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The Hiker's Roost - Hiker and Dog Friendly 'Base Camp' in Keene Valley

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Keene Valley Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths - Sleeps 5 total

**Attention: Please do not use the instant quote feature attached to our listing -- it does not work for our property! Instead, click on 'email owner,' let us know your dates and what you're looking for, and we will provide you with the information you'll need when renting The Hiker's Roost. Thanks!**

Welcome to The Hiker's Roost! We now are back in Keene Valley and living in our home for much of the year. We will open up The Hiker's Roost for reservations for summer 2017. We'll only book for one to two week stays at first. Then, starting in March 2017 we'll open up for shorter stays. Thanks for your cooperation!

Rates are for double occupancy.

Please see below for the full explanation of pricing.

If you are looking for a clean, warm place to put up your feet after a day in the mountains, the Hiker's Roost (formerly Chickadee House) is a two bedroom, comfortable base camp in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.

The Hiker's Roost is located in the hamlet of Keene Valley. Keene Valley is the starting point for amazing mountain access into the eastern High Peaks.

We offer a vacation rental with a two night minimum. Discounts occur if you book three nights or more. Dogs are welcome!

The Hiker's Roost is available as a base camp while you explore the eastern High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park -- whether you're here to hike along the valleys, climb the peaks, kayak or canoe the still waters, or visit the museums and other hamlets in the region.

The Hiker's Roost is a simple yet comfortable single story manufactured house with a full kitchen (stocked with dishware, cooking utensils, plates and glasses, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, etc...), washer and dryer, plus two full bathrooms (one with an extra large bath tub). You'll find a collection of mountaineering books to inspire you, as well as local hiking guides for you to borrow during your visit.

The Hiker's Roost is dog/pet friendly and has a fenced in back yard. The house is on NYS Route 73, two doors down from an wonderful local farm store (Rivermede Farm based here in Keene Valley). You will be walking distance from the Mountaineer (less than 10 minute walk) and local dining places such as the Ausable Inn (approx. 15 minute walk), and the Noonmark Diner (approx. 20 minute walk).

The Hiker's Roost is set up to be ecologically friendly. The house is painted with no-VOC paints, we use recycled paper products, and we provide ecologically safe dishwashing and clothes washing soap to protect our local environment.

Price is for double occupancy. Each additional person is $35/night. Discount of 10% if booked for three nights or more.

Check in time is 4pm.

Check out time is 11am.

Enjoy staying in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks! Please contact us for any additional information.

Keywords: manufactured home, High Peaks Base Camp, single story, dog friendly, Adirondack High Peaks, Keene Valley

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Kinna and Gene Ohman-Leone
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, italian, Intermediate Level Swedish
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About Kinna and Gene Ohman-Leone

Kinna and Gene Ohman-Leone are professional dog & horse trainers who use only positive reinforcement methods (no punishment or pressure). They live in the Adirondacks and have 2 horses, 1-2 foster horses in training, and 2 border collies.

Kinna and Gene Ohman-Leone purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Kinna and Gene Ohman-Leone chose New York

Kinna Ohman-Leone purchased this property as her main home in 2004. She and Gene love the fact they can live in the midst of the Adirondack High Peaks, while being two doors away from Rivermede Farm Store (with the farm itself located just a mile away). They find the community of Keene Valley to be a vibrant place!

What makes this cottage unique

Kinna & Gene love living here and exploring the local trails (whether along creeks or up mountains), eating great food at the Noonmark Diner and Ausable Inn, and enjoying the local communities of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake.


based on 28 traveler reviews

The Hiker's Roost - Hiker and Dog Friendly 'Base Camp' in Keene Valley
average rating of 4.714286 based on 28 reviews
Syracuse, NY

GREAT location for hiking, great for dog owners, clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at the Hiker's Roost several times with our dogs. It's minutes from several major High Peak parking areas, as well as great non-High Peak mountains and a few fire towers. The backyard is fenced in, making it an easy stay for dogs. It's minutes from Marcy Field, which has a hiking trail that dogs are allowed on, as well as a gravel path outlining the field for those that only need a 20 minute daily walk with senior dogs. The furniture is comfortable and it's great to have access to a full kitchen so there's an option not to have to eat out for each meal. The house is clean and cared for and the owners care very much for the environment.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We enjoyed finally meeting you both in person and we're so glad we were able to provide you with what you needed for your hiking and exploring visit to the Adirondacks! -Kinna & Gene
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Comfort in the Mountains

  • 4 of 5

This house is so enjoyable and so close to the trails! The beds were comfortable and there was a nice farm-sized table where we ate and talked. Our family spent a very relaxing stay here, hiking the trails and visiting Lake Placid.

The house is just down the road from the Ausable Inn and the Noon Mark Diner, where we had delicious meals. We also had a very nice meal at the Baxter Mountain Tavern which is a short drive away. We enjoyed our visit to the mountains, and this house truly is a nice base camp for that!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review! Gene & Kinna
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A conveniently located, well stocked hiker's home base

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for three nights at the Hiker's Roost and found it to be quite comfortable. It is very conveniently located near the High Peaks, two doors down from a coffee shop and an easy walk from The Mountaineer and other small eating places. It is also very quiet at night with only the occasional car passing by. The kitchen is well stocked with all the basics and a composting bin (awesome), there is an interesting library of books to browse and plenty of places to sit. I also found that there was ample space to spread out my gear as I packed and unpacked. The owners are extremely friendly and very willing to communicate through email. Some other reviewers have commented on the mattresses. The IKEA mattress is more of a futon mattress than a full mattress. I didn't find it to be a problem (especially after a long day of hiking), but if you are sensitive about your mattresses it is something you would want to know ahead of time. Also note that the house is dog friendly, which means that dogs have obviously stayed there and left their mark, so if you dislike dog hair than you will want to know that as well. The Roost is not a home of luxury, but it is comfortable and convenient for those who intend to spend most of their Adirondack time outside. WiFi access and a little deck out back made for some relaxing evenings.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! Gene & Kinna
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Great base for high peaks adventures!

  • 4 of 5

The Hiker's Roost was exactly what we were looking for when starting our 46ers adventure. Clean, quiet and convenient to all. Dozens of hiking trails within just 10-15 minutes (the gardens was barely 2 miles away!) and cute shops and restaurants in easy walking/driving distance. It was a great value (almost too much space for the two of us) and would be perfect for a family. Kinna and Gene were quick to respond to any questions we had before and during the trip. I only wish that the queen bed was a bit more comfortable; after a long day of hiking, it would have been nice to come home to something more supportive.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you both enjoyed your time at The Hiker's Roost and thanks for bringing this up Melissa! Yes, we have European style Ikea memory foam mattresses at The Hiker's Roost since we started renting in 2011. We and most other guests love this style and sleep soundly! You can read more about these mattresses at Ikea's website and see photos of the European bed setups to see if this is a good fit for you and your family.
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great location but property is tired

  • 3 of 5

Property is well situated for hiking and climbing. It is close to local restaurants which avoids the drive to Lake Placid. Kitchen was reasonably appointed with the necessities for basic meal prep. A few minor changes would make for more enjoyable stay - shower head in hall bath was not effective, shower in MBR was great but shower basin did not drain well and filled quickly, repair washing machine. Extra house key would be handy. Twin beds were very uncomfortable. Having said this, the place was good value.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Customer satisfaction at the Hiker's Roost is our highest priority, and we encourage travelers to inform us immediately if they notice any malfunction or any way we could make your stay more enjoyable. We leave a phone number where we can be reached at any hour - and maintenance personnel are available at short notice. Spare keys are always available upon request. We appreciate feedback and encourage travelers to call (or write) us directly so that repairs and improvements could be made in a timely way, and that they also might benefit. In this case, most of the issues would have been repaired/addressed within an hour of us being notified - they have all been fixed and addressed as soon as we received this communication. We try to keep everything in working order at the Hiker's Roost and appreciate, tremendously, our guests' involvement. Again, we are only a phone call or email away. Thank you!
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Great location, good price.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our two night stay in close proximity to hiking trails. Everything came as advertised. Would stay again as a 'base camp' for future adventures.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


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Keene Valley Cottage Rental Rates

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 3.0%

Rates are for two people - each additional person is $35/night
Refundable Damage Deposit is $50/person and/or pet.
We offer a 10% discount if booked for three nights or more!
Deposit of 30% is required to hold and confirm reservation.

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Keene Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Attached to Master Bedroom
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Attached to bathroom with large tub and separate shower
    Northeast Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis

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