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Historic 4-season destination on Great Sacandaga Lake with boat dock

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 6, covered porch, boat dock

The property is the restored FJ&G railroad station in the former Sacandaga Park resort. The Station is located in a wooded setting. It is listed on the National Register. The summer rental includes a boat slip at our docks, use of the on-site tennis/pickle ball courts and guest privileges at Sacandaga Park Beach. The Great Sacandaga Lake is beautiful and uncrowded. It offers great sailing, power boating and fishing opportunities. A 9-hole golf course, lake side restaurants and the village of Northville are all within walking or biking reach. Northville retains the character of a small rural Adirondack village with authentic architectual styles. Wonderful cross-country skiing (Lapland Lake), downhill skiing (Gore Mountain) and snow mobiling (Great Sacandaga Lake and Adirondack Park trails) are found nearby during the winter. The furnishings and interior of the Station are new. There is ample opportunity for walking and safe biking for small children right around the Station and in Sacandaga Park.

Sacandaga Park: The hamlet of Sacandaga Park is across the Sacandaga River from the Village of Northville. It is in the Town of Northampton. Sacandaga Park retains the atmosphere of the famous cottage community that was once operated here by the FJ&G railroad. The old hotels and Broadway level entertainment are gone but the golf course, many original cottages, the Station, the giant white pines and the relaxed pedestrian life style are still there. The roads are narrow and tree-lined. Summer is the busy season with people lounging on their porches, summer events, boating and water sports. The fall is beautiful with great fall colors in the Park and the surrounding wooded areas. In the winter, Sacandaga Park is a great pied-a-terre for ski excursions and exploring the lake and wooded trails on a snow mobile or cross-country skis. The permanent population of the Park is rising and most restaurants remain open through the winter months.

The Station: The Station was built in 1920 near the peak of the “amusement park period” of Sacandaga Park. For many years after the railroad disappeared and the crowds stopped coming, it continued to play a central role in the life of the Sacandaga Park community. The Station was saved in 2002 from “destruction by neglect”. It has undergone an extensive restoration that retains its outward appearance while finding an adaptive re-use for the interior that does justice to the building’s historic significance. On March 7, 2004 the Sacandaga Station was placed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The large roof overhangs and surrounding tall trees create a wonderful lounging area during summer when it is hot or rainy. It is also convenient and cozy during the winter when heavy snow builds up around the building and you can ski out of the front door. The former baggage room is available for general storage of recreational equipment. More historic information is on the Station web site.

Great Sacandaga Lake: The Great Sacandaga Lake was created in 1930 with the closing of the gates on the Conklingville dam in the Sacandaga River. The Sacandaga is one of the main tributaries to the Hudson River. The lake is large (29 miles long), surrounded by hills. The lake edges are protected from development by a NYS regulatory agency. The water quality is high because of the annual snow melt and high precipitation levels farther north in the Adirondack mountains. There are several marinas and commercial dock facilities. Sailing is rapidly becoming a popular water sport. Kayaking on the lake and up the river is common. The lake is uncrowded especially during the week. There are wonderful lakeside restaurants with docking facilities within 20 minutes by motor boat from Sacandaga. The fishing is good in all seasons and 36 inch northerns are caught regularly. The lake has a number of islands; their white sandy beaches become exposed later in the summer when the water goes down from early spring flood level

More Details

Property Manager
Margreet or Willem Monster
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2017

About Margreet or Willem Monster

I am a retired computer engineering professor who took up a new 'career' in rural Upstate NY as restorer/redeveloper of historic buildings in the Adirondack region. My wife is an architect and designer. We live on an old farm five minutes away from the rental property.

Margreet or Willem Monster purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Margreet or Willem Monster chose Great Sacandaga Lake

This is a typical small train station built in the early 1900's resort period. The architecture of the building, its natural setting and the comfortable amenities make this a wonderful place to stay - summer, spring, fall and winter.

What makes this cottage unique

The location along the Great Sacandaga Lake, the on-site marina where you can put your boat for the length of your stay, the walkable environment (bathing beach, golf course, tennis courts) and the history archive about Sacandaga and the resort era, are all wonderful extras.

Amenities

Northville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , wash basin, mirror etc
  • Bathroom 2 is connected to bedroom 2. It can be used as a general purpose powder room during the day.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom 3 is a non-private corner off the living room.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sailboat
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
On most items - please ask. There is basic cable and cable wireless internet. We can usually find bicycles, a canoe etc as needed. The Station is surrounded by 10 acres of private land that is being developed as a small (15-unit) cottage community. This private land parcel has 250 ft of frontage on the Great Sacandaga Lake. The boat docks are located here - a 2-minute walk from the Station. The use of a small sailing boat (Laser pico) is included in the rent and sailing instruction is available. The parcel also adjoins the historic 'cottage circle' with quaint cottages that date from the late 1800's. It is also a 2-minute walk to the golf course club house. The tennis courts are even closer. The Sacandaga Park swimming beach is a 4-minute walk, through the cottage circle. This beach is great for small children. There is a lakefront restaurant at the beach. You can also swim off the boat docks.

Reviews

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Historic 4-season destination on Great Sacandaga Lake with boat dock
average rating of 4.857143 based on 21 reviews
5

great time

  • 5 of 5

had a great time at the station, we went fishing and snowmobiling all weekend. great location and accommodations. Bill (and his dog bear) next door is always a big help. Willem is always a phone call away if need. we look forward to next years trip.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The Station is very charming and has a wonderful welcoming feel to it.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the open floor plan and the sense of stepping back in time and yet it had all the modern touches we are all accustomed to. The focus on the history of the Station was wonderful. My suggestions to improve even further how wonderful our stay would be: that the owner should knock before entering and installing a blind on the entry door would definitely enhance privacy.

Our overall pleasure on our stay would mean we would be delighted to come and stay again in the future.

Thank you and Happy New Year!! john & Anne

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Station is a very private location with it's own entry road and located on a 10 acre wooded parcel. Nevertheless, we have added a screening option to the front door window. I promise to look for something a lot louder than my usual discrete knock - perhaps a train whistle.
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5

Historic and nicely updated

  • 5 of 5

I grew up in the Adirondack region, but now live out of state. It was time to visit family, and Sacandaga Station proved to be perfect for our rather large family gatherings. The inside is totally remodeled, and Willem has done a marvelous job keeping the interior true to its roots while at the same time providing modern conveniences. It was clean, comfortable and cozy.

The outside covered area was great to sit under to stay out of the sun or rain if needed.

Lots of local literature/activities information available. Don't miss the book that shows the rehabilitation of the station! It was a real pleasure to stay in such an historical gem. Thank you Willem and Margreet!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Second stay for us.

  • 5 of 5

Very interesting rental. Historical restoration. Officially listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Contains many old photos, books, etc. of the train depot and life and times of the area, which was once the playground of the rich & famous of NY City. Good physical layout: the kitchen is nicely laid out, open to the dining areas (formal & breakfast nook) and the living room. We enjoyed both of our stays on the property: last year there was a beautiful foot of snow and this year no snow and blue skies (Thanksgiving week).

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for that appreciative review. The exterior style of the building is typical of the era (early 1900's) and the function (resort railroad station). In the 2003/4 restoration we tried hard to preserve it completely. The interior layout was adapted to make it comfortable for a variety of uses while leaving recognizable touches of the original layout. Now, 10 years later, we can be cautiously optimistic that we succeeded. The historic material is a nice touch for visitors interested in exploring the history of the Great. Sacandaga Lake region.
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5

It was an awesome stay!

  • 5 of 5

There is so much to say! The owners were very nice, laid back people and their place is a home away from home. The things we enjoyed the most: The size of the accommodations, the easy dock access for swimming and kayaking, we enjoyed fireworks on two nights from the dock, the porch is very large with comfortable seating, including a porch swing, it is quite relaxing there, we played tennis and pickle ball, which are located across from the "station", we walked into town and shopped and ate. The Tavern Inn was surprising good, no great, not just bar food, Sport Island Pub has great Italian food. The "station" has a huge bathroom with a washer and dryer and fully stocked kitchen. It was an awesome stay and we would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much Colleen and Mike. You (and quite a few of your nearby family members) made good use of and clearly enjoyed the amenities. You also took great care of the property. Glad you made it home safely on that very long car ride back to Colorado. Hope to see you again next year.
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Fun stay, a weekend away!

  • 4 of 5

Very peaceful and quit getaway! The station is beautifully done, and had many amenities! Thank you for the stay Willem!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amsterdam, NY
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Rt30 North/McKinley Avenue
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
2-minute walk
Car: not necessary

This is a rural area in the southern Adirondacks. The Adirondacks is an environmentally protected park of the State of New York. The entire area offers many outdoor attractions. Around the Great Sacandaga Lake the major draw is for boaters, fishing enthusiasts and other outdoor activities. The Village of Northville offers all essential shopping and services including a major grocery store. It is an authentic Adirondack village within walking distance that has just the right mix of recreational amenities including a wonderful library, an eclectic coffee shop, a lakeside park and a wonderful mix of residential architecture. There is a very active local summer arts and music scene with weekly outdoor concerts. Saratoga Springs with the horse races and extensive summer cultural arts programs is 40 minutes away. The Adirondacks offers unspoiled scenery, camping, kayaking, white water rafting and an assortment of local history, natural history and eco-oriented musea. There are lakes and creeks, hiking & back country skiing trails, quaint villages and out-of-the-way places to explore.

Other Activities: hiking, camping

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60

Cleaning fee is waived if property is left in essentially clean condition.
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Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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