Eagle Nest is a unique gem of a Great Camp nestled in a private, pristine lakefront Adirondack setting. The property extends over 2000 acres encompassing 3 lakes, connected through two channels where beaver, blue heron, eagles and otters are often spotted.
The Main lodge, guest cottage and laundry house include 22 guest rooms for a maximum total of 40 guests (7 kings, 3 queens, the rest single or double twins) all with their own bathroom, and many with their own fireplace and walk-in closets.
The Main lodge features a warm, cozy but spacious Classic Great room with huge fireplace, innumerable Adirondack details,custom made furniture, card tables and reading nooks. The birch-bark wrapped dining room has an expandable main dining table to sit 10 – 30 people, as well as a beautiful, covered octagonal porch overlooking the lake, with comfortable sofas for outdoor dining or relaxing. The professional kitchen feature:s a walk-in fridge chamber; industrial twin range, with separate grill top; 2 dishwashers; standing fridge and freezer; food pantry; butler's pantry. Fun gathering areas include the library study, sleep-in screened porch and downstairs, a real 1930’s Speakeasy bar room with pool table, foozeball and table tennis room.
The property is perfect for exploring the outdoors. Whether on the lakes fishing or boating, or swimming or in the woods where miles of marked trails for mountain biking or hiking, or across the fairways of this former 9-hole golf course, guests have the chance to experience life in the Adirondacks in the luxurious exclusivity of their own private estate. There are only four other boat-houses in the four miles Utowana and Eagle Lakes, and these spring-fed lakes boast some of the cleanest, purest water in the Adirondack park.
Location: Eagle Nest was built in 1937 on a private estate (and former golf course) 3 miles from town of Blue Mountain Lake, New York in the heart of the Adirondacks: 2 hours north of Albany, 2 hours south of Lake Placid and the High Peaks, and 3 hours south of Montreal. Eagle Nest owns all the land around Eagle Lake and much of the land around both Utowana Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. Most of the land is under conservation easements with numerous trails for walking, bike-riding, x-country skiing.
The carefully preserved Great Camp complex includes:
- Main Lodge, Guest House, Boat House
- Lakeside Lean-to, Airplane hangar, Tennis Court
Main Lodge: 15,000 sqft, 9 unique guest rooms, (3 kings, 3 queens, the rest double-twin suites & single bedrooms); each room has own bath and walk in closet, several with fireplace; staff quarters can sleep 6 comfortably.
Guest House: 5,000 sqft, 6 double-twin guest bedrooms, 1 double bedroom; each room has own bath, walk in closets, all but one have own fireplace; living room; small kitchen; porch.
Laundry House: 400 sq ft cozy romantic studio cottage with bathroom, kitchenette and walk in closet
Boat House: 2 floor boathouse with large deck, 3 available boat slips; (Boat livery on Blue Mountain Lake rents boats and will deliver to Eagle Nest dock); ping-pong room; Second floor great room; 2 bathrooms. 4 canoes available for use free of charge.
Activities: Summer / Spring: Hiking, biking (mountain biking and on-road), swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, fishing , sailing, paddle-boarding, yoga and wildlife viewing (guides & all equipment can be hired locally.)
Fall / Winter: Hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing. (guides & all equipment can be hired locally.)
Indoors: Card tables, board games, pool table, ping-pong table, Flat screen TV.
Attractions Nearby: Adirondack Museum, Lake Placid, WILD Center Tupper Lake, North Creek white water rafting, Gore Mountain skiing,
Eagle Nest in further detail:
Built in 1937 by the Hochschild family and William Dustin, great camp architect to the Rockefellers, as a vacation village of buildings on a golf course. Eagle Nest was originally complete with riding stables and dairy, chicken house, ice house, boat house, laundry house, tennis courts, croquet pitch, and vegetable and flower gardens. Today many of these structures remain, reminders of the days when traveling to the Adirondacks demanding a journey of several days and sojourns lasted for several months.
Located in the heart of the Adirondacks Park, on its own 2000 acres around a chain of 3 lakes, Eagle Nest is a pristine wilderness property, with miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking in the summer, skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, abundant wildlife In the peace of the forests, lakes, and the expansive ranges of the former golf course.
Spring / Summer
Eagle Nest boasts an abundance of summer fun with something for everyone. Hiking, biking (mountain biking and on-road), dipping or swimming the one mile length of Eagle Lake 4 miles with larger neighboring lakes, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, fishing, waterskiing, sailing, paddle-boarding, yoga on the covered porch and wildlife viewing excursions on the lakes. Locally there are pontoon and motor boats for hire and guided historical tours of the three lakes make for wonderful outings.
Fall / Winter
Hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing in the Fall, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing on the frozen lake are some ways to discover the magic of Eagle Nest in its winter white.
INDOORS AT EAGLE NEST
The fireplace and its surrounding comfortable sofas, reading area and various card tables, make for a cozy scene in the great room, regardless of the season.
At the end of a long mine-shaft of a corridor is an intimate secret Speakeasy bar, where, transported back to the prohibition days of the 1930’s, guests are invited to try their skill at the pool table, ping-pong table, or get competitive with cards.
The house sleeps 26 guests in Adirondack rustic elegance, plus an additional 6 basic rooms for your organizers or children. Main house has 4 unique double suites each with two twin beds and en-suite bathroom as well as five single rooms, each with their own bathrooms. The guest cottage has lovely 6 double rooms each with two twin beds, en-suite bathroom and fireplace, as well as one single room. In addition, the staff quarters in the Main house host three single rooms with shared bathroom and one triple room with en-suite bathroom.
While Eagle Nest prides itself on being far removed from the bustle of the world, the property has been used as a corporate retreat for the past two decades and has been updated for the convenience of its guests with certain modern amenities. There is WIFI access in the main building, a large screen television in the library and the great room over the boat house is complete with projector equipment, seating and tables, bathroom facilities and a separate reception room for meals or breaks, complete with large stone fireplace.
Blue Mountain is home to the Adirondack Museum, one of the foremost regional museums in the world, with exhibits covering all aspects of the history, people and wildlife in an outdoor setting of 22 cabins and buildings, overlooking the lake. The museum often hosts demonstrations, lectures and fairs, including axe-wielding Adirondack Mountain Men and the nationally renowned Rustic Furniture Fair.
To the East, lie the majority of the High Peaks, 46 mountains over 4000 ft, each unique experiences to climb – some as single-day excursions and others as multi-day challenges.
To the South, North Creek is home to several river rafting adventure companies, as well as strong downhill skiing at Gore mountain, Balloon touring and the North Creek railway.
To the North, Lake Placid village was host to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, and offers a range of activities from downhill skiing at the legendary Whiteface Mountain to the only public bobsled and luge runs in the country. The great athletes of the world come to practice at Lake Placid, and their games and rehearsals are often open to the public.