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Welcome to Our Picturesque, Historic, Spacious, Schoolhouse in the Adirondacks.

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Last updated: 03/21/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

A perfect secluded getaway!
The Lay of the Land: The North River Schoolhouse sleeps 8 people, ideally 2 couples with kids (extra single beds are in each of the two downstairs bedrooms) and an upstairs bedroom great for teens. The open floor-plan living room/dining room has both the living area plus extra-long dining table that comfortably seats 8. There is also a small banquette in the kitchen for quick bites. The house is very family-friendly with toys and games provided - even a toddler chair. There is also a screened-in side porch, though not terribly useful in the winter months.

Outside there's a 2-car carport (though it may be a squeeze for large SUVs), split wood and a couple of kid sleds you may use.

More Amenities: It's clean, quiet, peaceful, and private, surrounded by total wilderness but easy access to main roads. The house is spacious, with original 12-ft high ceilings and original schoolhouse windows (with added storm windows and screens, of course). There’s a very efficient wood stove and a large fireplace for ambiance, large seating area whether on the couch or around the wood stove. There is also a TV with DVD/VHS player (sorry, no cable TV), a fairly extensive DVD/VHS movie library and DSL for wireless internet access. There is a washer/dryer, dishwasher, stereo, iPod dock/tuner and many of the other comforts of home. Sheets and towels are provided and the kitchen has all the requirements any year-round home would have including a microwave oven and dual conventional ovens plus, of course, cook surface. All windows have insulated curtains and each room has heat-circulating ceiling fans.

Out and About: There is hiking and snowshoeing right outside the front door (Schoolhouse Rd is a well-plowed and sanded dirt road). We’re a 10-minute drive from North Creek for the grocery store, liquor store, Cafe Sarah for fabulous espresso and baked goods, Bar Vino for tapas and artisan beer and wine and many more interesting shops.

We’re also a 15-minute drive from Gore Mountain Ski Center for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. No more than 3 minutes up the road from the house is Garnet Hill Lodge for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. They also have a newly renovated dining room and bar in this historic lodge that overlooks the mountains and Thirteenth Lake.

A Bit of History: During its days as an elementary school, the North River Schoolhouse was the first school in NY State to offer skiing as part of its curriculum. The kitchen and mudroom is actually the first schoolhouse, built in the late 1800's. The main part of the house was built in 1903 and functioned as a schoolhouse until the mid 1940's. Historic photos of a number of periods are depicted in reproduction photos on a few of the walls. And, aside from the renovated kitchen, the upstairs and the walls that form the bedrooms, all walls are also original tongue-and-groove wood. The restoration and renovation (done in 1993 and 1996) was the first time the building was used as a residence. Before and after photos are available for those interested. Our family has been in North River since 1903 when my great grandfather built a camp nearby after his daughter came to 'take the cure' at an Inn also on Schoolhouse Rd. Every summer our family came to North River from various towns in the Northeast and many made it their permanent home.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Futon chair...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    ...moreless

  • Upstairs bedroom: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Best for older kids, teens...moreless

  • Two large bedrooms on main floor, third bedroom on second floor.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    set only for DVD & NTSC videos...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Forests

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining room part of open floor plan that includes living room....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Parking:

    in driveway and carport...moreless

  • Telephone:

    unlimited long distance, no international calls allowed...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    stacker...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Please do use, very efficient....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    not potscrubber...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    basic condiments, coffee, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
 

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$225
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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning $100
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

$250 fee if any indication of smoking or candle use on premises. House info will be emailed to guests at least 1 week prior to stay. Phone conversation required prior to confirming booking.


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Last updated: 03/21/2015
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Location

  • Garnet Hill Lodge

    "This is a great place for cross country skiing and hiking. There is a restaurant and bar the..."

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  • Cafe Sarah

    "Such a great place to go in the mornings for a quick bite and coffee, or to stop for lunch f..."

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  • barVino and barVino cellar

    "We absolutely love this place. Great small plates to share and an amazing beer and wine sele..."

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6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Different options in the town of North Creek
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Different options in the town of North Creek
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
Gore Mountain Ski Resort

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: This is a family property and, while I bought it originally, I share it with my daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids. I lived year-round in the schoolhouse from 1995-2002 after which I sold my manufacturing business in Glens Falls, NY, to a company based in NC who I worked for as Creative Director for 9 years until they were sold in 2012. In 2002 I married a man from Montpelier, VT, where I now live. Currently I'm the editor-in-chief of KNITstyle magazine and am able to spend time in the warmer months at the schoolhouse, as I have many cousins and friends there.

Why the Owner Chose North River:
For a couple of years, the schoolhouse was a working bar that hosted square dances. The whole town (mostly family) went to these dances, as evidenced by a photo of such on the wall near the porch. I always would pass the schoolhouse, wondering what would happen to it, as it had been left abandoned to the elements for many years. But its structure was strong and endured years of neglect. But as soon as I could afford to, in 1989 I made an offer on the house to the person who owned it and, while it was totally uninhabitable, I was determined to fix it up. In 1993 I was able to get a construction loan and the rest, as they say, is history…..

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I love the peace, the spaciousness, the gardens (I'm an avid perennial garden), the quiet in the winter and the rush of the 13th Lake Brook (across the road) in the spring (though not so much the black flies…..). But mostly, I just love being there.


Contact us

Speaks: english, Cari: a bit of French

 

Photos

  • A welcome approach down a gentle hill.

    A welcome approach down a gentle hill.

  • The back of the house, screened in porch and kitchen.

    The back of the house, screened in porch and kitchen.

  • The sunny kitchen.

    The sunny kitchen.

  • Dining, Living area from top of stairs

    Dining, Living area from top of stairs

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • 3rd bedroom on the 2nd floor with two single futons.

    3rd bedroom on the 2nd floor with two single futons.

  • School House Rd becomes a makeshift sledding hill on the right days.

    School House Rd becomes a makeshift sledding hill on the right days.

  • Welcome to School House Road

    Welcome to School House Road

  • Hudson River from one of the interpretive rest stops in North River.

    Hudson River from one of the interpretive rest stops in North River.

  • Back entry.

    Back entry.

  • View from Garnet Hill Lodge.

    View from Garnet Hill Lodge.

  • When it was a schoolhouse.

    When it was a schoolhouse.

  • The front of the School House

    The front of the School House

  • Side entrance and Kitchen banquette. This is where we come in and leave our shoes and hang our coats.

    Side entrance and Kitchen banquette. This is where we come in and leave our shoes and hang our coats.

  • Dining area, doors to screened in porch and view into kitchen

    Dining area, doors to screened in porch and view into kitchen

  • 2nd bedroom

    2nd bedroom

  • Bath with full shower. There is also a 1/2 bath

    Bath with full shower. There is also a 1/2 bath

  • The volunteer fire department just up the road

    The volunteer fire department just up the road

  • Just across the road is the 13th Lake Brook that runs down to the Hudson River.

    Just across the road is the 13th Lake Brook that runs down to the Hudson River.

  • Back entry garden in July.

    Back entry garden in July.

  • Original photos of when it was a school house, the students who learned there, hang on a wall near the half bath.

    Original photos of when it was a school house, the students who learned there, hang on a wall near the half bath.

  • The idyllic town of North Creek, NY

    The idyllic town of North Creek, NY

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english, Cari: a bit of French
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  • Calendar last updated 03/21/2015
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