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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 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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2018

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 Olmstedville

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 Essex County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • 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 ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • 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 ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Hand-Crafted Cottage near Gore Mountain and Minerva Lake
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Cottage exceeded our expectations. Easy to find and close to gore mountain. Hiking on the property was an added bonus :). Highly recommended!


  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, spacious, well-maintained cabin.

  • 5 of 5

Our fourth time in this cabin. Clean, well-maintained place. 20 min from Gore skiing. Flexible owners. We will definitely be back ! Thank you George and Duane !

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Riverside, NJ

Such a wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Super cozy and warm. We will definitely be heading back for another trip!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Adirondacks place and owners !!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage near Gore Mountain is a rustic, clean, warm, cozy, well maintained and kept place for spending a ski vacation. Owners are very nice and friendly, very open to our demands. The rates are fair and the house is one of those houses where you truly relax after a full day of skiing. Thank you George, for sharing your home with us.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wallingford, CT

Perfect Getaway for a couple & family !

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy & welcoming ! My husband & I loved everything about the cabin. We enjoyed the very much needed peace & quiet :) The hike along the beautiful refreshing waterfall was amazing and it was right in the backyard ! Great location and cute breakfast / dinner places to eat not too far from the cabin . Also, lots of wildlife...cant wait to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay in this cottage. It was wonderful for our family of 4. Plenty of space, well-kept, and so charming! The pictures do not do it justice. We took the short hike to see the waterfall that is so close that you can hear it from the front porch.

We will absolutely be staying here again!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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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

North Creek for dining and rafting. Pottersville for caves. Minerva Lake or Schroon Lake for swimming. Golf in Warrensburg, Schroon Lake, Town of Chester, Newcomb, etc. Ausable Chasm, Whiteface Mountain, High Peaks area, many good hikes - I recommend Crane Mountain in Johnsburg - best view for the effort.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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