Waterfront Cottage with Magnificent Views, Thousand Islands
- Airport Shuttle
- Pets Allowed
- Swimming Pool
- Smoking Allowed
Located in the magnificent 1000 Islands, this 3-bedroom cottage with 1.8 acres sits in a 'postcard pretty,' calm and protected bay. It features 330 feet of water frontage, a dock with a canoe and pedal boat and a large wrap around deck for enjoying the fabulous view. High speed Internet will allow you to stay in touch while you enjoy the magnificent St. Lawrence River right out front. It is available for you to enjoy by the week, Saturday to Saturday. Situated at the mouth of Jones Creek, means an extensive (and calm on windy days) nature preserve is also instantly accessible. Jones Creek is part of the Thousand Islands National Park (with many miles of nature trails) and the Thousand Islands Biosphere Reserve and a favored fishing area. 10 minutes from Brockville where all shopping conveniences are available, it sits 30 minutes east of Kingston (Ontario's two most historic cities), 1 hour from Ottawa, 1.5 hrs from Syracuse, N.Y., 2 hours from Montreal and 3 from Toronto. Email for additional information on the cottage and immediate area.
In ancient times the natives called it 'The Garden of the Great Spirit' In the 1800s Charles Dickens (otherwise unimpressed with his North American travels) called it 'a place of uncommon beauty.' I call it 'The Secret Garden', as it is still largely undiscovered. There is a lot of history here. In one photo a Willow tree sits on its own tiny island. That island has its own story. In the 1700s when the British and French were at war, a French ship heading to Fort Cataraqui (Kingston) with the payroll was being chased down by a British ship. They dodged into the bay and threw the 'treasure' overboard, planning to retrieve it later. Silt and weeds from the creek made it impossible to find, but in 1909, the grandfather of the former cottage owner brought a dredge here to look for the treasure. The dredgings were piled in one spot, to not cover the treasure. It was never found, but a willow branch floating down the creek took root on the tiny island and it has prospered here ever since.
The cottage sits on a protected bay at the conjunction of the extensive Jones Creek waterway and the St. Lawrence River, the site of an Indian village discovered by the first missionary (Father Simon Lemoyne) to visit the area in the mid 1600s. Perhaps because of this conjunction, the fishing is excellent. One mile west is Browns Bay Provincial Park with arguably the finest beach on the Canadian side. The cottage includes a season pass to use the park for swimming and picnicking as you wish.
Each of the seasons here has its own special appeal. Spring is a delight as first the flox and then the lilacs lining the drive burst into bloom. Summer brings with it long, lazy days, perfect for relaxing or exploring the creek or perhaps a game of Boules on the lawn by the water, while others watch from the deck above. A small fire pit provides a spot to roast marshmallows. Fall is arguably the finest time on the river. Summer boat traffic evaporates after Labor day, leaving the river at is at its quietest, with just the occasional fisherman about. The warmth of the water lingers, holding fall at bay. When fall brings its colors, the cheery fireplace and beautiful waterfront view make this a very compelling place to be. Email for additional details and pictures.
The cottage includes the use of a canoe, perfect for exploring the adjacent Jones Creek National Park, but the river is vast and best explored in a larger craft and it is WELL worth exploring. My recommendation is a deck boat, a powered living room in essence, and these are available for rental about 10 miles upstream. You can rent one for the duration and keep it at the dock, or simply plan your river outings around a day or two's rental.
July and August rates are $2200/week. For June and September $1900/week. April, May and October $1600/week.
(5% discount for 2 weeks, 10% for 3 weeks, and 15% for 4 weeks) Bed linens are available for an additional $100.