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Lakefront--Island Paradise--Once in a Lifetime Rental-- Featured in NY Magazine

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 13 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Sleeps 11

Yes, this is the house featured in NY Magazine. Book now for 2017.

Extraordinary home on a private ISLAND in New Jersey's largest mountain lake -- 'hot, hot, hot' Lake Hopatcong. It's a lakefront vacation rental that is more like a resort. There are 18 homes on the island, all a footpath away from each other.

No boat? No problem. Take a water taxi, rent an extra-large aluminum dinghy with an engine on the back from Dick Dow's Marina, or a 22' pontoon boat from San Bar Marina. Rent by the day, week, or month.

House sleeps 11, with two snoozing in the bunk house. Tweenies and teenagers prefer roughing it in the bunk house.

This vacation cottage rental was built by a wealthy jeweler who was a consultant in diamonds to Tiffany's in the early 1900's. Pinehurst, as the Hartdegen family named 48 Halsey Island in 1902, can hold its own among unique vacation homes.

How large is Halsey Island? About 40 Acres of mostly woodland. However, you are never isolated on Halsey Island. There is a lovely wooded trail in the interior of the island and all islanders are welcome to use it.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 9, 2017

About Lynne



Lake Hopatcong House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , Original marble sink
    Bathroom - toilet , tub , Pedestal Sink
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , New Cutdoor Compostable Toilet!
  • Generous sized, light and airy bathrooms. First floor bathroom is off the kitchen and has a large tub. Upstairs bathroom is at the end of the hall and has a shower. Everyone has easy access to both indoor bathrooms. The spiffy new outhouse (two-seater!) is available on an as needed basis!. Large hot water heater accommodates a full house.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second Bedroom - 1 double
    Third Bedroom - 1 double
    Fourth Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Plus trundle bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk House
  • All original bead board interiors. Front bedrooms have beautiful views of the lake. Back bedrooms have views of the woods.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
There are 37 (thirty-seven, count 'em) uneven stone steps from dock to the house, so you must have some stamina to hike up and down. The dock is L-shaped and 75' long. There is a sandy area for young kids and shallow water near the beach area. Plunge into deep water from the diving board and fanny-grabbing slide at the end of the dock. Lake water is pumped up from the lake and into the house to the kitchen and bathrooms. Fresh drinking water comes from an old hand-pump well (send the kids!) about 100-feet behind the house, though lake water is fine for showering, cooking, brushing teeth, and the occasional sip. Of course, there is electricity on the island and to the house, but you'll find hurricane lamps in the pantry, just in case. TV reception, such as it is, is by antenna. Internet connection is fine. Bring your cell phone. Enjoy 100 years of books, board games and jigsaw puzzles. There's a 100-year-old, playable, upright, grand piano that has not been tuned in decades.


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Lakefront--Island Paradise--Once in a Lifetime Rental-- Featured in NY Magazine
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
East Hampton, New York

A Great Escape!

  • 5 of 5

This island getaway just an hour from New York City is like putting yourself inside a painting of a lush lake and charming Victorian-era white house with a huge wraparound porch. The house sits atop a beautiful hilltop with a panoramic view of the deep blue lake. Picture yourself with your morning coffee on this veranda while the lake shimmers in front of you. Or sunning on the dock below waiting to water-ski or swim. You'll never want to leave but if you need a break, restaurants and shopping are a quick boat ride across the lake. The house is meticulously clean and well-maintained; it is also charming and comfortable, with a fireplace in the living room and plenty of cozy bedrooms and sleeping spaces. A hiking trail that leads in a circle around the island is just steps from the back door. Halsey Island reminds you of the very private, stunning, rustic lakes and islands and deep woods near International Falls, Minnesota. But the drive to get there is only a matter of a few hours from many locations in the Northeast. I would recommend this exclusive vacation spot to all family and friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Jewel on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

On this unique island retreat there are so many choices for your relaxation on vacation. Watch the weekend sailing regattas from the magnificent, huge front porch in your comfy rocking chair; jump off the diving board or use the fun slide on the huge dock; float or kayak in the pristine water; play volleyball, tether ball or crochet on the gorgeous grounds; toast s'mores by the fire pit ... all there for your enjoyment!

This unique, immaculate & lovely home is absolutely charming. It has all the amenities: fully-stocked kitchen, linens, towels, games, books, etc.

The owner was so friendly & responsive to all our questions and gave us helpful, detailed information regarding the use of her one-of-a-kind home.

My husband and I stayed a full month. We had frequent visits from family and friends who all marveled at how absolutely special this property was and is. We left with warm, wonderful memories!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A family vacation to remember

  • 4 of 5

Lynne's house on Halsey Island is delightful and I am happy to praise her stewardship of the house my grandfather built with his brothers as my great-grandfather (or, perhaps more likely, my great-grandmother) stood around and told them what to do.

Lynne has arranged to make it feel as if her tenants are merely borrowing her summer house with all the amenities and conveniences on hand.

As we were making our plans for this, our first rental of the property, family members kept asking me "should we bring sheets?", "should I pack toilet paper?" or "do we need to bring plates?".

I kept saying no and I was gratified when my family had to realize that, every now and then, I'm right :)

Lynne has plenty of sheets and towels (although she does ask you to wash them in the machines provided before leaving) and everything else. Even though one of us brought TP, we merely added it to the ample supply which was already there.

The refrigerator and pantry included those little staples that we all need like catsup (Heinz, the right kind) as well as a full spice shelf, sugar, salt, flour, etc.

And, I should not forget to mention, we had the assistance of Lynn's factotum both coming and going. Stephen met us at the marina with Lynn's boat when we arrived so we sent the big load of supplies and luggage across with him and delivered it all to the house so we didn't have to carry it up the 39 steps from the dock. And he took the lion's share of the load back to the dock when we left, coming over to be helpful both on our departure day and also in the middle of the week when he took us all on a tour of the lake.

Since my idea of a good time is to visit the local coin stores, I really didn't look at the brochures and guidebooks Lynn has about the nearby area but we really only went ashore to pick up the new arrivals and ferry back to shore the sorry-to-go departures.

Visiting with family on the porch, on the dock or around the firepit was a full time occupation with breaks only to play in the water or on the lake in Lynn's kayak or canoes.

And back at the house Lynn has a wide assortment of board games (we chose Monopoly for family fun) as well as lawn games (badminton, tether ball and croquet) for the more energetic younger set.

While I don't think I can afford to say that we're going to make this an annual vacation event, I bet we'll to contrive to do this again.

Carl E. Hartdegen

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Privacy and peace in a pristine antique

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this place visiting over the long weekend.

Outside: You'd never know you were just an hour or so from Manhattan. The property is wooded and we couldn't see or hear neighbors at all. The privacy was unexpected, because the houses on the mainland are all crammed together.

With two little kids, I was beyond thrilled that the entire property was enclosed with 8' fencing. I could let them run around and didn't have to worry about where they were--they couldn't even get to the water without a help from a grownup. They played on the hammock, caught crickets, played hide-and-seek on the wrap-around porch, and overall just had a blast.

Inside: I've never been in an antique house as well-maintained or totally "untouched" as this one seemed to be. All the doors and windows were original (I asked the owner), as was the bead board on the walls and ceiling of every room in the house except the kitchen and one of the baths. The house is filled with antiques--but not the kind you feel you have to tiptoe around. Everything feels solid and the place is comfortable. The upstairs rooms have really nice carpeting and comfortable beds. The kitchens and bathrooms aren't what I would call "updated" or high end, but they're clean and just fine. All the appliances, dishes and cutlery seem new, and the house was stocked with some basics: milk, butter, coffee, salt, pepper, all kinds of spices, etc. We enjoyed cooking out on the barbecue, eating on the huge new picnic table (it could accommodate 12), and roasting marshmallows on the fire pit one night, too.

The lake: The kiddos loved the diving board and waterslide on the huge dock! They liked playing around in 1' of water at the beach equally well. We noticed the lake was much calmer on the weekdays--on the weekends the boats made choppy waves--but it didn't ruffle their feathers.

Other: the "drinkable" water comes from a well on the back of the property, and you actually have to pump it, old-school style. There is indoor plumbing, but the owner said to use the outhouse if we were planning on having guests over. In both cases, I was worried about the inconvenience or being creeped out, but the novelty ended up being cool. The outhouse was clean and didn't smell at all--and my kids actually preferred to use it! The well water was a treat to pump. We definitely felt like we were taking a step back in time.

Overall, it was a real treat, and we're looking forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review, Traci! Yes, the charming two-seater outhouse is great and quite a conversation piece! The house septic system works well, but if a long lines form in the house, the "out" house is great to sneak off to. The system we use is known as a "cartage or bucket system", which means there is no hole in the ground and every deposit is "bio-filtered" with clean, organic sawdust. Glad you and the kids enjoyed the experience...and thanks for signing the outhouse guest book. See you next year! Lynne
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Once in a Lifetime Indeed!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this wonderful home in late August through Labor Day. Our family of six - with four children under the age of 10 enjoyed every minute of our stay.

In anticipation of our vacation, I'd looked at the photos and descriptions of the house, property and lake many times. Nothing I saw compared to the reality of this unique getaway. It really is one of a kind.

The property is large, wooded, and well taken care of. The house itself is a historic wonder, full of interesting antiques and artifacts. It is meticulously clean, and everything we needed was provided. No amenity was spared. Our gracious host was even kind enough to have a lovely bottle of wine waiting for us on arrival.

As beautiful as the house and surroundings are, the very best part of our stay was spending endless hours on the huge, brand-new dock. The kids had an absolute ball swimming, jumping off the diving board or right off the dock, and slipping down the slide. They also spent a lot of time fishing - with much success to their delight! The kayak provided likewise provided many hours of enjoyment for everyone.

We rented a pontoon boat for part of our stay and really enjoyed exploring the lake with that. We also rented a dinghy from Dow's Marina, which was great to have as well. We were able to park our cars at the marina and it was our mainland point for buying bait, heading to the supermarket, out to eat, etc. Laurie and everyone at Dow's were lovely and very helpful to us during our stay.

At night we spent many hours on the large porch, marvelling at the beauty of the panoramic lake views. It was fun to imagine, while looking in at the cozy dining room, what people who stayed there in the early 1900s would be doing.

There is a wooded trail in the back of the house where you can see a number of deer up close. We enjoyed taking many walks back there. At night we made good use of the firepit to roast marshmallows and scare the bejesus out of the kids with spooky stories.

The owner of the house was lovely - very responsive and a pleasure to deal with. I had more than one twinge of envy during our stay that she gets to call this wonderful place her home! More than that, I was grateful that she was willing to share it with us.

We look forward to returning to Pinehurst in the years to come and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the perfect lake getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place For Boating, Relaxing and Life!

  • 5 of 5

We motored over from the marina where we had arranged to leave our car and trailer and got our first looks at the lake. There were several boats out but it wasn't too crowded even though a weekend. We rounded Halsey Island and saw the brand new huge dock and looked up at the beautiful 100 year old house and knew we were home for a few brief weeks. The stairs are tough, no doubt about it but after a couple of trips up from the boat to bring up our belongings (we brought way too much, pretty much everything you need is already there) we entered the house having gone through the full porch that circles the front and side of the magnificent house. You come through the dining room which has so many fun things on the wall (ducks, oars, antique lamps), a beautiful built in cabinet, large solid dining room table and generally a warm welcoming feel. The rest of the house had tons of antiques, old magazines from the 40's and 50's, original deed and plans for the islands and all sorts of interesting things. With a very well equipped kitchen, wifi, boathouse with fishing poles, an antique Cris Craft, life jackets, and pretty much everything you could hope for, there was little we lacked for. The bedrooms were large and comfortable. The most magnificent view can't be described, we spent every day marveling at the lake. Even on the day that we had thunderstorms we sat on the deck and watched the rain and lightning. Every day the kids swam off the dock and fishing was great! The slide and diving board privided hours of fun for all. The fire pit was a frequent source of relaxment at night. The central location on the lake was great, restaurants easily reached by power boat. Watching the sailboat races on Sunday mornings was a treat, so picturesque!

Couple of things to note, bring lots of drinking water, the well water wasn't great. Also, don't bring too much, the steps can be brutal if you're lugging needless things up to the house. Bring lots of books, great place to really unwind and catch up on your reading. The kids didn't miss tv - there are a couple of small TVs but no one ever turned them on - or video games.

But you can stay connected with the wifi if you need to stay in touch with your office. A short boat ride and you can get to stores and other restaurants. Make sure you tru the Jefferson Diner for a breakfast treat. The Main Mart on the lake has all sorts of souvenirs and we gassed up our boat there.

Definitely great!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Newark, NJ
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Dover, NJ
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Exit 34B on Interstate 80 and Rt 15
Car: necessary

A Rare Rental! Book now for 2017.

For the overactive: Great boating. Great fishing. Great swimming.

For the lazybones: Chilled wine on the porch. Snoozing in the hammock. Laying face down on a beach chair on the dock. For the social: Great restaurants on the water. BBQ in the big back yard.

For the shoppers: Lafayette Village and Waterloo Village. AND, that ONE hour to NYC by car, train or bus!

Other Activities: Boating, fishing, sailing, rock climbing! Over 40 public and private golf courses in the area.


Rates & Availability

Lake Hopatcong House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July August Sept
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
13 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $140
Refundable damage deposit $2,000

We require references. Guests sign a simple, two-page plain English seasonal lease.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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