About the property
- House1800 sqft
- Separate WC's1
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
Wonderful location & property to enjoy waterfront beauty & activities
“The west side of Willsboro Bay is one of the most impressive landscapes on Lake Champlain.” A Kayakers Guide to Lake Champlain, Frank & Holden (2009) Black Dome Press.
The beauty of Willsboro Bay, perhaps the best kept secret on either side of Lake Champlain, is right at your door. A wall of windows offers spectacular views of the water, the pristine western shore with its palisades, and 120 feet of your own private beach.
This is a uniquely comfortable lake house, perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, or to reconnect with nature; offering all of the amenities you crave with a touch of elegance yet still feeling like a traditional Adirondack camp.
Enjoy two private master suites, making this property an ideal shared vacation site. A third bedroom offers a queen and distance from the other bedrooms. A fourth bedroom includes two extra long twins with its own door right onto the waterfront yard; privacy, views and all. Each bedroom is fitted with new premium bedding.
Numerous windows, skylights and ceiling fans make the most of lake breezes.
Cooks are treated to the full advantages of the house and views whether at the well-stocked granite-countered kitchen or the state-of-the-art barbecue. A dish washer, two refrigerators, microwave oven and toaster able to handle even larger rustic bread slices help make an especially pleasant experience for the cook.
Three and one half bathrooms and a washer and dryer add convenience. There is plenty of space for socializing, dining, and relaxing. Smart TVs, satellite and high-speed internet offer entertainment and connectivity with the outside world. Three gas fireplaces add a perfect touch for cozy or romantic evenings during cooler weather. Unique furnishings provide both charm and comfort.
Sun lovers will enjoy the west facing windows, two large decks, and private sandy beach for gloriously sunny afternoons and spectacular sun sets. But you can also catch sunrise when it’s reflected off of the palisades across the bay or on the large east facing deck outside the front door.
Enjoy swimming, kayaking, and boating, with dock and mooring. Hiking, antiquing, Museum of the Underground Railroad nearby. Fire pit by the water and plenty of outdoor seating. Lawn space for badminton, bacci or frisbie. Hummingbirds frequent the front garden and feeders. The American bald eagle is a frequent visitor, and fish abound along with deer, myriad ducks and wild turkeys.
Enjoy a walk or ride your bike down the miles of flat, quiet road that run the length of the bay out to the point where a public path through shade trees brings you out to the mouth of the bay and the grandeur of the great lake with its vista across towards Burlington and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Or visit one of the two marinas that lay nearby along the road, one slightly up the bay the other slightly down the bay. One has a pleasant affordable restaurant; the other caters to those seeking a more refined though more expensive palette.
A few short miles from the house are the amenities of Willsboro which include Turtle Island Cafe - a wonderful restaurant, Ethel's Dew Drop Inn - a local ice cream and road side food stand, and the public library. Only a few more minutes by car is the quaint town of Essex, NY where there are shops, restaurants, an ice cream shop, an inn and one of the three ferries on the lake that can take you and your car across to Vermont and back. A few minutes drive beyond Essex is the Dogwood Bakery in Wadhams which boasts wonderful breads and once a week some of the best pizza on the entire lake.
Other especially worthwhile destinations include the spectacular Ausable Chasm and Lake Placid in NY while on the Vermont side there are the islands of North and South Hero, the towns of Charlotte and Shelburne and the charming city of Burlington with all its activity, shops and restaurants. Surprising close to this natural paradise is the cosmopolitan city and cultural center of Montreal only about 90 miles away
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
Why Russ Gilfix chose Willsboro
We have been coming up to Lake Champlain for years, staying with friends on the NY side and camping or renting a house on the VT side. We have paddled many spots on Champlain. Loving sailing along the shores of New England we have even sailed the 100+ mile long lake via a 2 week bareboat charter. We even held our wedding on the shores of the lake. Ultimately we knew we would buy a place of our own on Champlain. When we came across a truly wonderful property with a truly wonderful home on our favorite part of the lake, in our eyes the most beautiful part of the lake, there was only one possible decision.
What makes this House unique
UNIQUE IN THE FALL *Fishing is good in the fall and with reduced boating it can be a spiritual experience! *Early in the fall the water can still be warm enough to swim *Even longer is the sailing, boating & paddling season *For those like us you'll enjoy the many visits of loons, ducks, migrating geese & even flocks of Goldeneye - a type of duck sporting a bright golden eye and whose wings literally whistle as they take off! *Not only is the fall foliage a special draw to the area but the view of the pristine, dramatic green, golden & rust covered hills and ridge across the bay is a panoramic spectacle from inside our two great rooms, the back deck & our shore *Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's here can make for a truly special family holiday. With the three warm, cozy fireplaces, special lighting that can help set the holiday mood, the comfy seating, warm throws & blankets and an inviting dining table situated where the cook can engage with everyone all combine to make for special days & nights UNIQUE IN THE WINTER *Whether for the holidays with the special advantages described above, or a romantic winter getaway, the combination of inside coziness & outside seasonal spectacles makes a stay here truly memorable *While not a sure thing, one of our late fall and winter treasures has included an eagle who has shared our shore & trees with us *Depending on conditions there is often ice fishing in the area. In a reasonably cold winter there may be ice fishing in the bay itself. If you ice fish PLEASE take all appropriate precautions; be especially aware of the conditions of the ice wherever you go *Day long excursions to the ski slopes of NY or Vermont UNIQUE IN THE SPRING *Waters may be still be chilly but it's the start of sailing, boating & paddling * The greening & blossoms of spring are special here * Bird watching as birds migrate back * Fishing is for some a constant
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
My family and I were lucky enough to reserve this beautiful home at the last minute and the owner was wonderful accommodating us on such short notice. Everything was exactly as described, only better. The beds were extremely comfortable and the decor was charming and inviting. The fully stocked kitchen was great and met all our cookware needs. My brother fell in love with the awesome wood pellet grill and everything he cooked on there was top notch! The owners also have an extensive cookbook collection which our group throughly enjoyed.The TV's and three fireplaces were great spots to chill out at night, unless you were down at the fire pit on the lake roasting marshmallows. By day the lake was spectacular. We kayaked, fished and just relaxed. The occasion that brought us to Willsboro was my daughters' graduation from Champlain College. We took the nearby ferry on several occasions to attend the ceremony and sightsee in Vermont including King St. Marketplace and Ben & Jerry's ice cream. I have stayed in many homes in my life and this home truly had everything you could ever want and the owners were extremely accessible if you had any questions. There were also many extras supplied like beach towels, games and tea & coffee. All in all an amazing long weekend my family will never forget. Thank you Russ and May for opening your beautiful home. I highly recommend anyone visiting the area to chose this property, the owner was great to work with making my VRBO experience 5 star!
A home away from home with awesome views of the nearby mountains
A very comfortable, nicely decorated home on a quiet section of Lake Champlain (during winter). The gas fireplaces were lit upon our arrival and welcomed us with an abundance of warmth on such a bone chilling day ( temps in the single digits). The owners were super friendly, very accessible and most gracious in the sharing of their home with us.
This was a 1st time VRBO experience for us and without a doubt it was a pleasant and very easy process to follow. We will be doing more VRBO in the near future. Thank you.
The Perfect Lake Champlain Getaway with Friends
We were excited as soon as we arrived. The house sits on a big lot overlooking the lake. The interior is well decorated and comfortable. Three of us were on vacation and we each had our own bedroom and bath. The goal of the trip was to see the fall leaves and we were not disappointed. We spent time by the lake or sat comfortably on the deck overlooking the view. In the evening, we enjoyed the moon's reflection on the lake. The property is in New York but easily accessible to Vermont by ferry. We took several day trips which were only an hour away. Our longest trip was 2 hours to Montreal. I recommend the Ausable Chasm, Lake Placid, Shaw Mountain, Burlington and the fabulous Shelburne Museum. I can't remember the name of the coffee/ wine shop in Shelburne, but it was outstanding and the scones yummy. (we went 3 times!) We had the best trip and stayed in a beautiful location.
great location....and very well kept
We had a wonderful time. The home was everything we wanted. Clean, plenty of space with a beautiful view of Lake Champlain.
Distance to Burlington, VT is about 20 miles which includes a ferry. Time to/from Burlington is roughly 50 minutes including the ferry.
Additional pricing information
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Most of the floors throughout the house are hardwood. In order to protect them from all the year round outdoor activity we take our shoes off immediately on entering the house, whether from the deck or the door. We ask all our guests to treat our home with the same care and respect.