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Great Getaway Mansion in Nature's Paradise

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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Minerva House Rental Photos and Description

4000 sq ft Colonial luxury home with swimming pond and massive tree house.

Heron Pond Hideaway is a spacious and beautiful home that offers many amenities and ample sleeping for up to 3 families.

With its massive stone fireplace gracing the cathedral ceiling of the great room, four bedrooms (2 with King beds, 1 Full size, 1 with 2 bunks) , family room, large kitchen, play room/bonus 5th bedroom (with 1 Queen bed and 2 Twin beds), dining room, breakfast nook, big screen tv, wifi, and much more, this house offers everything you can ask for in a vacation rental.

Outdoors we have a hot tub, swimming pond, a large treehouse that sleeps 8 or more, hiking and jogging trails, grill, picnic table, soccer/volleyball field and a campfire area.

A wonderful beach is just minutes away in summer and in winter, a world class ski center (Gore Mountain) is just 15 minutes, or the full-service Nordic Center at Garnet Hill for classic & skate skiing and snowshoeing is just 20 minutes.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Mindy Preuninger
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016

About Mindy Preuninger

We have lived here in beautiful Minerva, NY for over 20 years. We built this home in 2004. It has been a fabulous place to raise children - quiet location with a lot of wildlife to see. A blue heron took up summer residency in 2008 ... enjoys fishing the trout that my boys have caught in local streams and stocked into our pond. The boys grew up kayaking & swimming on the pond when they weren't catching frogs! In winter, we stepped into cross-country skis and donned headlamps for after-dinner expeditions through our woods.

Mindy Preuninger purchased this house in 2004

Why Mindy Preuninger chose New York

We moved here to be in the Adirondack Mountains. As avid outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers we want to have access to all this area has to offer.

What makes this house unique

Our house has many unique and special features about it. From the pond with it's dock and floating diving platform and the 300 sq. ft. Tree House with carpeting, screens and beds, to the lavishly and tastefully decorated Great room, Family room, Music and Dining rooms of the house, everything has been meticulously and carefully maintained.


based on 6 traveler reviews

Great Getaway Mansion in Nature's Paradise
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Nice place!

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, lots of beds, hot tub, beautiful places to hike and kayak nearby, grill and nice kitchen, lots of privacy. We had an excellent stay and recommend it.

Only one minor complaint, which is really no fault of the owners, but some of the roads nearby are allegedly "private" but not marked as such. On multiple occasions we were just going for a jog in the area but were angrily chased away by cranky/rude neighbors.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 4 of 5

This place was beautiful! HUGE area! Beds for 14 comfortably, but with the couches and places for air mattresses could easily fit 20. There is no wood fire pit directly by the house, you have to walk through the woods near the tree house to use it, so that was kind of a pain. The master shower was to die for. The pond (none of us would get in it) hundreds of minnows gathered to the surface when anything touched the surface of the water. Air conditioning would have been helpful as well. The upstairs gets stuffy so I 100% recommend to bring a fan in the summer! Overall the place was spectacular- if we get our deposit back, we will absolutely be staying there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This was the first year our three-family group rented Nature's Paradise, and it was by far the nicest home we've rented at Gore in the last 20 years. The house had ample bedrooms and bathrooms, and the beds were plenty big and comfortable (not a given with rental homes around Gore). Plus, this house was a beautifully built and decorated adirondack home, which we felt very privileged to borrow for a great ski weekend. Looking forward to coming back in the summer to swim in the pond!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great ski weekend

  • 5 of 5

First off, the house was beautiful and very well taken care of. We had come up to the area so my friends and I can ski Gore (about 15 minutes away) and it turned out to be an excellent trip. Plenty of space for 12 and well stocked. The owners weren't too far away which is great just in case we had any concerns. Overall it was a very fun trip and we'll be looking to rent this property again should be come back to the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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good vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well kept, and accurately described.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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A very well kept property and home.

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I spent the weekend whitewater rafting and cooked meals in the fully furnished home. A very comfortable stay. A perfect out of the way home. Very clean and well stocked home. Plenty of parking. Large swimming pond and hot tub. Very close to attractions. Owners are close by and always reachable by phone if there are issues or questions. I highly recommend staying here and I will return for another stay again

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Ticonderoga Ferry
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Cronin's Golf Resort
Nearest Train
6 Miles
North Creek
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Adirdondack Northway
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Basil and Wicks
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Gore Mountain Downhill, Garnet Hill Lodge Nordic
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Minerva Beach
Car: necessary

In addition to being only 10 miles from Gore Mountain for Winter skiing, the location of our home is central to accessing many family and individual activities and attractions ... historical forts (Ticonderoga and Fort William Henry), Adirondack Great Camps (Santanoni, Sagamore), Museums (Adirondack Museum and The Wild), Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Kayaking & Canoeing in summer/fall; Whitewater Rafting & Fishing in spring; Cross-Country & Downhill Skiing or Snowshoeing in winter. We are happy to share many of our favorite places for adventures with our guests.


Rates & Availability

Minerva House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Price Per Night includes up to 12 guests (adults or children); Additional guests are charged at $50/guest per night. Bedding and Cleaning Fee is included in the rental price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Minerva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Half Bath - toilet , Located on Main Level
    Guest Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , 2nd Story Hallway Access
    Guest Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Located in Bedroom 4
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Extra-Long Single Bunks with Memory Foam Mattresses
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2nd Level - King Gel Foam Mattress
    Teen's Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Master - 1 - 1 king , Main Floor Master Suite with Gel Foam Mattress
    Bonus Bedroom - 5 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Accessed through Bedroom 4 - has privacy door
  • Note the "Bonus Bedroom" with Queen bed and 2 single beds listed is a large bonus room accessed through Bedroom 4 (2 Single bunks)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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