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4.5 Stars! Friends Lake- Quaint and New. Completely updated cottage

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,760 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Completely updated cottage on Friends Lake in the Adirondacks. Close to Gore Mtn

The property is totally updated with all new interior, including the kitchen and baths (1 1/2), windows and doors. The home also has a brand new furnace as well as fresh air provided through a heat recycling ventilation system.

You will be able to enjoy this home in the summer and the winter!

It is part of a small community of homes that share a beach that is just 200 feet away down the hill. In the winter, Gore Mountain is only 25 minutes away.

Friends Lake- Quaint & New

Friends Lake cottage- fully remodeled, 2 bedrooms and loft, screened porch, deck, sleeps 7, lake access w/ 200' of beachfront, dock, canoe, in/outdoor games. Lake George 25 minutes & Saratoga 40 mins away.

Come and hike, swim, canoe, relax and play.

This 90 year old cottage has been totally redone to accommodate year-round enjoyment. The property includes 2 bedrooms, a loft that sleeps two, 1 1/2 baths, several spaces for reading, a screened porch and an open deck. Cook your own meals in the new kitchen or travel 3 minutes to the Friends Lake Inn where you can eat an elegant meal in the restaurant or a casual one in the bar area.

We ask that prospective renters please complete the identity verification so that we understand that you are a real person and know who you are. Thank you!

You'll have access to the home, the yard, the beach and the dock and the swimming area. Please note that the beach does not have a lifeguard and you swim at your own risk. You can use the canoe, as well as board games. Bring a book- you'll enjoy the sound of the loons and the quiet of the breeze blowing through pines.

There is internet access (if you must) and a DVD player with TV (and full home stereo system). Cookout on the deck with the grill if you'd like.

Because the lake has not been contaminated with invasive species, we do not allow boat access with boats used outside this lake without special permission (it's complicated) and cleaning of the boat by an authorized cleaning service.

You will not have access to the garage and we ask that you not use the basement as it has some tools and personal items there. ALSO, FOR SAFETY REASONS, YOU MAY NOT USE THE FIREPLACE.

Guests are free to use the property in peace and quiet. We may stop in to say hello just to make sure you're having a great stay.

Friends Lake is an all-natural 3 mile lake situated in the southern Adirondacks. The lake has no invasive species and is home to many native species of both vegetation and fish. The community is quiet, friendly and tight-knit.

Nearby Chestertown- only 10 minutes via auto- has everything a family needs: post office, grocery store, farmer's market, liquor store, library, hardware store, pizzeria, olde fashioned ice cream shop and a gas station.

Other sites of interest:

For hiking:

Cat Mountain on Lake George.

Crane Mountain, Johnsburgh, NY

The Blue Ledges- and it's part of the headwaters of the wonderful Hudson River.

More info on directions to trail heads can be found on google maps.

There are plenty of places to park. Please don't park in the driveway (it is shared with other homes), but rather park in front of the garage. Also, down the driveway to the lake, there is a larger parking area that you are free to use.

Getting around: on car, swim or walking.

Please note that the property has a hot tub that does not function- so it wasn't included in the listing. Also, we currently do not allow use of the fireplace for safety purposes.

Finally- renters agree when booking to use AT YOUR OWN RISK the premises, the beach, and the canoe. Renters also note that there is no lifeguard at the beach and as such swim at their own risk. Thank you.

Please: No smoking on the premises. Thank you.

Guests are expected to live by the Golden Rule. The community is family-oriented so parties, late-nite revelry and disorderly conduct are not within the bounds of use for this property.

More Details

James L. Flacke
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About James L. Flacke

I'm a lover of the Adirondacks and have been the owner of this home for several years.

James L. Flacke purchased this cottage in 2007

Why James L. Flacke chose Lake George Area

It's a cute cottage located on Friends Lake- a clean and natural lake with no invasive species! It's close to Lake George, Gore Mountain Ski Area, and many hiking trails and other lakes.

What makes this cottage unique

The home is completely redone with eco-friendly materials. It's warm, has both a deck and screened porch and lovely new kitchen and baths. There's also a laundry upstairs for your use.


Chestertown Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1760 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs- full bath - toilet , tub , shower , gorgeous new, tiled bathroom with shower and claw-foot tub
    Downstairs half bath - Downstairs 1/2 bath- all new- with toilet and sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This is the open, 'loft area' in the common room upstairs.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Friends Lake is an all-natural 3 mile lake situated in the southern Adirondacks. Close to Gore Mountain. Wonderful for hiking, canoeing cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The lake has no invasive species & is home to many native species of both vegetation and fish. The community is quiet, friendly and tight-knit. Nearby Chestertown- only 10 minutes away- has everything a family needs: post office, grocery store, farmer's market, liquor store, library, hardware store, pizzeria, olde fashioned ice cream shop and a gas station. There's a farmer's market ( Other sites of interest: For hiking:Cat Mountain on Lake George. Crane Mountain, Johnsburgh, NY The Blue Ledges- part of the headwaters of the Hudson River. More information on hikes at More info on Google.


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4.5 Stars! Friends Lake- Quaint and New. Completely updated cottage
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome cottage. Very clean and comfortable. Loved the screened in porch. Close walk to the Friends Lake. Caught a fish!! Not a far ride to Lake George.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully renovated house with everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for a girls getaway weekend... exactly what we needed! The house is beautifully renovated with everything you could need (towels, linens, comfortable beds, the kitchen is fully stocked, DVD player, in house sound system, canoe, folding chairs for down by the lake, screened in porch). It is a nice, quiet, family community. The lake wasn't too busy and we enjoyed canoeing around to look at the other houses.

We cooked in most of the time, but did do dinner out one night about three miles away in Chestertown. We ate at the Bullhouse, which had a nice atmosphere and good food.

James was very easy to work with!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, updated house on Friends Lake 2miles from Chestertown

  • 5 of 5

James' house is very charming, and has been updated recently. The house has everything you will need for a relaxed family vacation. Beautiful hard wood floors throughout the house and nice granite countertops. Towels are available, and a washer and dryer if you need them. Plenty of dishes and cooking equipment. There is a screen in back porch. We ate dinner on it one evening to avoid a few pesky flies. Also a nice back deck to lounge on or have a before dinner drink. Friends Lake is about a 100 yard walk down a private road. There is a small beach with a swimming platform. We went swimming in the lake. James' neighbors on the lake are very friendly. Chestertown is 2 miles directly east where there is a Tops grocery. We ate at the Odd Duck and the Main Street Ice Cream Store. Both were very good. Overall a great experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This anonymous guest was nice enough to write a heart-felt review. Thank you!
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Great house in a nice area

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the quaintness of Friends Lake when compared to the touristy area of Lake George. We were able to see and do a lot during the day, and have this great home to return to. The screened-in and open porches were fantastic, and the walk to the lake to kayak/canoe and take our dog for a swim was easy and fun. The home has been beautifully updated and was a peaceful respite for our 4-day stay. The house does sit on a road where you can hear cars passing by overnight, so that could be an issue for lighter sleepers. This was our first VRBO experience, and a very positive one!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would certainly return

  • 5 of 5

The property proved to be as advertised. Especially clean and neatly renovated as an updated version of an older Adirondack home near a lake. Neighbors at shared beach were very friendly. Having Loon Lake very close allowed for a convenient rental of a pontoon boat for a day of fun.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely place, with all possible conveniences to accommodate a family.

  • 4 of 5

My only complain is that although the house seemed clean after we looked closer the toilet downstairs was in great need of obvious cleaning (which I ended up doing) as there wasn't time to ask the owner to bring the cleaning person back; we were only staying 2 days and didn't want to spend our time booking appointments. After that we felt uncertain that the sheets had been changed. I can't say that the bedsheets weren't changed but the toilet made us feel that a cleaning person hadn't been there since last time someone occupied the property. However, we did enjoy staying at the house.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This renter mentioned that there was a problem with cleanliness at 9:30 PM after an early afternoon check in. When I explained that the same person had been cleaning my home for three years and that I'd be glad to have her come back over, I received no response. The renter never mentioned a thing about the sheets which were of course laundered. And if she had been so concerned, there is a washer, dryer and extra sheets in premises. I am not sure how I could have pleased her.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany Airport (Glens Falls closest but small)
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Friends Lake Inn
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Warrensburgh, NY
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Route 87- The Northway
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Friends Lake Inn
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Gore Mountain Ski Area
Car: recommended

Gore Mountain Ski Area.

Schroon Lake

Adirondack Museum

Lake George Village

Great Escape Amusement Park

Mountain Climbing and Hiking


Rates & Availability

Chestertown Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Summer Rates
May 26 2017 - Sep 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
2017 2017 Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $89
Refundable damage deposit $199
Pet Fee $99

Rates are subject to change. Please note that bookings are non-refundable; clients can substitute another date(s) OF EQUAL VALUE OF ONE, CONTIGUOUS STAY at the home, within one year of the booking. The damage deposit is set up for clients who leave the home unusually dirty, which unfortunately has happened about 25% of the time. Sorry.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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