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As Seen in the New Fall Issue of Adirondack Life Magazine! Waterfront Great Camp

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Great Room fireplace and game room- Huge with a fabulous screened porch


Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:15
  • Bedrooms:9
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

9 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 15 Sleeps, Just Steps Fr. The Waters Edge & Sunset View

Welcome to Camp To-No-Na, a truly gracious home nestled on the eastern shore of Lower Saranac Lake, NY just minutes from Lake Placid. We are featured in Adirondack Life Magazine Fall/20144. The Camp appears to have literally jumped out of a Ralph Lauren magazine cover with all of the period details intact, the Cross Beamed Great room with mounted animals lining the original wooden walls and the enormous original Fireplace made from huge local stone. Camp To-No-Na is literally steps from the waters edge with breathtaking sunset views and access to 25 Miles of unspoiled waterways. We are very lucky to have almost 500 feet of private lake frontage and only 40 or so houses on our whole lake!! The remainder is state owned and just as pristine as you might imagine! We wake to Loons every morning and Bald eagles are a common sight! This home was originally built in the early 1900's as a summer residence for a wealthy homeowner, and has been lovingly cared for and upgraded to accommodate today's lifestyles. The house has two acres of wooded land and complete and easy access from the town of Saranac Lake just a couple of miles away- 12 miles or so to Lake Placid and just a 20 minute ride to the local airport (SLK).
Our home has ample parking in two locations just in front of the house and two separate smaller lots. The front yard is landscaped and the remainder is kept as natural as possible with woods and of course the shoreline.
The Front entry to Camp To-No-Na is through a large vestible with stuffed animals and period details are at the center of the house which is shaped somewhat like a V facing to the lake. Two steps up, the old dining room is now what we use as a very comfortable octagonal shaped family room with wood stove and very comfy leather chairs and cushy sofa. A Dutch door exits to the custom twig and post deck and lots of windows facing the lake. The original true divided light Windows to the lake in this home are absolutely fabulous and you'll find them so numerous, the light is incredible! The butlers pantry is to the left thru a swinging door with the antique built ins and wet bar. The Kitchen is unique as it has a big ol' wood family table that we use just about every day! Again, multiple windows looking right to the lake. The kitchen has original built ins, and additional basic built in shelves from the period. There is an island in the center with custom wood for the top and cedar posts for the supports! Exposed brick and another Hoisier type cabinet and extra counter space. A stainless steel Refrigerator, two dishwashers, a Six Burner Gas Stainless stove, and lots of room for the whole family. This kitchen as you can see by the photo's has some original artwork done to the walls (this was done by Granny Hanes when she broke her leg one season and just had an artistic moment), and we have done our best to preserve this and other kitchen attributes to keep the old feel of an Adirondack Great Camp but with everything you might need for a Gourmand chef- modern appliances (six burner stove), utensils, serving platters, cookware, you name it!
Just off the Family Room is the first of two outside decked spaces. This deck is again facing the lake and really almost on top of the water. It is newly finished with period bent wood cedar twig design and has direct access to the rear yard and lakeside. The large Weber Grill is located at this spot.
There is also what's called a woodsman's bath off the main hall. It has an outside entrance and an entrance off the kitchen area. It has a newer full shower and original sink and toilet. During the time of formal living, anyone coming into the house from hunting, fishing, etc...had to enter through this room first, to wash up and make themselves presentable. It is quite nice and we use it as our powder room and has a full shower for guests.
We also have an outdoor shower on the lake side just off the kitchen and down the back stairs. It is complete with a surround of Birch Bark and views of the lake. We all use this as much as possible and the views are just spectacular!!! No really spectacular !!!
To the right of the large vestibule and the main staircase is the entrance to the Great Room. It is an amazing huge gracious room with original wood work and a soaring white cross beamed ceiling. As with the entire home the hardwood floors are gorgeous and the entire room is surrounded by true divided light windows (even to the screened in porch). You will find period pieces thru-out and certainly in the Great room with stuffed animals everywhere, a Sponson Boat suspended above the old Baby Grand Piano (Brand new insides) and furnished with large overstuffed leather sofa's and a huge Dining Table for the whole family! add on's are available. We find ourselves in the Great room almost every evening playing board games or cards by the fire. There is also a custom Shuffleboard table to enjoy!!
The Great Room has two large glass doors to the screened-in porch, which is almost as large as the Great Room. We have an original cure chair that I have fallen asleep in on many occasions with my book in hand, and original wicker and rattan furniture to relax and enjoy the views of the lake and sunset!
The house is centered as somewhat of a 'V' shape off of the central entry hall. As you come up to the second floor you will find the center landing and a small screened in sleeping porch. Off of the hall are the main Five family bedrooms. The Master bedroom is identical in shape to the Family Room downstairs, and is Octagon shaped with windows galore right out to the lake! This room has very tall ceilings and a private bath with an original cast iron tub (just delicious). There is also a King size custom made twig and post bed and a walk-in-closet...
Down the main hall are four additional bedrooms. The first lakeside room again has lots of windows, big closet and two twin beds. This is the room we refer to as the 'hump room. The second Bedroom is a corner lakeside room and you guessed it, lots of windows and a large closet. There are two twin beds and an antique crib and small window seat. The next Bedroom is on the front of the house and has three twin beds and a large closet--windows windows!! our nieces and nephews love this room!
And the next Bedroom is on the front of the house with two twin beds and a large closet.
Just off of the main hall here is also another large bath with a period iron tub too!
Most of the twin beds are from the period and are a mix of brass and metal and some wood- all are from the original family stock along with the classic mirrored furniture and chairs- all updated mattresses of course...
The house was originally set up for the Family side and the servants side. We of course chose to decorate and use all of the home for our family. The next four bedrooms all have a single twin bed and there are two baths in this wing, both with claw foot tubs. Two are on the lakeside and two facing the front of the house...these rooms are just a bit smaller but just as delightful though not quite as large as the 'family side'.
The separate linen closet is on this level and you will find all of the towels and linens necessary for a house this large. There is also another staircase that leads off the back hall and comes next to the entry of the mud room off the kitchen. There you will find an extra refrigerator and washer & dryer/utilities.
This home is truly a great example of how families lived and worked in the Adirondacks. We have been very careful with adding updates such as two zone central heat, wiring upgrades, plumbing upgrades, lighting, and general improvements...always with the thought that Camp To-No-Na should stay as close to how she was built, a Beautiful Grand and Gracious Camp in the Adirondack's!! It was really important to us to have ALL of our bedrooms on the second level of Camp, not in the basement - lots of sunshine and the lake breezes to appreciate- this was very important to us!!!
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 4500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 15
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master Bedroom with custom twig and post, private bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    Lakeside bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

    Lakeside bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 3 twin/ single

    Large Front Corner Bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single

    Front Bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 twin/ single

    Lakeside Bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 twin/ single

    Lakeside Bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 8: 1 twin/ single

    Front Bedroom smaller...moreless

  • Bedroom 9: 1 twin/ single

    Front Bedroom...moreless

  • All bedrooms are very light and airy and importantly on the 2nd floor as real bedrooms not basement areas. Most have the original brass type beds with original woodwork etc......moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: outdoor shower

    Just Lovely outdoor shower lakeside with Birch Bark surround...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub

    2nd Floor Hall Bath with original claw foot tub...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, tub

    Additonal 2nd Floor Hall Bath with claw foot tub...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, tub

    3rd End of Hall Bath with smaller claw foot tub...moreless

  • Bathroom 6: toilet, tub

    Master Bath with Claw foot tub in Mater Bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    shower bath on first floor...moreless

  • Most of the Baths have original Claw foot tubs and fixtures where possible. First floor baths are showers...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We are really just minutes away from Saranac Lake NY and just 8-12 miles to Lake Placid. There are two Marina's on our Lake that rent boats by the day or week. Grocery stores are abundant and almost any kind of shopping you might need. Keep in mind our dock has never had more than one boat. The area is really quite abundant with anything you can possibly want, hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, water sports, or very high end in Lake Placid at the Lodge or maybe the Mirror Lake inn......moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of Books- Please take a book and leave a book!...moreless

  • Games
  • Pool Table:

    It's actually a custom 14' Shuffleboard Table built to professional specs- please follow instructions to preserve this classic piece!!...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    One Flat screen in Family room...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    A small pebble beach in the old cribbing- very protected.......moreless

  • Lake View:

    Looking right up and across Lower Saranac Lake SUNSETS!!!...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Just 50 Feet from the waters edge facing the most Beautiful Sunsets over the lake and mountains!!!...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    We are in the Hight Peaks of the Adirondacks...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Large Table in Great Room and Large table in Kitchen...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 15 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    Garage is not icluded and will be locked off...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Lots of original details with modern upgrades including two dishwashers, six burner gas stove, Refrigerator with ice maker. Extra refrigerator off kitchen with W?D...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    3 Kayaks- 1 large canoe- one rowboat...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.9
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 8 - Jul 14, 2017
7 night min stay

Jul 15 - Jul 29, 2017
7 night min stay

Jul 30 - Aug 26, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • Cleaning fee $450
  • Tax Rate 3%


Spring and Fall rates will be reduced from summer rates- Special events and holidays are priced at a premium of 10% to 20% Cleaning fee is an additional $450 and a refundable security deposit of $1500...

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Waterhole #3 or Lake Placid Lodge!!
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Saranac Inn
45 Miles
Nearest Train
West Port, NY
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Le Pan Highway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Saranac Lake Downtown just 3 minutes away
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt. Van Hoevenberg & Whiteface Mountain

Car: Recommended

This Great Camp is located just minutes from Saranac Lake NY and 15 to Lake Placid. We are on the Lower Saranac lake with 25 miles accessable by water ( 5 lakes) thru the locks. Easily and quickly accessible to almost every comfort you might need. Groceries, restaurants, charming small town with local attractions, art walks, antiquing, etc...Location, Location, Location!! There is water access through 25 Miles of lakes and waterways from this property and you will find the quiet serenity you are looking for in the Adirondacks as there are only 35+/- homes on the whole lake-and ours has almost 500 Ft of Lakefront! We are mostly state owned and its just pristine!!! The sunsets are just glorious and the home retains all of the original details from the early 1900's with modern upgrades of course- but by all means still retains all of the old world charm!!!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: We have enjoyed this home for the last 20 years. We were also friends of the previous owners, The Hanes Family (Hanes Underwear). This is just the most perfect place for my extended family and my family of choice to come for the summer. And it's funny, when everyone comes to Camp To-No-Na we all usually end up staying right there- at Camp and the lake for the whole time!! We love to fish and spend as much time on the water as possible! The locks (two) let us enjoy over 25 miles of waterways. I have great secret spots for the fisher person in your group which I will be happy to share, and our dock is a favorite with the kids and will keep them happy ( and busy) with tons of fish!!

Why the Owner Chose Saranac Lake, NY, USA:
We really appreciate and love the Adirondacks, and we were very lucky to have the opportunity to purchase this very rare waterfront property- especially one with sunsets!!! We are just behind Trudeau Institute ( world renowned) and love that they are such great neighbors. And we love to spend all of our time on the water, fishing, skiing, kayaking, and just relaxing near the lake! We have approx. 5700+ SF under roof and love the spacious layout for privacy if wanted, and for large gatherings in the Kitchen, Family room and of course the Great Room!

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
The size of this home is a great attribute ( 5700+) under roof and the fact that it really is a fine example of the craftsmanship of the era- and still is! We have been very careful not to over renovate or change the character of the home. The walls are all original woodwork, the kitchen and the baths still have the original feel of the era, but with great updates! Love it!! We often gather in the very large screened in Porch overlooking the lake and enjoy the breezes that come with our great location with sunsets. The screened in porch has a great couch swing, rocking chairs, and lots of cozy furniture with comfortable blankets for that chill evening we love... We also have two marina's on our lake. They rent all types of boats for the day or week. We supply 3 kayaks, a canoe, and a rowboat. Pontoon boats are very popular here and you can rent them on our lake or one of the connecting lakes in town. We often take our boat into town via the locks for lunch or for the Saturday open air market- loads of fun!!!

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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  • Great Room fireplace and game room- Huge with a fabulous screened porch

    Great Room fireplace and game room- Huge with a fabulous screened porch

  • We had this totem carved from a broken tree in front by a local chainsaw artist

    We had this totem carved from a broken tree in front by a local chainsaw artist

  • Family side bedroom with 3 twin beds and front yard view

    Family side bedroom with 3 twin beds and front yard view

  • To-No-Na Bathroom 1 of 5

    To-No-Na Bathroom 1 of 5

  • Family room wood stove

    Family room wood stove

  • Our usual sun set just after the sun hits the mountain-

    Our usual sun set just after the sun hits the mountain-

  • Half of the Kitchen in front of lakeside big table

    Half of the Kitchen in front of lakeside big table

  • Camp To-No-Na featured in Adirondack Life Magazine

    Camp To-No-Na featured in Adirondack Life Magazine

  • Sunset on the house Lake-side

    Sunset on the house Lake-side

  • Deck off Kitchen and Family Room

    Deck off Kitchen and Family Room

  • Family side bedroom with 2 twin beds and a lakeside view

    Family side bedroom with 2 twin beds and a lakeside view

  • Our usual sun set just after the sun hits the mountain-

    Our usual sun set just after the sun hits the mountain-

  • Master Bed and views of lake

    Master Bed and views of lake

  • Dock, Beach, Kayak Launch Area

    Dock, Beach, Kayak Launch Area

  • The Screened-in Porch off the Great Room

    The Screened-in Porch off the Great Room

  • The other side of Kitchen Big table on lake side

    The other side of Kitchen Big table on lake side

  • Fall Foliage looking at Camp To-No-Na from the lake

    Fall Foliage looking at Camp To-No-Na from the lake

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 23, 2017

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