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PIRATE DAYS AVAILABLE! PRIVATE ISLAND, MILLION $ ROW. POOL,SPA,SAUNA, FAB VIEWS

People14
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3-6 Bedrooms (2 Add'l. Guesthouses Available @ Extra Cost), 3 Baths, Sleeps 6-14

PIRATES DAYS - A TIME OF FUN AND FRIVOLITY FOR ALL - NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUR SHEER DELIGHT, DUE TO A CANCELLATION! THIS IS THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER WEEK OF THE YEAR, SO AVAILABILITY WILL NOT LAST LONG! BOOK NOW, FOR A FULL WEEK OF FREE ACTIVITIES AND FUN! ENJOY FRONT ROW SEATS TO SEE THE PIRATE INVASION RIGHT FROM OUR FRONT DECK!

ONLY TWO WEEKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR YOUR SUMMER RENTAL, SO BOOK OR CONTACT US SOON, SO THAT YOU CAN START LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR IDYLLIC HOLIDAY ON YOUR VERY OWN PRIVATE ISLAND.

ENJOY FRONT ROW SEATS TO THE DAZZLING DISPLAY OF 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS OFF BOLDT CASTLE, RIGHT ON OUR FRONT DECK!

ENJOY FRONT ROW SEATS TO TWO POKER RUNS, FEATURING HIGH-POWERED MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SPEEDBOATS STREAMING PAST YOUR FRONT DECK!

THE ELEVATED LOCATION OF OUR HOUSES OFFERS VALUED PRIVACY AND BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC VIEWS, AS ADDITIONAL BENEFITS.

NEW AND WONDERFUL: HEAVENLY REST ON LUXURIOUS NEW SIMMONS BEAUTYREST MATTRESSES! LIKE SLEEPING ON A CLOUD!

NO DORMITORY ROOMS! MANY OTHER ISLANDS - NOT OURS - OFFER DORMITORY-STYLE ACCOMMODATION, FORCING 5-6 PEOPLE TO SLEEP IN 1 ROOM!

BRAND NEW 7.2 SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM FOR HOME THEATER SYSTEM WITH 82" SCREEN.

BRAND NEW SHARP AQUOS 4K ULTRA HD 55" TV IN LARGE GUEST HOUSE! AMAAAAAAZING CLARITY!

3 - 6 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS: RENT MAIN HOUSE ONLY (SLEEPS 6), WHEN AVAILABLE, OR ADD 1 OR 2 GUESTHOUSES (AT EXTRA COST), FOR EXTRA SPACE WITH PRIVACY, FOR UP TO 12 PEOPLE. PLEASE NOTE: THE VRBO AUTOQUOTE IS FOR THE MAIN HOUSE ONLY, AND DOES NOT INCLUDE GUESTHOUSES; PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT THE RATE FOR ALL 3 HOUSES BY ASKING THE OWNER. PLEASE READ THE NOTES TO OUR RATES SECTION.

GOOGLE "private island paradise - yola" FOR MORE PHOTOS, REVIEWS, AND VERY USEFUL INFORMATION.

Have you ever dreamt of vacationing on your own private island? Live the dream, on your very own private island on exclusive Millionaires Row, with magnificent views of majestic Boldt Castle, picturesque Sunken Rock Lighthouse, and ocean-going ships. Right in the main channel, and only 5 minutes from town. Marvel at breathtaking river views from every room and every outdoor area! Enjoy every comfort and convenience! This unique island cannot be compared to any other property for rent; its location, features, amenities, and view are unrivaled in the area. So special, that our island is featured on postcards and in magazine articles about the Thousand Islands.

Glorious sunrises and sunsets. Multiple oversized sliding glass doors and windows offer awesome panoramic views from indoors or out. Many rooms have 2-story cathedral ceilings! Many fabulous amenities, including private heated in-ground swimming pool, hot tub (both of which overlook the river, positioned high on the island for your privacy), outdoor sauna (with music!), home theater system (with huge 82' screen and new 7.2 surround sound system!), lots of electronics, DVD's, VCR's, business center (including high-speed internet, fax, photocopier, scanner, printer), stainless steel barbeque, and so much more. World-class fishing (rated among the top 10 in the U.S., and BEST BASS FISHING in the U.S.!), right from your own dock.

Magnificent stonework throughout the island.

Dine right beside the scenic St. Lawrence River, while you feast your eyes on majestic Boldt Castle, illuminated at night to provide a magical fairy tale ambience, picturesque Sunken Rock Lighthouse, and exclusive Millionaires Row. Gaze in awe at ships from all over the world - so close, you can almost touch them!

Our island is unique, and offers all these fabulous features and amenities not available with other private island rentals:

Private heated inground swimming pool (in season, subject to availability)

Hot tub in beautiful gazebo (in season, subject to availability)

Outdoor sauna (with stereo!)

Sensual outdoor rainshower (in addition to indoor showers)

Home theater, with hundreds of channels, including movie, children's, sports and specialty channels, 82" screen, and new 7.2 surround-sound system

High-speed internet

Lofty cathedral ceilings in many rooms (some including skylights)

Brand new or almost-new stainless steel top-of-the-line kitchen appliances. New LG washer & dryer with steam and sanitary cycles!

NO rocks or shoals (unlike most islands for rent) to damage boats or people

Unparalleled convenience: only 5 minutes from town! Exclusivity with accessibility!

Spectacular, panoramic views from indoors or out

A magnificent castle as a neighbor!

Please verify rental rate for use of the Main House or 2 houses or all 3 houses (please note: the site's autoquote is for the Main House only), as well as incidentals. Bonus: for large parties requiring more space or the privacy of a separate house, there are 2 additional guest houses available for your convenience (at extra cost). Free dockage by prior arrangement.

1) Main House sleeps 6 (2 bedrooms: one with new King and one with new Queen ultra-luxurious Simmons Beautyrest mattresses, spacious airy double loft with twin beds and incredible River views, 2-story great room [living room] with cathedral ceiling and huge expanses of glass offering breathtaking views, Home Theater System, kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, breakfast nook, 1 1/2 baths, wraparound deck, balconies, pergola. Enjoy river views from every room and every outdoor space!)

2) Large Guest House sleeps 4 (enormous master bedroom suite, adjoining separate room with separate outside entrance, as well, small fridge, new LG large-capacity washer & dryer with steam! Both sleeping rooms have soaring cathedral ceilings and each has its own private entrance from outside, many glass doors and oversized windows. Both have new luxurious Simmons Beautyrest mattresses: 1 King, 1 Queen. Skylights, huge bathroom, additional enclosed outdoor rainshower open to the sky. Huge covered veranda/sunroom/lanai with 2-story cathedral ceiling, several balconies. Enjoy River views from every room!)

3) Small Guest House (called "Pump House") sleeps 2 in 2 twin beds which can be put together as a King (historic renovated charming 1 room cottage, with beautiful architecturally-significant ceiling; covered back porch. Share kitchen & bathrooms of main house. Scenic windows all around. Enjoy 3 different panoramic river views from this special location!)

Area attractions and activities include wonderful sightseeing opportunities (including Boldt AND Singer Castles), tours by boat or helicopter or hot air balloon or giant voyageur canoe, museums, historic sites and reenactments, art galleries, artists' colony, live theater and music, free outdoor concerts, fine and casual dining, spas (or, relax with an outdoor massage, right on your private island paradise), nightlife, antique shops, charming boutiques, winery tours, horseback riding, hunting, freshwater scuba diving and snorkeling in crystal clear water (listed among the finest in the world), hot air ballooning, several zoos, whitewater river rafting, flyboarding (new), pickleball at the Thousand Islands Golf and Country Club (new!), skydiving, ziplining (new!), go-karting (on the longest track in all of New York state!), bumper cars, arcade, manicured golf courses (including one on an island!), scenic miniature golf, giant chess game, Mazeland, swimming, boating, tubing, jet-skiing, beaches, Nature Center (among the top 5 in the U.S.!), world-class fishing (among the top 10 in the U.S.!!), Riverquest (new), Aquatarium (new!), and more.

Another country is practically at your doorstep, only 15 minutes away. (passport or enhanced driver's license required to enter Canada). Casino apx. 20 minutes away. One of only a handful of places on earth with 2 UNESCO designations: World Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, only minutes away.

Stores, supermarkets, restaurants, attractions, activities are only minutes away. Even a personal shopper service for your groceries!

Or, just relaaaax in one of our designer patio chairs / rockers / lounges, on one of our numerous decks or docks or balconies, or on our extensive (multi-acre) grounds, or one of our comfortable lawn swings, and marvel at the beauty and wonder that is Millionaires Row, as ocean-going vessels from all over the world pass right before your dazzled eyes. At night, gaze at a million stars in the clear night sky as you bond with family or friends while sitting around our dedicated custom-built fire pit area, surrounded by the majestic St. Lawrence River.

We customize our rates for your specific needs. Owner insists that you clarify rates with owner prior to booking for the number of houses you require, for exclusive use of the island, and for optional and mandatory extra fees. You will be responsible to pay extra fees after your initial payment.

Please provide some information about yourself/your family/your group. This will personalize your inquiry, and set you apart from the deluge of other inquiries we receive. Due to the exclusivity of this property, we are targeting a smaller traveler audience. Serious inquiries only, please. References will be required.

More Details

Owner
Ellen
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
30 July, 2018

Why Ellen chose Alexandria Bay

Like many of our neighbors, we have traveled all over the world, but, after discovering the incomparable Thousand islands, and vacationing in the area for many years, we chose this unique spectacular island as our little piece of paradise.

A visitor said it best; she described the area as 'serene, exciting, peaceful, glorious, breathtaking', and said, 'Boating on this river gives you the ultimate sense of freedom - there is no end in sight, no limitations

Our island is, at once, romantic, secluded, and private (with breathtaking views!), offering everything you could want, right on the island, but close enough to access all the worldly sights and activities, restaurants, sports facilities, etc., only a few minutes away.

We have front-row seats, right on our own front deck or dock, to see ocean-going ships, or the spectacular fireworks streaming into the night sky over a fairy-tale illuminated Boldt Castle, or the pirate invasion during Pirate's Days, or high-powered speedboats during the Poker Run.

BOLDT CASTLE WAS RECENTLY VOTED THE #1 ATTRACTION IN UPSTATE NEW YORK! IT IS INCREDIBLE TO HAVE A MAGNIFICENT CASTLE (ILLUMINATED AT NIGHT) AS PART OF OUR BREATHTAKING VIEWS!

The area is a fisherman's paradise! In the top 10 fishing destinations in the US, and BEST BASS FISHING in the US! Great fishing all around the island!

Perfect for a romantic getaway, or a fun-filled vacation for several friends, or a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and making memories to last forever!

What makes this house unique

Only a couple of minutes from the wonderful offerings on the mainland, yet we can have our own little world to enjoy - truly, the BEST of all worlds: exclusivity with accessibility!

NEWS FLASH: IN 2014, 1000 ISLANDS WAS VOTED THE BEST BOAT RIDE IN THE USA!

IN 2016, 1000 ISLANDS WAS VOTED BEST ARCHIPELAGO (GROUP OF ISLANDS) IN THE USA (BEATING OUT HAWAII, ETC.)

The air is pure (you will actually notice the difference!), the water crystal clear (we are the freshwater diving capital of the WORLD). Unlike many other islands for rent, our island offers deep water dockage - no rocks or shoals to destroy your boat or propeller, and an easy, quick ride to and from town (these were definite attractions for us, when searching for the perfect island).

Feel like royalty, as you survey you own private domain. The sheer beauty of the area defies description. Swim in your own private heated pool (or in the private, protected River swimming area), relax in the hot tub or sauna, de-stress with a wonderful outdoor massage.

The home theater system offers an unbelievable assortment of channels (including recent movies, children's, sports, and specialty channels), and the newly-installed 7.2 surround-sound system makes you feel as if you're right there! Cozy sofas and cushy chairs have been professionally positioned for your comfort and viewing pleasure.

Great fis

Truly, a refuge from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Return from your island holiday feeling refreshed and alive. (However, should you require a brief, temporary return to reality, to deal with a pressing business matter, or other time-sensitive issue, you can feel secure in the knowledge that our dedicated business center, right in the Main House, provides for all your needs: internet, WiFi, fax machine, photocopier, and printer: please ask.)

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, while enjoying all the creature comforts that life has to offer in your own idyllic private paradise

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay on the island was wonderful. Such a peaceful, calm and tranquil setting. The sunsets and sunrises were a beautiful start and finish to each day. The owner was wonderful to deal with and very attentive to our needs. The marina where we rented the boat, which the owner was a big part of also, was wonderful to deal with as well. There is a fire pit that we enjoyed every night. We spent all day on the water jet skiing, water skiing, fishing, swimming, tubing..... there is just something for everyone! Our ages ranged from 16 to 47 (men, women, and children). The kids had a blast! The dinners we had every night out on the deck as we watched and waved to all the boaters was wonderful and sipping coffee in the morning on the deck as the sun rose was just amazing! It was the most relaxing and peaceful vacation we've ever been on and are hopeful to be going again next year!!

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.
May 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Alexandria Bay in New York

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check all rates and extra fees with landlord prior to booking and payment. No parties or event hosting. No non-resident guests.
  • The vrbo autoquote is generally NOT accurate; you MUST ASK the landlord re rates for extra houses, extra fees, and exclusive use of the island.
  • Making an initial payment indicates acceptance of extra charges and obligates you to pay the full amount of the rental, including all extra charges.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1: Main House - Toilet , Bath with Shower , + sink
    Enclosed Outdoor Rainshower - Outdoor Shower , Sensuous Outdoor Enclosed Rainshower, Bench, Open to the Sky
    Bathroom 2: Main House - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , + Sink;Fabulous outdoor enclosed rainshower, open to the sky
    Bathroom 3 Enormous Bathroom in Large Guest House - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Clawfoot Tub/Shower, Beautiful woodwork, toilet cabinetry
  • 1 1/2 Baths in Main House 1 Enormous Full Bathroom in Large Guesthouse, accessible by doors from each sleeping area There is ONE Incredible Outdoor Rainshower with Bench in large enclosed area, open to the sky Please clarify all details and descriptions with owner.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1: Main House Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Heavenly Sleep on New Simmons Beautyrest King Mattress
    Bedroom 2: Main House - 1 Large Double Bed , Heavenly Sleep on New Simmons Beautyrest Queen Mattress
    Bedroom 3: Main House Loft - 2 Single Bed , Spacious Loft with spectacular River views
    Bedroom 4: Enormous 2-story Bedsitting Suite, Lg Guest House - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Lux New Beautyrest King, Sofa, Desk, Chairs, Skylight, Deck
    Bedroom 5: Large Guest House, Cathedral Ceiling - 1 Large Double Bed , Lux. New Beautyrest Queen; Bar Fridge, Microwave, W/D, Deck
    Bedroom 6: Small Guest House Bedsitting Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 2 Twins OR convert to King: your choice; ask for info; Desk
  • 6 bedrooms in 3 houses (1 spacious loft). Many luxurious new super-comfortable mattresses! Bedrooms in Large Guest House have cathedral ceilings, oversized windows, and many glass doors offering fabulous River views and egress to this house's own wraparound deck, covered lanai, and balcony overlooking pool and River. Main House offers breathtaking River views from many oversized windows and glass doors and egress to its own wraparound deck from downstairs bedroom or front or back doors. Lovingly-restored architecturally-significant Small Guest House (called the "Pump House"), with covered back porch,offers 3 different River views; you will marvel at the magnificent ceiling! The Small Guest House shares bathroom and kitchen with the Main House, and is the adored choice of teenagers and young adults. Houses feature numerous windows and glass doors: the huge expanses of glass offer glorious River views! Please be sure to ask owner for clarification and information about all rooms
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
If you wish, we can arrange extra staff, subject to your prior request and availability: private chef / professional masseuse for a heavenly on-island massage / personal shopper, etc. - just ask! We do all possible to enhance your stay at Friendly island.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Middlefield, Ohio
5

Heaven On Earth. A True Paradise.

  • 5 of 5

This island was beautiful. The houses had everything modern you could possibly want or need and the grounds were kept up very nicely. Ellen is an awsome person who stays in touch with you throughout the entire process. My family and I have rented many vacation properties and went through private agencies. This vacation rental is very different. Ellen made us ( 12 total ) feel very welcome and treated all of us like we were old friends. The surrounding islands and Bay are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. All of the vacations we have been on don't even compare to this time we had on Friendly Island. Sitting out on the deck at night and looking at the town lit up was just amazing. Ellen works very hard to make the stay as wonderful as can possibly be expected and then some. I can't say enough about this vacation paradise to give it the justice it fully deserves. The fishing, boating, tubing and just relaxing time spent was the best. The pool, hot tub, sauna, houses, grounds, boat docks and everything else on this island are very well kept up and just a pleasure for every person no matter if you are 5 or 105. I would rate this a 10 out of 10 for anyone looking for a true vacation paradise. Ellen, My family and I can't thank you enough for your hard work and friendship to make this the vacation of a lifetime. We all look forward to returning to the island this year. Your friendship and hospitality is truly amazing. Thank you again.. Scott, Cheryl, Amanda, Justin, Morgan, Justin, Trista,( the lawyer, lol ), Rob, Josh, Alex, Jimmy and Jake...You are the BEST..

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Scott, you are not only a fabulous tenant, but a truly beautiful person! It was a pleasure to host all of you, and my heart is so thrilled that you all had a wonderful time! I am even more delighted that you are coming back, giving me the opportunity to host you again. Thank you for all the accolades about the island and me! You all work so hard during the year that it is truly a delight to provide you with the relaxation you need. It is said that The River has healing qualities. (Another tenant, an emergency room doctor, said her Friendly Island holiday was "relaxing, refreshing, rejuvenating"; I know that definitely applied in your case, as well!) So glad you enjoyed your stay, and looking forward to welcoming you back this year.
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5

Spectacular Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Friendly Island absolutely lives up to its 5-Star rating. We were a bit hesitant about staying at a cottage; on an island, with lots of our friends, but our worries were abated once we arrived. Our initial reservation about not being able to have any space to ourselves while vacationing with 10 other people could not have been further from the truth.There was more than enough room for all of us. There was even enough room for everyone to have their privacy AND their own view of Alexandria Bay.

The pool was perfect for keeping the kids busy while cooking in the kitchen just off the poolside deck. It was very easy to keep the kids in sight during meal prep. If you have little ones, don’t forget that this is an island. There are life jackets available but you might want to bring your own. We tend to error on the side of caution in our desire for a life jacket that perfectly fits our children.

Ellen is reachable by phone and keeps Friendly Island in great shape. You could see this with the new dock that was raised to accommodate the boat safely during the high water levels last year.

We were lucky enough to have fabulous weather and anyone that didn’t want to be outside could enjoy the A/C and watch movies in the large family room. Canada was only a short boat ride and road trip away, which was needed when medication was accidentally left at home. Downtown Alexandria Bay is also a quick trip by boat and has some great restaurants.

While Millionaires Row is the calling card for the area the luxuries here were in the views and the memories made that will last a lifetime.

If you enjoy your morning coffee with a view of the sunrise and your evening wine while watching the sun set then this is the place to be this summer.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this fabulous and eloquent review! It gladdens my heart to know that we can bring such joy to our guests!
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5

Beautiful scenery, ideal location, relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

We spent time on Friendly Island both during the summer and fall seasons and had wonderful, memorable times. The island is huge with plenty of room to explore outside, as well as cozy up indoors. The view from the island can't be beat as you watch boaters, cargo ships, and Alexandria Bay from the house's front deck -not to mention the beautiful sunsets that can be viewed from the island's fire pit right on the water!

The house had anything you might need during your relaxing stay -pool, sauna, outdoor shower, as well as fully equipped kitchen and lawn/deck furniture. All of the bedrooms had comfortable beds and everything was clean.

The property manager/owner, Ellen, is also a delight to do business with. Ellen goes out of her way to ensure that guests have everything they need to create the perfect stay at Friendly Island! Would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review, and for all the wonderful accolades. It is a joy to share our blessings with wonderful guests like you! I look forward to your next visit.
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5

Good enough for a second vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Second year at this holiday haven. Great place if you are looking for quiet solitude with modern conveniences just a boat ride away. Fantastic fishing and diving in some of the world's clearest waters. Lots of wrecks to explore. Beautiful sunsets and sunrises. No surprises here - place is exactly as advertised.

Accommodations are better than adequate in well appointed buildings, decks and swimming pool. Lots of boat dockage. Everything was clean and well maintained.

Owner, Ellen, was most accommodating and took care of our requests promptly. She is a real sweetheart who obviously wants her tenants to have the best vacation possible on Friendly Island.

We will be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

BEST VACATION EVER!

  • 5 of 5

Arriving at Friendly Island early evening, we were met by a sunset as spectacular as anything on offer along the Amalfi Coast or the shores of Lake Champlain. Everything was as offered: Lawns well kept, furniture, inside and out, in excellent condition, adequate dockage and the clearest water I have ever seen which along with the sunken wrecks makes this an area for great diving. The big surprise of our time on Friendly Island was a shortish, little blonde ball of fire called Ellen, always available for recommendations on where to eat and what to see. Quick to respond to our every vacation need. WE WILL BE BACK.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olney MD
5

the wonderful island

  • 5 of 5

I am missing the island and river.

I planned my family vacation for my son's high school graduation.

Kids grow up so fast and they get closer to internet than family, so I wanted to go to the island.

My plan worked well.

While we stayed at the island, I loved the visit to Singer Castle and taking the boat cruise, but the most beautiful thing is that,

every morning, I would sit in the swing by the river with my husband, looking at the sparkling light dancing on the surface of the water.

Every evening I would sit on the dock, watching my sons and husband fish and laugh together.

The kids really got into fishing, and caught 3 big fish right off the dock one evening.

I really appreciate that Ellen provided us with this wonderful opportunity to have unforgettable memories. Ellen took such good care of us,

dispensing information and organizing and providing so many extra things above and beyond her duties as a landlord, that I feel as if she is an old friend. I really want to come again soon. My family had a really good time and will talk about this vacation over and over again.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to write this glowing review. I am delighted that the island fulfilled your and your loved ones' wishes and dreams, and that it provided the family bonding experience so important to you, generating a lifetime of memories. From my point of view, you were the perfect tenants, and I am so glad we have continued to communicate. I look forward to having you back at the island soon.
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Watertown/Mtl./Ottawa/Syracuse/Ogdensberg,30-120mn
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Top of the Bay
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Many courses; we offer reduced green fees at some
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Brockville/Kingston/Syracuse, 30-90 mins.
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 12, connecting to 81
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Many Restaurants: casual to exquisite dining
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Many beaches
Car: recommended

Ziplining (new!), Flyboarding (new!), Boat Cruises, Helicopter Tours, Hot Air Ballooning, Tours in Giant Voyageur Canoe, Lighthouse Tours, Free Winery Tours, Zoos, Aquatarium (new!), Riverquest (new!), Giant Chess game, Mazeland, Arcades, Scenic Mini-Golf, Go-Karting (on the longest track in New York State!), Free Block Dances with live music, Free concerts, Museums, Art Galleries, Artists' Colony, Charming Boutiques, Many Restaurants and Nightclubs, TWO Castles, Old MacDonald's Farm, Boat Rentals, Nature Center (rated among the top 5 in the US), Beaches, Live Entertainment, Sightseeing Tower (catered dinner at the Tower is available for individuals on select dates, or can be exclusively booked for private birthday party / anniversary celebrations and other functions), many many sporting facilities - golf, tennis, hunting, fishing, boating, scuba diving, swimming, etc., etc., FREE special events, such as Pirates Days, full of fun and frivolity for kids from 1 to 100 (the Pirate Invasion, featuring "Pirates" sailing old-time brigantines shooting cannons at each other, takes place right in front of our front deck!), Poker Run speedboat race, featuring millions of dollars of multi-engined super-charged speedboats speeding right past our front deck, Blues in the Bay - a FREE 3-day outdoor concert featuring a plethora of live bands, incredible views of 4th of July fireworks over Boldt Castle, seen right from your own front deck or dock (like your own private show!), and SO MUCH MORE to see and do!

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Additional pricing information

Rates shown are for MAIN HOUSE only. 1 or 2 additional Guesthouses are available at extra cost. Permission to rent Main House only is subject to availability and season and Landlord's discretion and may not confer exclusive use of island. IMPORTANT: THE VRBO AUTOQUOTE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE.

Please discuss terms and conditions and verify optional and mandatory extra fees for rental of guesthouses, any weeks or partial weeks including a special event or US or Canadian holiday, cleaning, utilities, optional high-speed internet, optional linens, optional extra dockage, short stay surcharge, or any other fees with owner. We offer a menu of special optional extras, for your personal selection and convenience. vrbo's new service fee will currently only be charged on the basic rate, not on the extra optional and mandatory fees noted above (subject to change, at vrbo's discretion). Special off-peak rates are offered before the last week of June and after Labor Day. Prices subject to change prior to confirmation. Features and amenities subject to change. Owner insists that you do not make payment prior to clarifying all information with owner. ASK owner to clarify all rates. Your initial payment signifies that you have confirmed and accepted all terms and conditions, including the obligation to pay all extra fees.
Any payments made or owing are non-refundable and you will be responsible for the full cost of the rental whether or not you book and pay via vrbo.

SECURITY DEPOSIT is reduced upon purchase of maximum Property Damage Protection.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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