A Snug Lakeside Cottage in Vermont
With new owners, a lakeside summer cottage becomes a year-round sanctuary.
By Regina Cole | Photos by Carolyn Bates | Old House Journal
Nestled between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains, this Vermont lake house is livable year-round—a reversal of its history. Built as a summer cottage in 1922, the house remained in the same family for most of the 20th century. But it was virtually abandoned for 35 years, owing to a family feud. Not until it was sold to Anne and Donald Stewart in the 1990s did the house come back to life.
“We’re the first to call it a year-round residence,” Anne says. “We upgraded things so the house would feel like a home instead of a camp; for example, we built custom doors for the closets, replacing curtains hung on tension rods.”
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