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A secluded oasis directly on the magnificent Upper Chateaugay Lake, this property has been completely remodeled inside and out in the last five years. Located as the second to last house on a dead-end private road, yet directly in-front of the deepest part of the lake at 70 feet deep, this house and property is ideal for a get-away. Upper Chateaugay Lake leads into the Lower Chateaugay Lake via the Narrows for a total of 9 miles. The property, on the East shores and on a very gentle slope with 110 feet of direct lake-front, has breathtaking views of unspoiled, NY State parkland and mountains. Be sure not to miss the unbelievable sunsets across the lake to the West with bright oranges and purples - true eye candy. Of course, another benefit of spectacular sunsets is the ability to sleep in during the mornings without being awoken by beams of sun in the early hours. Additionally, stargazing at night will enable you to see more stars in one night than in a lifetime. Clear, crisp and full of memories.
Each room of the house has been remodeled, including the Mahogany master bedroom, Douglas fir guest room with built-in full size bed, slated side entryway, cedar bathroom with granite and terra cotta walk-in, full-size shower plus a granite kitchen, and Pine tongue-and-groove dining nook and living room. Both bedrooms have plenty of closet space and night stands/tables. Grand views of the lake are easily visible from the master, side entryway, dining nook and living room. My cabin is an L-shaped ranch with views of the lake from all angles.
Entry into the refreshing waters of Upper Chateaugay is easily done three ways: via the extra-wide (10 feet) staircase on the right side of the property. This is where we usually hop into/out of the water with our kayaks and canoes. Also, there is a huge 16x18 dock extension with a 14x4 dock extension catwalk combining with the original 16x6 dock to form a large U-shaped dock party area. This allows you to enjoy the water and dock at multiple levels for fishing, sunbathing and just relaxing. There are stairs at the end of one dock and a ladder attached to the catwalk for easy entry into the lake. In any case, you are able to walk out 10 - 15 feet before being over your head. The lake bottom is firm, not soft and mucky, with a huge swath of rocks cleared for easy walking.
The outdoor porch area, reached directly from the side entryway, allows for great meals on the picnic table while watching the loons on the lake, as well as camp fire stories at the firepit area in the evening. Lawn games are delightfully played on the expansive lawn on all sides of the house.
Upper Chateaugay Lake is regarded as one of the Top Fishing Waters by NY State Department of Environmental Conservation for its Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Small Mouth Bass, and Landlocked Salmon.
Kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are idyllic during the morning or evening hours when the lake is glassy, while sailing can be enjoyed when the breeze kicks in during the afternoons. Of course, boating can be enjoyed anytime. For the Olympian hopefuls, swimming across the lake is about one and a half miles.
The U-turn driveway has great curb appeal, inviting guests to enjoy their stay at my home. Even during the height of the summer season, you can find peace and true tranquility for few neighbors are ever present. Even if they are there, our houses are far apart for I can only see one neighbor's house partially. There are only 594 property owners on the Upper & Lower lakes and most of those are located on the smaller, Lower lake. On any given hot afternoon in July or August, one can easily count the number of boaters on a single hand for there is little boat traffic on the larger part, Upper, of the Chateaugay Lakes. In essence, my property is very private and no external noise can be heard except for the wind, birds, waves and the occasional woodpecker and loon.
The main road, Route 374, is three miles away and leads to nearby antique shopping, ice cream stands, restaurants, pizza parlors, delis, bakeries, convenient stores, farm stands, windmill farms, the NY State boat launch and mountainous hiking trails. Further out, it'll bring you to Malone, fairgrounds, Montreal, Saranac, Lake Placid, Plattsburgh, Vermont, large grocery stores, shopping malls, and movie theaters.
Included in the rental is a three-person canoe, a two-person kayak, life vests and noodles, a 8x10 swim float (platform) 25 feet out and in 15' of water, and a mooring, also 25 feet out and in 15' of water, to hook your own boat to. Life vests, noodles, and lawn games are located in a separate, smaller (shotgun shack) cottage. Suggested boating excursions include paddling to the beginning of the south inlet, at the very end of the Upper Lake, and meandering the waterways to the numerous beaver damns more than a mile in. Or make your way to the infamous sand bar at the edge of the Narrows for a game of frisbee in ankle-deep water and an afternoon picnic on the wide beach. Novices and experts will enjoy the adventures to be had. Firewood is present but is not to be used for this is my own stash. Also included are portable chairs, gas and charcoal BBQ's for outdoor enjoyment.
Lastly, the number of people allowed to stay at my house is limited to a maximum of five, two full-size beds plus a full-size sofa-sleeper.
My property manager is located a few miles away if any questions or incidences arise.
Check in time is 2:30 and check out time is 10:30.
An optional cleaning fee of $100 will be added if you choose to have my property manager clean the house for you at the end of your stay. You will still have to tidy the place up, empty the refrigerator, remove all of your belongings but he would dust, wipe the countertops, vacuum all 5 rooms, clean the fridge, collect and remove the garbage, and clean the bathroom.
Summer rentals, from the last week of June until the last week of August, run Saturday to Saturday.
Mid-week rentals are available in other months outside of July and August.
The on-line calendar is updated as soon as a reservation is booked and is always up to date. I respond to all inquiries within 24 hours except on weekends when I am in the Adirondacks.
What this place is not:
It's not Lake George or Sacandaga Lake with constant boat traffic.
It's not Saratoga Lake with neighbors every 50 feet apart.
It's not Lake Placid with confined tourism.
It's not Chazy Lake, with a main road seen and heard by half the lake of only 3 miles long.
It's not on the Narrows or the Lower lake (of Chateaugay Lake), where the lake is more shallow, congested, and populated.
It's not on the West side, where the sun rises at 6 a.m. during the summer.
Wireless low-speed internet is available via satellite. For devices with Verizon as the carrier, you will be able to access your phone plus any applications. Other providers will not work. Limited Bandwidth prevents streaming.
Additionally, portable Sirrus/XM radio users will be able to get a satellite signal.
In summary, Upper Chateaugay Lake is by far the biggest and best lake in the northern Adirondacks as well as my home being the best value with a touch of elegance and grandeur.
Please note: the on-line Google maps shows Hemlock Lane not as a dead-end. It is a dead-end and my house is the second to last house of a total of 6 houses.
'It's too dangerous. It's just too relaxing and enticing.'
Moira from Saratoga, NY, who stayed in July 2010, referring to the lakeside hammock.
'Calm, serene, and private... At night, the view of the stars is dazzling, the Milky Way is unbelievably bright and clear. On a warm afternoon, nothing beats sitting in a back-patio canvas chair, feet up on the fire pit, watching a bald eagle high above (that happened!) Just wonderful.'
Tristi from Chapel Hill, NC, who stayed in July 2010.
'We enjoyed your restful, serene setting. It was all you said it would be, and more.'
Ginny and Joe from Long Island, NY, who stayed for a weekend in June 2010.
'Valerie and I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed staying at your place on the Lake this summer. It was a very special time for us, and your place was the perfect spot.
He goes on to say:
'We had the most amazing two weeks and would definitely go back.'
Aaron from Manhattan, NY, who stayed in July 2010
'The house had great 'Feng Shui' - truly warm, comfortable, inviting, and relaxing. Can't be beat for the price! The property is beautiful. The views outstanding! Quiet and peaceful. The hammock is awesome!'
Steve and Linda from Cape Cod, MA, who stayed in August 2010
'The camp is beautiful, and it has one of the greatest views on Upper Chateaugay Lake. We especially enjoyed the dock, the canoe and kayak.'
Lynn and her mom Sandy from Potsdam, NY, who stayed in August 2010
'Comfortable, well stocked, charming home on a very scenic and quiet location. Close to interesting day trip destinations and fascinating geocaching sites. Most relaxing vacation we've ever had!'
Tim, Judy, Earl & Jane (2 couples) from Rochester, NY, who stayed in August 2010
'Your home is cozy and warm and we felt right at home. Peace and quiet there was the best.'
Karen and Craig, from Sherman, CT, who stayed in July 2011
'Your home is beautiful, the scenery was amazing, especially the sunsets. We had a wonderful, relaxing time and would highly recommend.'
Charles and family, from Hempstead, NY, who stayed July
I live in the Albany, NY area and look forward to relaxing at my house in the Adirondacks as often as I can. It provides tranquility and I often feel bittersweet each time I depart, as I am sure you will also. My property manager lives 30 minutes away and is available to assist you if needed.
Joseph Poniatowski purchased this cabin in 2007
The Adirondacks is an awesome place to relax, enjoy time alone or with special people, as well as to soak up the scenery of the mountains, listen to the loons in the morning, feel the wind howl, and gain an appreciation for nature at its finest. My house is the second to last house on a dirt road, dead-end, which means you will probably not have any cars on the road in sight. My house is buffered on all sides and you will only be able to see a portion of one neighbor's house. Typically, most neighbors are not present, even on summer weekends. The house has been completely remodeled, from the U-turn driveway to the walkways, windows, doors, painting, pine living room, granite kitchen, terra cotta and marble bathroom, Douglas Fir guest room, Mahogany master bedroom and extra-large dock extension. From the back porch area, the view of the lake is breathtaking. The trees are trimmed up to allow views of the lake with a trees cut in one area to allow a full frame of the lake, mountains and sky. This is a remarkable gem I found almost 10 years ago and decided to remake it with my own signature. It is a great, mini-estate that will amaze any guest.
The breathtaking view of forever wild forest across the lake coupled with the gorgeous sunsets.
The cabin and property design, layout & accouterments create elements of fine living within the Adirondack park.
The serenity and silence except for the loons or the occasional woodpecker.
It is hidden, away from the tourist attractions.
Finally, it is well-maintained.
We loved staying at this house! We got in very late and couldn't see any of what we were surrounded by. Waking up the next morning was like opening up a gift. We were surrounded by beautiful mountains with all the fall pretty colors! It was awesome! The house was super cozy and comfortable. We loved seeing jerry hung up on the wall! We love the dead! Just felt like we were at home. We would definitely like to come again and bring our kids! Thank you for a mini little honeymoon!!
A very well-maintained and welcoming home on a quiet lake. The owner was helpful, generous, and courteous, and made sure that we knew exactly what was expected of us and what we could expect. We loved swimming off the floating dock, canoeing, building fires in the fire pit, watching the sunsets, gazing at the stars overhead, and generally taking it easy in a quiet spot surrounded by forests and mountains. There was just a small bit of motor boat traffic on the lake. We’d recommend it highly!
Beautiful, quiet, private, serene. 2 rattled New Yorkers found this a perfect spot to unwind. The lake is wonderful if you love to swim. Green mountains and woods ring the lake. Lots of sky and quiet country roads to stroll. The house is well designed, clean and comfortable, with lots of space to relax. Outside, tables , benches and decks in the open or under shady trees afford perfect views of the water. Not much happening nearby, which was no problem for us.
This place is magical, and just what we were looking for. Private, beautiful outdoor set-up, expansive comfy deck. I can't say enough about the lake and the view, absolutely spectacular. The house is lovely, super clean, well appointed and oh so comfortable. My sweetie and I fished and cooked and lazed around to our hearts content. Joe has thought of everything to make your visit memorable... his attention to detail is refreshing. We're already planning to return, for a longer stay next time!
We spend a wonderful long Memorial Day weekend at Joe's lovely place. We enjoyed his beautiful house and the marvelous surroundings at Lake Chateaugay. We cannot wait to come back.
Our group of 5 (ages 61-4) stayed for a week in this lovely cabin. We had beautiful weather and used the canoe and kayak every day. The expanded dock provides ample room for everyone and was an excellent spot to watch the gorgeous sunsets and loons. There is plenty of outdoor space for the kids to run around and play games. We had fires in the firepit every night. The house is larger than it looks in the pics and was very comfortable for all of us. The kitchen is well-equipped and had everything we needed. We spent every day on the lake except for one day trip to Vermont on the ferry. We highly recommend this rental and plan on going back next year - a truly special place on the best lake in NY. Thank you Joe for sharing this piece of heaven with us!
This property is 3 hours from Albany, 1 hour from Saranac and Lake Placid, 1 hour from Montreal and Burlington, and 30 minutes from both Plattsburgh and Malone. Locally, as you drive around the area, you will find antique shopping, berry, potato & cheese farms, as well as wind mill farms within 30 minutes. The local store for essentials such as gas and milk is 3 miles away and the larger convenient store with a walk-in beverage cooler, nice deli and all of the essentials, including ATM and gas, is about 20 minutes away. In the Narrows, you are able to rent a pontoon or fishing boats from for the day or week. In the immediate area, there are 3-4 pubs and restaurants. The trailhead to Lyon Mountain is about 15 minutes away, which is about a 2 1/2 hour hike up and a little shorter on the way down. My property or the area are not the commercialized venues of a large, busy lake. The lake is large, at about 9 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide, but the boat traffic is minimal as is the noise and car traffic. You may encounter 5 boats on an entire weekend on a hot summer holiday. This is a private, secluded oasis that is ideal for the person who wants to get away from the connected life and to relax.
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Cleaning Service- option||$100|
A $250.00 deposit is due as well as a signed contract by both parties upon execution of this rental agreement.
Full payments are due June 1st for rentals in July and August.
Full payments are due May 1st for rentals in June.
Full payments are due August 1st for rentals in September and October.
There is a 5% additional fee for all international rentals.
Optional cleaning service of $75.00.