The SpaceThis lakefront cottage is on the quieter side of Lake Cedar (also known as Monkton Pond) in the lovely little town of Monkton, Vermont (population: 2,800). Monkton has a general store, a berry farm (June to Sept.), an apple orchard (Sept. to Oct.), a vegetable farmstand (open daily) and a school playground all within a short distance.
The 16-mile drive from the nearest airport - Burlington, VT (BTV) - takes you from a hip, vibrant college town to a relaxing rural paradise via pretty country roads surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains and the Green Mountains. The drive from the south - via Middlebury or Route 7 - is also wonderful: peppered with farms, quaint towns, antique shops, rolling hills and mountains in the distance.
The setting is semi-private and makes you feel like you've gone backwards in time - to a place where life is simpler. It is on an unpaved road, nestled together with a handful of other "camps" or "cabins," which is what seasonal houses on a lake are called up here. Imagine an old-fashioned summer camp - slightly rustic, but with a lovingly hand-crafted interior and modern conveniences, including WIFI. Pretty views surround you and lake sounds (bullfrogs & birdsong) fill the air.
There is a campfire pit, perfect for having a glass of wine or cold beer by and of course, roasting marshmallows! The night brings out lightning bugs and the sky is filled with stars.
The lake is great for fishing. Swimming is limited due to weeds, which we have opted to not remove for the sake of the the lake and its aquatic life's health. We also have an electric composting toilet for a similar reason: given that we are right on the lake, it is much more eco-friendly than a traditional septic system. Don't worry - the toilet is sanitary, easy-to-use and doesn't smell. It's actually kind of cool! Since we are very environmentally conscious, we ask our guests to be respectful of the lake as well.
There enclosed porch is a beautiful place to sit and watch the sun rise or drink a cocktail in the evening. The main bedroom is small, but private. There is a loft with two single beds. The stairs are steep, though, so those with physical limitations and very small children may not be able to use them. There is a gate at the top for safety purposes.
Please be advised that there is WIFI, but the only TV is extremely old and only runs videos. This is on purpose and is in the spirit of simplicity - we hope to gently encourage our guests to unplug & unwind during your stay. We are situated exactly halfway between Burlington and Middlebury, so there are endless options for things to do in the area. To give you some ideas, there are ample brochures, maps and guidebooks in the cabin.
The kitchen is fully equipped and towels and linens are included. Guest AccessGuests have full, unshared access to the entire home. Interaction with GuestsI will not be physically present during your stay however, I am readily available by phone or text. I also have very reliable local resources who can assist you in person, if necessary. The NeighborhoodIt is on an unpaved road, nestled together with a handful of other "camps" or "cabins," which is what seasonal houses on a lake are called up here. Getting AroundThere is ample parking for two cars. Other Things to NoteI will provide detailed arrival instructions and an alarm access code immediately prior to your stay.