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Large Beachfront Family Cottage on Sandy Beach at Colchester Point

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 1,824 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 6 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

Wake up to gentle breezes and the sound of lapping waves against the beach, relax over coffee on the glassed dining porch or snuggle into a comfy wicker chair on the enclosed front porch just steps from a sandy beach and the waters of Lake Champlain. Plan your day of relaxation: Take a canoe out (we have two), be a 'beach walker or sitter', bike to Burlington or along the causeway viewing the Islands via the Burlington Bike path. Hiking trails, tennis courts, children's play area, soccer fields, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and more are nearby at Colchester Airport Park (one mile away). Relax, enjoy and make memories to last a lifetime.

Welcome to our rustic family lake cottage and use this as your base camp to go forth and explore.

Keywords: Six Bedrooms, large living room, expansive front porch, windowed dining area, 1825 sq. ft., family gatherings, sandy bottom swimming

More Details

John Cunningham
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About John Cunningham

Sons and daughters, born 1943 - 1950 of a prominent Burlington physician, siblings and their families have maintained the large, rustic beachfront cottage for over 65 years. The five owners have shared this six-bedroom camp during the summer months, bringing spouses, children, and grandchildren to this pristine beach community with excellent neighbors. Traveling from California, Florida, Maine, Western New York and Southern Vermont, the extended families enjoy relaxing away from their busy lives as doctors, professors, psychologists and educators at the Big Yellow Camp with the broadest view of Lake Champlain on Colchester Point.

John Cunningham purchased this cottage in 1949

Why John Cunningham chose Malletts Bay

A singular stretch of light sand beach, bracketed by prominent slate and cedar points, the Cunningham Camp faces the broad lake with a wrap around porch view of Camel's Hump mountain near Stowe, VT to Port Kent, NY, the western terminus of the Lake Champlain Ferry that links Burlington to New York and the Adirondack Mountains. This broad lake view attracted our father and mother to build the Camp in 1948. Three generations of Cunninghams have summered here and now are inviting others to share in the magic of a Colchester Point beachfront vacation.

What makes this cottage unique

Just 15 minutes from Burlington, named one of the top ten small cities in the U.S., by car and only 30 minutes by bicycle on rail-to-trail path along the lake shore, the camp is both convenient and private. The bike trail extends past Colchester Point well out into Malletts Bay, providing some of the most picturesque walking, running, or biking in New England. Boating, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing are as easy as sliding the watercraft into the water from the soft sand beach.

Internal space, with an Adirondack style, is enhanced by vaulted, two-story living room ceiling, knotty pine walls, a very large dining porch that catches the early morning light, and an even larger front porch with that breath-taking wrap-around view - -extending down the lake beyond the horizon. This vacation home is 'paradise found'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Camp Cunningham provided a great family getaway! Naps on the beach, yoga with Camel Hump Mountain as a majestic background, canoeing from the beach (literally steps away from the front door). We loved the 100% Vermont decor; natural pine wood walls, wood floors and an absolutely one-of-a-kind driftwood full size bed in one of the six bedrooms. We will be back!
Sep 2011
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Malletts Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1824 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please print out the Rental Agreement and House Rules, sign and date it and mail it to: Cunningham Camp, LLC 10 Waldron Dr. Scarborough, ME 04074
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet and Sink
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Sink, Shower
  • 1.5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Front bedroom with lake view.
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Large Beachfront Family Cottage on Sandy Beach at Colchester Point
average rating of 4.909091 based on 12 reviews
Boston, MA

Great place for a perfect week

  • 5 of 5

We’ve rented 3 years in a row. Rustic camp in great location. Wonderful

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kevin, for your kind review. We are delighted to share our special family place on Lake Champlain with your family year after year. The Cunningham Family
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Great Family Getaway Location

  • 4 of 5

Cottage is rustic, but clean, well equipped and spacious! Location is great for biking and visiting area attractions or just kicking back on the beach - just outside the door!

We had a great week!

Thank you Cunningham Family!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Beautiful location for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Simple (not luxurious) camp house, in a wonderful Lake Champlain location. Very nice location for families with bikes. In same family since 1948. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that your family enjoyed our lake house and wish to return for a third consecutive summer.
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A memorable week on beautiful Lake Champlain

  • 5 of 5

The house worked great for the 12 of us - eight adults and four small children. Six bedrooms, all with very comfortable beds, a great porch looking out on the lake, an eating area just off the kitchen that worked extremely well. The living room is large and well equipped,although with the excellent weather we didn't use it that much. The kitchen isn't large but worked just fine - a large refrigerator, lots of utensils and dishes, and well located in the house. The bathrooms are small but worked just fine, and there is an outdoor shower with hot and cold water that we used a lot. It is a great location, right on the shore of Lake Champlain, friendly neighbors, plenty of parking space. We would rent this again!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Peaceful and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Just as promised. Local family beach house (camp) in the family for 7 decades. Great casual place

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week on Colchester Point. The camp is bright, the kitchen well equipped and the beach sandy and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Burlington International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Lake Champlain Ferries - Burlington to Port Kent
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Essex Jct. VT
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Interstate 89
Nearest Beach
You are on it!
Nearest Point of Interest
Bike Path
Nearest Point of Interest
Airport Recreational Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Sunset Drive-In
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Burlington
Nearest Point of Interest
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
Nearest Point of Interest
Stowe Recreation Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Service per week $220
Property Damage Protection $59

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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