|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Location: Westport, Lake Champlain, Adirondack Mountains, New York, USA (2 Hours North of Albany, 2 Hours South of Montreal, 40 minutes east of Lake Placid)
Accommodations: Historic Georgian Manor house, 10 Bedrooms + Sleeping porch, 7 1/2 Baths (Comfortably sleeps up to 27)
On a bluff overlooking Lake Champlain, this 10 bedroom home offers luxurious accommodations and breathtaking views from every room. Built in 1904 as the summer home of playwright Robert Sherwood, this spacious home sits on 26 acres of private land and provides a wonderful retreat for a family reunion, wedding, special event or a vacation shared with another family.
The grounds include a clay tennis court, beautiful gardens, and many woodland paths to explore. Stone steps lead down to a private beach with a dock, float, and boat mooring. A half mile walk through the woods takes you to a private camping site with a lean-to and campfire area.
The first floor includes: formal dining room, formal living room, and sitting room (all with fireplaces), bar area, professional kitchen with Garland stove, three refridgerators, two dishwashers, and children’s dining room seating eight. The formal dining room can easily seat 19 and there is seating for 20 if you prefer outdoor dining on the veranda. The second floor includes five bedrooms all with private baths (two with fireplaces) and a linen and laundry room. The third floor includes five bedrooms( one with fireplace) and two baths. The ten bedrooms can comfortably accommodate up to 27 guests.
Smoking is not permitted inside the house, but smoking on the grounds is permissible.
Pets are welcome with a refundable deposit.
Housekeeping and cooked meals may be arranged at additional cost.
We couldn't have asked for a better place to relax and enjoy a lakeside estate. The closest i will get to being a millionaire in the gilded age!
Plenty of room.
A taste of history, yet well appointed.
Quiet and peaceful.
Absolutely beautiful setting and views.
Very well suited for entertaining large groups.
Everything we hoped for, and more!
Our group--13 adults and 11 children--enjoyed a truly terrific week at this very special place. The views are spectacular from every room and it couldn't have been more comfortable. The rooms are very generous, we could all spread out with rooms to spare, and all of our needs were met. We loved cooking in the kitchen, especially big batches of pancakes on the huge griddle every morning, and eating meals outside with views of the lake. All was well stocked/furnished, from the kitchen to the bedrooms with extra towels, bedding, etc.
We loved the tennis courts and gardens, picked berries and fresh flowers daily, and we loved swimming and hanging on the private beach. The property is very private and great for large groups, and the house is beautiful. Lots to do around the lake, hiking, etc.
We couldn't have asked for a better place. We hope to be back!
We rented Skenewood for a total of 10 days end thoroughly enjoyed every minute we spent at the house. The house was clean upon arrival and is extremely well stocked in terms of kitchen items, fire wood, books, puzzles and even refrigerators (four in total)! At the peak, we had 20 people staying at the house and it never felt crowded, in fact the more people in the house, the more it seems to come alive! The grounds surrounding the house are for the most part very well maintained. Although the path down (and up) to the beach is steep, it's an enchanting walk through an overgrown, beautiful forest. The beach is also well stocked with 2 canoes and a kayak, great for morning and evening rows when the lake is so peaceful! The beach area could use a clean up, but it's not too bad.
All in all a great family experience and we wouldn't hesitate to rent Skenewood again!
This house is beautiful, but older. If you love an old house and are willing to accept more dated bathrooms and furniture - this house is as good as it gets. We had a wonderful time. The fireplaces are excellent, there is plenty of room and the kitchen is top-notch. Jeremy and Shami were very nice and accommodating. Our weather could not have been worse, but in spite of that we had a great stay. Note: There is no TV, but for us that is a plus. We were 22 people ranging in age from 86 to 12. If you are looking for modern luxury, this is not the best place for you- but, if you want a beautiful, comfortable house with a great kitchen, room for 20+ in the dining room, and love the outdoors - this is the place.
Our family has vacationed in the lovely setting of Skenewood for many years with up to 22 people comfortably staying in the house. The expansive front lawn is large enough to hold any games you want to play from football, to kickball, Capture The Flag, and Kick the Can. And the beautiful grounds range from wooded to open. The tennis court is a red clay court next to woods and gardens about 50 yards from the house. It’s a wonderful location for an extended family get-together.
The house itself is huge with grand halls, staircases, and large rooms. There is no TV, which is wonderful as the kids spend evenings with the adults playing games, jigsaw puzzles, or recounting the day. Evenings can be spent on the over sized terrace on the bluff overlooking the lake. The house is over 100 years old and is maintained well but not modernized. The kitchen and its stoves and ovens are rugged, designed to feed a large group.
The beach is in a cove, which is a 5 minute walk on a path down hill or a 5 minute drive.
There’s plenty to do in the area. You can rent a boat to enjoy one of the country's most beautiful lakes from the water. Most summers the lake temperature is in the low to mid 70's. The Adirondacks offer many hikes, swimming holes, and historic spots. Or just read some books on the terrace.
We will return to Skenewood for our annual family vacation.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 18 2016 - Dec 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 9 2016 - Jan 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Cleaning Fee - $250 of the $500 will be credited to renter within two weeks of departure if; 1) trash is collected in bags and left in kitchen; 2) refrigerators are left in condition found; 3) used towels/bedding are left at the doorway of room used in; and 4) furniture/items generally left as they were found upon occupancy.
20% non-refundable deposit due at signing of lease. Balance and cleaning fee due 1 week prior to occupancy.