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Private Retreat Log Cabins-Ponds-Decks-Island-Sleeps 10

People9
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 10

Swim, fish, hike, enjoy lawn games, or just relax reading and communing with nature on a private 22 acre preserve with ponds, island, docks, boat, canoe, Adirondack chairs and waterfront cabins, including one with a waterside screened porch. Comfort and a peaceful setting for that quiet, away from it all, vacation. There is a telephone and computer hookup.

Wildlife abounds provoking a natural interest amongst all ages.

Enjoy a campfire after supper with chairs surrounding the fire pit, away from the camps but adjacent to the water. The western vista provides clear and colorful sunsets which precede the galaxy of stars that brilliantly light the evening and night sky.

Informed, friendly caretakers eagerly share their knowledge of local lore and special fishing streams and current activates with guests. Shangri-La in the Adirondacks is the ideal setting for family reunions and gatherings. It provides a natural setting for activities for the entire family, from parent-planned treasure hunts for the children, to swimming, hiking and bicycling for those keeping fit and trim, to fishing, reading, croquet, horseshoes, walking and just communing with nature or with each other, for all.

Guests have left with tears in their eyes as their vacation at Shangri-La has come to an end and they leave the mountains and the water to return home. We invite you to come and enjoy the serenity of Shangri-La in the Adirondacks. You will love it!

More Details

Property Manager
Robert Valentine
Member since: 2010
Speaks French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
9 November, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

It was an awesome weekend. The place was everything we had hoped & more (croquet!).
Aug 2008
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Duane in Franklin County

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Wood Decking
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

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Private Retreat Log Cabins-Ponds-Decks-Island-Sleeps 10
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
Webster, NY
5

Exactly as described!! Plus, a few hidden gems!🌟?

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a private adirondak retreat and did we hit the jackpot! First of all, the owner Bob was very patient and flexible. He helped to work around our schedule. And the caretakers were awesome ! We found out about a beautiful place called Debar pond. It is literally around the corner. I would highly suggest you check it out! We caught numerous smaller fish at Bob's place and my husband caught a beauty! 15 inch Brooke trout! They're there if you keep trying. I just find it so much fun! Oh, and our lab, Remington was in heaven. It's a wonder we caught anything at all since she was always in the pond!! All in all, if you're looking for a slice of heaven without the frills, this is the place for you! Thanks again Bob!!! (And your wonderful caretakers)😉?

Pete and Rose (and Remi)

September 27, 2017

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic rental, Pls read review

  • 5 of 5

For anyone taking a moment to read this. I don't write reviews, or fill out surveys and such. My time is valuable and they take time. With that said I feel our stay at Shangri La was worth my time to review...

Bob couldn't have been a better, more kind, easy to talk to person. I sincerely thank him for allowing my family to stay there. We were really lucky to find this place last min, and he was very accommodating. He called me prior to departure, and while we were there. He answered all questions and provided important details you would want to know via conversation or promptly by email. The gentleman that cares for the property was also great, and lives very close. He stopped by to introduce himself, made sure we didn't need anything, and offered information on the area.

The property was beautiful and well kept. I can't think of anything we were in need of that wasn't provided.

The pond was the prize of the property and we had it all to ourselves. My daughter, our dog Maggie, and I made it out to the island a few times. The property around the pond was well kept enabling us to walk around the entire pond. Our old girl Maggie was so fun to watch as her youth revisited as soon as she was outside, and in the water. She absolutely was in heaven swimming at her leisure. She fetched anything we could throw as far as we could, walked the bank looking for frogs to catch and would swim along side us.

Also note worthy is the large wooden bird nest posted on the bank of the pond, outside the cabin. I have learned the resident birds are Tree Swallows, and this time of year (July) they were busy feeding their young. If we stood too close they became very protective and occasionally would buzzed our heads.

The pond was well stocked with brook trout, and fishing was a good source of entertainment. We landed countless trout, and a few small bullhead.

The rental manager told me of a large pond behind the property that holds land locked Atlantic salmon, the name of the pond escapes me. I drove to its closet parking area and walked a trail down to the pond. There was a beautiful log home estate, where I launched my pack raft. I never expected to catch anything... However I did manage to land one small Atlantic salmon, and it was really an uplifting moment for me, and well worth the trip.

Our family has discussed returning to the rental next year with other family members.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Branchport, ny
5

Vacation at Shangri La

  • 5 of 5

I spent the last week of Aug with my family at Shangri La. My Mom, my 2 sons & their kids - 6 of my grandchildren ages 5 to 15. There are 3 lovely cabins. My Mom & I took the main cabin, it has 2 cozy bedrooms with very comfy beds, my sons & 4 kids in the 2nd cabin which sleeps 6 & the two fifteen yr olds in the 2 bed bunk cabin, perfect. The pond is beautiful & serene with an island in the middle of it. The main cabin has a screened in porch overlooking the pond & very early mornings were a favorite time of day to have my coffee out there & wait for the birdlife that visits the pond. I watched Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Kingfisher & Teal & Black Ducks in the peace & quiet. I could hear the loons calling from nearby Debar pond.

There is a land phone line in the main cabin but no internet service & cell phone service is sketchy. This sounded frightening to the kids before we left but without the distraction of their various devices the kids were outside all day, every day. A canoe & rowboat are provided & we brought some inflatable rafts from home. Bob Valentine, the owner, kindly stocked the pond with Brook Trout before we arrived & there was never a dull moment for the kids while fishing. They caught & released most of the fish but kept 4 big ones they had gathered over the week & we roasted them on the grill before we left on Sat morning.

Along with the boating & fishing, we were swimming, hiking, playing badminton & croquet. The kids played hide n seek & ghost in the graveyard games at night & packed up lunches to take over to the island for picnics a few afternoons. They were well tired out at the end of the day. We had loosely planned a trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake for a rainy day but we had no rain & none of us wanted to leave Shangri La for an entire day.

There is a TV with satellite service in the 2nd cabin - the only time it was on was at night when the kids were settling down for bed. Minus the internet devices I was able to have conversations with my grandkids all week with them actually looking at me while we talked. Now I know what color their eyes are.

We had a wonderful time & I know that all of us especially the kids will remember our week warmly for the rest of our lives. If you’re looking for real quality time with your family in a tranquil, secluded Adirondack setting Shangri La is the place to go.

Thank you Bob & Phil!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Branchport, ny
5

Vacation at Shangri La

  • 5 of 5

I spent the last week of Aug with my family at Shangri La. My Mom, my 2 sons & their kids - 6 of my grandchildren ages 5 to 15. There are 3 lovely cabins. My Mom & I took the main cabin, it has 2 cozy bedrooms with very comfy beds, my sons & 4 kids in the 2nd cabin which sleeps 6 & the two fifteen yr olds in the 2 bed bunk cabin, perfect. The pond is beautiful & serene with an island in the middle of it. The main cabin has a screened in porch overlooking the pond & very early mornings were a favorite time of day to have my coffee out there & wait for the bird life that visits the pond. I watched Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Kingfisher & Teal & Black Ducks in the peace & quiet. I could hear the loons calling from nearby Debar pond.

There is a land phone line in the main cabin but no internet service & cell phone service is sketchy. This sounded frightening to the kids before we left but without the distraction of their various devices the kids were outside all day, every day. A canoe & rowboat are provided & we brought some inflatable rafts from home. Bob Valentine, the owner, kindly stocked the pond with Brook Trout before we arrived & there was never a dull moment for the kids while fishing. They caught & released most of the fish but kept 4 big ones they had gathered over the week & we roasted them on the grill before we left on Sat morning.

Along with the boating & fishing, we were swimming, hiking, playing badminton & croquet. The kids played hide n seek & ghost in the graveyard games at night & packed up lunches to take over to the island for picnics a few afternoons. They were well tired out at the end of the day. We had loosely planned a trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake for a rainy day but we had no rain & none of us wanted to leave Shangri La for an entire day.

There is a TV with satellite service in the 2nd cabin - the only time it was on was at night when the kids were settling down for bed. Minus the internet devices I was able to have conversations with my grandkids all week with them actually looking at me while we talked. Now I know what color their eyes are.

We had a wonderful time & I know that all of us especially the kids will remember our week warmly for the rest of our lives. If you’re looking for real quality time with your family in a tranquil, secluded Adirondack setting Shangri La is the place to go.

Thank you Bob & Phil!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Corona Del Mar, CA
5

A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Just driving down the road to the house, we could feel our blood pressure drop and cares fall away. The air is so clean and the sounds of happy bird chirping away, we couldn't wait to get out of the car and breathe it all in. The main cabin is so comfortable, we didn't want to leave. Looking through the bookshelf, I found the most fascinating book on trout that I read one morning sitting on the deck with my coffee. We decided to take out the fishing poles and landed 5 fish in 45 minutes which we promptly released back. Our stay was so peaceful and everyone we met in the little towns were so nice, we can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Swanville, Maine
5

A Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a tranquil place (excluding, of course, the spectacular 4th of July fireworks at Lake Placid). We had nightly serenades by choruses of mink and green frogs, with an occasional percussive note accented by a bull frog. One morning we awoke to see a deer standing sentinel across the pond. Banded purple butterflies were everywhere. A luminous pale green and other-worldly luna moth graced us with its presence, an event that is becoming rarer in other places due to encroaching light pollution. And the spectacular enormity of the Milky Way, another sight that requires the quiet darkness. Although we love to hike and canoe, we were very content to remain at Shangri-la, relaxing on the spacious lawn, swimming in the refreshing pond, winding down. Next time we'll consider exploring the area more, but this time we enjoyed the rustic comfort of home.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Within 30 minutes guests may enjoy two 18 hole golf courses, a country club open to the public, shops, grocery stores, the Almanzo Wilder Homestead which provides tours and seasonal activates, a NYS Visitor Interpretive Center with tours, lectures and exhibits; and just a few miles further, the resort of Lake Placid with its many activities and events throughout the year.

Enjoy a soir francais or dejuner a mere two hours away in beautiful and vibrant Montreal where continuous visitor activities, shows, festivals and sightseeing abound. A day trip to the largest, French-speaking city in the Western hemisphere will provide many memories and experiences.

Other Activities: Boating, kayaking

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Duane, New York

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3 night minimum stay
£1,345
for 3 nights
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£2,021
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £227.28
Cleaning £151.52
Tax Rate 5.0%

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