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Thousand Island Park Quiet Cottage w/2 Master Bedrooms, 200 yrds from Swim Cove

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12) High Season rents Sunday to Sunday

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 (one on each floor), a third bedroom downstairs with a set of bunk beds, and a large loft bedroom for the kids upstairs with four singles and a double. 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 park like area for the kids to run and play in directly across from the cottage. It's also less than 200 yards away from the Park's 'Swimming Cove', a sandy beach, with a shallow swimming area and 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 furniture, 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 over 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, Fishers Landing, 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, Walleye 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 Island, miniture golf, live concerts and shows, and one of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters in New York State.

A 5 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 visit 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. You can also 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 and boat 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. The Park Yacht Club offers sailing and kayaking lessons and races. There is a 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, kids costume parade, fishing derbies and a community triathlon. Take advantage of all of these, or just relax 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.

High Season rentals are Sunday to Sunday.

Keywords: Cottage, Thousand Island Park, Wellesley Island, Thousand Islands, 1000 Islands, TI ParK, vacation rental, historic, beautiful, quiet, restful, quaint, large, comfortable, historic, relaxing, family

More Details

Matt Withers
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Matt Withers

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.

Matt Withers purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Matt Withers chose Wellesley Island

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Wellesley Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 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. Linen/Towel service available at an additional charge.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
The cottage has 2 Master bedrooms on ground floor each with queen bed. This floor also has 3rd bedroom with bunk bed set, full bath, laundry room, eat-in kitchen/family room, pantry, 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 at additional cost. Cottage view is of the State Park Golf Course, two tennis courts, and a forever green area the kids can play in. 200 yrds away is the Park's sandy beach 'Swimming Cove'. All of T.I. Park within easy walking distance including restaurant, pub, ice cream parlor, library with story hour, adult supervised kids games, grocery, museum, movies, etc.


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Thousand Island Park Quiet Cottage w/2 Master Bedrooms, 200 yrds from Swim Cove
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Scratch Pad - Charming and comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family group gathered for a week and thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere of the island. The cottage was perfectly located, close to everything we needed. There was plenty of room for everyone to spread out. The wrap around porch was great for lounging and enjoying the ambiance. The kitchen was well stocked with everything needed. It was great having the washer and dryer to avoid hauling lots of dirty laundry back home. Matt was very welcoming on our arrival and advised us of local attractions that we should take in. Everyone we met on the island were so friendly and shared the history and unique features of this charming place. And everyone knew Scratch Pad! Seems like we shared a piece of history for that week and we will definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Wendy. It was a pleasure hosting you and your family. We hope you'll visit again. Best regards, Matt
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Rochester, NY Monroe County

Great Week at the Scratch Pad

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoy our stay at the cottage. Great location for relaxing at the River. Kitchen was fully equipped with all you needed. The location was great being close to the cove for swimming and having some tennis courts right across the street. A lot of room for grandchildren to play. Very quiet at all the times of the day. Very clean and it was a bless to have a washer and dryer. That upstairs loft was great for the grandchildren who loved it and there parents joined them for a few nights. We enjoy the wrap around porch and spent plenty of time sitting on it and enjoying the great weather. We are look forward to renting it again next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words Dick. It was nice to host you all. Glad you'll be coming back next year! Best regards, Matt
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Pittsford, NY USA

Perfect for kids AND adults!

  • 5 of 5

My family - now grown and dispersed - loves the Thousand Islands and misses our regular forays there. Scratch Pad was the perfect place to gather again for a fabulous two weeks. The description is exactly right and helped convince us this would be a great place for little kids - the open field across the "street" was the site of ad hoc softball games; the swimming hole, playground, pavilion, and ice cream shop were the perfect distance away; the tennis courts were a great place for a little practice; the golf course was so close; the neighbors weren't right on top of us; and the layout of the house was perfect for the variety of families with kids and babies of various ages. The porch swing was a great favorite for all and we ended up eating most meals on the deck. Oh, and the hose bib in the front yard provided great fun for the little boys! The large number of fans were greatly appreciated and came in very handy during the 90+ degree days! Also, the boat slip that can be rented is absolutely protected and very accessible. The only little problem we had was with the refrigerator but Matt and his wife responded quickly to provide us with coolers and advice until he was able to make sure it was working properly. We had a GREAT time and loved Scratch Pad.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bonnie. It was great meeting you and George and your family. We're always happy to have folks like you in our cottage. I hope you'll visit us again next summer. Best regards, Matt
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North Brunswick, NJ

Nice, Charming and Quiet Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Very nice cottage, well maintained, clean and close to the lake. Though it was hot, but the owner has provided us with so many fans which helped us very much. The 2nd floor attic had so many beds. Our kids enjoyed the library reading books and watching the DVDs. Our parents enjoyed the porch. Would defnitely come back to this cottage if given a chance.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Uma and Ravi for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting your extended family and hope you will visit us again. Best Regards, Matt Withers
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Hilton NY

Wonderful family retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a great way to jump start Summer 2013! This charming cottage was everything we hoped for and had a large play area and tennis court across the street. Our grand kids loved the 2nd floor "dorm" and it easily accommodated our group of 10, including enough seating on the sectional sofa. Easy walking distance to The Guzzle and the beach. If you don't feel like walking, rent a golf cart located near the hotel. Thanks so much, Matt.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Doreen for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet your great family and to have them at Scratch Pad. I'm glad your visit to my cottage and to T.I. Park was such a good one. I hope you'll stay with us again. Best Regards, Matt
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United States

Excellent Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Good facility. Lots of beds. Near to tennis courts, water and alexandria bay. Owner is very nice. Will stay again...

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Parijat. It was a pleasure to meet your family and friends. We're glad you enjoyed our cottage and hope you'll stay with us again in the future. Best Regards, Matt Withers
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Cottage is 10 min drive from two PGA Golf Courses, the 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, Casino, Military reenactments, fine dining, bars, night clubs, miniature golf, go cart racing, helicopter/ balloon rides, dirt track races, scuba diving, horseback riding, drive-in movie theatre, live theatre, museums, Antique Boat Museum with speedboat rides, nature trails, Charity Casino, Minna Anthony Nature Center, Historical sites scuba diving, bike trails, kayaking, sailing lessons, tennis, indoor rock climbing, Aquaterium, etc


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Optional Linen Service $100
Optional 24' Boat Dock $100
Park Fee and Cleaning $275

Rates are subject to change until receipt of deposit. "Park Fee and cleaning" are mandatory charges. Optional Boat dockage nearby 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.
Trailer parking is available in the Park through the Park Corp. at an additional charge. Please inform me if you will be bringing a trailer.
The attached garage at the cottage is used for storage by the owner and Renter use of this garage is not included in the rental. Renters are responsible for supplying their own Linens and Towels unless the optional Linen/Towel service is chosen at an additional cost of $100./week. High Season rental is by the week only. Rental weeks start and end on a Sunday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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