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Casa Blanca on Cherry Island Magnificent Estate

Bedrooms 12
Separate WCs2
Space 15,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Island Mansion, 14 Bedrooms, 8.5 Baths, 25 Sleeps - Fully Equipped for Fun

The Gem of the River - Grandest Island Mansion - Please look at more pictures at our other at This home is featured on the cover of a new book of 1000 Island homes called :The Summer Cottage: Retreats of the 1000 Islands.

Casablanca is only available a few times each summer, it is our family home and we fill it up often.

Casablanca was completed in 1896 and we are the third family to take care of it. In 1961 my parents bought the home and kept the history. Most of the furniture is original and our guests feel like they are stepping back in time.

The home comes compete with everything you will need for a fantastic stay. From satellite TV, WI-FI, full kitchen and grills, lawn games and equipment, fire pit with cut wood, swim rafts and fishing tackle, stand up paddle-boards and kayaks and canoes and sailboats, all set up for your use.

If we don't have it we can arrange for you to get it, whatever you need to make this the greatest vacation, reunion, weddings, parties.

We have lived here for almost 60 years and and look forward to showing you whats so special about Casablanca and The River.

More Details

Property Manager
Philip Amsterdam
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish, Translators can be provided
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Wellesley Island in Town of Alexandria

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 15000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • resort ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , First Floor common area
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , in First Fl master
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , in Balcony Room Master
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , In Pink Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In small sleeping porch master
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shared bath in 2nd floor hall
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor shared bath
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 3rd floor shared bath
    Half Bathroom - Toilet , in laundry house
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 First Floor - 2 Double Bed , First floor handicapped ready, walk/roll in shower
    Bedroom 2 Balcony Room - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sleeping porch attache to inside bed room with full bath
    Bedroom 3 Pink Room Boldt Castle View - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Pink Room view of Boldt Castle full private bath
    Bedroom 4 Sleeping Porch - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , Another master w/ full bath and smaller sleeping porch
    Bedroom 5 Canopy Room - 2 Single Bed , Canopy Twin beds with marble sink
    Bedroom 6 Wood Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Wood Bedroom with twin Thonet beds and marble sink
    Bedroom 7 Brass Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Brass bedroom with double bed and marble sink shared bath
    Bedroom 8 Back Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large king with Castle view and sink
    Bedroom 9 3rd Floor King - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 3rd floor king shared bath
    Bedroom 10 3rd Fl Front - 2 Single Bed , 2 twin bed with shared bath
    Bedroom 11 Sewing Room - 1 Single Bed , 3rd floor with a twin and castle view
    Bedroom 12 3rd Fl Castle View - 3 Single Bed , 3rd floor two room with twin beds and shared bath
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
This mansion built for sugar plantation owners in 1896 has 14 bedrooms including 4 master suites, formal living and dining rooms, billiards and sun rooms and porches that offer the best view of the St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands. Casa Blanca on Cherry Island is the closest island to Alexandria Bay, with a clear view of Boldt Castle and only feet from the passing ships in the St. Lawrence Seaway. The mansion sits on 4 acres of island waterfront guarded by your own gargoyles. Out buildings include a waterfront gazebo and pump house with a large veranda exteding out into the river. A boat house and swimming area are on the back side of the island. This is a fully equipted home that the owners have enjoyed every summer for the last 50 years and will only be rented for a few weeks a year. A full time caretaker in on site during the week and part time cleaning help is available if desired.


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Casa Blanca on Cherry Island Magnificent Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Not just great, but magical

  • 5 of 5

This is one of those reviews you sort of hate to write because you don't want everyone to find out about a place that's so special. Yet in fairness to Phil and Nancy, I must.

The house, Casa Blanca, is everything in the pictures, and more. It still has the grand feel of the 1800s, but with updated conveniences. 16 women artists came to the island to write and paint, and it was fabulous.

First, it was plenty big for 16. The many bedrooms are comfortable and some are fantastic. There is not a window you can look out that doesn't have a breathtaking view. Boldt Castle is just across the bay. The property is expansive, with lots of places to explore , a gazebo, gargoyles that were once signals during prohibition and hammocks for lazy afternoons.

Perhaps best of all, Phil and Nancy are consummate hosts. They ferreid us to and from the mainland when necessary, gave advice on stores and restaurants, and let us treat their home as our own. I'd be remiss not to mention that Luke is the most agreeable handyman on the planet.

Sometimes you give a place five stars because there wasn't anything wrong with it and the owners are nice. Casa Blanca is the kind of place that truly rises above, what 5 stars were meant for. A magical place, that, once you've been, you dream of going back as soon and as often as possible. Many thanks for a wondrous stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a GEM...everything as promised...Spectacular!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the boat house (all was as promised) adjacent to the mansion. A few minutes boat ride from Alex Bay, with mainland parking and dock even closer. Cherry Island, (in the midst of famed "Millionaire's Row") has a total of 5 or 6 houses.....Casa Blanca is all you need as you get to enjoy most of the estate... including a gazebo where you are guarded by the gargoyles overlooking the the ships pass by. Phil & Nancy are gracious, helpful hosts and while away one eve, offered their "big house" porch so we could enjoy the sunset....unforgettable! Boathouse has dock, paddle boards, kayaks, a canoe, floating tubes, fishing rods, plus a gas grill for your use...also enjoyed P&N's yacht for sunning, diving and socializing. View from dock = overlooking 3 or 4 more mansions on the mainland. Advice: JUST DO IT! ......would definitely recommend to friends.....we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Antique Boat Shows.

* Shopping - US & Canada.

* Boating & Water Sports.

* SCUBA & Sailing & Swimming.

* Dining.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Enjoy the Rivers Charm.....

Top Thing to do in Family:

* House has tons of family fun activities.....

Everything is available nearby, we hope you take advantage of the water activities that the St. Lawrence River has to offer, endless boat rides are our favorite.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Nightly Rate: $2500 - $3000

Weekly Rate: $12500 - $22500

Monthly Rate: $25000 - $60000

We also have a 55 foot luxury yacht that can be added to your stay for an additional charge.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.