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Cute, two-bedroom, one-bath, two-story bungalow sits on one-half acre, just up from Main Street in Keene. Situated in the heart of the Adirondack Mountain's high peaks, this home offers beautiful views of Cascade Mountain, and easy access to Lake Placid (11 miles), Whiteface Mountain (nine miles), Keene Valley (five miles), and all of the best hiking trails, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, and skiing (cross country and downhill) that you might be looking for! The house is furnished with all sorts of little 'getaway amenities' - from a queen-size futon on the outdoor screen porch (for an extra non-winter sleeping spot for two), a bonfire pit (for roasting marshmallows), a perennial garden (with fresh herbs for cooking)...the house has a well-stocked kitchen for any kind of cooking you would like to do, a spa-like bathroom for relaxing baths (in a claw-foot tub), a large TV (for movies), and a full-size washer and dryer (to keep you with fresh, dry clothing).
I first came to the Adirondacks for what was supposed to be a paddling/camping trip on Saranac Lake... it turned into a life-long addiction with Lake Placid and Keene (home of the High Peaks.) I began to live here full time until the middle of 2004, when a career opportunity back on the West Coast led me to turn it into a vacation rental. I run an international travel business these days - Global Soul Adventures ...and try to visit the Adirondacks as I can.
Owner - Kate purchased this bungalow in 2003
The Adirondack Mountains are an especially spectacular place. They offer some of the highest peaks in the Northeastern US, which are home to hundreds of trails, lakes and rivers that offer up all sorts of summer and winter activities. I fell in love with Keene, and its prime location for accessing all outdoor adventures that one seeks. Additionally, the energy that continues to reside in Lake Placid from past Winter Olympics, along with currently training Olympic athletes, will inspire just about anyone to join in on the fun around town. The bungalow itself was built in 1930 and retains so much of its original charm - a clawfoot tub, castiron sink, and original flooring / stairs are some of the most unique amenities. I chose to offer this space as a vacation rental for others who love to travel - I am personally a traveler, and my ultimate wish is that other travelers will have the opportunity to fall in love with this ultra-perfect 'base camp' while enjoying all sorts of activities around the region.
We stayed for 2 weeks in mid-June with four people. The home was very clean, ridiculously well stocked, and included many personalized details. The instructions for caring for the home are straightforward and reasonable and there were helpful tips and plenty of info on local offerings. The caretakers are a short walk up the hill and treated us like family while respecting our space. My youngest child was gifted a tour of their extensive gardens and was allowed to pick strawberries twice. The immediate neighbors were very kind and even invited us to dinner.
The home does not have A/C but that did not prove to be a shortcoming. There are plenty of fans and windows for ventilation; at no time were we uncomfortable. The kitchen appliances work very well and a full complement of Pampered Chef products makes cooking a treat. The washer and dryer are a lifesaver for longer stays. The area is very quiet. Thunderstorms are spectacular there.
There are a handful of personality-rich shops in the town of Keene and a moderately-sized town (Lake Placid) with tons of restaurants, activities, and stores 30 minutes away. We kept busy for the two weeks without ever driving more than an hour. Check out Au Sable Chasm and The Wild Center.
Communication from both the homeowner and the caretakers was prompt and thorough. Everyone has a great attitude. A+ transaction with this rental!
The Hill Top Bungalow was a dream, and Kate is a gem! So sweet! My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting (our pup was in heaven too!). The bungalow was super cozy - sitting on the porch watching movies on a rainy night was one of my favorite moments. Loved all the little notes Kate left around the house to make you feel right at home too. Hiking, fishing and exploring the towns - great way to spend a weekend away. Definitely want to come back!
This cozy house was a perfect place for my (4-person) family. It is quite small, but had everything we needed for our stay. It is clean and well-equipped. The view is unbelievable--a church and the high peaks. It is right in the village of Keene, walking distance to some good restaurants and cafes. (Don't miss the ADK Cafe, a terrific new restaurant.) The house is perfectly located for hikers, nestled among the peaks, but also pretty close to Lake Placid. The owner is very friendly and responsive and the caretakers live up the hill from the house. I strongly recommend it for groups up to four people, and for larger groups that don't mind a serious squeeze.
We had a fantastic time. The bungalow is located in the heart of small town Keene on the main road, but set back far enough to not feel like you are going to get runover by tourists. You are close enough to head to Lake Placid daily if you choose or avoid the mainstream with easy access to numerous trails. The house is small, but perfectly adequate for up to 6 people. The porch is the perfect place to relax and read and the garage is quite handy for storing oversized item (bikes, skis, etc) We would return without hesitation.
Lake Placid, Adirondack Mountains, New York, USA (Keene, NY; 14 miles from Lake Placid, NY; South on Route 73)
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Snowboarding/mobiling, Tubing, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Rock Climbing, Basketball, Mini Golf
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
Rates effective 2016
$170/night; $180/weekend night; $340/2-night weekend; $450/3-night weekend; $315 two days; $425/three day; $540/four days ($565 four-day wknd); $635 five days ($650 five-day wknd); $750/week; $6730/season (three months); $2250/month (one month)
Rates noted are for 1-4 people. Pets are a minimum of $25 each.
Please Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Credit Cards Accepted: Visa * MasterCard * American Express. Dates available: Year Round
Please feel free to contact us with any special date requests - we try our best to accommodate your vacation vision!
Additional notes to Rates posted:
Good news! - WE INCLUDE ALL TAXES & CLEANING FEES in our rates
HOLIDAY RATES & DEPOSITS for HOLIDAY TIMES are greater (typically +$50 up to 3 days, +$100 for 4-7 days; deposits=$350)
We charge $50 per person, over 4 people, for up to a 1-week stay
We charge $25 per pet, per 3 days
You can pay cash or check upon arrival, or credit card via PayPal for a small fee
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.