Amherst Lake & Sanctuary Vermont Cottage ~ Plymouth, Vermont ~ Okemo Killington
2400 Sqft Cottage hosted by Alecia
8 Guests . 4 Bedrooms . 3 Bathrooms
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You can go to an inn and pay anywhere from $200-$800/night for one room or you can rent an entire cottage for $150 per room plus 9% tax and have access to generous amenities.
No booking or cleaning fees!
4 bedrooms on ground level & 3 bathrooms
Generous Premium Amenities:
Hot tub
Fireplace & Firepit with wood.
Grills with propane & charcoal.
Volleyball Court
Ping Pong Table
Fishing & Boating
Private Beach
Between Okemo & Killington ski & golf areas- 15 minutes either way.
Cute New England towns to explore & shop!
Dog friendly. Dogs are accepted on a case-by-case basis. There is a dog fee
Be sure to check out all our guides on this site for things to do, and places to go. Keep scrolling!

Location: Convenient lake area cottage at Amherst Lake & Sanctuary for very pleasant views overlooking the entire lake. Located in a valley that features 5 lakes. Lake Echo south of us features a lovely state park. Great hiking trails and swimming holes to explore. 2 1/2 hours from Boston, 4 hours from NYC, 20 minutes to GMHA, VT route 100, autumn foliage, world-class skiing, Killington, Okemo, Ascutney. WIFI. Hip local dining in Ludlow & Killington, art galleries, hiking, tubing, fishing, local breweries, Crowley Cheese Factory, Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory, apple orchards, maple syrup farms, biking, cool rivers, lakes & beaches, Plymouth State Park, Coolidge Homestead, Quechee Gorge, Billings-Marsh-Rockefeller Farm & Museum, Vermont Institute Natural Sciences (VINS), King Arthur Flour Co, Vermont Salvage & scenic Woodstock, Weston, Chester. Accommodations- Something different.......A step back in time!
Equidistant between Killington & Okemo Mt ski areas- 15 minutes either direction.
Woodstock, Weston, and Chester are all 30 minutes away. Ludlow is 10 minutes away.

Unique: We offer a unique experience. There are not many of these ole-time lakeside cottage gems left because they just don't build them like this anymore. A quintessential 1930's era lakeside cottage which has kept its original rustic charm. We are boutique-style.
Come and enjoy the nostalgia... make memories of crisp winter or warm summer days spent on the lake. Awesome summer naps, colorful foliage, ducks, geese, loons, osprey, eagles, turtles, and pinkletinks to name a few.... anyone will agree it's a perfect setting for a family gathering, girlfriend getaway, and any celebratory weekends. This lakeside cottage will draw you in, wrap you up, and beg you to stay awhile. This cottage has been updated/preserved/and continually renovated to include modern creature comforts.
There is no other place like it....quirks included!

FEES: for optional amenities~ Added options to keep prices down.
Comes with a canoe. Boat rentals (extra boats) are available during summer-please inquire
Dog fee:$25/night/dog.
Sorry, but there is a $30 "Time & Trouble" fee for key replacement and/or mailing back left behind items.

DOGS: Dogs are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please inform the owner you want to bring your dog. Please describe your dog by providing breed, age, and temperament. Dogs left unattended must be crate trained. Dogs must be bathed and groomed before arrival. You must pick up (poop) after your dog.

Rural Area: Guests will need their vehicle. If winter, snow tires are a must, not all-season radials. AWD or 4-wheel drive is a bonus to get around in wintery Vermont. Adding to this, please wear proper winter boots and not "city boots" on your feet or you will fall.
You are responsible for sanding and salting your walkway; there is no way we can predict when the ice will form. We will supply the salt and sand.

House Rules: Limit 8 people.
Vermont has recycling laws we all participate in & abide by.
The guest will receive a contract once booked. Payment = acceptance of contract outline.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
The calendar is updated regularly.

Call or email Alecia if interested:

BEFORE BOOKING property, please read the entire site and verify the owner's identity. Call the owner directly at 802-558-0040. Leave a message and Alecia will call you back.
Please review this entire site for terms before booking. A booking request indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms including buying travel insurance and agreeing to our refund policy. If you have questions, please ask before requesting to book. We will be happy to answer and assist.
The calendar is updated weekly.

GUEST OCCUPANCY AGREEMENT - All rental transactions are held accountable to the Guest Occupancy Agreement between guest and owner. It outlines check-in and-out times, recycling requirements/laws, cancellation policy, emergency procedures, Acts of God, and things you must know for a healthy, safe, and easy stay. The contract will be mailed to the guest and we ask it to be returned via e-mail or snail mail within 3-7 days. The rental may be canceled by the owner at the owner's discretion if terms are not met. Trip insurance is strongly encouraged and recommended.

No booking fees! Talk directly with the owner! 802-558-0040. Dog friendly......Woof! Cash discount! Vacation in Vermont! Owner by e-mail: and mention Houfy.

Rental Payment Policy & Cancellation Policy
• If paying with a credit card, 50% of the total payment is immediately due upon booking. The remaining 50% is due 90 days before commencement. If less than 90 days until the commencement of stay, the full amount is immediately due.
• If paying by check or cash for a discount, a $200 non-refundable fee (we will invoice you) is required to hold the dates. The $200 will be applied to the total amount due. If less than 90 days from commencement, payment must be paid within 5 days along with this signed Guest Occupancy Agreement.
• No substitutions/trade-in of dates. Dates are final and binding.
• No refunds for extra guest(s) charges if they end up not staying.
• Trip insurance- Please check your credit card to see if you have trip cancelation/trim interruption insurance. As part of this Agreement, purchasing trip
insurance is highly encouraged. Generally, 3 conditions must be met to purchase a Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) Rider as follows: 1)
Purchase the policy within 10 - 21 days of the First Trip Payment; 2) Insure ALL prepaid and non-refundable travel expenses before departure; 3) Trip
arrangements must be canceled more than 48 hours before the departure date. If you meet all 3 of these conditions, most of the policies will r
reimburse you 75% of your trip costs, unless otherwise noted. Please read the fine print of your insurance policy carefully.
• Canceled bookings will receive a refund minus $200 cancellation + any credit card fees IF canceled 120 or more days from the commencement of the stay. If cancellation is between 179-31 days from commencement date AND the property can be re-rented for that same time and amount a $500 cancellation fee plus cc fees apply. Cancellations less than 30 days will not receive a refund due to short notice. Upon notice of the desired cancellation, we will remove you from the calendar, and re-open the calendar in a goodwill effort to re-rent.
• Refunds at any time are only issued if we have a Vermont state mandatory evacuation or travel ban in our area.
• All rental agreements are final and binding.

Have you read the entire listing?
Ready to book?

Stay safe,
Alecia & John

Guest Access

Sleeping Configuration
  • King
2King bed faces the lake view. Wake up and see the entire lake north to south. Includes seating area with great view. Spacious room!
Owl's Nest
  • Double
2This room is adjacent to Queen Volleyball Room. We designed this to be flexible to accommodate parents with a youngster, siblings needing to be near, or older couple who need own bed and still remain relatively close. Rooms can be blocked off from each other too! Each room has its own entrance.
Queen Volleyball Room
  • Queen
2This room is adjacent to The Owl's Nest Room. Named because it overlooks the back lawn where our fantastic volleyball court is. We designed this to be flexible to accommodate parents with a youngster, siblings needing to be near, or older couple who need own bed and still remain relatively close. Rooms can be blocked off from each other too!
Bear Den
  • Queen
2Four post bed with a very firm mattress.
Pets Allowed
We love dogs! Bring your pet and don't forget a picture so that you can create a page in our doggie photo album. Please bathe and groom dog(s) prior to visit. Thank you.
No Smoking Allowed
Family/Kid Friendly
We do not supply baby furniture
Not Handicap Accessible
Suitable for Events
On a case by case basis, please inquire. Fees apply.
Parking Included
Ample parking!
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Washing Machine
Iron & Board
Clothes Dryer
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Gas Fireplace (Indoor)
What we supply
Shampoo, bath soap, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags.....
Hot Tub
Gas Grill
Charcoal Grill
View pictures, ask for more
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Cable TV
Stereo/DVD Player
iPhone Dock
Full Kitchen
Ice Maker
Water Purifier
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
You will be able to make everything from steaks to cakes.
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher
Shared spaces
Lake is shared


Scuba diving or snorkeling
Water tubing
Stand up paddle board(SUP)l
Cross country skiing
Ice skating
Mountain biking
Mountain climbing
Rock climbing
Whitewater rafting
Miniature Golf
Fly fishing
Roller blading
Hot air ballooning
Horseback riding
Nature Viewing
Bird Watching



Seasonal Pricing

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Base price
Our family cottage was built it in 1934. It started out as just a tiny place and was continually added on. The result is a fun quirky old-time quintessential lakeside cottage. It's a really fun place with plenty of space for privacy and a lot to do in the cottage and around the area! We like to rent to nice honest people who will take good care of it.
Speaks: English

Policies and Rules

Check In 4PM - Flexible
Check Out11AM

Once we receive full payment and a signed rental agreement within the terms outlined in the rental agreement, the guest will be provided with our no stress and easy access information. Early check ins are on a case-by-case basis dependent upon cleaning schedules. In summer it is highly unlikely. Need to have the home cleaned for everyone and that takes all the time between guests..

Minimum age limit for renters: 25
Based on experience
Payment Policy
50% at booking and the remaining 50% due 90 days before commencement. If you need another arrangement, please ask. We offer cash discount. Buy trip insurance.
Refundable Damage Deposit
We expect that if there is damage, the guest will come forward and explain what happened. From there we will decide what needs to be done.
Cancellation Policy
Rental and payment conditions Payment Policy
Please check your credit card to be sure you have trip cancellation/trip interruption insurance. If not, then we suggest purchasing (in case of emergency, illness, or bad weather) as there is a no refund policy, unless owner can rent to another group. You can try,, Refunds are only issued if we have a mandatory evacuation in our area. Please read the fine print of the insurance policy carefully.

Rental Payment Policy & Cancellation Policy

• Homeowners are not responsible for Guests inability to arrive, if Guests chooses to depart early for any reason, or if any member(s) of Guests party do not show up. No refunds or rebates will be made based on weather; power failure; mandatory evacuation; acts of God; earthquake; fire; flood; sabotage; strike; civil or military disturbance; acts of terrorism; war; epidemic or pandemic; riot; acts of government; and any other circumstances beyond Homeowner’s reasonable control.
• Tiered cancellation system- Policy of the platform you rented through always applies first. 1) Cancelled bookings will only receive a refund if booking is cancelled 180 days or more before commencement. A $200 cancellation fee plus any credit card charges will be deducted. 2) IF cancellation request is 179-60 days before commencement date AND the property can be re-rented for that same time and price, a $300 cancellation fee plus credit card fees will be applied and deducted from your refund payment. 3) Cancellation requests less than 59 days will most likely not be refunded due to short notice. We will re-list and put forth a good will effort to fill the vacancy. IF re-booked, a $500 cancellation fee will be applied and subtracted to the rental fee. Any refunds will be made 2 weeks past the END of an original booking period and if the replacement booking is successfully completed and paid in full.
• Please check your credit card to be see if you have trip cancellation/trip interruption insurance. If not, then we suggest purchasing (in case of emergency, illness, inability of other members to make it, or bad weather) as there is a no refund policy, unless owner can rent to another group at the same time and same amount. We highly recommend CFAR travel insurance.
• All rental agreements are final and binding. Altering contract is grounds for cancellation by owners.
House Rules
Read entire listing here.
No smoking or vaping.
You are required to wipe up and pick up after yourselves.
Do your own dishes and put away where originally found.
Clean grills after use and wash/put away utensils.
Recycling is a Vermont law and you will be asked to compost and recycle.
Follow our local recycling rules: remove caps & rinse recycling containers.
Children under 11 must be supervised at all times.
No food in beds. Do not let children run around with candy/juice/snack foods.
No glitter/slime/confetti/silly string/fireworks/Play Doh, hair dyes, etc.
No candles
Do not alter anything on property, especially stone walls and fire pit.
If you move it/unplug it, put it back as you found it.

Getting around

Guests will need own vehicle. If winter, snow tires are a must, not all season radials. AWD or 4-wheel drive a bonus to getting around in wintery Vermont. Adding to this, please wear proper winter boots and not "city boots" on your feet or you will fall. You are responsible to sanding and salting your walkway; there is no way we can predict when ice will form. We will supply the salt and sand.



These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.
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