About this listing
Three miles from downtown Lake Placid with its world-class amenities, this seasonal woodland cabin has trails that lead to a monastic post and beam lean-to in the forest and a little mountain with spectacular views. An intimate retreat.
Ideal for a couple or tight group/family of 3. Secluded garden with outdoor dining and grilling. It is a perfect base for an abundance of recreational activities in the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Private trails with access to NY State Wild Forest. We built a lean-to last year on our trail. It's available for picnicing. If you have overflow guests or are interested in camping out, please inquire.
Interaction with Guests
Hosts are experienced and helpful with suggestions for backcountry adventure and attractions in town(s). Karen and Pete will be as interactive as the guests desire.
Private yet not far from village amenities that include great dining, movie theatre, town beach, tennis, etc.
Once downtown there is a free trolley.
Other Things to Note
In the cabin there is an incinolet toilet, a modern alternative to a flush toilet, spotty wifi and sketchy cell phone reception, although both available nearby.
No pets. We have a friendly dog named Ander. No smoking indoors. We request that you please honor our retreat-like setting. Linens provided for use at cottage. Please bring beach towels.
Our guest cabin was created out of an old pony barn. Porch now has a few new amenities so more privacy when showering and a more spacious sink.
Karen and Peter are absolutely delightful hosts and their cabin is entirely charming. My husband and I spent 8 nights there and had a wonderful time exploring all the books and knick-knacks placed around the cabin. The garden is beautiful, and we saw hummingbirds almost every day. The private trail is well marked and takes you through lovely woods. Karen and Peter are very respectful of their guests' privacy, but also really fun to talk to. We had a number of excellent conversations and they provided helpful, local tips on Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
The cabin isn't for everyone. We loved the lack of cell reception and internet, primarily because we both wanted to be "off the grid" for our vacation. The incinolet toilet was fine, while it worked, but it did break down while we were there, which only left us with the outhouse. Peter and Karen were very responsive, and I am sure it is in the process of getting fixed. However, if the idea of walking outside at night to go to the bathroom is more "roughing it" than you like, this is probably not the cabin for you.
If, however, you love visually appealing settings, long for a quiet get-away, and are already comfortable in the woods, this may be your perfect vacation spot.
Kate and Peter are great host.
The cabin is really nice/very cosy (exactly like the photos). Perfect location to discover the Adirondacks and not in the "tourist" area.
After few days here you will check your agenda to see when you could come back.
The cabin was perfect! It was quiet and peaceful, yet close enough to the activities in town. Nestled down into the woods, with hummingbirds, woodpeckers, gardens, flowers and fresh air. Little knick knacks all about the cabin, many books to read and trails to explore. My daughter and I could not have asked for anything more! I came to do the Ironman competition and having a quiet place to come back to after all of the excitement in town was quite relaxing. Karen and Peter were the best! And so was their dog Ander! They left us flowers one day and made us feel so very welcome.
Karen and Peter were so easy to work with. They went above and beyond in making the cabin welcoming for my son and his new wife. Both my son and daughter in law came back from their stay at the cabin with stories about how charming and pecefull it was. They hope to return for the anniversary next year. Karen and Peter also were very helpful in sharing ideas on things to do and places to eat in the area. Thank you both!
What a lovely escape from our busy NYC lives! Throughout our entire stay, we kept passing by the traditional hotel/motels in Lake Placid and commented how lucky we were to be staying at the cabin. Karen and Peter immediately made us feel welcome and showed us the lay of the land. They also had great suggestions for day trips, including the best ponds and lakes nearby. (Swim across Copperas pond!). It's also ideally situated for a day trip to Montreal, which we squeezed in, and close to many white water rafting companies. Lake Placid and Lake Sarnac are a short drive away to grab a meal or drink. We barbecued on the outdoor grill one night and took the hike just out the cabin door to the top of the mountain to spectacular views. Finally, a unique pleasure was the wonderful collection of books in the cabin. We were able to identify most of the birds/trees we saw around us.
We fell totally in love with Karen and Peter's magical cabin. It's simple, but beautifully decorated with picture windows of the woods. The cabin has a lovely garden and outdoor grilling area. Beyond that the forest is lush and gorgeous. Karen and Peter welcomed us warmly and gave us a great map of the trails on the property. We hiked up the little mountain and picnicked there our first night. Our 11 year old son also loved the place with all the collected natural treasures. The cabin is quite private and is marvelous for sleeping. We'll be back.
We stayed at the cottage for a weekend in October. The hosts were excellent, very friendly and accessible living on the property (but not too close). The cottage was great, quiet yet not far from Lake Placid. The atmosphere of the cottage was lovely, including many books for adults as well as the 9-year-old in the group (who loved the cottage). The only negative was a lack of connectivity (wifi from the main house was mostly nonexistent although that seemed to be a temporary problem and the cellular signal was unreliable). There was firewood and a space heater available and they had prepared a fire in the wood stove prior to our arrival which was a nice touch. There was a kitchen sink with cold and hot water; the shower was warm but not hot. The property is large and there are hikes with views both on the property and longer hikes that continue onto state land.
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About the Host, Karen (& Peter)
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