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Hand-Crafted Cottage near Gore Mountain and Minerva Lake

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Cozy, Comfortable Adirondack 4-season Cottage on 100 acres.

Located on a quiet road with open fields and mountain views, this recently renovated cottage is clean, beautifully built, warm and comfortable. All new kitchen with new appliances and zinc countertop, new bath with hand-tiled tub and shower. All wood walls and floors, fine craftsmanship with rustic touches.

Downstairs bedroom with queen bed and upstairs bunkroom with queen and two singles will sleep two couples, or small family comfortably. Also perfect for one or two people who want privacy and peace. We do not cater to large groups.

Gas furnace plus electric heat in the bathroom to keep showers warm and comfy. A wood stove in the living room with large glass viewing door is perfect for evening relaxation in cool weather.

House is situated on 100 private acres you can roam at will on foot, cross country skis or snowshoes. Trails lead to your own beautiful waterfall behind the house, to a high bank above Minerva stream with private access for canoe or kayak, or through the woods nearby where we allow New York State to maintain a trail on our property to ponds with a public lean-to if you want to experience Adirondack camping.

Once you arrive, you will be 2 miles from the small hamlet of Olmstedville with its gas station and general store, town museum, several churches and a delightful local restaurant (Li'l Nonny's) with wonderful home style breakfast and lunch until Columbus Day: 8 miles from North Creek with stores, restaurants and bars (we recommend Bar Vino for delicious food and a good wine list), and a slow train to Saratoga Springs. Rafting trips down the Hudson can be arranged in summer months, and there's the exciting White Water Derby the first weekend in May each year on the Upper Hudson River. Nearby Gore Mountain has great skiing during the winter season with biking and gondola trips in warm weather. You are an hour and a half from the Governor's mansion in Albany; two hours from a lovely French restaurant in Montreal; or four hours from NYC for nearly everything else in the world.

At home in your cozy cottage you may see a deer across the street or an eagle cruising the sky. Watch for Ravens (one of the most intelligent birds) doing summer acrobatics, hear coyotes howling after dark in late Summer and Autumn, and come in contact with the occasional owl or fox. The night sky shows the brilliance and beauty of the Milky Way and if you are lucky, the Northern Lights will shine. You are in the middle of a beautiful natural area, yet right on a paved road. We do the snow-shoveling in winter and mow the lawn in the summer.

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is 10 miles east in Pottersville - great for both kids and adults - you can swim there and see some natural Adirondack caves without special clothing or equipment.

The High Peaks and lots of comfortable climbs are within striking distance in all directions - Crane Mountain in nearby Johnsburg, with great views for a relatively short climb, is our favorite. You can also climb Snider, located behind our caretaker's home, which is walking distance from the house. Just call Duane for permission and instructions at 518 251 2627 - 45 minutes to the top and a nice view of Minerva Valley, Olmstedville and the rolling peaks to the west. Watch for deer and bear scat under the Beech trees.

Contact friends or take care of business with free internet and telephone. Or just kick back and read a good book. Care-taker is down the road a piece if you have a question or need assistance. We opened for business in late 2013 and every guest so far has been pleased - check our five-star reviews. We look forward to your happy stay with us.

More Details

Owner
George Halloran
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About George Halloran

We are a family of builders and designers, who have enjoyed paying attention to details while upgrading properties in NYS and Florida over the past 40 years. We built our own home nearby that we use mostly in Summer but from time to time in all seasons. Our youngest daughter was married on the riverbank above Minerva Stream a few years back, and the reception was at our house. Our ancestors came to the area in the mid-1800s and many family members, now scattered across the country, still return for visits or family reunions each year.

George Halloran purchased this cottage in 2001

Why George Halloran chose New York

It is beautiful and comfortable inside, no matter what the weather may be. Outside, you know you are in the Adirondacks where explorers, naturalists, woodsmen and travelers have enjoyed the beauty and solitude for hundreds of years. Yet you are on a paved road a short drive from anything that catches your fancy. We bought this 100-acre parcel because it adjoined our land, and because the former owners were family friends for generations. Marcia and I trimmed Christmas Trees on the O'Connor property, grew potatoes commercially (mom and pop style) on bottomland nearby, and raised bees that produced plenty of sweet honey from wetland flowers. We have visited the waterfall and paddled the stream for 65 years (some of us) and our children and grandchildren are on the same track.

What makes this cottage unique

Your own waterfall in the back yard. Private access to Minerva Stream for canoeing and kayaking. A delightful cabin with wood interior finishes and an accent on the Adirondacks where you can just plain relax. If you are here during harvest time and we have a garden going, you are welcome to pick fresh organic corn or beans, or dig a few potatoes for your dinner.

Map

Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Albany, an hour and a quarter south on I-87.
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
North Creek - Bar Vino and several others.
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Essex, crossing Lake Champlain to Burlington, VT.
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Schroon Lake - 17 minutes if you're in a hurry.
Nearest Train
8 Miles
North Creek. Fun rides to Saratoga Springs.
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Rt. 87 - Northway. Access to Montreal or NYC.
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
North Creek - Several nice eateries plus pizza.
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Gore Mountain - Great skiing, lots of trails.
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Minerva Lake, just up the road.
Car: necessary

North Creek for dining and rafting. Pottersville for caves. Minerva Lake or Schroon Lake for swimming. Golf in Warrensburg, Schroon Lake, Town of Chester, Newcomb, etc. Ausable Chasm, Whiteface Mountain, High Peaks area, many good hikes - I recommend Crane Mountain in Johnsburg - best view for the effort.

Amenities

Olmstedville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Cast iron/porcelain tub with ceramic tile enclosure. Marble sink. EB commode. Electric space heater. Exhaust fan.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Downstairs bedroom has a queen bed, closet, three windows, desk and landline phone. Upstairs bedroom has a queen bed, two single beds, large windows at each end, ceiling fans, wood floors, walls and ceilings.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Hand-Crafted Cottage near Gore Mountain and Minerva Lake
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews
5

Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay in this cottage. It was wonderful for our family of 4. Plenty of space, well-kept, and so charming! The pictures do not do it justice. We took the short hike to see the waterfall that is so close that you can hear it from the front porch.

We will absolutely be staying here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Lockport, NY
5

Awesome

  • 5 of 5

This was a repeat stay for us in this wonderful cabin in the mountains . It is so peaceful. We hiked a trail by the waterfall. We even had deer in our front yard. Will definitely be back !!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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5

Beautiful cabin, incredible scenery!

  • 5 of 5

So many great aspects of this cabin!

The place was cozy, comfortable, and had every possible comfort-- kitchen was great and had access to firepit, porch, and more

Very great location not far from Northway with really easy access to other parts of Adirondacks

But he very best part is the property the cabin sits on: woods, meadows, streams, waterfalls, hiking trails walkable to the house--- all in all a nearly perfect and peaceful location!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

Adirondacks at its best!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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5

Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage for a week and absolutely loved it! It is lovely and immaculate.

With a master bedroom on the main floor and a huge loft upstairs, it's a great space for our family. The house is very well stocked - from practical items down to classic children's books.

Fantastic with a trail leading to a waterfalls right on the property! You can hear the waterfalls from the porch at the main entrance.

A great get-away, yet minutes from amenities and good restaurants and coffee shop (Cafe Sarah in North Creek).

The owner, George, is very attentive even though we never met in person.

Highly recommend! We hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Washington, PA
5

a perfect spot for a relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed at the place for two nights, and it was our favorite part of the entire vacation week. A quiet, secluded location; the property is well maintained, with some very cute touches; a screened back porch is great for hanging out in the evenings or relaxed breakfasts in the morning--and of course, a waterfall that's virtually in the backyard is an amazing feature! (we literally spent hours out there). There are a number of beautiful hikes right in the area, and the owner was very helpful with the hiking tips. Overall, a very pleasant experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Please add a 3% tax on all rental payments - this is a requirement which we remit directly to Essex County. Any stay longer than 30 days is exempt from the tax, according to Essex County regulations. Check in any time after 3 pm, checkout is11 am, unless arrangements made for an earlier or later time with owner. If we have no guests coming in the same day, you can stay on a little later if you want. If there are no guests leaving the same day you arrive, you can check in earlier - just call first to let us know.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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