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Sunsets over Lake Champlain

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 160' West Facing Lakefront

Quintessential lakefront cottage style year round home, incredibly outfitted for the ultimate getaway. Hardwood floors, main bath with heated copper slate floor and 5' glass shower. Renovated morning sun filled kitchen with great working area and high end appliances, lots of cooking and baking equipment, glassware, serving and entertaining pieces. Living/dining area is 28' long and features a brick fireplace, west facing wall of multi-paned windows and doors opening to deck which is only 20' from the water's edge. Sunroom is accessed from living/dining area and overlooks patio with built in stone enclosed charcoal grill perched above the lake and next to ramp offering direct access to the water. Main attached garage hosts washer, dryer and second refrigerator, while the second garage provides storage for the two kayaks and multiple outdoor games and bikes.

John Kralik
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2018

About John Kralik

Our current full time residence is in the Hudson Valley area of New York, about 90 minutes north of Manhattan along the Hudson River. We bought the lake house as a long term plan for retirement and just began renting in 2011 due to lack of time allowed by demanding jobs. I'm Vice President of the Tonner Doll Company and my partner is Direct of Design and Construction for a college campus. We're from St. Clair, Michigan and Burlington, Vermont respectively and both grew up on the water-hence, this lake property. We looked at over 50 houses in the two year search and knew we would buy this house before we even got inside. All it took was a walk to the lake, a turn to see the lake side of the house and that was it.

John Kralik purchased this cottage in 2004

Why John Kralik chose Swanton

As stated above, owning a house on Lake Champlain was a long term goal for us both. Being in close proximity to family in the Burlington area, as well as everything Burlington and Vermont offer is very satisfying. We believe the house is in one of the best areas of the lake, with three miles of open water in front of the house facing directly west and looking at North Hero island, as well as the peninsula that forms West Swanton, also referred to as Hog Island. This part of the lake is very quiet, perfect for swimming, kayaking and water skiing. Several of our past guests have brought boats and tied them to our private mooring.

What makes this cottage unique

This house and property are very unique to the area. The exterior of the house is log sided, evoking a slightly Adirondack flair to the place and it's sited about 8' above and 20' back from the lake itself. As one family member stated when walking in the first time, 'the lake kind of smacks you in the face'. The stone barbeque was one of those unexpected details that just closed the deal for me. The fact that you're looking at Lake Champlain while grilling certainly doesn't hurt at all either.


Swanton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

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Sunsets over Lake Champlain
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

A Terrific Week

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have stayed at VRBO vacation homes for nigh unto 15 years now, and "Sunsets Over Lake Champlain" is the best, and not just for the location right on the water with its spectacular views of the sky and water and the mountains across the lake but also for its funky furnishings and everything that comes with them. The padded furniture is comfortable and there are six wonderful Adirondack chairs facing the lake. The walls and floors and mantels and cupboard tops are covered with art from around the world, everything from posters of New Yorker covers to animal statues from India and, I presume, Canada. The house is incredibly well stocked with every kind of dishes and glasses and tableware and cooking pans and whatever utensil you might need to cook any dish. The kitchen is well arranged with lots of counter space to make cooking easy. The garage contains a canoe and two kayaks and all the safety vests that you can use, and use them we did. Our dealings with Jack were always cordial, and we took him up on a number of recommendations for things to see and places to eat and we were never disappointed. We had a wonderful time, and if we ever vacation again in Vermont, it would be hard for us to even think about going anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Florida, NY

A perfect getaway stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this lovely cottage on the water. The location is perfect for day trips into Burlington as well as Montreal. We had hoped to ski but the weather did not cooperate. Regardless, we had plenty of options from touring to exploring to relaxing. The home offers every amenity needed and we enjoyed cooking in the ample kitchen and playing board games as a family in a relaxed setting. John and Jack are wonderful hosts and ensured that we had everything we needed for a perfect getaway. Their home is impeccable and tastefully decorated. We look forward to returning to this beautiful location to enjoy the summer fun that this cottage on the lake has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Burlington, Vermont

A Sunset Heaven

  • 5 of 5

The location of this cottage is beautiful in full close up view of Lake Champlain with spectacular sunsets every clear night. The cottage itself is very well equipped and comfortable, wonderful lighting and comfortable chairs for reading. Our favorite spot was the large deck with Adirondack chairs and a table and chairs to enjoy meals outside. The owners provide sheets and towels, WiFi access, dishwasher,microwave and washer /dryer and kayaks and grills. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this cottage and found it a very refreshing and relaxing experience. Our one concern, as an older couple who likes to kayak and swim, was the steep, stone access to the water. However, we did manage to get some wonderful kayak paddles in , one at sunset we will never forget!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flat Rock, North Carolina

Fourth of July Trip

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful lake house. The sunsets were incredible, and you could not ask for a more panoramic view of the water. The décor was a perfect blend of vintage charm with eclectic touches; The kitchen and master bathroom upgrades were particularly impressive!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsfield, MA

Gorgeous lake views, spacious and comfortable setting.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at this property and we could not ask for more. The setting is beautiful with gorgeous views of the lake, stunning sunsets and comfortable quarters. The location if off the beaten path yet easy access to grocery store, restaurants and great lake access. The lake is the prime attraction but on rainy days you can easily go to Montreal or Burlington. We chose to stay again as the peace of the surroundings is rehabilitating. The property has a unique sunroom that you just want to spend time inside looking over the lake. The house has many modern updates and has all you need to function as if it was your own place, kitchen, garage and patio. There are flat roads that you can eaasily bike on every day. The owners are responsive and easy to deal with. We certainly would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Autumn getaway

  • 4 of 5

This is a nice little cottage on the shores of Lake Champlain. Beautiful sunsets, lots of colourful leaves. Easy day trips to Burlington and Montreal. Also great hiking trails nearby. The cottage is clearly well-maintained and the owner was very responsive to questions.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
St. Albans
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 89
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
37 Miles
Smuggler's Notch
Car: recommended

The Mississquoi Wildelife preserve is directly across the street from the house and encompasses hundreds of actres of protected lands. The preserve is also reach via kayak about one half mile from the house via the lake and offers incredible birding and wildlife observation opportunities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.