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Peaceful & Warm Water... Fall season on the American Narrows

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 30, 2017

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 cottage in 1997

Why Martin Yenawine chose Thousand Islands

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 cottage 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 Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • 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 ...
  • 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 10 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) Sleep 6 MAXIUM!
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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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(13 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
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: Jun 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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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: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Sep 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: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frederick, MD

Simply Magical!

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation at Elderberry Cottage was relaxing, restorative and beautiful. I was in a party of six, myself, my husband and our children aged 6, 8, 9 and 10. Each of us was taken with the house and grounds and enjoyed the amenities provided by our gracious hosts. We spent lots of time enjoying the natural setting, kayaking the inlet, fishing galore and hanging out in hammocks or by the fire pit. The location is close to many of the area attractions with convenient access to Boldt castle and gorgeous state parks. The kitchen is well appointed and the grocery is not far at all. In fact, it is amazing how close things are because when you are on Wellesley Island, you feel far from all of the trappings of modern times. The owners were nearby if needed and helpful and even went so far as to provide passes to the Boat Museum, hints, directions and even a lesson on how to filet a fish. The cottage and grounds are immaculately kept with lots to offer in the way of down-home entertainment. You could have a great time without ever leaving the property. This vacation ranks at the top of our "favorites list" and we look forward to revisiting again in the future. That says a lot considering that pleasing six distinct personalities is no small feat!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Location!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Elderberry Cottage and it is difficult to know where to start. Everything about this rental is exactly as described -- only better than you imagined it might be. We would agree with everything that has already been written in the other reviews. In the interest of brevity, we'll focus on three things.

The first is the location. Situated on a tiny island adjacent to Wellesley Island, this cottage feels private and secluded while, at the same time, placing you in the very heart of the Thousand Islands area. As advertised, you really are on Millionaire's Row. (We took one of the commercial boat tours out of nearby Alexandria Bay, and as it finished its pass down Millionaire's Row and turned to continue the tour, we were amused to look over our shoulders and see the front door of our cottage a hundred yards or so from the boat!) This is the perfect location from which to explore the entire area. I-81 is only a few minutes drive up the island, giving easy access to shopping, restaurants, and all of the nearby attractions.

One thing that may not come across from the description is how idyllic the site is. The grounds are beautifully tended and offer numerous spots to gather and sit and enjoy the trees, the bird calls, and the water or, if you are just in the mood for solitude, places to enjoy the peace and quiet and read a book or watch the ships go by. We filled our time with sight-seeing with our two teenage boys, but I am already looking forward to coming back here just to enjoy some quiet relaxation.

What really made our visit special, however, was the warmth and generosity of the owners, Martin and Linda. You can tell that they love living here and love sharing this place with friends, family, and guests. We were greeted warmly on arrival and they were kind enough to take time out of a busy day to give us a private boat tour of the river and nearby islands. Although the arrangements were perfect and we needed nothing extra during our stay, we are sure that they would have gone to great lengths to accommodate us, while at the same time being very respectful of our privacy. We enjoyed chatting with them on several occasions. One of the things to which we will most look forward when we return will be renewing our acquaintance with them.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your wonderful and kind words. We love sharing this part of the world, what we call "a hidden treasure" and appreciate those that see the same. We so enjoyed meeting you and your family even though it was for a short stay. AND, Thank you again for putting up with our excitement, of a visiting porcupine, a first and hopefully last visit! We do hope you can come back, stay longer and enjoy all the many more spots to visit.
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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
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.

Dates (sat. to sat.) are secured with a non-refundable** $1275 check deposit. Balance of $1350 including the cleaning fee due 3 weeks before occupancy with a refundable security check of $500. Security check returned, as long as there are no damages to property. ** If notified 3 weeks prior to rental date and if cottage can be rented for that date, a portion of of the deposit may be refundab

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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