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Lakefront, Privacy and Romance at Camp Starlite

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom (Sleeps 4)

Come stay at Camp Stardust, a very sweet cabin in the woods, on the water, with ultimate privacy. There are no neighbors, you will be sharing this slice of heaven with wildlife and the occasional canoe gliding by.

This cabn sits right over the lake with private waterfront, dock and boathouse. The oversized windows capture the beauty of the natural surroundings, so the views are stunning, even at night. We turn on the fire, turn off the lights, and enjoy the reflection of the moon off the lake which is just beautiful. The sight of the fog lifting in the morning is worth the early rise.

Sleeps up to 4, but this is the perfect romantic getaway for two. No need to leave the comfort of the sofa to experience the beauty of the local wilderness, and those who do venture out have plenty of hiking, kayaking, swimming, exploring, skiing, snowshoe and snowmobile opportunities. We supply local guide books and restaurant recommendations.

The open floor plan with cathedral ceilings creates a spacious, airy main room with easy to turn on gas fireplace. There are 2 bedrooms, one with queen bed, one with a double. A separate TV room is for watching movies, reading or enjoying that mid afternoon nap. Great lake views from this sweet little room as well.

Camp Stardust has one bath (shower only), a sweet outdoor shower in warmer months, indoor fireplace, outdoor firepit, full kitchen, weber grill, wifi, 40' flat screen for DVD movies and Netflix (but no cable), land line phone (no cell service here!), and a fabulous Sonos Stereo system with indoor and outdoor speakers to enjoy music while grilling or chilling.

Need to work while here? We have a desk right up against the window so you can write that novel or email your client while observing the wildlife on the lake.

WINTER

This cabin is like living inside a snow globe in the winter...there are so many windows you are simply surrounded by the snowfall! A unique feature is that the slightly moving water out front rarely freezes, so expect beautiful views and wildlife sightings year round. Otters are frequently seen sliding across the ice, very fun to watch!

Many hiking, snowshoeing and x-country ski adventures to be found locally. Great fishing. There is an adoroble ski mountain, Oak Mt., next town over with great music, meals and fun skiing. Ask about the $50 discount they offer to our guests! Gore ski mountain is a 50 minute drive. We supply 2 sets of adult snowshoes and one child pair. We are surrounded by woods, the lake and rivers - so a snowshoe hike right from the front door will take you through very pretty snow covered forest and striking river front spots.

This is snowmobile country - hundreds of miles of groomed trails through the woods and across the many lakes. Stop in to a local pub for lunch and a beer, and head out to the next lake. Local rentals, lessons and guides available.

But our favorite activity is sitting by the fire with a hot cocoa and observing the wilderness and the ever changing weather from the comfort of the sofa :)

An all wheel drive vehicle is necessary to navigate our snowy dirt driveway in winter. It is plowed regularly but can be tricky in icy weather. The other option is to leave your car at the end of the driveway and walk in (rarely necessary).

SPRING and SUMMER

This is a kayak haven for both beginners and the more experienced. You will have 4 kayaks, a 2 person canoe and adult life preservers. Our Lakefront Boathouse provides easy access to the water. Watercraft available May 10-Nov 1.

Kayak 10 minutes to the right, you are on stunningly beautiful Piseco Lake. Kayak 30 minutes to the left (for the experienced kayaker only) to the more remote wilderness of Big Bay Lake. Lots of natural shoreline and wildlife to explore. Most of our waterfront is too shallow to swim, so we kayak to the lake and enjoy the clear water and sandy bottom of Piseco Lake for a swim.

FALL

Need we say how stunningly beautiful it is here during foliage? It's magical.

MORE ABOUT THIS CABIN

This is a no parties, no smoking, NO PETS (sorry!), allergy sensitive household. Due to our close proximity to the water, we have limited well and septic capacity. As a result, we can have no more than 4 persons here at any time, so this is not the place for family reunions or entertaining.

We do our best to keep a pristine home, we are sure even the most discerning guests will be very happy here.

This is a very private, secluded property, however it is not remote. It is easy to get to, we are down a private 200ft dirt driveway directly off Rt 8.

What's to LOVE? Just about everything listed above.

What might you NOT love? There is a small bridge nearby that separates the outlet from Piseco Lake, and you can hear the cars going over the bridge when outside (but not while inside), which is the only thing we wish was different.

Also, RECYCLES are a real hassle here. Guests who choose to stay here must agree to take theirs home if they bring a lot in, or take a trip to the transfer station down the road and leave them there. Leaving a few is fine, but must agree to follow the towns strict recycle rules - they must be kept clean and separate from garbage. We (i.e. the housekeeper) then have to take them to the transfer station and separate them into bins by hand. She simply cannot handle this task if large amounts are left. So - our general rule here is like camping - if you bring it in, you must agree to take it out.

This is a great home for self reliant, independent travelers looking for very comfortable, private and pristine accommodation in a unique and special spot. Piseco and the surrounding area are beautiful, but have limited entertainment venues other than nature hikes, mountains, wildlife, lakes and rivers.

We have recently added a (very expensive!) generator to the property. So, in the event of a power outage, guests should not lose any amenities (lights, heat, phone, internet).

PLEASE NOTE: We get pretty booked up year round, so our housekeeper has set aside her Monday and Friday for us. Our rentals are M-F, M-M, F-M or F-F. Nov to April we can possibly make an exception if necessary, please enquire.

More Details

Property Manager
Maura
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
60%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 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, cross country, snowmobile and simply chill up here.

Maura has a family camp nearby, has been coming to this area forever. 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 Piseco

Why this property? It is so very rare to find this kind of privacy on the water, and with such a stunning view! We fell in love the second we saw this location.

We are the third owners. It was a seasonal summer camp since the 40's, using lake water as the water source. The second owners (contractors) started the renovation by securing the foundation, renovating the shell and putting in all those fabulous windows. By keeping the same footprint as the original cabin they were able to keep this amazing waterfront location - it is no longer possible to build this close to the water.

We worked with the previous owners to finish the home - there is a great 6 page article about this cabin and that unusual arrangement in Cabin Life Feb 2015 magazine. We had it winterized, put in a well for water, knotty pine ceilings and walls, wood floors, decorated and opened her doors to our first guests in August 2012.

As far as we are concerned, this is the perfect retirement spot. Until that time, however, we are sharing the house with guests, so far everyone has been just as thrilled as we are!

What makes this house unique

Privacy! Views! Open floor plan, immaculately clean and very easy house. It is in a very naturally beautiful and rustic setting, with lots of wildlife. We (or our guests) have seen loons, mergansers, ducks, herons, fox, coyotes, skunk, tons of fish, otter, owl, bald eagles, tons of birds, deer, fawn, a buck, a mama and baby bear!

First person to see and photograph a Moose (note: not a mouse!) from our property gets a free night stay!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Beautiful Place that we Enjoyed Fully. Did lots of kayaking, hiking & fishing. Gorgeous views from inside (and outside) the house, very fun to watch the weather roll in over the water.



Saw evidence of bears, out front there were blue heron, loons, mergansers and deer. In the water we spotted pike, small & large mouth & rock bass, fall fish, yellow perch and sunny. Beautiful drives & exploration off Rt 10.



Thank You!
Sep 2012
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Amenities

Piseco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Garbage is picked up by town, Recyles are NOT. Guests must agree to take recycles to transfer station or home with you if a lot brought in.
  • No one other than guests listed on the reservation to be on property at any time without owners prior approval.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower (no tub). There is an outdoor hot shower as well in warmer weather.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • One queen bed in one bedroom, one double bed in second bedroom. Nice linens supplied.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Cabin is in pristine condition. We take our shoes off inside and prefer that guests do as well to maintain wood floors. This is the perfect place for the discerning guest...it is very clean with nicer than average furnishings. We are looking for guests who will appreciate this attention to detail, and treat the house and contents accordingly. Children are welcome, but this may not be an ideal place for toddlers. We have a wild and woolly 500' of natural shoreline outside, and white furnishings inside, you would have to keep a very close eye on them in both places. Winter is magical, but bring an all wheel vehicle

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Lakefront, Privacy and Romance at Camp Starlite
average rating of 4.96 based on 55 reviews
5

Special place...Got Engaged in this Romantic Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Clean and secluded. Very special place and loved it...and so did my Fiancé! Going back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Alburgh
5

Another beautiful stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our second summer staying at Camp Stardust. We absolutely love it here. The inlet is perfect for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. The area is beautiful as is the home. We would highly recommend this home/location for anyone who wants to get away from it all. You can do as much or as little as you'd like. We will be back. Thank you Maura for always being super receptive with any questions we have.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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5

This was a perfect retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the cabin retreat is just as promised. We were 2 couples and we relaxed, read our books, watched the water fowl on the lake, used the kayaks and canoe, built a fire in the pit one night, beautiful sunsets, took a couple of hikes and totally enjoyed the cabin experience. We'd love to go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Small slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We had the best vacation here. The cabin was perfect. Clean, comfortable and perfect location. The boathouse made kayaking easy and fun. We went out everyday. Lots of wildlife on the water to watch from the yard. So much info on fun things to do and places to eat. We couldn't of asked for a better 20th anniversary getaway. Maura was super helpful. Theres not one thing the property was missing. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Danville, KY
5

Truly special place

  • 5 of 5

It’s not easy to find the right words to describe the cabin and lake setting, but this is a special place! We had a wonderful time! The cabin is absolutely charming in every way and the setting is truly beautiful. We loved our time there! Maura and David have done a terrific job anticipating their guests’ needs. We really enjoyed kayaking on the lake and the ease of getting the kayaks from the boathouse made it so nice! Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to stay in such a beautiful home, in such a beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Ajman - UAE
5

Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place so much, felt like home, comfy & relaxing. The view is unreal, Time slow down in this place, perfect gateway form the city buzz. Already planning my comeback for a much longer stay. Thank you Maura

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Map

Car: necessary

For hundreds of years the Adirondacks has been a destination location. Set in the Southern portion of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park, located in Hamilton County, Piseco is surrounded by beautiful mountains and pristine lakes.

Some of the most picturesque flat water and white water kayaking and canoeing can be found in this region. Waterfalls, stunning hikes with views, white water rafting, fishing and hunting are popular activities. The lakes are not crowded in the least, bring your boat and enjoy water sports.

This area is infamous for it's well maintained snowmobiling trails that go for hundreds of miles, all the way to Canada. Local rentals available.

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Taxes and fees are additional

Notes

  • $150-$325 night

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