About the property
- House2200 sqft
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay7 nights
3 bedroom, 2 full & 2 half bathrooms, directly on very private wooded lake.
Tucked into the hillside above the serene waters of crystal-clear Uncas Lake, this comfortable cottage is surrounded by its own wooded grounds with private lake frontage. Guests can enjoy the canoe provided, fishing, swimming, wildlife and tranquility (no motor boats are allowed on the lake). You may spot otters, beavers and ospreys diving for fish in the calm waters, deer in the woods and wild turkey from the balcony or one of the two decks. Inside the spacious cottage are cedar-paneled walls, cathedral ceilings and a office/library with books and games. Enjoy beautiful lake views from almost every room and the large screened porch. The main floor has a full kitchen, study with full bath, master bedroom with queen bed and full bath, great room with fireplace, huge screened porch, and outside decks, all overlooking the lake. Upstairs is a balcony overlooking the great room, 2 bedrooms and a 1/2 bath,. Downstairs, game room, 2 dressing rooms, 1/2 bath, washer and dryer. Yard, Dock, Raft, Boats.
Stephen and Carol Huber
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 24, 2018
About Stephen and Carol Huber
Stephen & Carol Huber are internationally know as the leaders in the field of antique needlework. They live on the same lake and enjoy swimming, boating, and family gatherings. You can find out more about them by simply goggling - Stephen and Carol - really.
Stephen and Carol Huber purchased this House in 1994
Why Stephen and Carol Huber chose Lyme
Lyme, Connecticut is known for it's unspoiled rural beauty. Uncas Lake is nestled in thousands of acres of state forest and Lyme conservation land. The access driveway to the cottage is a 3/4 mile long private gravel lane. People often comment that they feel like they are on a small undeveloped lake in the middle of Maine, even though they are just 10 min. from I-95. You can't find a more centrally located, pleasant, private, tranquil, place to relax and/or explore the Connecticut River valley, Long Island Sound, and the many attractions between New York City and Boston.
What makes this House unique
You will return home filled with wonderful memories of exploring New England, sunbathing on the dock, boating and swimming in the crystal clean waters of Uncas Lake, and candlelight dinners on the screened porch with friends and family.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Three weeks of beautiful views, crystal clear lake and QUIET!
Just last week we finished a three week stay in this home on Uncas Lake. We could not have been more pleased, in any way, with our stay. Once you have arrived here you will be surprised to realize you are still in Connecticut. The rugged landscape on the drive in puts you in any part of Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire you want to be in. It is absolutely beautiful.
Upon our arrival we found the house to be extremely clean and ready for guests. The large screened in porch is where you will find yourself most of the day if you are not out canoeing, kayaking or sailing on the lake. It offers great views of the lake in an outdoor setting insect free. We found ourselves taking most of our meals on this great porch.
This location is unique due to the fact that most of the land surrounding the lake is part of the Nehantic State Forest. Due to this fact the lake is quite sparsely populated and because there are no motors of any kind allowed on the lake it is very very quiet and relaxing.
Our hosts, Carol and Steve could not possibly be any more welcoming and gracious. They were extremely quick to respond to any questions we had or any need that arose. You would be hard pressed to find better hosts.
You could not possibly be disappointed with a vacation here. And lest I forget, if you like to fish you will be very happy to find yourself on one of the best fishing lakes in the state.
Very relaxing and peaceful
Our stay here was everything we hoped it would be. We had no "plans" for the week other than to enjoy our location. We did just that! Other than short drives to hiking trails, we had no need to leave this house. The view is absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed evenings on the deck listening to nature's sounds while playing games, reading books, doing puzzles, or simply just sitting there. The lake is clean. We enjoyed swimming, fishing, sun bathing, rowing in the canoe. Steve & Carol are super nice people.
Very quite and private spot on a very clean pond.
Stayed for a week and enjoyed ourselves the whole time. Plenty to do at camp or short drives to attractions.
A lovely, quiet hideaway, on a pristine lake!
This was just what we were looking for! The house is spacious and airy, with a fabulous screened-in porch. Since it is set so far back from all roads, and is positioned in a declivity, there were no road sounds, indeed, no noise of civilization whatsoever! It was incredibly peaceful. And the water was WONDERFUL! Clean and clear and deep! And warm as well! The swimming was excellent! We swam and boated every day, with enormous enjoyment.
We had lots of great bird sightings - kingfishers, tanagers, hawks, cormorant, and the best - a night heron!! The waterlilies and other water plants were varied and fascinating as well. We did not get a chance to do any fishing, but saw many happy fishermen on the lake. I think this spot is ideal for anyone who enjoys fishing, birdwatching, or immersion in nature of any sort.
We had a wonderful week here - comfortable both in the house and on the water. We hope to be able to do this again!
Not what we expected
The property was clean and the owners are quite friendly and took care of some minor concerns very quickly. A few things to note of importance is that this home is not air conditioned. There are 2 window units (1 in master bed, 1 in upstairs bed). Our stay was during an epic heat wave and these units were not what we expected to have as a home listed with air conditioning. Also, the two upstairs bedrooms have mattresses that have seen better decades. We actually used several comforters to cushion ourselves from the springs. There are no window coverings for the living area and outside patio which would have helped tremendously during the aforementioned heat wave. The pathway to the lake is long and all stairs, so just be aware of this with elderly or young kids. For some reason, we did not get directions from the owners before our trip and Waze had a hard time finding it, namely because of the mile long driveway.
We would like to thank our guests for their review. We hope your stay was pleasant in spite of your unfulfilled expectations. A few comments, the heat wave was unusual but prudent use of the floor standing fans with the AC units has always been more than adequate in the past. Because the house is located in the woods, on a lake with incredible views, and no one around, we have chosen to celebrate the view and not have shades in the great room. We will consider your suggestion for window coverings and look into the mattresses upstairs even though this is the only time they have been mentioned. GPS has not been a problem in the past, but we now also provide directions. The house is about 30 feet above the dock. Many of our guests have returned multiple times and currently 7 weeks in 2017 are booked by returning guests.
Laurel Cottage is a charming, friendly, relaxing, clean, comfortable, well kept and well appointed cottage on the water..... we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our family of four had the perfect combination of fun on the water, beautiful evenings on the screened porch, fabulous dinners in local restaurants and terrific day trips to the museums, the beach, farmer's market and antique shops. We love to cook and found the local grocery store to have excellent high end provisions and the kitchen was easy to prepare a complete dinner in. The owners Steve and Carol were attentive, available, informative and very welcoming. We've already booked next summer's vacation !
Tucked into the hillside above the serene waters of crystal-clear Uncas Lake, this comfortable cottage is surrounded by its own wooded grounds with private lake frontage. Guests can enjoy the canoe provided, fishing, swimming, wildlife and tranquility (no motor boats are allowed on the lake). You may spot otters, beavers and ospreys diving for fish in the calm waters, deer in the woods and wild turkey from the balcony or one of the two decks. Inside the spacious cottage are cedar-paneled walls, cathedral ceilings and a office/library with books and games. Enjoy beautiful lake views from almost every room and the large screened porch. Old Lyme offers art galleries, craft shops and a choice of gourmet dining. Nearby are the villages of the Connecticut River Valley, with sandy ocean beaches just eight miles away. Accommodations: Ground floor: very spacious living/dining room with cathedral ceiling, lake views, open fireplace and door to screened deck; well equipped kitchen; queen bed bedroom with lake views and en suite bath; study; bathroom. 2nd floor; galleried landing; with a half bath and two bedrooms—each with 2 twin beds. Lower ground floor: half-bath; changing rooms; laundry area; door to grounds. Balcony, two decks, wooded grounds and dock. Cable TV, Wifi, washer/ dryer, dishwasher, microwave, barbecue. No pets. No smoking. Location: Centrally located 3 miles from I-95 at the mouth of the Connecticut River in quiet, rural Lyme, Connecticut. One hour 45 minutes to New York, two hours to Boston or New Hampshire, 45 minutes to Hartford, 30 minutes to New Haven, one hour to Newport. Attractions: Close to quaint New England towns of Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Essex, Chester, Mystic and others. Museums nearby include; Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, Florence Griswold Museum, Connecticut River Museum, Gillette's Castle, US Naval Submarine Base and Museum, Peabody Museum and Yale Collections, Indian Museum at Foxwoods and Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport. Live theater at the Goodspeed Opera House in Haddam, CT