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Lake Chalet, 90 Minutes from Midtown Manhattan

Bedrooms 5
Space 241 m²
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Chalet, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Exhale with Superb Lake views just 90 minutes from New York City! Pull in at the Pawling Train Station and take a cab to the Chalet!

Impressive, 2400 square foot, five bedroom, three bathroom, three-story, chalet-style home on Whaley Lake in Dutchess County, New York. Beautifully furnished and just 90 minutes drive from Midtown New York City.

TRY THIS: A Working Vacation,

With your family spending the week at the Lake, it is a short 10 minute drive from the Chalet to Metro North Railroad in Patterson. Take The Metro North directly to Grand Central Station departing at 7:02am and arriving Grand Central at 8:27am. Return in the evening to your relaxed family, departing Grand Central Station 5:59pm, arrive Patterson 7:27pm. Then, after a working week, enjoy the weekend with your family at beautiful Whaley Lake.

Regardless of the time of year, the Chalet offers a tranquil setting to relax and unwind. Recline on the spacious, second-story surrounding deck, take to the water in the canoes, or in winter, enjoy the warmth of the wood-burning fire and watch the snow fall.

The Lakeview house offers a very spacious vacation and entertaining environment, ideal for families with children of all ages, a group of friends or a romantic getaway for couples . From the first hint of light in the morning to the colorful glows of the dusk sky, the exhilarating, elevated views of the pristine lake and its surroundings will impress.


Third Floor:

The Master Bedroom is a highlight of the Chalet. This large bedroom with private en suite, a skylight and its own bathroom, offers a view that will take your breath away at sunrise, and make sleeping difficult until after dark. The third floor also has two additional double bedrooms that can sleep up to 6, a large separate bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and sky-lights. Hardwood floors throughout.

Main Level:

Beautiful stone fireplace with large wood burning stove, exposed hardwood beams throughout, full length windows from every angle looking out over the lake. Spacious fully functional kitchen with condiments, large dining / living area leading out onto the very spacious balcony, overlooking the lake. The living room consists of a large 3 piece sofa set, 46" television and DVD player. The dining table seats eight and overlooks the lake. Additional seating can be added. One double bedroom, and large separate bathroom with spacious glass shower complete this level.

First floor:

Fully functional office / one bedroom with outdoor access, family/game room with pool/pingpong/air hockey table and separate laundry room with a new washer and dryer. Hardwood floors and heating throughout. A newly added large bedroom sleeps 4, with a queen bed and a pull out double bed. This floor can easily sleep 6 at night but has space for day time activities. The first floor is perfect for children to play.

Keywords: Lake Home - Chalet

More Details

Property Manager
Connie Guo & David Shaffer
Member since: 2005
Speaks mandarin
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

Why Connie Guo & David Shaffer chose Holmes

Peaceful and Serene are the two words to describe the feelings once you enter the Chalet...We fell in love with it at first sight! It has beautiful countryside setting, water access, and enough interesting things to do in the area for exploration and entertaining. The house feels so airy and spacious that you'll also enjoy staying inside just doing nothing.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chalet rental in Holmes

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 241 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Day time visitors more than 5 requires advance notice and approval.
  • Do not use other electric device s.a. hair dryer when Jacuzzi is running which will cause short fuse.
  • Do not move room furnitures out of their places. We will charge you to move it back.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 3rd level; Sleeps 3 adults or a couple with 2 children
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3rd Level, sleeps 2 shares bathroom with br 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2nd level, bath next to living room. Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1rst level; Newly added br. Sleep 4
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with own bath and a great lake view !
    Office - 2 twin/ single , Ground level office, pull out twin beds. sleeps 2
  • Queen Bed (2); Full Beds (3), Twin or Single twin Beds (6) Sleep total of 16 people.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Bedrooms, Tasteful Decor Throughout the 5 Bedrooms, All Linen Provided, TV/DVD in 3 Bedrooms, Two Quality Fold-Out day beds on the first floor allows the Chalet to Sleep 16, All Rooms Equipped with Fans, Bathrooms, All three bathrooms are newly renovated, The third floor bathroom contains a large Jacuzzi, Kitchen, Gas oven and 6-burner cook-top, refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, toaster, blender, all cutlery, dishes, pots and pans, Laundry, includes large, new washer and dryer, Dining area, Dining setting seats 8 comfortably, Living area, Comfortable leather sofa and loveseat, stone fireplace with wood burning stove, television, DVD/Video player and decorations, Balcony, Large gas BBQ grill, outdoor table and chairs, Parking, Ample private off-road parking, Grounds, Private driveway, large lawn areas and trees, Lake, Lake views from most rooms, a 100 Yard walk to the lake shore


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Lake Chalet, 90 Minutes from Midtown Manhattan
average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews

Was Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We had 9 people ranging from 10 years old to 74. Very comfortable and plenty of room. Having 3 full bathrooms was a plus; my father even used the jacuzzi! Beautiful views of the lake and plenty of room for all to enjoy dinner on the deck. We took two days trips to Manhattan (1 hr 20 min), Warwick, Walkill, and Connecticut. I highly recommended this rental as Connie and her husband are very accommodating! We enjoyed the canoes and outdoor fire pit. Very scenic drive and good restaurants close by. Connie includes a very accurate and specific information packet for local 'things-to-do'.

  • Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Matthew, We enjoyed having you as our guests and thank you for sharing your good memories with us! We are impressed that you explored so many places in the area, some even we thought about and haven't been to yet. The house has combination of country peacefulness and convenience to fun which is the reason we first got this house...and we are very happy our gusts enjoy it as much as we do! We wish you and your family a wonderful rest of summer and hope you come visit again! Connie & David
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Life in the lake chalet is a dream. There’s everything you look for from a cabin in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

From the fishing to the pool table to the cozy fireplace in perfectly designed kitchen/dining/living room, the lake chalet is an ideal place for any group. The highlight was taking the canoes out as the sun slowly went down. If you enjoy feeling peace, warmth, and gratitude for the group of people you’re with, you should stay at this VRBO. Best of all, it was easy to get to from NYC. Thank you Connie and David!

  • Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway for a big group

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here Labor Day weekend with 10 friends. Communication with Connie was super east. The house was fantastic, even better than pictured. There was plenty of room for everyone. Everything you could possibly need was provided, from different types of cooking oils to folding chairs. The grill and fire pit were both east to use. The beds were all very comfortable. There were plenty of towels and blankets. We were delighted to find that there were two canoes and a rowboat, and we had a great time on the lake. We were able to easily get to the house without a car. We ordered grocery delivery from PeaPod and ShopRite, beer delivery from Pawling Beer and Soda, and took taxis to and from Patterson and Pawling Metro-North stations. I highly recommend this cabin and would definitely rent it again. Thanks for a great weekend, Connie and David!

  • Submitted: 8-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sophie and group, Thank you for the wonderful feedback and you are all very welcome! We were traveling the last weekend ourselves so did not reply sooner but we love to hear that the chalet was enjoyed by appreciative guests like you! This is the first time we learned that our renter easily managed staying without a car... your resourcefulness exceeded our imagination, and Thank you for sharing your experience with our future guests! Thanks again and we look forward to you and your friends coming back soon! Connie & David
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  • 5 of 5

What a great escape from NYC. I was here for a weekend with 10 other adults, and it was a very comfortable stay to say the least. The host was super responsive and even touched base with me throughout my stay to ensure things were running smoothly. I can't really say anything negative about the property itself.

Everything worked as it should have. One thing you should keep in mind, if you're going to be with a larger adult group (more than 7) it will be nearly impossible to do water activities by the house itself with the two canoes that are provided (although the canoes are great). My crew never made it to the marina which we later realized wasn't too far away from the house itself. We got the feeling some neighbors weren't too happy seeing unfamiliar faces, but the host was very clear about all the other things to do in the area (including water activities). If you're strongly considering staying at this property, I suggest having at least one car within your group as taxi service can be far and few between once you're situated. I would 1000% recommend this place to a friend, very refreshing weekend!

  • Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Algerson! We also live in the city so know how a good escape is needed once in a while....hehe. We are very happy that you enjoyed the house and the area, and feel fortunate to have your group as our guests. On a good summer day nothing beats relaxing in the cool and calm lake water... wish we could provide more canoes! We appreciate you for being mindful of the local residents as they are our neighbors just like yours at home. Thank you and hope you come again !
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Great weekend away at the lake for a group of friends

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the Lake Chalet. Connie was very communicative leading up to and during our weekend.

When we arrived, the house had everything we needed for our group of 12 -- though there was PLENTY of room for more guests. The open floor plan with kitchen, dining, and living room allowed for us all to play games and eat and cook together. The large deck outside had two grills and lots of tables and seating to enjoy the weather. Plus the view from the deck (and master bed) is stunning.

There are a few ways to access the lake. If you want to have some "beach" time, I suggest walking about 12-15 minutes to the end of the road to access the water (make a left out of the driveway and keep walking to the end). The closest path to the lake is very steep and doesn't have much room for a group. We did love having access to the two boats there though! The lake was pretty empty all weekend. Surprising for late July, but it was great feeling like we had our own private lake for a few days! Very clean water and super relaxing.

We found that the Stop & Shop in town was a good, close store to stock up for the weekend. There are separate beer and wine shops nearby as well. All are about a 10 minute drive form the house.

Overall, it was a great weekend for a large group of friends. Space for everyone, and a beautiful, relaxing setting on the lake. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Elizabeth, Great to have your group as out guests and thanks for your feed back! We think part of the reason the lake is empty is that the marina is not open so fewer boats are on the water. However we have the beach #2 that you so carefully described where there's a picnic table and dock so it's a pretty good place to hang out by the water. The lake has always been so quiet and clean but now even more peaceful and soothing. We are very happy you enjoyed it so much! We really appreciate your taking care of the house during your stay and look forward to see your return! Connie and David
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Fall Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 11 adults staying at the chalet. Everyone had their own bedroom and were quite comfortable. The open floor layout was great for meals and lounging. Connie was a pleasure to deal with while planning the trip. She corresponds with you immediately and is very accommodating. She even touched base with us during our stay to make sure everything was okay. Unfortunately it poured rain most of our stay so we did not get to explore the lake or neighborhood like we had hoped to. But we spent an afternoon at the Millbrook Winery and had so much fun! We also enjoyed a wonderful meal at McGrath's Tavern in Pawling. On Sunday, we took a half hour ride to the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market, which was definitely worth the trip. We look forward to returning to the chalet for another getaway weekend!

  • Submitted: 7-Nov-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Train
12 Miles
Metro-North Train Pawling or Patterson station
Car: necessary

The Chalet Offers Magnificent views in a peaceful setting, Ideal environment to relax or entertain, Open, safe environment for children to play, Short 100 Yard walk to Whaley Lake shore, Wood burning fire (one duraflame log supplied), Use of 2 three person canoes, ideal for beginners or experienced paddlers, Use of 2 fishing poles with lures 15 minute drive to Metro-North Railroad (nearest station is Patterson, NY), Surrounding attractions, Whaley Lake Marina offers row-boat and canoe hire and, the lake is well known for its excellent Bass fishing, Many nearby attractions include Wineries, Golf Courses, Golf Driving Range, Thunder Ridge Ski slope, hiking trails, (Appalachian trail), Antique shopping, flea market, and more.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chalet rental in Holmes

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
West Point Accadamy Graduation
May 20 2019 - May 27 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$635.75
>14 add'l person/night C$31.79 + Tax
cleaning fee C$317.88 + Tax
payment fee C$25.43
Tax Rate 4.0%

Weekend rates are $1,000 per weekend (Peak season $1100) plus a cleaning fee of $250 is for a party of 14. The home can sleep 16. The weekday rates vary as per time of the year. Email with questions...

We don't encourage booking on the same day with another group checking out, but if you do need to do so, please allow us at lease 5 hours in between for a thorough cleaning of the house. Thank you for understanding!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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