First I would like to thank Reece, the manager, for his wonderful assistance with our last minute booking at the estate house. We found the Depe Dene resort through craigslist. We only booked our vacation 5 days in advance. The actual resort was completly full so Reece suggested we stay on the estate property- it is a short distance away and much, much more private. We stayed for five nights in room 1c which is attached to the mansion. It has two bedrooms with two double beds in each and a pullout couch in living room. Although our room was certainly not a five star resort, it was still clean with all the amenities we needed.
My only complaints, and they aren't exactly complaints, would be that there was only one ac unit that barely cooled the entire place, so if it gets hot I could see it being uncomfortable to sleep. Also, there was alot of moisture in the room so they left a dehumidifier which constantly needed the water to be emptied or it would soak entire hallway floor. There was no phone reception (which isn't always a bad thing :) however as soon as you walked outside you had reception.
We brought our small 18' boat because they do offer dock space however it's on the resort property only.... so it was an inconvience to have to drive over to the resort to go out on our boat. Also, we paid extra for an assigned and numbered boat slip and it seemed that people just chose to dock in whatever slip they wanted which in turn caused a domino effect of people using the wrong slips. However, we lucked out because on the actual estate property there is a marina- not owned by depe dene. The dockmaster, Tony, saw us pull up several times to drop the parents off ( which are in there 70's with bad knees), and saw that it was an inconvience for us and offered to move a boat up and let us share the spot in one of his slips. That was so generous of him. And this marina is not part of Depe Dene at all so he offered out of the kindness of his heart- soooo thankful.
As far as the estate.. It was private and quiet. There is a diving board, rope swing, small private beach, grill, a few fire pits and views to die for. The west side, where we stayed, overlooks the marina in the little cove area. As I sat outside, boats constantly pulled up took photos and commented on how beautiful "my" house was... I had to reply with "thank you," of course...:)))
There are two other gorgeous homes right before the estate. The owner, Ken, was actually there using the home and came out to say hello. Thankfully we were able to bring our two small dogs. However, when I read the resort pamphlet ... It did in fact say "no pets or fireworks." Perhaps those rules only apply at the actual resort.
It was a super convienant place to stay. A ten minute boat ride to the village or a five minute car ride. We enjoy working out and were able to go biking, wakeboarding, tubing and were able to do some
hiking right across from the resort. We will definitely be going back. Thanks again Reece and also Tony from the marina! We had a wonderful and relaxing time!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Depe Dene Resort is an 1800's Scottish Estate situtated on 11 acres. There are 87 different cottages, townhouses, and rooms/suites along the shores of beautiful Lake George with an array of options to meet your group or family’s budget and needs. Our Resorts boasts a 270 degree view of Lake George as well as the largest, privately owned beach on Lake George with paddle boats, kayaks and row boats. The Original Estate House, built in 1860 is available, featuring 11 bedrooms, 7 1/2 baths, three Jacuzzis, a solarium as well as numerous observation decks overlooking the lake. We offer arts & craft classes for children and give parents a worry free chance to relax. New this year: Yoga classes, private Kung Fu and Self Defense class by the lake are available by appointment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Depe Dene Hotel Lake George
- Depe Dene Lake George