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Quiet Cottage W/ 2 Master Bedrooms, 200 Yards from Swim Cove

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Our Scratch Pad cottage is on Centennial Ave. in Thousand...


Last updated: 03/31/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)

Our comfortable 1000 Island Park cottage sleeps 10 and is ideal for large or extended families. It offers two Master bedrooms on the ground floor, each with queen sized beds. There are two full baths, a third bedroom downstairs with a set of bunk beds, and a large loft bedroom for the kids upstairs. It is located within easy walking distance to everything in the Park, yet it is in a quite area away from the 'packed in like sardines' cottages where you can't have a conversation without all the neighbors overhearing. This cottage offers privacy and lots of room to spread out while overlooking the State Park Golf Course, tennis courts and a large forever green area for the kids to run and play in within sight of the cottage. It's also 200 yards away from the Park's 'Swimming Cove', a sandy beach, with a shallow swimming area with a floating swim platform. The cottage has a laundry room, pantry, kitchen with Fridge,microwave, range, coffee maker, etc., a Fischer wood stove, a dining area and living room with cable tv, dvd, cd stereo system and Wi-Fi. The wrap around porch has wicker furnishings, picnic table, porch swing, rocking chairs, and two Weber charcoal grills.

Kickback, relax and enjoy swaying on the wicker porch swing with a cocktail in one hand and an arm around your honey and just watch the world go by. Or sit in the shade of the porch and read a good book. If the weather turns bad, enjoy a good read from the selection provided, pick one of a hundred movies from the cottage DVD library, or play one of the board games available in the cottage with the kids. There's something for everyone to do.

Our cottage is named 'Scratch Pad' after the family printing business and has been owned by my family for over 40 years. You'll find that it has everything to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Grill a great steak on the Weber, dine al fresco at the picnic table on the porch, then take a leisurely stroll down to the Guzzle for an ice cream cone for dessert. Afterwards, walk down the street to the Tabernacle for a free movie before heading back to your cottage for a great nights sleep.
If you enjoy golf, there is a fun 9 hole course just yards away from the cottage. If you're looking for more of a challenge, a 10 minute drive to the opposite end of the Island brings you to the Thousand Island Club. Here you will find two PGA caliber 18 hole courses, Clubhouse, Pro Shop and casual and fine dining restaurants.
Just 10-15 minutes over the bridge on the Mainland, are the towns of Alexandria Bay and Clayton where you can find a great assortment of good restaurants, bars, and night clubs for dancing, music, or shows. From these towns you can also take an international boat tour to Boldt Castle on Heart Island or to Singer Castle on Dark Island. Or hire a fishing guide to go after a record Muskie, Northern Pike or Bass, or just enjoy one of the Guide's famous 'Shore Dinners'. You can also visit the largest antique boat museum in the world, where you can take a ride on an antique speed boat. You will also find all sorts of gift, jewelry, antique, and clothing shops, boat rentals, go-carting, hot air balloon rides, winery and distillery tours, the Minna Anthony Nature Center on Wellesley, the Aquazoo, Mazeland, live concerts and shows, and one of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters in New York State.
A 10 minute drive from the cottage will also bring you to the Canadian border. Just a few minutes drive further, you will find the towns of Brockville, Gananoque, and Kingston. Here you can find the Charity Casino, Fort Henry with elaborate military displays and 'Tattoo" reinactments with fireworks, and fife and drum shows put on by the Fort Henry Guard Cadet Corp made up of college cadets, or visit Upper Canada Village with daily reenactments of days gone by. You will also find dirt track races, water parks, an Aquaterium, indoor rock climbing walls, bike trails, trolly tours. kayak rentals, marinas, and ghost walks, along with many more great restaurants, shops, and entertainment opportunities including B-B-Q competitions, Hydroplane races, Busker's Weekend, and Farmers Markets.
T.I. Park itself has a lot to offer. You won't even have to leave the Park for a fine dining at the Wellesley Hotel restaurant with downstairs pub, boutique gift shops, museum with golf cart and cottage tours, library with children's story hours, fishing or sunbathing at the Main Dock, Catholic Mass and Protestant church services on Sundays in the Tabernacle, Rock Ridges nature hiking trail, daily adult supervised kids lawn games and dance, art, and tennis lessons, Yacht Club with sailing and kayaking lessons and races, Marina with gas and bait, the Guzzle ice cream parlor and grocery, golf cart rentals, and numerous community events including the Strawberry Festival, concerts on the lawn, and kids costume parades, fishing derbies and triathlon. Take advantage of all of these, or sit on a bench and watch the ships glide past in the Main Channel. Or you can just rock on your porch in the shade and enjoy the fresh air and good conversation with family and friends. Scratch Pad offers it all.

Keywords: Cottage, Thousand Island Park, Wellesley Island, Thousand Islands, vacation rental, historic, beautiful, quiet, restful, quaint, large, comfortable,
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/31/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age of 21 to rent...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 Master Bedrooms each with Queen sized bed, Double Beds (1) One in Loft bedroom on second floor., Twin or Single Beds (4) 4 in Loft bedroom on second floor, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Roll away available on second floor, Bunk Beds (1) 1 set in third bedroom on ground floor...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 'Scratch Pad' cottage has two Master bedrooms on ground floor each with queen bed. This floor also has third bedroom with bunk bed set, full bath, laundry room, eat-in kitchen/family room, pantry, and wood stove. Kitchen has coffee maker, microwave, garbage disposal, etc and comes fully equipped. There is cable tv, DVD,wi-fi, and cd stereo system. Wrap around porch has wicker furniture, porch swing, picnic table and Weber charcoal grill. Second floor has full bath and loft bedroom with 4 singles and a double bed. Rollaway cot available. Guests supply their own linens. Pillows, blankets, kitchen towels supplied. Bed linens available upon request. Cottage view is of the State Park Golf Course, two tennis courts, and a forever green area the kids can play in. 200 yards away is the community's sandy beach 'Swimming Cove'. All of T.I. Park within walking distance including restaurant, pub, ice cream parlor, library with story hour, adult supervised kids games, grocery, museum, movies, etc....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    DVD library available...moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Golf Course View:

    State Park 9 hole Golf Course just yards away...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided:


  • Parking Off Street:

    Private parking beside house....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Optional through T.I. Park Corp....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • Cooking Utensils:

    plates, silverwear, pots, pans, etc. all available...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Microwave, coffee maker, stove, refridgerator, waffle iron...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Bicycles:

    Bikes can be rented at the Main Dock in T.I. Park...moreless

  • Boat:

    Can be rented locally...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wrap around 3 sides deck furnished with wicker furniture, rockers, porch swing, and picnic table...moreless

  • Golf:

    State Park 9 hole course is literally 50 yards away. Two PGA caliber courses are available at the other end of Wellesley Island at the Thousand Island Club....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Can be rented at the Main Dock in T.I. Park...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber Charcoal Grill available...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Courts are 150 feet away...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 6 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Boat Dockage up to 24' $100
  • Park Fee and Cleaning $275
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500


Rates are subject to change until receipt of deposit. "Park Fee and cleaning" are mandatory charges. Boat dockage near by is available for boats up to 24' in length at an additional charge of $100./week. Dockage is only available to cottage renters during their rental week and advance notice is required. Trailer parking is not allowed at the rental cottage.

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Last updated: 03/31/2017
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Cottage is 10 min drive from two PGA Golf Courses, Canadian border, Alexandria Bay, and Clayton where you can find boat tours, Boldt Castle, Dark Island and Singer Castle tours, fishing guides and World Class Fishing, Fishing Tournaments, boat rentals, water skiing, fine dining, bars, night clubs, Aqua Zoo, minuture golf, go carts, helicopter/ balloon rides, scuba diving, horseback riding, drive-in movie theatre, live theatre, museums, Antique Boat Museum with speedboat rides, nature trails, Charity Casino, etc


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1980

About the owner: Our 'Scratch Pad' cottage has been owned and enjoyed by our family for nearly 40 years. Before my folks could afford their own cottage in this 'Garden of the Gods' as the Native Americans called it, we rented cottages in the Park. We never missed a summer. When an opportunity came up to buy a cottage, they invested. A few years later, as our family grew and kids began starting their own families, we bought what is now Scratch Pad, to handle us all. When purchased, the cottage received a near total make over to what it looks like today.

Why the Owner Chose Wellesley Island, NY, USA:
It's a family affair for us at the Park. I have my mother, two sisters and a brother and their families each owning their own cottage in the Park. My wife and I, along with our three children, also have a second cottage where we spend our summers. This allows us to invite family and friends to visit and stay at Scratch Pad, or to offer it for rent. We've hosted wedding parties, family reunions, 50th Wedding Anniversaries, Thanksgivings and Christmases, and all kinds of celebrations at this cottage. My family loves to come up in the winter to stay at the cottage and snowmobile around town. It's quiet, beautiful, and toasty warm in the cottage with our wood burning Fischer stove.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
My kids enjoy inviting their friends up to T.I.Park for a visit and being able to introduce them to the natural beauty and fun of 'the River' and of Thousand Island Park. They love to tube behind our boat, paddle their double kayak over to South Bay and back, fish for 'Sunnys' off the dock, swim at the Cove, sunbath at the Main Dock with the other teens, work at the movie theater, and meet their friends at the fire pit at night. My wife and I enjoy inviting friends over after dinner to sit on our porch with a glass of wine or two, to talk, tell stories and jokes, or play cards or a board game til it's too dark to see. We also enjoy walking up to the Wellesley Hotel for a great meal served on their porch, joining trivia night in the Pub, taking visitors for boat rides to point out the famous landmarks on the River, going to the Clayton Opera House for a show, and making a run across the border for the great Canadian beer we can't get in the US. We've seen the Northern Lights several times from the porch of Scratch Pad and that never grows old. You can just see the lights of the bridge too. We've taken advantage of all the room around us by flying kites, playing wiffle ball, tossing a frisbee, setting up a volley ball net for a family tournament, tossing lawn darts, or learning to ride bikes. There's plenty of room to do just about anything at Scratch Pad.

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Calendar last updated: 03/31/2017

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  • Our Scratch Pad cottage is on Centennial Ave. in Thousand...

    Our Scratch Pad cottage is on Centennial Ave. in Thousand...

  • Dining table into living area with cable tv, DVD, stereo system, and Wi-Fi.

    Dining table into living area with cable tv, DVD, stereo system, and Wi-Fi.

  • Bunk room (2 beds) on the ground floor

    Bunk room (2 beds) on the ground floor

  • T.I. Park Library

    T.I. Park Library

  • Tabernacle is used for Mass, Protestant Services, movies and community events.

    Tabernacle is used for Mass, Protestant Services, movies and community events.

  • Rock Island Lighthouse in front of T.I. Park

    Rock Island Lighthouse in front of T.I. Park

  • Boldt Castle Power House at sunset

    Boldt Castle Power House at sunset

  • Scratch Pad front porch swing

    Scratch Pad front porch swing

  • Part of the loft bedroom on the second floor of Scratch Pad

    Part of the loft bedroom on the second floor of Scratch Pad

  • T.I. Park Main Dock and Marina

    T.I. Park Main Dock and Marina

  • T.I. Park Gazebo, built and donated to the Park by my father.

    T.I. Park Gazebo, built and donated to the Park by my father.

  • The World Famous "Guzzle" Ice Cream Parlour

    The World Famous "Guzzle" Ice Cream Parlour

  • Crystal Bay Boathouses on T. I. Park

    Crystal Bay Boathouses on T. I. Park

  • Laker passing under American span of the Thousand Island Bridge

    Laker passing under American span of the Thousand Island Bridge

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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