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Property Details

Updated: Oct 29, 2014
Cottage, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 4 Sleeps

The two-story, lake level Historic Lake Cottage, was built around 1890 in a small ravine as a small fruit packing house. In the early 1900s the Osgood family converted the cedar- sided building into their summer cottage to enjoy the beauties and serenity of Seneca Lake. My family purchased the property in the summer of 1935. I have now seen three family generations learn to swim, hike the nearby ravines and build campfires nearly every night in the summer.

There is more than 250 feet of private beach with a 180 degree view of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Geneva at the north is named after Geneva, Switzerland, noted for its exquisite beauty. Swimming, sunning, reading, snacking, watching spectacular sunsets--all from the privacy of your own beach.

The Historic Lake Cottage itself, with its glassed/screened front porch only 30 feet from the lake shore, keeps you involved in the environment, watching the rain or storms rise out of the northwest, or sitting with the setting sun directly across the lake, three miles wide at this point.

The living room, lounge area, holds the cable TV, DVD, lots of books and magazines, table for board and card games which have been used by my familiy and many guests.

Although cooking seems to have declined these past years, the cottage kitchen offers ample space for amateur chefs. It is equipped with an electric stove, large fridge, coffee maker, micro, various pots and pans, for those of us who love to cook, even on vacation. There's a gas grill on the back deck for BBQs, too.

The upstairs sleeps four in an open-floor plan, with a double bed looking out over the water, and bunk beds in the back. The full bathroom that divides the area, has a shower and tub. Morning coffee is delicious on the upper back deck which looks out over the small creek and woods.

Fishing in Seneca Lake is world class. Ask for further information.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom

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Historic Lake Cottage
Lodi Seneca Lake
Jackson, NJ

Had a great time, but won't go back with the kids

Had a great time, but won't go back with the kids
  • 4 of 5
My husband and I look back on our stay at The Lake House as the best vacation we've ever had. When our kids were younger, we used to go camping, and this was the first time we "camped" in a house. We had wonderful times sitting on the front porch and around the lakeside campfire, just gazing and gazing at the glorious lake and innumerable stars. Unfortunately the house was a bit too rustic for my kids, who are used to air conditioning, municipal water, access to the internet, etc. The house is adjacent to a ravine, and the month before we arrived was quite rainy, so at this time, at night (especially late at night) pill bugs would come out and crawl around (they would disappear by sunrise). After my teenage daughter saw one crawling on the ceiling late at night, she refused to sleep in the top bunk. Fortunately my husband volunteered for that spot, and then we had no more problems with sleeping arrangements. Initially, the living room rug was hard on our bare feet, but we rolled it up and set it out of the way. The lack of air conditioning sometimes made us wish we had brought more fans and simple two-prong extension cords, but it usually cooled off by sunset, due to the breeze from the ravine. The kitchen had all modern appliances and was a joy to cook in, although my kids made me wish we'd brought a tank of our own water. Still, so many things made up for the inconveniences. We remember with great fondness the campfire pit (free wood!), the garden, Carolyn's library, with some books over 100 years old; the lovely dishes, antique furnishings, and of course, the incredible view of the lake, which was surprisingly warm. Carolyn herself is an amazing person; she always went out of her way to make us as comfortable as possible. The whole area is lovely, and we're looking forward to going back again sometime - but perhaps, not with our kids.
  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The Historic Lake Cottage is a real, old-fashioned cottage with over 75 years of history as a vacation spot encased in its walls. There was not even electricity until after World War II. The upstairs still sports its open rafters and wall studs with their handmade square nails. Most of the furniture remains, now called antiques, including the pegged tilt-top table which is almost constantly in use for eating on the glass/screened front porch. The view is as breathtaking as 100 years ago when the cottage was built as a small fruit packing storage house in a ravine ending at lake level. That same ravine was the natural air conditioning, cool air flowing down the ravine, through the building to cool down the day's freshly picked grapes or cherries or peaches. It still works today. After a glorious sunset, it's time for a campfire and catching lightening bugs. My grand kids still love s'mores and campfires, swimming, boating, biking and exploring. This cottage has many, many stories to tell from family, friends and our guests.
Historic Lake Cottage
Lodi Seneca Lake
Harrisburg PA

Loved IT

  • 5 of 5
I loved this place. I choose this lake cottage as the place for our 25th anniversary. I could not have picked a better place. The cottage was exactly what I was looking for. Caroline is such a lovely lady and was very accommodating. Since the kitchen is fully functional, and there was a near by grocery store, we cooked most of our meals and enjoyed the beautiful view of the lake. It definately made our anniversary very memorable. I loved the wineries, the water falls, gorges, there wasnt anything that I didnt love about this place. If you are looking for a beautiful, quiet place to relax and enjoy the scenery, Tis is the place. My husband and I drove my antique 71 MG from PA to Seneca Lake. The weather at times was chilly and rainy, but honestly it just added to the adventure of our trip. We were able to find some back roads that provided us with spectacular fall colors. I know that I will go back, it just wont be soon enough.
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This couple thoroughly enjoyed my cottage which has been in my family for 75 years and I thoroughly enjoyed them. It is a real, old-fashioned vacation experience. Wonderful memories linger in the walls, on the beach and around the campfire at night. Think s'mores, camp-songs, stargazing, story telling, and you think of my cottage. Just as beautiful in the fall as in the summer. I love my guests who can feel the strength and hear the sound of beautiful Seneca Lake and want to know its history.


Activity and Interests

The Historic Lake Cottage borders on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail with some of the top wineries in the States.

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail between Lodi and Watkins Glen offers 23 wineries in 23 miles. Some wineries offer excellent dining for lunch or dinner. Neighboring Amish farmers provide fresh fruits and vegetables in season on roadside stands.

Just to the south, in Hector, is New York's only National Forest - the Finger Lakes National Forest. With hiking trails crossing federal grazing land, the walk is similar to trails in England.

The cottage is about half an hour's drive from Ithaca, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. Ithaca offers a variety of great restaurants, shopping opportunities, and beautiful gardens, especially the Plantation Garden at Cornell.

Watkins Glen, with its Grand Prix Racing, is 30 minutes away, as is Geneva to the North with Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Continue on from Watkins to the Corning Glass Center, a world-class attraction, not to be missed.

To the North, Seneca Falls, also a half hour drive, is home to the Women's Rights Movement and Elizabeth Cady Stanton House.

Neigboring Taughannock Falls State Park, with its spectacular 250' falls and walking trail to the falls which are higher than Niagara, is about 20 miles away.

Public golf is a 10-minute drive for a well- kept 9-hole course, and New York State maintains a boat ramp at Lodi Point, where you may also rent a slip for your boat.

And don't forget Cooperstown, about two and one-half hours east, for the thrill of your baseball passion and for a touch of class at Glimmerglass summer opera.


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $230 - $230

    Weekly Rate: $1550 - $1550

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

  • Open May 10 through October 12, 2014.
    Day Rate: May 10 to June 28: $230 day with a two-day minimum.
    September 7 to October 18: $230 day with a two-day minimum.
    Week Rate: June 298through September 6: $1550 per week.
    A 50% deposit is due upon booking with the rental balance due upon arrival. Check-in is 3 pm Saturday, with check-out 10 am the following Saturday. If you should have to cancel, I will make every effort to book the space again. If I am successful in re-booking, I will return your deposit.
    There are no additional fees or taxes. Housekeeping is included in the rate.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Budget
  • Family


  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1


  • There is cable TV, DVD, CD, gas grill, picnic table, beach chairs; rowboat and a swim raft, campfire pit for smores and songs.

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