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Family friendly, Mobility Accessible Waterfront Retreat - Wellesley Island

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 4,960 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 BRM, 6.5BTH, pool, two slip boathouse, home on private 50 acres

Available year round, this spacious retreat on Lake of the Isles, Wellesley Island is minutes from the Canadian Border and Alexandria Bay, NY. Grocery store and Gas station just across the 1000 Islands Bridge.

Ideal for family reunions, Executive planning retreats, even small Weddings!

The main floor is wheel chair accessible.

Visitors enter into a two story formal great room, with large formal dining (meeting) table, fireplace, surrounded by three sides of windows providing a spectacular view of the lake.

The main floor includes a well equipped kitchen, living room and “tree house” eating / meeting / games area overlooking the lake. A laundry room, crafts area and full bathroom are located immediately off the living room-kitchen area.

On the other side of the great room is the gracious master suite, king size bed, long closets, in addition to a walk through closet dressing room, full accessible bathroom with side by side sinks, wheels under sink, side entry tub and seated shower.

A large open deck with picnic table and enclosed resistance pool spans the length of the home, a great vantage point for a spectacular sunset view.

The second floor is accessible by stairs or nana-chair and has four guest rooms with full bath room (Shower-tub). 1st with king bed and fold out bed couch, 2nd with King bed, 3rd with bunk beds and optional additional twin, 4th with queen bed and full size day bed. All with large closet space. Linens included.

Also included is wifi internet access, and dish tv, airconditioning / heating, potable filtered tap water.

Stairs travel down the hillside to "my spot" the large fire pit area and another set of stairs lead you down to the swim dock, there is a shady children's play area (swings, sand box) and of course "fred's deck" which is the best place to read and think as well as the location of our smaller fit pit.

The Boat House has a 'level to the ground' access ramp. Two slips, one with a platform for fishing or to provide access to the lake for kayaks /canoes. Plenty of room to tie up. power and lights available.

More Details

Deirdre Billes
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2017

About Deirdre Billes

I have had the pleasure of spending summers at this 'cottage' since the mid 80's. It is now a place that my son can enjoy and we are looking forward to sharing it with you.

Deirdre Billes purchased this cottage in 1987

Why Deirdre Billes chose Thousand Islands

This place has been the favorite vacation home for our international family for decades. Site Manager Howard Dorr is a delight to work with both as a welcoming host and a local fix-it / build it expert.

What makes this cottage unique

Sublime quiet provided by being at the end of the road on a large forested property.

Beautiful venue for small wedding.

Ideal for Small Executive Planning Sessions, Team Building Retreats. (We can help you find caterers). Lots of activities can take place concurrently here, without feeling over crowded.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Wellesley Island in Orleans

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • upstairs 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    upstairs 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    upstairs 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    upstairs 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    master suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , accessible
    laundry kitchen area - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    powder off great hall - Toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • upstairs 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , full bath
    upstairs 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , full bath
    upstairs 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , full bath
    Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , walk through closet, full bath with two sinks
    upstairs 3 - 1 Single Bed , 3 Bunk Bed , top twin, bottom double, full bath, option to add a twin
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • diving
  • swimming
Can provide details for fishing guides, scuba, Island boat tours, winery tours, Clayton Boat Museum, and regional festivals. Want some winter fun? Ice Fishing with Howard - an unforgettable treat.


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Family friendly, Mobility Accessible Waterfront Retreat - Wellesley Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Wonder Lake of the Isles Retreat for Large Family Gatherings

  • 5 of 5

Pristine home with full amenities, fantastic view, privacy, and wonderful water access. I highly recommend (though hesitate only to keep it a secret for future vacations)! We had 12 people and were beyond comfortable and in awe of the cleanliness and accommodations. Truly more than we imagined. Floating swimming dock a refuge for teenagers. Two fire pits to accommodate the small and larger parties. Boat house to fish, kayak, and keep a boat for sightseeing, fishing, and tubing. Best place we have stayed in 1000 Islands by far.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding vacation rental Better than excellent !!

  • 5 of 5

10 of us college friends who have had reunions 12 times over the past 50 years, just spent a wonderful long weekend at Rock Baie Retreat. We have had our reunions in 12 different places from Colorado to South Carolina and in between. This is by far the very BEST place we have ever stayed in. Couldn't get a better owner or caretaker!!!! The caretaker was always available, (not that anything went wrong), and he was friendly and informative. The accommodations can't be beat.....everything needed is provided (except food). The place is spotless inside and out. Even though many nearby places close in the fall, we had no problem finding interesting and good places to eat and visit....wine tasting, golf, shopping in Clayton, fishing, sight seeing all around the island, walking, sunset viewing, BBQing, antique buying and, privacy......... We're making reservations for next year and highly recommend this amazing jewel !!! ***** + (that's 5 stars plus)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Our favourite place

  • 5 of 5

My children and I have been to Rock Baie Retreat for many times. It is like a second home for us. The views from the property are stunning. The house is roomy, welcoming and has everything one could ask for and more. The location on private waterfront and acres of wooded landed is amazing.

We have stayed at Rock Baie as one family and also with two and more families, with babies, toddlers, young children, teenagers, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 somethings, and the elderly. The indoor living space allows for any combination of people to stay in comfort and luxury. The property outdoors is a mix of landscaped and natural areas, with a spectacular wrap-around deck and acres and acres of hiking-friendly terrain. The house is just over one kilometre (about 0.7 miles) from the main road; the access road is well maintained and is perfect for a daily run (or walk). The waterfront is located on a bay of the St. Lawrence and has the feel of a big lake. We love the new swimming dock in the water and the natural shoreline. Cooking, baking and eating are feature activities for us here. So are card and board games, puzzles and movie watching. There is a huge grocery store within 5 minutes' drive, and the Canadian border is 10 minutes north.

We have visited here in every season of the year, and the beauty of each is spectacular. The autumn colours are lovely. The snow covered outdoors in the winter invite outdoor play. The spring is tranquil. And the summer offers the widest range of activities.

I cannot say enough good about the owner. Both she and the property manager are extremely helpful and make every effort to accommodate us and help make every stay memorable.

It has been amazing to see the changes and additions at the property. We have always thought that Rock Baie Retreat is amazing, and it keeps getting better!

My recommendation of this home and property to others is absolute. We plan to return regularly.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The pictures you see here do not do the place justice. While they are beautiful, to actually be there is breathtaking! A whole group of us came up on our bikes and the man who met us there and explained the property and the house to us was very friendly and extremely helpful. The view, the accommodations and the wonderful time we had there are beyond words for me. It was very close to the grocery store and Alexandria Bay. I would recommend this place to everyone. It was by far, the nicest place I ever stayed on a vacation. We stayed for 3 nights. Next time we will make it a week!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Central NY

Wedding Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The owner was very gracious in allowing us to have our wedding and reception at this spectacular Lake of the Isles retreat. The views, amenities, handicap accessiblility, flower gardens, decks, pool... all made it a huge success. The caretaker went above and beyond to make sure our stay was seemless. One in a million place to stay in the 1000 Islands !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St Louis, MO, USA


  • 5 of 5

This was one of the homes we rented in the Thousand Island Vicinity for a family reunion and Rock Baie Retreat home made our get together all the more memorable. Beautifully maintained property (indoors and outdoors) and very well furnished to accommodate a large group. Entry way and the main living space is gorgeous and beautifully decorated. The tree house dining room was a hot spot for card and board games. The waterfront view is spectacular, the multiple fire pits on the property, the swing set on the side, fishing dock, hammock, swimming dock and the beautiful rock garden by the garage - all of this made for a good time outdoors.

The owner and property manager were wonderful to work with. They invested a lot of time to prepare the place for our visit and were so helpful throughout the planning stages, check in and check out process. We did offer some suggestions to the owner to invest in a new BBQ grill and outdoor lighting and it is being considered.

The only thing we were not prepared for was cell phone coverage issues. Being so close to the US-Canada border we had challenge with AT&T triggering roaming service or Sprint not having any service at all while on the property. Verizon worked well. Given the limited internet availability and phone carrier challenges it did pose some communication challenges BUT it did not stop us from having fun over the weekend.

We have rented quite a few homes on past vacations and if we are back in the Thousand Island area again we will definitely look to rent this property. I would strongly recommend this home to others considering a home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so very pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay at Rock Baie Retreat. We really appreciated your feedback and I am happy to share with you that Howard has already assembled our new 6 burner Charbroil BBQ. We are waiting for the delivery of two stand alone outdoor lamps as well. Hopefully the lamps will help folks enjoy more activities out on the back balcony well into the evening. I agree with you, this location is somewhat remote and cell phone reception can be hit or miss. On that point I have just upgraded our internet service to a larger data plan. This should assist communications to as degree. Howard and I hope to see you return again soon. - Deirdre
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Nearest Airport
91.9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4.4 Miles
The Wellesley Hotel and Restaurant
Nearest Golf
3.9 Miles
Wellesley Island Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
interstate 81
Nearest Ski
32.9 Miles
down hill, Dry Hill, Watertown NY
Car: necessary

Enjoy the fantastic Winery Tours, go under in crystal clear waters to wreck dive, have a professional fishing guide pick you up at our dock and drift along on the main channel of the river. Take in the Clayton Wooden Boat Museum tour, tromp our private 50 forested acres or work out in our resistance pool, take in a round of golf on-island, then light an evening fire and see thousands of stars come out to the sounds of loon calls. Year round access. Ice fishing, snowshoeing, all possible from this very comfortable lakeside home in the woods. This location is an ideal setting for an executive planning retreat.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Wellesley Island, Upstate New York

Rental Basis:
per property
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23 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £388.4
Damage Deposit £62.14

Well mannered dog(s) allowed, rate of $100 per dog per stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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