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Smith Family Cottage

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 6 Sleeps

The cottage is 100 years old but holds its age well. It is situated in Snowshoe Bay which is a safe harbor in all winds. You can tie a boat(s) to our long dock and leave it there the entire week(s) of your stay. Imagine walking down to the dock and getting into your boat with hot coffee in order to be at the best fishing hole before anyone else. You are close to great bass, salmon, perch, walleye and lake trout fishing. Lake Ontario is a few feet away. You get there by going through the 'cut', a causeway to the lake right in front of you. After a day on the boat come back to the cottage and sit on the screened in porch and cook your fish or a steak while the kids fish off the dock right in front of you. Don't have a boat, use our paddle boat to get out to some great bass fishing. Well behaved small dogs would be considered.

Melanie Smith Golding
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2018

About Melanie Smith Golding

The Smith Family cottage was purchased by our father Bill Smith. He was the manager of Stony Island from 1951-1982. We inherited the property and rent just enough weeks for taxes and upkeep. Otherwise, we all still enjoy it.

Melanie Smith Golding purchased this house in 1939

Why Melanie Smith Golding chose Henderson Harbor

Our dad bought it because his father told him that if he wanted a boat, they had just built one, that he had to have a place to keep it. One is still able to see the stones left from the boat house that used to be there.

What makes this house unique

The cottage started out as a cheese factory in Chaumont in the middle 1800's and was brought over to its current place by oxen on the ice. Much of the original building remains. While digging under the cottage last summer, we found many Native American artifacts as this spot is believed to be a perfect place for settlements. It is away from the lake in the bay so it is always calm on the water. Boats are safely tied to the dock in any wind.


Henderson Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • You must take care of your own garbage and recyclables. We will give you instructions. Campfires are not allowed.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Family
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Half Bathroom -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The screened in porch is loved by everyone. You can eat and relax there. There is a paddle boat for your use. The stone wall is 80' and has Adirondack chairs as well. Association Island RV park is a mile away and some people combine vacations with others who have RV's and stay there. Henderson and Sackets Harbor are quaint small fishing villages with much to offer. Therere are restaurants and nice shops. Fishing Captain Barry Smith is a cottage owner and has a charter boat out of Henderson Harbor. He has a cottage at Stony Island and would gladly take you fishing and cook you a shore dinner.


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Smith Family Cottage
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Perfect location, owners were wonderful to deal with. Spent a lot of time on the beautiful porch. Hope to rent again.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great view, very relaxing cottage

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location, clean with great view. Nice sturdy dock. Enjoyed the screened in porch. Very accommodating owner.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming old cottage...amazing location

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the cottage. Great location safe for kayaking and swiming in the Bay. Great sunsets too. If traveling with very young kids or older family members the stairs to get upstairs could be a challenge....but overall we loved it!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Watertown International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Westview Lodge
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Cape Vincent, NY
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
The Elms GC
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Southwicks State Park
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Fish.

* Boat....

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Fish.

* Boat....

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Fish.

* Boat.

* Bike.

* Hike..

There are beautiful golf courses close by and excellent swimming at two state parks, Southwicks Beach, an all sand beach, and Wetscott's State Park. Canada is an hour away by car. Taking the ferry into Kingston from Cape Vincent is an international experience which is very affordable. The ferry from Wolff Island is free. Going over the TI Bridge is fun as well. Excellent fishing is everywhere.Wehle's State Park is 3 miles away and has free day use for hiking swimming, tennis and volleyball. Follow the lakeside trails for miles. The swimming place has grills for a barbecue and restrooms.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable cleaning fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $100

Weekly Rate: $1200 But- if you want a long weekend April 1- June 19, and Sept. after Labor Day into Sept. we will consider that, The rate is 171.00 a night. We also require a $60 cleaning fee on the day you arrive. If you clean, we will refund that fee.

The rates are $1100 for one week. Check in time is 4pm on Sat. and check out is the following Sat. by 10am. A $160 security deposit is required. There is a cleaning fee of $60 included in that but if you leave the cottage the way you found it, immaculate, and nothing is broken, you will be refunded the $160. To reserve your week send $550 plus the $160 security fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.