3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 160' West Facing Lakefront
About John Kralik
Our current full time residence is in the Hudson Valley area of New York, about 90 minutes north of Manhattan along the Hudson River. We bought the lake house as a long term plan for retirement and just began renting in 2011 due to lack of time allowed by demanding jobs. I'm Vice President of the Tonner Doll Company and my partner is Direct of Design and Construction for a college campus. We're from St. Clair, Michigan and Burlington, Vermont respectively and both grew up on the water-hence, this lake property. We looked at over 50 houses in the two year search and knew we would buy this house before we even got inside. All it took was a walk to the lake, a turn to see the lake side of the house and that was it.
John Kralik purchased this House in 2004
Why John Kralik chose Swanton
As stated above, owning a house on Lake Champlain was a long term goal for us both. Being in close proximity to family in the Burlington area, as well as everything Burlington and Vermont offer is very satisfying. We believe the house is in one of the best areas of the lake, with three miles of open water in front of the house facing directly west and looking at North Hero island, as well as the peninsula that forms West Swanton, also referred to as Hog Island. This part of the lake is very quiet, perfect for swimming, kayaking and water skiing. Several of our past guests have brought boats and tied them to our private mooring.
What makes this House unique
This house and property are very unique to the area. The exterior of the house is log sided, evoking a slightly Adirondack flair to the place and it's sited about 8' above and 20' back from the lake itself. As one family member stated when walking in the first time, 'the lake kind of smacks you in the face'. The stone barbeque was one of those unexpected details that just closed the deal for me. The fact that you're looking at Lake Champlain while grilling certainly doesn't hurt at all either.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
What a view !
The place is so peaceful and quiet, ideal for a holiday away from the crowds and bustle of big cities.The view of the lake is beautiful no matter what the weather, we never tired of watching.The house is well located to visit places of interest in Vermont: Burlington is 40 minutes drive, Montpelier at 1:10 and Mount Mansfield at 1:20. Jack and John are listening hosts and answer questions quickly. We are delighted to have spent a week suspended out of time.
Quintessential comfortable lake cottage, fantastic water and sunset views. The hosts were very gracious and also supplied helpful and interesting area information. The route to the water's edge is a bit tricky for senior citizens.
Feels like a home and not like a rental! Great place and great location!
Just came back from a great week in VT. The house was terrific and the owners were very helpful in our planning and execution of our trip. Beautiful location on the water with great amenities and all the little touches. Whole family had a blast!
Hi Chris- we so enjoy hearing of guests having a great time there. Thanks for taking the time to comment!
A Terrific Week
My family and I have stayed at VRBO vacation homes for nigh unto 15 years now, and "Sunsets Over Lake Champlain" is the best, and not just for the location right on the water with its spectacular views of the sky and water and the mountains across the lake but also for its funky furnishings and everything that comes with them. The padded furniture is comfortable and there are six wonderful Adirondack chairs facing the lake. The walls and floors and mantels and cupboard tops are covered with art from around the world, everything from posters of New Yorker covers to animal statues from India and, I presume, Canada. The house is incredibly well stocked with every kind of dishes and glasses and tableware and cooking pans and whatever utensil you might need to cook any dish. The kitchen is well arranged with lots of counter space to make cooking easy. The garage contains a canoe and two kayaks and all the safety vests that you can use, and use them we did. Our dealings with Jack were always cordial, and we took him up on a number of recommendations for things to see and places to eat and we were never disappointed. We had a wonderful time, and if we ever vacation again in Vermont, it would be hard for us to even think about going anywhere else.
A perfect getaway stay
We loved staying at this lovely cottage on the water. The location is perfect for day trips into Burlington as well as Montreal. We had hoped to ski but the weather did not cooperate. Regardless, we had plenty of options from touring to exploring to relaxing. The home offers every amenity needed and we enjoyed cooking in the ample kitchen and playing board games as a family in a relaxed setting. John and Jack are wonderful hosts and ensured that we had everything we needed for a perfect getaway. Their home is impeccable and tastefully decorated. We look forward to returning to this beautiful location to enjoy the summer fun that this cottage on the lake has to offer.
A Sunset Heaven
The location of this cottage is beautiful in full close up view of Lake Champlain with spectacular sunsets every clear night. The cottage itself is very well equipped and comfortable, wonderful lighting and comfortable chairs for reading. Our favorite spot was the large deck with Adirondack chairs and a table and chairs to enjoy meals outside. The owners provide sheets and towels, WiFi access, dishwasher,microwave and washer /dryer and kayaks and grills. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this cottage and found it a very refreshing and relaxing experience. Our one concern, as an older couple who likes to kayak and swim, was the steep, stone access to the water. However, we did manage to get some wonderful kayak paddles in , one at sunset we will never forget!
The Mississquoi Wildelife preserve is directly across the street from the house and encompasses hundreds of actres of protected lands. The preserve is also reach via kayak about one half mile from the house via the lake and offers incredible birding and wildlife observation opportunities.