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6 Bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, Hot Tub, Sauna, Tennis w 3,800 SF
All new furniture. Both master bedrooms are of the same dimensions and layout. The Master bedroom includes a large dresser and has access to the private bathroom. Both rooms include a nightstand and ceiling fan with remote control. Both have large French doors that open directly onto opposite sides of the 60 foot wide sunny-portion of the deck which gets fantastic morning sun. There is a large, oversized closet in both and the junior master bath opens directly to the bedroom. Both the guest room and the convertible office are identical in size. The guest room includes a full sized bed, dresser, nightstand and a large double-door closet. The convertible office has a queen sized futon that is brand new and a table, desk, and chair with lamp. There is also a small closet in the convertible office. In addition, the front screened in porch includes a queen sized futon that is superb for sleeping on when the weather is warm because of the forest sounds and wonderful breezes.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 60 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - MUST disclose number and ages up frontMUST disclose number and ages up front
Events allowed - Possibly not overnight and requires permission Possibly not overnight and requires permission
Max guests: 12 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
- No food or drinks anywhere near the hot tub. Period. We test it each week and will bill you $500 if we have to empty/clean it.
- Maximum occupancy is 12 and maximum number of vehicles is 4. Exceeding these capacities will be considered a default under the lease.
- Intended Use must be disclosed. No parties are allowed. Tenant is subject to eviction and forfeiture of all deposits if Tenant deceives Landlord.
Cleaned with disinfectant
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Minimum two-day vacancy between guests’ stays
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC
The house is located in Northern Vermont, 15 miles north of Burlington VT, 5 miles off of Interstate 89 via exit 17. It can be reached by driving 2 miles on a state road that connects Grand Isle to the mainland, then turning left on a residential road 'Clay Point' for 3/4 mile. That is followed by 3 miles on a private dirt road until you reach Braeloch. Braeloch was an old 500 acre farm run by my great great grandfather who immigrated from Scotland. The house is nestled in a valley flanked by small stone cliffs and set back 100 feet from the lakefront. It gets great afternoon and morning sun. The lot has been known as Pebble Beach for the small rounded pebbles that adorn the 150 feet of beachfront. Behind the house and over a small rounded hill, away from the water, lies a 10 acre open meadow with a small island of trees and Braelochs' hardcourt tennis court which is owned by a handful of houses at Braeloch. The quiet cove is very calm and great for swimming.
About Rachel or John
Brothers Brian, Steve, and John(ny) have owned the house aka RDC together with their families since 2003 when they inherited the land as part of a 100 year dissolution of the greater family trust that was the legacy of Great Granny Tot. Braeloch was purchased by George Dick Finlay on or around the turn of the 20th century. He was an immigrant from Glasgow Scotland and bought 300 acres on the north side of Mallets Bay. At that time the railroad barons and NYC socialites used to summer in Burlington and many built massive estates that persist to this day (albeit in alternate forms, eg. Shelburne Farms). Well, ole George sought to do the same to Colchester as Lila Vanderbilt did in Shelburne but maybe with not quite the same financial support. Nevertheless he left Braeloch proper to his three surviving daughters who divided it, one of whom was Granny Tot. Tot's inheritance remained in tact until when in 2003 Tots son (featured above) and beloved wife decided it was time to divide the property amongst their four children. The eldest was Lewis Stephen III (aka Steve) and he was the patriarch of the "Red doodlebug" clan, where as his brothers and sister led the Green, Yellow and Blue doodlebug branches of the family. Steve had three sons, each of whom were raised in Los Angeles CA and though they had spent many weeks over the years at Braeloch it was not a constant in their young lives. Yet the magical allure of Braeloch is hard to forget and even as they lived far away, when they ultimately inherited the "Pebble Beach" lot and Tots camp (#133190) all decided to double down and reconnect to Braeloch. In 2005, the Red doodlebug brothers three decided to build a "small little cottage" maybe of 1,500 SF or so "just enough to enjoy the lake and breezes...nothing too much" they said. A year later "RDC" ("Red Doodlebug Cottage") was built and though the house was anything but "too much" the name stuck as an ironic reminder to all of the house's humble beginnings
Rachel or John purchased this house in 1895
Why Rachel or John chose Colchester
Because you want to unplug in style! Yes we have cable and yes we have wifi and great cell service but families come to Braeloch to take a break from technology and city life. Expose your kids to the beauty of untouched forests and natural privacy; the way life was, not just when you were a kid, but when your ancestors were. RDC is especially perfect for two families who want a house big enough to share. Three master bedrooms, two central entertainment rooms, 60 feet of deck including a huge screen porch and, of course, virgin lakefront. Braeloch itself is totally safe from modern worries; free from any traffic on a closed road and completely private (yet it does have natural dangers from lake and rock cliffs). The house is surrounded by virgin forest with nary a house in sight; a mile from any road of consequence and over the hill from the "meadow" where few neighbors play tennis or take walks.
What makes this house unique
Natural beauty, far away from everything yet close enough to enjoy one of the great small college cities around. The best of enjoying the old without having to sacrifice the comforts of modern convenience [wink!]. Said another way, it's perfect for you and your family who will love it for what it is yet still technologically updated and stately enough for that uncle or aunt who won't go anywhere without being able to stream constantly.