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Lakefront Family (And Pet) Friendly Camp Outside Of Saratoga NY

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom Camp With 218 Feet Of Lakefront On A Private Lot

Our camp is on a private lot with 218 feet of lakefront. Featuring 5 bedrooms (sleeping 8), with plenty of space to relax. All the amenities you would look for in a home, and a yard that makes you want to stay outside.

As you pull in our driveway, the first thing you'll see is the beautiful lake. Along the shore, you'll notice our private stone boat launch, perfect for launching vessels, and dogs who like to wade. We have a large 14x20' dock with a swim ladder and boat cleats. The water is 3-4 feet deep on both sides, and 20' deep off the end. Perfect for those who like to float and those who like to dive right in. A stamped concrete patio with a queen size lounger is the perfect place for a relaxing read or an afternoon nap. The side yard has a fire pot with a stone surround and Adirondack chairs. There are two picnic tables to enjoy your BBQ meals on. The back yard has a swing set surrounded by a sandbox. All this still leaves plenty of room to set up games of Bocce ball or croquet.

When you enter the house, you will walk through the sunroom, with a couch, chair, coffee table, flat screen TV, and 6 sliding glass doors. You will then reach the main living area with the dining room, play area, and kitchen. The dining area has a large table, and a woodstove. The play area has plenty of toys available for the kiddies, or it can be used as an additional dining area. The kitchen is a full sized kitchen with a breakfast bar, stove, refrigerator, microwave, and all of the dishes and kitchen wares you will need.

Down the hall is the bathroom, with a toilet, sink, shower, washer, and dryer. There are 3 bedrooms downstairs, 2 full and 1 queen. Up the stairs there is another common area (with a love seat and two recliners), and two twin bedrooms.

Linens, towels, a toddler bed, and a travel high chair are all available upon request.

Firewood is provided and we request that you do not bring your own (invasive species can travel from one area to another on wood).

A white 26x16 party tent (with or without walls) is available upon request. Set up and take down included.

If there are any other special needs or requests - please contact the owner and we will see if we can accommodate your needs.

More Details

Katie Cottrell
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Katie Cottrell

My husband and I both grew up within minutes of Ballston Lake. We love the area because it has a small town feel but still has lots of things to do. We both enjoy the outdoors. My husband is an avid fisherman and hunter. I love to golf, ski, and swim. There is always something fun going on in the area. The Saratoga Fairgrounds host a lot of different festivals and events throughout the summer and the Saratoga Racecourse really sparks Saratoga to life in July- September.

Katie Cottrell purchased this house in 2010

Why Katie Cottrell chose Ballston

When we got engaged in 2010, we decided that our fairytale was not a big wedding - it was a camp on a lake. We bought this house and one month later got married in a small ceremony on the dock surrounded by our families. Since then we have spent our springs, summers, and falls, renovating and improving the property. It is currently a three season camp, although we have spent a few winter nights there- ice skating and ice fishing during the day. We have already built lots of traditions and made lots of memories at the lake, and hope to make many more over the years.

What makes this house unique

Our favorite part of the lake house is that it has become a gathering place for family and friends. Our daughter can play with her cousins. Our friends can come and stay over with their kids. There is always room for everyone to stay! There is nothing better than carrying kids to bed after a long day of swimming, and a long night of roasting marshmallows. Ok, there is one thing better - waking up and having breakfast together.


Ballston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , with washer and dryer
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , lake view window, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sliding door, lake view, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , lake view, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 5 - 5 twin/ single , ceiling fan, sunset view
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sliding door, private deck, lake view, ceiling fan
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Ballston Lake is located in close proximity to the Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, and SPAC - but who would want to leave this gorgeous lake? Beautiful sunrises lead to enchanting mornings watching the fog lift off the lake. Sunny afternoons are perfect for swimming, kayaking, and leaping off the end of the dock. Dishes are few and far between when your meals are prepared on the grill. Who has time for dishes anyway when the roaring camp fire is begging for marshmallows to be roasted.. but don't stay up too late - the fish wake up early. There are some big bass waiting for your hook!


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Lakefront Family (And Pet) Friendly Camp Outside Of Saratoga NY
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We Love to stay at Camp Cottrell! This was our second stay and it was great! The property is just what we wanted a camp on Ballston Lake!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely setting, unfortunately, dirty towels & old food left in the refrigerator, & garbage left cans

  • 2 of 5

Lovely setting, & had fun kayaking!

However, I was disappointed when I discovered that I only had two clean towels because several dirty shower towels were left in washing machine, food from previous tenant was left in refridgerator, & their trash was overflowing in the garbage can! Over all, I wouldn't return-

I tendered a cleaning deposit separate from the hefty the nonrefundable deposit! Chris

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christine- I'm sorry that you found the house under these conditions. I wish that you had communicated this to us (we leave our home and cell phone numbers both in emails and in our welcome binder). We could have either told you where more spare towels are kept, sent the cleaners back, and/or refunded your cleaning fee. As you can see from our other reviews, these conditions are the exception and certainly not the normal conditions under which the house is found.
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Perfect place to get away from it all yet still be close to many fun activities!

  • 5 of 5

Great for family and friends groups. Lots of space for kids to run and play - there is even a swing set for them. Endless water themed fun with swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing right out the front door! Interesting animal sightings, too! Turtles, frogs, herons were seen frequently. We hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We so enjoyed the house and Lake! Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and Lake, very private, but still close to everything we wanted!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice straight forward house with amble space in a beautiful location.

  • 4 of 5

Awesome location, kids Loved playing on the lake, Carneys restaurant up the road is really nice, the house is fine, straight forward holiday house type deal, plenty of room. 2 draw AC and sulphur water BUT because you have a beautiful Lake right on your backdoor you can forgive the small inconveniences.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is heaven.

  • 5 of 5

Situated on a small island on Ballston Lake, this home and the environs are absolutely heavenly. The house is clean and large, with lots of amenities. Bring books and magazines because there's no internet - but I didn't miss it at all. The road to this home is iffy but worth the ride down the dirt road, and set your GPS to Westside Lake and not the address because Google maps will drop you off across the lake and tell you to walk! (Haha.) Have fun and bring family and friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your vacation! Great weather and a couple hundred feet of shoreline make for a pretty relaxing time!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Carney's Tavern
Nearest Golf
3.6 Miles
Eagle Crest
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
6.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Miles
Carney's Tavern
Car: recommended

Short drive from Saratoga Performing Arts Center (summer home of the NYC ballet and many concerts), The Saratoga County Fairgrounds (which hosts the county fair, a craft and hot air balloon festival, Irish Fest 2000 among other events), The Saratoga Race Course, The Saratoga Harness Track & Racino, downtown Saratoga shopping, Antiquing in downtown Ballston Spa, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, and hundreds of restaurants to try!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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