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Hand-Crafted Cottage Near Gore Mountain and Minerva Lake

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Last updated: 03/07/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cozy, Comfortable Adirondack 4-season Cottage on 100 acres.

Located on a quiet road with open fields and mountain views, this recently renovated cottage is clean, beautifully built, warm and comfortable. All new kitchen with new appliances and zinc countertop, new bath with hand-tiled tub and shower. All wood walls and floors, fine craftsmanship with rustic touches.
Downstairs bedroom with queen bed and upstairs bunkroom with queen and two singles will sleep two couples, or small family comfortably. Also perfect for one or two people who want privacy and peace. We do not cater to large groups.
Gas furnace heats the house well, plus electric heat in the bathroom makes showers warm and comfy. A wood stove in the living room with large glass viewing door is perfect for evening relaxation with a glass of wine in cool weather.
House is situated on 100 private acres you can roam at will on foot, cross country skis or snowshoes. Trails lead to your own beautiful waterfall behind the house, to a high bank above Minerva stream with private access for canoe or kayak, or through the woods nearby where we allow the New York State to maintain a trail to ponds with a public lean-to if you want to experience Adirondack camping.
Once you arrive, you will be 2 miles from the small hamlet of Olmstedville with its gas station and general store and a delightful local restaurant (Li'l Nonny's) with wonderful home style breakfast and lunch until Columbus Day: 8 miles from North Creek with stores, restaurants and bars (we recommend Bar Vino for delicious food and a good wine list), and a slow train to Saratoga Springs. Rafting trips down the Hudson can be arranged in summer months, there's the exciting White Water Derby the first weekend in May each year, and nearby Gore Mountain has great skiing during the winter season with biking and gondola trips in warm weather. You are an hour and a half from the Governor's mansion in Albany; two hours from a lovely French restaurant in Montreal; or four hours from NYC for nearly everything else in the world.
At home in your cozy cottage you may see a deer across the street or an eagle cruising the sky, or hear coyotes or owls howling after dark in late Summer and through Autumn. The night sky shows you the brilliance and beauty of the Milky Way and if you are lucky, the Northern Lights will shine. You are in the middle of a beautiful natural area, yet right on a paved road. We do the snow-shoveling in winter and mow the lawn in the summer.
Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is 10 miles east in Pottersville - great for both kids and adults - you can swim there and see some natural Adirondack caves without special clothing or equipment.
The High Peaks and lots of comfortable climbs are within striking distance in all directions - Crane Mountain in nearby Johnsburg, with great views for a relatively short climb, is our favorite. You can also climb Snider, located behind our caretaker's home, which is walking distance from the house. Just call Duane for instructions at 518 251 2627 - 45 minutes to the top and a nice view.
Contact friends or take care of business with free internet and telephone. Or just kick back and read a good book. Care-taker is down the road a piece if you have a question or need assistance. We opened for business in late 2013 and every guest so far has been pleased - check our five-star reviews. We look forward to your happy stay with us.

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/07/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Two adults and up to three children...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Please do not smoke in the house. Smoking is fine on the porch, but please dispose of butts property, not in the yard....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We like the deer that come out in the evening to graze across the street, or feed on apples in the fall. Deer and dogs don't mix well....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Downstairs bedroom has a queen bed, closet, three windows, desk and landline phone. Upstairs bedroom has a queen bed, two single beds, large windows at each end, ceiling fans, wood floors, walls and ceilings....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Cast iron/porcelain tub with ceramic tile enclosure. Marble sink. EB commode. Electric space heater. Exhaust fan....moreless


  • Books:

    A few classics and some modern novels in case you want to just lay back and relax....moreless

  • Toys:

    Small supply of toys and board games....moreless


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Pond
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    In the summer, you can be on top of Snyder Mtn. to the east inside of an hour. A nice little picnic hike with gorgeous distant peaks to the west, villages and winding river below....moreless

  • Village:

    Tiny Village of Olmstedville has a great breakfast place, a weekend dining restaurant, an "odds and ends" store, gas station with some supplies, and a dam and pond to launch a kayak or canoe....moreless

  • Water View:

    The waterfall uphill behind the cabin can be spectacular in the spring or after rains. If you are careful and very quiet, you can watch beavers work along Minerva Stream late in the evening....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Small fire area outside behind the cabin, including firewood plus an electric grill....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas furnace heats the house easily. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi Fi is available free of charge...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Offstreet parking in the driveway....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Telephone available - most local and long distance calls are free. Special calls or out of the country will be billed....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Please ask for assistance if you are not familiar with a wood-burning device. If you follow the directions on site, it is pretty easy. Always open the damper before SLOWLY opening the door. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    We keep a little coffee on hand for those who forget . . . Tea too....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you will need to cook your own food and put it on the table....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Micro hood over the gas range vents outside to avoid alerting the smoke detectors if you happen to overcook the cake....moreless

  • Oven:

    Modern gas range and oven. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, usually some condiments like ketchup and mustard. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Stove top burners work whether the electricity is working or not, in case of power outages. ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Golf:

    9 holes in Schroon Lake and Newcomb - 18 holes in Warrensburg....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have a few canoes nearby or bring your own. Minerva Stream is nearby, Minerva Lake 2 miles south, and Oliver Pond 3 miles north on Hoffman Road - pass the sharp right turn half a mile, then left....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    On a clear night, take a look up at the sky. There are no interfering light sources (other than the moon) and you'll have a spectacular view of the stars and maybe the Northern Lights. ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Bring your snow shoes or cross country skis and head across the street toward the River or up past the waterfall as far as you care to hike....moreless



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  • Tax Rate 3%


Please add a 3% tax on all rental payments - this is a requirement which we remit directly to Essex County. Any stay longer than 30 days is exempt from the tax, according to Essex County regulations. Check in any time after 3 pm, checkout is11 am, unless arrangements made for an earlier or later time with owner. If we have no guests coming in the same day, you can stay on a little later if you want. If there are no guests leaving the same day you arrive, you can check in earlier - just call first to let us know.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/07/2017
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85 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany, an hour and a quarter south on I-87.
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
North Creek - Bar Vino and several others.
45 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Essex, crossing Lake Champlain to Burlington, VT.
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Schroon Lake - 17 minutes if you're in a hurry.
8 Miles
Nearest Train
North Creek. Fun rides to Saratoga Springs.
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rt. 87 - Northway. Access to Montreal or NYC.
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
North Creek - Several nice eateries plus pizza.
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Gore Mountain - Great skiing, lots of trails.
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Minerva Lake, just up the road.

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: We are a family of builders and designers, who have enjoyed paying attention to details while upgrading properties in NYS and Florida over the past 40 years. We have a mountain home nearby that we use mostly in Summer but from time to time in all seasons. Our youngest daughter was married on the riverbank above Minerva Stream a few years back, and the reception was at our house. Our ancestors came to the area in the mid-1800s and many family members, now scattered across the country, still return for visits or family reunions each year.

Why the Owner Chose Olmstedville, NY, USA:
It is beautiful and comfortable inside, no matter what the weather may be. Outside, you know you are in the Adirondacks where explorers and travelers have enjoyed the beauty and solitude for hundreds of years. Yet you are on a paved road a short drive from anything that catches your fancy. We bought this 100-acre parcel because it adjoined our land, and because the former owners were family friends for generations. We have visited the waterfall and paddled the stream for 65 years (some of us) and our children and grandchildren are on the same track.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Your own waterfall in the back yard. Private access to Minerva Stream for canoeing and kayaking. Delightful all wood interior finishes with an accent on the Adirondacks. If you are here during harvest time and we have a garden going, you are welcome to pick fresh organic corn or beans, or dig a few potatoes for your dinner.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/07/2017

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  • A Winter afternoon

    A Winter afternoon

  • Hills to the West

    Hills to the West

  • You may spot a deer across the street in the evening.

    You may spot a deer across the street in the evening.

  • First floor bedroom and closet

    First floor bedroom and closet

  • Second floor bedroom

    Second floor bedroom

  • Sunset in October

    Sunset in October

  • A quiet Adirondack road

    A quiet Adirondack road

  • First floor bedroom

    First floor bedroom

  • Second floor bedroom

    Second floor bedroom

  • Spring rush at the waterfall nearby

    Spring rush at the waterfall nearby

  • Cottage in center foreground - high peaks beyond.   View West from Snyder Hill.

    Cottage in center foreground - high peaks beyond. View West from Snyder Hill.

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