"My family had a great week in July 2008 at Duck
Blind at Sandy Pond. The location is private, yet easily accessible by land or
water. The sunset views are breathtaking! This is not a large
cottage, but it has plenty of room for 4. The screen porch area is
great for meals and your morning coffee! The owners are welcoming and make
sure you are ready for a relaxing week! Highly recommend!"
Carrie L, NC
"All in One Vacation"
"This cottage is great if you want to relax and read by the
water, or have a bonfire at night in the fireplace and sit in the Adirondack
chairs and watch the Sunsets. For fisherman it is perfect because they have a
nicely protected dock and you are directly across from the inlet to enter the
Great Lake Ontario. For beachgoers it is perfect because directly across the
pond is a white sandy beach to lay on and the waves are similar to an ocean only
it is freshwater. The golf course is within walking distance across the dirt
road so you need not go far. You get the best of many worlds at Sandy Pond!!!
It has something for everyone.... Sacketts Harbor is 15 miles away which is a
very quaint town with shops and restaurants and a Fort for those who like
American History. Dave and Anne are great Hosts and will help you with
anything. You won't be disappointed!!!"
Dominic & Donna, Poughkeepsie, NY
"I would recommend any of the 3
cottages these folks have to offer. We stayed in the duck blind cottage
pictured above, and we had an amazing time. Dave and Anne were there to great
us when we arrived and make us feel at home. Great people to do business
with!!! The cottage was clean and well kept. Our neighbors were fantastic, and
the description of the cottage was exact!! we were close to many other things
to do including Sacketts Harbor, restaurants, many choices of beaches, etc. The
pond had an amazing sun set every night and the fishing was great. There were 5
different arenas for boat rentals. I plan on using Dave and Anne on a yearly
basis for vacation. I would recommend these cottages to anyone. There is no
place lake Sandy Pond/Lake Ontario, and these folks make it that much more worth
Patrick G., Levittown, PA
"This rental called "Duck Blind Cottage" is on the
waters edge of Sandy Pond and has channel access to Lake Ontario where you will
find one of the nicest sand beaches on the lake. There are also other beaches
and state parks within a short drive. A great location to relax, grab a book
and a chair to read outside next to the pond. Dave & Anne were great hosts who
keep this property clean and well maintained. They have lots of local
information on activities, attractions and restaurants. We found this rental
through CyberRentals on the internet. The property description was accurate on
location, layout, amenities and the pictures on CyberRentals give a great view
of this cottage. We have recommended this rental property to family & friends
and are planning a return visit this year."
George S.,Ringoes, NJ
"Being in the over 50 age bracket my new husband and I
decided upon a fishing honeymoon. We searched for months the multitude of
places in the Lake Ontario and Finger Lakes area. We narrowed it to three
possibilities and decided upon Dave and Anne Whalen's Duck Blind cottage.
The price was more than reasonable and their response to all our questions was
I have been handicapped for over 20 years and most experiences with
accommodations have not been favorable. What an amazing surprise at Duck
Blind. Dave and Anne were there to greet us when we arrived and went out of
their way to make every inconvenience an easy access situation. After the check
in date they did not forget us as most hosts do. They made certain we had
plenty of firewood for the outdoor fireplace, more than ample gas for the grill
for our barbecue, and lots of information on all the interesting places to see
and things to do in the area. The cottages are spaced well apart from each
other insuring the utmost of privacy. A typical day started early with a hot
cup of coffee sitting in front of the many windows watching as the geese swam by
on the still water nudging the resting fog on it's way making way for the sunshine's warming rays. A little fishing right off the dock before breakfast
(you should see the size of the bass my husband caught) and then some shopping
and sightseeing. Back to fishing from the boat in the afternoon. A relaxing
dinner and then settling in front of a campfire watching the stars come across
the night sky. The sunrises and sunsets were absolutely phenomenal as we looked
across to the inlet to Lake Ontario. We knew we had found the perfect place to
return each year and spend a memorable time.
In our travels about the area we
were able to view the other two possible places we selected to stay and were
shocked to see the photos on their web sites did not reflect how close together
the cottages were nor how cluttered their areas were. God bless Dave and Anne
for they are the best hosts in the area and definitely the best place to stay.
We look forward to seeing you there."
Ernie & Susan, Mansfield PA
"We had a great time at the Property and really got
to experience mostly lovely, but amazing changing skies and weather! Rain
showers were welcome on the comfortable back porch and allowed us to play
scrabble and watch nature in its glory. Our dog LOVED the property and
waterfront as much as we did. Thanks for the local recos for wings and an
overall great stay, Dave and Anne! "
Moe, Frank and Oscar, Mohegan Lake, NY
"A Little Slice of Heaven"
Duck Blind Cottage on Sandy Pond is the perfect place to
"unplug" from the hustle and bustle of daily life! The cottage and grounds were
immaculate and the location and sunsets on Sandy Pond are to die for!
I spent a week there last summer with my teenage boys and was
happy to see them outside fishing, swimming and building campfires instead of
sitting in front of video games. It's a great place to play board games, skip
rocks and toast marshmallows! It was fabulous!
We typically try to plan a different vacation every year but
we had such a great time on Sandy Pond that we are headed back this year with
more of our family. I would highly recommend this or any one of Dave and Anne's
cottages to anyone who enjoys a peaceful and restful vacation! If you are
looking for "a little slice of heaven" - this is the spot for you! "
One Happy Mom, Flemming, NJ
"My family has rented the Duck Blind cottage two
years in a row and we had a great experience. My husband, myself and three small
children were very pleased with the accommodations. They were clean, well
maintained and the owners are very accommodating. The cottage was exactly what
we expected and is very quaint, fairly private and has a great view of the Pond.
My children loved playing in the large yard, fishing on the docks and swimming
right out front. My husband brought our boat and we found some terrific boaters
beaches that were close by and just beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our
vacations at the Duck Blind and have recommended this property to several other
family members who are now regulars each year. We will be enjoying our 4th year
renting with this owner. We highly recommend the Duck Blind. "
Kellie K, NY
This was our second year at the
cabins for salmon fishing for us and our crew. We would not consider
staying anywhere else but at the Whalen's cabins on sandy Pond. What a
wonderful and comfortable time, in such a beautiful spot. the sunsets are
AMAZING. The cabins are great, with all the amenities. They took the time
to make the cabin warm, cozy and inviting for fishermen and even non fisherman,
"wherever you are."
Dave and Anne are the best of
hosts. they welcome you with a smile and seem like old friends.
The highlight of our year is our
now annual trip to Sandy Pond.
Robert and Lisa, Blakslee, PA
At the Whalen's, you get a small
lake feel with BIG lake fishing. With beautiful scenery, it was a
peaceful place to stay right on the pond with a private dock for our boat.
Just minutes from the dock,
we're out on the BIG Lake salmon fishing! With a few helpful hints from
our hosts, I caught my first King Salmon coming in at 22 pounds and continued
to catch fish the rest of the week. What an experience!!! We've
been going back up there for more for the past 3 years.
Between fishing and hanging at
the beach, staying at the Whalen's Camp continues to be one of our favorite
Barry and Karen, Windsor, CT
We're so happy that we found the Whalen Camp. Dave and Anne are
wonderful, refreshing people and gracious hosts. They make you feel like
old friends from the moment you drive up.
The Duck Blind is clean and comfortable and offers the most outstanding views
whether it be the glorious sunsets or an awesome thunderstorm.
And the fishing....I could write pages about the fishing...let's just leave it
The only negative about staying at the Whalen Camp is having to leave.
Thank you Dave and Anne for wonderful memories!! We'll see you
John and Robin, Windsor, CT
Dear Dave & Anne
I just wanted to tell you how much my
son Ben and I enjoyed our stay with you at your cottage at Sandy Pond. You truly
made us feel at home, and Ben is still talking about landing that huge salmon!
Thanks again. We will definitely be back next year. All the best.
Mark M., Las Vegas, Nevada.
We visited the cottage one week prior to our stay, and were extremely pleased
with how quaint and cozy the cottage and surroundings were, making us even more
excited in anticipation of our vacation. The area is peaceful and quiet. We
would definitely stay again!
First I would like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Whalen for being
such wonderful people, I would also like to thank them for the way they invited
us to come back next year. The cottage was so clean and cozy. We
loved the sun porch. The sun set in front of the windows every night; it was so
so beautiful. Mr. Whalen made a nice fireplace out in the yard so we could
have a bon fire every night, and told us where all the hot fishing spots
were. My daughter caught a 5 to 7 lb. bow fin. She was so excited she and her
girl friend were jumping up and down. They caught it right off the dock
just before sunset. And I can't remember when my wife & I had such a great
time. If fishing isn't what you're in to, you can take your boat or you
can do like we did and rent a boat from the Green Point Marina and go to the
private beach. It is 4 miles of sandy beach. You feel like you are the
only people there. It is the most relaxed I have ever been. Thanks again
for such a wonderful time.
David D., Syracuse, NY
PS. Mrs. Whalen - just wanted to give you one more tip
about the roses. Make sure to let the hose sit right at the root of the plant and
let the water run on each plant about 3 minutes once a week. See you next year.
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