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A Dream of a House in the Woods. Open dates in our beautiful foliage season.

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 BR, 4 BA, 49 acres for hiking; Ping-Pong, total privacy, pets welcome.

Recent reviews--

Our family of seven enjoyed a week's vacation at this lovely home. The home is private, spacious, quiet and relaxing. Private bedrooms and baths for all. Well equipped kitchen (the best we've seen!). Melissa is a very accommodating host, excellent with communication and planning. Lake George is a beautiful place to visit and a vacation worth taking! Thanks Melissa for sharing your lovely home.

lake george finest

January 26, 2014

'We stayed at the house last week to do some winter activities and it was way beyond what we expected. Party of 8, very spacious and clean and everything at your fingertips. Everyone loved the decor, simple yet elegant. We had a great time, Melissa was most helpful with getting everything ready for our weekend. We would definitely stay here again, without a doubt one of the best cabins we've rented and most courteous owners. Thanks for everything, it was a fantastic weekend. Rob'

Lake George House, a 2,200 square foot, 4-bedroom, 4-bath house, is the only house on 50 acres of wooded land on Lake Shore Drive in Diamond Point, NY. We're open year round and pets are welcome.

With regard to the rates and the rate chart here, please understand that In the summer we use flat rates of $1,700 - $2,400 for up to ten people, At all other times of the year, however, our rates are determined not only by the length of stay but by the number of people in your party. Some of the holidays are flat rate, some have a minimum 8-person rate. Because the rate chart here on HomeAway doesn't allow for us to show all those rates, the nonholiday rates for September to May unfortunately are mostly inaccurate. FOR AN ACCURATE QUOTE, PLEASE BE SO KIND AS TO CONTACT US DIRECTLY. We have a primary ad and do respond promptly. Thank you.

The bright and open living, dining, kitchen area and a 10' x 24' screened porch offer plenty of space for the enjoyment of up to eleven people. Knotty-pine walls and ceilings, floors of oak or ceramic tile, tall windows to view the woods, a Ping-Pong table on the screened porch, plus all the conveniences, make for a comfortable, relaxing vacation any time of year.

Hiking Trail A private hiking trail around the 50 acres of woodlands out back guides you with with clear markings along a walk of 1.4 miles one way. It takes you through forested land with tall cliffs, rock ledges, a 100-foot-deep gorge, streams of cool drinkable water, sightings of the lake through the trees and at the trail's end magnificent views of the lake. Those include such landmarks as Dome Island, the Narrows and Tongue Mountain to the north and Long, Canoe, and Speaker Heck islands, French Mountain, Cleverdale, and mountains in Vermont and Massachusetts to the south. You do need hiking boots for this walk.

Swimming and boat rentals for enjoying beautiful, pristine Lake George are within five or ten minutes' drive. Skiing and tubing at Gore Mountain are 35 minutes away; to West Mountain, just 30 minutes' drive.

Lake George House contains two levels of living area and provides an unusual degree of privacy for residents.

An oil furnace provides central heat, and the house is centrally air conditioned. A private well supplies delicious, drinkable tap water.

Rooms are large, their walls paneled with knotty pine, and the floors made of oak or ceramic tile. Doors are oak as well. Ceilings are high, windows large, and decorations sparse, lending an atmosphere of space and relaxation. Every room looks out over a natural setting of forest and mountains.

The main room is large enough for gatherings of the entire group. It contains a large gas-fired woodstove, the living, dining, and kitchen areas, and a table that seats eight comfortably. A spare table is available to allow seating for eleven. Here, too, are one of the two TVs (with cable), the VCR, CD and DVD players, the radio, and an assortment of books, games, and puzzles for the guests' entertainment. A second TV is in the downstairs bedroom where the futon sofa is.

The living room opens out onto a 10' X 24' screened porch that looks up into the woods and where the Ping-Pong table is, as well as and a wrought iron sofa and comfortable chairs.

The kitchen is unusually well equipped with a four-burner electric stove with oven, a refrigerator, and a dishwasher, as well as a coffee maker, two toasters, a blender, a hand mixer, and a microwave oven. Pots and pans are abundant; silverware and dinnerware will accommodate a group of ten. A full-size pantry, not shown in the picture, provides generous space for kitchen equipment and your groceries. Even my stepson, the chef, finds this kitchen one amazingly well-equipped and pleasant place to cook.

The two upstairs bedrooms are the same size with a queen-size bed, a full bath, and a walk-in closet in each.

The third and fourth bedrooms are on the lower level. Each of those contains a set of twin beds that can be made up as a king. The larger of the two also has a futon sofa and a second TV. Its bathroom is on the upper level. The smaller twin-or-king room also has a narrow single bed, its own bathroom with large fiberglass shower, and a hook-up for your own small TV. Both have a generous-size walk-in closet.

A highchair, a booster seat, a set of baby gates, a standard crib (the crib for a $25 fee), and a collection of children's books are available for small children.

In the utility room on the lower level are a standard washer and dryer, an iron and ironing board, and a counter for folding the clean laundry. A number of beach chairs to take to the local beaches are stored here.

Three of the baths have a shower and tub combination and counter space around the basin. The fourth bathroom has a large fiberglass shower. All bed linens are furnished, as are a bath towel and wash cloth for each guest (plus a lot of spares), bath mats, and dish towels. We do not provide beach towels.

Out back are a gas grill with a spare canister of propane. A set of swings including a baby swing is also available outside the screened porch.

A portable fire pit decorated with slate tiles is available for small outdoor camp fires--provided weather conditions are such that outdoor fires are not a hazard. Guests will need to get our pointers on the safe use of the fire pit.

If a power outage occurs during your stay, a 6,800-watt generator will be provided to supply the house with use of the furnace, water, septic system, refrigeration, and a number of electrical outlets.

The business holds an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.

A few of our guests' comments--

'I just absolutely loved this place. Melissa was very informative and friendly. She helped with all the planning and suggested things to see and do. The property was like my home away from home. It's all renovated and is well maintained. Truly a beautiful and cozy place. I can't say enough about how we enjoyed it. There were 11 people in our party and the property was spacious enough for all to be comfortable. The house items were fully stocked with all the cutlery and kitchen accessories. The four full bathrooms were quite sufficient for our mini vacation. I hope to be back again for another vacation, hopefully a full week next time. The surroundings were picturesque as the snow lightly glistened the treetops.'

'This house is fabulous. The Lake George experience was spectacular for my fiance and me. Take care and see you next year!'

'Thank you for again providing such a beautiful and well kept home away from home for us. We very much enjoyed our stay at Lake George House. We did, as always have a great time and were sorry to leave.'

'I really enjoyed my little vacation and my only regret is that it wasn't longer. There was nothing that we needed that wasn't provided in the house. It really was a pleasure. Thank you for getting the deposit out so promptly. It's appreciated. We have already talked about another vacation sometime later in the year so hopefully you'll be hearing from me again. Again, thank you for everything, Melissa. Your house is welcoming and very comfortable and you've done a wonderful job in looking after your guests. It was a joy!'

'Just to let you know how much Jan and I enjoyed our stay at Lake George House. We were sad to leave the beautiful Lake George Area, but had to get home to get some rest.

We are already talking about what were going to do during our next trip.

Thank you for providing such a beautiful place to stay, we really enjoyed the new sofa.'

'Truly enjoyed your beautiful home. A wonderful place for relaxing. So much space and everything we needed. The woods were pretty with so many different trees showing together so well. Thank you so much.'

'Thank you very very very much for opening your home to us. It's a very beautiful home. We really enjoyed ourselves here and would like to come back during the summer months. Again we say thank you with all our hearts.'

'As always, a great time. Good weather, food, and shopping. The last night we cooked pork shops from Oscar's Smokehouse. Lots of toys for Arianna and lots of treats for Skully, the beagle. [Arianna:] Hope to be back real soon!'

'Thank you so much for letting us stay here. Not only did the family have fun, our dog Reilly had a blast. The house is so big and nice. Our family cannot thank you enough. Have a great winter.'

More Details

Owner
Melissa Vito
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Melissa Vito

As my year-round occupation is managing my two rental houses, I would call myself an innkeeper. It's a pleasure for me to live just 2 miles away and provide the most comfortable accommodations I can for my guests.

I treasure and do what I can to protect this beautiful and hospitable place and enjoy classical music and good movies and theater.

Out of compassion for all animals, I do my best to live the vegan life.

My daughter works very hard teaching biology in Baltimore. My son and wife and baby daughter live in Portland, Maine.

Melissa Vito purchased this house in 1959

Why Melissa Vito chose Lake George Area

Though the 47 acres were bought in 1959, the house was built only in 2001 and has remained in excellent condition, thanks to the care of appreciative guests. Surrounded by woods, but not a long drive into backwoods, it offers natural privacy and beauty. One woman who came there, said it well, 'You have to experience this house to know how wonderful it is.' The great kitchen and pantry, the four bathrooms, the Ping-Pong table on the screened porch, the beautiful interior, and the immaculate condition you will find it in, all create a place you will feel privileged to visit.

What makes this house unique

A private hiking trail around the 47 acres of woodlands out back guides you along of a walk of about two hours through beautiful forested land with really glorious views of the lake at the end. You most likely will need hiking boots for this walk.

For the best information about the property, you will need to ask for the address of the primary "ad." Thanks!

Guestbook comments from the owner

lake george finest



January 26, 2014



We stayed at the house last week to do some winter activities and it was way beyond what we expected. Party of 8, very spacious and clean and everything at your fingertips. Everyone loved the decor, simple yet elegant. We had a great time, Melissa was most helpful with getting everything ready for our weekend. We would definitely stay here again, without a doubt one of the best cabins we've rented and most courteous owners. Thanks for everything, it was a fantastic weekend. Rob
Jan 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany NY
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Diamond Point Grill, Diamond Point
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sagamore Golf Course, Bolton Landing
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Albany NY
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-87 Exit 22
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Algonquin; Diamond Point Grill
Nearest Ski
26 Miles
Gore Mountain
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Rogers Park Beach, Bolton Landing
Car: necessary

Boating, fishing, water skiing on Lake George, swimming at the beaches or islands, golfing, whitewater rafting, hiking on the mountains or at the house, horseback riding, Alpine skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, Six Flags and other amusement parks, mini-golf, shopping at the outlets, dinner theater, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga race track. Please note: The MapQuest map here is not accurate. The house is on Lake Shore Drive, 6 miles north of Lake George Village and 4 miles south of Bolton Landing.

Amenities

Diamond Point House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Max. adults: 8
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Cleanliness a specialty.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 child bed , Child bed can be added
    Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , crib can be added
    Bedroom - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Or twins
    Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Or twins as a king
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Extremely private, wooded setting.

Reviews

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A Dream of a House in the Woods. Open dates in our beautiful foliage season.
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
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Perfect location for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We just completed a week's stay at Lake George House, a perfect vacation. The house was equipped with everything we could imagine. A more complete kitchen would be hard to find!

The four bedrooms were great and Melissa set them up in advance to meet our needs. Decor fit not only the house but the rustic wooded setting.

A swing for baby was great and the older kids liked it, too! The ping pong table was a hit as well.

Our adult sons enjoyed the rigorous climb up the mountain. A simple path was formed thru the dense woods making it possible, but keeping it natural. Even Grandma (me) went most of the way.

Best of all, Melissa offered services whenever needed, but stayed out of the way to give us privacy. And it all started in a sparkling clean house!

I would return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awww, Rene. That is all so nice of you to take the time to say. I really do want to do anything I can think of to make my guests' vacation a pleasant experience, from start to finish, and you are kind enough to let me know yours was such a time. And after seeing the sparkling clean house you left me when you departed, and remembering your respectful ways, I would have you and your nice family back in a heartbeat.
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Great House!!!

  • 5 of 5

Sorry I’m a little late with my review. This house was perfect for my family; it was 8 of us and a 2yr old. Melissa provided a high chair and barricades to prevent the baby from going down the stairs. The fireplace was great very warm and comforting. The kitchen was big and spacious. The two bedrooms upstairs were big; the bathrooms attached were convenient for our big crowd. We stayed indoors 95% of our time there, because the weather wasn't great. The backyard (if you want to call it that) was big and leads to a trail, perfect for a good hike. The back of the house (backyard) was great for taking beautiful outdoor pictures.

Melissa’s hospitality was more than we can ask for. Thank you Melissa for letting us stay at your beautiful home. Our overall experience was everything we wanted and more, we will definitely be staying there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rochester NY
5

Great House!!!

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed with our three grown children and their spouses and two family dogs. The house was immaculate when we arrived and everything was exactly as promised. I highly recommend this house for families - we had wonderful family dinners in the kitchen/dining room and saved a ton of money!!! Melissa is wonderful, I can't say enough good things about our hostess!! The price was phenomenal and we will be coming back to Lake George soon!!! Awesome house! More than worth the money!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Montreal, Canada
5

2010 New Years Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I just absolutely loved this place. Melissa was very informative and friendly. She helped with all the planning and suggested things to see and do. The property was like my home away from home. Its all renovated and is well maintained. Truely a beautiful and cozy place. I can't say enough about how we enjoyed it. There were 11 people in our party and the property was spacious enough for all to be comfortable. The house item were fullly stocked with all the cutlery and kitchen accessories. The four full bathrooms were quite sufficient for our mini vacation. I hope to be back again for another vacation, hopefully a full week next time. The surroundings were pituresque as the snow lightly glistened the treetops.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200

Because we're open all year and rates vary greatly depending of time of year and size of party, in many situations the HomeAway format can't provide accurate rates and may give you rates that are much too low or much too high. You can find our actual rates in the house rules attached to this site. Of course you are welcome to write or call us directly for your personal quote.
WE DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE PAYMENT PLANS AND WANT TO WORK WITH YOU TO MAKE PAYMENTS EASIER ESPECIALLY FOR SUMMER RENTALS. ALSO OUR PERSONAL REFUND POLICY IS SEEN ON THE HOUSE RULES PAGE.
As for sales tax, it does not apply to rentals of four or more nights, but we do have to charge 7% for shorter rentals.
The dog fee is $85 for a week or $50 for a weekend.
We do ask a refundable security deposit of $100 to $300 depending on number in the party and length of stay.
We are OPEN ALL YEAR and we do answer your inquiries promptly any time of year!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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