The wonderful Johnson Family provided us with this photo of the Icehouse on Christmas morning 2012!Fall at the Icehouse

Entire home/apt

6 Guests

2 Bedrooms

6 Beds

Entire home/apt

6 Guests

2 Bedrooms

6 Beds

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About this listing

The Icehouse is a unique house situated in the High Peaks. Surrounded by a stunning private wilderness, yet close to the village of Upper Jay and within easy reach of Whiteface Mt (6 mins), Keene &Keene Valley (10/15 mins) and Lake Placid (20 mins).

The space

The Icehouse is surrounded by nearly a thousand acres of privately owned land that only our guests will have access to, and offers miles of completely private hiking trails leading into the forests and up into the mountains that belong to the house.

It is located near Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort (less than 6 miles), which was given 7th place in a recent CNN report on the World's best 100 ski runs, 10 minutes from Keene and 15 from Keene Valley, and only 15-20 minutes by car from Lake Placid. We think it's close enough to all the local attractions and amenities while still maintaining a safe distance to everyday-life!

The historic 19th century property derives its name from its original purpose. It was built to store blocks of ice in the Summer that had been cut in the Winter from the nearby ponds. The ice blocks were in the cool rooms of a nearby Great Camp (and probably ended up in the odd cocktail there...).

The building has been lovingly restored over the past few years and transformed into a spacious home with a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Many original features have been conserved, and contemporary additions were carefully planned. Using mostly reclaimed local wood and ecologically sourced materials to create a comfortable and unique living space, the inside has been decorated to combine old and new in harmonious ways. Thus we offer guests the experience of simple cabin-living in the Adirondack wilderness in really rather comfortable style. We even recently caved in and now have a very good airconditioning unit for those hot Adirondack Summer nights!

Great care has gone into every little detail: from the hand-cut red hardwood flooring in parts of the building and the custom-made windows set into the original wood-panelled walls, to the sheepskin-rug on the Adirondack rocking chair by the antique fireplace, or the very high-quality bedding on the comfortable beds; from the professional-grade cooker to the family-size stainless steel fridge in the kitchen - everything has its own aesthetic and functional purpose and contributes to the simple, intimate and warm atmosphere of the building.

The kitchen is well equipped with a high-end coffee maker, Nespresso milk foamer, toaster, kettle, waffle iron, ice cream maker, kitchen aid blender; excellent pots, pans and all other necessities for cooking and baking. There is a Weber barbecue grill right outside, and a lovely open fire pit in our nearby field with truly wonderful views.

Upper Jay is a fabulous small village right in the middle of the High Peaks region - we think the most beautiful area of the Adirondacks. There is a boutique dairy and artisan cheesemaker in town with a small and well-stocked farm shop as well as a great little library, post office, etc - we also have regular concerts and plays at the unique and funky 'Recovery Lounge' (upholstery business by day, cool venue by night) as well as the former local church. Luckily, most traffic to Lake Placid and the North bypasses us, so it's pretty quiet (unless it's the Ironman weekend!) yet conveniently located.

We will gladly supply you with fresh eggs, coffee and milk upon arrival, and our wonderful caretakers Sue and Carl can help you get settled in - if you have any special requirements, please just let us know and we'll all do our very best to accommodate them.

We have an extensive guest info pack that will help you find your way around the house (well, you won't get lost, that's for sure!), and that includes directions as well as some background on the area, where to eat, shop, etc etc. It's an ever-growing list!

Please note that family discounts are available for those with small children.

Guest access

Guests have access to the whole building and the land surrounding the house. Property boundaries (marked with red markings and 'posted' signs) must be observed at all times. Please read our guide to the property (you'll find it at the house) for further details.

Interaction with guests

We arrange arrival etc. but otherwise let guests enjoy their holidays undisturbed. Carl and Sue, our neighbours and caretakers, are on stand-by should you need assistance, as is Carrie our friend and neighbour a little further down.

Other things to note

Please note that unless otherwise agreed we require a two-night minimum stay. Thanks for understanding!

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Check In: Anytime after 3AM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $25 / night after 4 guests
Security Deposit: $200
Weekly Discount: 14%
Weekend Price: $275 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events

The Icehouse is a non-smoking property.

Pets are welcome if agreed beforehand, and will incur an additional 40$ cleaning fee. Please don't hate us ;-)

Please let us know exactly how many people will be staying - should we find that the number exceeds the one agreed prior to arrival we will withhold the security deposit, unless there is a very good reason (such as a family emergency) for this.

Airbnb security deposit is payable on booking. We will hold the deposit for any major breakages/ damages/ missing items/ guest number exceeded.

Check in usually after 15.00 on day of arrival, check out before 12.00 on day of departure (this can be negotiated).

We have a baby cot available and two camp beds and a sofa for additional guests. Please ensure you let me know how many guests will be staying so we can prepare everything properly.

If you have any special requests just email us and we'll try our very best to make it work!

Please note that we accept no responsibility for losses, damages or injuries sustained by any visitor, and all visitors are responsible for ensuring they have adequate personal insurance cover! We are also required to point out that during your stay, you are solely responsible for the house and its movable contents. You must take care to avoid damage and losses, and you must declare any damages or losses that may have occurred during your stay immediately or upon vacating the property via airbnb.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

102 Reviews

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Michelle User Profile
March 2017
The Icehouse is a marvelous retreat and very much true to the description and pictures. I highly recommend it as an Adirondacks getaway, and Anna and David are fantastic and conscientious hosts.

Matt User Profile
January 2017
Amazing cozy cabin in the Adirondacks. Perfect for a couple or intimate group to enjoy a unique and private experience on private property.

Robert User Profile
January 2017
I loved the property and the place. The house was charming and had everything and then some I could need. The ease of access and open lines of communication made my quick trip just flawless. Thanks again David and Anna........Can't wait to return.

Bobby User Profile
January 2017
I have only good things to say about the Icehouse - both winter and summer, the cabin and surrounding area are a wonderful place to stay! Thank you David and Anna for sharing this gem with others.

Nicole User Profile
December 2016
We had such a lovely time visiting The Old Icehouse for a weekend. The house was very charming, cozy and comfortable. It was more spacious than we anticipated. Unfortunately, our trip was too short to fully explore the land, but what we did see was beautiful and well kept. It is a very quiet area and a great place to relax, cook and explore. Hoping we can come back again soon and take advantage of David and Anna's wonderful accommodations!

Lana User Profile
December 2016
Anna and David were very hospitable and thoughtful. The cabin and grounds were incredible. We had a great experience and would love to stay again in the future.

Isabelle User Profile
November 2016
The house of David and Anna is unique. It is exactly how we could imagine a secluded yet comfortable home to disconnect from the world (even though the wifi works perfectly). Even in colder temperature, it is warm inside and the fireplace gives a nice atmosphere while it is snowing outside! We had fun with the kids combining short hikes close by with playing in the snow and nice evenings at home playing cards or board games or just reading. The house has all you need, very clean and orderly and a very well equipped kitchen. There are a few nice places to get good organic food nearby. Warmly recommended!

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David And Anna User ProfileDavid And Anna is a superhost.

Most of the time we live in Oxford, UK, as we both work here and in London, but we do try and spend as much time as we can at our lovely house in the Adirondacks in New York State...We let both houses from time to time to people we hope will appreciate them. We're both academics with a great love of traveling, exploring, making, creating, painting, building, digging, walking, talking, swimming, eating, laughing and (not) being masters of the chaos that reigns our lives.

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