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A Cottage on the Lake

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 3 on Lake Marion

This Scandinavian inspired beach cottage located on the banks of Lake Marion in East Marion offers water views from every angle. Situated just a 1/2 block from Gardiners Bay it’s an easy 5-minute stroll, either via beach or road, to a small, quiet community beach. But if all you’re looking for is some sand between your toes there’s a small bay beach located just steps from the front door.

The interior is awash in light with bleached wood floors and a white-washed, vaulted, wood ceiling. The furnishings are stylish and minimal with an eclectic mix of modern, Danish Modern, industrial and vintage. The living room opens out through French doors to a cozy screened porch. Throw open both doors to connect the living room and kitchen and view of the lake. The master bedroom has just what you need, a queen-sized bed with white Egyptian cotton bedding. And the back sitting room, with a small work table and daybed covered in cozy pillows, opens out through a set of French doors to a wood deck and Lake Marion. It's where you can grab a morning coffee, plan your day and watch the swans and geese go about their day. A hammock swings from the Maple tree, and a red canoe beckons to be taken for a spin. New modern appliances in the kitchen, WiFi, AC and a quiet ceiling fan, make your stay comfortable. No TV makes your stay peaceful.

It’s an easy walk or bike ride to the village market and farm-stand, and just a bit further to the local vineyard.

Stylish and casual. BlackBox is the perfect haven for a North Fork get-away for two.

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Joni Rentz
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 29, 2016

About Joni Rentz

The owners of BlackBox are both creative professionals. One, a photographer and ad agency creative director, the other, an interior stylist and stager. Both created the website, NorthForkScout in 2008, bringing their unique perspective on travel and lifestyle to the North Fork.


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A Cottage on the Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Idyllic cottage by a lake- steps to the bay

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is beautifully located by a glittering little lake and steps from the bay and sandy beaches. The design of the home and thoughtful touches are worthy of an upscale boutique hotel. From the cottage you can easily bike to Orient/Orient Point or Greenport, for a mix of spending time in the North Fork's natural beauty or dining/shopping. I especially enjoyed taking coffee in the morning on the back deck and ending the day in the hammock by the lake and moving to the screened porch for late evening reading. Every location was designed with elegance and comfort as a top priority.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully designed cottage on the lake

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week at the Black Box in July and had a hard time returning to city life. The interior is beautifully designed in grey and white Scandinavia meets antique sale style. There were small thoughtful touches that made everything more comfortable: tennis racquets when we'd forgotten ours, beach chairs, binoculars, and a tray to carry your drinks outside to the deck. We ditched our car most days and biked to Greenport, walked to tennis courts or the country store, or took brief canoe rides. Without a resident permit beachgoing on the North Fork can be difficult (and Lake Merion is not for swimming)--but Orient Point is open to non-residents and is not far. The view from the back den (with cozy daybed) and deck (chaise lounge) overlooking the lake was peaceful and quiet. We watched osprey dive for fish, and dozens of shore and songbirds. Despite the close proximity of neighboring houses on the residential street the house feels like a quiet coastal retreat but is very close to all the food and sightseeing of the North Shore. I would return every weekend if I could.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Staying at Joni's house was the most wonderful experience and perfect antidote to living in Beijing, China for the past 2 years. The house and location were amazing and Joni responded very quickly to any questions. I would rent this house again in a second. We spent three amazing weeks there and I wish it had been longer. The lake is wonderful for canoeing and the bay is just down the street for a quick morning or sunset dip. The house is well appointed with everything you need and is airy and light. I dream about sitting on the back deck with my morning coffee and watching the swan family swim by. The photos in this listing are 100% representative of the house and it's surroundings. It was so nice to be at a place that you felt comfortable in immediately, which made the entire stay perfect! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our week at the house, and in the quiet town of East Marion. It was our first time in the North Fork and we couldn't have picked a better base to experience the area. Joni's background in design clearly shows through--seldom does a locale so well approximate the photos advertising it. Though a small space, the top to bottom renovation smartly makes the best use of the three rooms. And the many windows and open doors created enough of a cross breeze that the air conditioning wasn't necessary during most of our trip. Though we did explore the surrounding villages (especially Greenport), we were just as happy to lounge around at the black box and cook in its kitchen. It couldn't have been more comfortable, and Joni is extraordinarily accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our 6 year old son and we all fell in love with the perfect little black box house. It had the minimal efficiency of a boat paired with an easy perfect style in every detail that made you relax even more.

We were already big NOFo fans but did not know lake Marion and this very charming location. Could not have enjoyed it more!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Cottage in Gorgeous Setting

  • 5 of 5

My husband I came here for a weekend getaway. We couldn't have been more pleased. The serene setting let us relax and unwind. The porch looks out onto a lake with swans swimming about. The house is small but the style and design make up for the small size; everything has its place and it works. The neighborhood is picture perfect; we really enjoyed walking around and strolling to the nearby beaches. Joni was also helpful with questions and had left an awesome binder with weekend activities which we happily followed. We hope to be back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
3.5 Miles
Cross Sound Ferry-CT & North Ferry-Shelter Island
Nearest Golf
1.3 Miles
Island's End Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
3.5 Miles
Long Island Rail Road in Greenport
Nearest Motorway
37 Miles
Long Island Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
3.2 Miles
Frisky Oyster
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
East Marion Gardiner's Bay Beach


Rates & Availability

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7 night minimum stay

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Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning Fee $100

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East Marion Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Modern bathroom with all new fixtures. Rain shower and hand held shower heads + Outdoor shower is available.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Can be used as a sitting room or work space.
  • Master bedroom has a modern, queen sized bed with down pillows and white Egyptian cotton bedding. Two bedside tables, each with reading lights + a small closet with hanging shelves. The second bedroom has a twin sized antique iron bed with white Egyptian cotton bedding + lots of large down pillows + a small writing desk and butterfly chair.
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Beach chairs, umbrella and mats provided for your beach excursions.

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