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Peaceful and Immaculate Lakefront Retreat with Boats, Sauna, Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Soaring Ceilings, Right on the Lake, Boats, Snowshoes, Sauna, great hiking

Get away from civilization and back to nature in this immaculate European style chalet on very pretty and remote Charley Lake. The cabin has soaring celings and is all windows so you can enjoy the beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains from the inside as well as on hikes and adventures.

This is a great spot if you are looking for a QUIET retreat, and if your group is able to be quiet as well. This is a private community with strict noise ordinances, and because sound travels easily across the lake, we cannot have outdoor music, yelling, or other disturbances here. Please take this into consideration before booking this spot. In warmer weather everyone on the lake sleeps with their windows open, so relative quiet around the campfire and while out on the boats is a necessity. Of course this means you are assured a peaceful holiday as well!

3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bath, sleeps up to 6, however is the perfect romantic getaway for two!

Guests have use of the private wood fired sauna (great after a cool dip in the lake or roll in the snow), an indoor fireplace for those cooler eves, and an outdoor fire pit for stargazing and marshmallow roasting.


Swim, kayak, canoe, paddle board, read, bbq, hike, stargaze or do nothing but relax! We supply one stand up paddle board, one kayak, one 2 person canoe and very nice lake floats. The sauna is a relaxing treat after a cool afternoon or evening dip in the lake.

The lake and dock are just 15 feet from the house, great for kids and for swimming. We have a custom bar with stools on the deck, perfect for that first cup of coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine in the afternoon. Loons live on this lake, their beautiful call is an amazing sound to experience, it reverberates and echoes off the surrounding mountains. Distant owl and coyote calls also frequently heard here.

Great hiking and waterfalls nearby, we supply a full list of nature hikes, restaurants, museums and things to do. Saratoga and Lake George are one hour drive, Lake Placid is two. Gorgeous drives to many surrounding lakes in this area.

If you are interested in more action, 15 minutes in either direction are towns which have restaurants, bigger lakes, more hiking, free tennis, basketball, beaches and some stunning waterfalls.

Cooks will be thrilled with the exceptional and well stocked chefs kitchen. You are also welcome to use the Weber Charcoal Grill.


This is a great spot for skiers, snowmobilers, cross country skiing and snowshoe enthusiasts. This cabin was built to take advantage of the beautiful winters here. Exceptionally private, we are the only cabin open in winter on our side of the lake.

The cozy Dutch fireplace will take the chill off after your outdoor activities, or, for a full body bone thawing, relax in the lakeside steam sauna.

Snowmobiling - we are right on the snowmobile trail, no need to haul sleds anywhere. Snowmobile rentals nearby or bring your own. Thousands of miles of trails from here to Canada!

Skiing - fabulous, fun, family friendly local Oak Ski Mountain is just 10 minutes away. A unique small town mountain with big ideas, they have sledding and other winter activities for the kids, great food, fun bar and live music too! Gore is 40 minute drive. Lapland Lake is one of the best cross country ski resorts in the east, 30 minute drive, Garnett Hiil is also amazing, about 1 hour drive.

Fishing - this lake is known for it's ice fishing. You'll likely have all the fish in the lake to yourselves in winter.

Sauna - the lakeside wood fired steam sauna is terrific after a roll in the snow.

Snowshoes - we supply 4 sets - take them across the lake or venture out onto the trails and through the woods.

Hiking - we supply a list of fun winter hikes, including waterfalls which are beautiful in winter.


There are 3 bedrooms. Upstairs is an open loft bedroom with queen mattress which is a sleep number so you can adjust firmness on both sides to make both happy! Downstairs are two bedrooms, each with one double bed, one of the bedrooms also has a fun single loft bunk, for a total of 4 beds in house. There is one bathroom (shower only). We recently added a hand crafted outside wood bar to the deck with lap blankets for those cooler days.

The view across the lake is of wooded land and mountains, just a few houses in sight. Comes with Weber charcoal grill, full chefs kitchen with Viking gas stove and convection oven, dishwasher, good dishes and very high quality pots and pans. High speed internet and a landline provided (no cell service here!). Huge flat screen TV for watching Netflix movies, but no cable. Dine at the table for 6 with lake view or eat lakeside on the picnic table. Front lawn has adirondack chairs for drinking in the piece and quiet and the views, more seating found around the fire pit.

WHAT WILL YOU LOVE? The house has amazing views, is quiet, charming and eco friendly, cabin is new and kept in immaculate condition so even the most discerning should be very pleased. Nice privacy (most private in winter) and on a unusually peaceful mountain lake. We supply detailed lists of where to go and what do to in the area, and the house is well stocked with things to make your stay easy and breezy - just bring food and we do ask you to bring your own towels.

What might you NOT Love?

Noise must be kept to a MINIMUM...we have promised our neighbors we will not have outdoor music, late night noise or children screaming all day. Everyone on this lake has promised to keep this a serene spot for all who live and vacation here.

The well water has naturally occurring iron (minerals) in it which turns it a slight yellow color. Although perfectly fine to use and drink, we provide filtered drinking water for guest comfort. The eco friendly waterfront septic is too sensitive to allow for use of a washer/dryer - so we don't have them. We provide nice quality linens for the beds, bath mats, hand and kitchen towels, but ask guests to please bring their own bath and beach towels, or, for an additional cleaning fee, we will supply bath towels. There is a laundromat down the road a bit.

Also, RECYCLES are a real hassle here. Guests who choose to stay here must agree to take home what you brought in. Leaving a few is fine (less than one bag in total!) but they must be kept clean and separate from garbage. We (i.e. the housekeeper) then take them in her car to the dump and separate them into bins by hand (joy!). She simply cannot handle this task if large amounts are left. So - our general rule here is similar to camping - if you brought it in, you must agree to take it out.

Max 6 persons (includes children), no exceptions, sorry. Rates provided are for 2 guests, there is a $10 per person, per day fee for additional persons, regardless of age.

This is a NO PARTIES, NO SMOKING, NO PETS (no exceptions, sorry!), NO LOUD NOISE and allergen free home.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Maura

David and Maura spend lots of time in the Adirondacks year round. We swim, flat water and white water kayak, paddle board, hike, downhill ski, snowshoe, cross country, snowmobile and simply chill up here.

Maura has a family camp nearby, her family has been coming here for 60 years. We live and work in NYC, it's a 4 hour drive, just put in a book on tape, and in no time we are in paradise. Dave and Maura both work for themselves, and are working hard towards an early retirement to the Adirondacks.

Maura purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Maura chose New York

A true Adirondack Mountaintop Spring Fed Lake. Very private area, very pretty house, great lake and view. Peaceful!

Sights and sounds of wildlife surround the house.

What makes this cabin unique

Unusually nice home, immaculately clean.

Chefs kitchen with great pots and pans.

Wood Fired Sauna, swimming beach, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and snowmobiling available right from the house. 4 sets snowshoes provided.


Wells Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 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 ...
  • The Town picks up garbage, but does NOT pick up recycles - so guests must agree to take out thier recycles if you brought a lot.
  • We have an indoor fireplace, sauna fireplace, outdoor firepit and charcoal grill. If you choose to use any one of these, you must agree to remove ash.
  • This is an exceptionally QUIET lake. Guests must agree to keep down, no outdoor music or excessive noise here, especially after 9PM.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Wood paneled high ceiling bathroom with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Small downstairs bedroom with double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Open Loft Bedroom Upstairs. Adjustable Mattress.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom with double bed and single loft bed
  • The Upstairs Loft Master Bedroom is open to the main room (no walls) There are two small bedrooms downstairs, both have one double bed, and one of them also has a fun loft that can sleep one person or possibly two smaller children.
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Owners have been coming to this area their whole lives, will share with guests those fun and remote spots (hikes, waterfalls) that took us years to find! Also supply full list of restaurants, museums, sights, hikes, trails, etc.


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Amazing hideaway where you can escape and relax!

  • 5 of 5

We (young couple) stayed at Charley Lake for 4 nights before flying back to London and cannot recommend it enough. It's a perfect mountain getaway for a couple (with or without kids).

The house is clean, well maintained and well equipped. It has a great kitchen that has all the appliances you would expect (large fridge, stove, microwave, coffee machine etc), a very comfortable lounge (we watched A LOT of Netflix) and the master bedroom has a double bed with a great view over the lake. There is also a sauna (which we didn't use as the weather was too nice).

The main attraction is obviously the outdoor space which is phenomenal - you can BBQ, sit by the fire pit or nap in the hammock all whilst situated next to the lake and the stunning Adirondack backdrop. We particularly enjoyed an early morning/late evening kayak on the lake (which is also warm enough to swim in), it really is beautiful. The house is also surrounded by trees giving you total privacy from neighbours.

The house is situated a short drive away from plenty of hiking trails - Auger Falls is a nice hike to start off with and we then ventured up Mt Hadley where the views are incredible. Wells and Speculator are nice places for a stroll (try the Well Coffee shop, newly opened and the owner is incredibly helpful if you need advice on the area). They are small though so make sure you stock the car up with food and drink in Amsterdam on the drive up.

Maura was a brilliant host from start to finish - great communication, full of advice and the info packs she sends are incredibly helpful if you don't know the area. I would 100% rent Charley Lake (or one of her other properties) again.

If you're looking to escape for a few days and want somewhere for total relaxation, this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place, amazing hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Lake Pleasant cabin from this same host some months ago and right away we wanted to rent the Charley Lake house as well! So glad we did it because we absolutely loved it!!! The house is so beautiful and the rustic decor makes it the perfect getaway house straight out of a movie set! Speaking of movies...the big tv screen is perfect for cozy movie nights! We highly recommend this place for anyone who loves nature, outside activities and overall having an amazing relaxing time!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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Absolutely amazing

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and well maintained. Absolutely stunning view of the lake and mountains from jusy outside the house. So quiet and peaceful. We loved using the fireplace and firepit and canoe. The kitchen. is awesome, fully stocked. Maura was always very communicative, responding quickly to any questions we had. We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time. The lake was so quiet and the house was beautiful. So glad that they were able to accommodate a 4 day rental! Otherwise we would not have been able to stay . Everyone loved the paddle board and kayak!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking! Clean!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible in every way! A little slice of heaven. Not only is the property incredible, but the home is immaculate and absolutely stunning! I have never stayed at a more beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Wonderful cabin, peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

We spent several days mid-week at Charley Lake, had a wonderful time. Maura took care of all the details and was very responsive and helpful. The cabin is in a quiet but accessible location on the small lake, is very nicely appointed, spacious, and well-connected to the environment outside. We swam, canoed the lake each day, listened to the loons, watched the fish jump, sat in the sauna, hiked the mountains and rivers nearby. There was so much to be interested in outside that we never got around to turning the TV on.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Car: necessary

The Southern Adirondacks have very picturesque lakes, mountains, waterfalls and hiking. Only 4 hour drive from Manhattan, but feels like a thousand miles away :)

Hiking, skiing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, waterskiing, antiquing, reading, wiring, painting, sleeping, eating, relaxing, and enjoying are favorite pastimes in this area.

There is a very fun little zoo nearby, the Adirondack Museum is a MUST visit. Saratoga Springs and Lake George are a 1 hour drive from here.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

For holiday, school break and event weeks minimum stay and rates may be higher, please inquire

Guests must agree to and sign our lease with terms and conditions of stay.

NO PETS here, NO SMOKING, NO PARTIES or additional guests other than those listed on lease.

Boats are available for use May 15-Nov 1.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund