GREAT HOUSES| Cheery Lodge, an exceptional Lake Placid camp

CheeryCheery Lodge is an iconic East Lake camp currently on offer from Merrill L. Thomas for $8.95 million.

Built around 1910 as a clubhouse for the long-departed Ruisseaumont Club, Cheery Lodge is one of the greatest properties on Lake Placid’s east lake. For the last 50 years, it’s been owned by a leading Lake Placid family and is now on offer from Merrill L. Thomas.

The house, whose best features are a cathedral-ceilinged great room and a sprawling lawn that leads down to the lake, is one of loveliest Adirondack homes I’ve ever visited. Just about five years ago, I took Mrs. F, then Miss H., to a cocktail party for the Adirondack Friends of the Animals at Cheery Lodge. We were bowled over.

And so anyone would be. Sitting on 4.2 acres and boasting 11 bedrooms — seven for family and guests, four for staff— and seven-and-a-half baths, Cheery Lodge offers quite a bit of house.

From the Merill L. Thomas listing:

y. The main level is highlighted by an impressive two story great room with commanding views of the lake, a majestic fireplace and an original Hamner guideboat. The formal dining room accommodates fourteen guests and features water views, whitewashed oak paneling and its own cut-stone fireplace. Magnificent screened and open porches offer summer solace, evening sunsets or the perfect setting for a grand celebration. … The 3-slip enclosed boathouse and 285 feet of shoreline invite unlimited water activities including swimming at the sandy bottom beach, sailing, fishing and motor boating. A private Adirondack lean-to makes a great gathering place for cookouts and overnights.

On top of all of that, the house has a pretty swell history. It was once featured in a Town&Country spread and played host to the King and Queen of Sweden during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

Take a look at these additional photos, which highlight the great room and the property’s views of the East Lake:

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