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Grant Island Cottage-Perfect for dog owners-Pontoon Boat Inc in Brantingham Lake

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Welcome to Grant Island com
Nestled into the South East shore bay of Brantingham lake lies the 2
acre Grant Island. Home to two full size cottages Grant Island is a
perfect getaway from it all. Enjoy the quiet and pristine waterfront
environment on a private island all the while having access to the
outside world thru, phone with unlimited long distance, Wifi internet, premium cable television on 36 in Flat screen tv.
Cottage has brick fireplace, fully stocked kitchen with stove/oven, 4
semi private bedrooms, screened in porch, propane grill,
hammock, picnic table and a rustic wood interior.
Being on a Island makes this the perfect escape for dog owners who
love to let their dogs roam free and play.

CONS OF RENTING AN ISLAND:  Being on a private Island also limits some luxuries most will find in Urban living.  You will not be living in an upscale luxury building with high pressure showers and White Hotel Linenes.  If you are looking for a luxury vacation this will not be an ideal location for you.  You will be disappointed.   You may have to use commons sense and have some skill with driving and docking a boat properly.  You may also have to ask us for things that may not be readiliy available to the eye when you arrive. If you need something and dont see it you may have to ask us for it. Some boats are not always docked where you can see them on arrival.   We have had guest complain about not havng things like hammocks, canoes as advertised after their stay was over when they were readily available but never asked about.    If you are not mechanically inclined at all and know how to do thing like pull a choke on an engine to start it this is not the place for you.  If you expect an achor on the pontoon boat so that you can fish and not drift at all due to the breeze you might not be happy here.    With large groups of people renting anyplace there is the chance that something may break down.  We will do anything humanly possible to fix any problems as they occur as soon as possible.  If you leave the cottage not as clean as when you arrived you will be charged a cleaning fee. We are usually quite lenient with this so if we charge you then the place was definitely not cleaned well.   We have 2 hours to get the cottage ready before the next renters on weekends and if its not properly clean it is stressful getting it ready and we will charge you for cleaning.

There are pros and cons of being on a private island.  The septic tank on the island is delicate and will require care to not overload it to minimize any potential problems and to ensure it continues to function properly. This includes minimizing the toilet paper being flushed unless necessary.  If your group will need to flushing a roll of toilet paper down the toilet each day just to go potty this will not be the place for you.  You will also have to carry your garbage off the island and deposit in a dumpster on the mainland.

Available for weekly or extended period rentals is the cottage on the
West side of the Island. The East side cottage is home to the owner
and manager of the property. Complete Island rental packages are
available by special request.
The Island cottage is on Grant Island which sits nicely in the middle
of Brantingham Lake. Brantingham Lake has a 15 mile circumference
and is located 45 minutes north of Utica via rt 12. Located 2 hrs from
Albany and 4.5 - 5.5 hrs from NYC depending on traffic.
On weekends the lake is lively with plenty of boating and water sports
and on weekdays it is usually very quiet and peaceful.
The island is approximately 2 acres and has 2 cottages. We rent both
cottages at special request but normally rent only one. The other
cottage is for management. There is usually only one other person on
the island to make sure that things are running smoothly, to help you
with anything and to answer any questions you may have.
Management has two small dogs on the island. Both are very friendly and lovable but if you prefer not to see them they are kept away.
These cottages are located in the Adirondack park about 45 minutes
north of Utica NY.
See our website for more info. GrantIsland com.


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cottage rental amenities

The Island Rental Cottage is a 4 bedroom semi private cottage sleeping
up to 8 (see
pricing) which comes fully equipped with all amenities. Coffee machine,
Stove, Micorwave, Silverware, China, Pots, Pans, Large sink, CD, DVD,
VCR, there is Wifi if you wish to bring your laptop.
Bed arrangement consist of the following:
Bedroom 1 - Queen bed,
Bedroom 2 - Double bed, Bedroom 3 - Double Bed, Bedroom 4 - 2 single beds.
Living room has a pull out futon.
You can bring your own linens or
They can be supplied for $20/set.
Cottage has an active brick fireplace and a limited amount of wood is
Outside there is an accent lit walkway to the lake area. There is a
picnic table, grill, lounge chairs and hammock to relax in.
Water area has a break wall boarder in about 1 1/2 ft of water with a
A Canoe and Kayak is free to use.




activities and attractions in Brantingham Lake Adirondacks

There is great fishing on the lake. Large mouth Bass, Pickerel,
Bullhead, Whitefish and much more, so bring your poles. Some of the
best fishing in the lake is right off the Dock. You don't even have
to go out in a boat if you dont want.

There are thousands of miles of Bike and ATV trails on the mainland so
if you like riding you can bring your 4 wheelers, Snowmobiles or
mountain bikes. In the winter time people come to the area just for
the trails. There are 4 restaurants within 1 mile of your parking area
to eat at and plenty of busy bars to go to at night which on weekends
host live bands.







vacation rental rates

Rates for the Island cottage are $1500 a week.

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Top things to do in Brantingham Lake
  • Honeymoon / Wedding
  • Jet Skiing / Water Skiing
  • Golfing / Tennis
  • Canoeing / Kayaking / Rowboating
  • ATV riding / Snowmobiling
Top things to do on a budget
  • Bar Hopping
  • ATV riding / Snowmobiling
  • Fishing
  • Barbecue
  • Visit singing waters - Large Stream where you can tube down
Top things to do with a family
  • Honeymoon / Wedding
  • Family Reunion
  • Pontoon boat rides
  • Fishing
  • Barbecue

John Pfeiffer , owner

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Not What I Expected

Review submitted: April 16, 2014   Date of arrival: July 20, 2013

My family and I were excited about this cottage for our annual vacation. An island of our own, a boat, fishing, swimming, beautiful scenery...etc. As we read the list of amenities we thought this would be a small paradise. What we found was something much different. I'll start by saying that the area is breathtaking. The lake and surrounding area is gorgeous. The people are friendly and helpful. Now, the cottage. Simple and unfinished and cozy. It was nice for our getaway. There was no computer, as advertised. There was no wi-fi service, as advertised. There was no canoe or row boat to use, as advertised. That's not the worst part yet. I could live with that. I didn't expect a brand new boat, especially for one that comes with a rental. It's definitely seen better days, but was functional. The only issue I had was that there were no lights on the boat for night time use, nor was there an anchor. You can't possibly use it to fish because the wind pushes you around. Now, the deal breaker. The bathroom. I knew that we would have to restrict flushing on the island, but when I arrived I was asked not to dispose of any paper in the toilet I was stunned. I had a family of 5 and I was not permitted to flush any paper! Really??? We complied and disposed of paper waste in individual baggies from the local Wal-Mart( that I had to purchase) and remove the trash on a daily basis. The water pressure in the shower 70% of the time was a trickle. If you're fine with "roughing" it, and I mean really "roughing" it, this was a great place. Would I return, only if the water and septic systems were updated. Until then, I will look elsewhere.

Recommended for: adventure seekers

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Good & Bad

Review submitted: August 3, 2012   Date of arrival: June 23, 2012

What a big disappointment. The island and water were great, the cottage nice. Here’s where it went wrong. Their top amenity is a 25hp pontoon boat free for you to use for travel to and from shore and recreation. The pontoon barely ran, stalled constantly. After a few days of frustration and disappointment we asked the owner to borrow their boat so we could explore the island. The boats should have been switched at the beginning of the trip. Instead of giving us a full tank of gas, which they charge you for refills she only added about ½ a tank. Coming back from picking up hot take-out we ran out of gas in the middle of the lake. On top of that, not all burners on the grill worked, there was no kayak or canoe and the rowboat that we did have to use had a hole in the bottom. There was no hammock, most of the amenities stated were missing or not working. Within a few hours of arriving my 13 year old ripped a 3” gash in the bottom of his foot from an errant nail on the floating raft. The nail should have been hammered down the beginning of the season! We paid a damage and cleaning deposit. They kept over 70% of the cleaning deposit stating the place was okay. We left the place in better condition than we found it. I swept up a ton of dog hair that didn’t belong to my dogs, cleaned marshmellows out of the fireplace, found half eaten Stromboli in the oven etc. They should be giving us a refund not withhold our cleaning fee. Needless to say we won’t be going back!

Helpful votes: 25 / 26


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