days, etc, as well interior photos, explicit directions and other “must knows” are being assembled and will be forwarded to you upon request.

We thank you for your interest in this wonderful family home. We hope you find your time here at The Lake House, rain or shine, to be a cherished memory!

~ The TenHoopen-Lear Family

Keywords: Lakefront Home & Guest Cottage

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Lynne

Our family has been enjoying Vermont and Lake Champlain for almost 40 years. The property has been best described as 'magical'. It is hard to describe the feeling of what it is like to awaken to the sound the water hitting the rocks, while you witness a flock of birds crossing the lake from the bedroom window, as you thankfully invite your new day to begin. At the end of day you are drawn outside to watch another amazing sunset, watch the jumping fish dance on the water, and you await your inevitable shooting star performance of the night. Water in general has amazing effects on people, and Lake Champlain knows how to do it best.

What makes this house unique

Best discription we hear over and over is that this property is 'A little slice of Heaven'! Come and see why!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had arranged to use the main stone house and the adjoining small cottage

for three nights. Three groups flew into Burlington airport in early

September on Thursday midday from Chicago, 2 adults and 2 children, from

San Francisco, 2 adults, and from Maryland, 1 adult. We arrived at the

estate in 2 rented cars in the early afternoon. Others arrived on Friday

from Boston and New York, along with local Vermonters.

We were astonished by the beauty and privacy of the location on a peninsula

at the narrowest part of Lake Champlain with the opposite New York shore

perhaps three blocks away, and magnificently wooded. The web site photos of

the estate simply do not do justice to the wide expanse of the grass-covered

grounds stretching from the main house to the lake in three directions --

interrupted by several patios, a fenced area at waters edge with tables and

chairs, a scattering of trees, a swing, and a huge and very comfortable

hammock -- and access to the lake from a huge rock edge on one side, or a

small beach on the other side, or from a boat pier.

The main house is amazingly spacious and nicely maintained, and loaded with

amenities. The bedroom and bathroom arrangements were very convenient,

well-stocked, clean and comfortable, and nicely supplemented by the small

cottage -- and we had no trouble accommodating everyone comfortably. There

is a fully modern kitchen and every thing worked! We cooked our own turkey

dinner for seven persons the first night, we had take-out pizza plus salad

the second night for 17 people, and we prepared a huge chicken and fish

birthday dinner for 19 including 5 children on Saturday night -- with a

huge birthday cake and lots and lots of candles. We dined on the very

comfortable and very large enclosed porch.

In short, we had a perfect family ball in a perfect spot!

Again, many, many thanks!
Sep 2010
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Ferrisburgh House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bath - toilet , shower
    Powder Room - toilet
  • Guest house has an additional bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
  • ***Additionally, the Guest House can sleep up to 3 with approval. Queen bed and a set of bunks, bathroom, kitchenette, living room, water front. See rates for incremental charge. * 8+ guests would need to include guest house
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The setting is what makes our home unique. Water access and views abound. Many choices of where to perch, read, rest, hide, sun, play, swim, boat etc. Volleyball/badminton court, basket ball hoop, canoe, double boat dock, croquet, lakefront hammock. Close to Middlebury College and UVM. Adjacent to Basin Harbor Club for fine dining, tennis, golf, music, casual dining & the Maritime Museum. Quick drive to Shelburne Farm/Museum/Inn. Lots to do with Children & Adults of ALL ages.


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Lake Champlain, Waterfront Home & Guest Cottage
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 25 reviews
Norwich, Vermont


  • 5 of 5

Wow! This grand lake home and its postcard-perfect views are beyond spectacular. The photos do not do it justice. First, the location is absolutely ideal, with a spacious rolling lawn extending gracefully towards the lakefront. Every view is breathtaking, whether from the large, wooden deck, the lakefront rocks, the Adirondack chairs on the lawn, the spacious patio off the kitchen, or from the bedrooms and screened porch. Waking up to the sounds of loons and water lapping against the rocks was idyllic! Enjoying coffee in the morning quiet by the rocks was even better. Our family loved cooking dinner in the spacious kitchen, and the large outdoor grill looked brand new. My husband also managed to get some work done - wifi was excellent and there's a lovely study off the kitchen. It's a perfect set up! The beds were very comfortable - we slept like babies! There's a gorgeous new bathroom upstairs with a large, walk in shower, too.

Our visit could not have been better. This place is restorative, and we cannot wait to return! The host, Lynne, was fantastic. She was very communicative and helpful in advance, and even left us a gorgeous gift basket upon arrival. Lynne, please hold our week for next year!! Loved, loved, loved this home.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you so much for the kind review! I just may hire you to write my other copy!! Come back soon Lindgrens!
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Favorite R & R Destination

  • 5 of 5

Dear Lynne,

The Lake House on Mile Point has become my favorite get away for the whole family!

Each year we love seeing what is "new " in this charming old house ... added comforts that do not disrupt its' character, i.e. the splendid new

master bathroom !

Other things that make my heart smile : sunrise, sunset, the water lapping at the rocks and the sounds of my family "playing" in the lake, on the lawns or at the "game tables" inside ... enjoying each moment.

Thank you for sharing.

Sandra Giacalone

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property is absolutely amazing! We spent our time playing lawn games, relaxing in the chairs overlooking the water, fishing off the docks and playing cards on the beautiful porch. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 stars all the way around!!

  • 5 of 5

Setting is magical. House is amazing.

I'll be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 weeks in Vergennes at this beautiful property. This was our first trip to Vermont and we were not disappointed. The lake views from the house are amazing and access to the water is only steps away. Lynne was very responsive to any questions we had and was a pleasure to deal with. Loved it and was very sad to leave.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you See Family! We love sharing our little slice of paradise and welcome you back anytime! Thank you for loving our lake home as we do and for leaving it in perfect shape!
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Wedding Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Superb home with a spectacular property on Lake Champlain. Great family vacation home with lots of outdoor outdoor space for kids and adults to play games or just relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles

Property resides on 1.5 acres in a private area. Property has a main house, guest house and a private double dock. Located adjacent to the Basin Harbor Club for fine dining, tennis, golf, music, casual dining & grass airplane landing strip.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $200

Guest Cottage is an incremental charge. Please call owner for details. It will not be rented separately when Main house is rented by you. Guest cottage - is a one level, queen bed, one bath, bunk beds, kitchenette, waterfront darling cottage.
High season - $1500 per 7 nights
Non - high season - $1000 per 7 nights

Main house house 4 bedrooms upstairs and 2.5 baths

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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