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Private Lakefront Cabin with Wood Burning Sauna, Snowshoes, Fireplace and Views!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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About the property

3 Bed, 1 Bath, Sauna, Paddleboard, Kayak, Direct Lakefront, Great View

Get away from civilization and back to nature in this immaculate European style chalet on very pretty and remote Charley Lake. The cabin is all windows so you can enjoy the beauty of the lake and the surrounding mountains from the inside as well as on hikes and adventures.

3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bath, sleeps up to 6, however is the perfect romantic getaway for two!

Guests have use of the private wood fired sauna (great after a cool dip in the lake or roll in the snow), an indoor fireplace and an outdoor fire pit for stargazing and marshmallow roasting.


This is a great spot for skiers, snowmobilers, cross country skiing and snowshoe enthusiasts. This cabin was built to take advantage of the beautiful winters here. Exceptionally private, we are the only cabin open in winter on our side of the lake. Exceptionally quiet, the only sounds you will hear are birds, owls and the occasional coyote cry from the surrounding mountains.

The cozy Dutch fireplace will take the chill off after your outdoor activities, or, for a full body bone thawing, relax in the lakeside steam sauna.

Snowmobiling - we are right on the snowmobile trail, no need to haul sleds anywhere. Snowmobile rentals nearby or bring your own. Thousands of miles of trails from here to Canada! We are near a lesser used trail, so it is not noisy here.

Skiing - fabulous, fun, family friendly local Oak Ski Mountain is just 10 minutes away. A unique small town mountain with big ideas, they have sledding and other winter activities for the kids, great food, fun bar and live music too! Gore is 40 minute drive. Lapland Lake is one of the best cross country ski resorts in the east, 30 minute drive, Garnett Hiil is also amazing, about 1 hour drive.

Fishing - this lake is known for it's ice fishing. You'll likely have all the fish in the lake to yourselves in winter.

Sauna - the lakeside wood fired steam sauna is terrific after a roll in the snow.

Snowshoes - we supply 4 sets - take them across the lake or venture out onto the trails and through the woods.

Hiking - we supply a list of fun winter hikes, including waterfalls which are beautiful in winter.


Swim, kayak, canoe, paddle board, read, bbq, hike, stargaze or do nothing but relax! It is simple, peaceful and quiet here. We supply one stand up paddle board, one kayak, one 2 person canoe and very nice lake floats.

The lake and dock are just 15 feet from the house, great for kids and for swimming. Loons live on this lake, their call is an amazing thing to experience.

Great hiking and beautiful waterfalls nearby, we supply a full list of nature hikes, restaurants, museums and things to do. Saratoga and Lake George are one hour drive, Lake Placid is two. Gorgeous drives to many surrounding lakes in this area.

If you are interested in more action, 15 minutes in either direction are surrounding towns which have restaurants, bigger lakes, more hiking, free tennis, basketball, beaches and some stunning waterfalls.

Cooks will be thrilled with the exceptional and well stocked chefs kitchen. You are also welcome to use the Weber Charcoal Grill outside.


There are 3 bedrooms. Upstairs is an open loft bedroom with queen mattress which is a sleep number so you can adjust firmness on both sides to make both happy! Downstairs are two bedrooms, each with one double bed, one bedroom also has a fun single loft bunk, for a total of 4 beds in house. There is one bathroom (shower only). We recently added a hand crafted outside bar to the deck, great for enjoying your coffee in AM or glass of wine in PM while overlooking the lake. Lap blankets also supplied for those cooler days.

The view across the lake is of wooded land and mountains, just a few houses in sight. Comes with Weber charcoal grill, full chefs kitchen with Viking gas stove and convection oven, dishwasher, good dishes and very high quality pots and pans. High speed internet and a landline provided (no cell service here!). Huge flat screen TV for watching Netflix movies, but no cable. Dine at the table for 6 with lake view or eat lakeside on the picnic table. Front lawn has adirondack chairs for drinking in the piece and quiet and the views, more seating found around the fire pit.

What's to LOVE? The house has amazing views, is quiet, charming and eco friendly, cabin is new and kept in immaculate condition so even the most discerning should be very pleased. Nice privacy (most private in winter) and on a unusually peaceful mountain lake. We supply detailed lists of where to go and what do to in the area, and the house is well stocked with things to make your stay easy and breezy - just bring food and we do ask you to bring your own towels.

What might you NOT Love? The well water has naturally occurring iron (minerals) in it which turns it a slight yellow color. Although perfectly fine to use and drink, we provide filtered drinking water for guest comfort. The eco friendly waterfront septic is too sensitive to allow for use of a washer/dryer - so we don't have them. We provide nice quality linens for the beds, bath mats, hand and kitchen towels, but ask guests to please bring their own bath and beach towels, or, for an additional cleaning fee, we will supply bath towels. There is a laundromat down the road a bit.

Also, RECYCLES are a real hassle here. Guests who choose to stay here must agree to take home what you brought in. Leaving a few is fine (less than one bag in total!) but must follow the towns strict recycle rules - they must be kept clean and separate from garbage. We (i.e. the housekeeper) then have to take them to the dump and separate them into bins by hand. She simply cannot handle this task if large amounts are left. So - our general rule here is similar to camping - if you brought it in, you must agree to take it out.

Max 6 persons (includes children). Rates provided are for 2 guests, there is a $10 per person, per day fee for additional persons, regardless of age.

This is a NO SMOKING, NO PETS (no exceptions, sorry!), NO LOUD NOISE and allergen free home. Due to the quiet nature of this lake, we ask that guests refrain from outside music or any loud disturbances, particularly at night - sounds carry easily across lakes disturbing others. So this is NOT the right place if your group is not able to keep noise down, but it IS a great place to find some peace and quiet.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
26 March, 2017

About Maura

David and Maura spend lots of time in the Adirondacks year round. We swim, flat water and white water kayak, paddle board, hike, downhill ski, snowshoe, cross country, snowmobile and simply chill up here.

Maura has a family camp nearby, her family has been coming here for 60 years. We live and work in NYC, it's a 4 hour drive, just put in a book on tape, and in no time we are in paradise. Dave and Maura both work for themselves, and are working hard towards an early retirement to the Adirondacks.

Maura purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Maura chose New York

A true Adirondack Mountaintop Spring Fed Lake. Very private area, very pretty house, great lake and view. Sights and sounds of wildlife surround the house.

What makes this cabin unique

Unusually nice home, immaculately clean.

Chefs kitchen with great pots and pans.

Wood Fired Sauna, swimming beach, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and snowmobiling available right from the house. 4 sets snowshoes provided.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Wells

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Wood paneled high ceiling bathroom with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , Small downstairs bedroom with double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Open Loft Bedroom Upstairs. Adjustable Mattress.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Downstairs bedroom with double bed and single loft bed
  • The Upstairs Loft Master Bedroom is open to the main room (no walls) There are two small bedrooms downstairs, both have one double bed, and one of them also has a fun loft that can sleep one person or possibly two smaller children.
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

Private Lakefront Cabin with Wood Burning Sauna, Snowshoes, Fireplace and Views!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews
Buffalo, NY

Nice Home

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for sharing your home with us. The property is clean and well maintained.

However, this is more a summer gateway. It is private in winter, but in summer your neighbors are extremely close. Not too many hikes close to the property. We will stick with the high peaks area and go back to Keene Valley.

Best regards,


  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
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A Quiet Place for R&R

  • 5 of 5

I loved the cabin and the little lake. The whole setting provided a restful time away from home and work. Mid-October meant almost no neighbors. The quiet itself was healing. The wood stove easily heated the cabin & the furnace did not run until the last day when I had to clean the ashes out. Well-equipped kitchen. Wonderful library of books, too!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional getaway

  • 5 of 5

This property has all the amenities of home. The owners have taken the time to attend to every detail for our comfort. The property is beautiful overlooking Charley lake. This is our third time vacationing here and we definitely will be back next year in both summer and fall . We highly recommend this vacation getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace, beauty and taste!

  • 5 of 5

This Adirondack home is a hidden gem. The property itself is beautiful, the amenities and decor tasteful and comforting. We bring our family to the mountains every Fall and this, by far, was our favorite. I'm not sure if it was easy access to nearby trails, the solitude of being engulfed by the mountains lit up with the colors of Fall or the sauna! That was phenomenal!! We highly recommend a stay here!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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So peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided to plan a last minute anniversary weekend trip to the Adirondaks and located this property...and we were so pleased we did! The level of communication with Maura was excellent from the beginning and she quickly answered my inquiry. She kept in contact with us during our trip up to the lake to provide us updates on the power outage (unfortunate). We arrived after sunset so we were unable to really appreciate the beauty and serenity of this unbelievable location until sunrise the next morning. This type of property and its location were exactly what I had desired and envisioned-peace, quiet, nature, and spending quality time together to relax. This property certainly delivered it all. We never even missed having cell service. We had the lake mostly to ourselves. The setting is perfect, the owner is professional and friendly, and the time we spent at this lake house was priceless. We are already planning our return trip.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is our new favorite spot in the Adirondacks. We had hoped for a place where we could relax and have fun with our four children without the need to hop in the car, and that is exactly what we found at Charlie Lake. The owners have thought of everything. The kitchen, though small, was very well equipped, and it was easy to prepare almost all of our meals there. The sandy, shallow-edged lake was wonderful for our youngest, a non-swimmer, and we all enjoyed the kayak, canoe, and paddleboard. This is a great lake for swimming (not as cold as some deeper, larger lakes). The setting is quiet, and we loved waking up to the sound of loons calling to one another on the water. On a cold day, we enjoyed the indoor woodstove, and on warmer mornings, we all ate breakfast on the deck overlooking the lake. The cabin itself feels much larger than it is, due to its excellent design and soaring ceiling. Everything was clean and comfortable. We cannot recommend this property enough. This is a very, very special place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Car: necessary

The Southern Adirondacks have very picturesque lakes, mountains, waterfalls and hiking. Only 4 hour drive from Manhattan, but feels like a thousand miles away :)

Hiking, skiing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, waterskiing, antiquing, reading, wiring, painting, sleeping, eating, relaxing, and enjoying are favorite pastimes in this area.

There is a very fun little zoo nearby, the Adirondack Museum is a MUST visit. Saratoga Springs and Lake George are a 1 hour drive from here.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Wells

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Last Minute Dates REDUCED
26 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
Early Spring
31 Mar 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
14 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Weekend
26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
29 May 2017 - 15 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
16 Jun 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
4 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
Fall Foliage
29 Sep 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
Late October
9 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall
30 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$144
Refundable Damage Deposit A$654

For holiday, school break and event weeks minimum stay and rates may be higher, please inquire

Guests must agree to and sign our lease with terms and conditions of stay.

NO PETS here, NO SMOKING, NO PARTIES or additional guests other than those listed on lease.

Boats are available for use May 15-Nov 1.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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