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Waterfront, Sandy Beaches, Airstrip, Private Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, plus new sleeping porch , 3 Baths, private island

This spectacular 207 acre private island estate offers incredible views, sunsets and sunrises, privacy and luxurious living in a green and eco sensitive manner. The main house is beautifully and comfortably furnished with hardwood floors throughout. The first floor open design features a large living room with two sets of French doors opening onto wrap-around porch/deck, wood stove and 2 story ceilings. Well-equipped kitchen (with spices and cooking basics available) overlooks the living room providing a relaxed entertaining and living atmosphere. Small dining nook off kitchen seats 5-6. Dining room has large table that seats 12 with French doors opening onto a screened in eating area seating 6-8. Anew screened-in sleeping porch on the north side of the house features four singles beds great for kids or adults looking for cool breezes at night. A den/4th bedroom, large slate-floored mudroom and bath/laundry room complete the first floor. Upstairs is a magnificent master bedroom with two small decks facing south and east, queen bed, walk-in closet and full bath. Two other bedrooms (one with deck) and a shared bath with shower are on the second floor. Comfortably sleeps 10 adults with pull out and screened porch for up to an additional 5 with upcharge. A spiral staircase leads to the third floor enclosed widow's walk and gorgeous sunset and 360 degree views of island and lake. This property is 'off the grid' with an extensive photovoltaic solar system that supplies power to the main house. A back-up generator helps during the cloudy days, but some accommodation for nature's proclivities is required. An island caretaker and working farmer in residence at the south end, is available to assist guests with navigating the solar system as well as providing trips ashore as needed. The system requires some user interaction. Panoramic views of water, mountains and pastoral fields are enjoyed from every room of the house. Extensive sandy beaches are just a 5 minute walk. Three mile mowed walking and running paths circle the island and are perfect for fitness minded guests. Fly in to a 2500 foot runway with excellent approaches north and south.

Keywords: beaches, pastoral, scenic, fly-in, kid and pet friendly, confortable

More Details

Helen Riehle
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

Why Helen Riehle chose Grand Isle

My father-in-law bought the island in 1955 as a weekend retreat from the NYC area. He ended up relocating to Vermont and the island became his passion, building first a small log cabin, then an airstrip, and eventually creating a small sheep farm with several barns and fenced pastures. Following retirement the island became a summer and holiday gathering place and the main home was built in 1990s. Weddings, reunions and variious fund-raising events have enjoyed the incredible spot. The three sons now oversee the island and are pleased to share this special place with others.

What makes this estate unique

The island is a wonderful place to get away from the stresses and noise of the real world. We help with haying and gardening if we want physical activity or simply sit and enjoy the sunsets, beaches and lake activities.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Grand Isle, Vermont

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , first floor across from den/bedroom--new washer and dryer
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , masterbath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 2nd floor and serves two bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , First floor
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Second floor master with private bath and two porches
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , second floor with private porch
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , first floor screened-in sleeping porch
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single pull out beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) porta-crib. Four twins in first floor sleeping porch. Comfortably sleeps 12 adults.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
sunset and sunrise views, on-site caretaker for limited trips ashore and assistance with solar energy system, back up generator, dock and mooring space available, off-street parking at private mainland launching location, 2500 foot grass airstrip for small craft, wrap-around covered deck with outdoor dining area, kayaks, beach chairs, bikes, extensive library, board games.


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Waterfront, Sandy Beaches, Airstrip, Private Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
San Rafael


  • 5 of 5

Best amazing location for a great getaway. Caretaker is wonderful, owners are wonderful. The location is a secluded paradise. Beautiful. I'd give it ten stars if I could.

  • Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ernie. I am so glad the time was special. We so appreciate your annual visit!
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Everything we dreamed of, met all our expectations

  • 5 of 5

Says it all...

  • Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Third Amazing Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a third vacation on Savage Island. The island is like a magical self-contained world where kids can roam free, explore wildlife, and swim the lake. A great place to make memories. Thanks again to Wayne, the island caretaker, handyman, and great host.

  • Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. Your thoughts reflect how we feel about the island. It's great to share the place with guests who also appreciate the island's wonders. I also wish to thank you for your diligence in properly recycling. It is such a help to Wayne as well as the law! Hope we see you again.
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Savage Island is AMAZING

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at Savage Island and we had a fabulous time! It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Wayne, the caretaker, is wonderfully helpful and a really nice guy. We can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding and exceptional experience

  • 5 of 5

Savage island is like no other vacaion rental. Not only is the house stunning and the scenery marvelous but the quality of lodging also exceeded our expectations. The 207 acre island offers uncompromising levels of natural beauty and exploration like no other, one could spend weeks exploring the beaches along the shore, trails throughout the woods and waters surrounding the island. Wayne, the caretaker is extremely accommodating and caters to your needs at a moments notice. Make sure to pack plenty of ice and fresh water for your stay along with your food. Other than bear essentials not much else is needed to have a spectacular time. We certainly plan on going back in the near future and would highly reccomend Savage Island to anyone who prefers a unique and memorable vacation experience.

  • Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Rafael

Heaven. Amazing experience.

  • 5 of 5

Wow. I love this place. This island is magical with a wonderful history. You need to ask the caretaker for specifics however this area played a major role in the revolutionary war. As well as home to some interesting people over the years.

Today, this island is a tranquil oasis for you and family and friends as you have over 200 acres for yourself surrounded by great beaches. They offer free water vehicles like kayaks and sailboats. Also great for romance. I can image spending a quiet week with my honey here. You will be alone to spend quality time together.

The home is wonderful for entertaining and relaxing. The sky at night is magical.

We had a waterfront fire every night.

Helen, the owner, is also amazing and will ensure your stay is top-notch.

All in all this place is heaven on earth and one of my favorite places to spend time.


  • Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
burlington International Airport
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Interstate 89
Car: necessary

boat rentals available from near-by marinas, farmer's markets in South Hero (Wednesdays) and Grand Isle (Thursdays), volley ball, croquet, two local wineries close by and several farm stands with local produce.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Grand Isle, Vermont

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
early summer
May 19 2018 - Jun 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2018 - Sep 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2018 - Oct 13 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

over 12 guest/day C$26.41 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$528.16
cleaning C$330.1
Pet Fee C$26.41

Included in the fees is one round trip daily to the mainland. All trips are subject to weather conditions and safety.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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