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Authentic Log Cabin, Secluded Site on the Ausable River

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Porches, Sleeps 8

Built in 1926 and recently renovated, this classic log cabin is rich with Adirondack character.

Nestled in a stand of mature pines, the cabin's very private and secluded setting offers the gamut of outdoor activities but is also conveniently located less than 10 Miles from Whiteface Mountain, and less than 20 Miles from Lake Placid. The cabin is surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest which is accessible for hiking and hunting via a large network of private trails.

A fly fisherman's haven, the cabin sits a mere 50 yards from the AuSable River's 'Dream Mile', which was featured in the fly Fishing portion of ESPN's Outdoor Games (2001) and Outdoor Life's East Coast Fly Fishing Competition (2001, 2002). Fishing access by special reservation so please inquire.

A massive stone fireplace serves as the centerpiece of the great room and will take the chill out of any Adirondack night. With its master bedroom and two cozy bunk rooms, the cabin sleeps 8 people, with day beds in living room for napping. The cabin also features a full bath, with hot and cold running water, an outfitted kitchen, and a beautiful screened-in porch for meals or relaxation.

The cabin comes furnished with bed linens, kitchenware, and all the comforts of home. A Grocery service is also available.

The cabin is located at the end of a long gravel/natural driveway. 2WD vehicles are usually sufficient in the summer and fall, but 4WD is recommended, particularly in the winter and spring.

More Details

Giovanni Cagnolati
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Giovanni Cagnolati

The cabin is owned by my self and my father. I am a young architect interested in historic preservation, restoration, and land management.

Giovanni Cagnolati purchased this cabin in 1995

Why Giovanni Cagnolati chose Jay

The property is a real gem with beautiful forests, great river access, and charming Adirondack architecture.

When we purchased it, the cabin had been left to deteriorate, so we put in quite of bit of work to restore it to it's original condition (except where would could improve the amenities without compromising the character).

We had used it as a family camp for a number of years. Because we were only there a couple times a year, though, we felt that it was under enjoyed. So we opened it to the public so that more people could experience its unique charm.

What makes this cabin unique

River access, peaceful seclusion, wonderful fly fishing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We just returned from a perfect vacation in the Adirondacks. I can't say enough about how much we loved the cabin. What a beautiful spot! We were hoping for someplace private but following Pat down the "driveway" . . . we kept saying "Oh my God!" It was so much fun! We spent lots of time in the screened-in porch and we read and napped and hiked the days away. We couldn't have asked for a place that was more perfect for us."
Jun 2010
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Jay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Authentic Log Cabin, Secluded Site on the Ausable River
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 14 reviews

The cabin we've been looking for

  • 5 of 5

The Deerlands is fabulous. Total privacy. The kitchen is much nicer than you typically find in a cabin. Nice appliances. Well appointed. The fireplace is awesome. Nice screened in porch with a large dining room table… views of the river through the trees. There is a road right on the other side of the river, but we saw only a few cars the four days we were there. As other reviewers have mentioned, the living room is dark. Perfectly fine for sitting by a crackling fire, but too dark for reading.

The master bedroom has a very comfortable queen-size bed. In the other rooms, the bunk beds are more like what you'd expect to find in a log cabin: a foam pad on plywood. The master bedroom has a dresser. The rooms with the bunks just have the beds – no place to put your clothes and things, but again, not a big deal.

The bathroom is nice. Everything works great. A second bathroom would be awesome, but it's do-able with the one.

As you get closer to the arrival date, the property manager connects you with Jim who gets you settled in and looks after the place. He's very helpful with finding the place and answering any questions. Would be helpful to be connected with him earlier in the process.

One of the reviews from 2014 mentions that there's a washer and dryer. They must be in the basement, which is now locked and inaccessible. Not a problem for us as we were only there four days.

All in all, a truly great cabin which we hope to return to next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ballston Spa

Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

Where my dreams blend with reality! Needs an ice cream scoop.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolute delight!

  • 5 of 5

Having been a travel writer of over twenty vacation books, I’ve come to expect that vacation destinations aren’t quite what is shown on their brochures.

The pictures are flattering and they fail to disclose the McDonalds next door or the busy highway across the street.

The Deerlands is the exact opposite. The photos and description do not do it justice.

Located on over 400 acres of pristine forest on the Au Sable River down a graded dirt road a few miles off the pavement, the cabin built in the early 1900’s out of massive hand-hewn logs could almost claim status as a historical lodge. It is surrounded by hiking trails that meander through the woods and the chance of seeing deer is almost certain.

The owners spared no expense in modernizing the cabin yet keeping the rustic beauty intact. It has a fully functioning kitchen, washer and dryer and yes, even a Wi-Fi system that works.

The caretaker of the cabin is a great guy by the name of Jim Rondeau. He is readily accessible by phone should you need information on the area or advice on which breakfast place has the best pancakes. He was more helpful and treated me better than any maître d in a 5 star hotel.

In closing, the Deerlands is a gem that shouldn’t be missed. I know I’ll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We rented the cabin for the weekend because of the great fly fishing opportunities in the area. The cabin surpassed the expectations. Nesseled in 2000 acres you have all the space you need to hike and explore. Inside, the rooms were impecable and the kitchen well stocked. The best feature was the enormous fireplace (with a fire roaring at our arrival).

Thank you for the great time.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Authentic, clean, original, very relaxing, serene

  • 5 of 5

We loved the experience staying at the camp. Location is great, house is basic - but very comfortable and clean. Caretaker within a phone call away. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Private

  • 5 of 5

Great Place. Spent a week with the family and really enjoyed the seclusion. Great trails right from the cabin even the dirt road to the cabin was an adventure for the kids. The cabin is truly 'authentic' and you can tell the owner takes pride in the craftsmanship and details throughout. In my mind this is a true Adirondack experience and we will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120 + Tax
Pet Fee $90 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 3.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.