Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 14)
About Burt Willey
We are Marilee & Burt Willey, and we are pleased to welcome you to the Camp at Barney Point. We, along with our 3 kids, know you will find this location special for your next group or family getaway!
Burt Willey purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Burt Willey chose Malletts Bay
Finding a great spot on Lake Champlain with outstanding views, luxury, parking, beach access, water crafts, a guest boat mooring, a private swim raft, a long list of included amenities (4 kayaks, 2 paddle boards, row boat, outdoor ping pong table, croquet, bikes, and so forth...) and room to play is key to any group or family getaway. The views are outstanding; the lawn and upkeep is top notch. This location has it all. The interior offers unparalleled rustic luxury. The outside offers unmatched beauty, useful spaces, places to play and "postcard" lake and sunset views. We wanted a property where we could offer more to guests than they might have expected - this property offers true differentiation.
What makes this Cottage unique
The quality and careful renovation of the Camp is a true differentiator as well. Sleeping for 14 offers space for multi-generational gatherings. Rustic, yet luxurious. Spacious, yet cozy. An outdoor scene unsurpassed on Colchester Point. Far away, yet close to everything - 10-12 minutes from downtown Burlington. Relaxing, yet offering sports opportunities galore. Get away from it all at the Camp at Barney Point.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
The Perfect Family Vacation
This home created a perfect family vacation. The location was fabulous, as it was on the lake, and a short bike ride to the causeway. Close to Burlington and other attractions. Our 4 kids had such a wonderful stay on this property, with so much to do between the horse swing, ping pong, paddle boarding, kayaking, biking, etc. Everything was at our fingertips. We loved roasting s'mores in the fire pit, sitting outside in the Adirondack chairs and eating family dinners on the large table overlooking the views. Thanks for a great vacation!
Exceptional vacation property
The ambiance and location of the Camp at Barney Point are fantastic. The Colchester Causeway is a short stroll away and was a favorite destination for daily walks. As advertised, the association beach is a short stroll away and was great for taking a swim or a paddle. We appreciated the opportunity to try out the standup paddle boards. Not my favorite but nice to have tried! The kayaks were an added bonus as was the collection of bikes of all sizes.
The house and grounds are beautiful. All of the furniture is comfortable, cozy and just right for lazing around reading & relaxing. There are multiple seating areas so each guest could have a 'getaway' spot to recharge. For communal times we enjoyed gathering around the fire pit or sitting at the large table playing games.
Perhaps my favorite amenity was the outdoor shower! We also took advantage of the two outdoor grills-really helpful when cooking for a crowd.
This is a former fishing shack that isn't insulated so there are noises and creaky floors-it took a day to get used to but stopped being noticeable after that. The kitchen was well equipped with plenty of pots, pans, utensils, cutlery to make cooking and eating in a breeze.
Even with ceiling fans the house was very warm on the few days when it was above 90 degrees but mercifully the heat spell was short. The master bedroom faces west so it heats up in the afternoon but then cools down once the breezes pick up again. Perhaps an awning over the balcony for the future?
Burt was an attentive, solicitous host and communicated promptly.
This is a very special destination. Beautiful, perfect location, well equipped-everything you could hope for in a vacation!
It was perfect.. sunsets beautiful. Had a fire in the fire pit most evenings and S’mores. The water toys were all used. Did have to travel a little path thru woods to the beach... not a problem. Did miss a clothes line to hang up towels and wet suits after a shower in the nice outdoor shower... but the only thing lacking. Beds have nice comforters... art work everywhere.. kitchen easy to use.. ... has that camp feel but very nicely updated
Old Barney Point Camp
The good things were the great sunset view, plenty of lawn games and things to do, hammock, bikes and great bike path about 1/2 mile away, large yard, not far from Burlington, garbage pickup, and linens provided. The things that we did not enjoy were the beach was not clean and maintained, no wall board inside the house, no locks on the bathroom doors, another large camp house 20 feet away, the house was hot even with the fans, small washer/dryer, and there were not enough regular beds for 13 people.
William, thanks for your feedback about your stay. We are glad you enjoyed the attributes you mentioned. We would note that this is the only less-than-5-star review we've ever had in 15 years, and do go to extreme lengths to accurately represent, through our advertising, contract, and comprehensive 40-page PDF guide that we make available to guests, the particulars around which you offered guidance. We also gladly talk via phone to any interested party prior to booking to ensure total guest satisfaction. We are glad to respond to your specific feedback:
1. In our literature we accurately explain the association beach situation and that depending on the weather and time of year, debris may wash up on the beach. It is periodically maintained by the association.
2. As well, our VRBO literature and contract also explains that this cottage is of the "rustic luxury" variety - a non-insulated, seasonal, 1920-era fishing camp with modern renovations. By design, it isn't a fully modernized home...we purposely preserved its original character and seasonal use.
3. The stacking washer/dryer on the 2nd floor is of regulation size.
4. We advertise sleeping for a max of 14 and this is comprised of 8 twins (2 of which are used as day beds), 2 doubles and a master king. This again is accurately laid out in all of our literature.
5. We do regret that during the limited summer season in VT there are selected days/nights where it may be a bit warm...thus again as advertised we have ceiling fans in all rooms and table fans galore...
6. Our neighbor reflects the "sister, 1920-era fishing camp" to our lake cottage - both out on Barney Point.
Again, we appreciate your feedback.
Such an idyllic location. To watch the sun setting over the lake each night was like a dream! It was so nice to relax in an Adirondack chair on this gorgeous property after an action packed day spent either out on the water or biking to Burlington or out on the picturesque causeway. The house itself is perfection. Rustic chic and so very cozy with a nook to accommodate everyone. We all loved it and hated to leave!
Melissa, thanks for your great review. Glad you folks found it easy to relax at The Camp!
Seriously best-ever family vacation
The house is beautiful, immaculate and had everything we needed for a really great week. The views are world class. The opportunities for entertainment were countless - from kayaking, paddle boarding, ping pong, croquet, nearby skateboarding, biking paths for walking and jogging and, of course, biking to Burlington and up to the Hero Islands. Shopping in Burlington, museums on the waterfront. We even hit some great fireworks in Colchester. Really a special place and a special experience.
The Camp at Barney Point is located on the broad portion of Lake Champlain about 10 minutes north of Burlington, VT. Within a short driving distance, guests can reach Montreal, Shelburne, Stowe/Sugarbush, the NY Adirondacks, and many other scenic and tourist-oriented areas. During The Camp's 'season of availabililty' - May to October - there are many local and regional festivals, markets and attractions. We publish a complete PDF-based 'Guide to The Camp' to include all such information for guests.