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 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!
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 new 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.
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 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.
The Old Ice House is a very special place...beautifully architected and lovingly built. Our hosts were especially gracious, with local cheese and an open bottle of wine in the fridge. We were staying at the Icehouse with our son and wife during Ironman weekend in Lake Placid.
Setting is a 10. Very quiet and remote but close to Rt 9N. The kitchen is top notch (professional stove even!), full refrigerator, high quality chef's tools, pantry stocked (even the whole wheat flour was marked!), nice dining area. The woodwork in the place is "contemporized Adirondack" and beautiful.
We had a wonderful time in the ice house. It's cozy and clean and we felt immediately at home. We explored the surrounding area - the amazing creamery, the lakes and rivers and went for a fantastic hike. The cabin is wonderfully located and it was an unforgettable nature weekend away from the city (Brooklyn for us, Montreal for my sister and her husband). We look forward to coming again, maybe in the winter next time :)
Beautiful, private cottage with a home feeling. Excellent getaway and excellent hikes nearby.
This is an amazing place to stay with amazing land to explore surrounding it. Truly an extraordinary experience. Those who appreciate quietude and nature and history will feel right at home. Excellent hosts and caretakers- so nice to be left fresh eggs, local cheese and nice coffee! It was also a pleasure to cook on that stove. Fully intend to book again. Thanks so much!
The house was all the description promised. Cozy, full of character, and well equipped. Wonderful stove and kitchen. It's surrounded by private woods, so you'll hear nothing but birds, and you'll surprise deer, coyote, and turkeys along the trails and two-mile dirt road. Most of the High Peaks trailheads are within a half hour's drive. And if you have to stay in touch, there's a good internet connection--though very patchy cell service.
The Old Icehouse was everything that we expected and more. Located in the small town of Upper Jay, the cabin is very secluded from everybody and everything, but it is a short 20 minute drive from the bustling Lake Placid. Of the three nights we were there we made dinner at home for two of them. David and Anna have a lovely kitchen with all the amenities you could ever need. The sleeping arrangements were superb, and there was nothing better than coming home to those comfy beds after a long day of hiking outside. Along with the house, we also fell in love with the Sugarhouse Creamery (especially their Duth Knuckle).
All in all, the Icehouse makes for a stupendous getaway from the real world for a while, and I cannot wait to make my way back there in the future.
Anna and David's Icehouse was an incredible experience. We would would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an outdoor escape from the busy cities. While we weren't sure what to expect, the interior is very cozy and will make you want to stay inside during cold winter nights. The icehouse has been redone in a very neat way and kept clean.
Definitely a place we're hoping to go back soon and explore the Upper Jay region!
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About the Host, David And Anna
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.