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A Spacious Lakefront Family Home

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Athens House Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths Sleeps 12+

This Private Family Home is an All Season Home.Our lakefront home provides hours of fun in the sun on our private beach.You will enjoy swimming,fishing and and kayaking.There is so much to do,or you may simply relax in a serene setting.

Our Fall Season is one not to be missed.The vibrant colors surround you. It is a perfect setting to enjoy with your family.We are located near Hunter and Windham Mountains.There are many festivals and activities for all to enjoy during the Fall and Winter.Winter at the lake is Wonderful. If you enjoy skiing,snowboarding and tubing this is the place to be! Spend a day at the Mountain, and return home to soak in the Hot Tub.Enjoy the huge stone fireplace in the living room that is adjacent to a sitting area with a large screen TV and card table.All of your meals can easily be prepared in our large kitchen with a breakfast counter and is open to a dining table that seats 8.Our floor plan offers areas of togetherness and privacy.

There are mirror image master suites with private baths on both wings of this home as well as 4 additional bedrooms,and 2 full bathrooms.The additional bedrooms 2 queen, and 2 twin have sliding doors that open to the deck.They have spectacular views of the lake and property. Downstairs is a massive family/ game/TV room with full bath.

We know you will enjoy your time here.You will be very comfortable in your surroundings inside and outside.We want other families to have an opportunity and space to spend quality time together!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Nancy

Hi,I am John English.I would like to share a memory with you.I remember as a child vacationing with my family at my Uncles home in Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Those weeks spent in an extended family environment were such a special time with the best of memories! With those memories in mind I embarked upon building a home that would allow me to duplicate the type of atmosphere I grew up with.We constructed and developed the site for multiple families to share and enjoy. Areas large enough to enjoy together ,and yet with ample space to retreat to and enjoy private quieter times.

My kids,who are now 33-21 all remember their childhood vacations there in the same way I did.As young adults they are continuing that tradition as well, living with close family friends,relatives and grandparents(me!!)

Nancy purchased this house in 1984

Why Nancy chose New York

I was lucky enough to find the property our home is built on, 2.5 acres of undeveloped pristine waterfront at great value.The house and beach are positioned to enjoy the beautiful sunsets.Our home is located on a peninsula with a 180 degree vista of water. 800' of shoreline to sun yourself as if you were in Bermuda or shade yourself under the majestic trees of a New England Forest.

What makes this house unique

The time spent here can not be duplicated on a family afternoon visit,which is what most of us are restricted to.We have decided to make our home available for other families and close friends to have the special times we have been blessed with all our lives.

Our home is not a business it is our own special personal space and we hope that you feel the warm peacefulness and family reflecting time there that we have.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house was perfect for our family(up to 18 members,all ages) Everything was included that we needed (or wanted!)and in perfect condition.Swimming in front of house was very nice,tennis courts nearby an added attraction,and canoe in constant use,as were fishing equipment( a nice touch)

I would recommend this place to anyone looking for all the comforts of home,together with the luxury of lovely vacation surroundings.Thank you!!
Aug 2012
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A Spacious Lakefront Family Home
average rating of 4.882353 based on 18 reviews

Perfect house for multiple families

  • 5 of 5

With two master bedrooms, the house was wonderful to share with another couple and their children. We really enjoyed being all together in one house and sharing the kitchen.The multiple bathrooms made sharing the house very convenient. We loved the hot tub, air conditioning, lake frontage, kayaks, comfy chairs near the water, two hammocks, upper spacious deck with ample picnic table and lounge chairs, glass game table w jigsaw puzzles to work on, large dining room table, cable TV , access to a washer and dryer, and plenty of utensils for eating and cooking just to name a few :) Nancy was responsive to any questions we had and a pleasure to work with. Some helpful info: I would recommend bringing water shoes - we didn't know about the zebra mussels. The lakefront is stone not sand. Inside access to the lower level is a circular stairway which could be a bit challenging for toddlers. We loved the place and are very much looking forward to our return in 2017!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific week

  • 5 of 5

the house was perfect for the whole extended family. We all came for a 50th anniversary, along with kids ranging in age from 2-10 and dogs and all of us really enjoyed ourselves. Plenty of room to spread out and plenty of spaces to be together. The picnic table outside perfectly seated the 10 of us and the second grill came in handy more than once. We had a great view of the fireworks over the lake and a great time using the kayaks and all the facilities at the lake. Nancy was super accessible and easy to work with. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home with Beautiful Views!

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best houses that we have rented, it was amazing!!! We had rented other homes previously, but by far this was the best. The rooms were all good size, there was planty of space around the house to socialize. The house is located right on the lake, with beautiful sunset views. Kids and adults stayed down by the lake all weekend, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and relaxing at night by the fire pit. The homeowner Nancy was amazing to deal with she answered all out questions and even greeted us at the house when we got there to show us around. She was so nice she even called the next day too see if everything was OK and if we are enjoying ourselves. We will definitely be back. Loved everything about this Lake house.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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truly an amazing home and awesome location.

  • 5 of 5

My siblings and spouses have been doing a sibling get away for 3 years now. this is the first time we selected the catskills for our long weekend. We chose this house due to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Each couple had their own private bath, which is very difficult to find in vacation homes. We also liked the location to Hunter Mountain, where we wanted to try the zipline, which was phenomenal in itself. The home is located on Sleepy Hollow lake with its own private beach. We also had access to 4 kayaks and a canoe and other lake toys. We never in our wildest dreams thought we would be able to enjoy the lake due to the timing of our get away which was 3rd weekend in sept. The weather was perfect to utilize the small intimate lake. The house also has a large hot tub and many areas where you could sit either in or outside. The house is located near Hudson river and there were several small towns to explore, but really did not due to the perfect setting of the home on Sleepy Hollow Lake. We didn't want to leave the home. We all lamented when we got home, how we missed this house.!!!!!! Nancy Dorn, one of the owners, was extremely attentive to my multiple questions prior to renting. She was so thorough at the time of check-in, we really did not need her again, but knew if we needed anything she would be there in a minute. I truly and sincerely recommend this house rental especially if you are looking for a home that can comfortably accommodate several family units. The location is an added bonus.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great customer service!

  • 5 of 5

This was a spacious property, so well suited for our family gathering. We have rented many times and I can honestly say I have never experienced an owner/manager that was so attentive to our questions and requests and committed to making sure we had everything we needed. Nancy was terrific!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Super Summer Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a spectacular time together! Because of distance, our extended family (14 of us, 8 adults and 6 children) had never before been able to have everyone together. We searched the web for a long time until coming across this property and its positive reviews. Our communications with Nancy began long before our arrival, and she was very detailed in describing what her house and the lake had to offer. From the glistening lake, to the spacious grounds, to the well-lighted walkway, to the house that was configured “just right” for us, to Nancy’s amazing responsiveness, we came away with many great memories of a fabulous vacation. The layout was just what we needed, with each of four families having their own space for themselves and their children. Shopping, even for our last minute needs, was nearby (@20 minutes). The beachfront on the property itself and the beachfront and pool run by the lake were great. We almost feel like thanking Nancy for the weather! She was marvelous, on the spot and available to answer any question. Our families had a great time and our grandchildren have a great story to tell when asked, “What did you do last summer?” Thanks, Nancy!

J and E

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Hudson-Athens Ferry
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak, Hudson, NY
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
NYS Thruway and Taconic State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Hunter, Windham, Catamount
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Community beach at Sleepy Hollow Lake
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Athens House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 23 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $250

$4800 Weekly Rentals only Peak Season
Holiday Rates are higher- please inquire

Boats are not permitted

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Athens House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • There are 2 first floor master en-suites as well as 4 additional bedrooms all on the main level. There is a full crib plus pack n play also on the premises.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
This home is fully equipped and is a great family vacation destination due to the superior lakefront property as well as only 30 miles from Hunter and Windham Ski Mountains. If you have any additional questions please contact via this website.

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