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Hand-Crafted Cottage near Gore Mountain and Minerva Lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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 plus electric heat in the bathroom to keep 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 New York State to maintain a trail on our property 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, town museum, several churches 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, and there's the exciting White Water Derby the first weekend in May each year on the Upper Hudson River. 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. Watch for Ravens (one of the most intelligent birds) doing summer acrobatics, hear coyotes howling after dark in late Summer and Autumn, and come in contact with the occasional owl or fox. The night sky shows 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 permission and instructions at 518 251 2627 - 45 minutes to the top and a nice view of Minerva Valley, Olmstedville and the rolling peaks to the west. Watch for deer and bear scat under the Beech trees.

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.

More Details

George Halloran
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2017

About George Halloran

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 built our own 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.

George Halloran purchased this cottage in 2001

Why George Halloran chose New York

It is beautiful and comfortable inside, no matter what the weather may be. Outside, you know you are in the Adirondacks where explorers, naturalists, woodsmen 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. Marcia and I trimmed Christmas Trees on the O'Connor property, grew potatoes commercially (mom and pop style) on bottomland nearby, and raised bees that produced plenty of sweet honey from wetland flowers. 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.

What makes this cottage unique

Your own waterfall in the back yard. Private access to Minerva Stream for canoeing and kayaking. A delightful cabin with wood interior finishes and an accent on the Adirondacks where you can just plain relax. 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Olmstedville in Schroon

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Cast iron/porcelain tub with ceramic tile enclosure. Marble sink. EB commode. Electric space heater. Exhaust fan.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Hand-Crafted Cottage near Gore Mountain and Minerva Lake
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable, well appointed cabin in a terrific peaceful location. We enjoyed our brief stay!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and comfy

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I stayed at this cozy place and will absolutely stay there again! It's a short drive to Gore and perfect for a weekend get away.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This property is amazing! Remote and secluded with nature surrounding the cottage, beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage exceeded our expectations the photos do not do justice to the actual space and size. Everything was immaculate and in perfect condition. My girlfriend and I spent a long weekend for our anniversary that was on New Years. We enjoyed hiking in snow with trails leading right up the mountain behind the property. We spent our time cooking great meals in the beautiful kitchen and then sat in the living room by the fire with a couple glasses of wine. Our favorite space was the screened in porch where we would hang out even in the cold weather we could appreciate all the beauty surrounding us. We can't wait to come back to this amazing cottage and property. THANK YOU so much to George and Lucia who made us feel welcome and comfortable. Overall one of our best experiences of the Adirondacks!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful experience in home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My two friends and I found the lovely cottage exceeded our expectations. We loved the overall coziness of the place and discovered new enchanting details very day. The house was very clean and well maintained . there was no need to ask the owner for any kind of help. My German friends were especially impressed by the various lovingly made pieces of natural wood. I have already recommended this property to my son and his family for next fall. the fall colours were spectacular and we spent our time exploring, taking photos and inhaling the fresh air.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Cottage has everything you need

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in the Adirondacks because this cottage was perfect for us. Really well equipped for a summer stay. A great location for exploring the area by car and on foot.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice quiet place to stay with much to do in surrounding areas

  • 4 of 5

Great Place!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Albany, an hour and a quarter south on I-87.
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
North Creek - Bar Vino and several others.
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Essex, crossing Lake Champlain to Burlington, VT.
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Schroon Lake - 17 minutes if you're in a hurry.
Nearest Train
8 Miles
North Creek. Fun rides to Saratoga Springs.
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Rt. 87 - Northway. Access to Montreal or NYC.
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
North Creek - Several nice eateries plus pizza.
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Gore Mountain - Great skiing, lots of trails.
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Minerva Lake, just up the road.
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Olmstedville, USA

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 3.0%

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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