Enjoy views from Marcy to Giant from this 1986 camp hidden away on a private and secluded knoll of Little Porter Mountain above Keene Valley. Trails from the camp connect to the Porter Trail and to other cottages in this friendly neighborhood of vacation home owners. Although this camp has been used primarily in warm weather, some of the neighbors share a snow machine and come to their camps in the winter.
A distinguishing feature of The Little Porter Mountain Camp is the series of decks and wooden walkways which connect the camp’s main house and guest house. These include a large central deck which is ideal for entertaining or for simply sitting quietly watching the night sky.
The main camp has a south facing screened porch with views of a pretty perennial garden, water feature and Mt. Marcy in the distance. Views from the great room inside the camp are spectacular, as well. Large windows face the mountain view. The living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom-alcove are open to each other. A large fireplace is a focal point of this area. An enclosed room, currently used as an office, has built-in bookshelves and a large closet. Walls of the camp are a soft natural wood and there is a cathedral ceiling. The bathroom includes a washing machine. Floors throughout are a lovely hardwood. Near the bedroom-alcove is a handsome wooden circular stairway leading to a 9′ x 24′ loft. A centrally located soapstone stove on the main floor provides welcome heat on chilly mornings or evenings. The kitchen has open shelves, a small 4 burner gas stove, microwave, a double sink and an island. Around the corner in the office, is a refrigerator with a large freezer space. Many of the furnishings, including some tools and basic day to day kitchen items are included with the sale. A seldom used emergency generator will also come with the property
The Guest House is at the opposite end of the decks. Positioned a bit higher than the main building, the guest house has its own private deck and fantastic views. It is comprised of a 17′ 6″ x 11’6 studio space with a 5′ x 11′ bathroom adjoining and comes fully furnished with a built in bed, a dining table and chairs, a kitchen island for counter space, a half refrigerator and all that is needed for getting breakfast, making sandwiches or fixing a quick snack. There is plenty of space for a fully plumbed kitchenette, if desired.
A shed off the main deck provides ample space for storing outdoor equipment and contains an upright freezer.
A carport with additional storage areas for canoes and other equipment is attached to the main camp and there is a woodshed nearby. A lean-to and fireplace on a hillside above the camp has been re-purposed as a shelter for dogs with a large fenced dog run.
Water for the camp is supplied by a community water system operated by the residents through the Upper Porter Mountain Water Association. A space beneath the camp houses three 500 gallon tanks which are filled from the community system in the fall. They store water for use between Columbus Day and Memorial Day. There is an option to collect roof water but the current owners have never used this system. A warm room behind the cisterns and beneath the back of the main building provides storage for items that need to be kept from freezing during winter months.
In addition to administering the community water system, the residents also oversee the Porter Mountain Road Association which arranges for maintenance of the private road leading from the end of the public road up the mountain. Owners come together at an annual road/water meeting to plan for the following year and set the annual budget. Shared costs are minimal; $250 for water for this camp and $624 for the road maintenance.
The camp has two septic systems. A 1000 pre-cast concrete septic tank with absorption trenches located north of the house, just off the driveway and a metal tank under the garden which serves only the guest house.