The Johnson Riverlee Five-Bedroom Estate

Here is what is new for this year:

  • 18 foot dock. 12 to 24 feet will be added to this dock in the summer of 2012.
  • 30 x 30 foot irregular shaped patio next to the hot tub, perfect for entertaining at your large family function or social gathering. Or if there is just two of you, find a cozy corner of the patio to relax in a lounge chair and read a book, listen to the birds or watch the ocean going freighters in the distance.
  • Renovated upper level 4-piece bathroom. This was the last room in the home that was left to be updated. New drywall, new flooring, new tub, toilet and vanity!
  • New flooring in main level 3-piece bathroom and laundry area.

A charming tree-lined entrance greets you as you enter the Johnson Riverlee Estate from County Road #2. The Adams family owned the residence for over 100 years. The majestic five-bedroom stone home was built in the early 1800s. It is situated on three acres of land and has a beautiful panoramic waterfront view. From the home you can observe the big ships just south of the off-shore island and from the shoreline you have a terrific view of the Ogdensburg/Prescott International bridge to the west.

The stately residence has a lovely eat-in kitchen, spacious formal dining room, huge living room and two updated full bathrooms, an upstairs 4-piece bathroom that was completely refurbished in April, 2011 and a main level 3-piece bathroom. There are four spacious bedrooms on the second floor and a main level bedroom for elderly guests. Your guests will be impressed with the calibre of the accommodation.

The flooring in the home consists of mainly turn-of-the-century pine as well as oak hardwood in the living room. The bathrooms have beautiful Allure flooring and the kitchen has a truly unique floor! There are NO carpets in this home. Like the four-bedroom home, a washing machine and dryer is also available on site. Two canoes, a paddleboat and kayak are included in the rental fee. A second kayak and access to the double garage is available upon request.

Many updates have been done to the building over the years including re-pointing all the exterior stone work as well as aluminum soffit and fascia on the west side of the home-we will complete the balance in the next 12 months. The downstairs bathroom and laundry were renovated 10 years ago and we replace all the flooring in the spring of 2011. There is beautiful oak hardwood flooring in the living room and main hall as well as expertly refinished pine floors in the grand dining room and all five bedrooms. There is a new 200 amp breaker service, new wiring, new plumbing, and a newer furnace. In the spring of 2006 we restored the upstairs of the home: We added new interior walls, vapour barrier, drywall and new bedroom closets and, as referenced above, restored the beautiful pine floors. In 2008 we renovated the kitchen and the kitchen cupboards. We also added central air conditioning (cost extra) to keep you cool for those hot days of summer.

In the fall of 2010 we built a huge patio near the hot tub to the west of the home. The interlock patio can hold a few dozen people to accommodate large family gatherings or small get together. Pretty gardens and mature trees punctuate the landscape. Over the years we have planted a dozen evergreen trees as well as many other varieties including oak, maple, birch and ash trees. All this investment has brought the property back up to the five-star accommodation it was many years ago, and will be yours to enjoy summer after spring, winter after autumn. We are positive you will like the home so much that you will want to come back, year after year!

Along the shoreline we installed a covered canopy to protect you from the sun, allowing you to closely supervise the children as they play along the shoreline or paddle along in the paddleboat. Take advantage of a canoe or kayak ride to the off-shore islands. Most are uninhabited and home to many small animals and deer. You will feel like you are a pioneer back in the 1700s! FYI: Years ago, the Adams family used to bring their cows to the closest large island each spring by swimming them across the shallow channel behind a small power boat. Therefore the nickname of the main island, Cow Island!

The Riverlee Estate is located in a picturesque shallow bay, with very little boat traffic as the bay ends approximately one half km east of the home. The shipping channel is two miles/three kilometres away from both homes. Therefore there is no chance of someone being swamped in a canoe by the waves of a 1000 foot freighter. Bring your fishing rod, the fishing ranges from good to great!


Hi-speed satellite internet is currently available, presently at no extra charge. Due the recent CRTC ruling on internet providers, this could be subject to change, so please check with us prior to booking.

The vacation homes are fully equipped, having all modern conveniences including stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, colour televisions, vcr and fully-loaded satellite dish, and dishwashers and last but not least, a coffee maker. Please bring your cellular telephone as we may someday disconnect the old fashioned telephone. We have suitable lawn furniture, however if you have a favourite lawn chair you may want to bring it along.

We suggest you bring your own flashlight as well as a barbecue lighter for the barbecue and outdoor fire pit. Technically you need a permit to burn outdoors, however if you are discreet with your campfire, it is not an issue. Bonfires are therefore out of the question! You also need to bring some kindling. We usually have lots of firewood, however a limited supply of kindling.

Keep in mind that you have use of two canoes, a paddleboat and kayak included in the rental fee. We have some adult life jackets and a few children's sizes. Since a loose fitting life jacket and a properly fitting life jacket will be the difference between life and death with a child, we would suggest you bring your own if you have ones that fit. Otherwise, go though our collection upon arrival and use all you can. The local hardware store has a good selection to fill in the difference. We may have some fishing gear on site, however cannot guarantee this. Fishing permits are available (nominal fee for Ontario residents/more for out of province/country) at the local McEwen gas bar, a short distance away.

Bed sizes:

  • Master Bedroom: one king-sized bed
  • Bedrooms Two: one king-sized bed
  • Bedrooms Three: one king-sized bed
  • Bedroom Four: one queen sized bed and one double bed.
  • Bedroom Five: Two single beds, in fact a trundle bed.
  • Grand hall upstairs: One double bed, pull-out couch
  • We have lots of pillows and blankets. However if you have your favourite, please bring it along. We can provide some king-sized sheets at a very nominal fee if you are in short supply! We provide everything, including the cutlery. As noted above, we normally ask that you provide bed linen as well as towels. Daily or occasional cleaning service can be arranged upon request, at a slight extra charge, depending on your requirements.


    Although we are six kilometres from the highway, we have a central location to four major cities, easily accessible by automobile. Kingston is an hour west and Toronto is 3.5 hours west. We are an hour south of Ottawa and less than two hours east of us to Montreal, 90 minutes from Montreal/Dorval Airport.

    There is also a bridge to the United States a few miles away. This rural part of America is home to beautiful landscapes and many tourist attractions.

    The Great Lakes freighters pass by far across the river near the U.S. shore, and are lit up like Christmas trees at night. There are spectacular sunrises over the offshore islands. Occasionally the sunset will light up the islands in red or pink with their reflection on the mirror-like water. The spring tulips are beautiful and the incredible autumn colours are spectacular, depending on the exact week you rent and how quickly Mother Nature turns the colours of the leaves.

    For nature lovers there is excellent bird watching along the shore and in the local wooded areas. The host of birds includes woodpeckers, cardinals and the awesome local blue heron. Be sure to feed the baby ducks!

    If you decide to rent one of the homes, we will give you an updated list of some local activities as well as a list of our 150+ videos and DVDs you are welcome to view during your getaway at no extra charge. We even have some children's films!

    We live close to the rental homes, so we can help you with any requests or questions you may have during your visit. We can supply you with a few referrals upon request. As one guest told us "Everything is in good working order and very clean. Another commented, "very conscientious hosts that pay attention to detail."

    We have been renting vacation accommodations for over ten years and have many, many satisfied clients. References are available upon request and please, do not be shy to ask for some! If you have any questions you can correspond by e-mail, (We check our e-mail several times per day during business hours) or you can reach us by telephone. If you do not receive a reply by email, please call us-it is quicker and more fun and we will make you laugh!

    Have a fantastic day!
    Your hosts, Randy and Christine