Featured in adirondack life magazine, a poem of a house in the charming village of essex on lake champlain, full of local history, vintage details & modern amenities, framed by a lush cottage garden - perfect for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or creative recharge, with easy local access to all the adirondacks have to offer. Sleeps up to 10 with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths & newly renovated gourmet kitchen.
Built in the 1780s with additions in the 1820s and 1875, this historic, spacious yet cozy home spans three architectural styles: colonial, greek revival, and victorian, including a double staircase salvaged from the wreck of the famous lake ferry champlain in 1875.
From the vaulted master bedroom with juliet balcony to the 3000-volume library that was once the town's post office, from the romantic perennial garden inspired by poet emily dickinson's to the renovated gourmet kitchen with marble countertops and stainless professional appliances, this house with its eclectic vintage decor and contemporary conveniences will fuel your imagination and revive your spirit.
Centrally located on essex's main street, only minutes from the ferry to vermont and renowned essex farm, inside you will find rooms outfitted for your comfort and enjoyment.
Three of four bedrooms are perfect for couples, with one queen and two double beds; another single bedroom, as-needed double aerobed, and deep sectional sofa will sleep up to ten comfortably.
Two full baths have been renovated in the last year with keen attention to detail: a clawfoot tub in one, subway tiled shower in the other, with high-end faucetry and lighting in both, as well as salvaged wood shelving and a victorian bar cabinet drafted into service as a linen chest.
Fully equipped kitchen for cooks and bakers, with dual-fuel professional-grade range and appliances by kitchenaid, frigidaire, cuisinart. Furnishings, lighting and art throughout the house by noted contemporary artists and craftsmen.
Known for its serenity and beauty, notably for having one of the most intact ensembles of federal and greek revival architecture in the u.S. (the entire town is listed on the national register of historic places), essex is a perfect place for a quiet holiday from the bustling world – and yet there is plenty to do, see, and eat in and around essex!
Located within adirondack park, essex is surrounded by great hiking trails and incredible views. Cycling, paddling, and other water sports are also popular and plentiful. Lake placid is an easy and picturesque drive, as is burlington, vermont across the lake. For a taste of european culture and urbanity, montreal is less than two hours north.
In the village, enjoy the annual fourth of july festivities (including the parade down main street, which you can watch from the house’s balcony and front porch), essex day in early august, art gallery openings and thursday night tacos at the favorite local coffee house, the pink pig. Take a self-guided walking tour of local architecture, have lunch on the marina at the old dock or chez lyn & ray’s, or cocktails in the rustic bar at the essex inn. Take the kids to the local beach or library and afterwards to the ice cream parlor. Our local yoga & wellness studio is right across the street, as is the unique antiques, garden & home decor shop the neighborhood nest. Movies, concerts, and other lively community events can be found at the whallonsburg grange hall just minutes away, and we have several local theater companies and summer concert series in essex and next-town-over westport. Our local bakery and pizzeria, dogwood bread, has a following all over the north country.
Essex county is burgeoning with farm-to-table and community supported agriculture (csas): in addition to the summer saturday farmstand at the pink pig, essex farm, full & by farm, tangleroot farm, reber rock farm, harvest hill farm and more are just minutes away by bike or car, with many farmstands open daily through the summer and fall supplying everything from vegetables and fruits to meats, eggs, dairy and artisan cheese. You can enjoy ausable brewing company’s locally crafted beer at their open-air pavilion, complete with taco truck!
But if all you want to do is find a good book and a comfortable spot to read, you’ve come to the right place!
Getting around: the house is 20 minutes by car from the amtrak station in westport, ny and just steps away from the ferry across lake champlain to charlotte, vt (a 25 minute drive from burlington, vt).
Hdtv, cable, vcr
Barbecue grill w/ smoker
Herb garden for guest use
Small equipped home office
Linens & paper goods