Located on a private, gated road with direct shore access, the property offers accommodations for ten or more on a preserve in northwest Vermont on magnificent Lake Champlain. Whether you are seeking a spot for a family vacation of fishing, hiking, and reading, or a 250-acre wilderness for a team-building corporate retreat, Turner Farmhouse can meet your needs.
Located on a private and gated road, the property offers the utmost in seclusion and privacy. Turner Farmhouse is nestled among the cedars on a tiny Vermont island in Lake Champlain. The house itself is located directly on the lake with access to boating, fishing, and swimming just steps away. This historic home has a richly appointed kitchen, enclosed porch, several sitting rooms, four bathrooms, and five bedrooms. The home sleeps more than ten people and can accommodate many more for daily activities and gatherings. Provisions for babies and young children (including a crib, stairway gates, and toys) are available.
Turner Farmhouse is within an hour's drive of Montreal, Burlington with its fabled Church Street, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, ECHO Science Center, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms, Parc Safari, LaRonde Amusement Park, Ausable Chasm, Stowe, shopping for antiques and Vermont and Canadian products such as maple syrup, chocolate and amazing cheeses, not to mention Ben & Jerry's World Headquarters! The Montreal Jazz Festival is a renowned week-long International event in early July every year. Bring your passport and enjoy driving through this high and beautiful countryside of lakes, farms, mountains and quaint Vermont barns!
The surrounding island village has a country store, apple orchard, post office, library, art gallery, music barn, fossil preserve, and seasonal cafes & restaurants. St. Anne's Shrine, a religious and historic site, serves the public with a sandy beach and cafeteria. Ruthcliffe and 19th Hole Bar & Grill Restaurant provide good nearby dining destinations and golf. The local recreation department and community organizations offer ongoing public events (movie nights, festivals, BBQs, boat parade regattas) during the spring, summer and fall.
The Turner Farmhouse is the perfect site for family reunions of all sizes. Rentals nearby can accommodate "overflow" guests and the Turner Farmhouse has a rustic 3 bedroom house available known as the Tree House located on a point overlooking the Lake but deep in the woods for those who want the ultimate in privacy.
The property was historically the location of granite quarries operated in the 19th century. Interesting rock formations dot the shoreline. Close your eyes and you will be transformed into a time when Native Americans had their summer encampments and explorers like Samuel de Champlain paddled by our very site on his way to discoveries. Later, War of 1812 naval battles took place off our shores, as well as earlier Revolutionary encounters. Isle La Motte is the site of Champlain's first landing in what was to become the USA and a Shrine now occupies the site of the first non Native settlement.
Our extended family settled this property in the early 1800's, as granite quarriers. Anne and Selby Turner Sr. moved and restored the Farmhouse in 1961 to its present location. Their children, Marty (Turner) Dale and Selby Turner Jr., now lovingly maintain & manage the property, along with the assistance of their children and grandchildren. The Turner/Dale Compound now consists of five residences.