Set on 5,500 acres in mid-Vermont’s mountainous landscape, Quechee Lakes offers its residents an active lifestyle with a huge array of things to do with two championship golf courses, eight HarTru tennis courts plus three hard courts, pickleball, two paddle courts, squash courts, a new fitness center and aquatics complex with indoor and outdoor pools. There is Lake Pinneo with a beach along with kayak and canoe rentals, miles of hiking and biking trails and the Quechee Ski Area offering Nordic and Alpine skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and a full service base lodge.
The result of a partnership dating from 1966, between L. John Davidson and Phidias Dantos, Quechee Lakes grew out of a desire to create a residential environment celebrating local traditions and the beauty of the area’s natural assets. Securing more than 5,500 acres from local land and home owners, by 1971 Quechee Lakes became the largest development of its kind in New England.
Designed (1970) by the master of New England golf course architects, the late Geoffrey Cornish, the Quechee Club’s two golf courses give players a lot of variety. The Lakeland Course flows along the Ottauguechee River and Lake Pinneo while The Highland Course climbs into the hills. Said to be one of Cornish’s personal favorites, water is found on 16 holes on Lakeland although it doesn’t come into serious play for the majority of the holes while Highlands is the more dramatic of the two with some serious elevations.
Woodland cottages, townhome condominiums and single family custom homes are located along fairways, apple orchards, tucked into trees and set back along roads like Wheelock that winds up a hill. These homes and condos offer splendid views of mountains, valleys and golf courses from windows, yards and balconies.
Those who own property at Quechee Lakes Club are members of the Quechee Club, the epicenter of most of the activities. Annual dues are $4,750 per family for everything except golf; for golf privileges add $3,600. Single memberships are also available. A rental program features amenity packages for renters and Stay & Play packages have been created with local lodging facilities.
New homes built by companies such as Connor Homes and Yankee Barn Homes as well as resales are available. Still driving into Quechee, it’s not always so easy to pick out those properties that are part of the Quechee Lakes Community. This is not a gated community so other attractive homes are located in the region as well. We suggest you contact a real estate broker in the area such as Quechee Lakes Vermont or the The Quechee Lakes Company who can sort it all out for you.
Just about 10 minutes from Woodstock, a picture-perfect Vermont town and only two hours from New York City, Quechee Lakes is a popular second home vacation destination yet there are many year-round residents as well. For more information contact Quechee Lakes Company, quecheelakes.com; Quechee Lakes Vermont, quecheelakesvt.ct; and The Quechee Club, quecheeclub.com.