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Cozy Historic Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom With Wood Pellet Stove

This lovely historic home was built in 1902 when the Rich Lumber Company built a mill town in this charming hamlet. This cottage was originally a mill worker boarding house, then later converted into a family owned home purchased by John T. Olsen from Sweden. The cottage is made out of original hemlock and has two bedrooms, one bath with a claw foot tub/shower, a cozy family room with a wood pellet stove, a morning room, a large enclosed porch, full kitchen, breakfast bar and dining area. Two kayaks and two bicycles are included with the cottage available for your use. The home still has many of the original antique furnishings including the icebox that the Olsen family stored their cow milk in, to sell to the townspeople of Wanakena. Enjoy your morning coffee in front of the wood pellet stove in the cozy living room or in an Adirondack chair on the large wrap-around, screened-in porch surrounded by the aroma of balsam firs. Walk one block to the quaint village center. Go for a swim or launch the house kayaks at the public beach. Walk to the tennis courts, basketball court or playground. Take a self-guided walking tour of Wanakena, courtesy of the Wanakena Historical Association. Enjoy a delicious meal at the local favorite Pine Cone Restaurant overlooking the river. Take advantage of abundant opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, and exploring, as well as easy day trips to visit the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, or the tourist shops in Lake Placid and the High Peaks Region. Although this property sleeps 4, we have two air mattresses and will sleep 6 people easily.

Lynn Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Lynn Smith

We are a family of four with two daughters ages 19 and 14. We were introduced to Wanakena a few years ago and immediately fell in love with the timeless feel, history and beauty of the Adirondack State Park. We believe in leaving every site we may visit, be it the forest, lake or river with no trace that we were ever there. We are from Maryland and spend much of our time thinking about our next trip to Wanakena!

Lynn Smith purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Lynn Smith chose New York

There is just no place like Wanakena. There are several hiking trails within walking distance as well as the public beach for swimming in the fresh water of the Oswegatchie River. Also kayaking! Try your hand at fishing. Rainy days are terrific for board games, a nearby Nature Museum visit or curling up with a good book. Lake Placid is approximately 45 minutes away to explore.


Wanakena Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


4.5/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

Cozy Historic Cottage
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage with its eclectic antiques and furnishings. It was cozy and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful retreat

  • 4 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in this historic house in Wanakena. The house is clean, comfortable, and inviting - from the screen porch with Adirondak chairs and rockers, to plush and comfy living room chairs, to the open kitchen with breakfast bar, to the excellent bed. We enjoyed exploring the lakes of the Northern Adirondaks in our canoe. We had good meals at the Pine Cone in Wanakena, the Stone Manor in Cranberry Lake, and the Main Street Cafe in Tupperware Lake, and cooked at the house a lot. The kayaks are such a delightful addition, and meandering on the river was relaxing and beautiful . It was also nice not to have the Internet and cell phone for an extra sense of a true getaway. There is a great selection of dvd movies to watch, and a good collection of games as well. Lynn provided details ahead of time, and enthusiastically gave recommendations in response to my questions. We definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pine Cone
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Star Lake
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Pine Cone
Car: necessary

Take the Historic walking tour of Wanakena. Tennis, basketball and playground all within walking distance. The Pine Cone is a must! Walk the kayaks down to the public beach on the hand carriers and enjoy a day on the water!


Rates & Availability

Wanakena Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

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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