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Peace and Quiet on Charley Lake with Sauna, Snowshoes and Boats

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom (Sleeps 6)

Get away from civilization and back to nature in this immaculate European style chalet on very pretty and remote Charley Lake. The cabin has soaring celings and is all windows so you can enjoy the beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains from the inside as well as on hikes and adventures.

This is a great spot if you are looking for a QUIET retreat, and if your group is able to be quiet as well. This is a private community with strict noise ordinances, and because sound travels easily across the lake, we cannot have outdoor music, yelling, or other disturbances here. Please take this into consideration before booking this spot. In warmer weather everyone on the lake sleeps with their windows open, so relative quiet around the campfire and while out on the boats is a necessity. Of course this means you are assured a peaceful holiday as well! In winter we are the only occupied house on our side of the lake so it's not so much of an issue.

The lake and dock are just 15 feet from the house, great for kids and for swimming. We have a custom bar with stools on the deck, perfect for that first cup of coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine in the afternoon. Loons live on this lake, their beautiful call is an amazing sound to experience, it reverberates and echoes off the surrounding mountains. Distant owl and coyote calls also frequently heard here.

The view across the lake is of wooded land and mountains, just a few houses in sight. Property comes with Weber charcoal grill, full chefs kitchen with Viking gas stove and convection oven, dishwasher, good dishes and very high quality pots and pans. Dining by chandelier for 6. High speed internet and a landline provided (no cell service here!). Huge flat screen TV for watching Netflix movies, but no cable. Front lawn has adirondack chairs for drinking in the piece and quiet and the views, more seating found around the fire pit.

Guests have use of the private wood fired sauna (great after a cool dip in the lake or roll in the snow), an indoor fireplace for those cooler eves, and an outdoor fire pit for stargazing and marshmallow roasting.


This is a great spot for skiers, snowmobilers, cross country skiing and snowshoe enthusiasts. This cabin was built to take advantage of the beautiful winters here. Exceptionally private, we are the only cabin open in winter on our side of the lake.

The cozy Dutch fireplace will take the chill off after your outdoor activities, or, for a full body bone thawing, relax in the lakeside wood fired steam sauna!

Snowmobiling - we are right on the snowmobile trail, no need to haul sleds anywhere. Snowmobile rentals nearby or bring your own. Thousands of miles of trails from here to Canada!

Skiing - fabulous, fun, family friendly local Oak Ski Mountain is just 10 minutes away. A unique small town mountain with big ideas, they have sledding and other winter activities for the kids, great food, fun bar and live music too. Ask about the $50 discount they offer to our guests! Gore is 40 minute drive. Lapland Lake is one of the best cross country ski resorts in the east, 30 minute drive, Garnett Hiil is also amazing, about 1 hour drive.

Fishing - this lake is known for it's ice fishing. You'll likely have all the fish in the lake to yourselves in winter.

Sauna - the lakeside wood fired steam sauna is terrific after a roll in the snow.

Snowshoes - we supply 4 sets - take them across the lake or venture out onto the trails and through the woods.

Hiking - we supply a list of fun winter hikes, including waterfalls which are beautiful in winter.


Swim, kayak, canoe, paddle board, read, bbq, hike, stargaze or do nothing but relax! We supply one stand up paddle board, one kayak, one 2 person canoe and very nice lake floats. The sauna is a relaxing treat after a cool afternoon or evening dip in the lake.

Great hiking and waterfalls nearby, we supply a full list of nature hikes, restaurants, museums and things to do. Saratoga and Lake George are one hour drive, Lake Placid is two. Gorgeous drives to many surrounding lakes in this area.

If you are interested in more action, 15 minutes in either direction are towns which have restaurants, bigger lakes, more hiking, free tennis, basketball, beaches and some stunning waterfalls.


There are 3 bedrooms. Upstairs is an open loft bedroom with queen bed. Downstairs are two bedrooms, each with one double bed, one also has a fun single loft bunk, for a total of 4 beds in house. There is one bathroom (shower only). We recently added a hand crafted outside wood bar to the deck with lap blankets for those cooler days.

WHAT WILL YOU LOVE? The house has amazing views, is quiet, charming and eco friendly, cabin is new and kept in immaculate condition so even the most discerning should be very pleased. Nice privacy (most private in winter) and on a unusually peaceful mountain lake. We supply detailed lists of where to go and what do to in the area, and the house is well stocked with things to make your stay easy and breezy - just bring food and we do ask you to bring your own towels.

What might you NOT Love?

Noise must be kept to a minimum.

The well water has naturally occurring iron (minerals) in it which turns it a slight yellow color. Although perfectly fine to use and drink, we provide filtered drinking water for guest comfort. The eco friendly waterfront septic is too sensitive to allow for use of a washer/dryer - so we don't have them. We provide nice quality linens for the beds, bath mats, hand and kitchen towels, but ask guests to please bring their own bath and beach towels, or, for an additional cleaning fee, we will supply bath towels. There is a laundromat down the road a bit.

Also, RECYCLES are a real hassle here, as the town does not pick them up and we simply are unable to hire someone to take charge of that very unpleasant task. So, like with camping, guests who choose to stay here must agree to take home what you brought in. Leaving a few is fine (less than one bag in total!) but they must be kept clean and separate from garbage. The housekeeper has agreed to take one bag in her car after each cleaning. More than that and there will be an additional fee.

Max 6 persons (includes children). This is a NO PARTIES, NO SMOKING, NO PETS (no exceptions, sorry!), NO LOUD NOISE and allergen free home.

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23 June, 2018

About Maura

David and Maura spend lots of time in the Adirondacks year round. We swim, flat water and white water kayak, paddle board, hike, downhill ski, snowshoe, cross country, snowmobile and simply chill up here.

Maura has a family camp nearby, her family has been coming here for 60 years. We live and work in NYC, it's a 4 hour drive, just put in a book on tape, and in no time we are in paradise. Dave and Maura both work for themselves, and are working hard towards an early retirement to the Adirondacks.

Why Maura chose Wells

A true Adirondack Mountaintop Spring Fed Lake. Very private area, very pretty house, great lake and view. Peaceful!

Sights and sounds of wildlife surround the house.

What makes this house unique

Unusually nice home, immaculately clean.

Chefs kitchen with great pots and pans.

Wood Fired Sauna, swimming beach, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and snowmobiling available right from the house. 4 sets snowshoes provided.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Wells in Hamilton County

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The Town picks up garbage, but does NOT pick up recycles - so guests must agree to take out thier recycles if you brought a lot.
  • We have an indoor fireplace, sauna fireplace, outdoor firepit and charcoal grill. If you choose to use any one of these, you must agree to remove ash.
  • This is an exceptionally QUIET lake. Guests must agree to keep down, no outdoor music or excessive noise here, especially after 9PM.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Wood paneled high ceiling bathroom with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Upstairs Loft Master Bedroom is open to the main room (no walls) There are two small bedrooms downstairs, both have one double bed, and one of them also has a fun loft that can sleep one person or possibly two smaller children.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Boat
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Owners have been coming to this area their whole lives, will share with guests those fun and remote spots (hikes, waterfalls) that took us years to find! Also supply full list of restaurants, museums, sights, hikes, trails, etc.


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Peace and Quiet on Charley Lake with Sauna, Snowshoes and Boats
average rating of 4.976744 based on 43 reviews

An escape to the Garden of Eden!

  • 5 of 5

Great house...great owners...great time...pure tranquility.peaceful and quiet! The loons on the beautiful lake were quite the entertainment! Thank you for the blissful escape !

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We wanted a quiet relaxing place to celebrate our 40th Anniversary! This home was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This home and scenery around it is absolutely breathtaking! The home is beautiful wood and windows everywhere that look out onto a peaceful lake! The sauna was amazing! We sat on the deck and watched sunsets and loons, went fishing in the canoe, loved the wood burning stove, and was amazed at the view of the lake from the upstairs bedroom! Maura called to warn us of a storm coming and the electric went out for 2 days!😔Maura and David brought us water and ice and checked on us often. They said we could stay extra days because of the storm so we stayed one more day and had to get home to work. This was so kind of them because the storm wasn’t because of something they did! You can tell how much they love the Adirondacks and their homes by the way they treat people who stay in their homes. I would definitely recommend any of their homes you will not be sorry! The house was immaculate, peaceful, and was decorated like it should be in a magazine! Thank you Maura and David for your kindness and for making our Anniversary so memorable!

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great getaway in the Adirondacks

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing long weekend here. We especially made good use of the sauna, which my Finnish wife said was the closest to a true Finnish sauna she'd seen in the US. The kitchen was surprisingly well equipped, which made it easy to cook all our meals there.

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charley Lake

  • 5 of 5

The cabin and surroundings were as advertised. It was a quiet and relaxing get away for us. We will plan to be back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful, well appointed and secluded property

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I travel and stay often at Home Away properties, most often they are well appointed, clean and offer many amenities to appreciate. This property on Charley Lake was way over the top and set a new standard for us. We were delighted from the moment we pulled into the driveway and unpacked for our stay and remained so right up to our departure. Our itinerary was to snowmobile for a few days and ski Gore Mountain. This was the perfect location to do both. The access to the trail system couldn't be more convenient, literally right across the road! And what a treat to come home after snowmobiling or skiing all day, start a fire and relax in a cozy atmosphere with family and enjoy the view looking out over a frozen Lake Charley through the beautiful windows this lodge has to offer. The kitchen was fit for a chef and we used it to its full potential since many nights we were too exhausted to travel back out to the local eateries. This is a great property and its nestled perfectly in a private, tranquil location surrounded by one of Mother Nature's most beautiful displays the Adirondack Mountains.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect spot for our snowmobile getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing cabin with beautiful view of lake. Cabin has direct access to snowmobile trails - is clean, cozy and very well thought out. Can't wait to come back next year!!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The Southern Adirondacks have very picturesque lakes, mountains, waterfalls and hiking. Only 4 hour drive from Manhattan, but feels like a thousand miles away :)

Hiking, skiing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, waterskiing, antiquing, reading, wiring, painting, sleeping, eating, relaxing, and enjoying are favorite pastimes in this area.

There is a very fun little zoo nearby, the Adirondack Museum is a MUST visit. Saratoga Springs and Lake George are a 1 hour drive from here.


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