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Fantastic Lakefront Cottage/Winter Sports Haven

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Hillsdale Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Domino Magazine featured this completely transformed lake cottage in its October 2008 Renovator's Notebook. Stylishly furnished and tastefully designed, this sweet and functional dwelling is nestled into a lovely cove of Copake Lake in Columbia County NY, just two hours north of New York City. Copake Lake is a water shed lake, all-purpose water attraction, both in summer and winter.

Short drives to plentiful points of interest: Bash Bish State Park, Harlem Valley Rail Trail,Catamount Ski/Catamount Adventure Park, Hudson NY Antiques, Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum, Great Barrington Mass., Tanglewood, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, to name a few. Fine Dining includes The Greens at Copake Country Club (On Copake Lake), The Swiss Hutte in Hillsdale NY, and The Old Mill in Egremont, Mass.

Winter activities include some of the most pristine ice skating in the Northeast, cross country skiing, alpine skiing and snowboarding at Catamount Ski Area (12 minutes) and Butternut Ski Area (30 minutes), snowmobiling, and innertubing/sledding on the scenic 18 hole Copake Country Club Golf Course, which is situated right on Copake Lake. An outdoor fire pit provides year round pleasure.

Keywords: Cabin

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Denise Chickery
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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About Denise Chickery

I have lived on Copake Lake for over fifteen years, and have a deep appreciation for its unique beauty. Several years ago, I and three partners formed a company called ABCD homes, and started buying ill-used properties and restoring them to their appropriate charm and style. We are architects, builders, designers, and residents who care a great deal about preserving the history and health of the lake and its surroundings so that others may experience what we have.

Denise Chickery purchased this cabin in 2007


based on 19 traveler reviews

Fantastic Lakefront Cottage/Winter Sports Haven
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Denise was great welcoming us and helping with the rental of a pontoon boat which was great for fishing and just plain chillaxing which was the theme of our reunion stay. Would definitely rent place again. We dined several nights at the Greens at Copake CC and highly recommend them.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful lakehouse - perfect for couples, families, friends. The house exceeded our expectations - fantastic location, great outdoor area, beautifully decorated, well-equiiped with everything you would need for a getaway. Denise is a pleasure to work with and went out of her way to make our stay wonderful. This trip was just my husband and me, but we will definitely be back - future trips with our son and friends!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you liked our little slice of heaven. You were a pleasure to meet, and I look forward to seeing you the next time you come to our lake. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Ellen and John

  • 5 of 5

lovely cottage with a very gracious owner who greets you and wants you to enjoy her home in a family friendly lakefront community. House was exactly as advertised and was well stocked with everything one would need. We had planned on taking numerous day trips, but we're content sitting on the porch or dock overlooking the lake with friends from the area. Already booked for next year and are looking forward to our return visit and taking some classes in the new kitchen shop in the revitalized town of Hillsdale. Perfect getaway. thanks Denise!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ronnie & Lil

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a special place to celebrate my wife's retirement with our kids, & their mates. This house was PERFECT. The views, from the moment you enter, are astounding. The lake is just right there! Denise's attention to detail is fantastic. She was available to answer any small question or concern- without being in any way intrusive. We know (& love) the area ,having spent so many years of our youth at summer camp nearby- so being in THIS house was spectacular. The area has just so much to offer- The Saturday AM Farmer's Market was a hit- as well as the Hillsdale Arts Fair. No trip to the area is complete without a trip to the Swiss Hutte (one of our favorite restaurants in the world!) , as well as the casual Four Brothers. The firepit was a great hit- making s'mores & great family memories. Even hiking Bash Bish in the rain, with umbrellas, was amazing. The kayaks were used for peaceful trips around the lake. You will LOVE your stay here! We can't wait for the opportunity to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ron & Lillian! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves. I wish Lillian a wonderful retirement and we hope to see you soon! Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weather and thank you so much for your kind and enthusiastic review of our little house!
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Fun, Fun Fun anytime of year

  • 5 of 5

Great house and beautiful views. Great for a much to do. Denise our host went out of her way to make sure we had a great time pointing out the fun spots and things to do, like Catamount Adventure Park, Copake Falls and the farmers market. You really don't have to leave the property to stay entertained. She supplies all you'll need at the house... Kayaks, paddle board, boats...and a fire pit for evenings that over looks the lake. Looking forward to our next trip there!! Thanks Denise :)

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Fantastic for a long weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We came up for an annual "boys trip" that I do with my father (early 70s) and my 7 and 5 year old sons. From booking to scheduling/logistics and during our trip, Denise could not have been more fantastic and helpful. The house is really great and exactly what it looks like on the website. It's pretty basic on the outside and a nice, smaller space, but the layout is perfect and the finishing is fantastically well done. The whole place was clearly gut renovated and the kitchens and bathrooms are really nice. The bedrooms are nicely furnished with new, comfortable beds and nice linens. My Dad can be funny about beds and he was happy as a clam

The highlight of the place though is the views of the lake, either from the nice screened-in porch or from the living room (which is all glass fronted onto the porch)

The house comes with use of both a powerboat and a canoe/kayak and has a nice little dock. My boys fished off of the boat and also off the dock. We are total novice fishermen and the boys were still able to catch 10 fish between them over 2-3 days (maybe 3 hours of fishing in total). The lake is very well stocked and we literally caught fish by dropping lines straight down 2 feet off of the dock. The kids are not long on patience for fishing and so it was absolutely perfect for them

The house is only a 10-15 minute ride to Bish-Bash falls, which is a great hike and a really neat thing to see. Everyone had a great time with that. The house also has a firepit in the back and lots of dry (covered) firewood, so an early evening fire and s'mores was super-easy and fun

Just an absolutely great experience for everyone and we will definitely be back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh my goodness! What an amazing review! I am thrilled you liked your stay so much! You are a really nice family and we hope to have you come back soon! I saw one of those fish the boys caught. Nice job!!!!
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Greens Restaurant @Copake Country Club
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Copake Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Catamount Ski


Rates & Availability

Hillsdale Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Sep 6 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2016 - Apr 30 2017
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May 1 2017 - Jun 25 2017
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Jun 26 2017 - Sep 5 2017
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3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Hillsdale Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Bed (1)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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