From its inception, this magnificent residence was surrounded by mystery and the thrill of adventure. It was custom built by Miss Lilly Schneeberger. While traveling throughout the United States, she was captivated by the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and their similarity to her homeland in Switzerland. Her hunger for free-expression motivated her to custom design a retreat resembling a Bernese-style Swiss villa. This would be her hideaway.
Every detail of the building project was a labor of love. She even had workers construct a lumber mill to use trees harvested from the property for fencing.
Ms. Lilly purchased a 19th century historical stone building, the stones from which craftsman built the fireplaces. Her earliest childhood memories were of the mountains of her homeland, so she changed the topography to create an elevation for the house that enabled her bedrooms' balconies to face the green drenched mountains and see across the cleared meadows to Lake Champlain.
Ms. Lilly’s life at North Winds was filled with artists and celebrities from all over the world who gathered to be nurtured by the warmth of her spirit and the welcoming embrace of the sanctuary cradled in the heart of the Adirondacks.
Amtrak train: 4 miles
Lake Placid Airport: 37 miles
Burlington Vt. Airport: 42 miles