2 charming Cottages: 3 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 8 Max. *Seasonal*
John & Lesley Tarbell
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 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. It is our goal to be nearby and available as 'caretakers' but far enough away 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. Research online the lake and it's surrounding camps, towns, plus even more about us. Birch Point Lane Cottages, Lake Fairlee
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 Lake Fairlee 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!!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
The Enchanted Cottages on Lake Fairlee
Beautifully situated on Lake Fairlee. The adorable cabins were warm, and cozy and adorned to please the senses. We left this morning, but felt a pang of sadness to leave such a lovely haven of peace and total comfort! A memorable time was had by all!
Thank you so very much John and Lesley!!!!
Frolicking with the loons
If you appreciate a lakeside get away with superior attention to detail and comfortable lodgings, give this property your full attention. It is perfect for an extended family or even 2 families to stay and either enjoy the amenities of the home itself or drive around the beautiful country side. The owners have painstakingly restored two cottages on a hill that drops off into a pristine lake in Northern Vermont. The owners are friendly and accessible (their son equally so) and the two cottages are well stocked with any cooking item you would need plus plenty of staples to stay home and prepare a meal. In fact the cutting knives were the sharpest I have ever used including my own kitchen. There is even a pontoon boat you can rent for a very reasonable fee to explore the lake by motor boat or use their kayaks or rowboat that are also available. My biggest regret is that we didn't get to stay longer. The only warning I would share is to remember these are true summer lake cottages so the rooms are small (and adequate) and you have to be creative with storage of hanging items. In addition, in the main cottage, the wall does not go to the ceiling between the two bedrooms. All perfectly in tune with the setting but worth mentioning. Thank you John and Chris for a wonderful stay and we hope to return some day in the not too distant future.
Piece, quiet, tranquility, and family time. Just what the doctor ordered.
Waking up every morning to piece and quiet was wonderful. This was followed by making breakfast looking out over the lake with hot air balloons ascending into the air almost every day. In fact, on one day the balloon put on quite the show, dropping down to lake level several times to the point the basket was in the water.
The lake itself is beautiful and the perfect size, with very limited boat traffic and no annoying jet ski's. We opted to rent the pontoon boat and super glad we did, as it was a pleasure heading up and down the lake daily with the family (including the dogs). The boat is well taken care of and the perfect size for an amateur captain like me.
The other popular activity was kayaking, which we had never done until our week at the Tarbell's. This ended up being a daily event and everything was provided including life jackets. Heading around the coast line looking at turtles, fish, and ducks was great. One day a loon popped up right next to my wife!
John and Leslie are super and were always watching out for us. One day when we decided to spend most of the day on the pontoon boat they got worried and came out looking for us with water for the dogs, thinking we had broke down. We were just enjoying the day and lost track of time, but knowing they had our back was great.
Get your fishing poles ready, as we caught bass, pickerel, bull head, perch, and more sun fish than we could count. Our daughter enjoyed the sun fish the most, which was great bonding time. Although she is still bragging that she caught more than me, which happens when Dad needs to worm the hooks and take the fish off.
There is a great little store close by that has all the essentials and was almost a nightly stop for ice cream.
If you have never tried an outdoor shower, get ready, as it was super relaxing after a long day on the water. Enjoy with a glass of wine.
Speaking of wine, while you need to bring you own, everything else you need to enjoy is provided. Glasses, stoppers, bottle openers, and even cute little wine glass sandals.
Other amenities included air conditioning, good Wi-Fi, satellite TV, gas grills (yes two of them), fire pit, and plenty of family games to play.
Disconnect from city life and don't hesitate in making a reservation with Leslie and John. You will not be disappointed.
Perfect week on gorgeous lake!
If we had dreamed up the perfect week for a lake vacation it would have cozy quarters, crystal clear water, quiet, peaceful surroundings and a nice, soft breeze. What we got was SO MUCH MORE!
The lakeside cabin was enjoyed by my husband and I, while the Alpine cabin was the “kid” space for our teens & 20 year old. Lakeside was so charming with comfortable seating, million dollar views and a bed nicer than our own! Every detail has been thought through to make the serenity of the lake the focal point. Our first morning we awoke to the mist on the water with loons swimming only feet from the shore, then a short time later watched the hot air balloon straight out from our bed in the cabin! The alpine cabin was so authentic from the beautiful owner-made custom cabinets to the cabin inspired decor. WiFi worked very well and was a necessity for our oldest taking online college classes. Again, every attention to detail has been made and we were even treated to locally made sweets and the makings for s’mores.
The boat and kayaks are a MUST and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to properly enjoy this lake and the pontoon is a fraction of the cost compared to renting elsewhere. Super easy to use and the real way to enjoy the lake during the day. We spent so many hours on the water either puttering around, fishing (but found the dock area best fishing spot) or just cutting the engine and taking it all in. My favorite times were watching the loon babies learning fishing skills from their parents.
You would never know when the owners and their daughter were next door unless you seek them out. They have done a great job of defining the space between the rentals and their own cabin. They are a wealth of knowledge about the property, Lake Fairlee and the area should you have questions beyond the binder provided in Alpine cabin and are super friendly and accommodating. Their dogs are some of the happiest dogs I’ve ever met and are so well behaved.
We have rented many lake houses over the years and by far this was #1 on our list. I’ve personally never been a huge fan of lakes with past experiences (I have always preferred the ocean) but I think this place just changed my mind forever with hopes to return annually!
Thanks again for an amazingly peaceful and relaxing vacation, Leslie & John!
Perfect: setting, accommodations and owners.
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!
Absolutely phenomenal! We could not have asked for a better experience! Pure bliss!
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
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!
Tara and Addie
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!