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Peaceful, Sun-Drenched Cottage & Guesthouse on Copake Lake – Dramatic Sunsets

(22 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Elegant and charming 4 bedroom, 3 bath lakefront property with Western exposure

This is a uniquely charming two dwelling property on Copake Lake with outstanding views of the lake, mountains, sky, and sunsets.

The Main house is a 1950’s cottage that was expertly renovated in 2014. Decorated in an equally elegant and idiosyncratic country style. New mechanicals throughout, yet all the charm of the original cottage. The cottage is comprised of three main spaces …a master bedroom with a full private bathroom, a kitchen/dining area which opens onto the light-filled living room, and a bunkroom with two pairs of built in bunkbeds. A second bathroom is off of the living room and there is a loft space above with great light and views to the lake. Three pairs of French doors open up the West wall of the living room to a large wood deck, with wrap-around seating, overlooking the lake

The Guest house was built in the early ’80’s and is built into the hillside landscape which lends it a treehouse like quality. It has recently been converted to have a guest bedroom with a full, private bathroom as well as a laundry room below. The bedroom is a self-sufficient, light-filled room with a dresser, closet, coffee niche, under-counter refrigerator, electric kettle, plates, utensils, cutting board, and glassware. In the warmer months there is also a French cafe’ table and two chairs for the deck. Perfect for the in-laws, newlyweds, late sleepers, introverts, or the reclusive writer. It’s a vacation within a vacation when you sleep in the guest house.

Combined, the property has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and can sleep up to a maximum of 8 adults, in beds, comfortably. (please see rates for applicable fees)

The house is only a short 20-minute drive in either direction to two of the most charming towns in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. The town of Hudson, to the West, has many antique shops, restaurants, and bars and is situated right along the Hudson River. Great Barrington, to the East, is just over the Massachusetts border, is great for families ... there is a movie theater, two toy stores, and one of the largest candy stores around. Fine and casual dining is possible in both towns and along the roads between here and there.

This Copake Lakehouse is the ultimate four season rental. There is always something to do

To view additional photos, check out our Instagram and Tumblr accounts. We have also included a recent article in the WSJ:

Winter - Ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice-fishing are all possible right on Copake Lake when it freezes over around the beginning of January each winter. Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are 15-30 minutes away, respectively, at nearby Catamount Ski Area or Ski Butternut

Spring/Summer – Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing in the super clean and clear freshwater lake. The lake’s health is carefully monitored and maintained by the Copake Lake Conservation Society. Contact Copake Lake Boat and Ski for rates and availability of boat and paddle board rentals or for water skiing or wake boarding. (518) 325-5464

Autumn – Possibly the most beautiful time of year with colorful foliage and moderate temperatures … perfect for hiking at Bash Bish Falls and biking for miles on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Bike rentals are available at Bash Bish Bicycle (518) 329-4962.

Aside from all the sports and outdoor activities there are many ways to do nothing at all and simply enjoy relaxing in nature or a cozy spot inside. There is a hammock, Adirondack chairs, picnic table and benches, canvas folding chairs, a swim platform, upper decks, lower decks, and a dock all situated with spectacular views of the water and as much shade or sun as you like.

For those of you that love outdoor cooking there are two Weber grills as well as a smoker for making some real, low and slow smokey barbecue.

Whether it's a weekend getaway for the family, just the two of you, a small family reunion, or a group of friends on a ski or hiking trip ... you'll see that everything here is just right and filled with light. For every season there's a reason to come to Copake Lake.


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are a many steps and stairs to enter and move about the property...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master bedroom in cottage...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 4 bunk bed

    Pair of built in bunk beds with twin mattresses...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 king

    Guest house bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Full size mattress on floor of open loft space...moreless

  • The cottage has a master bedroom, bunkroom, and an open loft space The guest house has one bedroom...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Master bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    Antique tub with hand shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Guest House bathroom...moreless

  • The cottage has two bathrooms The guest house has one bathroom

Other Amenities

  • The various wood stairs and stone steps leading to wood decks and docks give the property a playful, chutes-and-ladders feel. There are many cozy spots to find sun or shade, a place for two to relax or everyone to hangout, a view to the sunset on the horizon or the moon and stars above...moreless


  • Books
  • Games:

    Board games, chess, checkers, playing cards, poker chips, dart board, and accessories turn the dining table into a ping pong table...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bookshelf stereo with radio and iPod dock...moreless

  • Toys:

    Legos, blocks, trucks, crayons, balls, etc....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Festivals
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives

Location Type

  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Antique French farm table that seats 8. Picnic table on upper deck seats 8 plus...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    AC units in cottage and ceiling fans The guest house has a ceiling fan and screens...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Available for weekly and monthly renters only...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Vermont Castings cast iron wood stove in stone hearth...moreless

  • Heating:

    The cottage has radiant floor heating and supplemental wall mounted heaters ...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking for two cars. Additional parking nearby...moreless

  • Telephone:

    House telephone for local calls and 911...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Available for weekly and monthly renters only...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Vermont Castings cast iron wood stove in stone hearth...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Technivorm auto-drip 10 cup coffee maker, Bialetti stove-top espresso maker, Chemex pour over carafe, Hario V60 Buono Kettle and a Rancillio Rocky electric coffee grinder...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plates, bowls, cutlery, and glassware for 12...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Miele ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen. All-Clad pots and pans. Filtered drinking water...moreless

  • Oven:

    Viking four burner stove and oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Various spices, oils and vinegars in pull-out pantry...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    GE Monogram side by side refrigerator in the cottage Under-counter refrigerator in the guest house ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Viking four burner stove and oven...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two slice Dualit toaster with bagel setting...moreless


  • Boat:

    Copake Lake Boat and Ski offer boat rentals. Please call them for rates and availability...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The cottage has 500 sq ft upper deck and steps lead to a 60' long dock with decks on either end The guest house has a 60 square foot deck. All with amazing views of the lake...moreless

  • Golf:

    The Copake Country Club is an 18 hole public course one mile away...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Three kayaks and one canoe. Paddles and life vests...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A garden & lawn is situated between the cottage and guest house. The cottage also has a side yard with a slate hearth and the smoker...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber charcoal grill, Weber gas grill, and a charcoal smoker...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    8' x 8' swim platform. Life vests...moreless



Write a review 5
from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$2,850 $10,200
Jun 1 - Sep 5, 2017
2 night min stay
$3,325 $12,000
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Housecleaning $175
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000


Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.

Rental agreement required.

Weekly rates are for Friday to Friday. Check in 4pm and Check out 11am

Weekend rates are for Friday to Sunday. Check in 4pm and Check out 4pm

Monthly is for the calendar month, 1st to 30th (28th,31st)

Holiday rates and minimums apply for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Please email for quote

All apologies, but, rates are not negotiable

Animal horns, fur throws, and two small taxidermy birds have been used to decorate the houses. If these make you uncomfortable this may not be a suitable rental house for you

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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57 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany International Airport - ALB
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Copake Country Club
14 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak - HUD
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Taconic State Parkway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Greens at Copake Country Club
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Catamount Ski Area

Car: Recommended

Bash Bish Falls, Catamount Aerial Adventure Park, Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Club Helsinki Hudson, Fish and Game Restaurant, The Prairie Whale Restaurant, Dutchess and Columbia County Fairs, Tanglewood, Thomas Cole House


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Father, Artist, Craftsman, Art Director, and Cook ... born and raised on the East Coast

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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Links to more information:



  • The Cottage in Autumn

    The Cottage in Autumn

  • The Cottage

    The Cottage

  • Dock


  • The Guest House in Autumn

    The Guest House in Autumn

  • The Guest House in Winter

    The Guest House in Winter

  • Guest House Bedroom

    Guest House Bedroom

  • Guest House Bathroom

    Guest House Bathroom

  • Upper Deck

    Upper Deck

  • Lower Deck

    Lower Deck

  • Dock in winter

    Dock in winter

  • Guest House Bedroom

    Guest House Bedroom

  • Guest House Bedroom

    Guest House Bedroom

VRBO #685144

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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