One Nice Big House on One Lakeside Acre for
One Group at a Time--A History of Good Times
Since 1997 Open All Year
Melissa Loving Vito, Owner
P.O. Box 195
Diamond Point, NY 12824
Capacity - Lake House contains five
bedrooms and four baths and is arranged and furnished to accommodate
a party of ten people including babies and children. There will be
an extra charge of $100 a week or $40 a night for each additional
person (with a maximum of two). The dog fee is a one-time
charge of $50 for a weekend or $95 for a week.
Internet Connection - Lake House
is equipped with a high-speed Internet connection complete with
wired and wireless network access.
Generator on Site In case of
a power outage, a 5,500-watt generator is maintained on site to
provide water and septic service, heat, refrigeration, and power to
certain outlets for lights and microwave use. The gas range in
the kitchen will function as well by lighting the burners with a
From September through June your pet will be welcome to accompany you on your vacation provided permission is obtained
ahead of time. A pet fee of $50 for a weekend or $95 for a full week will be
charged. The town of Bolton does have a leash law, so a dog must be leashed whenever
it leaves the property. Your dog is given a clean bed, too.
Pool table An
8-foot pool table has been installed in a room on the lower floor
where a big picture window looks out toward the lake. It's bound
to provide some fine entertainment to be enjoyed any time, but
especially on a day when a snow storm makes travel difficult.
Regular Rates October to May
Add 7% sales tax for rentals of less than four nights.
Minimum 8-person rates in October.
New Year's: $1,600 for up to ten people for up to three
Memorial Day: $1,600 for up to ten people for up to three
Presidents' Weekend, Presidents' Week, Columbus Day Weekend, Thanksgiving: $1,450 for up to ten
M. L. King's Birthday and
Christmas: Minimum 8-person rate.
Summer 2015 Rates per Week
May 30- June
June 6 - June 13 $2,900 Aug.
29- Sept. 5 $4,000
June 13 - June 20 $3,500
Sept. 5- Sept. 13 $3,500
June 20 - June 27 $4,700
Sept. 13- Sept. 27 $2,400
June 27 - August 29: $5,400
Sept. 27 - Oct. 4
Summer rentals are limited
to full weeks.
Weekend rentals are available October to May.
Location - Lake House (aka Ski House in
winter) is situated directly
on the lake on the west shore of Lake George. It lies 6 miles north of
Lake George Village on 1.1 acres of land. Views from the house and yard
are of Boon Bay, one of the lake's smaller bays, and
across the lake to Pilot Knob and Buck mountains.
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The House - Constructed in stages as
the family's needs grew, Lake House contains many levels of living area
and provides an unusual degree of privacy for its residents. Rooms are
large, their walls paneled with knotty pine, and their floors made of oak,
except for one room whose floors are pine. Ceilings are high and decorations
sparse, lending an atmosphere of space and relaxation. Every room except
one looks out over the lake and mountains.
|The main room is a large living and dining area with a kitchen at one end.
It contains a large gas-fired woodstove (for ambience only--the oil
furnace provides central heat), the TV (with cable), VCR, CD and DVD
players, and radio (receiving NPR at 89.5). The dining table seats twelve
The kitchen is equipped with a four-burner gas stove
with oven, a side-by-side refrigerator, and a dishwasher, as well as a coffee maker, a
toaster oven, a blender, a microwave oven, and an electric grill. Pots and pans are
abundant; silverware and dinnerware will accommodate a group of ten. A
private well supplies tap water, which is filtered. Guests provide paper
products, soaps, and food wraps and may wish to bring a favorite small
appliance or utensil.
The large master bedroom with a king-size bed, has a balcony
overlooking the lake,
two futon sofas that can become double beds,
a flat-screen TV and DVD player,
a walk-in closet, a full bath with skylight,
and an interesting antique woodworking bench.
The bedroom over the kitchen also has a walk-in closet and its own
full bath with skylight. It is furnished with a queen-size bed and a
small single bed..
This room has the one disadvantage
that sounds from the kitchen carry up into it.
On a lower floor are three bedrooms and two full baths. One bedroom has
twin beds that can be made up as a king-size bed and a flat-screen TV.
Another has an antique double bed and direct access to the pool room and
the outside. The back bedroom has a queen-size bed and its own bath. The
other bath opens onto the hallway. Please note: Since the
pool table was put into the house, the left and right pictures here are
out of date. See
www.lakehouseonlakegeorge.com for the current arrangement of the
three downstairs bedrooms.
A highchair, a booster seat, and baby gates are available for small children.
A standard crib is available for a one-time set- up fee of $25.
In the basement are a standard-size washer and dryer and a large
counter for folding. Guests provide their own detergent and other
laundry products. All baths have a shower and tub combination and
counter space around the basin. All bed linens are furnished, as are a
bath towel and wash cloth for each guest plus a number of spare towels,
bath mats, and dish towels.
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Queen of North American
As you may know, Lake George is one of the cleanest lakes in the world.
The DEC rates its water quality as AA+; the limnologists (the lake scientists)
categorize it as oligotrophic--very low in the nutrients that cause the
growth of algae and other organisms that cloud the water. Conditions
that have created and maintain this lovely water are the lake's small,
forested watershed, its great water depths (192 feet at the deepest), the
limestone on the lake bottom (which buffers acid precipitation), its undeveloped
shoreline, and the temperate climate here. It is somewhat remarkable
that the lake has maintained this water quality despite the intensive use
of the many who come to enjoy its water, its islands, its beaches, and
its splendid mountain scenery. Many people safely drink the
water untreated; thousands of others use its water after minimal treatment
by a municipal water system.
We will welcome you to join those who come to be refreshed and relaxed
by the beautiful surroundings. We invite you to become one
of those for whom the privilege of visiting this beautiful watershed mandates
careful stewardship of the land and lake so that generations after you
can enjoy it as much as you have.
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of the Surrounding Region
Gore Mountain, a 40-minute drive, is open from mid-November to mid-April.
It has snowmaking on 95 percent of its 60 trails, 12 percent of which are
easy, 58 percent more difficult, and 30 percent very difficult. Its
summit elevation is 3,600 feet; its vertical drop, 2,100 feet. It
offers 9 lifts: one gondola, 2 quads, 3 doubles, one high-speed triple,
and 2 surface. See www.goremountain.com.
Cross-country skiers can find trails in Pack Forest near the
Hudson River (20 minutes), Crandall Park in Glens Falls (30 minutes), and at
Gore Mountain (40 minutes).
The county and a private association maintain an extensive system of
snowmobile trails in the region. Pamphlets and maps of the trails will be
found in the house.
The Lake George Winter Festival takes place on the frozen lake in Lake George
Village every weekend during February. Snowmobile and outhouse races and
other events. See
Ice fishing on the lake when the ice is thick enough, at various times during
January, February, and March.
Saratoga Springs and folk music at Caffe Lena, the National Museum of Racing,
the Children's Museum at Saratoga, and the National Museum of Dance.
Our professional ice hockey team, The Adirondack Phantoms, playing at
the Civic Center in Glens Falls. See www.phantomshockey.com.
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September through June, your pet is allowed to accompany you on your vacation
provided permission is obtained ahead of time. A pet fee of $95 for
a weekly rental or $50 for a weekend will be charged. The town of Bolton does have a leash law, so
a dog must be leashed whenever it leaves the property. Your dog is given a clean bed, too.
Campfire When the ring of rocks
at the waterfront isn't buried in deep snow you'll be able to make a
little campfire there. We provide marshmallow forks and a small
supply of native firewood. To protect our healthy forests from the
emerald ash borer, it is now illegal to import firewood from more than
50 miles away. The invasives are coming in on firewood now. . . .
Payment Policies - A deposit
of one half the rental rate is required when a reservation is made, with
the balance and the security deposit due 60 days before arrival. The reservation
deposit is nonrefundable unless the period you rented is taken by another
party, in which case a 10 percent fee is retained. (You may want to
look into travelers insurance.) The amount
of security deposit varies from $100 to $300 depending on the number of guests
and the length of stay. This sum will be refunded in full provided
no damage has been done, no excess cleaning is required, recyclables are
managed as instructed, and the house is vacated by check-out time.
Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. of the first day rented. Check-out
time is 10:00 A.M. of the last day.
If you’re looking for green in your search for vacation lodgings, you
won’t do better than this property.
With our focus on
protecting the lake from pollution and keeping our carbon footprint small,
we manage at the same time to provide, comfort, convenience, and a wonderful vacation
on the shores of
Lake George. Our earth-friendly efforts
The house is set back from the lake, according to
Bolton Town Code, for better stormwater control, which protects the water quality, and for screening to
preserve the lake’s natural landscape.
Trees, shrubbery, and ground cover, whose
roots prevent soil erosion and take up nutrients (nutrients causing growth of
algae in the lake), are strategically planted and maintained as vegetative
No fertilizer or toxic herbicides or
pesticides are used on the grounds.
pervious driveway surface is maintained for infiltration of stormwater.
Our septic system is carefully maintained and
serviced once a year.
· A complete recycling program is carried out.
· All electricity used at Lake House is generated by wind
power at an additional cost of 2.6¢ per kWh.
· The towels provided for your use are washed in cold water and 95% air
· Phosphorus-free detergent is provided for the
dishwasher; a washing ball for use in the washing machine, eliminating the
need for either detergent or heated water..
· You can read about preserving
the lake's water quality on the website of the Fund for
The guests say--
"The home was impeccably
clean when we arrived. The location of the house is very private with the deck
away from the house. It was a little hike to the lake but the privacy was well
worth it. The bedrooms were private and the number of baths worked well. The
living space would've been small for our party of 6 adults and one toddler if we
had had bad weather, but fortunately it was beautiful therefore we were able to
use the screened in porch as additional space. All in all a wonderful
experience. We enjoyed Lake George and the other communities surrounding it.
Thank you." August 2009
"Went up for a few days at the end of March and had a truly
relaxing, lovely experience. Melissa was extremely nice and helpful by
e-mail and in person. House was even better than pictures - gorgeous and
meticulously maintained. Deck has incredible views of the lake -
perfect for sunning and reading even on the less sunny days. On the
chillier day, we stayed close to home and enjoyed the cozy living room
with gas fireplace and watched DVDs and ate homemade meals cooked in the
well-appointed kitchen - every pot/pan/utensil you could ever need! Had
a campfire the next night in the fire circle and roasted hot dogs and s'mores while looking up at a million stars. Everything you need in
terms of grocery, restaurants, supplies, is nearby in Bolton Landing or
Lake George Village. Took small side trips but mainly
just enjoyed down time in a really beautiful setting.
Hot water was excellent and plentiful. Would love to come back in
summer for boating and swimming, but really loved how quiet the
neighborhood and lake were during off-season."
"We had a wonderful time--the whole family was thrilled with the cabin,
the lake, the boathouse--everything!" August 2009
"We had a very nice time--the lake is so beautiful and many fish 'made
themselves available' for our family fishermen!! The house was very
comfortable and the dock area perfect for our needs!
Thanks again." August 2008.
"That house is worth every penny."
"This is one fabulous home!! Super well-equipped. We had a great
time!" Nov. 13, 2007
'We've looked at other places and see that yours is prime real estate."
"Your homes are just beautiful, and they are kept in such immaculate condition!"
"Dreams Do Come True! [We] thoroughly enjoyed our 'mini vacation' at your
most warm and beautiful beach house with some of our best friends. We look
forward to returning next year!"
"The place is much, much nicer than I ever imagined. It's so private for
everyone both inside and outside the house."
"I just wanted to say thank you again. You have a wonderful house. It has a very
warm and welcoming energy. Our whole family had a great time. My granddaughter
who is 2 just loved walking down to the lake and everyone had to take turns
bringing her down there. She is very interested in nature and loved the lake,
the mountains and Mr. Moon. And she made sure everyone saw all of this. Just
before we left she asked me to bring her down to the water and she wanted
everyone to go down there, which we did. It was a nice ending to a great
"I was planning on sending you an email to let you know what a truly wonderful
time we had. The house was even better than expected and with baby gates,
high chairs and cribs it really felt like home!! We can't thank you enough
for lending us your beautiful home. Our family made some wonderful
memories during this past week. I've told everyone about the house
and you may get some future rentals out of it :) Again, thank you so
much for opening your doors to us. May your home always be filled with
happiness and people who appreciate its beauty."
"Thank you for an amazing weekend!" --Five couples. January 2009
"We very much enjoyed our stay and will recommend your home to others.
What a great place for kids, as you were all prepared with the child gates, high
chair, etc. as well as the swing set, sandbox, easy access down steps to water
and variety of toys that our grandson enjoyed playing with. It made it easy on
his parents and enjoyable for them too. We will keep your home in mind for
future vacations as there wasn't enough time to explore the whole area so we
want to come back. What a beautiful area in which to live and vacation. We
were so very fortunate to have such wonderful weather too. Again, thank you."
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Ski House on Lake George
Directly on Lake George in Diamond Point, New York
Melissa Loving Vito, Owner
P.O. Box 195
Diamond Point, NY 12824
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