The Copake Lake House Residence

copake lake, hudson valley
3 bedroom - 3 bath
(3 reviews)
Travel dates:
$575 - $625 per night (USD)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 queen
2 bunk bed
sleeps 1
1 travel crib

Perks for the Parents

This magical waterfront property located right on Copake Lake in the Hudson Valley offers outstanding views of the lake and mountains from two beautifully renovated dwellings; a cottage and a guest house. The property sleeps 8. It is the perfect spot to escape everyday life and kick back in nature, taking in the serene surroundings from the hammock, decks or dock situated with spectacular views of the water, or take advantage of the lakeside waters sports with the 3 kayaks, 3 paddleboards and a canoe provided. There are gas and charcoal Weber grills as well as a smoker for low and slow bbq for evening cookouts and a fire pit for storytelling and s’more-making. Travel with extended family or friends and take advantage of the two structures on the property – a main house with two bedrooms and a one bedroom guest house built into the lakefront bluff, creating a treehouse-like quality.

Why Kids Love it

The house conjures summer camp vibes with a fun built-in bunk bed room for the kids, 25+ board games, Legos, blocks, trucks, crayons, balls and accessories to turn the dining table into a place to play ping pong. Outside, there’s no shortage of kid-friendly activities year-round on or near Copake Lake. In the spring and summer there’s swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing in the clear freshwater lake. Pontoon boats, water skiing and wake boarding can also be arranged. In Autumn kids can jump around in the colorful foliage, hike at Bish Bash Falls or bike along the Harlem Valley River Trail. In the winter, ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice-fishing are all possible on Copake Lake when weather and conditions permit. Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are 15 to 30 minutes away at nearby Catamount Ski Area or Ski Butternut.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 2 nights year-round with a maximum of 8 guests. Holiday rates apply and 3 nights are required over holiday weekends. One of the two staircases leading to the dock does not have a handrail, so young children should be watched at all times. There is no fence separating the houses from the water, children should be watched at all times. Children should always take caution when using the bunk bed ladders and sleeping on the top bunks as there are no handrails or continuous guard rails. The cottage has radiant floor heating and supplemental wall mounted heaters for winter. The cottage has air conditioning. The guest house does not have ceiling fans but there are screened windows on two sides of the room and two sets of screened French doors on the front, deck and lake facing side of the guesthouse bedroom. A floor fan can be provided if necessary. Linens and towels are provided. There is parking for up to 2 cars and additional parking nearby. A car is recommended to get around and explore the area. A high chair, a pack ‘n’ play, bath toys and more are available on request. There is a local requirement/law for children under 12 to wear life vests on all personal watercraft and life vests are provided accordingly.

About the Location

This cabin is right on the water at Copake Lake, in the Hudson Valley region of New York, about 2.5 hours driving from NYC. Copake Lake is a popular destination known for its pristine water, monitored by a local conservation society, and open for fishing and many recreational sports. Nearby, a little grocery store and prepared foods lunch spot is a 3 minute drive from the house and a larger supermarket 10 minutes away. There is also a bar and restaurant a short drive or 20 minute walk away. Farm stands abound in the summer and a farmer's market is about 10-12 minutes away. The house is also midway between Hudson to the west and Great Barrington to the east – both are a 25-minute drive. Hudson, on the eponymous river, has antique shops, restaurants and bars. Great Barrington, just over the Massachusetts border, is great for families with a movie theater, toy stores, and one of the largest candy stores around. Fine and casual dining is possible in both towns and along the roads between. Stewart, Bradley and Albany Airports are all under an hour away. JFK, La Guardia and Newark are all approximately 2.5-3 hours away.

Accommodation Details

This vacation home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms split into two dwellings – a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom main house and a guest house with 1 bedroom and a bathroom. The main house features a kitchen and dining area that open onto a living room facing the lake. The living room has a cozy wood-burning stove and three set of French doors that can be opened onto a large wood deck with wrap around seating for views of the lake. There is a queen size bedroom with a private bathroom with a shower and a kids’ room with 2 pairs of built-in bunkbeds, which are big enough for adults, with proper twin-size mattresses, sleeping up to 4 people. A second bathroom with an antique clawfoot tub and hand shower is off of the living room and there is a loft space above with views to the lake. A travel crib can be set up upon request in the house. The guest cottage has a king size bedroom and a bathroom with shower. Outside are the deck, garden and lawn, a side yard with slate hearth and smoker, lounge chairs, charcoal and gas grills, and a long dock with two waterfront seating areas on either side.

Style Notes

This 1950’s lake house retreat is filled with cozy charm and has been lovingly renovated by the owners of a well-known Brooklyn restaurant. It keeps the best of its rustic past and combines it with contemporary design and quirky touches. The original 12 pane wood-cased windows remain for optimal views of the scenery while the surrounding walls and beams have been painted in a modern palette of soothing colors, creating an open and airy feeling. Sheepskin throws add warmth to a mid-century modern sofa and small details like vintage moose antlers, an Eames table and leather lounge chairs create atmosphere that is both homey and smartly designed. We love the former library ladder cut in half to reach the top bunks and the antler chandelier in the guesthouse, and of course the unbeatable views of the serene lake.

Natasha + Vince M.
Member since July 25, 2016
Brooklyn based family of 4. Vince (dad) - restauranteur. Natasha (mom) - digital strategy & partnerships. Beckett (12yo) and Elle (14m). We love to travel, cook and spend time with our family on Copake Lake.

3 reviews

adrianne w.
Visited in June 2019
Absolutely LOVED this place! It was perfect for my daughter's 2nd birthday celebration with family, and we had plenty of room for six adults and three toddlers. We'll be coming back for sure!
Jessica P.
Visited in June 2019
Amazingly, this place is actually *better* than it appears in pictures. Obviously it is mind-bendingly gorgeous in every way--those bunk beds! The docks! The decor!--but leading up to our reservation I was pretty sure that at least one of the three small children (and one toddler) we were traveling with was going to fall into or out of something, or ingest an antique, and was therefore prepared to be un-relaxingly hyper-vigilant. HOWEVER. Not only was it somehow more stunning, clean and well-appointed, this house was way more kid-friendly than it looks. While everyone should of course take proper precautions, the drop to the lake from the chairs/fire pit area isn't as dramatic as the pictures indicate, the water around the dock was shallow enough for a kid to stand in (at least when we were there) and even though all the children insisted on sleeping in the top bunks (because obviously) the beds were roomy enough (and the kids tired enough from leaping off the raft with provided lifejackets) that no one fell out. We all left relaxed, happy, and desiring to buy many sheepskins which we will never be able to pull off with the same elan as the Copake Lake House.
Jennifer M.
Visited in April 2019
My family enjoyed a marvelous time at Copake Lake. It took us no time at all to feel comfortable in this beautiful, well-stocked home, and our hosts went the extra mile to make sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our holiday.

Copake Lake, Hudson Valley

Lakeside lodges and outdoor fun

This desirable location, about 2.5 hours north of New York City, is a haven for families, close to ski slopes in winter and with watersports aplenty in the summer. The houses here are beautiful, with large gardens, and the local towns and villages have unique independent shops, farmers markets and family-run cafes. If you like golf, there are plenty of nearby courses, not to mention fun mini golf courses for kids.