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Maura

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Lakeside Farmhouse with kayaks, paddle board, bikes and a stunning VIEW!

23 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

New York Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Luxury inside, Rugged Adirondacks Outside. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths

1800's renovated Farmhouse with Stunning Views overlooking Lake Algonquin and Adirondack Mountains.

This is a great area to find some peace and quiet, and the perfect home for those who are particular. Great for adventurers and couch potatoes alike! Year round rugged Adirondack enjoyment can be found outside, while luxury, beautiful lake and mountain views with modern comforts can be found inside.

SPRING, SUMMER and FALL

During the warmer seasons our favorite activities include the 3 mile walk around the lake, hikes to nearby waterfalls, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking out front. The large front lawn is a great spot to relax in the adirondack chairs while drinking in the view, barbecuing up dinner or lounging around the campfire. Public fishing dock out front. Swimming is easy access, but It is a bit rocky, bring water shoes, or public sand beach is one mile away. 2 kayaks, one stand up paddle board and lake floats provided!

Open floor plan has an amazing "chefs" kitchen, sitting area with fireplace, dining and a second living area with 40" flat screen for watching Netflix movies. We have no cable here, we come here to get away from the news!

Upstairs is the Master bedroom with cathedral ceilings, queen bed, private bath and great lake views. Two guest bedrooms have one double bed each and use of 1/2 bath upstairs, another full bath downstairs.

The house is kept in as close to perfect condition as we can manage. We remove shoes prior to going inside - and prefer our guests do as well. However, we know this is asking a lot, so please be mindful of bringing dirt, snow and mud onto our antique wood floors.

Kitchen - our favorite room! Beautiful lake views, fireplace and dining table, so the cook can converse with everyone. Double farmhouse sink, 5 burner gas stove, dishwasher, expansive wood counter space. Very nice pots, pans, dishes, glassware, spices and other amenities provided.

We do go out of our way to supply amenities that will make our guests stay a little easier and nicer, such as binoculars, table cloths, iron and board, kayaks, paddle board, snowshoes, bikes, paper towels, tin foil, plastic wrap, napkins, sugar, spices, condiments - lots of little things you would find at home but may not think of bringing while traveling. We also share detailed directions on how to get to some amazing local spots, waterfalls and places that you might not find otherwise - some took us years to find!

In order to keep this 200 year old Farmhouse in it's current immaculate condition, and it's plumbing in working condition, we cannot have more than 4 persons here in summer, 6 persons other times of year. We do not rent for parties or family reunions, sorry! This is a great house for couples or small family getaways, but not appropriate if you are planning to entertain.

The yard out front is where we spend our time, overlooking the lake and mountains beyond. There is a local road between us and the lake, but we are above it and it is somewhat obscured. We have four Adirondack chairs for lounging and enjoying the view. Large picnic table, fire pit and large Weber grill.

This is lake country so drives to the different lakes can be fun. Great antiquing and white water rafting up this way.

FALL FOLIAGE is AMAZING from the farmhouse! We have unobstructed views of color filled mountains, doubled by the reflection of these mountains on the lake, really is a sight to see!

WINTER

Winter is magical here! Cozy and warm inside, great sporting opportunities right out your front door. Snowshoe or cross country ski across the lake or on one of the many trails through the snow covered woods. Lapland Lake is a world class cross country resort with reindeer and authentic Finnish food. Downhill ski at family friendly Oak Mt. just a 15 minute drive, or much larger Gore which is 35 minutes away. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, and of course winter hiking to our local waterfalls are other favorite activities.

Speculator (next town over) rents snowmobiles, you can sled from here to Canada on wide expanse of groomed trails - this is amazing snowmobile country. Guided tours available for those trying it for the first time. Give it a shot - experiencing the Adirondack woods in winter, gliding over lakes, stopping in at different Pubs for a pint and a stew can be great fun. Highly recommended.

MORE ABOUT THE FARMHOUSE

This is one of the oldest homes in town - was a working farm for 100+ years. Fully renovated 2010. Sits on elevated 3/4 acre overlooking Lake Algonquin. Truly gorgeous view.

Porch - there is a large porch on the backside of house. Can read out there or store your skiis and toys. There is a sitting area to remove and store shoes so if you would like to be shoe free in house, as we are, it is convenient.

What might you NOT love? RECYCLES - are a real hassle here. Guests must agree to take them home if you brought a lot. Leaving a few is fine, but you must agree to follow the towns strict recycle rules - they must be kept clean and separate from garbage. We (i.e. the housekeeper) then have to take them to the dump and separate them into bins by hand. We simply cannot handle this task if large amounts are left. So - our general rule here is, if you bring a lot in, you must agree to take them out! Leaving small amounts (less than one bag full) are fine, and will be hauled to dump by our fabulous housekeeper.

No smoking, no pets (no exceptions, sorry!) and no candles please, this is an allergy sensitive home.

Watercraft is available for use May-Oct. Holidays rates may be higher with longer minimum stays, please inquire.

PAYMENTS: 50% to reserve, 50% due 35 days prior to arrival, payment by check or cc (plus 3.5%). We accept HomeAway payments for last minute reservations only (within a month of arrival). Please note that HomeAway does charge a fee to guests (and to us) for HomeAway payments.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maura (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Maura

Maura is a lifelong Adirondacker, her family has been vacationing in Wells for 4 generations. David and Maura spend lots of time here in all seasons, and have fallen in love with renovating houses here. We now have 4 lakeside renovated homes, plus the original family camp, all available for weekly rental.

Maura purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Maura chose New York

Stunning Views, Luxury Inside, Rugged Adirondacks Outside

What makes this farmhouse unique

We love the fact that this house used to be the scariest one in town....but we always thought it must have the best view...and we were right! Since we gut renovated in 2010, it now has all the comforts of a modern luxury year round home combined with reclaimed wood floors with antique furnishings and features...and was redesigned to best capture those views! Amenities include kayaks, bikes, stand up paddle board, snowshoes, Weber Grill, Firepit, picnic table. Fishing pier across the street. Wireless Internet, 40' flat screen, iPod Player, Chefs Kitchen with killer views while cooking! Great master queen bedroom with views as well.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely Farmhouse. We cooked up a storm in the great kitchen next to the fire. Some much desired snowfall came along so we snowshoed up Mt. Sawyer to some awesome views. Thanks for providing them!



We would love to come back to see the area in different seasons.
Jan 2013
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Lakeside Farmhouse with kayaks, paddle board, bikes and a stunning VIEW!
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Beautiful house in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the lakeside farmhouse. We are in love with the house - so many beautiful details, and so thoughtfully designed! We also appreciated all of the thoughtful details for quests - info on things to do, binoculars, kayaks, books, dvds, wifi, BBQ grill, etc. While we were there a storm came through and while the rest of the town lost electricity, the farmhouse's generator kicked in so we consistently had electricity. Both Maura and the house manager checked in with us when this happened which we appreciated.

We spent our time there hiking, biking, kayaking, BBQing and relaxing by looking onto the lake- all of which we loved! One thing to note -the house is close to a small dam so it won't ever be completely quiet since the waterfall from the dam is there. That said, we only heard it when sitting outside and not when in the house. Thanks for a great, relaxing stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Amazing property, amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time at this beautiful farmhouse. The house itself is just as gorgeous as you'd hope it would be from all the photos - the upstairs bedrooms are beautiful and there are shelves and shelves of books and board games for everyone to enjoy. We spent loads of time in the kayaks included with the property - you just carry them across the road and go into the water! We also built a few fires in the fire pit to roast marshmallows and hot dogs, and used the grill to make some amazing steaks and eat at the picnic table. The house has everything you need to live comfortably, eat outside, enjoy the scenery and just relax. Maura is also totally lovely and was really helpful. I would come back here in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Beautiful and charming home

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fantastic time at the farmhouse at lake Algonquin! The house is extremely well equipped with kayaks, bikes, grill, games and all types of kitchen utensils, and is a perfect combination between charming antiqueness and modern-day comfort. We could clearly tell how much love and detailed care the owners put into this home. The lake and the surrounding areas were also perfect for swimming, kayaking, fishing and hiking. The only small surprise when we arrived was that there is a small road between the house and the lake, however we saw later that this was disclosed on the pictures provided, we just didn't realize beforehand. There is little traffic on the road and the area is peaceful at night, with only the waterfall from the nearby dam being audible. We definitely recommend staying at this charming house!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Lovely stay in complete tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This house is something else!! Beautifully furnished, exceptionally well maintained and immaculately cleaned! The view of the lake was breathtaking. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need (although we never did get those farm fresh eggs that other reviews bragged about ; ) )

The only thing that was somewhat annoying was the policy on recycling. That is the town's issue though- not our landlords fault. We were so nervous to not mess it up that we took our recyclables back to NYC with us!! LOL

Again- the house was lovely- the linens and the master bed were so comfy! Moira was great to work with- it snowed the day we left and she even offered a late check out to help us out! So nice and thoughtful. Will definitely return! Maybe even this summer :)

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Beautifully updated lakeside farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

The details in the owners' thorough description are completely accurate. You will enjoy the artfully decorated and updated interior of this 1800's farmhouse with an unmatched view of Lake Algonquin and the ridge beyond. The property is scrupulously clean and well maintained. The owners have taken pains to supply guests with a comprehensive guide to the area including things to do, places to eat and sights to see. Supplied kayaks and bikes also make it easy for guests to enjoy the outdoors. Along with kayaking and hiking, we particularly enjoyed the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, about 30-40 minutes north. We also loved the huge selection of books in the farmhouse. Some mornings it was tough to tear ourselves away! The owners have other properties in the area that might be of interest to those looking at the area. They all share the owners' thoughtful approach to vacation rentals and should be checked out. We enjoyed our stay and heartily recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Charming and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Awesome family vacation~We loved out stay at the Farmhouse. Meticulously clean, the spacious well stocked kitchen was perfect for preparing meals which we ate outside as we watched the activity on the lake. The house is well stocked with books, games, and movies. Maura is very attentive and certainly detailed oriented. We found her directions and suggestions extremely helpful. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Car: necessary

Wells is a sleepy, scenic town in the southern Adirondacks. Very quiet here - there are days you might be the only one on the lake, even mid summer. No tourists, just summer camps and one motel in town.

Spring through fall there are free tennis and basketball courts, a children's park, local beach and an ice cream shop.

LOTS of healthy outdoor year round activities here!

Spring and Summer for swimming, kayaking, hiking, lots of remote waterfalls to explore and lakes to visit.

Fall is stunningly beautiful foliage, especially from this house! Unobstructed views of the lake and mountains beyond.

Winter activities:

Downhill ski Gore - 35 minutes

Downhill ski Oak - 15 minutes

X country Lapland Lake - 25 minutes - dining, skating, tubing, reindeer!

X country Garnett Hill - 35 minutes

X country out front on our lake!

Snowshoe everywhere!

Snowmobile - rent in next town

Just watch the snow fall

Other Activities: Other things to find in surrounding area:

Many lakes and rivers to explore

Antiquing

Saratoga Race Track (1 hour)

Zoo and Safari Rid

Hiking

Caves

Horseback riding

Boating

Visit Lake George (1 hour)

Golf: Local golf courses are around....Speculator has a course 15 minutes away

Ski: Downhill skiing at Gore, 35 minutes

Oak Mountain 15 minutes away

Cross country skiing out front across lake or through woods

Lapland Lake (highly recommended!) 25 minutes

Garnett Hill (also great) 40 minute drive

Snowmobile rentals in next town

Snowshoes (2 sets) provided by us

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Rates & Availability

Lake Algonquin - Wells Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 24 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
$225
From
$280
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
September
Sep 5 2016 - Sep 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
$150
From
$200
Fri,Sat
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall Foliage
Sep 30 2016 - Oct 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
$160
From
$275
Fri,Sat
$1,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Fall
Oct 10 2016 - Nov 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
$140
From
$185
Fri,Sat
$950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$200
From
$300
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $90
Refundable damage deposit $500

Holiday rates may be higher, minimum stay may be longer

Watercraft is available for use May 1-Oct 30 only

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

New York Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest 1/2 Bath - toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bathroom -
  • Guest Bedrooms upstairs have use of 1/2 bath upstairs and full bath downstairs. Master Bedroom has private bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Private bath, cathedral ceilings, oak floors, great views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Handmade Pine Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • All bedrooms are upstairs, Master has cathedral ceilings, 4 poster queen bed. Really beautiful views from picture windows overlooking the lake. 100 yr old refurbished oak floors in master bedroom and bathroom. Nice soaking tub with shower, great views from the bathroom too! Bedroom #2 and #3 have one double bed each. Yes we have 3 bedrooms, but in summer our maximum is only 4 persons here to keep the wear and tear down and the plumbing in working condition. Spring, Winter and Fall we can sleep up to 6 persons. We work VERY hard to keep this house in the pristine condition that you should find it in when you arrive! There is a nice 1/2 bath in upstairs hallway for the Guest Bedrooms use. They also have use of a full bath and shower downstairs. Very nice linens and towels supplied to all guests.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We have a 40' flat screen for DVD's and Netflix (supplied). We DO NOT have cable TV. Lots of books in the house. Comprehensive list of places to go and things to do provided.

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