Adirondack getaway offers fine details and spectacular views
About Leslie Clement
Through lucky circumstances and financial help from my family, I own a precious 40 acres atop a mountain in the Adirondacks with a small cluster of buildings including my great-grandparents’ century-old Bird Camp, four glamping tents and several cabins I have built in the last few years. From early spring until the leaves change color in the fall, I have the honor to host vacationing guests who come to the Adirondack Mountains from all over the world, and who leave with generous notes of thanks and lovely reviews 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. A few years ago, I bought 40 acres of beautiful land abutting the original property. Gorgeous mountain views and open meadows were reclaimed by clearing trees, and the historic Shields Road which accesses this portion of the land has been rebuilt. Originally I intended to build single family homes for sale, but the evolved to retaining all the land the building, as finances permit, sweet rental cabins (Camp HudsonView and Camp TwoSome), walking trails and this year, a fabulous Japanese temple with a cedar hot tub. I am grateful that I’ve had fascinating professional and personal experience, and that I may live in an insanely beautiful wild place. I have a small business offers interesting challenges and rewards. I spend the winter building rustic furniture for my rentals, plowing snow with my four wheeler and working as weather permits on the properties. And through the warm months, I have the opportunity to meet lovely people from all over the world who treasure what we have here. Our guests bring life, laughter, children and love to our quiet mountain retreat. Forward! Leslie Clement
Leslie Clement purchased this Cabin in 1910
Why Leslie Clement chose North River
The Adirondack Mountains are a spectacular range in upstate New York that showcases the breathtaking beauty of nature. There is a beautiful lake three miles down the winding road. It is completely natural and quiet with no sign of civilization on its shores. Our guests enjoy spectacular views and acres of land that consists of pristine woods, meadows, vistas, and a spring-fed pond. The Hudson River is just down the hill, and the town of North Creek is five miles away. There is a historic cemetery next door, and Gore Mountain Ski Center and Garnet Hill are only a few miles away. Albany is only an hour-and-a-half away, and guests can reach Montreal within two hours. They can even take a short four-hour road trip to New York City. The town of North Creek is five miles away off the main Route 28 road. North Creek is a scenic little town with some great restaurants, a grocery store, a 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.
What makes this Cabin unique
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.
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Perfect place to relax with as little technology as possible
We came for my daughters 21st birthday, we had an amazing time and very much enjoyed the cottage, it was beautiful, rustic, Quaint and wishy washy and filled with yard sale treasures. I would not of changed a thing. The pizza was amazing and a great suggestion seen as it is in a remote area, we also has fresh eggs for breakfast from the chicken coop. The hot tub was amazing and our trip was a great experience with memories we will treasure forever. I liked the fact that there was no big flat screen TV so I could enjoy and chat with my family and not be distracted by technology. Thank you
Pretty nice cottage
We had a great time with nice cottage, hand made pizza, big nature, camp fire, stars and Japanese style bath "Sento". Thanks to friendly owner family including their dog.
Will be returning soon!
Charming, rustic cottage in beautiful setting
This charming small cottage is set on an idyllic farm in the Adirondacks. Near great hiking trails and a pristine lake for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Loved everything about our stay.
Very cute cottage
This cabin is the ideal place for a small family to spend time skiing at Gore mountain or summering in the Adirondacks. It's very cute but only comfortably sleeps 3-4. There's a loft with a queen bed, a twin bed and a couch which is comfortable to sleep on. There's 1 bathroom and a kitchen. I went skiing with my son and nephew and it fit us fine. We enjoyed the proximity to Gore (about 10 minutes away), stayed warm with the wood burning stove and overall enjoyed our stay. Leslie is a great property owner and had the wood burning stove turned on for us.
Cold , dirty, and unliveable!
The worst stay ever!
We arrived to a broken sink with dirty dishes in it. The next day the sink was fixed but the dirty dishes remained. There was not adequate heat for the Adirondacks or anywhere for that matter. We woke up and the shack was barely 50 degrees. Owner advertised that it slept 5. Not even close! It sleeps 3. The couch looked like it had been taken from a crack den. The sheets were filthy and there dead bugs on the ledges of every window. We left a day early!
The owner did refund us for a night.
This experience makes me question reviews on VRBO. The ones I read were all good. Not sure how?? A truly terrible experience.
Place needs heat and major cleaning.
We are truly sorry that you had such a disappointing time during your ski weekend. The weather was insane --- negative 22 degrees even during the day and such wild winds that the ski lifts closed. The sink in our cabin froze solid the day before and although the plumber was able to thaw it out and replace the faucet, he did neglect to wash the remaining dishes (I should have checked). We do wish that you would have let us get the fire lit in the woodstove instead of taking your word that you knew how to get it going because you would have been cozy warm if the fire had been going --- there is regular heat but with the kind of wild cold weather we had that weekend, the woodstove is a necessity.
In any event, immediately after your stay, we closed the cabin down for the winter and blocked the calendar until spring --- Adirondack weather is just too challenging and changeable (wild winds on top of the mountain here, bitter temperatures). We regret that you had such a disappointing visit --- I know you were really looking forward to pleasant skiing and better weather. Leslie and Emeline
The Adirondack Mountains are a spectacular range in upstate New York that showcases the breathtaking beauty of nature. There is a beautiful lake three miles down the winding road. It is completely natural and quiet with no sign of civilization on its shores. Guests of this glamping site will enjoy spectacular views and acres of land that consists of pristine woods, meadows, vistas, and a spring-fed pond. The Hudson River is just down the hill, and the town of North Creek is five miles away. There is a historic cemetery next door, and Gore Mountain Ski Center and Garnet Hill are only a few miles away. Albany is only an hour-and-a-half away, and guests can reach Montreal within two hours. They can even take a short four-hour road trip to New York City. The town of North Creek is five miles away off the main Route 28 road. North Creek is a scenic little town with some great restaurants, a grocery store, a 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.