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Lake Fairlee Cottages *Lakefront w/ Private dock & Mountain views*

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 charming Cottages: 3 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 8 Max. *Seasonal*

Rental Property consists of BOTH cottages - they can't be rented separately -

Summer: Saturday changeover ONLY, firm

We finalize reservations after email contact or phone conversation and we keep our calendar up to date. The property is unique and we must know more about your family and the circumstances of why you are traveling to Lake Fairlee to make sure we are a good fit. Fore more information and pictures please find our Facebook page, Birch Point Lane Cottages or email LTarbell@LM76.com

'Alpine' cottage on the hill is a 2-bedroom fully refurbished cottage. 'Camp-like' bedroom setup with a queen bed in one BR, & twin over full bunk beds in 2nd bedroom (open ceiling). Remodeled custom kitchen is well appointed with soapstone island. The living area is open to both kitchen and dining area, has leather Euro-sleeper sofa and seating for 5, HDTV. Most of the cottage has views of western horizon and beautiful Lake Fairlee. Pellet stove, air conditioner, Direct TV, Wi-Fi, and Domestic long distance included.

'Lakeside' cottage sits directly on water; is a honeymooners-style studio with a queen bed, bathroom, small kitchen and living area with a spectacular view of the lake and mountains. There is a day-bed with trundle, sitting area, and quaint bistro - dining area. Kitchen comes nicely appointed for most cooks. There is also an outdoor shower, an air conditioner and space heater. Please note that WiFi signal is limited in Lakeside cottage and being rural Vermont, the cellular phone signal is weak. There is a Bose wave stereo/CD player - no TV and no phone in Lakeside.

2 Gas grills, outdoor seating, campfire pit, private dock with ladder, swim out float, kayaks, canoes, rowboat all come with rental. Pontoon boat rental is available for extra charge (please inquire)

The rental includes both cottages. Alpine' has a classic cottage feel, with knotty pine and hardwood floors, screen door and high ceilings. 'Lakeside' is perfect for two and or to host overnight guests. Or, use Lakeside for a 'changing room' while gathering down at the Lake, make lunch there, take a quiet nap there, play a board game with the kids, or maybe use it's space for yoga or meditation. We think you will love the charm of Lakeside and the functionality of Alpine. Both cottages come tastefully furnished with a mix of antiques and modern comforts.

Parking spot for 4 cars is up by Alpine. We have a Vermont-Cart to help get your gear down to Lakeside. Please note that the property has a moderate-sloped pitch down towards the Lake. Also a 'woods-y' topography (exposed roots, rocks and pine needles etc) - It is not suitable for infants or toddlers. That said older kids love the Camp feel. Please feel free to contact the owner with any concerns.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Thetford in Orange County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake ...
  • Lakefront
  • mountain
  • Mountain View
  • waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Lakeside Cottage - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Lakeside is a Studio with queen bed and a daybed w/trundle
    Alpine Cottage 'bunk room' - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , twin over full bunk set
    Alpine Cottage 'master' - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Septic system strictly limits the guests to 8 at all times, the configuration is up to you but: Alpine can sleep 6 and Lakeside can sleep 4 depending on your family's situation.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
* 2 canoes, 1 single, 1 double kayak, row boat and life jackets provided * swim out float with pop up seats and table * bicycles (please bring your own helmet) * HD/DirectTV with DVD, and iPod connector in Alpine cottage only * Telephone in Alpine only (& we have walkie-talkies) * Dining table in Alpine comfortably seats 6 or 7 & has 2 stools at kitchen island * Dining area in Lakeside seats 3, but outside picnic table seats 8


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Lake Fairlee Cottages *Lakefront w/ Private dock & Mountain views*
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Absolutely phenomenal! We could not have asked for a better experience! Pure bliss!

  • 5 of 5

The property was stunning and continued to reveal more and more character and charm as our week progressed. The "Lakeside" was perfectly appointed and was far and away the most comfortable and inviting place that my wife and I have ever stayed. We wanted for nothing while we were there. The "Alpine" was perfect for our grown children and grandchildren and was so well equipped that I was actually amazed. It seems as though our hosts had thought of everything! The docks, boats, grilling & sitting areas were perfect! The fire pit was great and the views of the sunsets were amazing. Other then a couple of quick trips to the local market ( 5 mins away), we did not leave the property for the entire week! What a joy to be able to relax in such a thoughtfully prepared oasis with the most gracious hosts!

Thanks to the Tarbell's for sharing their dream with us and for providing our family with such a wonderful place to make life long memories....We can't wait to return!!

The Ross Family

Wilbraham, Ma

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ross Family - We are always so happy to see our guests enjoy the lake as much as we do. Lake Fairlee is a special place. It was an absolute pleasure having you all here and we certainly hope you come back soon! Warm Regards, John,Lesley, Emily Tara and Addie
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Perfect: setting, accommodations and owners.

  • 5 of 5

John and Lesley's property, set on Lake Fairlee, provides the perfect get away for anyone looking for the peace and quiet needed to deal with this crazy world. The cottages are spotlessly clean and well appointed. John and Lesley bend over backwards to ensure any questions are answered or requests fulfilled.

The cottages are situated in easy proximity to two small towns if you need supplies. Hiking, water sports, golf and biking can be found on Lake Fairlee or it's sister lake, Lake Morey.

All in all, a wonderful vacation experience!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boulder, CO

Great place, great hosts

  • 4 of 5

We love the place. John and Lesley have put together a terrific camp on the lake. They bend over backwards to make sure everything is in excellent shape. We hope to be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Campers' Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Last week 4 of us had a campers' reunion at the Tarbell's property for 7 days. We rented both cottages and found them just perfect for our situation. Our camp had been on Lake Fairlee 55 years ago, so we try to get together when we can on this wonderful lake. 3 of us stayed up in the Alpine Cottage - very roomy with a good kitchen and living room and comfortable beds, albeit one room with bunk beds. Loved the wood pellet stove when we needed it.

The 4th stayed at Lakeside, right over the water! Both cottages are well appointed and provided us with everything we needed. We had 2 canoes and 2 kayaks at our disposal, as well as the pontoon boat should we choose to rent it.

There is a fire pit below Alpine for evening campfires, and many comfortable chairs grouped around at different areas. The walk down to the lake from Alpine is not difficult as John has built a nice set of stairs to use.

John & Lesley Tarbell are terrific hosts and we would definitely return again!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquility for Adults and Children

  • 5 of 5

John and Lesley are the greatest hosts, the property is wonderfully laid out. We love being here with so much to do for adults as well as for our children, kayaking, swimming, running the hills, road or mountain biking, boating, golfing watching the gliders, balloonist at the airport, fire pit, and so much more. - Love it!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Cabin, Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

Lakeside cabin was perfect for our family. John and Lesley a wonderful hosts. We have two young children and the accommodations were extremely comfortable with the ideal mix of quaintness and convenience to allow us to live effortlessly but still feel as though we got away from our busy lives. We would love to return every summer

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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John & Lesley Tarbell
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 February, 2018

About John & Lesley Tarbell

We are your hosts, John and Lesley - our primary residence is in Massachusetts but our haven is here on Lake Fairlee.

After renting on Lake Fairlee for 5 years, and realizing that this Lake was the ONE for us, we bought 'Birch Point Lane Cottages'. It was a dream come true for us. The property consists of three structures: the 2 rental cottages and our own 'Lodge' which was re-built by John. Lodge has taken some time to complete and has an interesting history, please ask us while you are visiting. John has also put his touch on the cabins, making all the cabinets in Alpine's kitchen, building a new deck, installing new flooring, and many other updates are John's handy-work. Since we have been regular renters (from properties on HomeAway!) we think we know what people like and don't like about the experience. It is our goal to be nearby and available as 'caretakers' but far enough to let you have your own Lake Fairlee vacation and memories.

John & Lesley Tarbell purchased this cottage in 2011

Why John & Lesley Tarbell chose Thetford

Lake Fairlee is easy to fall in love with. It is a nice size lake, just about 3 miles long, a clean 'spring-fed' body of water nestled in the beautiful Vermont mountains. We are fortunate to have many traditional overnight camps as our neighbors ( you will hear reveille). The surrounding communities of Fairlee and Thetford are quiet, sleepy-towns and represent quintessential Vermont. But not too far away, you have the more 'bustling' towns of Hanover, NH and Woodstock VT. There is plenty to do, just as there is plenty of relaxing to do...

What makes this cottage unique

Birch Point Lane Cottages are unique for their stunning views and 'camp-like' feel. If you have been on the Lake, than you have probably noticed Lakeside cottage - it sits directly on the water. And Alpine is perched up on the hill offering incredible western views of the lake. When we are at Birch Point we immediately exhale and relax. Adding to all the visual beauty is the symphony of nature's sounds to your ears. The call of the loon, the birds singing, even the fish jumping - make this spot even more special. We just can't wait to share it with you and your family!!


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Lake Morey Resort
Nearest Train
18 Miles
White River Junction, VT
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Route 91
Car: necessary

Hot air Ballooning at nearby Post Mills Airport, 1 mile

Dartmouth College/Hanover, NH within 20 miles

Quechee and Woodstock, VT makes a fun day-trip

A drive North on Rt 5 to Bradford provides true Vermont pastoral views, make sure to dine at Colatina Exit (highly recommend)

And both towns of Thetford and Fairlee have much to offer such as covered bridges, scenic drives, weekly flea market, antiques and Mrs. Chapman's store!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £85.93
Pet Fee £71.61

*Military Discount - 10% (some exclusions apply to holidays etc)
*Multi-week (Non-Holiday) discount - 5%
$500 Deposit on credit card reserves your dates, confirms booking. Call/text at 413-330-0250. First half rent is due 30-days from booking confirmation. The balance due paid upon arrival with credit card or cashier's check. Cancellation policy: If we can re-book your dates at full-price we will refund the amount collected.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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