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Margreet or Willem Monster

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, dutch

Historic 4-season destination on Great Sacandaga Lake with boat dock

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Great Sacandaga Lake Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 6, covered porch, boat dock

The property is the restored FJ&G railroad station in the former Sacandaga Park resort. The Station is located in a wooded setting. It is listed on the National Register. The summer rental includes a boat slip at our docks, use of the on-site tennis courts and guest privileges at Sacandaga Park Beach. The Great Sacandaga Lake is beautiful and uncrowded. It offers great sailing, motor boating and fishing opportunities. A 9-hole golf course, lake side restaurants and the village of Northville are all within walking or biking reach. Northville retains the character of a small rural Adirondack village with authentic architectual styles. Wonderful cross-country skiing (Lapland Lake), downhill skiing (Gore Mountain) and snow mobiling (Great Sacandaga Lake and Adirondack Park trails) are found nearby during the winter. The furnishings and interior of the Station are new. There is ample opportunity for walking and safe biking for small children right around the Station and in Sacandaga Park.

Sacandaga Park: The hamlet of Sacandaga Park is across the Sacandaga River from the Village of Northville. It is in the Town of Northampton. Sacandaga Park retains the atmosphere of the famous cottage community that was once operated here by the FJ&G railroad. The old hotels and Broadway level entertainment are gone but the golf course, many original cottages, the Station, the giant white pines and the relaxed pedestrian life style are still there. The roads are narrow and tree-lined. Summer is the busy season with people lounging on their porches, summer events, boating and water sports. The fall is beautiful with great fall colors in the Park and the surrounding wooded areas. In the winter, Sacandaga Park is a great pied-a-terre for ski excursions and exploring the lake and wooded trails on a snow mobile or cross-country skis. The permanent population of the Park is rising and most restaurants remain open through the winter months.

The Station: The Station was built in 1920 near the peak of the “amusement park period” of Sacandaga Park. For many years after the railroad disappeared and the crowds stopped coming, it continued to play a central role in the life of the Sacandaga Park community. The Station was saved in 2002 from “destruction by neglect”. It has undergone an extensive restoration that retains its outward appearance while finding an adaptive re-use for the interior that does justice to the building’s historic significance. On March 7, 2004 the Sacandaga Station was placed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The large roof overhangs and surrounding tall trees create a wonderful lounging area during summer when it is hot or rainy. It is also convenient and cozy during the winter when heavy snow builds up around the building and you can ski out of the front door. The former baggage room is available for general storage of recreational equipment. More historic information is on the Station web site.

Great Sacandaga Lake: The Great Sacandaga Lake was created in 1930 with the closing of the gates on the Conklingville dam in the Sacandaga River. The Sacandaga is one of the main tributaries to the Hudson River. The lake is large (29 miles long), surrounded by hills. The lake edges are protected from development by a NYS regulatory agency. The water quality is high because of the annual snow melt and high precipitation levels farther north in the Adirondack mountains. There are several marinas and commercial dock facilities. Sailing is rapidly becoming a popular water sport. Kayaking on the lake and up the river is common. The lake is uncrowded especially during the week. There are wonderful lakeside restaurants with docking facilities within 20 minutes by motor boat from Sacandaga. The fishing is good in all seasons and 36 inch northerns are caught regularly. The lake has a number of islands; their white sandy beaches become exposed later in the summer when the water goes down from early spring flood level

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Margreet or Willem Monster (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english, dutch

About Margreet or Willem Monster

I am a retired computer engineering professor who took up a new 'career' in rural Upstate NY as restorer/redeveloper of historic buildings in the Adirondack region. My wife is an architect and designer. We live on an old farm five minutes away from the rental property.

Margreet or Willem Monster purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Margreet or Willem Monster chose Great Sacandaga Lake

This is a typical small train station built in the early 1900's resort period. The architecture of the building, its natural setting and the comfortable amenities make this a wonderful place to stay - summer, spring, fall and winter.

What makes this cottage unique

The location along the Great Sacandaga Lake, the on-site marina where you can put your boat for the length of your stay, the walkable environment (bathing beach, golf course, tennis courts) and the history archive about Sacandaga and the resort era, are all wonderful extras.


based on 18 traveler reviews

Historic 4-season destination on Great Sacandaga Lake with boat dock
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

Second stay for us.

  • 5 of 5

Very interesting rental. Historical restoration. Officially listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Contains many old photos, books, etc. of the train depot and life and times of the area, which was once the playground of the rich & famous of NY City. Good physical layout: the kitchen is nicely laid out, open to the dining areas (formal & breakfast nook) and the living room. We enjoyed both of our stays on the property: last year there was a beautiful foot of snow and this year no snow and blue skies (Thanksgiving week).

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for that appreciative review. The exterior style of the building is typical of the era (early 1900's) and the function (resort railroad station). In the 2003/4 restoration we tried hard to preserve it completely. The interior layout was adapted to make it comfortable for a variety of uses while leaving recognizable touches of the original layout. Now, 10 years later, we can be cautiously optimistic that we succeeded. The historic material is a nice touch for visitors interested in exploring the history of the Great. Sacandaga Lake region.
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It was an awesome stay!

  • 5 of 5

There is so much to say! The owners were very nice, laid back people and their place is a home away from home. The things we enjoyed the most: The size of the accommodations, the easy dock access for swimming and kayaking, we enjoyed fireworks on two nights from the dock, the porch is very large with comfortable seating, including a porch swing, it is quite relaxing there, we played tennis and pickle ball, which are located across from the "station", we walked into town and shopped and ate. The Tavern Inn was surprising good, no great, not just bar food, Sport Island Pub has great Italian food. The "station" has a huge bathroom with a washer and dryer and fully stocked kitchen. It was an awesome stay and we would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much Colleen and Mike. You (and quite a few of your nearby family members) made good use of and clearly enjoyed the amenities. You also took great care of the property. Glad you made it home safely on that very long car ride back to Colorado. Hope to see you again next year.
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Fun stay, a weekend away!

  • 4 of 5

Very peaceful and quit getaway! The station is beautifully done, and had many amenities! Thank you for the stay Willem!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Guilderland, NY

Become a Part of HIstory

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many vacation homes over the years and this one was by far the most unique. You could just feel history coming alive at "The Station". The listing for this home was spot on in every detail and exceptionally clean. The owner could not have been more gracious and helpful. Since we stayed mid-week in April, between normal vacationing seasons, most restaurants in the area were closed. He suggested a restaurant in Broadalbin, "Wine and Roses", that while it did not have a lake view or ADK ambiance, did have wonderful food, so Willem literally saved us from having a can of soup and a sub in the Station that night. Highly recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this very nice review. We try to please. Finding a good restaurant close by in mid-week and off-season can be a challenge. I am glad it worked out and I agree that the food there is great. Come again.
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Unique, Delightful, Distinctive

  • 5 of 5

Unique. Distinctive. Delightful.

When we crossed the threshold of the Station and entered the spacious layout, we were delighted to discover refined, country elegance. The craftsmanship and care that went into restoring this historic landmark was evident in every nook and cranny of this home away from home. The cozy furnishings consisted of timeless pieces with Adirondack accents that ranged from antique to handmade to modern, giving you a sense of being transported back and forth through time. To further emphasize the passage of time, the owner-designed blueprints and historic collages decorating the walls literally told the history of the building, the people and the place from its heydey to its present day restoration. Be sure to peruse Wilhem and Margreet’s self published books to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of their creative process and the history of the Station and Sacandaga Park.

The location of the Station was more than ideal, lending itself to a full range of local attractions and best kept secrets. (check out the side table in the "Waiting Room"). We were able to take advantage of the surrounding rivers, lakes, beaches, quaint towns, farmer’s markets, ranches, and race track all within an hour and a half of the Station, not to mention the beach, boat dock, pub and golf course within walking distance. Next time, we will be sure to hit the waterfalls and trails nearby.

Our stay at the Station was enjoyable, comfortable, restorative and intriguing. It was also accessible and affordable. We highly recommend the Station for a unique, distinctive, and delightful vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for a really nice review. We'll have to work to meet expectations from here on! You were great guests. Come again.
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Northville, Michigan

Great Property to stay at with helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time staying at the station despite the fact it was the hottest week so far of the year to hit the area. Bring your bikes to ride into town, but an ice cream (Movie Time-Popcorn flavor)and then sit on the hill in the park behind downtown that overlooks an inlet from the lake. Java Johns is great for coffee and conversation. Everyone in town we met was extremely nice and helpful. I recommend researching the area before you arrive to plan activities. Everything we did was just over an hour away through side roads, Cooperstown, Lake George, Herkimer Diamond Mines, Erie Canal Tour and Howe's Cavern's. Everyday we would walk down to the dock and cool off in the lake. The kids loved jumping off and having diving contests. Willem was kind enough to install a window A/C unit during our stay because it was sooooo hot and that took the edge off. The stattion itself is stunning and well done and it feels like your are sleeping in a museum. The property was clean and very well maintained.

There are ample places to eat at and the bar/restaurant at the beach has a good variety and seasonal lake atmosphere. Northville has a few good places to eat but I would go to Tops and go grocery shopping and use the grill provided at the Station. One of the best meals we had was the chicken on the grill that we made ourselves. The neighbors are great and very friendly. I would easily suggest my friends plan a vacation here if they had the desire to visit this area. Great place to stay, great little NY town and not "touristy."

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were an energetic explorer of the neighborhood and wonderful guests of the Station. Thank you! You also came from far to enjoy our Adirondack community. We are not supposed to have any heat waves here but you took it in stride. Come again mid-winter for some really cool temperatures and great ice-fishing!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amsterdam, NY
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Rt30 North/McKinley Avenue
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
2-minute walk
Car: not necessary

This is a rural area in the southern Adirondacks. The Adirondacks is an environmentally protected park of the State of New York. The entire area offers many outdoor attractions. Around the Great Sacandaga Lake the major draw is for boaters, fishing enthusiasts and other outdoor activities. The Village of Northville offers all essential shopping and services including a major grocery store. It is an authentic Adirondack village within walking distance that has just the right mix of recreational amenities including a wonderful library, an eclectic coffee shop, a lakeside park and a wonderful mix of residential architecture. There is a very active local summer arts and music scene with weekly outdoor concerts. Saratoga Springs with the horse races and extensive summer cultural arts programs is 40 minutes away. The Adirondacks offers unspoiled scenery, camping, kayaking, white water rafting and an assortment of local history, natural history and eco-oriented musea. There are lakes and creeks, hiking & back country skiing trails, quaint villages and out-of-the-way places to explore.

Other Activities: hiking, camping


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Winter 2015/16
Dec 2 2015 - Jun 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2016
Jun 19 2016 - Oct 15 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $60

Cleaning fee is waived if property is left in essentially clean condition.
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Great Sacandaga Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , wash basin, mirror etc
  • Bathroom 2 is connected to bedroom 2. It can be used as a general purpose powder room during the day.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom 3 is a non-private corner off the living room.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sailboat
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
On most items - please ask. There is basic cable and cable wireless internet. We can usually find bicycles, a canoe etc as needed. The Station is surrounded by 10 acres of private land that is being developed as a small (15-unit) cottage community. This private land parcel has 250 ft of frontage on the Great Sacandaga Lake. The boat docks are located here - a 2-minute walk from the Station. The use of a small sailing boat (Laser pico) is included in the rent and sailing instruction is available. The parcel also adjoins the historic 'cottage circle' with quaint cottages that date from the late 1800's. It is also a 2-minute walk to the golf course club house. The tennis courts are even closer. The Sacandaga Park swimming beach is a 4-minute walk, through the cottage circle. This beach is great for small children. There is a lakefront restaurant at the beach. You can also swim off the boat docks.

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