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A Lakefront Gem on the Most Scenic and Pristine of the Adirondack Lakes.

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Stunning 3BR, 21/2 bath lakefront home with to-die-for view of lake & mountains

A fabulous vacation retreat on Loon Lake north of Saranac Lake. Enter and pass through a modern fully equipped kitchen and half bath into an Adirondack Room with a cathedral ceiling and large picture windows looking out over spectacular Loon Lake and the mountains beyond -- the best view on the lake.

Explore the ground floor master bedroom with its private bath and the two upstairs bedrooms and their bath and then venture outside and down the path to the dock and marvel at the clarity of the water. At the dock a canoe and single person kayak are waiting to take you on boating adventures.

Meanwhile the rest of the family will have made its own discovery, a fabulous treehouse located a hundred feet up the hill from the front door. The treehouse, built in Adirondack style three years ago by Master Craftsman, Nate Parsons, is an architectural masterpiece.. Access is by a not-too-difficult climbing wall. Here the kids, or the whole family, can spend hours in the trees or pitch a tent and spend the night.

After you have settled in you can make your plans for the rest of your stay --hiking on family friendly Crusher Mountain or more difficult Loon Lake Mountain. There are dozens of hikes to choose from. Or you can go out on the lake, canoeing or kayaking. You can fish the lake or the Saranac River. And if you are so inclined you can do a little shopping in Saranac Lake or Lake Placid. Whiteface Mountain, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake are reasonable car rides away.

But maybe you would prefer to curl up in the Adirondack room in front of the fireplace and just relax and enjoy.

More Details

Craig Johnstone
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About Craig Johnstone

The owners are Craig and Silke Johnstone and their nine year old daughter. Craig is a retired US Ambassador currently sitting on three non-profit humanitarian boards. Silke is an executive at the Boeing Company. They live in Seattle but spend a good portion of every summer and most winters at Loon Lake. The large Adirondack style tree house belongs, of course, to our daughter. Entry to the treehouse iss by a not-too-hard climbing wall.

Craig Johnstone purchased this house in 2011

Why Craig Johnstone chose New York

You can't not love this property once you see the view of the lake and the mountains or walk the hiking trails. It is well worth our many commutes from far-away Seattle.

What makes this house unique

Whether you are looking for solitude, outdoor sports or a walk in the wilds of the Adirondacks this is your perfect base.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Vermontville in Franklin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • resort ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Master Bedroom has its own bath. The two other bedrooms share a bathroom. There is a half bath on the ground floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Master Bedroom can be configured as two twins or one King. Bedrooms 2 and 3 each have Queen Beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
Hiking: There is a short hike suitable for supervised children age 5 and above at Crusher Mountain overlooking Loon Lake. The trail begins in a little clearing on the side of Route 26. If features a ledge with a very nice view of Loon Lake. Parents must supervise children on the trail and, in particular on the ledge which has a steep dropoff. To get to Crusher mountain take a left out of the driveway and drive or walk about a mile to a clearing on the left. The trail is marked with ribbons. The clearing is just before getting to Mensick Road (Kushaqua Pond Road) A longer and more difficult hike is up Loon Mountain. Again just take a left out of the driveway on Route 26 and keep going until you get to the Loon Mountain Trail pullover. It is a fairly long hike. Allow three hours round trip. There is an abandoned fire tower at the summit. This can be managed by children age 10 and above but expect some complaints as this is a tougher hike.


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A Lakefront Gem on the Most Scenic and Pristine of the Adirondack Lakes.
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful house on a quiet lake

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this house for the first week of July, for a family vacation. This was our first time in the Adirondacks. We enjoyed hiking, exploring the area, and then returning to this peaceful retreat. The house itself is beautiful, and Loon Lake is quiet, about 3 miles in length, with few houses on its shores -- perfect for paddling. The house comes with a kayak and a canoe. My only complaint is that the walk down to the shore is rather steep, and the kayak and canoe are kept on a platform a good distance from the water, so getting them down to the dock and into the water isn't easy. It took a couple of strong people to get them down the path, down the steps to the dock, into the water, and then back again after each trip. Otherwise, everything about this house is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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An excellent getaway

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cabin! Great adirondack room! Superb views of the lake! Nice and clean and spacious rooms! A very quiet and pleasant neighborhood! All in all an unforgettable stay! Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Buffalo, NY

Outstanding View and So Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This first time trip to Loon Lake was a treat. The view from the wrap around deck is simply spectacular. We stayed during the fall and the colors from the adjacent mountains were wonderful. We were able to carry our kayaks down the well maintained trail from the home to the lake. Loon Lake is very nice for kayaking. It was both peaceful and beautiful. We enjoyed trips to both Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, which are an easy drive. The home was clean, roomy, and spacious. We enjoyed the outdoors, the deck, playing games, and making memories with family. We are thankful for the owners sharing their beautiful place.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Penn Yan

Relaxing and beautiful

  • 4 of 5

Loon lake house is a wonderful retreat. Gorgeous views of the water is a prime feature. Lots to do in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake too. Good place to unplug and think.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well appointed, great views, spacious, good swimming and boating

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The house has great views indoors and out, a big deck, and a very nice path down to the lake, where there is good swimming and boating access.

The living space is spacious, with two large comfortable couches, a dining table that is comfortable for 8, and a well-appointed kitchen.

The caretaker is easily reached and super nice and competent.

There is good fishing and excellent hiking in walking and paddling distance, and lots more hiking and fishing if you are willing to drive to it. There essentially no urban amenities (including cell phone access) within a half-hour's drive. This is fine with us, but may not be to everyone's taste.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this lakefront gem! The house is just like it looks in the pictures - very nice, spacious without feeling too big, furnishings are comfortable, beds were comfortable, the view is AWESOME - it is a great house. The lake is absolutely lovely. Having access to a canoe and kayak made it so easy to just get unpacked and start enjoying the lake. We did a few hikes around the area which were fun but mainly, we just enjoyed the lake. We had our 2 girls (9 and 5 years old) and our 12 year old beagle with us and all seemed to have a great time.

This is a great house to escape to but come prepared - the closest store is truly 20+ minutes away. We did not have internet access while we were there (they are working on putting it in) and our mobile phones did not get reception. This is truly a get away from life type of setting. We packed a bunch of board games and crafts for the kids which I would highly recommend. We went to down to Lake Placid one day for a get away which was lots of fun.

Craig and all of the people who are helping him with this rental are very very nice to work with. It came through how much they wanted us to have a great time but not intrude on our vacation. We would highly recommend this house!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Adirondack Regional, Saranac Lake
Nearest Barpub
19 Miles
Saranac Lake
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Plattsburgh - Burlington
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Saranac Lake
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 3
Nearest Restaurant
19 Miles
Saranac Lake
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Mount Pisgah

A setting of exceptional beauty and tranquility.. Kayak in the morning mist. Listen for the call of the Loons. Loon Lake is a paradise.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Vermontville, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Nightly Rate
12 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
1 Sep 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
3 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall Foliage 2017
24 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017-2018
16 Dec 2017 - 17 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £77.68
Pet Fee £15.54
Damage Insurance £45.83

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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