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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Lovingly restored by the great-granddaughter of the original owners, this unique historic cottage still retains many original details and decorations - visitors say they feel like they’re stepping back in time. There are lovely leaded glass windows, a handsome rustic stone fireplace (retrofit with a Vermont Castings woodstove insert), richly stained wood walls, beautifully faded oriental rugs and original china. There is a tidy new country kitchen with reclaimed porcelain sink, new gas stove, fridge, microwave, dishes and utensils. There is a new gas furnace and the cottage has been fully insulated. The wind makes the snowflakes dance wildly through the deep snowy meadows, but inside is cozy and warm. And in the summer there is no need for air condition as we have cool temperatures and lots of wind.

Upstairs are two bedrooms each with a double bed (new mattresses and linens), wide pine floors, and country décor. And at last --- after 100 years of our relatives using an outside “privy” back when this was just a summer “camp”, we have a bathroom -- clawfoot tub with shower hoop and beautiful vessel sink on original ladies wash vanity. Towels and soaps provided. The bathroom window offers the best view of the mountains.

There are treasured family hand-me-downs as well as odds and ends which nobody felt comfortable throwing away. Like all family camps, there are bits and pieces of everyone who came before; wooden floors record the scuffs and scratches of generations. There are many photographs showing life at “camp” since the turn of the century. All this gives this Adirondack cottage its own special personality, a unique sense of space --- a treasury of feelings, sensations and memories of family and friends.

The house sleeps four to six comfortably: there are two bedrooms each with double beds, and downstairs are two comfortable couches.

The land is truly spectacular. We have 40 acres of spectacular property with ponds, streams, woods, gardens and gorgeous views. In summer, wildflower meadows spill down the hill, flanked by beautiful forests --- and in winter with snow on the ground, these hills are fantastic for sledding for both children and grownups.

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At dusk, we get the bonfire going so guests can relax in hand-built Adirondack chairs to watch the fire and the stars. There is no “light pollution” so it is an amazing experience to see thousands of stars, night clouds, moonscapes.

We have a flock of free ranging chickens that are very sweet and enjoy handouts of leftover salad, bread and such. They can be picked up easily and are very friendly. Also there are eight shy sweet ducks that waddle around the property; the ducks greatly enjoy it when there is fresh water run into their little swimming pool they are so joyous when they’re in water. The ducks are sweet but shy away from people (oh no! humans!). Unlike the chickens that wander all day and come back together only to sleep, the ducks are co-dependent and stick together all the time; if one duck is separated, they all quack until they get back together. So yes, country life can be noisy with the chickens cackling and the ducks quacking!

We have a gentle old Pony (aptly named PonyBoy) who wanders around the property. He sleeps a lot, flat out in a bed of straw by the chicken coop, or in the grass by the driveway. He also likes to stand right next to our kitchen door outside the window so he can hear the sound of our family and know what’s going on. He likes to bang the screen door open with his nose, or stick his head through the dog door. Sometimes it’s cute; other times it’s just annoying so we shoo him away with a kitchen towel. PonyBoy enjoys carrots, apples, fruit and such; best to toss the food on the ground instead of trying to feed him since he can’t tell the difference between your fingers and a carrot.

And of course there is Sammy Dog, a lab/shepherd mix, who bounds around the property, visiting all our guests, laying down on the porch and steps waiting for people to come home. Be careful coming down the driveway because he sometimes leaps unexpectedly in front of cars all goofy and happy. He can come in and even sleep over if you want (just send us a text message so we know where he is).


Visting dogs are welcome, but unfortunately they must stay on leash to protect our free ranging chickens and ducks.

If you need a babysitter or someone to take care of your dog while you're rafting or out to dinner, we have teenagers at your disposal.


The lake is three miles down the winding road …13th Lake it is called and it is just beautiful. Totally natural and quiet with no sign of civilization on its shores. The Hudson River is at the bottom of our mountain; clear beautiful water; you go tubing or rafting with the various rafting companies located right nearby.

The town of North Creek is five miles away off the main Route 28 road but it’s easy to miss so look for the 3 or 4 signs that mark the entrance to “town”. North Creek is a scenic little town with some great restaurants, a grocery store, liquor store, some shopping places and a scenic train called the Saratoga/North Creek Railroad which takes folks in antique train cars along the Hudson River.
Gore Mountain Ski Center is off Route 28 in North Creek. Frequently they run the gondola so for about $18 a person, you can take the gondola to the top of the mountain …. Incredible views, beautiful fresh air, a lovely experience. All kinds of hiking at Gore Mountain.

Another great experience is nearby Garnet Hill Lodge, an historic lodge offering lunches and dinners … beautiful property, amazing views, great food. It’s located right up the road in North River. They rent mountain bikes and have all kinds of walking trails.

North River is such a beautiful, wonderful place! Picturesque, romantic, Adirondacks at its best ... People are always amazed at how beautiful our family property is ... I am very blessed to own this place, and enjoy sharing it with others.

So .... Enjoy amazing mountain day views and glorious stargazing by night ... this might be the most special vacation you’ve ever had! Quiet and tranquil … safely and privately located at the edge of our Hobby Farm where you can enjoy a beautiful tent, ducks and chickens, a sweet lab dog and a gentle pony.. And, as said before, If you're looking for additional space or if this property is booked, we have glamping tents and Bird Camp on the property as well ...

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dog friendly! We have a lab dog that loves new friends so bring yours along. Many of our guests to finally be able to let their dog off leash to play with our dog, run around and be a free dog! We do request that if you are going off skiing or otherwise not taking your dog, that you bring a crate, or ask us to dog sit for you. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

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  • Cozy bedrooms with new mattresses, fresh sheets and country decor

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Relax by the fire and read a book ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television:

    No cable but lots of videos to watch including children's favorites...moreless

  • Toys:

    Board games, cards, books, toys, crafts ...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Forests
  • Pond

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Gorgeous country property in the Adirondacks ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Private ponds on site ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Fireplace:

    Gorgeous wood burning fireplace ... ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Gas furnace. House is fully winterized. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Partially stocked for your convenience...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Nice new gas stove ...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Bikes can be rented at nearby Garnet Hill Lodge. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Adirondack chairs around a bonfire .. plenty of dry firewood ... stargazing! ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaks and canoes can be delivered to the nearby lake for you ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Surrounded by beautiful meadows ... wildflowers all summer and wild snow whipping around in the winter. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Gore Mountain is five miles away for downhill. Garnet Hill Lodge is 3 miles away for cross country skiing. ...moreless

 

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$1,000

Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


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Fees:

  • Pet Fee $25
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

50% deposit required


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 07/13/2016
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Location

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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany International Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bar Vino
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
Warrensburg
5 Miles
Nearest Train
North Creek
Johnsburg, NY, USA
Nearest Restaurant
On site
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
Gore Mountain and Garnet Hill Lodge
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
13th Lake

Car: Necessary

We are located in the Southern Adirondacks near Gore Mountain Ski Center about 5 miles from scenic North Creek.

We have a free ranging sweet pony that likes to visit our cabins and a loving lab dog. An authentic Adirondack experience! Incredible views and very private ...historic property at its best.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1910

About the owner: Through lucky circumstances and financial help from my family, I own a precious 40 acres atop the Adirondack Mountains, which includes a small cluster of buildings including my great-grandparents’ century-old camp which is on the National Register of Historic Homes. I have the honor to have vacationing guests from all over the world who come and leave with generous notes of thanks for having had the opportunity to live as I do with my children now, and as my grandparents and great-parents once did here. We treasure our farm-like setting reminiscent of an 1800’s farm with pleasant meadows, beautiful mountain views and brilliant star-filled nights, and I am grateful to my family for helping us preserve this special place.

Why the Owner Chose Johnsburg, NY, USA:
My family’s connection with the Adirondacks goes back to 1905 when my great-aunt Edie Bird --- then a teenager living in Port Washington, Long Island --- became sick with TB. At that time, the Adirondack wilderness had acquired a reputation for its health giving properties, and people were convinced that the fresh air, isolation, and plenty of rest and wholesome food would help people infected with TB. So my great-grandparents sent their daughter Edie here to North River where she “took the cure” by boarding at the nearby Cedarwood Farm where she sat outside all winter with the other boarders, bundled under quilts on the porch, and in summer walking the roads and wildflower meadows. Happily, my great-aunt Edie Bird recovered from the dreaded TB (the owners of the farm were not so lucky -- they contracted and died of TB themselves). In 1910, my great-grandparents, Tim and Ida Bird, bought eight acres of beautiful property on “Christian Hill” (as it was once known) in North River. (I have since then bought an additional abutting 40 acres). They then built a small “shingle style” camp in the rustic Adirondack style which we call Bird Cabin --- siting the small rustic dwelling to capitalize on dramatic southward views across the Gore Mountain range and the Hudson River two miles below. They brought up by train beautiful leaded glass windows and other building materials from a demolished Guggenheim estate on Long Island. Building materials were locally acquired --- cedar shingles, stone, milled lumber nearby North Creek where intensive amounts of logging was being done. Traditionally, the women and children stayed all summer while the men traveled back and forth. Life was leisurely. Visiting, and having visitors, was an important part of life. Cooking was done with a hand pump and wood cook stove. It was a four day long trip from Port Washington, Long Island. We are delighted to share this special property today with visiting guests from all over the world.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
My family’s connection with the Adirondacks goes back to 1905 when my great-aunt Edie Bird --- then a teenager living in Port Washington, Long Island --- became sick with TB. At that time, the Adirondack wilderness had acquired a reputation for its health giving properties, and people were convinced that the fresh air, isolation, and plenty of rest and wholesome food would help people infected with TB. So my great-grandparents sent their daughter Edie here to North River where she “took the cure” by boarding at the nearby Cedarwood Farm where she sat outside all winter with the other boarders, bundled under quilts on the porch, and in summer walking the roads and wildflower meadows. Happily, my great-aunt Edie Bird recovered from the dreaded TB (the owners of the farm were not so lucky -- they contracted and died of TB themselves). In 1910, my great-grandparents, Tim and Ida Bird, bought eight acres of beautiful property on “Christian Hill” (as it was once known) in North River. (I have since then bought an additional abutting 40 acres). They then built a small “shingle style” camp in the rustic Adirondack style which we call Bird Camp --- siting the small rustic dwelling to capitalize on dramatic southward views across the Gore Mountain range and the Hudson River two miles below. They brought up by train beautiful leaded glass windows and other building materials from a demolished Guggenheim estate on Long Island. Building materials were locally acquired --- cedar shingles, stone, milled lumber nearby North Creek where intensive amounts of logging was being done. Traditionally, the women and children stayed all summer while the men traveled back and forth. Life was leisurely. Visiting, and having visitors, was an important part of life. Cooking was done with a hand pump and wood cook stove. It was a four day long trip from Port Washington, Long Island. Today we are delighted to share this special property today with visiting guests from all over the world.


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Photos

  • Twightlight sunrise ... even more amazing this year after tree cutting

    Twightlight sunrise ... even more amazing this year after tree cutting

  • In summer we have free ranging chickens.

    In summer we have free ranging chickens.

  • Beautiful nearby 13th Lake ... pristine,  natural and lovely ...

    Beautiful nearby 13th Lake ... pristine, natural and lovely ...

  • Pony Boy and Sammy are excellent friends.

    Pony Boy and Sammy are excellent friends.

  • Great-grandparents building Bird Camp 1910.  They brought leaded glass windows up by train all the way from Port Washington, Long Island.

    Great-grandparents building Bird Camp 1910. They brought leaded glass windows up by train all the way from Port Washington, Long Island.

  • Lazy summer afternoon

    Lazy summer afternoon

  • Looking for more rustic? Rent our glamping tent! Bed is made, lights are on ...

    Looking for more rustic? Rent our glamping tent! Bed is made, lights are on ...

  • Sammy dog in the flowers

    Sammy dog in the flowers

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RESTORED HISTORIC ADIRONDACK CAMP: VIEWS OF NEARBY GORE MOUTAIN, PRIVACY, HISTOR

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