Weekly rentals only, Saturday noon to Saturday noon.
Val-Al cottage is a snug little wood frame cabin perched on a point of land about 100 yards from our dock and swimming area. This cozy hideaway stands at the end of a short path that winds along the lake shore, crossing a tiny cove over a rustic wooden bridge. Inside, a massive stonework fireplace dominates the center of the cabin, which is mostly open to studs and rafters. Eagle Crag Lake may be viewed from every window, and if Val-Al were any closer to the water, you'd get your feet wet!
We think of Val-Al as our 'honeymoon' cottage. It has a single bedroom with a double bed. A baby's crib is available.
Just inside the back door, you will find a compact kitchen with double compartment sink, refrigerator, gas stove with oven, counter space, shelves with silver, eating utensils, and cooking pots and pans. Kitchen and bath are provided with automatic hot water. There are electric lights and outlets, but no phone service or TV - the way most people like it. You may bring your own TV if you wish to watch DVDs, but there is no cable hookup.
Like all of our cottages, Val-Al is a rustic Adirondack cabin over 60 years of age. It is open to the studs in many places, has a few leaks through the stone of the fireplace, and may have a few watermarks on the woodwork. If you are expecting the Hilton, then please go to the Hilton. But, if you are looking for a clean, pleasant cottage with authentic Adirondack charm, privacy, and isolation, in a forest setting, you should be very pleased.
We rent this cottage as a housekeeping unit. You must thoroughly clean the cottage just prior to your departure. Pillows and blankets are provided for your use, but you need to bring your own linens: towels, sheets, pillow cases, and all expendables such as soaps and toilet paper. You must supply your own firewood from the wood racks to be found in Tupper Lake, where you will also find an assortment of grocery stores and other amenities. You may use any firewood you find behind the cottage that has been left over from spring clean-up or previous tenants.
Pets are not allowed.
You are responsible for cottage cleanup.
Prices quoted are for the year 2022 (unchanged since 2016). Prices charged, including the balance of your cottage rental, are those currently in effect at the time of your arrival regardless of when you made your reservation. We shall notify those making reservations prior to the new year if there is any change in the rate. If you are dissatisfied with the new rate, you may cancel your reservation by the end of February and I shall return your deposit. If you are concerned about the possibility of a rate change and have not heard from me, contact me (518-359-9300) prior to the end of February.
Our rental week runs from Saturday noon to Saturday noon. We rent for whole week periods only during the spring, summer, and fall - our cottages are not winterized. The rate for Val-Al is $700 per week plus tax. To make a reservation, we require that you send a deposit of one-half the total amount, and pay the balance upon arrival. The additional 'tax' mentioned is a 3 percent County 'bed tax' that amounts to $21 on the base rate of $700. The tax is due when paying the balance. All payments, both deposit and balance, are final and will not be refunded.
Our cottage guests have free access to at least one aluminum rowboat or aluminum canoe. Whether or not the available craft is a boat or canoe depends on whatever is available at the moment of use. Anyone wishing to use an additional boat or canoe must work out an arrangement on their own with our other cottage guests. I expect this will not be difficult as all of our guests are always very friendly people. Our boats are for use ONLY on Eagle Crag Lake. Our canoes may be used ONLY on Eagle Crag, in the outlet of Eagle Crag below the dam, and on Mount Arab Lake. (There is a short carry to Mount Arab Lake.)
Thank you for your interest - you will not be disappointed.
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