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Kevin Dickinson

Member since: 2012
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Bedrooms 9
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Bedrooms 9
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Saranac Lake House Rental Photos and Description

9 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 15 Sleeps, Just Steps Fr. The Waters Edge & Sunset View

Welcome to Camp To-No-Na, a truly gracious home nestled on the eastern shore of Lower Saranac Lake, NY just minutes from Lake Placid. We are featured in Adirondack Life Magazine Fall/20144. The Camp appears to have literally jumped out of a Ralph Lauren magazine cover with all of the period details intact, the Cross Beamed Great room with mounted animals lining the old wooden walls and the enormous original Fireplace made from local stone. Camp To-No-Na is literally steps from the waters edge with breathtaking sunset views and access to 25 Miles of unspoiled waterways. We are very lucky to have almost 500 feet of private lake frontage and only 40 or so houses on our whole lake!! The remainder is state owned and just as pristine as you might imagine! We wake to Loons every morning and Bald eagles are a common sight! This home was originally built in the early 1900's as a summer residence for a wealthy homeowner, and has been lovingly cared for and upgraded to accommodate today's lifestyles. The house has two acres of wooded land and complete and easy access from the town of Saranac Lake just a couple of miles away- 8 miles to Lake Placid and just a 20 minute ride to the local airport (SLK).

Our home has ample parking in two locations just in front of the house and two separate smaller lots. The front yard is landscaped and the remainder is kept as natural as possible with woods and of course the shoreline.

The Front entry to Camp To-No-Na is through a large vestible with stuffed animals and period details are at the center of the house which is shaped somewhat like a V to the lake. Two steps up, to the old dining room is now what we use as a very comfortable octagonal shaped family room with wood stove and very comfy leather chairs and cushy sofa. A Dutch door exits to the custom twig and post deck. The original true divided light Windows to the lake in this home are absolutely fabulous and you'll find them so numerous, the light is incredible! The butlers pantry is to the left thru a swinging door with the antique built ins and wet bar. The Kitchen is unique as it has a big ol' wood family table that we use just about every day! Again, multiple windows looking right to the lake. The kitchen has original built ins, and additional basic built in shelves from the period. There is an island in the center with Bowling alley wood for the top and cedar posts for the supports! Exposed brick and another Hoisier type cabinet and extra counter space. A stainless steel Refrigerator, two dishwashers, a Six Burner Gas Stainless stove, and lots of room for the whole family. This kitchen as you can see by the photo's has some original artwork done to the walls (this was done by Granny Hanes when she broke her leg one season and just had an artistic moment), and we have done our best to preserve this and other kitchen attributes to keep the old feel of an Adirondack Great Camp!

Just off the Family Room is the first of two outside decked spaces. This deck is again facing the lake and really almost on top of the water. It is newly finished with period bent wood cedar twig design and has direct access to the rear yard and lakeside. The large Weber Grill is located at this spot.

There is also what's called a woodsman's bath off the main hall. It has an outside entrance and an entrance off the kitchen area. It has a full shower and original sink and toilet. During the time of formal living, anyone coming into the house from hunting, fishing, etc...had to enter through this room first, to wash up and make themselves presentable. It is quite nice and we use it as our powder room and has a full shower for guests.

We also have an outdoor shower on the lake side just off the kitchen and down the back stairs. It is complete with a surround of Birch Bark and views of the lake. We all use this as much as possible as it does save the septic and the views are just spectacular!!!

To the right of the large vestibule and the main staircase is the entrance to the Great Room. It is an amazing gracious room with original wood work and a soaring white cross beamed ceiling. As with the entire home the hardwood floors are gorgeous and the entire room is surrounded by true divided light windows (even to the screened in porch). You will find period pieces thru-out and certainly in the Great room with stuffed animals everywhere, a Sponson Boat suspended above the old Baby Grand Piano (Brand new insides) and furnished with large overstuffed leather sofa's and a huge Dining Table for the whole family! We find ourselves in the Great room almost every evening playing board games or cards by the fire. There is also a custom Shuffleboard table to enjoy!!

The Great Room has two large glass doors to the screened-in porch, which is almost as large as the Great Room. We have an original cure chair that I have fallen asleep in on many occasions with my book in hand, and original wicker and rattan furniture to relax and enjoy the views of the lake and sunset!

The house is centered as somewhat of a 'V' shape off of the central entry hall. As you come up to the second floor you will find the center landing and a small screened in sleeping porch. Off of the hall are the main Five family bedrooms. The Master bedroom is identical in shape to the Family Room downstairs, and is Octagon shaped with windows galore right out to the lake! This room has very tall ceilings and a private bath with an original cast iron tub (just delicious). There is also a King size custom made twig and post bed and a walk-in-closet...

Down the main hall are four additional bedrooms. The first lakeside room again has lots of windows, big closet and two twin beds. This is the room we refer to as the 'hump room' because of an odd hump just in the center of the floor from the old days!! The second Bedroom is a corner lakeside room and you guessed it, lots of windows and a large closet. There are two twin beds and an antique crib and small window seat. The next Bedroom is on the front of the house and has three twin beds and a large closet--windows windows!!

And the next Bedroom is on the front of the house with two twin beds and a large closet.

Just off of the main hall here is also another large bath with a period iron tub too!

Most of the twin beds are from the period and are a mix of brass and metal and some wood- all are from the original family stock along with the classic mirrored furniture and chairs.

The house was originally set up for the Family side and the servants side. We of course chose to decorate and use all of the home for our family. The next four bedrooms all have a single twin bed and there are two baths in this wing, both with claw foot tubs. Two are on the lakeside and two facing the front of the house...these rooms are just a bit more rustic but just as delightful though not quite as large as the 'family side'.

The separate linen closet is on this level and you will find all of the towels and linens necessary for a house this large. There is also another staircase that leads off the back hall and comes next to the entry of the mud room off the kitchen. There you will find an extra refrigerator and washer & dryer/utilities.

This home is truly a great example of how families lived and worked in the Adirondacks. We have been very careful with adding updates such as two zone central heat, wiring upgrades, plumbing upgrades, lighting, and general improvements...always with the thought that Camp To-No-Na should stay as close to how she was built, a Beautiful Grand and Gracious Camp in the Rustic Adirondack's!!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Kevin Dickinson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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About Kevin Dickinson

We have enjoyed this home for the last 20 years. We were also friends of the previous owners, The Hanes Family (Hanes Underwear). This is just the most perfect place for my extended family and my family of choice to come for the summer. And it's funny, when everyone comes to Camp To-No-Na we usually end up staying right there- at the house for the whole time!!

Kevin Dickinson purchased this house in 2001

Why Kevin Dickinson chose Saranac Lake

We really appreciate and love the Adirondacks, and we were very lucky to have the opportunity to purchase this very rare waterfront property- especially one with sunsets!!! This property is located just behind the World famous Trudeau Institute. (We love that they keep the drive plowed in the winter!!) And we love to spend all of our time on the water, fishing, skiing, kayaking, and just relaxing near the sound of the lake!

What makes this house unique

The size of this home is a great attribute for us and the fact that it really is a fine example of the craftsmanship of the era- and still is! We have been very careful not to over renovate or change the character of the home. The walls are all original woodwork, the kitchen and the baths are mostly original too, but with great updates! Love it!!

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Bedrooms 9
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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We travelled from Denver with our two children to have a family reunion with some of my relatives from New York. Camp To-No-Na was amazing. It is very well equipped for a rental house. There was plenty of comfortable seating areas throughout the property that you can visit with a large group, or sneak away from the large group and get some quiet time. The kitchen had everything you can possibly need, including two dishwashers and two refrigerators. I like to cook, so that was important to me. The owner Kevin, was very responsive to any questions that we had before or during out stay. The property itself is rich with history and charm. It was clean upon arrival, the description was very accurate. The lake is beautiful and crystal clear. The swimming area is on the smaller side and a little bit rocky, but our small children managed just fine. One thing to mention is that with the rich history and charm of the house there is also only one shower inside and one outdoor shower, all but one of the bathrooms are original. I would highly recommend this house, not only for the beautiful property, but also because it is so well equipped and the owners are so helpful. To me that is really important because we have had different experiences at other VRBOs. Our family vacation was such a success that we are going to do it again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

We just spent the July 4th week at Camp ToNoNa and had a fabulous time! The location can't be beat and (in addition to all the water based activities) the owner has provided lots of amenities like games, shuffleboard, bean bag toss etc. It is a turn of the century great camp - so definitely rustic - but fabulous in terms of seeing what the old great camps were like - while also updated for the 21st century in terms of flat screen TV, Internet access etc. Screened porch swing (and view) is not to be missed!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Time Warp to Time of our Lives

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible experience. We had the whole family (15 in total) come up to spend Mom's 60th Birthday at Camp To No Na. From the time I first emailed Kevin to confirm our interest to all the pics that are now trickling in from the family this has truly been a wonderful experience. The owners have done a wonderful job preserving the essence of this 100yr old house. From the wild array of stuffed animals (btw who stuffs a chipmunk..:)), to the collection of paddle boats, to the proximity to some challenging hiking (try Mt. Ampersand) and wonderful golf I couldn't have asked for a better spot. The 4 young kids had a blast running around with walkie talkies and touring the lake on various kayaks. The adults found ample space and comfort in the great room and kitchen. If you're looking for a place to go to get away from the day to day grind quit searching other properties and book this place...before we do.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Perry ny

A Perfect Adirondack Family Camp

  • 5 of 5

After looking at the photos on VRBO and reading about Camp To-No-Na, we were very excited about the wonderful place we had found to celebrate our parents 50th Anniversary. During the weeks leading up to our trip we spoke with the owner, Kevin, on the phone several times and he answered all of our questions very patiently.

We wanted this vacation to be extra special and it truly was. From the minute we pulled up we felt lucky to have found such a beautiful spot. It was perfect. It was relaxing and luxurious at the same time. The home is like stepping back in time but so comfortable. My family just loved it. We rented a boat and had a ball on the Saranac Lake and every night we cooked big family meals, ate as a family, played games and hung out. It provided the perfect setting for all of us(ranging in age from 7-69!) I hope that we are able to make this a tradition.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Camp To-No-Na, A new yearly tradition

  • 5 of 5

What a special place. The second you pull up to the house you are pulled back into time. Quiet and timeless landscape. Beautiful views of the lake from sunrise to sunset. A rainy day is even enjoyable and a calming experience. This large house is a great place for family reunions, corporate retreats or just a vacation with a large group of friends. Nothing better than being the first one up in the morning to start the fire and enjoy a lakeside coffee. Kids are instantly entertained by the landscape and the lake. The town is charming and has some shops good place to walk around. Lake placid is a quick drive down the road. Take the back road to white-face and hike the summit quiet the view up there. Cannot wait to make it back this year!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Amazing Experience

  • 5 of 5

I could not have asked for more. This house was like steping back into time. It is not your typical formulaic holiday retreat. From the moment I stepped in all the stress of the big city life was gone! We enjoyed every night in the great room with a roaring fire and a slight chill in the air. The room was so huge and magnificent I felt transferred to another era. All the bedrooms were Spartan . It felt very Zen and Peaceful! So amazingly quiet and still! Waking up in the morning to a slight fog on the water enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck! Renting a boat down the river and spending days on the lake, fishing and water sking. What isn't there to like? This lake is lightly populated so you feel you have your own private retreat. The best part is the Western Exposure an the beautiful sunset over the mountains! Worth every penny. I would not trade those memories for anything!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Waterhole #3 or Lake Placid Lodge!!
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Saranac Inn
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Le Pan Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Saranac Lake Downtown just 3 minutes away
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Mt. Van Hoevenberg & Whiteface Mountain
Car: recommended

This Great Camp is located just minutes from Saranac Lake NY and 15 to Lake Placid. We are on the Lower Saranac lake with 25 miles accessable by water ( 5 lakes) thru the locks. Easily and quickly accessible to almost every comfort you might need. Groceries, restaurants, charming small town with local attractions, art walks, antiquing, etc...Location, Location, Location!! There is water access through 25 Miles of lakes and waterways from this property and you will find the quiet serenity you are looking for in the Adirondacks as there are only 35+/- homes on the whole lake-and ours has almost 500 Ft of Lakefront! We are mostly state owned and its just pristine!!! The sunsets are just glorious and the home retains all of the original details from the early 1900's with modern upgrades of course- but by all means still retains all of the old world charm!!!


Rates & Availability

From $1,000 Per night

Saranac Lake House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 15 2015 - May 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
May 26 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jul 2 2015 - Jul 16 2015
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500.00
Cleaning fee $450.00
Notes Spring and Fall rates will be reduced from summer rates- Special events and holidays are priced at a premium of 10% to 20% Cleaning fee is an additional $450 and a refundable security deposit of $1500...

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Saranac Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - outdoor shower , Just Lovely outdoor shower lakeside with Birch Bark surround
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , 2nd Floor Hall Bath with original claw foot tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , Additonal 2nd Floor Hall Bath with claw foot tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , 3rd End of Hall Bath with smaller claw foot tub
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , Master Bath with Claw foot tub in Mater Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , shower bath on first floor
  • Most of the Baths have original Claw foot tubs and fixtures where possible. First floor baths are showers
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with custom twig and post, private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Lakeside bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Lakeside bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , Large Front Corner Bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Front Bedroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single , Lakeside Bedroom
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , Lakeside Bedroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 twin/ single , Front Bedroom smaller
    Bedroom 9 - 1 twin/ single , Front Bedroom
  • All bedrooms are very light and airy and importantly on the 2nd floor as real bedrooms not basement areas. Most have the original brass type beds with original woodwork etc...
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We are really just minutes away from Saranac Lake NY and just 8-12 miles to Lake Placid. There are two Marina's on our Lake that rent boats by the day or week. Grocery stores are abundant and almost any kind of shopping you might need. Keep in mind our dock has never had more than one boat. The area is really quite abundant with anything you can possibly want, hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, water sports, or very high end in Lake Placid at the Lodge or maybe the Mirror Lake inn...

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