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Charming Farmhouse on the Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 134 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, sleeping porch, full bath, sleeps 8. Bonus rainy day playroom.

Newly installed seaweed mats will deal with the weed problem referred to in one of our reviews. Swimming will once again be a weed free pleasure. Free internet and a 32" TV with Blu-ray/VCR. Newly refurbished front porch overlooking the lake.

Private dock, boat launch and 60' of lakeshore. World class fishing and some of the best bike routes in Vermont. Extra features include enclosed sleeping porch and a stone porch overlooking the lake. A large screened game room provides additional eating and playing space. Ideal for extended family vacation in summer or peaceful couples retreat in the spring and fall. On dead-end road surrounded by meadows, forest and 1 mile from Sand Dunes State Park and golf course. Approximately 35 miles North of Burlington and 60 miles South of Montreal. Great fishing, boating and relaxing. Open May -October. Outstanding feature: One of the things our guests like most about our home is the large screened porch equipped with picnic tables and a sectional couch. Ideal for those occasional rainy days and dining anytime.

Guest Book: 'We were fortunate to have possibly the best weather of the summer. The dock was wonderful, the kids loved fishing off it. Our 10 year old was lucky enough to catch a large bass, even though it scared her. Thank you for the delicious chips and salsa and the use of your home for our family to spend time together.' - The Woon family, CA, VT and PA

'Just finished up our week. We love Lake Champlain! The cool breeze was much appreciated. We'll be back. Thanks for sharing your well-equipped home!' -The Wysocki family, NY

'Very cozy, well-equipped home. We had beautiful warm weather and a wonderful time. Thank you.'- Catherine Allaire, Vancouver

Guest Book: 'We've had a great time up here - weather fantastic. We used our boat a lot. Tonight our 15 year old son , Eric, and I watched a huge orange moon rise over the lake -- awesome. Salsa and chips were yummy. Thanks for a great week and fun memories.'-Amy and Mike Raville, VT

'I enjoyed my stay very much - a delightful place - thank you. The fireflies were amazing one night.' - Rosemary, England.

More Details

Molly Comeau
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About Molly Comeau

Rachael’s family has summered here for over 70 years. Her teenagers are the 5th generation to camp on the Poor Farm Road. Learning to swim and fish and water ski and sing around the campfire. They have also been introduced to astronomy in a big way as the current Grandpa has an observatory next door which he is happy to show off. Please find other information about the house and local area below.

Molly Comeau purchased this house in 2001

Why Molly Comeau chose Lake Champlain Islands

Our extended family long ago outgrew the original camp building that had been purchased in the mid 1940's and we were lucky enough to have this nearby property come on the market. We snapped it up and my brothers and their wives also bought summer places down the road. Summers spent on the lake are a precious part of our lives and we love to share the experience with others.

The road is named for the large farm built here in the 1850’s that was the 19th Century’s rough form of social safety net. The farm was abolished in the early 1900’s and the land surrounding this house became privately farmed until this day. The lake house you are staying in has an equally colorful history. Constructed with the materials at hand and receiving its water and fuel via pipes from the main farmhouse (still visible as the nearest white building to the north of the house), it was the tenant farmhouse built for the hired man and his family. When the farm no longer needed extra manpower, this house became a private year-round residence in the late 1950’s. Additions such as the screen room, porch, and garage were added at this time.

What makes this house unique

Newly installed seaweed mats will make swimming right off the shore a pleasure. No pesky weeds. A house with years of love built in!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Loved my mornings on the dock, the very comfortable bed, my walks to the Harborside Store, rocking on the porch, reading and painting. Thank you for the week.
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Alburgh, Vermont

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 134 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 double bed
    Bedroom - 1 double bed
    Bedroom - 2 single bed
  • All beds have good mattresses and will be made up for your arrival. Bedrooms are off a pretty, old fashioned hall. Lovely lake and meadow views. Other sleeping area is an airy, private enclosed porch with a comfortable pull-out couch.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • deck chairs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • conservatory
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
2 full beds, 2 twin beds, 1 full sleep sofa. Dock. Boat launch. Screen Porch. Provisioning possible. Ask us. Floe aluminum dock with swim ladder. Plenty of room to moor your boat. 60' for lakeshore for your exclusive use.


3.8/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

Charming Farmhouse on the Lake
average rating of 3.8 based on 8 reviews

Lots to be desired, owners were very polite

  • 2 of 5

To start this review I'd like to say that every interaction I had with the owners was very pleasant and they were both respectful and friendly at every communication. They were also accommodating to us having our old, lazy dog with us which was appreciated.

In regards to the house, we have spent lots of time in different rentals and lakehouses and this one really just felt neglected in regards to cleanliness. The kitchen had just about everything you'd need to cook short of a cutting board. The sofas/beds were alright but definitely felt quite dirty, we found old wrappers for crackers/pepperoni under the sofa in one room. The tap water, while we did get warned it's not good for drinking, simply had a very rotten smell on which made it very unpleasant to shower in. We also lost water one morning when we were preparing for a birthday party which really hurt our travelling efforts. I believe the owners made every effort to fix it as fast as possible but it still ended up being close to half a day without water for 8 people and the smell seemed to increase after the fix, half of our party left early due to it.

The swim dock/private beach area, which is located across a road on the front of the house, are pretty much unusable outside of sitting with some chairs and a fire. The vegetation combined with the rocks make it useless for swimming or fishing. The dunes located about 5 minutes away has a pleasant sandy beach that we went to every day for $4/adult and $2/kid, which was probably the best thing about the trip.

As far as location it has a decent general store right across the bridge with the closest true grocery store being about 25 minutes away. There are a few local shops and plenty of beautiful scenic areas that were fun to drive around and see. We'll definitely be back to the area but most likely not to the particular rental.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. We're very sorry to hear that your stay with us didn't meet your expectations. However, we can assure you that we have the property thoroughly cleaned every week between guests. We're sorry we missed the items under the couch this time, but surprised by your remarks about the beds: all the linens had been freshly washed as usual. We treat the farmhouse like our own home and enjoy staying there ourselves when we have the opportunity. We work hard to keep it well maintained and fully equipped, and appreciate your positive feedback on the kitchen. Sometimes, however, things go missing, so thank you for noting the lack of a cutting board: we'll replace that as soon as possible. The brief water outage was unfortunate, however, some weed smell in the shower water is normal and expected, given that it is fed from the lake. That said, the weeds near the shore have worsened over the past couple of years, so we will take your feedback into account as we plan for next year. We're considering underwater mats, which would enable swimming right off the dock. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know about your stay.
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Great vacation gateaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! The house is located very close to the Sand Dunes, which we took advantage of almost every day. We have stayed at one of the Comeau's properties for several years now, and they are a great family. Really helpful. Wonderful vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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good location with limitations

  • 2 of 5

this is in a good location for access to some lovely state parks as well as a day trip to Montreal. our arrival on a 90 degree day was unpleasant as the house was closed up and roasting. many of the windows were barely operational and it was difficult to contact the manager for assistance. the lake was not accessible from the dock across the street due to heavy vegetation in the lake which was disappointing. we would not stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kathleen, I am sorry that your stay at our home did not meet your expectations. Rest assured that we will attend to our windows as we prepare for this season. I do apologize particularly that you felt it was difficult to reach me when problems arose. Unseasonably warm weather is always difficult to deal with. The problem with the lake weeds was disturbing to all of us who live on and love our lake. The entire Alburgh Passage, which includes our shore, was engulfed. We worked very hard with officials from the State of Vermont to understand the unusual extent of the problem and to plan for any remedies that might be available. In the final analysis it was determined that a warm, wet spring and rapidly falling lake levels in the summer were a perfect storm. Unfortunately there was nothing to be done but try our best to harvest weeds as they came in. I did offer to pay for trips to Alburgh Dunes State Park for those guests whose stays were most affected. I am sorry that it appears that I did not do so in your case. Thank you for your kind words about our location. Kind regards, Molly
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Fising, fishing and then some more fishing!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time ....even with the lake being flooded! We have never seen the lake so high. We enjoy fishing from the shore with a little kayak fishing mixed in. Caught tons of fish.

The house was great and super close to the lake. Owners are very friendly and accommodating.

We have been coming to poor farm road for years but this was our first time at this location and we had just a wonderful time as we always have.



  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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An amazing time

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed our stay here. We loved being so close to the lake and having our own dock to fish from and swim off of. The owners are super nice, and I appreciated being able to meet them. The best part of the visit was the location. We went to Burlington and Montreal for day trips, and also went to the sandy lake beach only one mile away. My kids loved it there. There are stores and restaurants close by, and the scenery is just spectacular. The house is cozy, especially the upstairs bedrooms. We hope to be able to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Burlington International
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Grand Isle Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Alburgh Country Club
Nearest Train
36 Miles
Amtrak Essex Junction
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Interstate I-89
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Shore Acres
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Alburgh Dunes State Park
Car: necessary

Fishing, Water Sports, Walking, Golfing, Biking, antiquing, Goodsell Reef geologic site, Parc Safarie (zoo and water park) one hour away, One hour to both Green and Adirondack Mountains.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Alburgh, Vermont

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29 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
28 May 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
10 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates above do not include 9% VT Rooms and Meals Tax

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