|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 nights|
Lovingly restored and fully winterized by the great-granddaughter of the original owners, this unique historic cottage still retains many original details and decorations - visitors say they feel like they’re stepping back in time. There are lovely leaded glass windows, a handsome rustic stone fireplace (retrofit with a Vermont Castings woodstove insert), richly stained wood walls, beautifully faded oriental rugs and original china. There is a tidy new country kitchen with reclaimed porcelain sink, new gas stove, fridge, microwave, dishes and utensils. There is a new gas furnace and the cottage has been fully insulated. The wind makes the snowflakes dance wildly through the deep snowy meadows, but inside is cozy and warm.
Upstairs are two bedrooms each with a double bed (new mattresses and linens), wide pine floors, and country décor. And at last --- after 100 years of our relatives using an outside “privy” back when this was just a summer “camp”, we have a bathroom -- clawfoot tub with shower hoop and beautiful vessel sink on original ladies wash vanity. Towels and soaps provided. The bathroom window offers the best view of the mountains.
There are treasured family hand-me-downs as well as odds and ends which nobody felt comfortable throwing away. Like all family camps, there are bits and pieces of everyone who came before; wooden floors record the scuffs and scratches of generations. There are many photographs showing life at “camp” since the turn of the century. All this gives this Adirondack cottage its own special personality, a unique sense of space --- a treasury of feelings, sensations and memories of family and friends.
The house sleeps four to six comfortably: there are two bedrooms each with double beds, and downstairs are two comfortable couches. For larger gatherings, we have another rental cabin on our property 3646886 which sleeps six.
The land is truly spectacular. In summer, wildflower meadows spill down the hill, flanked by beautiful forests --- and in winter with snow on the ground, these hills are fantastic for sledding for both children and grownups. Bring your own sled, and borrow one of ours!
There are three cottages on our property and I live in the center one. I am around to take care of anything you need, but otherwise I leave my guests to enjoy their privacy.
It has only been a few years since we began to rent our “camps” out as vacation homes, but enjoying visiting guests is a tradition which dates back more than one hundred years here.
Our little Adirondack town of North River is truly magical. I believe that you could look for a lifetime and never find more beautiful land in the Adirondacks, or a more picturesque town!
The property has been in my family for more than a hundred years, and it is very dear to my heart. I feel very blessed to own this special place, and I truly enjoy sharing it with others. I moved upstate full time four years ago after a divorce, and I have loved the opportunity (financed by my family) to restore, build, maintain and beautify the property --- other than hugs from my kids, nothing warms my heart more than a compliment or kind review from our visiting guests.
100 years of family history gives Bird Camp its own special personality and a unique sense of space --- a treasury of feelings, sensations and memories of family and friends.
Come experience all we have to offer!
Leslie Clement purchased this cabin in 1910
My family’s connection with the Adirondacks goes back to 1905 when my great-aunt Edie Bird --- then a teenager living in Port Washington, Long Island --- became sick with TB. At that time, the Adirondack wilderness had acquired a reputation for its health giving properties, and people were convinced that the fresh air, isolation, and plenty of rest and wholesome food would help people infected with TB. So my great-grandparents sent their daughter Edie here to North River where she “took the cure” by boarding at the nearby Cedarwood Farm on School House Road where she sat outside all winter with the other boarders, bundled under quilts on the porch, and in summer months, walking the roads and wildflower meadows. Happily, my great-aunt Edie Bird recovered from the dreaded TB (the owners of the farm were not so lucky -- they contracted and died of TB themselves).
In 1910, my great-grandparents, Tim and Ida Bird, bought eight acres of beautiful property on “Christian Hill” (as it was once known) in North River. (I have since then bought an additional abutting 40 acres).
They then built a small “shingle style” camp in the rustic Adirondack style --- siting the small rustic dwelling to capitalize on dramatic southward views across the Gore Mountain range and (at that time) the Hudson River two miles below. They brought up by train beautiful leaded glass windows and other building materials from a demolished Guggenheim estate on Long Island. The rest of the building materials were all locally acquired --- cedar shingles, stone, milled lumber nearby North Creek where intensive amounts of logging was being done. Traditionally, the women and children stayed all summer while the men traveled back and forth. Life was leisurely. Visiting, and having visitors, was an important part of life. Cooking was done with a hand pump and wood cook stove. It was a four day long trip from Port Washington, Long Island. PS Bird Camp was, yes, built as a simple summer camp … but it has bee
What our visitors say:
Tara wrote: Leslie was a wonderful host indeed!! She was organized, considerate, welcoming, full disclosure and she has an upbeat and jovial personality. You can tell that she has poured her heart & soul into this property and staying with her over a hotel was the best decision we could have possibly made. We stayed in a house that has so much character, I felt very welcomed, relaxed and at home. The property is picturesque with rolling mountains in the distance, a beautiful garden to walk around, a small pond, and nature all around. We are looking forward to staying with her again.
James wrote; Leslie greeted us upon arrival and introduced us to the place without getting in the way of our move-in or other preparations. As a great hostess would, she simply gave us the information necessary to get started and let us know she'd be available if need. That allowed us to experience the uniqueness and charm of the place all on our own, which made settling in a nice adventure in and of itself.
Without being seen or otherwise interfering, Leslie would do things to make the stay even more charming and fun - re-stocking the woodpile, for example, which was nice to see when we started our last evening by the fire.
Marine wrote: The four of us had a lovely stay in North Creek thanks to Leslie. She is a very nice person and welcomed us warmly. Her dog is so friendly that it stayed with us in the cabin and made us feel at home. The surroundings are full of surprises as well and we did not need to get far to enjoy our stay and have a good time. The Adirondaks are a beautiful region that I would advice to anyone who loves lakes and mountains.
We had such a great time. The house was quaint and charming - exactly what we were looking for as a getaway from New York City. We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and loved the ample cooking equipment (milkshake and bread maker!). We spent our last night there around a bonfi
Leslie, North River and the property are all amazing. If you've been searching for that little gem of a place to get away, disconnect, rejuvenate, and just relax, you've found it.
We brought food to cook in the beautiful kitchen but there were staples hanging around that made us feel even more welcomed. Fresh potatoes from the garden were a nice touch and made for delicious home fries both mornings! The cottage was cozy, comfortable, and warm. There was plenty of fire wood stacked in front that we used to build a fire Saturday night.
Traveling to Blue Mountain Lake and other areas in the Adirondacks was easy as was driving up the road 3 miles to visit the beautiful 13th Lake. The scenery in this neck of the woods is worth it alone. Tons of mountains, big and small, beautiful lakes, rivers, and creeks.
Leslie left two pieces of cake and candles, knowing we were coming up to celebrate a birthday. She left a note with all the info we needed, so check in late at night wasn't a problem for anyone.
Leslie herself is a real trailblazer and visionary. Did I mention she's a carpenter as well and does most of the building work herself? Getting a chance to sit down and talk with her about the land, her vision, and how different communities in Albany would love to help grow and support her place was a highlight of the weekend. You have to go here. It's your 'Room of Requirement.' There's a farm, mules, a super friendly and loveable pup named Sammy, and 40 acres to walk and explore while you overlook the beautiful Adirondacks. Just go. What are you waiting for?
The house and it's owner were terrific. When we arrived, the house was warm and a fire was lit. Everything was exactly as described online - a wonder kitschy, cottage. We'll be back next year!
My husband, myself, my mom, and our husky retriever enjoyed a wonderful five day, four night stay in the cabin--definitely one of the best places we've stayed close to Gore. The cabin was warm and cozy despite the well-below freezing temperatures. We cooked easily in the basic but well equipped kitchen. Bedrooms were comfortable and charming. Leslie and her family were very attentive and good fun, and Sammy, the family dog, was a wonderful and gracious host for our energetic retriever. We're very grateful for the relaxing and enjoyable stay, and we'll definitely be back!
We enjoyed our stay very much and Leslie was very welcoming and accommodating to our late check out time. The scenery and the property are spectacular. This is a great location for a ski trip and coming home to a fire in the fireplace was a nice touch.
We had a great getaway to this cozy mountain cottage. Warm place to be in the dead of winter surrounded by beautiful scenery. Wish we could have stayed longer!
with a great and friendly family, happy and playful dog, and ample beautiful acreage, the stay could not have been better.
a bit on the chilly side during our stay but with a fire pit outside and a wood stove inside, we always kept warm.
overall; the dogs ran freely and played with sammy who was leslie's super friendly dog, s'mores on an open campfire nightly and plenty of outdoor activities to do amounts to us wanting to come back next year and a great recommendation!
thank you again leslie!
We were so happy staying at this sweet little camp! Talk about relaxing! The camp is rustic in some ways-all of the right ways. The upstairs floor is slanted, there are vents between the upstairs and downstairs, and you might even see an occasional spider that has snuck in from outside. If you can handle that, this is the place for you. Leslie has lovingly restored her family camp and the details show. The beds are comfy, as are both of the sofas in the living room. The tiny kitchen has all of the things we needed to cook for our family. In my opinion, the screened front porch was my favorite spot. I spent hours there reading or talking while my children played outside. The owner's dog Sammy, became a beloved pet during our stay and probably had far more dog biscuits than he should have had. The countryside is beautiful for walking. I can't say enough about the lovely personal touches Leslie has placed about the camp. From fresh flowers awaiting us on arrival, to fresh baked sugar cookies her daughter brought down one day. This area also offers many activities nearby. And don't miss Foothills Antiques in North Creek.
We are located in the Southern Adirondacks near Gore Mountain Ski Center about 5 miles from scenic North Creek.
We have a free ranging sweet pony that likes to visit our cabins and a loving lab dog. An authentic Adirondack experience! Incredible views and very private ...historic property at its best.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 6 2015 - Apr 1 2015
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes||50% deposit required|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.