Fall on Barger Pond

Welcome to the Lake House

Welcome to our property. Are you looking for a summer vacation rental in a rural setting, but not too far from New York City?  Barger Pond is located in the Hudson Valley, just north of New York City. It is within easy commute distance of Manhattan, and served by the Metro North Line at Peekskill and Croton Harmon. But the real beauty of this location is in it's rural setting. Open your eyes on a Saturday morning and you'll think you are waking up in a nature preserve.  The house is located in the center of three wooded and landscaped acres and just a few hundred feet down a stone wall lined trail to your own private dock.

A little bit of history

Originally all the property surrounding the lake, down to what is now Route 6, was farmed by the Barger Family. Years later the Finnerty Family came to farm and own this area. Down by the fork in the road on Barger Street you can still see the remains of the dairy and chicken farm and one of the family farm houses. Throughout the early part of the century this area was the summer destination of New York City dwellers. At that time the husband would pack up the wife and two kids and set them up in a summer bungalow, while the husband commuted to NY on the train. Friday night would see a mass exodus from the city up north and the city folk would enjoy the fresh air and cool breezes.

As time moved on, these summer cottages were converted into year round houses, the fields and orchards were developed into housing tracts and the suburbs were born. However, this little section of Putnam Valley remained relatively unchanged, until a short time ago there were still rural dirt roads throughout the county.

The local lake, Barger Pond, is about 35 acres and is fed by cold deep water springs, turning the lake into a refreshing destination even during the hottest hot spells. To the north is a vast designated wetland that provides even more insulation from any planned development. Just a little up the Taconic Parkway is Fahnestock State Park and the Appalachian Trail.

What we offer

 We are making our cottage available to you for rental periods from a week to the entire season, depending on availability. The cottage was recently remodeled with the aim of having the place available as a retreat from the city during spring, summer and fall. Over the winter vacation availability is limited and only by special arrangements. Please see our rental terms section for more specific information.

The recent remodel included changes to the exterior landscaping and upgrades to the interior. Fresh paint, new doors, flooring and cabinets are just some of the improvements. The interior design is directed to the "country Cottage" look, but with an emphasis of clean simple lines. The kitchen is well equipped with professional cookware and cutlery, and the dinning room table is a turn of the century original from the Finnerty Farm. New beds and linen are also provided. Full cable TV and wireless internet are provided. Oddly there is no phone, but cell phone reception is excellent.

The lakefront benefits from a prohibition against all motorized boats. A canoe is provided for your use, of course at your own risk. If you wish to take children swimming there is a community beach and a town provided lifeguard during the summer months just down the street. The lake has small mouth bass, pickerel and bluegills, a NYS license is required for all adults and available in nearby Mohegan Lake.

Aside from the peace and tranquility, this area abounds with activities. From Kayaking on the Hudson from the Peekskill waterfront to hikes on the part of the Appalachian trail that crosses Clarence Fahnestock State Park, to biking on an abandoned railway lines almost to the city, there are loads of things to do. See the Local Interest section for a growing list of things to do.