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Elegant Farmhouse overlooking Lake Algonquin

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 and a half Bathrooms (Sleeps 6)

1800's renovated Farmhouse with Stunning Views overlooking Lake Algonquin and Dunham Mountain.

Wells is a great area to find some peace and quiet, and this is the perfect home for those who are particular. Very clean and well maintained with extra niceties (binoculars, bikes, snowshoes, kayaks, tablecloths, that kind of thing). Rugged Adirondack enjoyment found outside, modern comforts found on the inside.

The kitchen is part of an open floor plan, and is our favorite room! Beautiful lake views, fireplace and dining table, so the cook can converse with everyone. Double farmhouse sink, 5 burner gas stove, dishwasher, expansive wood counter space with breakfast bar. Very nice pots, pans, dishes, glassware, spices and other amenities provided. There is a seperate living area with sofa and 40" flat screen for watching Netflix movies. We have no cable TV here, we come here to get away from the news!

Upstairs master bedroom has cathedral ceilings, queen bed with nice linens, private bath with soaking tub and great lake views. Two guest bedrooms have one double bed each and use of 1/2 bath in upstairs hallway, another full bath can be found downstairs.

We go out of our way to supply amenities that will make our guests stay a little easier, such as binoculars, table cloths, iron and board, kayaks, paddle board, snowshoes, bikes, paper towels, tin foil, plastic wrap, napkins, sugar, spices, condiments - lots of little things you would find at home but may not think of bringing while traveling. We also share detailed directions on how to get to some amazing local spots, fun waterfalls and places that you might not find otherwise - some took us years to find!

Linens are supplied, but we do ask you to bring your own bath and beach towels. If travelling by plane, let us know and we can get you towels.

The yard out front is where we spend our time, soaking in the sun and the view and BBQ'ing up dinner. There is a local road between us and the lake, but we are above it and it is somewhat obscured. We have four Adirondack chairs for lounging and enjoying the view, a fire pit and large Weber gas grill.

SPRING, SUMMER and FALL

During the warmer seasons our favorite activities include the 3 mile walk or bike around the lake, hikes to nearby waterfalls, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking out front. Public fishing dock out front. Swimming is easy access, but It is a bit rocky, bring water shoes, or public sand beach is one mile away. 2 bikes, 2 kayaks, one stand up paddle board and lake floats provided.

FALL FOLIAGE is AMAZING from the farmhouse! We have unobstructed views of the color filled mountains, doubled by the reflection of these mountains on the lake, really is a sight to see!

WINTER

Winter is magical here! Cozy and warm inside, great sporting opportunities right out your front door. Snowshoe or cross country ski across the lake or on one of the many trails through the snow covered woods. Lapland Lake is a world class cross country resort with reindeer and authentic Finnish food. Downhill ski at family friendly Oak Mt. just a 15 minute drive (ask about the $50 discount they offer to our guests!), or much larger Gore which is 35 minutes away. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, and of course winter hiking to our local waterfalls are other favorite activities.

4 sets of snowshoes provided!

Speculator (next town over) rents snowmobiles, you can sled from here to Canada on wide expanse of groomed trails - this is amazing snowmobile country. Guided tours available for those trying it for the first time. Give it a shot - experiencing the Adirondack woods in winter, gliding over lakes, stopping in at different Pubs for a pint and a stew can be great fun. Highly recommended.

MORE ABOUT THE FARMHOUSE

This is one of the oldest homes in town - was a working farm for 100+ years. Fully renovated 2010. Sits on elevated 3/4 acre overlooking Lake Algonquin. Truly gorgeous view.

Porch - there is a large porch on the backside of house. Can read out there or store your skiis and toys. There is a sitting area to remove and store shoes so if you would like to be shoe free in house, as we are, it is convenient.

What's to LOVE about this house and area? Everything mentioned above.

What might you NOT love? Taking home your RECYCLES - because the town does not pick them up for us and we simply do not have anyone who will take on that responsibility. So - the rule here is similar to camping - if you bring it in, you must agree to take it out! Leaving a small amount of recycles (less than one bag full) is fine, but they must be cleaned, dry, seperated (see? a hassle I know) and will be taken to dump by our fabulous housekeeper.

No smoking, no pets (no exceptions, sorry!) and no candles please, this is an allergy sensitive home.

Watercraft is available for use May-Oct.

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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

About Maura

Maura is a lifelong Adirondacker, her family has been vacationing in Wells for 4 generations. David and Maura spend lots of time here in all seasons, and have fallen in love with renovating houses. We now have 4 lakeside renovated homes, plus the original family camp, all available for vacation rental.

Why Maura chose Wells

Stunning Views, Luxury Inside, Rugged Adirondacks Outside

What makes this house unique

We love the fact that this house used to be the scariest one in town....but we always thought it must have the best view...and we were right! Since we gut renovated in 2010, it now has all the comforts of a modern luxury year round home combined with reclaimed wood floors with antique furnishings and features...and was redesigned to best capture those views! Amenities include kayaks, bikes, stand up paddle board, snowshoes, Weber Grill, Firepit, picnic table. Fishing pier across the street. Wireless Internet, 40' flat screen, an Alexa sound system, Chefs Kitchen with killer views while cooking! Great master queen bedroom with views as well.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely Farmhouse. We cooked up a storm in the great kitchen next to the fire. Some much desired snowfall came along so we snowshoed up Mt. Sawyer to some awesome views. Thanks for providing them!



We would love to come back to see the area in different seasons.
Jan 2013
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Amenities

Wells House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Town picks up garbage, but not recycles. Guests must agree to take home your recycles if you brought a lot in. Leaving 1 bag of recycles is OK.
  • Town will not pick up garbage if you mix recycles in, so you MUST agree to follow our seperation instructions, it's a hassle, but a must to stay here
  • Bring own beach and bath towels. Linens, hand and kitchen towels, bath mat supplied.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest Bedrooms upstairs have use of 1/2 bath upstairs and full bath downstairs. Master Bedroom has private bath. Bring your own bath and beach towels and shampoo. Soaps are supplied.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • All bedrooms are upstairs, Master has cathedral ceilings, 4 poster queen bed. Really beautiful views from picture windows overlooking the lake. 100 yr old refurbished oak floors in master bedroom and bathroom. Nice soaking tub with shower, great views from the bathroom too! Bedroom #2 and #3 have one double bed each. Yes we have 3 bedrooms, but in summer our maximum is only 4 persons here to keep the wear and tear down and the plumbing in working condition. Spring, Winter and Fall we can sleep up to 6 persons. We work VERY hard to keep this house in the pristine condition that you should find it in when you arrive! There is a nice 1/2 bath in upstairs hallway for the Guest Bedrooms use. They also have use of a full bath and shower downstairs. All bed linens, hand and kitchen towels are supplied, but we ask guests to bring own bath and beach towels (it simply takes too long to clean them all inbetween guests!)
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
Attractions:
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We have a 40' flat screen for DVD's and Netflix (supplied). We DO NOT have cable TV. Lots of books in the house. Comprehensive list of places to go and things to do provided. Bring own Bath and Beach Towels. If you are travelling internationally, let us know and we can get you some towels.

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Elegant Farmhouse overlooking Lake Algonquin
average rating of 4.9 based on 45 reviews
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Farmhouse getaway

  • 5 of 5

The “Farmhouse” property was wonderfully honey and absolutely “made” our trip to the Adirondacks. Between the extremely cozy couch in front of the fire stove to warm yourself to the spacious and comforting rooms it was hard to pick out a room we enjoyed the most. The only bad part was leaving (should have booked an extra day). Would definitely recommend for anyone wanted a more modern take on a cabin but with the old fashion feel and characters. Lake view was the tops.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oasis of quiet peacefulness on the lake with glorious views

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse met all of our expectations - views of the mountains and lake, access to kayak and an outdoor space that promotes time together. Each room is finished with calming colors and details, as well as books. The varied areas to sit and be social or relax make the cozy house feel vast.

We cooked each night in the well planned kitchen and outdoor grill - the meals were made more special with locally farmed fruit and vegetables purchased at The Well.

Before leaving we contemplated - what a nice week and when, not would, we return. Thank you for a great holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with everything you could possibly want or need and more..great location, my wife & I will be back for sure..one of the nicest rentals I've been to, & we've been to quite a few..thanks for sharing your beautiful home..5stars for sure...

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Gorgeous!!!

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous farmhouse and view!! Comfortable!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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I thought it was good.

  • 5 of 5

We felt secluded.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Wonderful Weekend Respite!

  • 4 of 5

We had a fabulous extended weekend at the "farmhouse," hiked four stunning waterfalls and bathed in nature's bounty that are the ADK's. The farmhouse was a perfect symphony of childhood memories of weeks at aunt/uncles warm, well warn and loved farmhouse in Connecticut, with all the upgrades and comforts one could ask for!! The views that await you ...to die for!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Wells is a sleepy, scenic town in the southern Adirondacks. Very quiet here - there are days you might be the only one on the lake, even mid summer. No tourists, just summer camps and one motel in town.

Spring through fall there are free tennis and basketball courts, a children's park, local beach and an ice cream shop.

LOTS of healthy outdoor year round activities here!

Spring and Summer for swimming, kayaking, hiking, lots of remote waterfalls to explore and lakes to visit.

Fall is stunningly beautiful foliage, especially from this house! Unobstructed views of the lake and mountains beyond.

Winter activities:

Downhill ski Gore - 35 minutes

Downhill ski Oak - 15 minutes

X country Lapland Lake - 25 minutes - dining, skating, tubing, reindeer!

X country Garnett Hill - 35 minutes

X country out front on our lake!

Snowshoe everywhere!

Snowmobile - rent in next town

Just watch the snow fall

Other Activities: Other things to find in surrounding area:

Many lakes and rivers to explore

Antiquing

Saratoga Race Track (1 hour)

Zoo and Safari Rid

Hiking

Caves

Horseback riding

Boating

Visit Lake George (1 hour)

Golf: Local golf courses are around....Speculator has a course 15 minutes away

Ski: Downhill skiing at Gore, 35 minutes

Oak Mountain 15 minutes away

Cross country skiing out front across lake or through woods

Lapland Lake (highly recommended!) 25 minutes

Garnett Hill (also great) 40 minute drive

Snowmobile rentals in next town

Snowshoes (2 sets) provided by us

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Taxes and fees are additional

Notes

  • $1000-$1600 week

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