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The Drake Cottage at Thousand Island Park, New York

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-10)

We are now taking reservations for Summer, 2018

Our cottage is an Eastlake Victorian built in 1885. It is quite spacious with larger rooms than many cottages. The screened in wrap around porch provides bug free evenings of relaxation and conversation.. The cottage is located three houses toward the River from the Tabernacle. We have parking for two cars directly behind the cottage. Additional visitors may park their cars at the Tabernacle Parking lot. The beds are comfortable. Ceiling fans in the kitchen and the living room and fans for bedrooms should they be needed.

Thousand Island Park, established in 1875, is a Victorian Community on Wellesley Island in the heart of 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River. The Victorian homes retain the timeless charm of earlier days celebrating family togetherness and soft summer memories. . The Tabernacle which was originally the heart of the Park, has a Catholic Service at 8am and a Protestant Service at 10am each Sunday. The Tabernacle also doubles for live musical performances as well as movies MWF, free of charge(just bring a can of food for the homeless). Often there are children's art camps and activities during the week. There are speakers and entertainment on special occasions open to all.

Children 6/7 and older have daily, supervised games of softball, kickball, and soccer on the Green at the Four Corners.

Access to the Island is over an International Bridge. The Bridge is from the mainland of New York State and connects on the other side of the island to Canada. The Wellesley Hotel, a block from the cottage, serves excellent nightly meals. A small cafe below the main dining room, called The Pub, often provides entertainment by local musicians. Light foods are also available.

Your cottage is located on the main street within easy walking distance to all amenities of the Park.

A LARGE SCREENED IN WRAP AROUND PORCH provides a distant view of the St. Lawrence with rocking chairs, a glider, a swing, and a picnic table for meals or games. The porch is an ideal place to read, chat, or just relax and enjoy the serenity of TI Park.

We have five comfortable bedrooms (two King beds, two Queens, and a Double). A landing at the top of the stairs has two twin beds. The cottage comfortably sleeps nine. The first floor features a living room, dining room, den(with a futon), a half bath, with a washer and dryer. The kitchen has all the utensils for cooking, complete with staples, and a pantry for your groceries.

YOU WON'T FEEL CROWDED IN THIS COTTAGE...a spacious, comfortable interior awaits you.

A new rule of the Corporation prevents parking in front of cottages on St. Lawrence Ave. Therein lies a great advantage to our cottage, which has parking directly behind the back entrance to the cottage. You will not have to park in a distant lot and trek items to your cottage.

Keywords: Eastlake Victorian Home

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018


Our first summer at Thousand Island Park began in 1958. My parents, our dog and me, were all crammed into our station wagon, along with bedding, towels, boxes of food, kitchen utensils, and a vast array of home furnishings. The drive from Syracuse seemed endless. As Dad pulled the car up to the front entrance, i climbed out of the back seat and was awestruck looking up at this wonderful Victorian house. It was love at first sight, and a new River Rat was born. I grew up spending summers here and then have been fortunate to have my sons come every summer and now their children come to swim, play in the park and make new friends.

NATE DENVER purchased this cottage in 1958

Why NATE DENVER chose Thousand Island Park

The Park has a mystical hold on many of us who have such good memories of times past. Each year provides a new opportunity to reconnect with 'summer friends', share time with invited visitors who've heard me talk endlessly of the wonderful times at The Islands. And always The River is there to calm my soul and nourish my being. The Children's Park is just down the street toward the River with sand play, climbing structures, swings, see/saw, swings, a circle spin, and a tall pole with handles to run and spin around the pole.

What makes this cottage unique

It is an easy drive to Canada or the mainland for 'touristy' activities. You can visit Clayton or Alex Bay for local shops and ware. There is now a large Price Chopper just before the Bridge, as well as grocery stores on Rt.12 on the road to either Clayton or Alexandria Bay. For personal time you cannot beat the front porch. The screens allow for bug free conversations, games, and meals. The lot behind the cottage keeps your car close by and allows a more pleasurable view of the front yard. Look down the street to the River and watch the Ships go by. The Main Dock has Coffee and homemade scones to purchase and then sit and relax at the River's edge or up on the Pavilion. Bicycles and kayaks are for rent.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is our third stay at the Drake cottage. We love the interior colors, the large rooms and the beds were so comfortable. But our favorite part of the cottage is the porch. Rain or shine we spent much time relaxing, talking, eating, and just being together. The Park itself is so much fun for our children. They went to the main dock to swim, the movies at night, fishing, the games on the main field everymorning with Coach Price. It really was the perfect family vacation. Thanks again, we'll be back.
Jul 2010
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Thousand Island Park Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Bathroom off the den, toilet and sink, washer/dryer
  • Upstairs bathroom is quite large. There is a separate shower and claw foot tub.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Loft + Den - 2 twin/ single , The loft has two twin beds, the den has a 'full' futon
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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The Drake Cottage at Thousand Island Park, New York
average rating of 4.6 based on 6 reviews

Another Pleasant Stay in Thousand Island Park

  • 5 of 5

We have been going to T.I.P. for as long as I can remember for summer vacations, the last few years at the Drake Cottage. The whole environment (cottage + park) is very nice and relaxing. The only thing I find lacking in the cottage is a direct view of the channel (I'm a ship fan), but one can't have everything. The main dock is just a couple of minute walk away.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The beds are comfortable, the screened in porch is the best! The house has a lot of character. Thousand Island Park is a step back in time. It is a very safe and comfortable place to stay and visit. My family would return here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Thousand Island Park is a nice relaxing place to rest. We enjoyed sitting on the Adirondack chairs along the river in Clayton. Alex Bay also was a nice place to visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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St. James city, Fl

Tami and family

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this house for the past 4 yrs and it has help build lasting memories each year. A great porch to hang out and do puzzles, chat and watch people go by. Great location can walk to Guzzle for ice cream or penny candy, walk to playground, walk to the Tabernacle for movie night or weekend mass, walk down to the dock for a swim, bike to Tennis courts for a game of Tennis. The house has all the basics you need for a great vacation. We are looking forward to our 2 wk stay this coming summer 2012. The owner is is very helpful with any questions and concerns. Great for families!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saratoga Springs, NY

Perfect cottage for family vacations!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family has been vacationing in Thousand Island Park for nearly 20 years, many of those years we've stayed at this cottage, and we keep coming back! It is spacious and comfortable and has everything we need. The large screened-in porch is perfect for eating, and relaxing with plenty of space for everyone.

We are looking forward to our stay this summer!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Syracuse, NY or Ottawa, Canada
Car: necessary

Boating(power, sailboats, canoes, kyaks) or a commercial boat ride around the Island, Rental boats are available at Alexandria Bay or Clayton, ( resort towns on the mainland), There are 3 golf courses on Wellesley Island, tennis courts, and organized games for children on the Green, Younger children enjoy the daily 'story hour' at the Library, as well as art and crafts activities at the Tabernacle, which is right up the street. There is a children's park with swings, slides, and other play equipment, You can hike, bike or take leisure walks around the Park and view the variety of Victorian style cottages. There are restaurants, and museums to visit in Clayton, and It is an easy drive to Canada ( Passports required) or relax on our screened in porch. Younger children enjoy the petting zoo at Old MacDonald's farm


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
TI Park Corporation Fee $200
Cleaning $100

Thousand Island Park Corporation requires a $200.00 user fee. and Thousand Island Manager fee:included in rent

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.