This secluded magical estate is located on an seven acre woodland and park-like lakefront peninsula. The rustic Tudor house is surrounded by water on three sides, which offers magnificent views from almost every window. With its steeply pitched roof, stone facade, and waterfall pond the house wouldn’t be out of place in the English countryside or Germany’s Black Forest. One reaches the lodge via a long private road through the woods.
This is the perfect place to gather with a group of friends and/or a family get together -- well-behaved dogs are welcome! We can seat large groups for dinner in the dining room or Great Room. Due to the artistic, unique touches guests have said that they felt like they were in a movie set.
GREAT ROOM: Inside you’ll find a cavernous wood-paneled Great Room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a huge working fireplace, a baby grand piano, a victrola, built-in library filled with books, comfy faux-fur draped couches, and an enormous wrought iron chandelier. It's the perfect place to watch movies (large flatscreen TV/DVD), play board games or read by the fire. The owner is a children's book author/illustrator and her books are available for reading out loud while looking at the dollhouse sets which illustrate them. There are some taxidermy animals in the Great Room. Rather than take them down the homeowner has given them crystal tears because she is an animal lover.
DINING ROOM: The stately wood-paneled dining room features a gas fireplace, giant wooden tables, a built-in wine wooden wine rack and oil paintings. The dining room is adjacent to a glass and wood conservatory filled with cozy seating, trees, plants, an upright piano, another dining table, a working fountain and tree trunk columns.
KITCHEN: The kitchen is a chef's paradise. It features a Viking professional gas stove with griddle, a Sub Zero two door refrigerator, a interior barbecue grill and plenty of counter space with stools.The kitchen is well appointed with every type of plate, bowl, wine glass, cup, platter, coffee, utensil and cooking tool imaginable. A professional juicer is available upon request for those who know how to use it. The spice cabinet is filled with all types of exotic and traditional spices. Off the kitchen is a laundry room with a washer and dryer.
5 BEDROOMS: The Clocktower Bedroom has incredible lake views from french doors, a king-sized bed, a queen-sized round bed, two clock tower windows, his/her full bathrooms, a massive sunken tub, a steam sauna shower, a flat screen television (cable) and access to a stone patio. The Blue Bedroom has a king-sized bed, a twin bed, a small flat screen television (with DVD player/cable), a full bathroom, and views. The Spring Flowers Bedroom has a queen-sized bed and lake views. The bathroom with a cedar steam shower is across the hall. The Ship Captain Room (upstairs) has two twin beds, a queen bed, one twin cot, a small stairway library and lake views. The Cinderella Chef Bedroom is off the kitchen. It features a twin bed. There is a full bathroom right next to it.
GROUNDS: Outside you’ll find a secluded lake with a private floating dock, a large stone patio with cafe lights, manicured grounds, three decks, rolling hills, a koi pond, a babbling brook, a butterfly garden, a child's playhouse, hammocks, a swing and huge pines circling the home. You can dine al fresco on the giant double length picnic table on an octagonal deck. Other activities: Boating/swimming/fishing/ice skating on the pristine lake, napping in the hammocks, playing house in the child's cottage, swinging, sunbathing on the patio and roasting marshmallows in one of the five fire pits.
MISC: Pet homing doves fly free on the grounds. The owner also has a potbellied pig named Nini who grazes outside in the backyard pen. Nini is an actress and is quite friendly. There is a separate apt on the property which is occupied by our animal sitter. She feeds Nini, the homing pigeons and koi fish while we are away. There is also a caretaker, Joe, on call. He will make sure the driveway is plowed and will shovel paths, if necessary. Firewood and a wheelbarrow is available outside for your use. This isn't a bed and breakfast. We want to give you complete privacy and autonomy. The homeowner is available 24/7 via text during stays in order to assist with any questions or concerns.
SIZE: Square footage: 5,000 interior, 7.5 acres of land (Main house: Great room, dining room, sun room, commercial kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, cedar sauna room, steam shower, laundry room, heated towel rack; Outbuildings: Boathouse, folly tower, Hansel & Gretel child’s house).
DISTANCE: Only a one hour drive to Manhattan.
PETS: Well behaved dogs and friendly potbellied pigs are considered for $100 per visit. We have a large dog run, a pig barn/pen, and a chicken coop. Other animals are considered on a case by case basis.
SLEEPS 16 (OR MORE): The house can sleep 16 in beds: 2 king beds, 2 queen beds, 1 full bed, 4 twin beds, 1 cot bed and a queen air mattress is in the linen closet. Our rates are for 6 people in Fall/Winter/Spring and 13 guests in the Summer and on selected holidays. $50 per person per night is added to the fee for each additional person. A $100 flat fee is added to the quote for each dog. We do allow camping and air mattresses as long as the extra per person fees are paid. We have one full-sized mattress in the linen closet. We suggest that guests to bring pack and plays for infants.
-Furniture as seen in the pictures
-A private dock*
-A fully appointed kitchen (ask Cynthia if you need something specific--we probably have it)
-Baby grand piano, an upright piano, sheet music
-Plenty of parking on the grounds
-Central air-conditioning throughout most of the house, window units in some rooms
-Small airport in town - 1 hour from JFK (NYC)
-Train station in town (to NYC or New Haven)
-Cedar Sauna Room
-Indoor Barbecue Grill
-Outdoor Stone Grill (not electric)
-Boats (1 kayak, 1 paddle boat, 1 canoe and 2 rowboats) -- please note, we do not allow you to bring your own boats without permission.
-Board games, books, and water toys
-Life preservers of all sizes (even for dogs)!
-Professional kitchen with dishes, plates, silverware, pots, breakfast trays, wine glasses, champagne glasses, tablecloths, and everything you'll need other than your groceries. We always have coffee, tea, sugar, spices, salt, pepper, and oil in the cabinets. We provide dishwashing soap, dishwasher soap and two extra rolls of paper towels in the kitchen.
-Washer and dryer in the laundry room.
-Iron and ironing board in the Clocktower Bedroom closet.
-We provide a few robes for you use.
-We provide high-quality natural (no parabens or propylene glycol) shampoo, soap, toilet paper, lotion, tissue paper and other necessities in every bathroom.
-blowdryers, curling irons, flattening iron
-A fully stocked linen closet with bath towels, additional blankets, hand towels, and wash cloths.
- All sheets, duvets, blankets and towels are washed with Clear and Free laundry detergent for those who have sensitive skin. We do use bleach for white linens, if necessary, but we rinse twice.
- The house is cleaned weekly regardless of rentals
-Large fenced dog run
*WINTER NOTE: The dock is unhooked from the shore around Thanksgiving (depending upon the first freeze.) The dock is attached again in April. You can still use the boats from the shore -- but take care during winter months. The hammocks are taken in during winter months. The house is sublime and extremely comfortable during the fall and winter seasons.
WEDDING NOTE: Please note, we don't normally allow weddings or parties at the lakefront lodge. Please give the homeowner more information such as dates, details and number of people and they will give you a quote if approved.