“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