Four season Adirondack home on Lake Colby - Saranac lake Village


Lakefront Property On Lake Colby


Our waterfront traditional Adirondack farmhouse style home offers early 1900s charm with 21st century amenities. We have beautiful lake views, a wrap around covered porch overlooking the lake, an out door stone fire pit, and private dock. With 5 bedrooms and 3 levels of space, we are prefect for families and groups. Located on a private single lane road nearly adjacent to the beach. Close to Whiteface Mountain, Mt. Pisgah, the villages of Saranac Lake & Lake Placid, restaurants and activities.

The space

We acquired our home in 2016 from the Phillips family of Virginia, which had held the home as a seasonal residence on Lake Colby for over 100 years. We painstakingly restored the home to its original finishes, and added modern conveniences in the kitchen and baths, and in the process converted the home to a year-round residence with central heating. We have original blown glass windows overlooking the original wrap around covered porch – a wonderful place to enjoy gorgeous summer afternoons overlooking the lake. Our private dock and “boathouse” gives our guests access to swimming and boating with our array of canoes and kayaks. We are located in sight of the village beach, a wonderful place for families to gather for sand volleyball, swimming and sand castle building. We have lots of games for beach and otherwise, and a few bicycles (may need to inflate the tires!) in our garage that guests are welcome to use.
Inside the home, we have the original wood floors throughout, and the house is decorated and furnished in both the Adirondack and classic styles, and features cedar log beds and early 1900s furniture throughout. Our living area has a view of the lake and is furnished with a couch, plush chairs, a rocker and an additional game or working table and chairs that double as additional seating for meals with large gatherings. The brick fireplace is the centerpiece of the room. The formal stair case sweeps up from the room to the second floor. We offer a flat screen TV on which guests may utilize their streaming services. For those musically inclined, an upright piano adds to the ambiance. The dining room also overlooks the lake, and has a beautiful hickory table with seating for 10. There is a ½ bath as well as a laundry room on the first floor. Our kitchen features Hickory cabinets and granite tops. It is a working galley style kitchen, and is fully stocked with most everything you may need for preparing and serving meals. The main entrance that we use leads into the kitchen. From there,, guests may also access the second floor via the old “servants’ stairs”. Kids love the flow of the house with two sets of stair cases!
The second floor features two full baths. One has the original claw foot tub and shower, with a rich brick floor. The other features a stand up shower, hardwood floor and 4 foot sink top. The largest bedroom features sweeping views of the lake right from your bed, as well as a gas fireplace. The main bed is a queen, and a twin size bed shares the space as well. Bedroom 2 has a gorgeous lake view and a full size bed, while bedroom 3 has a tree-view to the north and west, with a full size bed and an armoir.
Our third story space is accessed though a custom set of stairs retrofitted during renovation to provide easier access to an additional two bedrooms. The stairs are a touch steeper than those found in modern buildings, but have hand rails to assist. The blue room has a queen bed with a twin bunk bed over the top of it, and a stand-alone twin sized bed. The orange room has two separate twin size beds and features built in shelving and cabinets. Both rooms have a view of the lake and offer excellent air flow from the breeze high up over the lake.

Things to Do In Saranac Lake:
In summer, we spend our days hiking Mt Baker, Ampersand or any of the "Saranac 6" peaks. The beach is next door...or...swim, canoe and kayak from our dock in the back yard, right on Lake Colby! Mountain and road biking (rentals in town), horseback riding, boating (rentals on Lower Saranac Lake 1 mile away)...there is so much to do and see all year round! Saranac Lake and Lake Placid are hosts to many summer events, including the Horse Show, Can Am Rugby, Iron-Man Lake Placid, Lacrosse Festival, Farmer’s Market on Lake Flower and much more.

In the winter, we spend our days cross country skiing & snowshoeing at nearby Dewey Mtn, Mt. Van Hovenberg or Cascade Lakes. We sled at SLHS field or our secret place out in the woods (we will share it with you!). Ice skating on the lake or on the oval at Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. Downhill skiing at Whiteface, Titus and Mt. Pisgah (1/4 mile away !). Snowmobile trails C7 and C7B accessible from the house! Extreme snow tubing and Bobsled rides at the Olympic facilities. Plenty to do in town....Bitters & Bones for tapas plates, entertainment, and games, The Waterhole for concerts, Casa Del Sol for incredible north country Mexican food! Don't miss all the fun at Winter Carnival during the 2nd week of February each year!

Guest access

We are located on a single-lane private road with a handful of homes. Our parking is located adjacent to this road, in our parking area and along the side of the lane. We have space for about 4 cars. Guests may access our dock and “boathouse” from either the stairs or the lake trail between the house and the lake. Guests have access to the garage as well as the games, bicycles, and grill stored there.

Other things to note

TRAILERS - if you plan to bring a trailer such as a boat in the summer (please note Lake Colby is a 10 horse max, but Lower Saranac Lake is just minutes away!) or a snowmobile in the winter, please note we have limited space at the house, but we do have parking recommendations if it will not fit.

Pets are welcome on a case-by-case basis, and guests should inquire first. We do not allow more than one animal per reservation. Our pet fee is $75/ night to a maximum of $300 per stay. Dogs must not be left unattended unless crated and are strictly prohibited from furniture (including beds!) and especially our wool Pendleton blankets and bedding. Guests must clean up after the pet both inside and out of the home. The maximum size dog permitted is 60 lbs. Pease note we have original smooth wood floors and stair steps, and the home is not suitable for high-energy or young excitable dogs.


Address: Lake Colby, NY
Zip Code: 12983
Latitude / Longitude: 44.341335 / -74.144766

Additional Property Information

Best of all - we are two doors from Lake Colby Beach - walk just moments to a gorgeous sandy Adirondack beach, complete with a swim platform, volleyball pit, and playground items.

We have a limited supply, please bring beach towels if you need them.

Accommodation, Features


Bedroom(s): 5 ( 12 Sleeps )
Double: 3, Queen: 1, Twin / Single: 4

Bathroom(s): 2
Half Bath: 1, Walk-in Shower: 2


Vacation Types

Away From It All, Beach, Boat Friendly, Family, Lake Front, Pet Friendly, Sports & Activities, Tourist Attractions, Year-Round Vacation Rentals

Location Type

Lake View, Lakefront, Mountain View, Water View, Waterfront

Popular Amenities

Deck / Patio, Dining Area, Fireplace, Linens Provided, Outdoor Grill, Towels Provided, Wireless Internet

Indoor Features

Coffee Maker, Cooking Utensils, Dishes & Utensils, Dishwasher, Freezer, Hair Dryer, Heating, Internet, Kitchen, Living Room, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster

Outdoor Features

Beach Chairs, Bicycles, Deck / Patio, Dock, Fire Pit, Kayak / Canoe, Lawn / Garden, Outdoor Furniture, Outdoor Gas Grill, Ski & Snowboard

Access & Parking

Secure Parking


Check in: 05:00, Check out: 11:00

Pets allowed/considered on case-by-case basis, pet fee applies

Events allowed
No smoking

Max guests: 12
Minimum age of primary renter: 21

Additional Info

Additional information about rental rates:
Cleaning Fee: $195
Pet Fee: $195
Additional Guest Fee:$25

Please contact the owner about rates for shorter or longer stays than offered on the site, or holiday "school break" weeks as prices may vary higher or lower. Please feel free to open a dialogue. Cheers, Todd & Leigh