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

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
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6
Bedrooms
2
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Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cabin in Johnsburg - AUTHENTIC BIRD CAMP ON FARM

Step back in time and enjoy this beautifully restored property on 40 acres

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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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Leslie Clement
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
10 November, 2016

About Leslie Clement

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.

Leslie Clement purchased this cabin in 1910

Why Leslie Clement chose Adirondacks

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.

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 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Leslie, North River and the property are all amazing. If you've been searching for that little gem of a place to get away, disconnect, rejuvenate, and just relax, you've found it.



We brought food to cook in the beautiful kitchen but there were staples hanging around that made us feel even more welcomed. Fresh potatoes from the garden were a nice touch and made for delicious home fries both mornings! The cottage was cozy, comfortable, and warm. There was plenty of fire wood stacked in front that we used to build a fire Saturday night.



Traveling to Blue Mountain Lake and other areas in the Adirondacks was easy as was driving up the road 3 miles to visit the beautiful 13th Lake. The scenery in this neck of the woods is worth it alone. Tons of mountains, big and small, beautiful lakes, rivers, and creeks.



Leslie left two pieces of cake and candles, knowing we were coming up to celebrate a birthday. She left a note with all the info we needed, so check in late at night wasn't a problem for anyone.



Leslie herself is a real trailblazer and visionary. Did I mention she's a carpenter as well and does most of the building work herself? Getting a chance to sit down and talk with her about the land, her vision, and how different communities in Albany would love to help grow and support her place was a highlight of the weekend. You have to go here. It's your 'Room of Requirement.' There's a farm, mules, a super friendly and loveable pup named Sammy, and 40 acres to walk and explore while you overlook the beautiful Adirondacks. Just go. What are you waiting for?
Oct 2014
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RESTORED HISTORIC ADIRONDACK CAMP: VIEWS OF NEARBY GORE MOUTAIN, PRIVACY, HISTOR
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Serenity

  • 5 of 5

The early snowfall, the fire in the fireplace, Sam the friendly dog who apparently adopts every family who visits, the crystal clear night sky, the history of the beautiful camp house, and a friendly host who made us all feel at home... Just a perfect weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic, Private and Perfect for us!

  • 5 of 5

Twas only a short night, and a late one at that, but Leslie handled everything beautifully. Sammy Dog welcomed us warmly while swaths of stars flashed down from the big sky. 6 of us filled the house easily, slept very well, and then woke to enjoy coffee and our packed breakfast goodies, as the sun burned off some mist from a late summer morning in the hills around us. We are simple travelers and this suited us great. House was almost completely restored (plumbing, electricity, etc,) but Leslie and crew carefully retained all the original touches of floorboards, woodwork, windows, plus lamps, furniture and knickknacks, all of which we loved. We missed most of the great nearby sights (and sites!) mentioned, but were delighted by local market and scenery as we continued trek to Indian Lake and then farther north. Simple, clean and rustic, and ever so hospitable; for the adventurous and outdoorsy, (not those seeking plush carpet, pampering and pillow chocolates). We will happily stay again when back in the Adirondacks area, which is now a definite new place for us to visit! Thanks, Leslie (and Sammy...)!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eclectic privacy at its best

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed here for a long weekend of photography in the ADK's. We searched VRBO for something cool and different and couldn't have found anything closer to what we were looking for. The cottage is a private get away for a couple or small family who want privacy in a beautiful country farm setting. Leslie the owner was delightful and exceeded our expectations in every way right from the start when she answered my inquisitive emails within minutes not hours! She was very helpful with recommendations for local eateries and other attractions. Each night she was kind enough to start a fire in the fireplace for us, timed just right for our arrival after a long day of being outdoors attempting to capture photographic images. The interior theme is a cross between asian, adirondack, primitive and early american design all rolled into one cool little place. I strongly urge anyone to pay a visit, winter or summer. The hardest part was packing the car and driving home to reality!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
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our time away

  • 5 of 5

we enjoyed are stay nice people and very nice seenery

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Quaint, charming peaceful retreat in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Living in NYC sometimes we forget how fresh breath feels, how the feeling and smell of morning dew in the grass brushing against your feet takes you back to the days of free and wild childhood. The spectacular scenery with mountain views and the sound of nature all around you reminded me of what's important in this life; Peace, health, family and friends, and above all, love. The cabin was adorable to say the least. It is beautifully decorated to fit the gorgeous outside sceneries. The pictures you see don't lie. The owner Leslie made our stay unforgettable, thank you for everything.

Feeling cozy against the fireplace or making an outside bonfire and roasting marshmallows while playing with Leslie's sweet lab dog made it a true remarkable experience. The kids now have this newly found respect towards nature, which is something we tend to forget living is this cosmopolitan city full of noise, traffic and high rises. We cannot wait to return to Leslie's

beautiful home. My partner and I would love to make this our long holiday weekend getaway and make it a once a year thing. Truly amazing!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Charming cabin with beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin for a weekend away! We rented it with another couple so that we could go white water rafting on the Hudson. The cabin is old and very charming. We loved the wood fireplace, it kept us warm all weekend. We also built a bonfire and grilled steaks outside which was a lot of fun. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Bar Vino
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Warrensburg
Nearest Train
5 Miles
North Creek
Nearest Restaurant
On site
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Gore Mountain and Garnet Hill Lodge
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Johnsburg, Adirondacks

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£794
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

50% deposit required

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Johnsburg in New York

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • lake ...
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • river ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Cozy bedrooms with new mattresses, fresh sheets and country decor
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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