This fully equipped cottage is on a scenic Vermont lake, surrounded by some of Vermont’s most beautiful countryside and interesting communities. It’s a lovely spot for fishing, swimming, and canoeing. The lake frontage is across a quiet country road from the cottage, and is shared with another cottage (Fletcher Cottage #1). The water is shallow for a fairly long distance from shore, so it is a safe swimming area for young children under adult supervision. It’s also a good spot for launching a small boat. We provide a rowboat, canoe, kayak, and a sort of funky paddleboat for use by you and the guests at the other cottage. Each cottage has its own small dock.
The cottage is comfortable throughout spring, summer, and fall. If you wish to visit in winter (and perhaps enjoy great skiing at nearby Smugglers Notch) please check out Fletcher Cottage #1, right next door.
The cottage has sleeping space for several people. How many? There are four full-size beds and a single daybed. Please see the additional descriptions below to determine whether this will be sufficient for your family or group.
For area attractions, you may enjoy the local winery or the corn maze in nearby Cambridge, ride a horse from the nearby stable, or visit some of the year-round attractions of Smugglers Notch in Jeffersonville. Or, you can take longer scenic drives to Waterbury to tour Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, or Burlington, a college town with many cultural attractions (about 33 miles). Additional sources of information on Vermont attractions can be found at our “Vermont Links” page. Montreal is close enough for a convenient day trip.
During the summer peak, reservations are generally taken for full weeks (Saturday afternoon until the next Saturday morning). Shorter durations (two-night minimum) are offered during non-peak times of the spring and fall, or if there is a last-minute vacancy. The per-day rate is always lower if a full week is reserved.
Would you like to be notified if any specific date opens up because of a cancellation? Please e-mail us with your request.
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The cottage is a blend of old and the new styles, combining rustic charm with modern convenience. The two bedrooms are both on the second floor, laid out comfortably although the ceilings are low.
The “master bedroom” has a full-size bed, with plenty of closet space and a very nice view of the lake. The other bedroom is a dormitory-style room with three full-size beds. Curtains are hung to provide some element of privacy. The beds vary in the firmness of the mattresses.
The stairway is fairly typical of a cottage that was originally designed decades ago—sturdy and with a railing, but a bit steeper and narrower than one would expect in a typical modern house, and with low headroom at the top of the stairs. If a member of your party has difficulty climbing stairs, or if you just feel like relaxing during the day, there’s a single-size day bed in the living room.
The living room is a comfortable spot to relax, with windows that look out across the narrow road onto the lake. We provide a small television with about 50 satellite channels and a DVD player.
The main bathroom is downstairs and has a shower but no tub. Another small bathroom is upstairs, with just a toilet and sink. Laundry facilities (washer and dryer) are in a small separate building in the backyard.
Outside, just off the living room, is a small but convenient deck, with a charcoal grill, chairs, and a table. Also, on the lake front, there are chairs, a bench-type swing, a picnic table, and a pit for bonfires.
For cooking, on days when you don’t feel like using the charcoal grill outside, you’ll appreciate the full kitchen inside—with gas range, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, coffee grinder, etc. It is well-designed for cooking and serving—an island counter with stools is good for a casual snack, and the room opens up into an area with dining table and chairs.
The dining table is round, and can easily accommodate up to six people for dinner or socializing. The running water comes from a deep well, so it is good to drink.
when you arrive, you can relax without needing to stock up with food or supplies right away. The refrigerator and cupboards are stocked with miscellaneous food items, particularly appropriate for breakfasts, including eggs, sausages, frozen waffles, and real Vermont maple syrup as well as condiments and other basics. The cottage is completely furnished, including dishes, towels, linens, etc., and you’ll find the beds already made. We won’t intrude on your privacy to change the sheets or make the beds during your stay, but you’ll find plenty of extra linens. A washer and dryer are in a separate building in the back yard for your convenience.
A land-line telephone is provided. The phone number is unpublished, to protect guests from unwanted calls. However, if you make reservations and want the number to give to family and friends before you leave home, we will be happy to provide it. Cell phone reception is not great in this area—it varies depending on your carrier—so you may wish to share the cottage phone number with others in case of emergency.
The cottage has WiFi service for your phones, tablets, laptops, etc.so bring along your laptop. As noted above, we also supply a TV with satellite reception and a DVD player.
Pets are welcome, as long as they are kept under control by their owners. Please do not bring pets that may disturb the neighbors, either with noise or physical threats. If your pet causes damage to the property, you will be expected to assume full responsibility and pay for repairs. If your pet sheds, we will appreciate your efforts to vacuum up pet hair before you check out, keeping in mind that the next guests may have allergies. With those caveats, this is a pet-friendly cottage in a pet-friendly neighborhood.
If you smoke, we ask that you step out onto the deck, yard, or lake frontage before lighting up.
Cottage Tour. Some enhancements have been made in furnishings and decor since this was taken, including a gas fireplace.
Lake Frontage. Some changes have been made in the outdoor furniture and the available boats since this was taken.
Most rentals are for a full week, Saturday to Saturday. In general, we expect that rentals during the summer months will be by full weeks or multiples thereof. Other times of year the minimum stay is two nights, with rates varying for peak and non-peak periods.:
||Summer Peak: Full Weeks only, July and August, including weeks that overlap into those months.
Peak Dates for Daily Rates:
We request that you make every effort to be sure of your travel plans before you make a reservation. Please keep in mind that the dates you reserve are made unavailable to anybody else, and we may turn away many others who are inquiring about that period. Because most people plan vacations well in advance, it is often difficult to re-rent with short notice. For that reason, the deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of the rental fee for the week will be excused if you cancel at least a month ahead of the scheduled date, or if we are able to re-rent.
Payments may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) or by check.
Reservations may be made by phone (802-482-2988 or 1-800-310-8320) or by exchanging e-mail with us at cottage (at) upperaccess.com. If you pay by credit card (as the majority of our guests do), it is usually most convenient to provide the credit-card information by telephone.
The standard rental agreement for our cottages is posted here.
To Pay Your Deposit On Line…
If you prefer to pay your $100 deposit on-line, we have set up a secure order form for that purpose. You will see payment options for all major credit cards or for Pay Pal. This will charge your account right away while you are on-line, so before doing so, please be sure to confirm the reservation by phone or e-mail.
Keep in mind that our credit-card gateway is designed mainly to take book orders for our home business. Therefore, it’ll ask about a shipping charge; but choose the option for rentals that avoids the shipping charge. If anything gets confusing, remember that you can always make your credit card payment by phone, at 802-482-2988 or (from most locations) toll-free at 1-800-310-8320. The phone numbers are secure land lines to our home office, and we answer during extended hours weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
Steve or Lisa Carlson
85 Upper Access Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461
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