AUTHENTIC ADIRONDACK BIRD CAMP

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  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
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A common area with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
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Lovingly restored historic Adirondack Bird Camp is surrounded by wildflower meadows with sweet mountain views. Located on family compound of glamping tents and unique cabins. Snowy meadows and a private firepit for star gazing and nearby beautiful 13th Lake. Enjoy a hot tub experience in ourJapanese spa! Close to Gore Mountain for downhill and Garnet Hill Lodge for cross country skiing.

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Lovingly restored by the great-granddaughter of the original owners, this unique historic cabin still retains many original details and decorations. Many visitors say they feel like they’re stepping back in time. There are lovely leaded glass windows, a handsome rustic stone fireplace, richly stained wood walls, beautifully faded oriental rugs and original china. There is a tidy new country kitchen with reclaimed porcelain sink, new gas stove, fridge, microwave, dishes and utensils.

Cabin is heated with a furnace as well as electric heaters. Woodstove adds ambiance and additional heat. We MUST start the fire for you and show you how to use it SAFELY.

Upstairs are two bedrooms each with a double bed, wide pine floors, and country décor. And at last --- after 100 years of our relatives using an outside “privy” back when this was just a summer “camp”, we have a bathroom -- clawfoot tub with shower hoop and beautiful vessel sink on original ladies wash vanity. Towels and soaps provided. The bathroom window offers the best view of the mountains.

There are treasured family hand-me-downs as well as odds and ends which nobody felt comfortable throwing away. Like all family camps, there are bits and pieces of everyone who came before; wooden floors record the scuffs and scratches of generations. There are many photographs showing life at “camp” since the turn of the century. All this gives this Adirondack cottage its own special personality, a unique sense of space --- a treasury of feelings, sensations and memories of family and friends.
The house sleeps four to six comfortably: there are two bedrooms each with double beds. On the glassed in porch is a single bed and there is a sofa in the living room.

The land is truly spectacular. In summer, wildflower meadows spill down the hill, flanked by beautiful forests.

Stretched over the 40 acres we own, we have four glamping tents (Glamp Richard, Glamp Suzanne, Glamp Thomas and Glamp Bernice) and five cabins (Bird Camp, Farmstand, Camp HudsonView, Camp TwoSome and our new Camp Lillian). All are listed on this site.

We welcome your well-behaved dog as long as he or she stays OFF the furniture, isn't left alone in the house and stays on leash to protect our chickens and ducks.

The Hudson River is at the bottom of our little mountain. In the spring, summer and fall, there is white water rafting for reasonable rates. You can also rent a tube and float down river (the nearby rafting company can rent you the tubes, then pick you up and then bring you back). Of course, the river offers fishing, bathing or just a great place to sit by and think.

Enjoy a hot tub experience! Built within a beautiful Japanese temple-like structure on one of the most beautiful spots of our land, our all natural no-chemical hot tub is a delightful way to start your morning, relax after hiking or winding down after dinner. Available for a private experience for $25 for an hour of wonderful relaxation. Let us know if you would like to book.

We have a happy lab dog Sammy who enjoys spending time with our guests. We have free ranging chickens and sweet waddling ducks.

It’s an easy scenic drive from NYC --- just go north right up Route 87, get off just past Lake George and then a beautiful 30 miles through the mountains to our place.


YOUR DOG: If you wish to book and have more than ONE DOG, please do not Instant Book --- please tell us about your dogs BEFORE booking.

DOG RULES:

One: If you have more than one dog, please do not INSTANT BOOK before confirming that it is ok with us to come with more than one dog.


Two: Absolutely no dogs on our nice furniture and beds.


Third: DO NOT leave your dog alone in the cabin unless crated.


Stretched over the 40 acres we own, we have four glamping tents (Glamp Richard, Glamp Suzanne, Glamp Thomas and Glamp Bernice) and seven cabins (Bird Camp, Farmstand, Camp HudsonView, Camp TwoSome, Camp Lillian, Camp Bossie and Camp Finale). All are listed on this site.

Five miles away in the little town of North Creek, we have a new listing: a beautifully renovated cottage directly on the Hudson River. With 14 acres surrounding the cottage, it feels like you are way out in the country but it's a short walk to the town of North Creek. The listing is called Riverfront Cottage on the Hudson River.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

What this place offers

Mountain view
Kitchen
Wifi
Dedicated workspace
Shared hot tub - available all year, open specific hours
Pets allowed
Bathtub
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Indoor fireplace: wood-burning

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North River, New York, United States

We have about 40 acres of land, much of cleared with amazing views, also pristine woods, a spring fed pond. There are several cottages on our property for rent and we can accommodate larger groups. We call ourselves the North River Hobby Farm.

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NORTH RIVER MOUNTAINTOP HOBBY FARM

Our family-owned mountaintop property in North River originated in 1910 when my great-aunt came as a teenager from Port Washington, Long Island to the Adirondacks to recover from tuberculosis. Back then, the only known cure for TB was to be outside, in cold winter months on a porch under quilts or walking the meadows in the summer. Fortunately Aunt Edie recovered from TB, and in celebration, my great-grandparents built Bird Camp which is now restored and one of our vacation rental cabins. There are still apple trees in the meadows which were planted one hundred years and ten years ago by my great-grandfather. I treasure the old black and white photos I have of this era.

Sadly, the property went into decline over the decades when the various siblings, cousins and in-laws could not agree on how to maintain the property. It took decades, but I managed to buy out the other owners. Once free with clear title, I began the hands on restoration of the original Bird Camp. Then, thinking that I might scratch out a living as a hobby farm, I built a unique “farmstand” and large gardens, but then pivoted as is sometimes necessary in business (and life) --- I converted the farmstand into a vacation rental (“The Farmstand”) and kept the large gardens where we grow cut flowers, herbs and vegetables for our guests and for sale at farmer’s market.

About 10 years ago, I bought 40 additional acres of beautiful adjoining land below ours (Shields Road) where there were once incredible views of the Hudson River and the mountains beyond. I worked with an excavator to clear the woods for six new sites, creating for each incredible views for which the land was once known.

After some intense approval hassles, I began to design and build small romantic cabins and various outbuildings in what architects call the “new old” style. The construction and design are driven by a desire to pay homage to the original Japanese/Adirondack architectural detailing of the 19th century. As a carpenter and home designer, I have taken great pleasure in this work --- frequently picking up my tools to work alongside the various craftsmen who have helped to these unique cabins and out buildings.

One year’s work was building a Japanese temple with a natural cedar hot tub overlooking Gore Mountain. Another project was a wood fired pizza oven and pavilion. Both amenities are treasured by our visiting guests.

Our land in North River is now developed as far as we wish to go. Hence, we named the last cabin “Camp Finale” to signify the end of what we will build here. Our focus is now on maintaining a restorative and relaxing experience for our guests.

Our vacation cabins in North River on the Hobby Farm are named:

Bird Camp
Farmstand
Camp HudsonView
Camp Lillian
Camp Bossie
Camp Finale
Glamp Richard
Glamp Suzanne
Glamp Thomas
Glamp Bernice


NEW PROJECT --- NORTH CREEK HUDSON RIVER PROPERTY

Five miles down river from our mountainside paradise, we now have another beautiful property directly on the Hudson River in nearby North Creek.

The 14 acre parcel which I purchased in the summer of 2021 included an abandoned 1940’s cottage which not been inhabited for decades. The boarded-up cottage, overlooking the Hudson River which is directly across the country road, was ready to collapse. The rafters and outside walls were bowing, huge pine trees ready to fall on top of it and the interior was in deplorable condition.

For an entire pleasurable year, I worked alongside my group of tradespeople to restore the cottage. Tricky carpentry was involved to shore up and brace the sagging roof rafters, and to bring the outside walls back to plumb. Because of the cottage’s proximity to the Hudson River, the new septic system had to be designed carefully to meet setbacks, and the abutting flood plain elevation had to be dealt with in the permitting process. The interior was gutted and rebuilt in our “new old” style with knotty pine beadboard, antique beams, bright tile work and an antique style bathroom.

Sensing that this could be the place where I may live in retirement (close to town, flatter grades and less challenging in the winter than living atop a mountain), I admittedly went a little overboard during the renovation with extra beautiful detailing inside and out.

(I read this somewhere recently and it describes my building philosophy: “A preferable solution is to maintain all that is good. All that has served us well. Maintain the foundations of the old house and as much of the structure above as is still sound. Root out the rot and treat the wood worms. Repair and replace what is broken but keep as much as possible of what has stood the test of time, what has worked.” This is good advice for old homes and life as well.)

Although virtually everything in the cottage has been replaced (framing, siding, roofing, interior finish, mechanicals), the Hudson River cottage now appears both inside and out as a well-maintained historic cottage instead of a major renovation. This pleases me.

Our Hudson River cottage is named Riverfront Cottage on the Hudson River.


THE PLEASURE I TAKE IN HOSTING IS NOW TWOFOLD … ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE AND BY THE HUDSON RIVER … HOW LUCKY AM I?

I have the honor to host vacationing guests who come to the Adirondack Mountains from all over the world, and who leave with generous notes of thanks and lovely reviews.

On our mountainside property In North River, our guests enjoy having the opportunity to live as I do with my children now, and as my grandparents and great-grandparents once did here. We treasure our farm-like setting reminiscent of an 1800’s farm with pleasant meadows, beautiful mountain views and brilliant star-filled nights.

On our riverside property in nearby North Creek, our guests enjoy the beauty of staying right on the Hudson River on a quiet country road where they can slip into the river to bathe or fish or kayak, where they can enjoy a quick walk to the sweet downtown.

To create these amazingly beautiful places, I have invested years of my own labor, energy and design expertise, and I have willingly taken on substantial financial risk and debt. But I would not own these wonderful places if not for my brother Thomas Clement and my late father Richard Clement who made significant financial contributions and gave me great encouragement. I am most grateful for their love and help, and I consider myself a lucky woman indeed.

NORTH RIVER MOUNTAINTOP HOBBY FARM

Our family-owned mountaintop property in North River originated in 1910 when my great-aunt came as a teenager from Port Washington, L…

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We live on the property so we're here if you need anything, otherwise we leave our guests alone to enjoy their privacy. We have a lab named Sammy who greets everyone with enthusiasm; if it's okay with you, Sammy will have a sleepover.

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Check-in: 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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