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Tim Marschke and Cheryl Potter Marschke

Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks english

Beautifully Renovated Classic Vermont Lake View Cottage

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Orleans holiday cottage

Beautifully Renovated Classic VT Lake View Cottage With Shared Sandy Beach

Centrally located in the heart of Vermont's beautiful Northeast Kingdom, The Honeymoon Cottage is the ideal place for family vacations, honeymoons, hiking/kayaking/biking adventures, fishing trips and more!

The Honeymoon Cottage was built in 1930 as part of a resort along the lines of the Patrick Swayze Dirty Dancing movie, in which people from away would rent a cottage with access to a mess hall, roller rink, tennis courts and of course the beach.

Vestiges of that remain with the kind of privacy, views and open space that you would expect. There are only a handful of cottages left and ours is the very last one with the very best view at the end of a quiet dirt road. Named The Honeymoon Cottage because of it's doll house look, diminutive size and complete privacy, this is a classic Vermont seasonal cottage completely renovated in 2016. It has been outfitted with modern conveniences without losing the country charm that relaxes you the moment you step in the door.

The Honeymoon Cottage has one bedroom with a queen size bed and a small bunk room with built in bunk beds and french doors leading to a brand new deck with panoramic views overlooking the lake and mountains. There is one bath with a walk in shower. It can sleep 2-3 adults and 1-2 children comfortably.

Sitting on top of a knoll which overlooks the lake to the famous Willoughby Gap and mountains, this comfy cottage rests at the end of a short dead-end dirt road so it received ZERO through traffic. With all the amenities needed to make it the perfect seasonal getaway for family and friends, why stay anywhere else in Vermont!

The Honeymoon Cottage has a cozy dining table with umbrella on the deck with great morning views perfect for enjoying a quick breakfast before you head down to the sandy beach to the lake for swimming, fishing or boating. We keep our canoe at the beach and you are welcome to use it -- or bring your own boat as there is a dock and mooring. There's also ample seating around the firepit - the perfect place for a sunset bonfire.

The fishing access with boat launch is just minutes down the road and there are two large public beaches in addition to our small private one. There are several small country stores where you can stock up on fishing supplies, beach gear or just stop for a pizza, soft serve ice cream or deli sandwich and a bar and restaurant nearby. You do not have to drive into town!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tim Marschke and Cheryl Potter Marschke (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks english

About Tim Marschke and Cheryl Potter Marschke

Cheryl Potter is a fiber artist and author, but is best known as the founder of Cherry Tree Hill Yarn. She has a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from the University of Arizona.

After earning her Master of Fine Arts degree, Cheryl began dyeing yarn and designing garments an old milk house on her farm on Cherry Tree Hill in East Montpelier, Vermont. Cheryl and her husband Tim currently spend their time between Barton, Vermont and Prescott, Arizona.

Why Tim Marschke and Cheryl Potter Marschke chose Northeast Kingdom

This property was an irresistible purchase -- a small neglected guesthouse with beautiful bones that needed to either be torn down or a complete restoration. It is located in an ideal location with views hardly ever available for purchase these days and we just had to buy it even though we knew it would take a year before anyone could stay there. We knew that when completed this cottage would be the perfect place for a relaxing honeymoon or a retreat to nature. We have a resident fox and ground hog and have even seen deer in our backyard!

What makes this cottage unique

Guests who stay at The Honeymoon Cottage are able to see the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom in it's entirety while enjoying peacefulness and privacy.


based on 14 traveller reviews

Beautifully Renovated Classic Vermont Lake View Cottage
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful view from a great little cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The whole place is beautiful, would definitely come back. Great view of the mountains just minutes from The Exchange, The Gap pub, and the Willoughby Lake Store. Highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very well maintained, clean, across a busy street from the lake.

  • 4 of 5

Loved the cabin. Very clean and cute. The lawn out front is very large which our dog loved. The firepit is awesome. There are several homes close together, but we seemed to be the only ones at the end of the road. The family at the beginning of the road is very kind and have two dogs that came over to say hi which we loved. Using the canoe was tough because it was windy and choppy. Tim and Cheryl stopped by to introduce themselves and they were great.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had an exceptional time staying in this newly renovated, pristine lake view cottage. We swam, kayaked, canoed, fished, hiked, and relaxed. The cottage had everything we needed for a week away from our busy lives. We highly recommend this property. We had a great time exploring near-by towns and attractions--highlights included dog mountain, hiking Mt. Pisgah, and Lake Willoughby.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baltimore, MD

Fresh and perfect for a month's stay in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is lovely. Newly done, it is lighter than many North county camps. White-washed pine walls and ceilings, wide-planked floors and a wonderful new deck make it a super vacation rental. It has a gas fireplace, ceiling fans, a compact, but efficient, kitchen. It is quiet, yet not isolated, and has lovely views of the beautifully forested mountains that surround Lake Willoughby.

What comes to mind first about the whole area is the word " unspoiled".

The lake is a treasure-crystal clear, sandy-bottomed; it is a joy to swim in. Cheryl and Tim have provided two kayaks and a canoe so you can explore- there are loons, gorgeous shorelines and, if you fish, bass to catch. There are numerous trails to hike. You can climb the mountains that surround the Lake ( the Mount Pisgah Trail is spectacular) or choose a less strenuous, but no less beautiful, trail and walk through the westmore town forest or Newark pond loon trail.

I hated to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, beautiful, fully equipped for relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was such a lovely place to stay for our week at Lake Willoughby. Though it is a sweet, small little space, it feels much more spacious than I expected. The high ceilings and comfortable furniture make the living room and ideal place to relax after a long day of hiking and swimming. The two porches are great and the lawn with firepit is a great perk. We took advantage of the private beach access a few times - it's sandy and slopes gently into the water so it is ideal for swimming. We really loved staying here. And all of our relatives staying elsewhere on the lake inquired about it as well - they would stay here in a heartbeat if we ever gave it up!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ypsilanti, Michigan

wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

It was my first time in Vermont. I could not have picked a better place. The place was clean, stocked with what you need. The view is out of this world. If you love the outdoors you will love this area. They allowed me to bring my dog ( sorry for any dog hair left behind, I really did try to vacuum it all up). I missed the owners when they dropped off some additional towels. ( I didn't ask for them, but they must of known we may have need some). The cottage is very private, quiet area, room for kids to play. I slept on the bunk bed, my mother slept in the bedroom, the beds were comfortable. I enjoyed having nexflix on the TV. After a day of swimming, exploring the small towns. We sat down and watched a movie before bed.

There is a nice beach at the north end of the lake, we discovered a nice beach area at the south end where Cocoa could swim all day. No one bothered us about her being off leash swimming, but a lot of people played with her in water. My only advise would be, if you stay here, make sure you drive the extra little bit to go the Willoughby general store, stay out of the Northern Exposure store, worse place ever! But in Island Pond the Home and Hearth store is awesome, but a very nice owner and cool stuff. The food at the Willoughby store is very good and the owner and workers are very friendly. The Gap Resturant down the street allowed us to sit on the porch with cocoa, the other tables were in the sun, they brought out a bowl of water for Cocoa. The food was good too. Such an awesome area, we had no problems eating out, every one welcomed Cocoa on the outside tables. Just to add, I did have very good cell service (at&t) and work did call :( lol

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
77.7 Miles
Burlington International Airport (BTV)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Willoughvale (0.2mi) & Robin's Roost (1.1mi)
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Barton Country Club
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Amtrak (60mi) & Greyhouse Bus Station (87mi)
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Route 5a
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Willoughvale (0.2mi) & WilloBarn Snack Bar (1.5mi)
Nearest Ski
17.4 Miles
Burke Mountain Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Private beach 100 yards & Public beach 3/4 mile
Car: recommended

Westmore, Vermont is the home of Lake Willoughby and located in the center of the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont - a scenic, peaceful area that is a mecca for people who are looking for a place to enjoy both a peaceful and relaxing vacation, as well as for those who are looking for the adventure that can be found fishing/paddling in our bountiful lakes and streams, hiking mountains, or soaking up the sun lake-side.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Orleans, Vermont

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$164
Refundable Damage Deposit A$329
Tax Rate 9.0%

We are renting from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.

There will be an additional dumpster fee for leaving behind excess trash. Vermont is a green state and we do separate returnable bottles and cans.

Excessive trash is environmentally unsound and removing it is expensive. Please be conscious of how much garbage you create.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Orleans, Vermont

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , Large walk in shower, no tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 large double bed , Master Bedroom
    Bunk Room - 2 child bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Honeymoon Cottage offers a porch with a view of the lake and mountains, an outdoor fire pit with wood supplied, a canoe on the private beach so you can enjoy the true beauty of Lake Willoughby, and a peaceful location at the end of a dead-end road (no cars driving by the cottage!).