Welcome to The Oswegatchie River Cliff House, our latest and finest lodge and retreat, located on our expansive 85 acre property in the heart of St. Lawrence County, NY . Our 1850s historic barn home/converted lodge is designed for discriminating travelers who are looking for exceptionally unique and elegant vacation lodging, away from the crowds, and in a world class setting of natural beauty and solitude. With the development and use of our varied landscape of river frontage, rolling valley meadows, wetlands and high mountain vistas with many rock outcroppings, we offer a complete package of activities, with special focus on many of the simple pleasures of life that we have perhaps lost over the years.
THE BARN CONVERTED LODGE
The 2100 sq. ft. lodge has been fashioned from an antique timber frame barn that was dismantled in Canada and transported to our property for a barn raising in October of ‘07. Over the next two years it was rebuilt on the cliffs overlooking a remote section of the Oswegatchie River, one of the most pristine and clean rivers in the upstate NY and 1000 Islands region. Our firm, Antique Woods and Colonial Restorations, has been restoring historic barns and houses all over America for over 35 years now. We have tried to incorporate all the best design features and wonderful aged woods into our lodge that we have encountered in our past years doing this kind of work. If you are a historic barn lover, or fan of old timber frame construction, you will find our new lodge to be an absolute gem.
Our Barn home/Lodge exposes all the original timber frame and rafters and has cathedral ceilings in the kitchen, dining and great room and two upstairs bedrooms. All these antique woods have been gleaned from other historic structures. We designed our custom kitchen using reclaimed cabinet boxes and our craftsmen made new doors and drawer fronts using aged wormy chestnut which we finished with tongue oil. Our counter tops are all 2 inch reclaimed oak and elm barn planking and finished with mineral oil and beeswax for a soft food safe finish.
The kitchen, dining room and great room are all connected and there is a loft and open stairs that all face a large wall of glass that overlooks the Oswegatchie River through the pine trees. This wonderfully beautiful and private area where the lodge is located is back off a small country road about ¼ mile in the forest and sits in a grove of tall pine, oak and ash trees.
From the Great Room, three sliding glass doors lead to a large 30-foot deck which provides a wonderful place to eat and relax under the tall pine trees. From here you have a spectacular elevated view of the Oswegatchie River as it meanders down through this remote and practically inaccessible section of the river. You will not see any other houses from the Cliff House. You are surrounded by thick forest and rock cliff to your back. Your closest neighbor along the river will be us and we are several hundred feet down river, totally out of view in own private area. There is a series of stairs to multileveled decks that lead down to the river and the swimming, fishing and kayaking area that is only used by you. The waters here are very clear, the bottom is mostly sandy, and the river is loaded with small mouth bass, pike and other assorted fish. We provide 3 kayaks, a small row boat, tubes, life vests, and 2 fishing rods with basic gear. We have a large outside gas grill on the upper deck, patio furniture on both decks, and a picnic table, lawn chairs, and a floating dock to swim or fish from down at the river. There are two fire rings, one down at the river and one up top in the rock garden and unlimited firewood for evening campfires.
The master bedroom and master bath are downstairs and two other bedrooms are upstairs with a second bath in between them. The Great Room has a sofa sleeper for additional sleeping. The spacious master bath has Jacuzzi tub/shower, chestnut vanity and sink and washer and dryer. Other amenities include cable TV and wireless internet. We provide food for your first morning’s breakfast. The lodge is furnished with all antiques and some hand crafted reproductions made from our reclaimed barn woods.
This area of the river provides just superb smooth water kayaking and boating. The river winds down through remote forested areas and farm lands and there are literally miles of secluded boating and/or fishing. The banks of the Oswegatchie are lined with wild flowers, ferns, rock cliffs and many pine stands along the way, and of course a lot of wildlife. If hiking is your forte, we have miles of easy to moderate groomed hiking trails through the 85-acre farm that is used only by you and our guests at our other lodge in the original farmhouse of the property, separated from the Cliff House by ¼ mile of forest and pasture.
You will probably see an Amish buggy ride in the area from time to time, as we are located on the edge of a large Old order Amish community. We have made arrangements with several of our Amish friends to provide buggy rides through the Amish community for our guests.