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Spacious Log Home on Secluded waterfront property

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Privacy and serenity with many activities minutes away

Tucked in the trees on a ledge overlooking McCauley Pond this lovely log sided home is ready for your perfect vacation. This non motorized pond is locally known as a productive spot to fish for pike, perch as well as large and small mouth bass and other species of fish. You may fish off the private dock or use the supplied canoe or row boat. It is always fun to stop on the island or just float around. Please be aware it's a short walk down some steps through the woods to reach the pond.

The house is very secluded with tons of privacy. There are only 3 or 4 houses on the pond and none are visible from the house. You can’t see or hear the road from the house. Several trails wind through the woods for short walks around the property. Just walking the well maintained driveway up to the road is a nice walk. If you prefer longer hikes you are not far from the ‘Saranac 6’ or the 46 High Peaks. The Visitor’s Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s, about 10 minutes away, has many wide well maintained trails, programs and a butterfly house in season. There is also park land all around with countless trails.

Activities abound in the area. We are located close to the Saranac chain of lakes with several public boat launches. A 30 minute drive will bring you to Tupper Lake well known for the Adirondack Wild Center and its just opened elevated ‘Wild Walk’. You can also keep travelling to my favorite, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. Of course you must visit the village of Saranac Lake, ‘Capital of the Adirondacks’ and Lake Placid, home of 1932 and 1980 winter Olympics, to take advantage of the shops and restaurants. Minutes away, you will find Saranac Inn's golf course. Just started is a railroad bike trip that allows you to pedal a special bike on a RR track through the woods and past lakes and ponds(one being the pond our house is located on.)

The house itself is large, surrounded by deck on three sides, one covered, so you can enjoy the outdoors and the gas grill even if it’s raining.

The great room boasts a fireplace, piano, and large south facing windows looking out to the pond. In the great room is a couch with a pull out bed and also a futon. The first main floor bedroom features a queen sized bed, twin bed, and ensuite bathroom with a shower. The second main floor bed room has a queen sized bed and attached bathroom with tub/shower. Both main floor bedrooms have private entrances to the wrap around deck.

The master suite, on the upper floor, has a king sized bed and a loft overlooking the great room. On the loft is a pull out sleeper couch. The master suite has a private balcony. The master bathroom has a large shower and Jaccuzi tub with windows facing the woods.

The kitchen is well equipped with a large refrigerator, through door ice and water, dual fuels stove, dishwasher, and 2 microwaves. Small appliances include coffee maker, waffle iron, blender, crock pot, toaster and toaster oven. Plenty of cooking utensils are supplied as well as a full set of dishes and silver ware. The dining room table seats 10 or there are 2 picnic tables on the pond side deck and one on the covered deck not to mention 4 stools at the kitchen island.

The large well lit downstairs is a work in progress. Be careful around the building supplies and equipment but feel free to enjoy a game of pool on the 8’ x 4’ slate pool table. Paddles and oars are kept by the door that leads to path down to the pond.

On those hopefully rare indoor days checkout the entertainment center in the great room. It’s equipped with cable TV, DVDs, puzzles and games for all ages.

Winter brings many other activities for you enjoyment. You can ice fish out on the pond. Snowmobile trails are located nearby. Opportunities for cross country skiing and snow showing abound. Whiteface ski area is about 45 minutes away, the local Mount Pisgah and Big Tupper ski areas are closer and more accessible. Afterwards return home for a soak in the Jacuzzi or relax in front of the fireplace.

All in all we hope you enjoy your stay in a most beautiful area nature has to offer. Do as much or as little as you like, it’s your vacation!

More Details

Chris Humme
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About Chris Humme

Chris and Betsy currently live in New Jersey but hope to someday live in upstate New York permanently. Chris works in engineering and computers and Betsy works in the health care industry. We both like to cross country ski so we take advantage of all the trails available in the area. We love to take our boat out on the chain of lakes or just float around the pond with our fishing poles.

Chris Humme purchased this house in 2002

Why Chris Humme chose New York

Fell in love with the location.

What makes this house unique

We love to be able to walk down to the pond to enjoy the view from the dock. We also love the seclusion of being tucked in among the trees surrounding the house. It is also wonderful to sit in the hot tub in the master bathroom and watch the snow fall.

In the summertime, we always add a stop at Donnelly's ice cream located by the "blinking light" at the intersection of rtes. 86 and 186. Their ice cream is an extra special treat!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just got back from a holiday stay at this spacious, warm and inviting

home. The house is even nicer than the pictures show. There was plenty of

room for our group of 8. The house is very well designed and decorated,

exceptionally clean and well appointed. The great room was a wonderful

place for us to spend time together while still giving everyone space to

spread out and enjoy different activities when desired. The spacious

kitchen is a terrific place to gather, talk and prepare meals. Well stocked

with everything you could possibly need. We enjoyed the views from the

wraparound deck/porch and took many photographs of the scenic surroundings.

The fireplace and especially the radiant floor heat kept the house warm and

cozy. Very nice to return to after a day of skiing. Chris and Betsy were

terrific hosts. They quickly responded to any questions we had and were

very accessible when we needed them. We are all looking forward to our next

visit to this home away from home."
Dec 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lake Clear in Franklin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 & 2 are located on the main floor . Bedroom 3, the "master" bedroom, is located on the second floor with a loft area overlooking the great room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
Fishing poles and life vests are available.


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Spacious Log Home on Secluded waterfront property
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews

Exceptional. Beautiful. Spacious. Feature-filled. Convenient.

  • 5 of 5

We walked into the Great Room and said, "Wow!" This from experienced HomeAwayers and our even more experienced family of friends from Germany. We didn't have a chance to meet the owners, Chris and Betsy, who live off-site, but Chris responds quickly, fully, helpfully, and congenially to all inquiries.

The home, the location, and the pond (actually a small 76-acre lake) are just plain wonderful. Not accessible for mobility impaired, but superb for everyone else. The path down to the pond is rustic, well-maintained, and easily walked.

The house is bright, spacious, comfortably furnished, well-appointed, and truly beautiful. On the outside, there is more deck space than one would hope, both open air and covered in case of rain.

Thanks, Hummes, it was wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We were glad to have you and hope you come again.
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This spacious log home was perfect to host my family! well equipped and simply beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Great spot to enjoy the ADKS! Had everything you could need. Clean charming, comfortable and pet friendly. Thx so much for sharing!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for all ages!

  • 5 of 5

We were a total of 6 people (4 adults, 2 tweens) at the end of June. Although it rained quite heavily during most of our stay, we still enjoyed staying at this house. If you have kids that can hold a fishing pole (even a simple bamboo pole with line and hook), they will be sure to catch fish right off the dock! The fish are very naive. The house is huge and has everything you need. The lake might as well be a private lake because we couldn't hear anyone else and we only saw one guy on a paddleboard during our entire stay. It is pure relaxation with no one around. We would definitely come back.

If you are a hard-core fisherman, bring your own gear (pole, worms, hooks, pliers, sinkers and bobs) There are plenty of fishing poles in the basement, but many of them did not work well. That is not the fault of the owner though! I'm sure people come and use them and don't bother fixing them.

The only thing I would recommend to the owner is to get one more inexpensive one-person kayak so people can go out in pairs with the kayaks.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and please come again!
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Your home and setting are amazing.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we drove down the driveway, I knew we were going to have a great weekend. After driving 8 hours with three of our grandsons, we were ready to stretch our legs and relax, and that we did. Very impressed with everything about your home. It is rustic, spacious, cozy and believe it or not, romantic, even with three boys enjoying the time of their lives with Grammie and Poppa. They fished from the dock and boat and caught pike, perch, bass and sunnies. Everything was provided for us upon arrival. Enjoyed walking the trails, cooking in the greatest kitchen ever and a glass of wine on the porch in the evening when all was quiet. Thank you Chris and Betsy for sharing your home with us and making memories with our boys.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you will return again. Regards, Chris & Betsy
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Property/amenities/owners were all as wonderful as advertised. We would definitely stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had an amazing vacation here and would definitely recommend/stay again in the future. The property/amenities were as wonderful as advertised and the owners, in addition to providing everything imaginable for an exemplary lakeside experience, were prompt in helpfully responding to our inquiry throughout the process. This was our first experience with HomeAway, and we could not have envisioned anything better.To say that all the positive reviews we read beforehand were justified would be an understatement.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves. You were wonderful guests. Hope you will return again. Thanks for your kind words.
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beautiful vacation retreat

  • 5 of 5

we spent a week around Christmas time and we loved it. The cabin is spacious, quiet, very comfortable with wonderful views of the surroundings, easy access to nearby attractions and activities. The owners were extremely courteous and very responsive to our pre-arrivals questions. Definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope you come back again. Have a safe and happy New year!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Adirondack Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
5.5 Miles
Shamrock Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Saranac Inn
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Hohmeyer's Lake Lodge
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Lake Clear Beach

We are situated close to Paul Smith's Visitor Information Center, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, and shops and restaurants in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Miles of hiking trails abound. In the winter, most of the trails make for great cross country skiing. Lake Clear beach has a beautiful sandy beach and great swimming. Nearby Saranac Inn offers golfing. Many area boat launches allow you access to the Saranac chain of lakes.

There are many accesses to various pond and smaller lakes for canoeing and kayaking.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lake Clear, USA

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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £388.45

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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