The Icehouse is a unique cabin situated in the High Peaks Area. It is surrounded by a stunning private wilderness, yet close to the village of Upper Jay and within easy reach of Whiteface Mt (6 mins), Keene and Keene Valley (10/15 mins) and Lake Placid (20 mins).
The Icehouse is surrounded by nearly a thousand acres of privately owned land, 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 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 during the warmer months of the year that were cut in the winter from the ponds. The ice was used to cool the storage rooms of the nearby Wellscroft Lodge (and probably ended up in the odd cocktail here...).
The building has been lovingly restored over the past few years and been transformed into a spacious home with a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Many original features have been conserved, and any 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, offering guests the experience of simple cabin-living in the Adirondack wilderness in comfortable style!
Great care has gone into every little detail: from the more obvious like 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 more subtle touches like a sheepskin-rug on the Adirondack rocking chair by the antique fireplace, or the 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.
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 an amazing bakery in town (however only open in the summer months!!!!) 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 the area, and that includes directions as well as some background on the area, where to eat, shop, etc etc. It's an ever-growing list!
Family discounts available for those with small children.
I unfortunately had a bad experience getting to the Icehouse due to conditions on the private road that leads to it. Car got stuck and had to get assistance towing it out, due to very late-winter snow and mud. Sadly, this made the cabin inaccessible and I had to go elsewhere for the night.
BUT! The hosts were very attentive to my
issue afterward, gave a refund, and offered discounted accommodations for the future to make up for everything. A very stand-up way of dealing with me, and it's obvious that all guests would be very well taken care of in any circumstance!
A delightful stay and incredibly responsive owners! Thank you for everything.
The Icehouse is perfect in every sense! The house is unbelievably cozy - the fireplace/stove and the wool blankets throughout the house made our cold February weekend stay very pleasant. We made good use of the kitchen and the very serious stove with a few home cooked meals. (Fresh eggs for breakfast from Sue and a fabulous dinner with goods from many of the shops and groceries suggested in the house manual!) Anna was very responsive in the booking process and a pleasure to work with as well. We'd love the chance to visit again!
I had been dealing with Anna and must say that she was always prompt in answering any questions.
Perfect. Secluded enough to not be bothered and yet close enough to everything (15-20 min drive)
Overall: Very pleased with the house and the people that made our stay very enjoyable.
We lacked nothing during our stay at the Icehouse, which we consider a great find. It was a cozy haven in contrast to the very icy conditions at Whiteface and Van Ho at the time (ice storms before + during our stay - everyone's yards and driveways became skating rinks). The hosts and caretakers were very quick to respond to any inquiries.
We had a great time at the Icehouse! Closer to Whiteface than anything you can find in Lake Placid. It was a -17 degree night and we quickly found the heating system to be more than capable of taking care of business. It was a wonderful evening. If you have a group of people looking to ski or just stay in and sip wine I wouldn't recommend anywhere better than here. It was exactly what we were looking for. Thanks again!
The Old Icehouse was the perfect getaway location for our wedding anniversary. It was quiet, warm and relaxing. It’s just what we needed.
The Ice House was the perfect getaway for my husband's 30th birthday. Anna was extremely helpful and patient with me throughout the booking process. It was a surprise getaway for us and his family, which meant getting a date that everyone agreed on was difficult. Anna kept in constant contact with me regarding dates and was so flexible when there was a last minute change.
The house itself is absolutely perfect and in a wonderful, private location. My only wish was that we had more time to explore all the trails on the property. We visited Lake Placid a couple of times, and it was a short 20 minute drive. In the town of Keene, there was a great spot for breakfast that Anna recommended- the ADK cafe. She also recommended a general store, which included premise food, wine, and any other necessities needed.
Anna was so helpful, especially when I inquired about where I could find a bakery to make a birthday cake. She raved about a local place down the road,Paul's Bakery, and put me in contact with the owner. I have to say that they did an amazing job. It was a carrot cake made with carrots from the owners garden! Even my brother-in-law, who can't stand any type of dessert, ate a huge slice-that's a compliment. If you're in the area when visiting, definitely stop in and grab some treats!
Regarding the space of the house- our group consisted of 6 people. Anna had warned me that there were enough beds to accommodate everyone, but she emphasized that it wouldn't be very private. At first I was worried, but It actually worked out very well. My husband and I stayed in one of the two bedrooms upstairs (this bedroom has 2 beds) and his parents stayed in the other. His brother and girlfriend slept downstairs on the big couch and extra cot that was available.
Our days were spent either hiking on the beautiful property, reading on the front porch or just relaxing inside. The property is beautiful and it's a great place to get away from it all- I only wish we could have stated longer. After our trip, both my husband and I said that we would definitely be coming back up.
Fabulous time at this beautiful oasis in the woods. It's perfect for escaping everyday life and centering yourself.
The cabin is wonderfully cared for with every amenity you'd need, tastefully decorated. It has a modern kitchen, comfy beds and a real rustic feel. Wifi is good; cell service is not, but you don't need that distraction anyway - enjoy disconnecting!
The land is spectacular with plenty of space to roam. Good hiking can be had without leaving the property. Be sure to wander.
We feel lucky to have found this place and hope to return for many years to come. David and Anna seem like excellent people.
David was fantastic from my initial inquiry to our arrival. He promptly answered questions and was a friendly and warm host. The Icehouse is beautifully situated in a privately wooded area with plenty to do nearby. The cabin itself has a tasteful sense of art, charm and the modern conveniences fit for foodies wishing to do lots of cooking. We loved the charming decor in every space and the sky lights in the bedrooms. Though I slept comfortably, my boyfriend had a difficult time doing so because it was pretty warm in the bedroom despite the fans used to cool down. The living room area is slightly dark but very cozy and we would have enjoyed the fireplace except that it wasn't cold enough for that. You have to keep in mind this used to be a storage house for Ice so not a ton of windows. I would love to come back some time in the winter, as I think the Icehouse is absolutely divine and David and Anna are superb hosts. I would strongly recommend these accommodations to anyone.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.