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One of the last remaining “Great Camps” in existence, Lake Kora – once the private playground for the Vanderbilts – features a pristine lake, timber-and-stone main house lodge, secluded guest cottages, gourmet chef and full wait/house staff. And claw foot tubs and fireplaces in every room.
This Gilded Age Adirondacks ‘camp’ was originally built for Manhattan’s wealthiest and most elite as a private summer escape from the heat and congestion of New York City. Many of its original buildings and special features (i.e. grand dining table, billiards and wood-pin bowling alley) still remain.
“We are thrilled to represent this extraordinary property,” says founding partner Janine Cifelli. “The experience of staying on Lake Kora is private, exclusive, tranquil, and with its towering pine trees and still-as-glass lake is deeply rooted in nature. The camp’s history is also quite colorful.”
And peppered with stories like the gondolas, imported from Venice, Italy, once used to ply the lake. Telephone service available as early as 1903. Tame deer showing up for blueberry pancakes. And of pre-season baseball games – between Yale and Harvard teams – that took place on the property for guests’ amusement.
While Italian gondolas no longer dot the lake – kayaks, antique canoes, and two-person sailboats certainly do. Fishing remains another favorite camp pastime, along with hiking, mountain biking, tennis and the simple art of relaxing – in hammocks, on cottage decks, around camp fires, or inside the soothing spa, housed in the Great Camp’s former ice house. An original stone chapel also offers the perfect venue for a small destination wedding. Or walk-in meditative sanctuary.
“Lake Kora is about escape and reconnecting with nature, close friends and family,” says JCR partner Anthony Cifelli. “It’s about a simpler way of life. Yet with unexpected amusements and surprises at every turn.”
Located in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York – Lake Kora is approximately one-and-a-half hours from the Adirondack Regional Airport; two-and-a-half hours from Albany or Syracuse; and five hours from Boston or New York City.
Office: (732) 473-9982
Fax: (732) 473-9986