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Cozy yet spacious lakefront cottage, Ideal for all seasons

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,292 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Mstr. bedrms, 2 bathrms. Sleeps 5. Ideal for one/two couples or a family of 5

If you are looking for a 'party' house, this is not the place for which you are surfing. Rather, one or two mature couples, or a family of four or five who wish to spend some quality time together are the guests who will get the most from this lovely lakeside setting.


Kinderhook Lake is a good size "fishin' hole" of 375 aces. It is stocked with Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch and Bass. Since the Lake is just outside the door, you can fish right off the bank. (Our own grandchildren have had a lot of fun going out with their fishing poles and then coming inside with their trophies, asking their moms to cook them.) It’s great for swimming, too. Stone steps down into the Lake make it quite easy for “little ones” or “older ones” to enjoy the cool, spring-fed waters on a hot summer day.

The Norman Rockwell Museum, Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame, the NYS Capitol, Tanglewood, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Lindenwald (the family home of Martin Van Buren, our 8th President and the first born as an American citizen!), Saratoga Race Track, Lake George and “The Great Escape” amusement park – all are close enough to provide easy and entertaining day trips. Of course, you might prefer to do nothing except sit by the lake, relax and enjoy!

More Details

B.J. Hamilton
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

“...Once again, thank you so very much for inviting us & many other people to you "Little Cottage" a "Home away from Home"…”
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Valatie in Kinderhook

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1292 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • lake
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The downstairs Master Bathroom has a clothes washer (water-saver) and dryer, as well as a Roman tub with spray-handle and a double-width shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • The downstairs bedroom suite can be closed off from the Great Room for more privacy via a pocket door, which slides-in beneath the staircase when not in use. The upstairs Master has its own sitting room, where a twin bed would be available if needed or desired. There is a workstation with wireless connection available, if you have chosen to bring your computer with you. In the warmer months, you might prefer to bring your laptop outside and work on it from the deck while you enjoy the view. The cottage does have a basement entrance, which comes in handy on rainy (or snowy) days.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 deck chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
The fireplace is a gas one, and turns on with the flip of a switch in the fall and winter months. The ambiance it provides is charming. If you are traveling with the children, it is probably the place where the two of you would enjoy some relaxing quiet time, after the youngsters have gone to bed! (There is a built-in night light in the fireplace, so that even in the warmer months-when lighting the fireplace is not feasible- a cozy and restful atmosphere can be created.)


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Cozy yet spacious lakefront cottage, Ideal for all seasons
average rating of 4.785714 based on 16 reviews
Ottawa, ON, Canada

a quiet and relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here in mid-August and absolutely loved it. The house was immaculately clean, the location was quiet and the lake was lovely. The property is close enough to Hudson and Albany for day trips. But if you just want to relax, do a bit of reading and swimming and enjoy the view, this spot is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It gives me great pleasure to have guests in my home who enjoy and appreciate it as much as my family and I do. Regardless of the time of year, there is something special to do or see in this lovely part of New York State and the "Little Cottage" house is the ideal base from which to explore. As to its relaxing and peaceful atmosphere-that, too, is present twelve months a year.
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Perfect place to watch the sun set

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in early August. The house is in pristine condition and the house and kitchen are better equipped than any other I've rented (and I've rented many.) There is even a printer provided (with a supply of paper) if you bring a laptop. But the best part is the location - right on the lake, and very quiet. We did quite a few things over the week - Olana, Martin Van Buren house, the Clark Museum, Mass MoCA, the Barrington Stage theater in Pittsfield, window shopping in Hudson, eating out - but the most memorable was sitting on the porch watching the sun set. What a lovely, restful spot. Betty Jo, the owner, is very gracious. She doesn't live nearby but is always available by phone and email. And her sister Mary, who is also lovely, lives a few doors down and came over when we had trouble figuring out the wifi (the modem was unplugged - did we feel dumb.) The one cautionary note - if you are looking for a place where you can literally kick back and put your feet on the furniture, this rental is probably not for you. There are a lot of rules about what to do and not do. The result though, is that the house is in an extremely well-maintained condition.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so appreciate the wonderful guests whom we have welcomed to The Little Cottage House and who treat it as the home that it is, rather than "just a rental place." Many suggestions and observations have been received over the years from gracious visitors, including this thoughtful guest, and which subsequently have been incorporated into the Cottage. They really are valued. Thank you
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Great family time

  • 5 of 5

My parents and my brothers(ages 14,12,9) and I came back to stay at the Little Cottage for the fifth time. It is so fun getting up every morning to go fishing and swimming in the lake. We are able to catch all sorts of fish! We also really like to go down to the school and play tennis and basketball. It is great a place and we all love getting to spend a week there each year!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Several times over the years that this family has been our guest, I have returned to the Cottage for my own R&R to find that not only did their parents graciously sign our Guest Book, but so did at least one of the boys. How special is that! Thank you
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New York City

Just what the doctor ordered.

  • 5 of 5

If you are city people like us and need to unwind and just relax, this is a great place for you. The house is well maintained and nicely decorated. Great view of the lake and the neighbors are quiet. There are no locked cabinets or signs that say "renters keep out". This may be a small thing, but it really makes you feel you're in a home and adds to the relaxed feeling. Betty Jo is a wonderful host. She called us the night we arrived to make sure all was well and told us anything we need was a phone call away. We rented from HomeAway about a half dozen times so far and this was the best experience yet. Thanks Betty Jo. Don't be surprised if you hear from us again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having you feel welcome and relaxed at The Little Cottage is just what I would want for you and all who come to our home. Thank you for letting us know that you did enjoy your time on the Lake. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back anytime. I hope that you caught some fish!
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Enchanting Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and son were looking for a last minute (long weekend) getaway. We found "The Little Cottage" on VRBO and how happy we are that we did. The views of the lake, sunrise and sunset were breathtaking. The interior of the house was newly constructed, immaculate and had every kitchen, bathroom and bedroom item you could need. The owner's Betty Jo and Gene were most accommodating to my last minute needs, and extremely friendly and provided a lot of information about the area attractions, etc. As first time users of VRBO and HomeAway, we were thrilled at our experience and will be visiting the same home again very soon. The memories that were made at the little cottage will last me a lifetime.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How nice it was to hear from this lovely young family who wanted to take a few days break from their busy professional lives and enjoy some personal time at the Lake. I am delighted that it lived up to their expectations and that their first HomeAway/VRBO websites experience was a good one.
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Left two days early

  • 2 of 5

Found the lake to be beautiful and the home adequate. There was nothing lacking. Kitchen fully equipped. Deck is a beautiful place to watch the a beautiful sunset. A surprise birthday celebration resulted in a distressing email from the owner. 5 cars instead of the allotted 2 in the driveway caused a complaint. Total number of visitors for one day exceeded by three. No loud talking. No bad behavior. Just family enjoyment. No additional overnight stays. It was a sad ending to an otherwise perfect day. That and the very long list of rules were very stifling. I will not be returning. For the weekly rental I expect privacy. I also did not expect to be told to launder the sheets upon my exit. As well as scrubbing the grill clean. Which by the way I had to do before I could use it. Seems like the cleaning staff may need some supervision. Instead of the guests being watched and reported.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your feedback and are disappointed to hear about your concerns. Feedback such as this is valued and will be taken into consideration, as we are always striving to maintain a high level of excellence. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. In the interest of fairness, I would like to share part of an e-mail that I received from guests who stayed at The Little Cottage in August: "... had a fantastic week ~ the weather was great !! Every day we went out here & there. Sunday, went to the Winery, Monday to Martin Van Buren house, then had lunch at Main Street Café in Valatie, Tuesday had my family over for BBQ …, Wednesday visited my sister-in-law in Chatham, then went to Price Chopper, Thursday relaxed most of the day but went to the Columbia Cty. Fair for just a bit, Friday we went to Saratoga town had a fantastic lunch at Wheat~fields, then went to track, had a great time. All in all it was so much fun & at night we relaxed by cooking on the grill outside, sitting outside on the deck enjoying the sunsets & stars & making breakfasts every morning, etc...thank you so very much "
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Winding Brook Country Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
New York Thruway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Four Brothers
Nearest Ski
25.28 Miles
Jimeny Peak
Car: necessary

In-season you can conveniently visit Tanglewood Music Festival, Saratoga Race Track, Lindenwald- the family home of our first US citizen-born President: Martin Van Buren, enjoy the Chatham Fair, take a Dinner Cruise on Lake George or just fish and/or swim in front of the cottage. Off-season your day trips might include skiing, visiting the State Capitol, Hyde Park (FDR's home), Cooperstown, the Rockwell Museum, shopping and antiquing or... just doing nothing!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Valatie, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
18 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 May 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £58.19

Published rates include both rental and cleaning charge. In addition: there is a separate Reservation/Security fee of $150, per week, due at time of booking. This is fully refundable within two weeks of departure, provided the rental terms have been honored. For rentals of two weeks or more, a deduction of $25 per week will apply.

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