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

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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.

More Details

Vincent & Natasha Mazeau
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2018

About Vincent & Natasha Mazeau

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

Vincent & Natasha Mazeau purchased this cottage in 2012


Copake Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Antique tub with hand shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Guest House bathroom
  • The cottage has two bathrooms The guest house has one bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom in cottage
    Bedroom 3 - 4 bunk bed , Pair of built in bunk beds with twin mattresses
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Guest house bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Full size mattress on floor of open loft space
  • The cottage has a master bedroom, bunkroom, and an open loft space The guest house has one bedroom
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
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


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Peaceful, Sun-Drenched Cottage & Guesthouse on Copake Lake – Dramatic Sunsets
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews
New York, NY

Simply amazing

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying at this property and I am in love! It has every amenity you could possibly need for a relaxing weekend off the grid. My friends and I really enjoyed our time here. It’s so cozy and comfortable and is exactly what we needed. Can’t wait to come back! Thank you so much Vincent & Natasha!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location and setting

Couldn't ask for anything more

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here over the summer with a few girlfriends for a weekend trip, and it was absolutely perfect! Both the main house & back house accommodated our group very comfortably, and I could not get over how nice everything was! From the cozy bed linens to the lovely kitchen setup, it was the perfect home to spend a peaceful weekend on the lake. We also caught some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen! I would 100% stay here again & I highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway from the noisy city.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply WOW-ed

  • 5 of 5

I really cannot say enough good about our stay at Copake Lake. Natasha and Vincent are so thorough and helpful prior to the trip that you literally arrive with no questions whatsoever. The house is incredible. Very well maintained and clean. Slept with the windows opened and enjoyed the wonderful peace. The water is warm and clean. The swim dock is a great place to relax as is the ample waterside dock. This property seemingly has some of the most lake frontage around yet it is super private. Trust me, you'll never want to leave. We started looking at property before we ever left. You've definitely found the place for your getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bergenfield, NJ

Perfect lake house getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Natasha and Vince's lake house was perfect for our family in every way. We loved the attention to detail throughout, the privacy, the access to the lake and the canoe, kayaks, and SUPs, the great toys for the kids to play with, and so much more. Can't wait to come back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful, relaxing weekend

  • 5 of 5

Love the house, thank you so much for sharing. The location is unbeatable and the house is well appointed- everything you need and nothing more. It was great to take a break from the crazy news and lose ourselves in Connect 4, cooking and swimming.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Albany International Airport - ALB
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Copake Country Club
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak - HUD
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Taconic State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Greens at Copake Country Club
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Property Damage Protection $79
Housecleaning $175

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 as well as certain time periods during the year. 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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