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Lynn Cooke

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Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Paradox Lake Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

3 luxurious bedrooms, 2 child sleeping rooms, 3 full bathrooms,sleeps 8

1880 rustic musician's studio/farmhouse on hillside overlooking Paradox Lake approached from NYS RT 74 by long private access drive; in 28-acres of woods and state forest (Pharoah Mountain wilderness) beyond; enjoying far reaching views over the lake, Hoffman Mountain and Mt. Marcy. Centrally situated within the Adirondack Park, easy access to I-87, Lakes Schroon, Champlain, George and Placid , and Vermont, close to Fennimore Coopers 'Last of the Mohicans' Ticonderoga, early military and naval battle sites.

2,700-square-feet of lofty, wood-lined rooms, huge great room dominated by stone fireplace and wood stove, wraparound porches (including substantial screened area), and new hillside BBQ deck, well-provided kitchen, 2 king-size beds, 2 twin beds, day beds (inflatable put away) for children, good quality mattresses and linen, quality sofas and easy chairs....all for comfort and fine living.

The Adirondack National Park: America's largest park is a spectacular wilderness of natural beauty into which a visitor can immerse freely.The

Park Authority protects its natural state vigorously. Scenic drives abound, there are thousands of miles of marked trails for hikers and bikers, dozens of lakes and ponds accessible to the public , for fishermen, swimmers,sailors,powerboaters and skiers. Nature lovers will appreciate the forest canopy, the animal and birdlife.Streams rivers and waterfalls comprising the headwaters of the mighty Hudson offer wondrous exploration.Licensed hunting begins in October.

Golf and Skiing: Schroon Lake has a 9 hole municipal golf course.Within 30 minutes drive there are several challenging 18 hole courses : about Ticonderoga and Lake George especially.

The snows usually falls after Thanksgiving. The closest ski resort is Gore Mountain (35mins) and Lake Placid (45 mins) Killington and the Green Mountain resorts (eg Mad River Glen) are very accessible albeit involving a longer journey.There are many more.

Accessibility from outside the US: Visitors from the UK and Europe enjoy a huge range of options Major American, British and European airlines fly from most cities to New York, Boston,Philadelphia Baltimore,Toronto and Montreal.,to name a few.These hubs offer short internal flights to Albany, New York's state capital or Burlington in Vermont. Montreal is a two hour drive. Car rental is available at these airports.

Our house is 2.6 miles from the main New York Montreal interstate highway (the Northway) or I 87 .We recommend our guests to book US Airlines or Continental Airlines to Albany. This airport is a mile from the I 87.

Some guests initially stay in New York City or Montreal , arriving by Amtrak rail or Trailways, a NYS coach service.

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  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Lynn Cooke

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We fell in love with this lovely old Adirondack styled house when visiting the Adirondacks skiing in 2003/4.

Both of us love the outdoors.The Adirondack Park offered splendid opportunity to fulfil our interests,which include sailing , fishing, golf, hiking with occasional cultural/retail visits to New York City ,Albany or Montreal by train

Lynn Cooke purchased this farmhouse in 2005

The house was originally a farmhouse constructed plank by plank by a German musician called Emille Schenke in the 1880's. He was part of an orchestra in New York City, escaping to the North country in the summer to avoid the urban heat. He also made fine furniture in this house. Apples were grown on the lower slopes of the hillside. He and his friend Bernhardt a famous musician of that time originally shared the farmhouse across the road (still owned by Berhardt's descendants) but it was too small to support a growing family. The land was divided and Schenke built Hitor on his parcel. Old accounts say it was a musical h(e)aven, summer students assembling here for violin/voila lessons in the woods. Our driveway was called Beethoven Way!

It is a large house with high ceilinged rooms. We viewed it midwinter, and despite its chilly careworn appearance as an antiques showroom we were blown away with its potential as a home.

We have winterised the house, upgraded 2 bathrooms and added another. The kitchen equipment is close to gourmet standard. A deck was constructed above the house accessed by converting a window to a door onto a small bridge.

The furnishings reflect a classic English style. There are some interesting antiques,art, and artifacts including a triptych of paintings on old sail canvas by MaryJane Flower. Not to everyones taste perhaps but it softly reflects light into the greatroom.

The vast emptiness of the Adirondacks drew us to Paradox and finding an interesting house compelled us to acquire it. The opportunity for outdoor recreation,be it hiking, sailing , golfing, skiing or unwinding whilst reading a book in our screened porch appealed to us.

We are cocooned in our own green cell of tall trees enveloping us.

We revel in candlelit cookouts on the upper deck and after supper watch the sun across the lake die behind the High Peaks in spectacular glory.

From our swing in the woods we watch the woodpeckers chiselling out plump grubs deep inside the bark of old trees. Or chipmunks conspiring (successfully) to steal birdseed from our 'squirrel ' proof feeders. Early risers may catch a glipse of a whitetailed fawn deer in the driveway.

Wintertime brings us a white quiet, blanketing all sound. The windows in the huge bay of the greatroom panoramically display a kaleidoscope of images of the snowy mountains beyond,whilst we succumb to the glowing warmth of the stove and a chocolate toddy.

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Property Reviews

Charming Historic Farmhouse Nestling in Woods Above Paradox Lake
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews
Charming Historic Farmhouse Nestling in Woods Above Paradox Lake
+44 1513271052
Paradox Lake Adirondacks

Charming house but limitations

  • 3 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
The house does have lovely architectural features which give you a classic Adirondack cabin feel and the hosts seem to be genuinely interested in giving you a great experience. However the description and the reality seem to be out of sync a bit and other potential renters may appreciate some clarifications.

The property is advertised as having 4 bedrooms, it's really 3 bedrooms. For something to be called a bedroom it needs two essential attributes, a bed and a door. The 4th room has a sleep sofa and is a pathway for the residents of the 3rd bedroom to reach the upstairs bath. Plus it would be nice if a bedroom had windows which open for ventilation, the 4th room does not. Since we were hosting other family members we took the 4th room and gave the others the actual bedrooms. Sleeping on a sofa in a room with no privacy and no ventilation diminished the experience for us. However our guests loved their rooms.

The house sits above and adjacent to a very busy and noisy road with logging trucks. The only open area surrounding the house is covered in asphalt. Contrary to the description you cannot see Paradox Lake. Access to the lake is a half mile away and requires a $6/day access fee. While at the house you're limited to sitting on the porch or deck if you want to be outside, you won't see the lake and you'll have to accept the din of traffic that rises up from Highway 74. Young children and pets must be supervised lest they get too close to the road.

The kitchen has been described as "gourmet" but that's hyperbole, it's average and not particularity well appointed. Our first morning we planned on making pancakes but there wasn't even a griddle, all there were two small inexpensive frying pans whose non-stick surface were worn needing replacement. A number of basic utensils were absent. The stove is contractor grade from Sears.

Despite the above the house has many charming features and is well maintained. I have no doubt many people genuinely will enjoy their stay. Our primary issue was the disconnect between the description and the reality, we possibly suffered from unfulfilled expectations over a charming bungalow in woods next to a lake. The close and loud traffic and lack of outdoor space will drive you to spend time inside which albeit is quite lovely. Also be aware there is no cell coverage nor internet access, you'll have to drive into town if you need to communicate.
Owner's Response: We are saddened to read John's comments. His family is the first in more than 50 extending over a period of five years to express concern over our description and amenities at Hitor. All our guests submitting reviews have awarded five stars : our farmhouse has been a source of comfort, enjoyment and delight to over 500. Some reviewers have commented upon the road traffic noise which did not unduly distract their pleasure. We accept from time to time the traffic noise can be an irritation. We built our deck in the woods to be higher and further away from the road : the deck is a successful amenity feature. We have based our cedar swing even higher, affording a clearer view of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains beyond. None of our guests have previously complained of the facilities provided for additional beds which are very suitable for children in our media room or study. These rooms are conjoined by an open archway and connected by a staircase to the kitchen below. Several more people/beds could be accommodated in these rooms. Our kitchen was remodelled shortly after we purchased a house in 2006 with a new range,dishwasher and appliances. In that part of our description for the benefit of parents with children we explain there is a lack of flat playspace due to the house's hillside location. Children have an extended play area of 28 acres of woods in which to let off steam energy and explore. Of course we advise parents to supervise children out of doors. We would not expect our guests to let their pets loose in any circumstances.
If John had read our description thoroughly he would not have been deluded or disappointed. Homeaway's protocol allow us to question a harsh/unreasonable review. John declined to amend his review, acknowledging it may be "flawed". He wanted, perversely, for his review to stand alongside other (positive) reviews to enable renters to "weigh the merits and draw their own conclusions"
Positively he praises Hitor: it has charming features well maintained. His family loved the rooms. He told our housekeeper the family had an amazing time. He wrote soon after telling us he had a "lovely" vacation. We thank John for taking the time to write about Hitor even if we disagree with the majority of his comments. We hope our future guests can discern the architecturally beautiful and historic house we offer for a happy fulfilling vacation among a wilderness comprising the woods lakes and mountains of the Adirondack's.
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Charming Historic Farmhouse Nestling in Woods Above Paradox Lake
+44 1513271052
Paradox Lake Adirondacks

Paradox Paradise

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
Hitor is a splendid retreat for anyone looking to get away to a lovely locale and enjoy the peace of the Adirondacks. The cabin is brilliantly outfitted. The interior is absolutely beautiful, yet we spent most of our time on the fantastic porches, both screened and non-screened. Sunsets from the enclosed deck were more than worth the price of admission. The cabin sits about a somewhat busy road, but my guests did not find the location problematic.

I highly recommend Hitor at Paradox Lake to any traveler in need of relaxation and desirous of solitude within the wooded spaces of the lovely Adirondacks. I have rented many vacation homes, but this one stands out in terms of its singular design and its environment.
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Charming Historic Farmhouse Nestling in Woods Above Paradox Lake
+44 1513271052
Paradox Lake Adirondacks
Old Bridge N.J.

Fishing vacation

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
Beautiful home very comfortable we were 5 guys on fishing vacation. plenty of room for everyone with 3 boats and trucks. 20 min. to Ticonderoga boat ramp lake champlain great fishing.will recommend to anyone great get away!!! We will return again thank you Lynn & Max for a letting us into your home!!!!! Bob Larry Dan Russ & Vinnie
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/5
Charming Historic Farmhouse Nestling in Woods Above Paradox Lake
+44 1513271052
Paradox Lake Adirondacks
Buffalo New york

Amazing house, won't be disapointed

Amazing house, won't be disapointed
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
What a wonderful, warm, and cozy house, (not to be confused with small). If I owned this property I would never leave. I rent houses about 3 times a year and I was so amazed how every little thing you would need was waiting for you. The wood in this house is so amazing with the high ceilings and cozy beds and comforters. The porch area is my favorite, whichever one you choose.
The owners bent over backwards for us and our dates. Such kind and wonderful people.
If you are looking for relaxation and family time, this place is for you. My husband was a chef and had no problems in the kitchen, dish washer is adequate and not even worth mentioning.
The only negative I could say, would be that you can hear the traffic from the porch. But there is so much positive that it gets forgotten.
I spend a lot of time searching for properties and if you are like me, comparing different houses, save yourself a lot of time and headaches and just book this one, it is a wonderful vacation. We did a family vacation but it would be a wonderful romantic one also.
I could only imagine with the fireplace and beautiful sofas and rocking chairs how wonderful the fall and winter would be there.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/7
Charming Historic Farmhouse Nestling in Woods Above Paradox Lake
+44 1513271052
Paradox Lake Adirondacks
Princeton Jct, NJ

Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
Visited with my teenage sons and my brother. This lovely home is very comfortable and has lots of amenities. The opportunity to get away from the TVs, computers and cell phones is priceless. I think we spent most of our time on the screened porch which is perfect for playing boardgames, cards and sharing meals and lots of conversation. Plus, the landlord is very flexible and accomodating. Enjoy!
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
Helpful votes: 1/5
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Albany International Airport
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
Ticonderoga/Lake Champlain/Vermont Ferry
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Ticonderoga/New York/Montreal Amtrak rail
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I 87 and NYS Rt 74
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Schroon Lake public beach
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Schroon Lake
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Gore Mountain
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Schroon Lake/Hoffman Rd 9 hole
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The General Store Rte 74 Paradox
Car: necessary

Within a six-million-acre national park of mountains, lakes, rivers and forests, close to Vermont, Lake Champlain and New England, enjoy a full range of winter and summer outdoor activities on boats, bikes, trails, rafts and tubes; swim in crystal cool lakes, whitewater the Hudson, ski Gore, visit cute antique villages, museums, historic battle sites and racing at Saratoga. Nearby Schroon Lake(approx 5 miles) hosts a sandy beach with lifeguard lakeside bandstand concerts and musical theater at the Seagle Colony.Shop till you drop at the designer outlets and Malls in GlensFalls.Sail fish canoe motor at Lake George,Schroon Lake and Paradox Lake.Local shopping includes Grand Union and some cute shops in Schroon Lake,Walmart at Ticonderoga(11 miles) Antiques everywhere. Cross the new Champlain Bridge to Vermont at Crownpoint.Be a leafpeeker, rejoicing in the red-orange canopy of the forests of the north country.Take the train to New York City, Albany or Montreal from Ticonderoga

Other Activities: exploring historical,revolutionary and military sites,hot air ballooning in Glens Falls

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Availability & Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
May 31 2014 - Oct 4 2014
7 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85.00
Pet Fee $50.00
Refundable damage deposit $400.00
Notes Rates at $1200. 00 per week during the 2014 summer season.
A security deposit of $400.00 will be required to secure a reservation. Payment of the agreed rental sum , plus cleaning charge shall be paid up to six weeks of the commencement of the rental period.
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Paradox Lake Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Resort ...
  • Lake ...
  • River ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Sunbed
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer
  • Stove ...
  • Oven
  • Microwave ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1 boasts a huge, roll-top, antique, cast-iron Victorian bathtub. There is no shower as such, save a hand-held shower head for washing hair.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Room 4 - 2 child bed , This room is adjacent to the upstairs bedroom
  • There are two additional rooms on the first floor, although not private can accommodate two child daybeds in each, the larger located within the media room, the smaller in the library/study. Only two daybeds will be provided. Air conditioning is available in the ground floor rooms only.Fans are available upstairs.
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • mountain climbing
  • hunting
  • skiing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
The screened porch has an outdoor dining table and 6 chairs. The porch or screened porch has a 4 seat cushioned patio set and 4 adirondack chairs . There is an 8 seat, fold-down table and parasol on the upper deck with grill. Two mountain bikes are available. Wheelchair access was improved in 2011: enabling the infirm to move freely on the ground floor, porch and the house. Above the kitchen there is a small study with a reading table & bookcase containing binoculars, local information trail guides maps novels,dvds . A door leads onto a bridge and access to the upper deck. Outdoor candlelit lamps hanging on crooks add to a romantic setting on our cedar swing seat. Rough trails lead away from the farmhouse to 28 acres of virgin woodland and state land further beyond. Two steps above is a media/reading room with a sofa and two antique oak Morris chairs. There is TV/DVD player but no cable/sattellite service. Supplied day beds can be inflated and placed in these roo
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