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Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 10

Located on the beautiful St Lawrence River, 10 minute boat ride from Gananoque, Canada, and 20 minutes from Clayton, NY. 4 bedroom Adirondack Camp with spectacular sunset views of the Thousand Islands. Separate quaint cabin with bedroom and full bath and 1 bedroom boathouse. Located on family owned, 600 acre private preserve of fields and woods great for walking and mountain biking. Multiple docks for boating, swimming, and fishing. Diving board. 2 kayaks.

Grindstone Island is easily accessible by boat, barge if you wish to bring your car or by water taxi.

Boat rental information available.

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Sandra H Hamlen
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the use of the Howard-Smith house for the last week in June. I and my family had a magnificent time. We had perfect weather and constantly enjoyed views from the porch and from Blueberry Island. The house was better than advertised and very well stocked with towels, linens, books, glasses, dishes, puzzles and kitchen equipment. I now look forward to the arduous task of trying to coordinate schedules so we can visit again next year or the year after (at the latest)! Once again, thank you very much.
Jun 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Clayton in Jefferson County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No campfires allowed on property due to fire risk.
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Water View
  • waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Maincamp
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Maincamp
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , bunkbeds
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , bunkbeds
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , Boathouse
    Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Guest Camp
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Adirondack Camp with 4 bedrooms, 2 twin beds in two bedrooms and 2 bunkbeds in the other two bedrooms, 2 full baths. 2 Slip Boathouse with 1 bedroom - Queen size bed, no bath. Dockage for at least 3 other boats on outside docks. Separate 1 bedroom cabin with full bath and King size bed.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Paradise on the Saint Lawrence

  • 5 of 5

The Howard-Smith house is the perfect place to get away for a restful family vacation. The main house, boathouse and honeymoon cabin are filled with rustic charm, books, paintings, maps, and are clean and well maintained. The kitchen is extremely well equipped. This is a family home, not a resort. The location on a cove rimmed by islands on the north shore of Grindstone Island is excellent. Great place to sun, boat, sail, fish and swim. The many rural paths on the large island allow for long walks and biking along fields and woodlands. Evening sunsets from the front porch are spectacular. The proprietors are always available and helpful when needed. It is a short trip by boat to the Canadian mainland or to Clayton, NY. We have gone there for many years and are already booked for next year. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home with great owner support.

  • 5 of 5

My family's second stay at this home and will not be our last. Our 1000 island vacation is very important to us. Only thing I am willing to plan 6 months in advance. This year the area had historic levels of rain and the water was very high. Sandy (the property owner) contacted me 3 weeks before our vacation and warned us of the high water and offered me a full, no questions asked, refund. After explaining I didn't want a refund she explained there might be an issue with her property's dock being under water and not useable. Sandy found another dock on the island which our family could use and helped us make arrangements to get our truck transported on to the island to get between this other dock and her home. To my surprise, Sandy had a temporary dock build on her property so we didn't have to dock a mile away at the other location she spoke of. When you get up here you'll see that all the homes on Grindstone Island are very nice but owner support like we received from Sandy helps one to rest easy when making vacation plans so far in advance.

One more comment: this year a young man in our group caught a 48 inch Musky! I will not tell you where we caught this monster of a fish but I will say that you can see the spot from the home's river facing porch. I'm sure you'll enjoy this property just make sure you don't try to take my week! ;-) Bruce

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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July 2015

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we rented this property. The only complaint we have is that the week goes by too quickly. This place is heaven on earth. Our kids swam, fished and kayaked for a week straight. We can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love this place

  • 5 of 5

I love this place, the huge 700 acre nature preserve that this high end 1930s house sits in the middle of provides privacy that is hard to come by. The view from the front porch all the way to Canada gives you an eagles eye view of everything that is happening on the river. The peace and quiet helps restore my connection to the earth and I return to reality with a new perspective on life.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Great Vacation - July 2009

  • 5 of 5

We had four couples and five children under the age of 5 at the house and it was amazing! The house had everything we needed, was very comfortable and welcoming and the island was perfect! I was also impressed with how well prepared the kitchen was for extensive cooking and thanks to the large dining table, we were able to have all our meals together. It's a great spot for swimming, kayaking, hiking, etc. we really had a fantastic time and would definitely return to this house!

Thanks for a great time!


  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2009
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Hampshire

Wow! Pretty close to the perfect vacation.

  • 5 of 5

This well kept, very comfortable house is possibly the nicest spot on the River, very private and quiet with amazing views and sunsets. We spent many hours swimming back and forth to the island in front of the house which is owned by the family, also a great spot for a picnic. On this large island you can walk/bike for hours. We saw lots of deer, some turkeys, and all sorts of birds including bobolinks. At night the resident loons serenade. Entertaining the kids was easy. They loved the tubing and skiing which felt safe in this quieter part of the river, fishing is good for a few hours each day and as I said swimming. There's a good selection of board games and puzzles when they tire of all that.

I appreciated the house for it's charming decoration and very well equipped kitchen that made cooking for a crowd fun. The porch was a great place to settle down with a book in the afternoon while keeping an eye on the kids swimming down below. There are actually 6 bedrooms now so even though the family asks no more than 10 guests there are plenty of sleeping options. Just recently they have added a queen size bed in a comfortable new room at the boathouse - only thing is there's no bathroom, not such a problem. The dock is new and comfortably held all 3 of our boats with room to spare, boathouse too. We had a fantastic week. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2008
  • Date of Stay: July 2008
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Watertown, NY
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Clayton, NY 13624
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Potter's Beach
Car: not necessary

A Wonderful Island Community Church with Sunday Services, July Turkey Dinner. Dance on Saturday nights at Dodge Hall. Two, one room school houses. One with a playground and summer classes for children. Walk to the Grindstone Island Winery with tours. Cattle grazing on our property. Spectacular Potter's Beach on the North Side of the Island, as well as Swimming, Snorkeling, Mountain Biking, Walking, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing and Exploring.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Clayton, Upstate New York

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
22 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £111.39
Pet Fee £111.39
Refundable Damage Deposit £631.21

50% of the total payment is required as a reservation deposit. We will retain your deposit if you cancel your reservation after February 1st. Due to our septic system, we permit a maximum of ten guests. Exceptions will be considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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