Palmer Point is one the oldest cottage colonies in the Adirondacks. We have been in continuous operation since 1895 offering cottage and boat rentals. Palmer Point is close to all area attractions, but in a quiet, lake front setting. Sights include hiking trails, horseback riding, Enchanted Forest/Water Safari water park, The Wild Nature Center, river rafting, restaurants, Inlet Golf Course, Thendera Golf Course, on Fourth Lake, Fulton Chain of Lakes, movie theater, gift shops, souvenir shops, ice cream stands, Arrowhead Park events such as July Fourth fireworks, Black Fly Challenge race, bike rentals. The Main House, with its screened in porch and big fireplace is perfect for breezy days and cozy nights. It is located right on the waterfront with a spectacular view across Fourth Lake.
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
5 bedroom Palmer House sleeps 9
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 17, 2018
Why Cindy chose Old Forge
Palmer Point has proudly served the public since 1895. It is a beautiful property. The view of Fourth Lake is spectacular. The Palmer House is wonderful and has an amazing porch steps from the water.
What makes this House unique
We rent boats of all kinds: pontoon, sail boats, row boats, canoes, kayaks, SUPs and offer a discount to our guests. (kayaks and canoes can be reserved at no charge) Our children, nieces, nephews, and friends work at Palmer Point during the summer. It’s a wonderful place for them to learn and practice excellent customer service skills. We are passionate about providing a wonderful place for families to enjoy the Adirondacks.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great snowmobiling experience at the Palmer House
We had a group 10 adults and the house was plenty big! Great access to fourth lake and trail 5. True cabin feel! Owners were great to deal with. Would definitely come again!
great adirondack setting !
great place for any season ! we greatly enjoyed our stay in mid winter
palmer house was nice and cozy warm when arrived, and no problems with getting around, even though we had 12" of snow .comfortable , clean and cozy best describes our time there .
Palmer House is a beautiful spacious cottage in Palmer Point. The new owners acquired the property from Mr. Palmer , who had it in his family since the ADK's were being settled. They have managed to update what was necessary yet maintain the authentic old Adirondack charm and simplicity.
There are comfortable beds, a screened in porch over- looking the lake, a beautiful stone fireplace, updated kitchen and 2 modern bathrooms. The old photos, maps, magazines and games of by gone days give it that authentic feel and are fun to enjoy on a rainy day.
Palmer House is the largest cottage in a small compound with other cottages ( perfect if you have a large group gathering, our family rented 3 for a family reunion). There is a sandy beach with shallow entry into the lake. There is a large dock with Adirandack chairs that a perfect for sipping your morning coffee or evening beverage.
I must comment about a previous review about the gas pump and pontoon boats. The pump itself is not at all that close to Palmer House. Boats coming in for gas park at the end of a long dock. We never smelled gas fumes. They do rent out pontoon boats. Usually people pick up around 9 am, and return around 5 pm. Most of the boats are out all day. We rather enjoyed watching the boating activity.
Palmer House is a clean, authentic Adirondack cottage that accommodates a large family or group comfortably.
Warning- Pictures & Description Are Not Accurate
My family absolutely adores the ADK; unfortunately, we cannot say the same thing for the Palmer House. It is important for other prospective renters to know the following:
1. The listing states that the Palmer House "is located right on the waterfront with a spectacular view across Fourth Lake." While the Palmer House is waterfront, it's view is nearly completely obstructed by the pontoon boats that they rent and dock directly in front (within 5 feet) of the screened in porch. This occurs day and night.
2. The Palmer House is part of a heavily trafficked gas station. The pictures do not show the view of the gas tank, a few mere feet from the screened in porch, and the gas pump that is also nearby. When the gas tanker arrived to fill up the gas tank, it was during our lunchtime. This resulted in the smell of gasoline pervading the inside of the Palmer House and forcing us to quickly finish up our lunch and leave for the rest of the day (It was that bad....). Similarly, anytime a boater came for a fill-up, the smell of gas overwhelmed the screened in porch causing you to flee.
3. This listing also states that the Palmer House's amenities include, among other things, bicycles, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. These items are not included as part of the rental as you would expect for something listed as an amenity. Instead, for an additional price, they can be rented. That is not clear from the listing.
4. The drawers and closets are inexplicably cluttered with what can be only described as junk, and also there piles of YEARS old magazines. Both of which leave the impression that no one cares about the state of the Palmer House.
5. While the main level bathroom has been updated and there is a new stainless refrigerator and a new stainless stove, the rest of the place clearly needs a lot of TLC (which includes a thorough cleaning).
We could go on and on....
In sum, my family will most certainly return to the ADK, but will not return to the Palmer Point property again. We sincerely feel that we were victims of a classic "bait and switch" and want others to be forewarned.
At Palmer Point, we take all feedback, both helpful and hurtful, very seriously as we are always trying to improve the experience for our guests. I’ll address Sara’s points and then I’ll tell you a little more about our interactions with her, if you care to stick around. This is going to be lengthy, though. There’s a lot to tell.
I’m the owner of Palmer Point and every one of the pictures you see is authentic and true to what the house looks like. It is a lovely house with an amazing porch. Yes we rent boats and cottages and we have bikes, canoes, kayaks and SUPs for rent. We do allow guests of the Palmer House to use them without extra charge. All you have to do is be polite and ask.
The view of Fourth Lake is spectacular. We have ten pontoon boats that go out between 9-10am daily. Multi-generational groups come with their coolers and fishing poles, board the boats and take off. The rest of the day is absolutely peaceful. We do get busy sometimes selling gas to boaters on the lake but customers are polite and quiet.
The gas truck arrives once or twice per week and stays for 15 minutes. The tank is covered with landscaping but you can see it. In fact, Sara chose to use it to dry her children’s bathing suits and life jackets, which surprised us because nobody ever did that before. Many of the houses in the area have propane tanks very close to the buildings that are exposed for easy access by trucks that come to fill them. This is not unusual and our tank looks similar to that. Yes you can smell fumes when the tank is being filled. Again, that lasts about 15 minutes and there isn’t anything we can do about it.
Sara arrived early on Saturday while our cleaning service was still getting the house ready. Check-in is 4pm and they got there around 1pm. They started unloading and insisted on putting food in the fridge but our cleaning service pushed back and made them wait. They began unpacking and put great pressure on us to hurry up. We let them in early and I inspected the house. It looked great. I asked her husband Sean if everything looked good and he said yes and seemed pleased.
Sara said the closets had junk in them. There are two hall closets that nobody uses that have junk like flashlights and extra household items and the laundry room shelves have some stuff on them. Nobody has ever complained about this nor do they care but you can rest assured that we will clean out our closets this fall!
A Beautiful Getaway from Home
The Palmer House is beautiful and is seated right on 4th lake. The screened in porch butts right up to the water. The house is spacious which suits our family since my brother and I share the house with our children. There is plenty of room for the kids to run and a nearby beach for them to swim. The kitchen is large and great for making big family meals! Overall, it is a great place to stay! I've been coming up to the Adirondacks since I was born (so that makes it 39 years now). It is my favorite place in the world. You have water, beach, hiking, woods, mountains, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, great food, family, gift shops and plenty to do with kids like mini golf, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Bingo, and more!
Perfect Adirondack place for families!
We had a really great time @ Palmer Point! The main house is much bigger than the pictures look, we were very impressed with everything.The people are so friendly, it was like we'd known them for years. Their hospitality was superb! I highly recommend Palmer Point, that is if you want "the perfect place" on Fourth Lake!
Located off Rt. 28 just 7 miles east of Old Forge on the shores of beautiful 4th Lake in the Central Adirondack Mountains, and only minutes from the towns of Eagle Bay and Inlet.
Cruise the Fulton Chain of Lakes and enjoy the scenic views.
Surround yourself with beautiful evergreens and rustic flare.
Make Palmer Point
your next vacation destination.