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Hidden Ridge Lodge

Stony Creek, Warren County, NY
Price: Online Auction Opportunity - Bids Deadline 1:01 PM EST on Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Acres: 553
Type: Home & Land
Availability: Under Agreement
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Site Description
Bid Process


In conjunction with our marketing partner Absolute Auctions & Realty Inc., Fountains will be offering the 553-acre Hidden Ridge Lodge estate in Stony Creek, NY through an online auction that will open on Monday, June 4, 2018 10:00 AM EST and end on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 1:01 PM EST.

How to bid:

  1. Get a Username & Password at
  2. Register for the Online Only Auction
  3. Complete Internet Bidding Packet and you can participate.

Showing by appointment: Sunday, June 3 at 1:00 PM
Contact the Listing Agent Todd Waldron at or cell 518-926-8734 to RSVP.


Hidden Ridge Lodge is a southern Adirondack woodland estate with turn-key residential infrastructure and a large land base, combining to create a host of possible future uses. The comfortable, well-appointed Adirondack-style lodge can serve as a family estate residence or become a central headquarters for a new venture, such as a campground or cottage community, healthy lifestyles retreat, educational or summer camp facility or resort-style vacation destination, offering weddings, family reunions and other events.  Other property highlights include:

  • open meadows, offering space for additional buildings as well as outdoor activities;
  • two barns, currently outfitted for horses,  can house farm animals or be converted to other uses;
  • a separate ranch home offers private living quarters for owners, caretakers, or guests;
  • the surrounding forest is accessible by trails and abuts state forest preserve lands for even more extensive recreational opportunities;
  • the forest can be managed for timber production, maple syrup production, wildlife, recreation or conservation.



Hidden Forest Lodge is tucked privately within a rural, forested landscape off Harrisburg Lake Road, 15 minutes west of Stony Creek Village in the southern Adirondacks. Stony Creek Village is a classic, Adirondack community with an historic inn, general store and comfortable tavern located at the town center. Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls are both 35 miles to the southeast. These communities are the regional population centers for the southern Adirondacks, providing an array of shopping amenities, health care facilities, entertainment, food and lodging. The nearest airport is in Albany, 90 minutes to the south. New York City and Boston are both a 4-hour drive to the south and east respectively.



Access to the property is via Darling Road, a dead-end, year-round, town-maintained gravel road. Darling Road turns off Harrisburg Lake Road, a corridor to Stony Creek Village and Harrisburg Lake. After passing the ranch home, Darling Road extends 1,200’ further into the property, after which it transitions into a privately-maintained driveway for 1,500’ to the lodge.

Site Description

Around the main lodge are nicely landscaped grounds with perennial beds, stone walls and paths, and pastoral views of the surrounding meadows. The property’s terrain is shaped by its proximity to a large hardwood ridge to the north that runs diagonally from Bear Pen’s Peak to nearby St. John’s Lake. The property lies within a south-facing, hardwood basin along the lower and mid slopes of this ridge. Long, seasonal views of Vermont can be enjoyed during the fall and winter months from the ridgetop.

Trails throughout the forest offer hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and birding possibilities, The adjacent public lands further expand these opportunities, deepen the property’s privacy and protect it from future development on two sides.

Smears Creek meanders along the property’s southern bounds, representing a significant natural resource that complements the property’s upland acreage. This stream opens up into a beautiful wildlife pond and is surrounded by a picturesque mosaic of tag alders, willows and marsh grass - prime habitat for deer, beavers, ducks, turtles and numerous amphibians.



The property’s diverse northern forest can meet a variety of future management objectives including firewood, high-quality sawtimber production, wildlife management, recreation and water quality. Many of the property’s natural hardwood stands were established in the mid-20th century as the land reverted from agricultural use back to natural forests.  These forests range in age from 50-70 years old, with a younger 20 to 30-year age class in some stands as a result of harvesting during that time frame. Major species include sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, aspen, oak and ash.



Constructed in 1996 by a local craftsman and home builder, the property’s year-round residence is a thoughtful reinterpretation of a traditional cape with the feeling of an Adirondack lodge. The interior offers a spacious 2,160 square feet of living space in an open floor plan concept. The lodge was specifically sited to take advantage of the afternoon sunlight that graces the site, providing a warm and light-filled interior that is comfortable throughout the year. Beautiful interior details provide an elegantly rustic ambiance. Stamped concrete floors resemble tile, hand-crafted full-log rafters make up the ceiling and a variety of wood species have been used for trim, cabinets and other details.

The lodge is divided into two wings. The wing to the right includes an open-concept kitchen, living room and dining room, centered around a beautiful granite fireplace. Upstairs are two bedrooms and farther to the right is a generous screened porch with kitchen facilities, perfect for outdoor meals and relaxing. The wing to the left is a master suite set up with a bedroom, bath and studio loft. The south-facing windows throughout the home provide close views of the nearby meadow and long, mountain views on the horizon. The lodge has been well-cared for with many recent improvements, creating a relatively low-maintenance home in move-in-ready condition.

Near the beginning of Darling Road sits a 1,500 ft2 ranch built in 2008. The three-bedroom home, in immaculate condition, and features an open floor plan and a handsome stone fireplace surround. There is a full basement with a drive-in parking bay as well as a separate three-car garage.

Two large barns, currently outfitted for horses, offer a wealth of possibilities. One of the barns is an historic 1840s vintage timber frame building that is approximately 28’ x 38’ and recently received a new roof. The newer barn has 3 horse stalls, a wash area, its own tack room and a hay loft. This building has electric and water service and is approximately 38’ x 38’. A small, separate tack shed sits near the newer barn.


Bid Process

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: $25,000 deposit required at registration to bid, immediately refundable if not successful.

ANNOTATED TERMS OF AUCTION: We have been contracted to sell this property at Public Auction. Get a Username & Password at, register for the Online-only Auction and bring/mail our ‘Internet Bidding Packet’ containing the ‘Terms and Conditions’ and a $25,000 Guaranteed Funds/Bank check payable to: Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc. Mail to: AAR, POB 1739, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 – no exceptions, and you can participate. Complete your due diligence prior to bidding. If successful, an electronic “Contract for Purchase and Sale NY Real Estate” will be sent to you, sign contract and bring down payment up to 10% by 4PM day after auction. Close transaction on or before August 6, 2018. Time is of the essence. Deposit will be refunded to unsuccessful bidders.

TITLE & LIENS: Property is sold with insurable title, free and clear of adverse liens or encumbrances at closing. Broker Participation: Call for details.

Broker Disclosure: Under agency law, you are considered a customer, unless you have a written brokerage agreement with Fountains Land (in which case you are a client). While you are a customer, Fountains is NOT obligated to keep confidential the information that you might share with us; therefore, you should not reveal any information that could harm your bargaining position.