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.
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
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.