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Blueberry Pond - Large Home on 140 acres: Salmon River, Lake Ontario, Tug Hill

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 4,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

5 Bedrm, 2.5 Bathrm Home: Large Scenic Pond, ATV/Snowmobile Trails on 140 Acres

This spacious and comfortable 5 bedroom home is perfect for getting the whole group of family or friends together for a time of fun and renewal. Relax, visit and eat on the 900 square foot deck overlooking a beautiful 4 acre pond. Enjoy the 140 acre property with field, woods, brooks, waterfall, and trails. Choose peaceful rest and relaxation, OR wear yourself out on foot, mountain bike, fat bike, dirt bike, kayak/canoe/tube/raft, snow shoe, XC-ski, ATV, snowmobile -- you decide.


The closest most popular activities are the fishing and water sports attractions due to the Salmon River, the Reservoir, and the Falls. State Park beaches on Lake Ontario are nearby, and there are golf courses over there too. A little further away to the northeast, in our Tug Hill region, there is a popular wine tasting vineyard location in Lowville. Henderson Harbor and Sackets Harbor to the northwest on Lake Ontario are nice villages to visit. Watertown has a shopping mall, and whitewater rafting on the Black River. The Thousand Islands region has a great boat tour on the St. Lawrence River that departs from Alexandria Bay. If you are interested in a quick trip to Canada, Kingston, Ontario, is only a 1.75 hour drive away. About 50 minutes to the south of us, in Syracuse, is Destiny USA, a large shopping and entertainment complex on the shore of Onondaga Lake.

Our own local country roads are great for biking/running/walking and there are miles of woods trails on our property for motorized toys or just your power. We have a 4-acre pond stocked for catch-and-release fishing. There are lively large-mouth bass near the top and sleepy channel catfish near the bottom. We have a swimming/canoeing/kayaking dock too.


First Level (1350 sq ft conditioned, plus 500 sq ft Sunroom)

Foyer and Powder Room: When coming in from the full-length front porch, the foyer provides space for leaving shoes, hanging coats, and access to the powder room facilities.

Living Room: Three La-Z-Boy sofas all with good view to the 55” LCD flat screen with surround sound. Amplifier has front auxiliary input for connecting MP3 player, iPod, smart phone, etc. Blue Ray player with up-sampling for traditional DVDs. WiFi internet service is provided via Frontier DSL. For viewing videos in the Living Room, please bring your own DVD’s or use the WiFi to connect your streaming service. Cable TV service is not available.

Kitchen: Fully-equipped U-shaped kitchen ready for meal making. Electric cooktop, oven, and microwave. 26 cubic foot side-by-side refrigerator-freezer. Dishwasher and large sink. Lots of cabinet and countertop space. Cookware provided. Dishes and tableware provided for up to 12. Sunset views to the west toward Lake Ontario are often amazing.

Breakfast Area: A breakfast table adjoining the kitchen fits 6.

Dining Room: A large dining room with great outdoor views offers seating for 12 at the table.

Sitting Room: This room, with two love seats and two barrel chairs, is the primary connection to the deck via a 9’ sliding glass door overlooking the pond. It is hard to get enough of sitting in this room and looking out at the ever-changing water patterns, colors, reflections, and duck and geese activity.

Deck: A large 900 square foot deck provides lots of space for relaxing, eating, and enjoying views of the water, field, and woods beyond. An electric outdoor cooking grill is provided. (Remember to bring your own water toys and deck/beach towels.)

Sunroom: The sunroom, surrounded by windows to the east, south, and west, is accessible by doors connecting to the Breakfast Area, Deck, and front porch. This is considered a 3-season space as it is insulated but not heated. Large windows, ceiling fans, or a window A/C unit can be used for cooling in summer. It is a great gathering place for all kinds of family or group activities. Fourteen (14) outdoor chairs are kept in the Sunroom for use on the Deck or in the Sunroom. Folding tables are kept in the Pantry for use in the Sunroom or on the Deck. There are two (2) 60” round tables, two (2) 48” round tables, and one (1) 18”x72” buffet table. Fourteen (14) upholstered folding chairs, for indoor use only are also stored in the Pantry.

Pantry: A large pantry accessed from the sunroom provides space for extra storage of food or other items. It also provides storage space for the folding chairs and folding tables.

Laundry: The laundry room provides a washer and dryer for your use, as well as a deep double-bowl wash sink. An exterior door from the laundry room to the deck is helpful to reduce traffic through the Sitting Room and to keep the floors cleaner.

Second Level (1350 sq ft conditioned, 200 sq ft Loft)

The Master: Sleeps 2 adults. This bedroom with ash hardwood flooring is located in the southwest corner of this level. It has a King bed, two closets, two barrel chairs, a small desk, and bathroom with shower. Additional storage is available in large drawers under the bed. Two folding suitcase stands and bedding are stored in the closet.

The Jonathan: Sleeps 2 adults. This bedroom with tan carpet and cherry wainscot is located in the northwest corner of this level. It has a Queen bed, closet, dresser, and bookcase. A folding suitcase stand and bedding are stored in the closet.

The Austin: Sleeps up to 4 adults. This bedroom with ash flooring and wainscot is located in the northeast corner of this level overlooking the hayfield and pond. It has a Twin-Over-Full bunk bed, another Twin bed, closet, dresser, and two chairs. A folding suitcase stand, bedding, and an air mattress are stored in the closet.

The Michelle: Sleeps 1 adult(+). This bedroom with vinyl tile flooring and throw rug is located in the middle of the east side of this level. It leads out to a 4’x10' balcony overlooking the deck and pond. It has a Twin bed and a “chair-and-a-half” that can be pulled out as a foam mattress suitable for a smaller person to sleep. Bedding is stored in the Hall Linen Closet next to this room.

The Rebecca: Sleeps 2 adults. This bedroom with oak flooring is located in the southeast corner of this level. It has two Twin-XL beds that can be left separated or pushed together to accept King bedding. It has a dresser and two closets. Access to The Loft is from this room.

The Loft: This auxiliary room is accessed through The Rebecca and overlooks half of the Sunroom. It has two full-size sleeper sofas. It can accommodate youngsters in sleeping bags in mild weather, or additional space for play, reading, etc.

Family Bathroom: This large bathroom has a full-sized tub-shower, two lavatory sinks, toilet, and towel storage in a built-in cabinet with roll-out shelves.

Lower Level (1350 sq ft walk-out basement)

Basement: Glass block windows look out toward the pond. The ping-pong table provides lots of fun, or it can be folded and rolled aside so that young children may even want to roller blade. A sink provides a place to clean up for arts and crafts or when coming in from outside.

Garage: A two-car garage is available for your use. A walk-through door with security key pad provides entrance to open the overhead doors.


WiFi internet service is provided via Frontier DSL.

We want everyone to enjoy our home and property for years to come, so, while you enjoy, please treat it with respectful consideration.

More Details

Armin and Sarah Rudd
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Armin and Sarah Rudd

This property has been in the family since 1974 providing years of fun and memories. It came into our hands in 2010. The spring-fed pond was added in 2011. The soil removed from the pond excavation provided the perfect soil for blueberries, so we started a blueberry farm operation. The pond water is for irrigating the blueberries, hence the name Blueberry Pond. The pond also added such a beautiful and peaceful character to the property that we have been continually improving it. Along with that investment came the idea of offering it as a unique vacation rental. Now we would like others to enjoy it as we do.

Why Armin and Sarah Rudd chose Lacona

This property is unique. It facilitates large family or small group gatherings or events while offering an incredibly wide range of activities on-site or nearby. From the comfortable and spacious indoors with beautiful country views, to the large deck overlooking the ever-changing beauty of moving water or still reflections, to paddling or swimming in the pond, to adventuring along the trails around the 140 acres of field, woods, and brooks, everyone can find something they love to do. With abundant lake-effect snow unique to the area, winter brings a whole new level of outdoor activity opportunity for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

No need to trailer your snowmobiles or ATV’s to parking lots. With typical Van Auken Rd and McKibben Rd snowcover, there is direct snowmobile access (1 mile) to the C5A Corridor trail on the Owsego County Pulaski-Boylston snowmobile trail system connecting to the entire Tug Hill region. There is direct ATV access to public and club ATV trails.

What makes this house unique

During mild seasons, group events can be held in the large Sunroom or on the Deck. The following items are available on-site to support that:

14 portable padded chairs;

14 mesh deck chairs;

(2) 60" round folding tables;

(3) 48" round folding tables;

(2) 18"x72" folding buffet tables.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a place, so much to do. So much room. We had a group of ten guys stay for a fishing trip, that turned into an outdoor adventure and late night ping-pong championship! Thank You!
Oct 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lacona in Town of Boylston

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • - $7/person/day charge for daily events exceeding max. overnight occupancy. - No excessive consumption of alcohol and no underage drinking.
  • - No use of the indoor fireplace and wood stove due to insurance restrictions. - Campfires must be contained in the fire-ring at the pond.
  • - When in or on the water, life preservers must be worn by children and adults who cannot swim, and accessible to adults who swim.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Family Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 2 sinks
    Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , sink
    Powder Room - Toilet , First floor toilet and sink.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • The Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With bathroom, 2 closets, 2 reading chairs, desk, pack&play.
    The Jonathan - 1 Large Double Bed , Reading chair and space for pack&play.
    The Rebecca - 2 Single Bed , (two Twin XL's)
    The Austin - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , (Twin alone and Twin-over-Double bunk bed, +pack&play space)
    The Michelle - 1 Single Bed , Plus "chair and a half" for sleeping a smaller size person
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Water views from entire back of house. Outdoor Activities: ATV, dirt bike, mountain bike, road bike, hiking, swimming, tent camping, fire-ring campfires by the pond, snowmobile, snowshoe, X-country ski, fat bike. No need to trailer your snowmobiles or ATV’s to parking lots. With typical Van Auken Rd and McKibben Rd snowcover, there is direct snowmobile access (1 mile) to the C5A Corridor trail on the Owsego County Pulaski-Boylston snowmobile trail system connecting to the entire Tug Hill region. There is direct ATV access to public and club ATV trails.


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Blueberry Pond - Large Home on 140 acres: Salmon River, Lake Ontario, Tug Hill
average rating of 4.928571 based on 19 reviews
New York City

A true retreat in the heart of nature

  • 5 of 5

Blueberry Pond exceeded all of our expectations! It's hard to capture the magic of this place. The house itself is immacutale and fully stocked with everything you could possibly need during your stay. From group meals inside and on the patio to field games in the property's sprawling yard, ping pong, movies in the family room, dips in the pond and hikes on the property's impressive trails, Blueberry Pond was the perfect setting to get an old group of friends together to enjoy each other's company. Running on the country roads and soaking in the stunning fall foliage were highlights for me during our October stay. Armin was very responsive and accommodating throughout our stay whenever we needed questions answered. Our group was fishing on The Salmon River and the house was only about 15 mins from the river, as well as close to the town of Pulaski. We hope to be back again!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just what we wanted for you. You are welcome back anytime! All the best, Armin and Sarah
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Perfect place to host our wedding!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for more from Armin or Blueberry Pond. The place was immaculate, and the grounds were gorgeous. We planned our June wedding to take place in the yard next to the pond, and our guests all raved at how beautiful the location was. The house is in the perfect location, very country but only about 5 minutes off the main highway. Armin was in constant contact with us throughout the planning process, and was incredibly helpful and accommodating. The house itself is fantastic, and Armin makes sure that everything you could need is readily available for you. I could not have found a better location for our wedding, and will cherish my memories from Blueberry Pond!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vacation home is better than expected

  • 5 of 5

I liked this place when I saw the photos of the rental home, And when we actually went to stay in that place, it was very beautiful than expected. Nice large rooms, ample chairs to sit in every room, large dinning room and entire home is nicely decorated. view from balcony is fantastic ! Everyone from the group enjoyed lot for 2 days and we came back with lot of memories.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing from start to finish!

  • 5 of 5

Blueberry Pond is one of the best places I have ever stayed. The house was decorated for Christmas and ready to hold our family of 4 along with our Hawaii family of 5. When that additional family came, the house was more than big enough to enjoy a large group gathering and then spit off into smaller groups. The basement provided a large play area for 3 toddlers, ping pong, darts and an easy area to enter after playing in the beautiful snow. Everything you will need is here. Thank you so much to Armin and Sarah Rudd!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are very welcome! Glad you and your family could enjoy Christmas in a blanket of snow at the "homestead" as so many have in years past.
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The Perfect Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Blueberry Pond was the perfect weekend getaway. The host was very accommodating and was happy to answer all questions and concerns. The house was spacious, the property was incomparable and we couldn't have enjoyed it more if we tried. Waking up to see the sunrise over the pond, the smell of fresh cooked bacon and eggs - ATVING all day, taking the canoes out before we cooked lunch over the open fire - all eating dinner under one roof and hanging out all night in the basement. We had the best time and cannot wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful. Come back anytime. So glad that we could offer all that satisfaction for you all.
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed this home, it exceeded expectations. Great for entertaining. Owners were great and very responsive.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Syracuse International Airport
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Cold Springs Golf Course, 1941 US-11, Mannsville
Nearest Train
47 Miles
Amtrak, SYR, William F Walsh Regional Trans
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 81, Sandy Creek/Lacona, NY
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Ponderosa Steakhouse, Pulaski
Nearest Ski
51 Miles
Snow Ridge Ski Resort, 4173 West Rd, Turin, NY
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Sandy Island Beach State Park
Car: necessary


2 miles away (north): Winona State Forest (recreation area). The close-by Winona State Forest recreation area is a public area maintained for a number of outdoor activities. Enjoy 70 miles of maintained trails with parts designated for ATV, Snowmobile, Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, and Fat Bike. The Center Road Parking Area P-1, at the intersection of Center Rd. & Wart Rd, is only 2 miles straight-north from the house, and you can ride there on ATV.

8 miles (southeast): Salmon River Falls Unique Area (Orwell). Falls Road Parking (43.549161°N, 75.942301°W). The 110-foot Salmon River Falls and the scenic gorge are the popular attractions of this wonderful 112 acre parcel of state land. The Gorge Trail leads from the Falls Trail to the bottom of the gorge. The 600-foot trail is a steep demanding trail only suited for the physically fit. There are two sections of stairway. Extending upstream from the Falls Trail is the Upper Falls Trail which is approximately a one-mile trail that runs along the north side of the river to Dam Road. The River Bed trail leads from the end of the Falls Trail to the river bed upstream of the falls. Additional hiking is available on the old abandoned Wolliver Road going south of the west end of the parking area.

9 miles (southwest): Salmon River. This is a world-famous spot for salmon fishing. Access to the river at the County Route 2A bridge is 9 miles away.

10 miles (southeast): Salmon River Reservoir. The Salmon River Reservoir is perfect for tubing and skiing, fishing, or lazing around on your deck boat. The Jackson Road boat launch is an easy 10 miles away. The reservoir is a dam-controlled body of water about 7 miles long with a maximum depth of 50 feet.

11 miles (southeast): Salmon River Fish Hatchery (Altmar). Self-guided tours of this facility (11 miles away) are available to observe what happens inside a working fish hatchery. There are informational exhibits and mounted fish. The Hatchery is open to the public from April 1st (weather permitting - call the hatchery for the spring opening date) to November 30th, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm daily. For current information on the fish and the hatchery call (315) 298-5051.

11 miles (west): North and South Sandy Ponds (Sandy Creek). North and South Sandy Pond are located four miles west of the town of Sandy Creek. North Sandy Pond is basically a large bay off of Lake Ontario. It is 3.6 miles long and 2.1 miles at its widest and maximum depth of 13 ft. Both ponds are separated from Lake Ontario by the Sandy Pond Beach Natural Area, a unique barrier beach system consisting of a sand beach, dunes and wetlands. There is a North Pond hard-surface-ramp boat launch: from State Route 3, take Stanley Drive to Doreen Drive. Lake Ontario can be accessed through a channel in North Sandy Pond.

12 miles (west): Sandy Island Beach State Park. Sandy Island Beach State Park on Lake Ontario is a 12 mile drive or nice country bike ride away.

17 miles (southwest): Selkirk Shores State Park (on Lake Ontario). Boating, Fish, Picnic, Swim, Bike, etc.; 7101 State Route #3, Pulaski, NY 13142

Phone: (315) 298-5737; Latitude 43.545937; Longitude -76.191216

27 miles (northwest): Southwick State Park Beach (Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands Region): Picnic, Swim, Fish, etc.; 8119 Southwicks Place, Henderson, NY 13650. Phone: (315) 846-5338; Latitude 43.764709 Longitude -76.196342

31 miles (north): Salmon Run Mall, Watertown, NY 13601

36 miles (northwest): Westcott Beach State Park (Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands Region): Boating, Fish, Picnic, Swim, etc.; 6621 NY-3, Henderson, NY 13650. P: (315) 938-5083 or P: (315) 938-5083; Latitude 43.898666 Longitude -76.122375

41 miles NE: Tug Hill Vineyards: wine tasting; 4051 Yancey Rd, Lowville, NY 13367. Phone: (315) 376-4336

47 miles (south): Destiny USA (Mall), 9090 Destiny USA Dr, Syracuse, NY 13204

51 miles (east): Snow Ridge Ski Resort, 4173 West Rd, Turin, NY 13473


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lacona, USA

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2 night min
16 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
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8 Oct 2018 - 10 Oct 2018
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22 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018
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29 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
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2 night min
5 Nov 2018 - 20 Nov 2018
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26 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
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1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
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1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £377.9
Cleaning fee £120.93

Overnight occupancy is 12 based on beds; Guest agrees to pay $25 per additional person per night. Events for non-overnight guests are allowed to be hosted on the property. Guest shall inform Owner if an event is to be hosted on the property and agrees to pay an additional fee of six dollars ($6) per person per event day. The recommended maximum number of event people, in addition to overnight guests, is 25 for indoor events and 100 for outdoor events.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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