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Peace and Quiet on Charley Lake with Sauna, Snowshoes and Boats

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom (Sleeps 6)

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! In winter we are the only occupied house on our side of the lake so it's not so much of an issue.

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.

The view across the lake is of wooded land and mountains, just a few houses in sight. Property 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. Dining by chandelier for 6. High speed internet and a landline provided (no cell service here!). Huge flat screen TV for watching Netflix movies, but no cable. Front lawn has adirondack chairs for drinking in the piece and quiet and the views, more seating found around the fire pit.

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.

WINTER

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 wood fired 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. Ask about the $50 discount they offer to our guests! 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.

SPRING, SUMMER and FALL

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.

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.

MORE ABOUT THIS CABIN

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.

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.

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, as the town does not pick them up and we simply are unable to hire someone to take charge of that very unpleasant task. So, like with camping, 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. The housekeeper has agreed to take one bag in her car after each cleaning. More than that and there will be an additional fee.

Max 6 persons (includes children). This is a NO PARTIES, NO SMOKING, NO PETS (no exceptions, sorry!), NO LOUD NOISE and allergen free home.

More Details

Property Manager
Maura
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 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.

Why Maura chose Wells

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 house 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.

Map

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.

Amenities

Wells House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
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
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Wood paneled high ceiling bathroom with shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
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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Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

This was a short 4 night getaway from a long stretch of stress, this will now be our go to place to recharge! Gorgeous home with a gorgeos view, we felt like we were "one with the lake" as we did not see any one else while there. Binoculars were provided so we had some fun bird watching. Furry warm lap blankets were there so we could sit on the deck and enjoy the view even on the chilly mornings. Loved the charcoal grill for cooking burgers, and we used the sauna every afternoon. We will be return!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Peaceful, Serene, Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

The house was just as described. While we had an issue with the water, Maura quickly responded and took care of the problem. Just wished we could have stayed longer. Thank you Maura

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Charley Lake

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful cottage on a remote, small Adirondack lake. We enjoyed kayaking, and a nice hike nearby. The cottage's kitchen was very nice and served our needs well. We appreciated the WIFI and Netflix, too. Everything met or exceeded our expectations!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin on a secluded lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly relaxing few days here at this house. It's beautiful inside, tastefully decorated with everything one would need, and the view of the lake from the living/dining area is stunning. I hope to come back.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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5

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: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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: September 2017
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