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Historic Vacation Rental Home on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9 depending on season)

McKenzie View is a lovingly restored historic home on Lake Flower in the village of Saranac Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The house retains original family furnishings and antiques and is heated and available year round.

Relax in a large but cozy living room with a wood burning fireplace and a splendid view of lake and mountains. Test your culinary skills in a roomy, fully equipped kitchen. Adjacent to the kitchen is a sun-filled breakfast room and a formal dining room that seats eight.

Wake up to the sunrise over the lake and mountains in a queen-sized bed in the master suite with a twin bed in an adjoining room. Two other bedrooms have double beds. All beds are dressed with seasonal Pottery Barn linens. Two twin beds are available in summer in the quiet second floor unheated porch that backs a wooded hillside. There is a full bath with shower on the second floor, a full bath with claw-foot tub on the third floor, and a half bath on the first floor.

Just minutes from Lake Placid and Olympic sites, and twenty miles from Whiteface Mountain, the village retains much of its historic charm, with its numerous cure cottages, active Main Street, and century-old traditions such as the Winter Carnival in February. Spectacular fireworks can be seen across the lake from the house on Indenpence Day, New Year's Eve, and twice during Winter Carnival. Main Street shops and the farmers market are a five-minute walk along the lake from the house.

The Visitors Interpretative Center in nearby Paul Smiths, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, and the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake provide opportunities to learn more about the Adirondacks. Annual events in the region include the Ironman Triathlon, Empire State Games, the I Love New York horse shows, Lake Placid Film Forum, and Plein Air Art Fesitval.

The third-generation owner has a graduate degree in building conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is lovingly preserving the century-old house. Enjoy your stay on a historic street lined with many other lovely older homes. We are sure you will enjoy the house and region as much the Roberson family has!

Keywords: historic, antique, Adirondacks, lakefront, waterfront

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2017

About The Owner

My father was raised in this home, which has been in our family for a century, and I spent every summer since childhood, nourishing my life-long love of the Adirondacks. It was always my desire to live in the house one day, and vacation rentals allow me to share this lovely home with others while defraying expenses. My father is thrilled that I am actively restoring it, bit by bit. Architectural and artistic skills seem to run in my family: my great-uncle was the prominent Adirondack architect William Distin, my cousin is an architectural project manager, my great-grandfather and brother are professional photographers, and my undergraduate degree is in painting and drawing. My graduate degree in building conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has fostered enduring connections in the preservation community and I have come to love Saranac Lake as my second home. Combined with my first graduate degree in library science, guests appreciate the fine library of local authors, fiction, and Adirondack literature. The kitchen may be my favorite room: spacious yet warm in its antiquity, I know you'll enjoy preparing meals for your family as much as I have.

The Owner purchased this house in 1982

Why The Owner chose Adirondacks

This home has been in my family for a century, and it was only natural for me to want to preserve the family connection to the Adirondacks. Saranac Lake continues to be a vibrant community of involved citizens and has become an arts mecca in the Adirondacks.

What makes this house unique

The house is a mere five-minute walk to Main Street and a short drive to many outdoor and cultural activities.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Historic Vacation Rental Home on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
Ballston Spa, NY

Wonderful vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

Mckenzie View is a beautiful home, convenient to the Village activities and shops, but as peaceful and relaxing as if you were in the middle of the woods. The home is furnished with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and feels like you are 'home' the moment you walk in! We had a large group and were very comfortable in this spacious home. Suzanne was wonderful to work with and very accommodating. Hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your gracious comments. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and hope you'll consider us for your next visit to Saranac Lake.
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Wonderful winter vacation

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 6 visiting the region (Saranac lake/Lake placid) for the first time and this house was perfectly located. It was very clean and well equipped for meals and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted to have hosted your family for their first visit to Saranac Lake and the Adirondacks, and so glad you enjoyed your stay. Please come back soon!
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Wonderful winter vacation

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 6 visiting the region (Saranac lake/Lake placid) for the first time and this house was perfectly located. It was very clean and well equipped for meals and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We stayed for the iron man race in lake placid. The house was great. Spacious, fully equipt kitchen & right across the street from the lake access. I have two small children, ages 6 & 4 & other then the lake being their favorite spot there was the sleeping porch!

We enjoyed our stay so much we already booked it for 2017 iron man!!! Kids are looking forward to it as am I!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We especially love when our young guests enjoy the house as we have since we were children. We're grateful to be able to accommodate your family again next year.
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We felt like we were home in our vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful old house was perfectly placed in a charming community in walking distance to everything we needed, and we woke up every morning to a beautiful sunrise on the lake. Everything was clean, and the house was plenty large enough for all of us. The property flt lived in and comfortable

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and hope you'll consider us for your next visit to Saranac Lake.
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Fabulous house in peaceful town

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six adults loved McKenzie View and the town of Saranac Lake. We were there from July 2-9, 2016 so we also were able to watch the fireworks across the lake without even leaving the property (we chose to sit on the dock so we were closer to the water's reflection but could have just sat in the yard!). We thought that the architecture of the house and its contents were very interesting and we had plenty of space to spread out. Although there was just one shower (there is also a tub, but we are a showering family!) , the water was always hot and had great pressure. We never had to worry about running out of hot water! The front porch was a favorite place to sit and read in the mornings as it overlooks the lake. The town is much less congested than Lake Placid and we could easily walk or ride bikes to get supplies! A few evenings were pretty warm but turning fans on at night kept the bedrooms quite comfortable. All in all, we had a great time and loved the accommodations! The owner was super helpful and responsive also!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at McKenzie View and appreciate your thoughtful review. The comfort and enjoyment of our guests is very important to us.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Saranac Lake airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Main Street
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Essex, NY
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Saranac Lake Golf Club
Nearest Train
43 Miles
Westport, NY
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
NYS Routes 3 and 86
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Many restaurants in village
Nearest Ski
19 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Lake Clear
Car: recommended

Speed skating, figure skating, horse shows, and rugby tournaments in region


Rates & Availability

Saranac Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Presidents Week
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas-New Year's
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Cleaning fee $160
Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Saranac Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Printer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , First floor bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Clawfoot tub, 3rd floor bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor bathroom
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Sleeping Porch - 2 twin/ single , Porch is unheated
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2) Antique beds, Twin or Single Beds (4) 2 twin beds on unheated 2nd floor porch facing woods--peaceful!, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Queen Size Double High Air Bed Double Size Air Bed
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Books, games, antiques, screened porch, dining room, dock, swimming

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