We stayed at the Den at Bearhurst. It is a beautiful cottage, with plenty of space (we were 5, but can sleep up to potentially 9 people). Very clean!!! The beds are very comfortable… my daughter said the bed was more comfortable than her own bed at home. :) Everything looks newly renovated inside. I loved the outdoor screened in patio, especially when it was raining. We sat there and read our books, very relaxing. We took advantage of the kayaks and paddle boards 3 out of the 5 days we were there. The water is a 3 minute walk from the Den, a beautiful path to get to the water. The fire pit was great!! Plenty of wood available to use. Cherry Creek, where you can fish or watch the sunset, is just a walk down the road from the Den, or can be paddled to by kayak or paddle board in less than 5 minutes. Diana Armstrong was kind, very responsive and helpful when he had questions. Would recommend the hike to Echo Cliff on Panther Mountain, great hike. Took us just over 1 hour round trip. We also did the walk to Colonel Peck’s grave right from the Den… very nice trail and walk. The only constructive thing I can think of to say is that the cottage is right on the main road with cars driving by fast so would be careful with small children. An overall wonderful vacation and beautiful place to stay!! I would definitely recommend staying here and will definitely return!!…
Had a wonderful 2 night stay in the Icehouse cottage. All the amenities and beautiful scenery you can imagine. Very cozy, quiet, and only a 5 minute drive to town. Very friendly and helpful proprietor Diana with picturesque sunrises. Read the guest booklet they provide for detailed places and things to do in the area. Restaurants in town were good, but rustic in nature.
This is the second time we've stayed at Bearhurst. Our first stay was in the Icehouse. This recent trip was in Cubhurst. Both cottages are well stocked with everything you need. We've seen the inside to all the cottages and all are very nice. The property is quiet, well kept and gives you a sense of true Adirondack life. We loved the free use of several canoes, kayaks and Paddleboards that are on the property. There is a very nice swimming spot and a beautiful concrete deck to watch the sunset. They provide a nice binder of local information and sections on fishing, hiking, etc... Satellite TV (which we used maybe for a hour the entire trip) and WiFi. There is a nice charcoal grill on the deck, a picnic table and two chairs... The pictures are from our most recent visit. This place is beautiful.…
I would recommend Bearhurst to anyone wanting a relaxing, beautiful Adirondack experience. Diana was awesome and the cabin was very, very clean and had everything you would need in the kitchen. I cannot tell you how amazing it was. You need to experience for yourselves. Great place to bring children also!
My wife and stayed, again, in "The Icehouse," the only one of the rental cottages fitted for year-round stays -- it has heat, as well as a wood-burning stove. Since our last stay, they re-did the bathroom and the kitchen -- adding a great stove and dishwasher. We stayed in late July, and while the week was rainy, when we couldn't make it to the many easy and beautiful hikes nearby, we were happy to stay in our cabin on Lake Pleasant, either reading, playing cards, or watching DVDs we brought with us. (We could have asked to borrow one of the many DVDs available at the main house, which is a beautiful 1894 Adirondack lodge.) There are chaises on the dock, kayaks and canoes available for guests, and a roped-off swimming area. We think it's unique -- as is the area, with more of a real town feel than many Adirondack towns, and with a Manhattan-quality restaurant nearby: Melody Lodge, where we had three superb dinners. No meals here -- this is neither a hotel nor a B&B -- but a quite a few options for breakfast, lunch and dinner minutes away. We'll definitely come back here again!…
A beautiful setting is only the beginning. Tucked randomly and privately in a wooded setting the cottages and the main house are throwbacks to the gilded age of the Adirondacks. I stayed in the Icehouse which is immaculate and furnished more tastefully than my own house (certainly not what I expected in a "rustic" rental). The kitchen is stocked with everything you need to prepare and clean up after meals (including a dishwasher) or if you prefer outdoor cooking, it has its own Weber charcoal grill. Use of canoes and kayaks is provided free of charge. The Armstrong family make you feel so welcome, like a guest in their home. I have been coming to Speculator for over 12 years and have never stayed in as nice a place. I am so glad I found this gem.
My family rented three cottages at Bearhurst. All cottages were very well cared for and stocked with everything you could need. Our four young boys had a great time running around the grounds and playing in the water. A new Queen mattress and quieter bathroom fan in Ice House would be my only recommendations. The owners were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!
My husband and I needed a place to stay while traveling from Michigan to Vermont. I never expected to find such a unique, beautiful destination. Since it was the beginning of October, the colors were at their peak, so that didn't hurt, but the whole compound was so well kept up. It was like going back in time. It was so quiet and peaceful. The main log cabin was unreal with its authentic furniture and charm. Our cabin was perfect for the two of us, but you could fit four if needed. Since we only stayed the one night, I didn't need to use the kitchen, but it looked well stocked. You do need to bring your own hairdryer and soap, however (which I didn't and had to go into town to purchase). I would definitely recommend this resort to anybody. I hope to return someday.
I wish we could spend all summer, every summer here in this beautiful retreat. It is run by a lovely family who takes great care of the property and the guests. If you need anything at all from a pinch of fresh herbs from the garden to a cup of sugar for the pie you are baking (there are full kitchens in the units), just ask. You can kayak, canoe, bike or swim. The lake is pristine and the cabins rustic but comfortable. We love the ice house and Cubhearst. It is like going back in time. Truly a unique experience for the kids.
I discovered Bearhurst 16 years ago and have come back with kids and now grandchildren every summer since. It is the perfect combination of being "away from it all", yet with the amenities we have come to expect when on vacation. The hosts, the Armstrong family, could not be more gracious. One feels quickly like part of the family. They are ready to advise or assist in any way needed, yet they respect guests' privacy completely. The setting is gorgeous. One caveat: if you come when I am there, you will have to fight me for the hammock in the delicious little gazebo built literally over the water!
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