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Classic Adirondack Great Camp on Beautiful Lake

People14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

5-bedroom Main Lodge And 2-bedroom Guest House on Secluded Adirondack Lake

The Moorings is an exceptional Adirondack “Great Camp” on Big Wolf Lake, near Tupper Lake, New York. While the camp is used mostly by its owners, Howie Kirschenbaum and Mary Rapp and their family, the Lake House and Carriage House are sometimes available for rental.

In 1916, lumberman Ferris Meigs purchased a 4,000-acre tract of land including 2.5 mile-long Big Wolf Lake. He began selling lake-front lots to his family and friends who built seasonal camps for their enjoyment. Over the following century, the Big Wolf Lake Association has grown to consist of 31 owners around the lake. The association members have prided themselves in maintaining the pristine water quality of the lake, half of whose shoreline remains forever wild, as well as several ponds around the preserve. They have also been good stewards of the forest, with miles of hiking trails throughout the property.

“The Moorings” was first built in 1918, one of the earlier camps in the preserve. The property has 10 private acres and 660 feet of sandy shoreline. The setting is beautiful, peaceful and private. There are four dwellings on the property: Lake House, Carriage House, Beach House and Wintergreen. Wintergreen (built in 1965 and designed by leading Adirondack architect William Distin) and Beach House sit a comfortable distance from the Lake House and Carriage House and are used exclusively by Howie and Mary and their guests. The Lake House and Carriage House are available for rental several weeks each year.

LAKE HOUSE

Sitting about 40 feet from the lakeshore, The Lake House lodge consists of a large living room with couches and rocking chairs around a stone fireplace and gas fireplace; dining room with fireplace and a unique, large, round, oak table that seats up to 14 people; fully-equipped kitchen; five bedrooms; two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an outdoor hot-water shower. The first three bedrooms are on the second floor above the living room and dining room, on the lake side. The master bedroom has a king bed, a private half-bath, and its own screened porch. The second bedroom has a queen bed and its own porch. The third bedroom (the “bunk room”) has two twin beds and a double-decker bunk bed. In the second floor hall is a full bathroom (shower, sink, toilet) that the three bedrooms share. The fourth and fifth bedrooms are on the first floor, beyond the kitchen, facing the woods. The fourth bedroom has a queen bed. The fifth bedroom has two twin beds and an outside entrance. The fourth and fifth bedrooms share a full bathroom (clawfoot tub, sink, toilet).

One of the Lake House’s best features is its 70-foot long porch overlooking the lake. It has ample rustic porch chairs and rockers in which to read, relax, enjoy the view, gather for drinks and appetizers before dinner, and watch the beautiful sunsets over Mt. Matumbla. There is a large rustic table that seats 12 and a smaller one that seats 4-6 for enjoying meals together outside.

The Lake House is attractively furnished, with many rustic, oak and wicker pieces appropriate to the Adirondack setting. The building is comfortable in three seasons. For chilly nights or days, there are electric baseboard heaters in all bedrooms, baths and the kitchen. The living and dining rooms are heated by a gas fireplace and wood-burning fireplaces in both rooms.

There is also a charming “Tree House” for children a few paces away from the Lake House, which is available to Lake House guests.

CARRIAGE HOUSE

Near the Lake House, above two garage bays, is a lovely, newly refinished, knotty-pine paneled apartment with a large sitting room, two small bedrooms, and a full bathroom (shower, sink, toilet). One bedroom has a queen bed; the other has two twin beds. In one of the garage bays there is a washer and dryer available for Lake House and Carriage House guests’ use.

BEACH AND BOATING

There is a natural, clean, sand beach, gently sloping into the lake, directly in front of the Lake House. You can walk out on the sandy bottom until you are over your head. There is a swim float. Two canoes, three kayaks and a rowboat are available for guests’ use. Expeditions to islands in the lake, or to docks, trails and lean-tos across the lake for picnics or campouts enrich a vacation at Big Wolf Lake.

In order to maintain the pristine water quality of the lake and avoid the introduction of invasive species, the Big Wolf Lake Association has strict rules that forbid owners or guests from bringing their own boats, recreational equipment, and fishing tackle on and off Big Wolf Lake. Thus, in addition to canoes and kayaks, The Moorings has many rubber floats, water toys and some basic fishing equipment available for guests’ use.

RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Recreational Opportunities: Miles of hiking trails from the property. Unlimited hiking and boating in the Tri-Lakes area. Big Wolf Lake Clubhouse with tennis courts, ping pong. Many golf courses, including nearby Tupper Lake Country Club. Lake Placid boat tours. Olympic venues (Ski Jumping, skating, etc.) in Lake Placid. Area restaurants.

Cultural opportunities within 10-60 minutes: Live theater and concerts in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (“The Wild Center”) in Tupper Lake. Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake. Movie theatres in Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. Adirondack Observatory. Adirondack Park Visitor Center and White Pine Camp Tours at Paul Smiths. NYS Fish Hatchery in Lake Clear. Camp Santanoni in Newcomb.

Communications: Most cell phones work at The Moorings. Some people bring a 4G hot spot and get a good Internet connection from at least one location in the Lake House and in the Carriage House. A wireless Internet connection originating from Wintergreen is available on the Beach House covered porch for guests' use for email or limited surfing, but not for gaming, streaming or downloading media. Even better Internet connections are available two miles from the property at the Adirondack Observatory or in the library in Tupper Lake. There is a radio in the Lake House, but no television. There are lots of books and board games.

RENTAL INFORMATION

Weekly rentals (usually Friday to Friday, Saturday to Saturday, or Sunday to Sunday) at following rates:

Lake House - $4,500 per week. Capacity 10-12.

Carriage House - $1,000 per week. Capacity 4. Rented only with Lake House.

Maximum rental capacity: 14.

Rental Season: Since The Moorings is mostly dedicated to the owner’s personal use, the Lake House and Carriage House are only available for rental about three weeks per year, May through Columbus Day. Check on availability.

All linens are provided.

Terms: 50% deposit upon reservation; balance a week before arrival. Deposit is non-refundable unless someone else rents for that time, in which the deposit is fully refundable.

For information or reservations, contact Dr. Howard Kirschenbaum, 458 Whiting Road, Webster, NY 14580, 585-671-7498 (before May 1) or at 21 Big Wolf Rd., Tupper Lake, NY 12986. 585-354-1055 (May 1 to Columbus Day). Email: HKirschenb@aol.com.

More Details

Owner
Howie Kirschenbaum
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
12 January, 2018

About Howie Kirschenbaum

For the past 40 years, I have been active in historic preservation in the Adirondacks, including founding Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the non-profit historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park; owning or directing Great Camp Sagamore, Camp Uncas, and White Pine Camp, advocating for Camp Santanoni, and writing books and articles on Adirondack architecture, among other activities. In 2011, I received a lifetime achievement award from the Preservation League of New York State. Mary is a retired Assistant Superintendent of Schools and part-time faculty member in the School Leadership Program at the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester. In 2014 our family purchased a historic camp in the Northern Adirondacks--"The Moorings"--where we live for half the year. In the colder seasons we move "south" to Rochester, NY.

Howie Kirschenbaum purchased this lodge in 2014

Why Howie Kirschenbaum chose Raquette Lake

The Moorings is a classic Adirondack "Great Camp". It combines rustic architecture and furnishings, a comfortable scale and design for living and entertaining, and a peaceful, beautiful, private lakeside setting. It is perfect for family vacations, family reunions, or 4-6 couples who are friends enjoying a vacation together.

What makes this lodge unique

Charming architecture and design.

Great swimming, boating, hiking and other recreational activities.

Relaxing around beautiful stone fireplaces with family and friends.

Large porch for outdoor living and dining.

Exquisite natural setting.

Great privacy but near area cultural opportunities.

All the comforts of home.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Raquette Lake in Arietta

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Lake House upstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Recently renovated; large tiled, glass-walled shower
    Lake House - Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Upstairs In Master Bedroom
    Lake House - downstairs - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Lake House Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower , Private, hot and cold water
    Carriage House Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Recently renovated
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom, log bed, private screened porch, half bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , rustic bed, private porch overlooking lake
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , Bunk Room: 2 twin beds; bunk bed with upper and lower
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , one queen bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , "Pine Room": two rustic twin beds
    Carriage House - master - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen bed
    Carriage House - twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Two twin beds
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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Classic Adirondack Great Camp on Beautiful Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
5

Camp Uncas, the best Adirondack vacation ever...

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property for ten days this summer, including Labor Day, and entertained different family members and friends during the week. This is an extraordinary property that is as authentic as you can get. It is one of the finest Adirondack Great Camps and to stay here was an honor and a privilege. The minute you turn on to Sagamore Road your blood pressure drops and you enter a very private and peaceful place. Traveling through the woods on the dirt road prepares you for what lies at the end of the drive. The historic and important property is situated on a beautiful peninsula overlooking pristine, private Lake Mohegan with breathtaking views everywhere you look. My guests enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, reading, swimming, napping and hiking. We also enjoyed making meals together in the well equipped kitchen and just enjoying each other's company. The screened in porch was a gathering place for breakfast and lunch each day and we had cocktails on the deck of Chingachgook Cottage or on the screened in porch to watch the sunset, and listen to the loons. When the temperature dropped in the evening, we moved inside to light a fire in the beautiful fireplace in the great room which also has a dining table and chairs to accommodate 12 people!. There was plenty of fire wood and my young guests enjoyed laying the fire each morning for that night's enjoyment. My guests are still talking about our time at Camp Uncas and fondly remember the solitude, peacefulness and beauty of the place. Architecturally this is an Adirondack masterpiece and it is in remarkable condition. To be living in J.P. Morgan's house for 10 days was also a special experience for me as I work in financial services and do business with J.P. Morgan every day! I also enjoyed sitting at the Adirondack styled rustic desk in the family room to check my emails once each day, and YES, the wireless connection was great, even though we were so far into the woods. All in all, I cannot say enough about Great Camp Uncas and the most memorable 10 days that I enjoyed there with my family and friends. We will be returning again in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Summer Fun by All!

  • 5 of 5

We had our family reunion at Camp Uncas two weeks ago. It was absolutely perfect for our three generations of 12: power walk to the gate, boating/fishing all day, hiking on site and beyond, and visiting the Sagamore Institute. Enjoyed learning about the history of Adirondack's Great Camps. The accommodation was just right and flexible. We planed ahead with food supplies and dinner menu to minimize time to the grocery store. I was a bit concerned about the basic grill, but it worked out just fine; we grilled four nights and dessert with S'mores. Totally agree with the previous reviewer, what a unique spot, and yes, it's a once in a lifetime experience for sure!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Last summer I took a bath in JP Morgan's tub!

  • 5 of 5

Camp Uncas is a once in a lifetime experience. A famous Great Camp meticulously restored, beautifully furnished and excitingly secluded. Imagine your own lake at the end of a private driveway several miles long. We spent a magical week there with three generations. Can't recommend it enough!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Adirondack Regional Airport - Saranac Lake
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Tupper Lake
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Tupper Lake
Car: necessary

Miles and miles of hiking trails and mountain climbs walkable from the property and within 5-30 minute drives to trailheads. Boating on Big Wolf Lake and on many lakes and streams in the area.

Cultural opportunities within 10-60 minutes: Live theater and concerts in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (“The Wild Center”) in Tupper Lake. Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake. Movie theatres in Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. Adirondack Observatory. Adirondack Park Visitor Center and White Pine Camp Tours at Paul Smiths. NYS Fish Hatchery in Lake Clear. Camp Santanoni in Newcomb.

Excellent area restaurants, including gourmet Seventh Lake House (20 minutes), Woods Inn (25 minutes), etc.

Recreational Opportunities: Miles of hiking trails from the property. Unlimited hiking and boating in the Tri-Lakes area. Big Wolf Lake Clubhouse with tennis courts, ping pong. Many golf courses, including nearby Tupper Lake Country Club. Lake Placid boat tours. Olympic venues (Ski Jumping, skating, etc.) in Lake Placid. Area restaurants.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Raquette Lake, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2018 Season
6 Jul 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,255
for 7 nights
£3,255
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£3,255
for 7 nights
£3,255
 

Additional pricing information

Property may be rented without Hawkeye Cabin for $6,000 per week in summer and fall and $4,500 in spring.

A 50% deposit is due with reservation.
Balance is due one week before arrival.
Cancellation policy: Deposit is refundable if property is rented during the time that had been reserved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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