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Oswegatchie River Cliff House
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The Oswegatchie River Cliff House

The Rebirth of a Barn - The Creation of a Lodge

                    Green Lodging at its Best!

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7/11/2009

“Hello lucky guests to follow! We've been the first to inaugurate this magnificent Cliff House. To anyone seeking aesthetic perfection, peace, beauty, and kind and caring hosts, congratulations. You've found it all.
We've had a wonderful week and are in awe of the way Dale and Sophie have created this very, very special place. It's so much more than a "vacation" stop. Everything about this place and setting has been memorable. Enjoy! And thanks Dale and Sophie!”

Richard Luby, Susan Klebanow
Chapel Hill, NC
 

 

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        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.Floating in the Oswegatchie

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.Great Room and Dining Room

    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 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.

Loft    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.

    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.


NEW! ~ MILES OF NEW HIKING TRAILS ~ 6 FIRE RINGS ~ TREE SWINGS ~
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Rock Gardens and Walking Staffs ~

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Rock Garden

Walking Stick

This past fall we have developed a more extensive network of hiking trails throughout the property that lead to 6 isolate picnic areas - in what we call “power points” of the property. Many have wonderful vistas or are situated underneath massive sugar maple trees and all have their own fire ring (with unlimited firewood), benches and tree swings somewhere nearby to rest and relax. Grab or create and carve your own walking stick - to help balance yourself as you hike the varied trails here.

St Lawrence County is famous for its rocks and mineral deposits, and collectors revere the country for the quality of its specimens. We have a number of trails through very interesting rock formations and have created “rock gardens” periodically where you can add your own balanced rock sculpture with some of the very interestingly shaped and colorful rocks found on the property here.

All our hiking trails are marked with blazes on the trees and round trip hikes range in length from just a short walk to 2 miles in length, and Hot Dogsmay pass along the river, through wet lands and meadows filled with wild flowers, up and down mountain ridges, around large rock cliffs, and through forested areas with several hundred year old trees. It is wonderful family hiking or just get out for a mornings walk with a destination in mind. More about hiking.

Great Room   We rent weekly from Saturday to Saturday but if you are a last minute traveler check with us as we may have some flexibility if we are not filled.

    Please feel free to call us anytime if you need more information or have questions.

    We have tried to develop the Cliff House into an extraordinary place where you can just park your car and relax and once again enjoy some of the simple pleasures of life - a complete retreat. Along with the striking beauty, solitude and immersion in nature of the lodge - without going anywhere - we can provide you with wonderful opportunities for hiking, picnicking, sightseeing at vistas, swimming, biking, boating and kayaking, fishing, photography, and just sitting by a campfire at night, toasting marshmallows and gazing at the stars while perhaps the coyotes sing you a tune under the moon. It is all here for you.

    Please read what some of our guests have said about the Cliff House, they perhaps can say it even better:

OUR GUEST BOOK

 

Thank you,

Dale and Sophie Lehmer - your hosts.

(315) 286-4847

enjoy07/14/2009

“You have indeed created a place of wonder here! I know you are proud of your Cliff House, and I thank you for the opportunity to share in the unique experience of total peace that prevails here.”

Barrie and Donna Davenport, McDonald TN

 

We are centrally located:

1000 Islands Region - 45 mins; Black Lake - 20 mins;
Canton - 25 mins; Potsdam - 40 mins; Fort Drum - 40 mins


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