Dale Lehmer

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Bedrooms 3
Property type chateau / country house
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Thousand Island Park Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Welcome to The Oswegatchie River Cliff House, our latest and finest lodge. Our 1850s historic barn /converted lodge is designed for discriminating travelers who are looking for exceptionally unique and elegant vacation lodging, away from the crowds, and in a world class setting of natural beauty and solitude. We will be providing both here.

The 2200 sq. ft. lodge has been fashioned from an antique timber frame barn that was dismantled in Canada and transported to our 85-acre non-working farm here in St. Lawrence County. It has been rebuilt on the cliffs overlooking a remote section of the Oswegatchie River, one of the most pristine and clean rivers in upstate NY and the 1000 Islands region. Our firm, Antique Woods and Colonial Restorations, has been restoring historic barns and houses all over America for over 35 years now. We have tried to incorporate all the best design features and wonderful aged woods into our lodge that we have encountered in our past years doing this kind of work. If you are a historic barn lover or fan of old timber frame construction you will find our new lodge to an absolute gem in a absolutely stunning private and natural setting. The antique floors and chestnut kitchen add finishing touches to the lodge.

The Barn/Lodge exposes all the original timber frame and rafters and has cathedral ceilings in the kitchen, dining and great room and two upstairs bedrooms. All these antique woods have been gleaned from other historic structures. The entire custom kitchen was designed and built by our craftsmen and made of aged wormy chestnut and finished with tongue oil.

The kitchen, dining room and great room are connected, and there is a loft and open stairs that all face a large wall of glass that overlooks the Oswegatchie River through the pine trees. This wonderfully beautiful and private area where the lodge is located is back off a small country road about ¼ mile in the forest and sits in a grove of tall pine, oak and ash trees.

From the Great Room, three sliding glass doors lead to a large 50-foot deck which provides a wonderful place to eat and relax under the tall pine trees. From here you have a spectacular elevated view of the Oswegathcie River as it meanders down through this remote and practically inaccessible section of the river. You will not see any other houses here. There is a series of stairs to 3 multi-leveled decks that lead down to the river and the swimming, fishing and kayaking area. We just added a new deck right on the waters edge, a screened in room and a new easy access swimming and kayaking enter/exit area. The waters here are very clear, the bottom is very sandy, and the river is loaded with small mouth bass, and even some pike, walleye, and other assorted fish. We provide one double and 3 single kayaks and life vests and 2 fishing rods. We have an outside gas grill and patio furniture on both decks and a picnic table, lawn chairs and a floating dock to swim or fish from down at the river.

The master bedroom and master bath are downstairs and two other bedrooms are upstairs with a second bath between them. The loft has a sofa. The spacious master bath has Jacuzzi tub/shower, chestnut vanity and sink, and washer and dryer. Other amenities include satellite TV and wireless satellite (wildblue) internet. We provide food for your first morning’s breakfast. The lodge is furnished with all antiques and some hand crafted reproductions made from our reclaimed barn woods. The kitchen is very large and equipped with all new appliances and quality pots and pans of all sorts.

This area of the river provides just superb smooth water kayaking. The river winds down through remote forested areas and farm lands and there are literally miles of secluded kayaking and/or fishing where you see only a few cabins ever so often. The banks of the Oswegatchie are lined with wild flowers, ferns, rock cliffs and many pine stands along the way, and of course a lot of wildlife. If hiking is your forte, we have several miles of easy to moderate groomed hiking trails through the 85-acre farm that is used only by you. You are completely isolated at the Cliff House here and can't see any other houses.

It is centrally located in St. Lawrence County. Gouverneur is 10 minutes away from the lodge, Canton (St. Lawrence and SUNY Canton Universities) - 30 minutes away, Potsdam (Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam Universities) - 45 minutes, Black lake -15 minutes and 1000Islands-30 minutes.

This is a really special place. Please check out our main web site for more information.

We rent weekly from Sat to Sat but if you are a last minute traveler, check with us as we may have some flexibility if we are not filled.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Dale Lehmer (Owner)
Advertiser since 2007
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Speaks english

About Dale Lehmer

Sophie and Dale Lehmer moved to the area about 5 years ago and live in an abandoned farmhouse they restored on a farm boarding the Oswegatchie River. Sophie is Russian and grew up in the Novosibirsk Academy town in Siberia, Russia. Her parents were both important scientists in the Soviet times and her father was a leading expert that helped develop the rocket fuel to put Yuri Gagarin in space. She was fortunate to grow up in Academy town as this was one of the two major places where Soviet Scientists lived and worked, and she had the opportunity to learn and study the English Language that she loves. (She does the spell and grammar check on all our writings). After graduating from high school, she went on to become a physicist at Tartu State University in Estonia.

Dale grew up in Pennsylvania and after high school received an athletic scholarship and attended Wheaton College where he graduated in 1966 with a BS degree, majoring in psychology. He later went on to get his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Indiana. He played football, baseball and wrestled in college and still has some of the injuries to prove it. Upon graduation, Dale worked with hard core delinquent boys for 10 years. He then started his current company that dismantles and rebuilds early barns and homes all across the country -- Antique Woods and Colonial Restoration. He has been doing this work for over 30 years now and is considered as one of the experts in his field. He has done barn homes for many high profile people including Robert DeNiro and Ted Kopple. Dale has two children and one grandchild.

Dale Lehmer purchased this chateau / country house in 2009

Why Dale Lehmer chose Thousand Island Park

We chose the building site of the Cliff house because of the stunning beauty in this area of the banks of the Oswegatchie River. The house is nestled in amongst very tall hemlock, oak and ash trees right on the elevated banks of this very secluded section of the river.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Total privacy with no other houses in sight. The river in this area is full of wildlife, fish and is very clean and inviting. Wonderful swimming and kayaking area. The Cliff house is a retreat for rest, relaxation, beauty and nature in total privacy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

You have indeed created a place of wonder here! I know you are proud of your Cliff House, and I thank you for the opportunity to share in the unique experience of total piece that prevails here.

We were truly lucky to have stumbled upon this rare jewel where we could slow down and just enjoy being together. We so enjoyed the kayaks. The river here is tranquil and refreshing. A very special day on the water followed by a swim from the dock here at the house. We hate to leave but will do so much rejuvenated by our "Cliff House" experience.
Aug 2009
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Oswegatchie River Cliff House--Waterfront Barn Conversion
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Oswegatchie River Cliff House--Waterfront Barn Conversion
-(315)286-4847 (New York, USA)
Thousand Island Park Thousand Islands
Rochester, NY

Wow. Unique. Peace. Quiet. A Work Of Art.

  • 5 of 5
Our family just rented Cliff House over July 4th week. The pictures simply scratch the surface of the quality and workmanship and artistry Dale has demonstrated in the construction of this peaceful house on the river. The Oswegatchie River is clean, sandy-bottomed and refreshing. Privacy is unbelievable but a well stocked, high-quality grocery is but a few miles away. We enjoyed driving through the Amish farmlands, stopping at the stands and buying the jams and vegetables. Dale is a terrific host. The house is topnotch with all of the amenities of home. Visit, you will not be disappointed. This is unlike anything we have ever seen...
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments Jason and Nancy. We love it here too of course and plan to spend another winter at the Cliff House nestled up back by the river in the snow. It is incredably beautiful here in the winter as well. Sophie really appreciated how well you cared for our home and how clean you left it when you departed. That is the biggest thanks you can give us and thanks to you as well. Come back again, you are always welcome around the Cliff House Campfire. Dale and Sophie



Guided or Unguided Smooth water Kayak Float Trips, Amish Horse and Buggy Tours of Amish Country.



Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Thousand Island Park Chateau / Country House Rental Rates


  • $1900-$2300/wk + 10%tax
  • US Dollars
  • $1900(May,Oct,Nov)$2100(June,Sept.)$2300(July,Aug)/week(up to 6people)
  • $25 each additional person per night (Max 8 people).
  • 10% local and NY state tax.
  • Lodge rented weekly Sat-Sat.
  • Opening for lodgers May 5th, 2013



Thousand Island Park Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1) King bed in the Master Bedroom downstairs with memory foam mattresses, Queen size Beds (2) Queen beds in two upstairs bedrooms with memory foam mattresses Queen sofa sleeper with Memory foam topper downstairs., Baby Cribs (1) Portable playpen/crib
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Multi Leveled Decks and Stairs Leading to the River for Swimming, Fishing and Kayaking. Stairs to the river area and easy access to shallow water or deep water. Sandy bottom. 4 Kayaks and life vests provided. 2 fishing rods provided and basic gear.

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