Our cottage is 113 years old (built in 1906). We purchased this cottage 39 years ago as a summer home, and have been enjoying it ever since.
Roland purchased this Cottage in 1981
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Incredible find right on Lake Champlain!
An adorable chalet right on the Lake in Mallet's Bay. The back porch overlooks the lake, with amazing sunsets. Right on the beach! Can walk right out, and shallow for a long time. They have floats, kayaks and a row boat, so lots of lake activities. Also corn hole and many other games. The porch has a table to sit out for dinner or games, as well as a nice dining area with a view. Only 10 minutes into Burlington.
The rooms upstairs are small, but adequate. Need to bring your own linens. The kitchen is fully equipped.
Has charm of an older home, but with it some of those older quirks. It can get hot during the summer, as they have no A/C. We had a couple of toasty evenings since there was a heat wave, but the owner brought over extra fans and we were fine. The bathroom, only 1, is small and a little challenging to use the sink, since there is a shelf over the sink and hard to lean over with your head over the sink. But again, manageable. They also have a new nice shower! My only complaint is the place was not the cleanest. I felt that I had to clean before I unpacked and settled in.
A couple of things came up during the week, and the owner lives very close by and was VERY responsive, and came over right away. A pleasure to work with. And also very helpful with ideas of things to do in the area.
There is MUCH to do. Burlington is 10 minutes away, and walking along Church street (pedestrian walkway with tons of restaurants and shops) is wonderful, as is walking along the waterfront. Tons of breweries in the area too. Stowe and Smuggler's Notch are only 45 minutes away with beautiful hiking and views. And Montreal is only 2 hours away. The area's crown jewel, though, was the Island Line Rail Trail, which is a bike trail that goes out the causeway right over Lake Champlain with amazing views!! Can rent bikes right at the park (Airport Park) right on the trail.
Again, this was an amazing find, and amazing value! I would go again in a heartbeat!
Just what we were looking for...
"Bayside" is perfectly situated. Literally just 12 or so steps above the sandy beach with *perfect* westerly views of the sunset and yet just 5 or 10 miles up the road from all that Burlington has to offer and just a little further to Shelburne.
In our 6 nights there we went on 3 hikes, enjoyed the beach for two afternoons (it was a bit of a cooler week), hit Ben & Jerry's twice, made it up to Hackett's Orchard on Grand Isle, ate 3 or 4 dinners in Burlington, explored two bookstores, spent a morning at Shelburne Farms and a whole day at the Shelburne Museum, relaxed on the Burlington waterfront... and yet we never felt like we spent all day in the car.
As a major plus Roland's son Justin lives just minutes away and is extremely responsive to both texts and emails. (We had one minor problem and he was over the same day to fix it.)
Do be warned though, as advertised -- this is a RUSTIC cottage. Look closely at the photos to make sure it's to your liking. Personally, we loved the old-timey nature of the place. And we were barely there during the day as there was so much to see and do nearby. But it is indeed rustic. The only way this was a real problem was when it went down to 45 degrees for a few nights. That meant it was 45 degrees inside as well. But better too cold than too hot. We just piled on the blankets and slept deeply with dreams of ice cream in fleece hats. :-)
Thank you for the kind review, Peter. "Bayside" was built in in 1907, and for better or worse has remained virtually unchanged in the 110 years since. We hope to see your family back here again one day!
We loved how cozy and rustic the cottage was.
We spent a very relaxing week swimming, kayaking and laying on the beautiful sandy beach. Loved sitting on the screened in porch in the morning drinking coffee watching the waves.
Thank you for the kind review, Carole!