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The pine forests of the New York State Adirondacks provide a stunning backdrop for the luxury log cabins of Lake Kora. Built over a century ago, these lodges are rustic, charming and rich in history - and the perfect escape from the city.
This historic Great Camp and one time playground of the Vanderbilts is now available for exclusive hire, for families or groups of friends. Lake Kora is located in upstate New York, around a five hour drive from NYC. There are eighteen bedrooms within eight cosy lodges, each containing original furnishings, made during the late 19th century by Lake Kora craftsmen. These authentic cabins have timber walls, colourful rugs, vintage bathtubs and feather down bedding. Many boast stone fireplaces and lake views too.
The Main Lodge is at the heart of the property, and houses four guest bedrooms. Couples will love the seclusion of the Gardener's cottage, with just one bedroom, while the Island House has three bedrooms and sits upon a small island in the middle of the lake, accessible only by boat.
Dining at Lake Kora is a joyous affair and food can be enjoyed on the go, with lakeside barbeques or mountaintop picnics. If a sit down meal is preferred, grand multi-course suppers are provided and enjoyed in the warmth of the dining rooms. The chefs use fresh, local produce, to ensure that meals are both flavourful and wholesome.
Lake Kora has many communal spaces and no shortage of activities. The lake is busy with sailboats, canoes and windsurfers during the day but transforms into a pool of tranquillity as evening falls. Weary parents can relax in the hot tub and sauna while the ping-pong table, squash court and bowling alley provide hours of endless entertainment for youngsters.
Why we love it
Sitting within one thousand acres of secluded pine forest, Lake Kora is the perfect escape for multi-generational families who can spend days hiking, biking, and sailing, or even team up for a game of baseball on a pitch once used by the College teams of Yale and Harvard.
Alexandra, Original Traveller