The Icehouse is located near Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort (less than 6 miles), 10 minutes from Keene and 15 from Keene Valley, and only 15-20 minutes by car from Lake Placid. We think it's close enough to all the local attractions and amenities while maintaining a safe distance to everyday life!
The historic 19th century property derives its name from its original purpose - it was built to store blocks of ice during the warmer months of the year that were cut in the winter from our ponds. The ice kept food for visitors to the nearby Wellscroft Lodge (built by the Wells family of Wells Fargo) cool and fresh (and probably ended up in the odd cocktail here and there).
The building has been lovingly restored over the past few years and been transformed into a spacious home with a welcoming and warm atmosphere.
Many original features have been conserved, and any contemporary additions were carefully planned, using mostly reclaimed local wood and ecologically sourced materials to create a comfortable and unique living space.
The inside has been decorated to combine old and new in harmonious ways, offering guests the experience of simple cabin-living in the Adirondack wilderness in comfortable style!
Great care that has gone into every little detail: from the more obvious like the hand-cut red hardwood flooring in parts of the building and the custom-made windows set into the original wood-panelled walls to the more subtle touches like a sheepskin-rug on the Adirondack rocking chair by the antique fireplace, or the high-quality bedding on the comfortable beds; from the professional-grade cooker to the family-size stainless steel fridge in the kitchen - everything has its own aesthetic and functional purpose and contributes to the simple, intimate and warm atmosphere of the building.
The Icehouse is surrounded by nearly a thousand acres of privately
owned land, and offers miles of hiking trails leading into the forests and up into the two mountains that belong to the house.
Upper Jay is a fabulous small village in the middle of the High Peaks region - we think the most beautiful area of the Adirondacks! There is an amazing bakery in town (only open in the summer months!!!!) as well as a great little library, post office, etc - we also have regular concerts and plays at the unique and funky 'Recovery Lounge' (upholstery business by day, cool venue by night!!!!) as well as the former local church. Luckily, most traffic to Lake Placid and the North bypasses us, so it's pretty quiet (unless it's the Ironman weekend!) yet conveniently located.
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Family discounts available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|