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Great Getaway Mansion in Nature's Paradise

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 371 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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.

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Mindy Preuninger
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 December, 2017

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 Minerva

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Minerva

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 371 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Half Bath - toilet , Located on Main Level
    Guest Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , 2nd Story Hallway Access
    Guest Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , Located in Bedroom 4
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2nd Level - King Gel Foam Mattress
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Extra-Long Single Bunks with Memory Foam Mattresses
    Bedroom 1 - Master - 1 extra lg. double bed , Main Floor King Master Suite with Gel Foam Mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 5 - Bonus Room - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , 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 (1 Double + 1Single bunk)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse 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 pass
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Great Getaway Mansion in Nature's Paradise
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

Lovely Large Home in Ideal Setting

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, well-maintained home in a lovely setting. An amazing amount of space with plenty of amenities--many of which we didn't even get out to use. The treehouse was a treat for our children.

  • Review Submitted: 13/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Over all the best house to rent in the ADKs.

Very happy with everything

  • Review Submitted: 02/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place, quiet, with lots of amenities

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here in perfect comfort with 11 people, and we had a great time. Weber gas grill, pond for swimming, wifi, fantastic kitchen for cooking, comfy beds. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 24/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I rented this lovely home again due to a large request from my friends that had stayed here with me two years ago and loved it. A beautifully well kept place with comfortable accommodations for 14 people and plenty of parking for all. I'm sure we'll come back for a third and fourth stay

  • Review Submitted: 13/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Home for a Large Group

  • 5 of 5

I was part of a group of 12 adults (mainly couples) for a ski trip at Gore. The house was fantastic. Lots of room for everyone to sleep, hang out, play board games, etc. The living room is great for relaxing, the grand room with the fire place is great for warming up after a day of skiing. The kitchen table was large and there was no trouble cooking for and seating the entire group for a meal at the large table.

Also, it's excellent having the many full bathrooms available for getting everyone ready in the morning and cleaning off after a long day at the slopes.

The owners were quick to respond during the booking process with all requested information. They were also easy to get a hold of during our stay to answer any questions that we may have had.

Add to all this that the house itself is beautiful on a nice, private piece of property.

Overall a great place to stay. We would love to book here again if making another trip to Gore.

  • Review Submitted: 05/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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HUGE home for a perfect winter getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the home. The house was stocked with everything we could need for our 14 person group. The house had a secluded mountain cottage feel while only being a short drive to Gore and the town of North Creek. The hosts were super helpful and we would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 03/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Minerva

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Winter 2018
3 Jan 2018 - 16 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add AU$33 per night, per additional guest
Presidents Holiday Week
17 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add AU$33 per night, per additional guest
Mid-Winter Ski Season
26 Feb 2018 - 1 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add AU$33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$655.25
Tax Rate 4.0%

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

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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