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Waterfront, Sandy Beaches, Airstrip, Private Retreat

(17 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4 Bedrooms , 3 Bathrooms private island

This spectacular 207 acre private island estate offers incredible views, sunsets and sunrises, privacy and luxurious living in a green and eco sensitive manner. The main house is beautifully and comfortably furnished with hardwood floors throughout. The first floor open design features a large living room with two sets of French doors opening onto wrap-around porch/deck, wood stove and 2 story ceilings. Well-equipped kitchen (with spices and cooking basics available) overlooks the living room providing a relaxed entertaining and living atmosphere. Small dining nook off kitchen seats 5-6. Dining room has large table that seats 12 with French doors opening onto a screened in eating area seating 6-8. A den/4th bedroom, large slate-floored mudroom and bath/laundry room complete the first floor. Upstairs is a magnificent master bedroom with two small decks facing south and east, queen bed, walk-in closet and full bath. Two other bedrooms (one with deck) and a shared bath with shower are on the second floor. Comfortably sleeps 8 adults with pull out and floor mattresses for up to an additional 4 with upcharge. A spiral staircase leads to the third floor enclosed widow's walk and gorgeous sunset and 360 degree views of island and lake. This property is 'off the grid' with an extensive photovoltaic solar system that supplies power to the main house. A back-up generator helps during the cloudy days, but some accommodation for nature's proclivities is required. An island caretaker and working farmer in residence at the south end, is available to assist guests with navigating the solar system as well as providing trips ashore as needed. The system requires some user interaction. Panoramic views of water, mountains and pastoral fields are enjoyed from every room of the house. Extensive sandy beaches are just a 5 minute walk. Walking and running paths circle the island. Fly in to a 2500 foot runway with excellent approaches north and south.

Keywords: beaches, pastoral, scenic, fly-in, kid and pet friendly, confortable


Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • Estate

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome:

    Very child-friendly with lake gradually dropping off at both sandy beaches. Great for playing, picnics, hiking trails to explore the island...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    There is no firefighting equipment on the island so smoking is prohibited except on the beach....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved dogs are welcomed. We charge $20 a day for your pet....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    We do not have ramps and paths are basically grass and do not allow for ease of movement via a wheelchair....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    First floor...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single pull out beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) porta-crib. Comfortably sleeps 10 adults. Pull out and floor mattresses can accommodate up to 2 additional guests for slight up charge....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    first floor across from den/bedroom--new washer and dryer...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    2nd floor and serves two bedrooms...moreless

Other Amenities

  • sunset and sunrise views, on-site caretaker for limited trips ashore and assistance with solar energy system, back up generator, dock and mooring space available, off-street parking at private mainland launching location, 2500 foot grass airstrip for small craft, wrap-around covered deck with outdoor dining area, kayaks, beach chairs, bikes, extensive library, board games....moreless


  • Books:

    lots of books including collection of children's books...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    tons of board games in study as well as puzzles and cards....moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo:

    Bosc radio/CD player...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    Beach toys in bin on west porch....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Shopping

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    360 degree views and access to Lake Champlain. Excellent swimming within a 5 minute walk and it's all yours!...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    NY Adirondacks and VT Green Mountains...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    main dining room seats 12, screened in porch off main dining room seats 6, small dining nook near kitchen seats 4-5, deck has expansive dining areas and two tables...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    new unit installed 2016. West porch has clothes lines for beach towels....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    secure, off-site parking on mainland...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Available at private mainland landing and boat launch 2 miles from island...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    off-site on mainland...moreless

  • Telephone:

    cell service is excellent...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    beach towels are available but additional ones would be useful...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    new HC unit installed 2016...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    not for use during summer months...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    drip and French Press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    service for 12+...moreless

  • Dishwasher


  • Balcony:

    (3) Two are off the master bedroom with magnificent views of lake and mountains....moreless

  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Decks surround the entire house....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    three kayaks available for use...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    flat area great for volleyball and other lawn games...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear


from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
early summer
May 20 - Jun 30, 2017
4 night min stay

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Jul 1 - Sep 6, 2017
4 night min stay

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Sep 7 - Oct 14, 2017
4 night min stay

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning $200
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Pet Fee $20
  • Tax Rate 9%


Included in the fees is one round trip daily to the mainland. Additional trips require a fee of $50 per round trip. All trips are subject to weather conditions and safety.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
burlington International Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 89

Car: Necessary

boat rentals available from near-by marinas, farmer's markets in South Hero (Wednesdays) and Grand Isle (Thursdays), volley ball, croquet, two local wineries close by and several farm stands with local produce.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1955

Why the Owner Chose Grand Isle, VT, USA:
My father-in-law bought the island in 1955 as a weekend retreat from the NYC area. He ended up relocating to Vermont and the island became his passion, building first a small log cabin, then an airstrip, and eventually creating a small sheep farm with several barns and fenced pastures. Following retirement the island became a summer and holiday gathering place and the main home was built in 1990s. Weddings, reunions and variious fund-raising events have enjoyed the incredible spot. The three sons now oversee the island and are pleased to share this special place with others.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
The island is a wonderful place to get away from the stresses and noise of the real world. We help with haying and gardening if we want physical activity or simply sit and enjoy the sunsets, beaches and lake activities.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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  • Main house from dock

    Main house from dock

  • living room

    living room

  • 1st floor den

    1st floor den

  • dining room looking toward living room

    dining room looking toward living room

  • breakfast nook off kitchen

    breakfast nook off kitchen

  • grilling and al fresco dining deck looking east toward Green Mountains

    grilling and al fresco dining deck looking east toward Green Mountains

  • spiral staircase to cupola

    spiral staircase to cupola

  • master bath with separate shower and toilet

    master bath with separate shower and toilet

  • 2nd floor bedroom with double bed

    2nd floor bedroom with double bed

  • running and walking paths

    running and walking paths

  • fun on the sandy beach

    fun on the sandy beach

  • spectacular sunsets

    spectacular sunsets

  • livingroom from second story

    livingroom from second story

  • 1st floor den as bedroom with double futon

    1st floor den as bedroom with double futon

  • kitchen view into living room

    kitchen view into living room

  • east deck off living room and kitchen

    east deck off living room and kitchen

  •  master bedroom with east facing deck

    master bedroom with east facing deck

  • 2nd floor bedroom with queen and private deck

    2nd floor bedroom with queen and private deck

  • pastoral views abound

    pastoral views abound

  • sandy beaches

    sandy beaches

  • sunset from sandy beach

    sunset from sandy beach

  • dog heaven

    dog heaven

VRBO #354501

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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