Lake Kora Adirondack Historic Great Camp
Adirondacks, New York State
At a Glance
Historic luxury lodge camp for exclusive family or group hire for around 20 guests
Sublime wilderness location in the Adirondacks on a private lake
Incredible family escape and ideal for a special celebration from a birth to family reunion
'Swallows & Amazons" experience - swim, fish, sail, canoe and enjoy campfires and story tellers
Private chefs and staff to take care of your every whim
Available for exclusive hire from July through October
Awarded World's Leading Exclusive Retreat at World Travel Awards 2015
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Lake Kora is only open for four months of the year, from July through to October. July to August require a four-night stay and September to October a three-night minimum.
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Set amid the spectacular New York Adirondacks, this Historic Great Camp features charming luxury lodges set on a thousand-acre private wilderness escape. It is the pure distillation of summertime; of leaping off docks, wooden boats and campfires.
Once a private playground for the Vanderbilts, Lake Kora Historic Great Camp invites family and friends to experience this extraordinary property as a Great Camp all of their own for a rejuvenating few days, a week, or a month at a time. It is fully staffed and an all-inclusive rustic paradise that must be booked in its entirety.
Lake Kora was built in 1898 as Kamp Kill Kare, a magnificent log-and-stone compound on a vast forest preserve, with its own 500-acre lake. It was an exclusive retreat, but soon the site of many grand affairs. Yale and Harvard teams practiced on the softball diamond and the eminent families of the Gilded Age came to dance on the Boathouse docks. No expense was spared on luxury and mountain charm: birch bark writing paper, a Venetian gondola, a floating lantern-lit bridge, and even a dancing black bear. Still in private hands today, the camp has remained astonishingly intact for more than a century.
Today Lake Kora remains a magnificent playground for adults and children alike. The camp’s heritage bowling alley, tennis and squash courts, vintage board games, billiards, outdoor roller rink, lake activities, boats and balsam trails are only the beginning.
The boat house is where staff will organise your fishing gear, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and sailboats, windsurf boards, wetsuits and life jackets for adventures on your own private lake. The old Ice and Meat House has been transformed into a place of rejuvenation - now a two-story spa building featuring a hot tub and sauna - where you can while away the afternoon. There is even a beautiful library where you can browse through vintage book collections or re-connect with the WiFi on personal devices. Lake Kora is about making the experience your own, encouraging you to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, make precious memories with your family and friends and rejuvenate in a place of such private natural beauty.
The Eighteen exquisite guest rooms are spread among eight log cottages near the lake’s edge. Each is a realm of quiet and comfort, with original furnishings and fixtures made by Lake Kora craftsmen a century ago. Soft white linens and featherbeds, stone hearths laid with fire, elegant wood-walled bathrooms with vintage soaking tubs encourage long, dreamy repose. Lake Kora can cater for up to around 25 guests, although 12 is the average number of guests catered for. From the Island House, a three bedroom hideaway only accessible by rowing boat or canoe, to the spectacular Tree House that is a romantic favourite for parents, all the cottages and rooms are unique and offer true rustic luxury.
Meals are prepared by your private chef and their team; the clarified air and days passed in happy, vigorous play builds up quite an appetitie, and the chef provides fresh, delicious Adirondack fare aplenty: a picnic lunch on a sunny mountaintop, a lakeside barbecue or a multi course dinner by the great fireplace. In the evenings, gather around the campfire for marshmallow s'mores and story-telling just like in the grand olden days.
Lake Kora can cater for around 20 guests at anyone time but often caters for much smaller family groups of five or six looking for a unique and truly special getaway. There are 13 primary bedrooms consisting of the Main Lodge; Tree House; Gardener's Cottage, two Boat Houses; Two Cottages. There are 5 extra bedrooms; with the Island House and the Main Lodge with sleeping porch and Bachelor's Room.
There might be a vast choice of accommodations for smaller parties; but you are sure to fall in love with a particular cottage or house that will become home for your stay. Favourites include the Island House, the Tree House and the two Boat Houses.
Lake Kora is a 'Swallows and Amazons" experience for children; they can run free on over 1,000 acres of grounds, swimming in the lake, sailing, fishing and canoeing or playing games together from bowling to pool in The Play House. Programmed child care and nanny services can be arranged.
Meals are joyous events at Lake Kora and are designed around the family or group staying at the camp. Local produce from meats and fish, homemade breads, wild greens, fruits and berries are incorporated into the chef's choices. The chef and his team can cater to fine dining celebrations or casual barbecues on the Lake Shore and no dietary requirements are too much trouble.
Lake Kora is a magnificent playground for adults and children alike. The camp’s heritage bowling alley, tennis and squash courts, vintage board games, billiards, outdoor roller rink, lake activities, boats and balsam trails are only the beginning.
The boat house is where you collect your fishing gear, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and sailboats, windsurf boards, wetsuits and life jackets for adventures on your own private lake.
The old Ice and Meat House has been transformed into a place of rejuvenation - now a two-story spa building featuring a hot tub and sauna.
Make the experience your own as you escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, make precious memories with your family and friends, and rejuvenate in a place of such private natural beauty.
Location & directions
Adirondacks, New York State
Set amid the spectacular New York Adirondacks, this historic Great Camp is set in a thousand-acre woodland in Upstate New York.
How to get there
Lake Kora can be reached by helicopter from New York City in just 1 hour. There are direct flights from New York to Albany followed by a 2-hour drive or transfer. Alternatively, it is a 5-hour self-drive.
From Boston there are direct flights to Saranac Lake from which it is a 1-hour 15-minute scenic drive.
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