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Farmhouse with Gorgeous Lake Views, Kayaks, Snowshoes and Comfort

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Luxury inside, Rugged Adirondacks Outside. Great for Couples and Families

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


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 has a 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!

Linens supplied, but we do ask you to bring your own bath and beach towels. If travelling by plane, let us know and we can get you some towels.

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 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.


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 it in, you must agree to take it out! Leaving a small amount (less than one bag full) is 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

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. We now have 4 lakeside renovated homes, plus the original family camp, all available for vacation 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, an Alexa sound system, 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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Wells Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Town picks up garbage, but not recycles. Guests must agree to take home your recycles if you brought a lot in. Leaving 1 bag of recycles is OK.
  • Town will not pick up garbage if you mix recycles in, so you MUST agree to follow our seperation instructions, it's a hassle, but a must to stay here
  • Bring own beach and bath towels. Linens, hand and kitchen towels, bath mat supplied.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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. Bring your own bath and beach towels and shampoo. Soaps are supplied.
  • 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. All bed linens, hand and kitchen towels are supplied, but we ask guests to bring own bath and beach towels (it simply takes too long to clean them all inbetween guests!)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • 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 ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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
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. Bring own Bath and Beach Towels. If you are travelling internationally, let us know and we can get you some towels.


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Farmhouse with Gorgeous Lake Views, Kayaks, Snowshoes and Comfort
average rating of 4.8974357 based on 44 reviews
Mount Vernon NY

Oasis of quiet peacefulness on the lake with glorious views

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse met all of our expectations - views of the mountains and lake, access to kayak and an outdoor space that promotes time together. Each room is finished with calming colors and details, as well as books. The varied areas to sit and be social or relax make the cozy house feel vast.

We cooked each night in the well planned kitchen and outdoor grill - the meals were made more special with locally farmed fruit and vegetables purchased at The Well.

Before leaving we contemplated - what a nice week and when, not would, we return. Thank you for a great holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with everything you could possibly want or need and more..great location, my wife & I will be back for of the nicest rentals I've been to, & we've been to quite a few..thanks for sharing your beautiful home..5stars for sure...

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous farmhouse and view!! Comfortable!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I thought it was good.

  • 5 of 5

We felt secluded.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Wonderful Weekend Respite!

  • 4 of 5

We had a fabulous extended weekend at the "farmhouse," hiked four stunning waterfalls and bathed in nature's bounty that are the ADK's. The farmhouse was a perfect symphony of childhood memories of weeks at aunt/uncles warm, well warn and loved farmhouse in Connecticut, with all the upgrades and comforts one could ask for!! The views that await you die for!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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The Farmhouse Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Farmhouse was absolutely perfect. It is rustic with a touch of class. The large kitchen incredibly well equipped...and unlike many VRBO rentals this home doesn't feel at all as if it was "garage sale furnished". It is incredibly well maintained, and offers a view that is literally beyond words. The photos give you a sense, but are not nearly as beautiful as every sunset we witnessed.

Addressing the review about being near the hydroelectric dam, we were quite pleasantly surprised when we arrived well after dark and thought we heard the sounds of a fast rushing stream or small waterfall, which only served to enhance the overall experience of being immersed in nature. The property offers a very private back yard, despite the little traveled road that sits beneath it...we heard perhaps ten cars throughout our four day stay and it wasn't an issue at all.

Maura is a wonderfully responsive owner!! On our first morning we went to shower and discovered the master bath faucet was inoperable. One call to Maura and it was repaired as quickly as possible without fuss. This is an attentive owner whose responsive and speedy communication was greatly appreciated.

The Farmhouse is spotless, restful, and a place that, without hesitation, I would recommend to others and hope to visit again next year!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Saratoga Race Track (1 hour)

Zoo and Safari Rid



Horseback riding


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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $90

Holiday rates may be higher, minimum stay may be longer

Bring own Bath and Beach Towels.

Sheets, blankets, pillows, hand, wash and kitchen towels are supplied

Watercraft is available for use May 1-Oct 30 only

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund