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Peaceful & Warm Water... Beautiful cottage on the American Narrows

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Drive to the front door of a private island on Wellesley. Recently-built and decorated Elderberry Cottage has it all....LOCATION, privacy and all the conveniences....on the stunning American Narrows of the St. Lawrence River. Two bedrooms, three full baths, maxium sleeps 6, (plus outdoor shower), exercise room, fully appointed gourmet kitchen with dishwasher, washer & dryer in separate laundry room, stone patio with gas grill, large yard with volleyball net, open front porch overlooks passing ships, screened in back porch overlooks sensational sunsets on Densmore Bay, a very protected lagoon off the Main Channel with wide 30 foot dock, great for swimming, fishing, and boating, large open fire pit for evening bonfires, cable, and Wi-Fi. All this is within short distance to 36 holes of golf course and the Thousand Island Club. Everything is included (sheets & towels) including bikes and kayaks..... just bring yourselves,

Keywords: floating dock space, drive to island...recently built and decorated, fully equipped just bring you dopp kit

More Details

Martin Yenawine
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Martin Yenawine

We have been enjoying the River since were were teenagers , and now make it our primary residence. We enjoy entertaining our friends and showing new visitors the islands. We hope you can join us on our veranda for welcoming cocktails.

Martin Yenawine purchased this guest house in 1997

Why Martin Yenawine chose Wellesley Island

You can drive to Island....protected bay to dock our boat on our floating dock.... year-round access..... One of the best locations for seeing the ships past by on the American Narrows.

What makes this guest house unique

Very clean and well maintained...beautiful views from sun up to sundown...sitting porches...lovely walks.... and golf and restaurants in under 5 minutes in season... cozy cottage in the Fall and Winter months... ice fishing out the back door....


Wellesley Island Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks
  • 3
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Sleeping Porch - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeps 6 MAXIMUM!
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
  • 4 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
4 bicycles and 2 kayaks are available for use, sleeps six maximum, dining seats 6-8


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(15 traveler reviews)

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Peaceful & Warm Water... Beautiful cottage on the American Narrows
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

You couldn't ask for a better location or a friendlier owner to rent from! He made us feel at home. The house was perfect for us. 4 adults and 2 toddlers. The view of the St. Lawrence River was spectacular! The cove provided a perfect spot for kayaks and fishing! The fire pit was also a nice place to hang out and cook a meal. The boat ride was one of the highlights of our trip. We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review... Cappuccino is missing Sofia and Ava! It was a joy having all of you. Little voices especially brightened the Island for me. I too hope you return soon!
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Don't book this cottage! I want to make sure I can rent it every year!

  • 5 of 5

Marty (and mostly "Cappy" the dog) are great hosts. The cottage is set in a beautiful spot with all the extras you don't have to worry about bringing. This is a big plus to not have to bring utensils, linens, etc. The cottage is very roomy and nicely furnished. Our family still lives close to the area but my husband and I have moved to Texas 30+ years ago. We rent a cottage every year for a mini family get together. This was our first time at this cottage but will definitely be our FIRST consideration when booking every year. So please do not book your reservation the second week in September:)! Thank you again Marty and Cappy for letting us enjoy your beautifully located cottage. We had a WONDERFUL time.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was our pleasure to have you with us... thx m&c
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Perfect Location and Excellent Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Marty and his family and friends were so welcoming. The dockage could not be better!

Plenty of places to roam, fish, be alone, or join the crowd. Marty took a two day trip and offered his office (front porch) to us. We took advantage and it is amazing! The big ships come within 300 yds.

Thanks Marty and Cappie!

Ed and Kathy Labulis.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC

Amazing setting and gracious host. Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year in a row we stayed at the cottage and it didn't disappoint us. I don't think you can find a better host on Wellesley Island than Marty and the grounds are beautiful. If you decide to rent a boat then there is no shortage of dock space to park it. Clean, spacious, and he truly wants you to have the best vacation on his own little island paradise. Thank you Marty, again, for everything. We had a blast and are already looking forward to 4th of the July 2018!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to see you all again! With love and thanks m
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Our St.Lawrence River Home

  • 5 of 5

What else can I say other than what other 5-star raters have said. It is all true with so much more *** AMAZING Owners & Property. My family is from the "River" and I have always considered myself a St. Lawrence River Kid even at age 57, so getting back if only for a week is really special to me and my wife. It felt just like family when we first met Linda & Marty this week. We have been here not even 3 whole days yet and we decided we are coming back same time next year. After this week I would definitely consider this our second home for our future vacations if they will have us. Thanks again Linda & Marty for everything, We Love You Guys, Dan and Donna King

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

The finest accommodations in the 1000 Islands

  • 5 of 5

Four of us spent a splendid week at Elderberry Cottage in August. My husband and I previously owned a cottage on Wellesley Island and know the area very well while our friends were first-timers. Linda and Marty are the ideal hosts--they are right there if you need anything but absolutely respectful of your privacy. The cottage is very well equipped, especially in the kitchen, where all the basics are there to enable you to cook in as much as you like without spending a lot for condiments and flour for example. We especially appreciated the kayaks, swimming in the protected cove, the barbecue, and perhaps most of all, seeing the huge freighters coming and going close enough to clearly see the seamen aboard. The region is one of the truly unique places left in the US, unspoiled by the sameness so typical of most vacation places, with plenty to do and one couldn't make a better choice than this to enjoy it. Be sure to visit the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wellesley Island State Park
There is a wonderful Nature Center and great easy to moderate hiking trails and for the wint...
Thousand Islands Club Restaurant
Great place for inside cocktails and bar menu or outside dining... summer peak demand someti...
Keewaydin State Park campground
Marina and Swimming Pool
Boldt Castle
Historic Castle and Museum
The Wellesley Hotel & Restaurant
Some summers it has been terrific dining and others???? you can bike up River to TI Park abo...
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Watertown, NY

A new Price Chopper Grocery store is located at exit 50 toward A-Bay on Rt 12 and open 24 hours .... it's off the last exit before the Toll Booths, the 1000 Island Bait Store is at exit 50 toward Clayton where you can pick up bait and NY and Ontario fishing licenses... Wellesley Island State Park and Nature Center, Adirondack Park, Kingston and Southern Ontario including Ottawa for easy day trips


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

Great for families or couples who just want to get away and relax... Ships pass by within a nine iron shot... the cottage is fully equipped and supplied with paper products and linens.... plenty of protected dock space and 2.5 to 4 foot draw off the American Narrows. Kayaks and bikes are available for guest use. Very easy access, few steps and the Cottage is on one level.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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