|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Starkey's Point is a private and secluded camp on Cranberry Lake in New York's Adirondack Park. The camp is on the edge of the Five Ponds Wilderness, a six-mile boat ride from the nearest road. The camp's location is not mapped accurately by this website; please see the location map in the photo gallery to see where Starkey's Point is located on Cranberry Lake.
Starkey's Point can comfortably sleep eight guests in a two-story main house and two detached sleeping cabins. The camp also has a wood-fired hot tub, a thirty-foot dock for boating and swimming, two canoes with paddles and life jackets, and a two-bay boathouse. There is solar power for lights in all the buildings, but no running water, TV, or phone line.
The camp was built in a rustic Adirondack style with beautiful architectural details. The camp is on a finger of land with water on three sides, and the main house has water views in two directions. The main house features a great room with a vaulted ceiling of rough-hewn beams, wide-plank floors, and a stone fireplace. Wide covered porches are less than forty feet from the lake on both sides of the house. Woodstoves upstairs and downstairs take the chill out of cold mornings. The main house has two bedrooms, one upstairs and one down, each with a double bed. The kitchen has a full-size propane range and cooktop and a propane refrigerator and freezer. There is a Weber propane grill for guests' use.
Marcy cabin is just steps from the main house through the hemlock and birch trees. Marcy is an airy one-room cabin of rough-hewn lumber with large french doors and gable-end windows that look out towards the lake on the north and a grassy glade on the south. Screened windows on the east and west walls allow a cooling cross-breeze during warm summer evenings. The cabin has one double and one twin bed.
Skylight cabin is one-minute walk from the main house and so is more secluded. It is a small, light-filled log-style cabin on the south side of the property with large, decorative gable-end windows. French doors open onto a covered porch and graveled garden, beyond which is a sheltered cove of the lake. The cabin, with one double bed, is peaceful and private and out of sight of the main house and Marcy.
The grassy glade at the center of the property has a tall rope swing and a children's play house built in the camp's characteristic rustic style. The wide main dock gets morning and afternoon sun and is wonderful place to watch sunsets and the stars. There is a swim ladder at the end of the dock and plenty of room to spread towels and chairs. The outdoor wood-fired hot tub sits on a small deck with a screened view of the lake and Picnic Island to the south. Plenty of split firewood is provided with the rental.
Our off-the-grid camp has no indoor running water, but a comfortable outhouse. Water is a short and level haul from the lake to the kitchen at the main house. We provide a supply of fresh drinking water with each rental (15 to 20 gallons), and the lake water can be boiled or filtered for cooking. Power for lights and electric outlets in the main house and cabins is provided by a small solar system with battery backup, but please limit use to lighting and charging personal electronics. There is reliable AT&T 4g cell phone service at the camp; Verizon users may only have service on the lake.
Guests supply their own linens. Each bed has a 6-inch foam mattress, pillows, and comforters and blankets for cool nights. Mattresses and pillows have protective covers. The kitchen is well-stocked for groups of eight, with plenty of cutlery and dishes, as well as an assortment of cooking utensils, pots and pans, and cast-iron skillets.
Minimum stay is 7 nights with changeover on Saturday. Check-in is 3p Saturday and check-out is the following Saturday morning by 10a. We require a refundable $250 security deposit and will deduct costs of trash removal from the deposit. The camp should be swept clean, all dishes washed and put away, and all garbage must taken with you.
Roughly half of our guests bring their own boats, which can be launched at the state-run public boat launch on Columbian Road in the village of Cranberry Lake. There is public parking near the boat launch for cars, trucks, and boat trailers. Other guests use the friendly and reliable water taxi service offered by Cranberry Lake Dry Dock and Marine Services, or rent a boat from the Campers Village and Lakeside General Store, both in the village of Cranberry Lake. Please ask us for details, or contact these businesses directly through their websites. Please make arrangements in advance of your visit.
Aaron and Tammy are your caretakers. They love spending time on Cranberry Lake and can't wait to share Starkey's Point with you.
I had the most amazing vacation at Starkey's with my husband and small daughters (2 and 6). Its the perfect combination of rustic luxury. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the great room was a wonderful place to unwind from our adventure filled days.
We enjoyed exploring Cranberry Lake in the canoes provided and found many hiking trails that were the perfect speed for the little ones. We cooled off from our hikes with hours of silly diving contests off the dock. In the evenings we grilled and ate outside at the picnic tables. We toasted marshmallows and made s'mores every night in the fire pit and then capped the day with a relaxing soak in the wood burning hot tub (looking forward to visiting again in future years when such relaxation isn't constantly interrupted by toddler Pokemon impressions). After we tucked the kids in bed my husband and I enjoyed drinks by the fire pit where we dragged out some Adirondack chairs to watch the amazing night sky and listen to the loons.
One night we let our oldest daughter stay up late. We took pillows out to the dock and laid on our backs and star gazed for hours under the incredible celestial dome with Milky Way's arm stretched across the expanse in all its glory. Sadly she dozed off before catching the many meteor sightings. But I'm certain she will hold this memory of wonder, family togetherness, peace and oneness with Earth and the entire universe, forever.
Starkey's is very secluded so we were comfortable letting the kids run around naked half the time. There were very few boats out on the lake so it's very quiet, except when the kids were whooping it up and which we encouraged because there was no one around to be bothered by it. They also really enjoyed the huge swing and playhouse where they had some very imaginative superhero adventures. I had designs on sneaking out to the skylight cabin for an afternoon nap, but never made it. Next year I hope!
After an exciting day trip to the Wild Center, we had an overnight visit from family friends who were headed to Pottsdam. They were also in awe of the place and wished they could stay longer. My friend noted that the outhouse is a lot nicer than most of the public bathrooms she's experienced in Boston :-)
Long story short: Starkey's Point is awesome and we can't wait to get back. Aaron was very helpful and available via phone if we ever need him (I could get Verizon LTE out at the dock). He even quickly mailed the raincoats we left behind
The main cottage is an architectural wonder, with it's miniature versions spread out around the property. Every window has its own view. The camp is well stocked with necessities. If your looking for seclusion and don't mind a little roughing it, this is your heaven. Aaron was more than helpful, can't wait until next year.
We were lucky enough to return with our friends (4 adults, 4 kids under 12 all together) to Starkey's Point for another amazing week this summer. Aaron only continues to make improvements to this already splendid property. We love being at the quiet end of the lake--even at the busiest time of year there is little in the way of boat traffic and only occasional sounds from the few other visible camps. Only loons, barred owls, thrushes and other critters, plus the hoots and hollers of our own offspring as they leapt off the dock into the perfect water. The biggest surprise of this year was a visit by an adolescent black bear who was much more interested in the chokecherries by the dock than in us! As always, the house and amenities were very comfortable. Aaron has thought of everything, from Purell in the outhouse to many gallons of fresh drinking water waiting for us on arrival. Their library and game collection continue to grow and we were never short of something to do. Solar power held out perfectly with judicious use (and it was a very sunny week). Plentiful lanterns and candles, and addition of our own headlamps meant that we always had plenty of light for reading and games. We took full advantage of the hot tub and fire pit this year, thanks to a dearth of mosquitoes. For best hot-tubbing, fire it up by lunch time and you'll have a perfect after-dinner soak. We also used the 2 canoes daily.
Thank you for another memorable week at one of our favorite spots on earth!
We had a wonderful week !! What a Beautiful place !! We will definitely be renting again !!
This was the first time at Starkey's point and it exceeded our expectations. The entire camp is comfortable, has everything you need for cooking, sleeping, and reading/games. It is possibly the most peaceful place on the lake and the fishing right around the property was good. Even better spots are just a short distance away. We loved a bonfire each evening, star gazing, and listening to the loons. There are plenty of trails around for hiking that can be accessed behind the property without the need for a boat. I would definitely come back again!
Our family has enjoyed coming to Starkey's for the past two years. We absolutely love how peaceful and private it is there. We awoke to the sound of loons and enjoyed watching the beaver munching on the lily pads each evening. Our days consisted of fishing, canoeing, hiking, motor boating, swimming off the dock, soaking in the hot tub, sitting by the campfire or the hearth and relaxing reading a good book. The selection of games and books is so abundant there's something for everyone. For us the best part about Starkey's is that we can have the best of both worlds. We can go out and enjoy activities on the big lake and then return to camp and feel the quiet and remoteness of a small lake hidden in the woods.
The camp is a short paddle from SUNY ESF's Biological Research Station and the Cranberry Lake 50 trail.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
The base rate for 2017 remains the same as 2016. VRBO began charging a service fee in 2016 for all online payments, typically about $100. This non-waivable fee is paid to the rental website. Please contact us if you want to discuss alternate payment options. We look forward to your reservation!