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Adam Slote

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

'Spruce Lake Farm' 52-acre log home estate with private 7-acre lake

47 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, sleeps 14 adults, and is the perfect wedding venue!

This spacious, elegant, lakefront log home sits tucked away on a secluded 52-acre mountain retreat, surrounded by hundreds of acres of publicly-owned forest and rolling hills. The house looks out onto a beautiful, private 7-acre lake where you can swim, boat and fish. After grilling up your dinner on the oversized deck, take a swing in the hammock and then relax in an Adirondack chair and watch the stars come out in total silence. Situated midway between Woodstock and Cooperstown, Spruce Lake Farm is 5 minutes from quaint Bovina Center, 10 minutes from a premier 18-hole golf course, and 15 minutes from supermarkets, antique shops, fine dining and boutique shopping in Andes and Delhi. Children will love the tree house, play set and beach, as well as the two rowboats and numerous forest trails. Wireless internet and satellite TV are free. Spruce Lake Farm also makes a wonderful gathering place for weddings, reunions and company retreats.

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Main level: The main level of this five bedroom, four bathroom house has a wonderful open floor plan and provides the perfect space for enjoying meals, entertaining and relaxing by the huge stone fireplace. The ceilings here are 35 feet high with rustic beams and views of the lake, and overhead is a spacious loft which serves as a library, office and reading area. Also on the main level are the kitchen and dining area, a log-walled bedroom with adjacent full bathroom, a TV room with HDTV and DirecTV satellite service, and an airy sunroom and library area as you enter the house.

Upper and lower levels: The upper level of the house has three bedrooms, one of which includes a loft for extra sleeping space, and two full bathrooms. The lower level boasts a huge master bedroom with en suite full bathroom, and leads out onto a beautiful stone patio overlooking a flower rock garden. The lower level also includes a large screen HDTV, a rec room with ping pong table and foosball table, and a laundry room with two sets of high-efficiency washers and dryers.

Play area: The play area has a tree house, slide, climbing wall, cargo net, swing, tandem swing, trapeze and bench swing.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Adam Slote (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Adam, We had a most wonderful week. My 4 adult children, and their children felt like this was our home! And we took pride in taking care of it. Everyone cleaned up after themselves, shared kitchen duties, and just fell in love with the comfort, the surroundings, and all there was to do there. Our youngest grandchild is 6 months old, then we have 2 little girls, 3 and 4, and 2 little boys 4 and 6.

We enjoyed the fire pit, and my son-in-law and son are both Eagle Scouts, so they maintained the fire very well. Another son is a great cook, so he took over the grilling, and we women just enjoyed being pampered!

For me, Adam, I hope I can return, if God gives my husband and I our health. We are 70 years old, and family is everything to us. We would love to plan another reunion down the road. Did I mention how kind all the local people were to us, when we said we were staying at Spruce Lake Farm? We learned about the history of the home, and the general store lady, named Bee, was very warm and kind, and great brownies and pies! My daughter posted our pictures on Facebook/ sprucelakefarm. I could truly see myself being the guardian for this home, because it is a house built with love! Oh, the grandchildren enjoyed the treehouse, every morning, and last thing at night.

Well, I hate to say "Good-bye" so I'll just say, I hope to come back, and I hope to talk to you again about another stay at this beautiful Spruce Lake Farm! Thank you Adam, and if you have any advice about upcoming stays, I would so appreciate that.
Jul 2016
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'Spruce Lake Farm' 52-acre log home estate with private 7-acre lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews

The perfect multigenerational vacation

  • 5 of 5

"Best vacation ever" according to my 11 year old grandson. His 3 younger siblings agree as do the 7 adults and 4 dogs. The house is perfect, plenty of room for all. The beds are comfortable. The kitchen is very well stocked. We cooked all meals at home for our crowd of 11 and had plenty of pots, pans, and every utensil needed. But the star of our vacation was the lake. We brought a kayak. Everyone, including the youngest granddaughter who is 5, got to explore the lake in the kayak. The beach area was perfect for the kids and adults to swim in. The kids learned how to row a rowboat. My husband explored the whole pond with goggles and snorkel. The lawn was perfect for lawn games and we closed every day with a campfire and s'mores. We brought bikes which the adults used for rides exploring the area but the kids had plenty of biking area right around the house. The spruce forest across the lake is another great area for exploring. And just to add to the perfection, the red raspberries ripened while we were there so our mornings started off with raspberry pancakes.The owner and caretaker were helpful and responsive. The kids actually did not want to leave the property. The only touristy thing we did was visit a local farm to see the baby pigs, Dexter cows, and baby chicks. Delhi is not far away for restocking on groceries and everyone we met was friendly and helpful. We are especially greatful to the Delhi animal hospital who took care of our dog who had a bad reaction to a bee sting. They even delayed closing until we could get there. We also had a great experience with the helpful, friendly staff at the Rite- aid in Delhi. I highly recommend Spruce Lake Farm for a great family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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No other place on earth, we would rather be!

  • 5 of 5

Spectacular home, magnificent view of the lake from every room, and so much to do just on the property alone. This was our family reunion of 10 adults and 6 grandchildren from 7 month's to 16 years old ! Plenty of space for all of us in the house,and how well-stocked the cupboards were made this vacation such a knock-out, fabulous time. The home was so clean, and so very comfortable for a large crowd like ours! At night we all sat around the fire pit,sang songs, toasted marshmallows,and the mountain air just lulled us all to a peaceful sleep! And having our private lake, for the grandkids, and the grown-ups with boats,and a beach area for the little ones made us feel like kings and queens! We are a hard working family, as many Americans are, so this house truly gave us the escape we needed! I want to thank Adam for all he did to make sure the week went well,and it did! And a thank you to Heinz, the caretaker, and Amy,our housekeeper for having everything ready for our stay! As you can tell, We highly recommend Spruce Lake Farm,and we plan to make this our only vacation retreat home!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Relaxing and Magical Family Christmas Break

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, tranquil house set in acres of peaceful woodland next to a stunning lake. The house was warm, comfortable and very well equipped with loads of space for the entire extended family. We enjoyed fabulous walks with the dogs, precious holiday family time playing board games in the amazingly beautiful lounge, cooking delicious family meals (including a three course Christmas lunch!) and wonderfully silly, fun evenings toasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories around the fire pit by the lake. The sunrise behind the pine forest, and reflected in the water, are well worth waking up early for and really do set you up for a relaxing day. This is the perfect place to stop, relax and remember what is truly important in life - family. Thank you so much for a wonderful Christmas.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Perfect wedding venue

  • 5 of 5

The property and the home were absolutely beautiful. We loved that our wedding guests could stay in the house and there was plenty of room and activities—game room, rowboats, campfire—for 16 people. Our wedding guests were raving about it.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Beautiful wedding venue

  • 5 of 5

The property and the home are both absolutely beautiful. We held our wedding there on a Saturday evening and our wedding party stayed for the whole weekend. It was perfect! Plenty of space for everyone and tons of activities—game room, rowboats, campfire—for in between wedding activities. The home had everything we needed—laundry, fully stocked kitchen, reliable wifi. Everyone who attended the wedding could not stop raving about it.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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a tradition

  • 5 of 5

This was our 5th year at Spruce Lake and it was another wonderful week. The house and the grounds offer so much that we barely leave the property! The kids have been coming here most (or all) of their short lives and count Spruce Lake as one of their favorite places in the world. The adults feel the same. We will see you in 2016, Spruce Lake!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Two Old Tarts
Fisk Antiques
Catskill Mountain Artisan's Guild
Cross Roads Cafe
Tuna III
Blue Bee Cafe
Stephens Antiques & Collectibles
Paisley's Country Gallery
Russell's General Store, Bovina Center, NY
The Andes Hotel
Brushland Eating House
"Wonderful local restaurant in Bovina Center."
Table on Ten
Peekamoose Restaurant
Hawkeye Bar & Grill
Town Tinker Tube Rental
Glimmerglass Opera
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Belleayre Ski Center
Hunter Mountain Resort
Plattekill ski resort & mountain biking
Catskill Scenic Trail
Car: necessary

Only 3 hours from New York City, the village of Bovina is midway between Woodstock and Cooperstown in the heart of the famous Catskills region.


Rates & Availability

Bovina Center Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall/Winter/Spring 2016-17
Sep 6 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 29 2017 - Sep 4 2017
Changeover Day: Monday
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 2.0%

HomeAway assumes that "one week" is 7 nights. For us, one week is 7 days (6 nights).
From Memorial Day to Labor Day our minimum stay is 6 nights, but for the first two weeks of June our minimum stay is 3 nights.
At other times of the year our minimum stay is 2 nights.

HomeAway makes it difficult to charge progressively lower amounts for additional nights, so our "Standard Rate" in the rate table is based on a one week (six night) stay. For stays shorter than that, rates in Fall/Winter/Spring are as follows: 2 nts = $1900, 3 nts = $2500, 4 nts = $3000, 5 nts = $3400, 6 nts = $3700. Each additional night beyond that is only $300.

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Bovina Center Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main level, accessible
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Lower level in master suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper level
  • Bathroom 1 is accessible, with a shower with built-in seat, hand rail, overhead shower head and handheld shower head. However, it is too small to accommodate a wheelchair.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main level, original log walls and ceiling
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Lower level, master suite with private bath and garden
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Upper level, large floor space
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Upper level, view of lake
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , Upper level, with overhead loft
  • Designed to sleep up to 14 adults comfortably, with additional young children sleeping in portable cribs or co-sleeping. Bedroom 1 is on the main level and is adjacent to a full bath with a sit-down shower. The kitchen and dining areas are only 20 feet away. Bedroom 2 is the master suite or 'honeymoon' suite, with full private bath, TV and walkout to the patio and garden. Bedrooms 3 and 4 both have king beds and plenty of floor space for portable cribs. Bedroom 5 has a queen bed and a twin bunk bed, plus two twin mattresses on a carpeted floor in an overhead loft area, accessible by ladder.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 26 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Free broadband wifi, no password required Free DirecTV satellite service Two large screen HDTVs Free local and long distance telephone service up to $10/stay

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