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Secluded, Modern, Pine Cottage on 70 Acre Wilderness Pond ,130 acre wooded lot

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Lakefront, 3 bedrooms plus loft sleeps 8. Modern conveniences in the wilderness

Moose Landing cottage has three bedrooms plus a loft and sleeps eight. It is one of four modern pine cottages built and owned by Carl Blaisdell on 3000 feet of shore frontage on the East side of Symes Pond. These cottages face pristine, undeveloped forest owned by the State of Vermont on the opposite side of Symes . Each cottage is private and secluded from each other by at least 500 feet of forest. . Each is located directly on the pond with spectacular views from their front porches. Each cottage has its own private, sandy, beach; perfect swimming for all ages with gradual slope into the water. These knotty pine cottages each feature a cathedral ceiling, glass front woodstove and/or fire pit, gas grill, satellite TV, free wi- fi available in central location , full kitchen with eating utensils, and gas heat .Two kayaks and a canoe or row boat is provided for free to each cottage . Linens and towels are provided.

Great fishing for perch, small-mouth bass, pickerel, horned pout (catfish), walleyed-pike. Hiking/ biking trails.

If you would like to check on availability of my other three cottages, please go to Homeaway property number 4194473 for two bedroom Loon Lodge (sleeps 8); 4194478 for two bedroom Eagle's Nest (sleeps 8); or 4194480 for one bedroom Boulder Bluff(sleeps six).

UPDATES: Loon Lodge cottage is now reserved for family use and not available for rent. The other cottages will not be available until July, 2018 in order that improvements may be made in the spring. Kayaks are now provided for free. No time restrictions on wi-fi use.

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Carl Blaisdell
Member since: 2005
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Carl Blaisdell

I am a retired postmaster and native of the area. My father had purchased this 130 acre gem when I was very young. The pond was totally undeveloped, no roads, no power. Our family used it for hunting and fishing. After I graduated from college and got married, we built our first road to the shore and set up a rv camper near the shore for our growing family to enjoy. We brought our horses over to ride through the wooded trails. Where our horse paddock was, I built our first cottage, Loon Lodge, from native pine. , Eventually, two more cottages were built, with individual roads going to each. We now enjoy sharing this very special place with others.

Carl Blaisdell purchased this cottage in 1962

Why Carl Blaisdell chose Ryegate

This property is best described as "A piece of Heaven”. The wooded mountains slope down to meet the pond. There is absolutely no road noise. All that can be heard is an occasional call of the loon, the hoot of an owl, or perhaps the howl of a coyote at night.

What makes this cottage unique

Almost any cottage you look to rent on other ponds are highly developed with wall to wall camps. My cottages are unique in that they are all owned be me, tastefully placed out of sight of each other. All you see from your porch is the natural beauty of Symes Pond and the surrounding woodland. The area is teaming with wildlife, not people. The pond is actually made of two ponds; Upper Symes and Lower Symes with a channel in between. There are islands to explore. This is a kayaker's paradise. The swimming is also nice with a float to swim out to. The loons are always putting on a show that you can watch from your front porch!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay in your cabin (Eagle's Nest) was GREAT!

The view was breathtaking! We loved canoing, and searching for wildlife. We saw deer, loons, wild turkey, chickadees, nuthatches,and geese. We especially enjoyed the horseback riding.

The cabin was so comfy and warm. We loved everything about the cabin. I especially enjoyed reading on the balcony overlooking Symes Pond.

Thanks so much for your hospitallity Carl and Kym.

We will be back!
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Ryegate, Vermont

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Loft - 2 single bed
    Master first floor bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Upstairs Bedroom #1 - 1 double bed
    Upstairs Bedroom #2 - 1 double bed
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • swimming
Two kayaks canoe or rowboat, private beach; horseshoe pit, fire-pit. Super fishing for perch, pickeral, horned-pout (catfish), small mouth bass, wall-eyed pike.


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Secluded, Modern, Pine Cottage on 70 Acre Wilderness Pond ,130 acre wooded lot
average rating of 4.5581393 based on 46 reviews
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

It was quiet. It was secluded. The backdrop was amazing.

  • 5 of 5

We spent most of our time next to the fire pit by the water but the wood stove kept us very warm and cozy when we made our way inside for the evening. The grill and kitchen provided everything we needed for our cooking needs. The place was clean and comfortable and met all our needs for our guys weekend away. The canoe was a nice touch and our time on the water was quiet and relaxing. Even caught a fish!

  • Review Submitted: 19/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! It has been my pleasure to share this piece of heaven. Carl
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Great views, clean, plenty of room

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Very peaceful and secluded. The views were great from the front porch.

  • Review Submitted: 10/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. I hope you might return. Carl
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Peaceful, Serene, Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay at Moose Landing ! The setting was peaceful and quiet and we were surrounded by nature. Just what we were looking for. If you're looking for wild nightlife - this isn't for you - but if you love nature as much as we do, you'll love it here! We brought our labrador retriever and it was so far away from everything that we didn't worry about him at all. He loved the lake ! The cottage was clean and had everything we needed for our stay. I was pleasantly surprised because often pictures will make a house look better than it really is,, but not with this cottage. The pictures didn't do it justice ! The woodwork is amazing ! Deb

  • Review Submitted: 02/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. It gives me great pleasure to hear how campers enjoyed their stay.
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  • 5 of 5

Best destination for R&R without any electronics

  • Review Submitted: 26/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Electronics (cell service and Wi-Fi ) are available, but I recommend detaching from them and enjoying the tranquillity of Symes Pond!
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Wonderful property and experience

  • 4 of 5

Cabin was very nice and clean. Huge fridge with filtered water and ice maker. Awesome, secluded location. There are 3 other properties nearby. As far as we could tell, this is the. best one since it's at the end of the road and is very private. The water isn't as close to the cabin as it looks, and the floating dock is down in front of a different cabin. Still, it was easy enough to wade in and out and get the kayaks in and out.

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The cottages are all exactly 100 feet from the water. That is the minimum that the Town and State allow. They all look directly onto the lake with superb views. The cottages are 500 feet apart and are separated by woods. The swimming float is shared by our campers and is located centrally between them. I am glad you enjoyed your experience and look forward to your return.
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lovely, secluded hideaway!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I loved our stay at Moose Landing cottage! If you want peace and quiet this is the place. We loved kayaking everyday and the swimming was wonderful. Hearing the loons was awesome. The cottage is gorgeous, never seen more beautiful woodwork. Our dogs loved it too!!!

  • Review Submitted: 01/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments, especially about the woodwork. The main beams and posts of the cottage were harvested and hand pealed within 200 feet of the cottage. I left a few inches of each branch on the logs to leave them more natural. I made the stair ballisters from hand pealed cedar logs. I used my own sawmill to saw out the knotty pine boards from trees harvested from the property when I cleared a path for the roads.The cottage was built during the winter after I retired as a postmaster. I delivered the building materials that didn't come from the land by a sled pulled by a snowmobile!
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Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Woodsville, NH

Relax while you watch wildlife from the porch, or perhaps go swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or take a nature walk along the shore. Just 10 minutes off I-91 near St Johnsbury and its' shopping centers, Maple Museum, Art gallery, Planetarium, movie theater, health club, golf course; 45 minutes to Canada or White Mountain attractions. Dog Mountain dog park and gallery in nearby St. Johnsbury. Ben and Jerry tours. Cabot Cheese factory. Santa’s Village. Six Gun City.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Ryegate, Vermont

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$67.19
Administrative AU$134.39 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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