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Stunning 3 yr.New Lakefront Home Near Berkshires wGourmet Kitchen

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Upscale centrally air-conditioned lakefront cottage with 75 feet of lakefront property and a Landlord who lives to make you as comfortable as possible. Lovely Kinderhook Lake, a wonderful 375 acre lake, is as good for swimming as it is for fishing. The Native Americans called this lake 'Great Fish Lake' and today it still yields, among others, Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch, and Bass. A private road leads onto our well maintained property which has been family owned for three generations.Ideally located in the best of all possible worlds! The Upper Hudson River Valley is outside your door while the best of the Berkshires is a stone's throw away and all the while your own 'private' lake is reflected into your living room through house-wide glass doors and windows!

The original cottage named 'The Doll House' was razed in 2007 and a new Craftsman type Bungalow was constructed in 2009. The new home consists of 2200 square feet containing a gourmet kitchen, and ample closet space on all floors.The views from almost everywhere in this home, designed by a popular local architect, are spectacular and the room planning was well conceived...there is even a nice, bright laundry room in the basement with stereo speakers . .... And a spot to place the ironing board upright and leave it that way if you care to! There is an extra 'bonus' area in the basement available for an additional rental charge. Sofa bed, loveseat, plus a lovely 3/4 bathroom, 4 large windows and separate entrance define this lower level.

The kitchen with great views of the lake, features the most up to date conveniences and generously sized peninsula with 2 stools for watching sailboats glide by during your lunch.


There is a large desk area in the kitchen to work on your computer away from the activity of the rest of the house, but within view of a small TV and that lovely North end lake view again. The Guest Bedroom on this floor, with Queen bed and on-wall flat panel TV is 12+ by 12 feet with an ample closet and views of the back field and birch tree behind the house. The full bathroom across the hall features a window, pedestal sink, and full sized bathtub/shower combination. These 2 rooms are located off the entrance hallway and with the glass pocket door at the end of this hallway closed, it will afford complete privacy for the sleepyheads on this main floor. The living room commands panoramic views of the North to South orientation of the lake which my returning clients have come to know and love. Now that view however, has been enlarged and improved with an Andersen Frenchwood Glider extending 12 feet across the West elevation with help from additional fixed doors. Turning the corner towards the North elevation are 3 very large windows. At the opposite end there is a wall of stone punctuated by a propane fueled fireplace and 2 small windows. All windows in the house are able to be covered using fashionable Bali top down/bottom up cellular shades and in the Living Room the expansive 'wall of glass' can become a warm, cozy place by closing the floor to ceiling Bali 'Vertiglides' provided.Most windows are also covered by a second window treatment to add to the warmth and character of the home.

Upstairs you will find a comfortable Library with built-in bookshelves and a private entrance into the shared Master Bath. The Master Bath has a separate frameless stall shower and views of the lake that will encourage you to linger, along with a large soaking tub. The adjoining Master Bedroom contains his and hers 6 foot closets with an electric fireplace in between! The Master, measuring 15'5' by almost 14 overlooks the entire lake with 3 large windows including a Palladian in the center. One more small room upstairs is a sitting room facing south which could serve as a third bedroom when/if necessary. Otherwise it will make for a quiet retreat to read or take a much needed nap in the ample leather recliner.

There is a gorgeous stone patio with dining table and chairs directly off the Living Room that overlooks the lake. Stairs that lead down to the water's edge take you to a deck where there is additional furniture for swimming,relaxation and lake enjoyment.

Close proximity to Tanglewood; Saratoga; SPAC; Hunter Mountain, Brody, Jimmney Peak; Lenox and Lee, Mass clothing outlets; Catskill Mountains attractions, many summer stock theaters and Lake George. You can visit President Martin Van Buren's house and Norman Rockwell's Museum in the same day, return to the lake, enjoy a cookout and one of the most beautiful sunsets ever! Only 2 hours 20 minutes north of New York City.

Keywords: Cottage,Bungalow,Country,Craftsman,Cozy

Gourmet, Hudson Valley,Romantic, getaway, weekend, retreat, small conference,leadership, autumn, leaf peeping, Tangelwood, Berkshires,Jiminy Peak,skiing, crafts,antiquing, swimming,Chatham, Hudson,Catskills, Olana,horsebackriding.

More Details

Mary Howard
Member since: 1997
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2017

About Mary Howard

I am a Type 'A' Culinary Arts student and your comfort is my first desire. Everything has to be the way I would want for myself were I renting from myself!


What makes this chateau / country house unique

Long-term leases available at discounted rates! Please email for details.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you so much for the amazing home. The Doll House exceeded my expectations in every way. Your charm shows in the details of this luxurious lake house retreat. Hope to rent again next summer...!"
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Valatie in Kinderhook

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Main Floor
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Recreation Bonus Room
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Mstr has both huge soaking tub and large framless shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bunk Area - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Recreation Bonus Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 Queen bedded rooms, Bunk Beds (1) Top bunk is Twin sized, bottom is a Full sized mattress.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Central Air-conditioning, Lovely linens and sheets. Row Boat. 6 TV's, one with DVD and 1 with VCR. Well equiped Kitchen, Charcoal BBQ, Stereo w/ CD player, I-pod docking station. Cable TV, No Pets & No Smoking, please


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Stunning 3 yr.New Lakefront Home Near Berkshires wGourmet Kitchen
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 15 reviews

Do not recommend.

  • 1 of 5

Unfortunately, I would not recommend this lodging choice for families with kids. It also might be a challenge for anyone who prefers a hands-off, sit-back-and-relax approach to vacation. The house is loved dearly by its owners, and sometimes I believe such houses should probably just not be rented out in the first place. Inside the house are dozens and dozens of notes documenting "careless renters" of rentals past - in the linen closet, on the cupboards, on the windows, on the mirrors. My husband and I are both physicians and we have three young kids. We were hoping for a relaxing weekend getaway, much needed given our crazy schedules. Little did we know that renting this property for a weekend would turn out to be the biggest headache I've had in awhile. Specifically, we weren't prepared for the wrath we would experience for not having every sheet and towel in the house washed and folded by the time we left, every pillow in place, every toy on the shelf, every shower glass squeegied. Given we got there at 11pm on Friday and left 11am on Sunday, this was a difficult challenge to meet in the first place. I'm pretty sure I couldn't accomplish these tasks in my own home, let alone a vacation home (that, as a reminder, we paid hundreds and hundreds of dollars to rent). Regarding the shower.. we received numerous requests to clean the shower after each and every use, and although we tried to find time to do this, we paid the price for our lack of squeegying skills. Not only did the cleaning lady email the owner that our baby's diaper "stunk up the house" she also commented that we "most definitely did not use the shower squeegee". As a mother, I was embarrassed by the fact I left behind a diaper and I apologized. Instead of giving me the benefit of the doubt that this was accidental and we were rushing to make our exit deadline, the owner didn't hesitate to write to me personally: "I fear my notes did little to encourage you to keep the home as you would your own. I have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and never has any of my daughters or daughters-in-law ever left a dirty diaper in a kitchen garbage pail." She threatened to take part of our deposit for all of the above. In summary, we will not be going back to this rental ever again. After dozens of VRBO experiences, this was by far the most painful of them all.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Here is my cleaning girl’s message to me the day Brittany checked out: Hi Mary, I just want to let you know the house is not in a flipping state. Sheets were not washed towels unwashed. (bunk beds and master bed) painted pumpkins left, one of the shower curtain rings snapped into pieces.... couched were taken apart. A baby diaper left in the kitchen garbage that has so stunk up the house (I will air it out) Kid toys left.... just really messy and definitely more than the normal 3 hour flip. Most definitely never used the shower squeegee the water spots are back... I'll try to get them off. Your thoughts please? I will contact you Brittany after hearing back from you and as soon as I figure out the damage deposit refund. Very Sincerely and Cordially, Mary After this email I received an indignant reply stating that she would write a very bad review of my home. I took the time to phone her so that we could work out our differences. She became very nice after I apologized for all the “helpful” notes that others have thanked me for. She apologized for having left the home in an unacceptable condition and asked if she could receive her full deposit back. I assured her she would. I subsequently rated her as a 4 star out of 5 as a renter, checking that her “cleanliness” was less than a 5. She thanked me for returning her entire deposit by writing this, the only negative review I have ever received. And this after I had to pay my cleaning staff extra money for having to do up 4 beds, all towels, clean the frameless shower of all acid water stains with a Brillow pad, and removing a filthy diaper from the kitchen garbage pail! My wonderful cleaning lady said the home was left in a “disgusting” manner and it was the “worst” of all the cleanings she had done at my home. No one lives in this home so the renter’s comment about people like me should not rent a home they really love, is a moot comment. Of course I care for the home and I desire to keep it looking as good as it does now for many years and many more renters to come. I do not ask anything of renters that I would not ask of myself. I do ask that the home be perfect for their arrival and hope that they see how much trouble and expense I go to, to achieve that for them, and treat the home with respect. This renter sadly did not do that. I caution any Landlord if you see her name come across your desk make sure you save yourself grief and extra charges from your cleaning staff and take a pass!
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Twinsburg, Ohio

Beautiful updated home on the lake...peace and comfort combined

  • 5 of 5

This property is exactly as pictured and does not disappoint. Beautiful modern features and open floor plan that lead out to a spacious patio and is right on the water. This is a 4 season home and can be enjoyed all year round. Only 4-5 homes on the road and very private.

It has all the comforts of home-great bedrooms, baths, a fantastic kitchen, big garage, washer, dryer, dishwasher, multi zone AC, wireless internet, many TV's but it's the views that take your breath away. There is a private dock that is great for fishing, kayaking, lounging and swimming. The lake is big enough to enjoy various water sports but small enough to enjoy the quiet and beauty of the lake (sunsets are beyond words).

The location is fantastic being so close to the Capital District (Albany/Schenectady/Troy). For the foodies- La Bella in Valatie has the most amazing pizza and Italian fare only a few miles away on Route 9 and next to a Hannaford supermarket.

Mary (The host) is great and very attentive. This was our 2nd year visiting and would recommend her and this home over and over.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have captured my feelings exactly about this home, the area, the lake, restaurants and yes the beautiful sunsets. When a small boy my youngest child would look at the opposite side of the lake as sunset was beginning to grab a hold and say: " Mommy our miracle lake is creating another miracle sunset for us". It can be a horrid, rainy and miserable day however the sun almost always peeks through shinning onto Kinderhook Lake every single nightfall! I really hope that you return for a third stay M------ I will look forward to that. Kindest Regards, Mary
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Ocala, FL

Quiet, relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at this home. The home was beautiful and clean.

The area and home was quiet and just perfect for us to relax when we weren't out and about. Only a 30 minute (or less) drive to the train station and the FASNY museum.

Owner was very attentive to anything we may have needed.

Recommend the little restaurant (I think it was Main Street!?) for breakfast!

Would recommend! We hope to be back some day!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I too hope you return! I am happy that you enjoyed this little piece of heaven as I like to call it. Always relaxing, always restful and made even nicer by renters such as you! Thank you once again Alesha and please do return. Thank you again for your husband's expertise and generosity in fixing that small water leak! Discount in the works for that!
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  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here while in town for a wedding. It was such a nice quiet oasis from all the chaos and the sunsets were beautiful!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ruth, it was a pleasure to have you at Hamilton Point on Kinderhook Lake, but can you share with me why we did not rate a 5 star rating from you? It is our goal to always strive for the highest rating. Your input would be greatly appreciated. All the Very Best, Mary Howard
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Refreshing Vacation With Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a vacation where you will return home rested and refreshed, then you have come to the right place. You won't be dissapointed by choosing this beautiful setting in one of New York state's prettiest areas. An attractive, spotless home, right on the lake's waterfront. We visted from 2500 miles away in Vancouver, BC, and would defintely come again. The photos and description of the home and surroundings are accurate. The owner is as pleasant and helpful as you will find anywhere. Some of the things we enjoyed: Morning coffee outside on lake's edge; kayaking; walking; visitng by the fireplace; sightseeing and shopping in Albany; touring quaint villages in rural settings; local markets and stores; eating out in Hudson.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so fortunate to count my renters as friends, and this couple is no exception! I am pleased they enjoyed their stay so much and I look forward with anticipation to their return in the future. Thank you for your kind thoughts!
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Hoboken, NJ, USA

Perfect vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from two weeks at this glorious home. Quiet, quiet secluded lake but within driving distance of many, many tourist attractions, great super market and restaurants.

The house had everything; our hostess was caring but not hovering.

We'll be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You say caring hostess and I say GREAT clients. I look forward to your return Dorothy!
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Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Car: recommended

Country Club Privileges (pool and/or golf) are available for an additional fee, Go-Karting, Miniature Golfing, Skating, Relaxing.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Valatie, 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
summer rate
26 May 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £57.98
Property Damage Protection £61.07
Refundable Damage Deposit £193.26

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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