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Property Details

Updated: May 10, 2015
House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 8 Sleeps

On Seneca Lake - Newly Renovated Ranch Home with Bonus Beach House

* Immaculately maintained ranch home in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

* Leave your worries behind as you relax in this beautiful setting on the West side of Seneca Lake in the Village of Dresden.

* Walk to breakfast at the Dairymen's Diner, dinner at the Dresden Hotel and dessert at Mr. Twistee's Ice Cream Shop.

* Non-Smoking, No Pets

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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Destination Relaxation - Ranch Retreat w/ Stone Fireplace
Seneca Lake Finger Lakes

Expect to clean their house during your vacation!

  • 1 of 5
We stayed with another family at this lakehouse. It was quite a bit smaller than expected and the "sleeping loft" that was advertised was off limits once we arrived. This created cramped sleeping arrangements for us but we made do.

My complaint is that $200 was withheld from my security deposit with the explanation of "excessive cleaning." We followed all the conditions listed in our contract and left the home in good, tidy condition. There was an additional binder with lists of cleaning activities in the lakehouse including STRIPPING THE BEDS, REMAKING THE BEDS WITH CLEAN SHEETS, and WASHING AND FOLDING AND REPLACING ALL THE TOWELS AND SHEETS WE USED. We started doing laundry the night before we left and washed and dried linen and towels until we had to leave by the 10am checkout. I left with a suitcase full of dirty clothes because I was washing all of their linens and towels. This is way above and beyond what I would expect to do on my vacation but I was trying to be respectful to their requests.

Their dryer is super slow and takes forever so I was only able to do 4 loads of laundry before we had to leave. So, I had to leave one load going in the dyer and an additional one set out for a cleaning crew (there is none, it's you). Everything else was clean, put away, and in the condition we found it in. I even took pictures of the house before we left. So, I'm guessing this was not good enough since I have yet to get a return call from the owners regarding the withheld monies. I'm assuming Abi just expects the guests to be her cleaning crew.

The actual area of town we stayed in was nice. Walking to the park and the ice cream shop was really fun. The beach area was VERY small and full of weeds and seaweed. The flowers and plants growing around the lakehouse and on the walk down to the beach were beautiful but SWARMING WITH BEES! My 3 year daughter got stung on her head :(!!

The home was clean and there was kitchen pots and pans like described. The toilet attached to the bedroom ran constantly and was disturbing for anyone sleeping in that bedroom.

Abi was nice before we rented and when we arrived but her tone changed on the day we left. I sent her a text message that we couldn't do all the laundry and we were checking out. She said they would be "down to inspect" later. Not the friendly goodbye I expected.

So, that was our experience.
  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bridget and I have spoken by phone and we have sent her a check for the amount withheld from the damage deposit. She has requested that this review be removed so that she may write another review. Our goal is for our guests to be 100% satisfied. We regret that their experience wasn't positive across the board. We don't charge an additional cleaning fee as many do and only one other time felt the need to withhold a portion of the security/damage deposit for damage/cleaning concerns. We are happy to connect with any prospective renters about our home at any point. We wish you all the very best in your search for your perfect vacation location.
Destination Relaxation - Ranch Retreat w/ Stone Fireplace
Seneca Lake Finger Lakes
Webster, New York

Seneca Lake Cottage Rental

  • 5 of 5
We are from Rochester, NY and have rented this cottage several times.
We meet friends from PA for wine tasting and relaxing. The location of the cottage is perfect for all activities around the Finger Lakes.
The property is very well maintained and spotless. It includes four nice bedrooms and two full baths. Not to mention a great dock and water front.
We have always received great customer service from the owners. We will rent this cottage again, and would highly recommend this property to others.
  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that we have repeat renters who enjoy our home as much as we do. We invite new renters to come visit Destination Relaxation and experience all that the Finger Lakes has to offer. Our home is open and available for rental year round. Each season brings new adventures. Our goal is to exceed expectations.
Destination Relaxation - Ranch Retreat w/ Stone Fireplace
Seneca Lake Finger Lakes

A wedding and vacation combined

  • 5 of 5
Lakeside Retreat is the best location on the lake. Easy access to so many things we were able to visit lots of wineries, go to Corning Glass where we made our own glass ornaments, walked Watkins Glen beautiful captivating gorge (nature at its best, layered cliffs, waterfalls etc.), toured Belhurst Castle and much more.

Our main reason for going to Seneca Lake was to attend our grandson’s wedding. We decided to go for the week and include a vacation with friends. It was a little intimidating as to where to stay having never been to the area before.
What a pleasant surprise to find the home with everything possibly needed and more. Fully equipped kitchen and I mean fully equipped. We had steaks from the grill on outside patio area, breakfast in the kitchen nook, and other meals in the dining area. Bathrooms had extra supplies for anything left home.

We all enjoyed the many included water toys, kayaking, paddle boating water rafts etc. There were life jackets for us and extra water shoes. We took our own fishing gear, but I noticed that was also there.

Mimosa’s on the pier in cushioned lounge chairs for the sunrise, and roasting hotdogs around the fire ring watching the moon reflect off the lake.

The wedding and reception was beautiful and went well. We also had a great vacation.

Thank You Abi & Winton
  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: We are always pleased to share our home with others. We take pride in our home and find great joy in knowing that our home brings peace and relaxation to others as well. We were married at Belhurst as well and found Seneca Lake to be the perfect spot for our second home. We love the seasons and rent year round ... please visit our home when you are able. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Destination Relaxation - Ranch Retreat w/ Stone Fireplace
Seneca Lake Finger Lakes
Audubon, New Jersey, USA

Something for Everyone

  • 5 of 5
This lakeside retreat was even lovelier in person than in the pictures. Three generations of our family were able to enjoy a week together; grandparents, two 30-something couples, a toddler and a nine-year old. The eight of us had plenty of room, and it never felt crowded thanks to the spacious floor plan, the 4 bedrooms, and all of the different outdoor spaces- the dock, the beach, the boathouse, the shady bbq patio out back, the hilltop patio facing the lake. The owners were always available if we needed them, and gave us a local contact in case we needed immediate assistance, which of course we didn't, because the owners had already thought of everything! We love the outdoors, and were thrilled that we could bike or run to the Keuka trail, kayak right out back, and take day trips to nearby state parks. Robert Treman S.P. was a special treat- we jumped off a diving board and swam at the base of a gorgeous waterfall, on a well-guarded beach with a shady picnic area. We visited many wineries, our favorite was Shalestone (we love reds!), and we were able to kayak to Miles Winery and Brewery! The brewery trail was a treat, and we loved Rooster Fish Brewpub which was a 20-minute ride on 14 South to Watkins Glen. The area has so much to offer, but we would have been content to stay at the serene property all week, where we watched birds through the binoculars that were waiting for us by the picture window, did yoga on the serene dock at sunset or sunrise, cooked huge family meals (always plenty of extra place settings in this home!), toasted s'mores and told spooky stories by the campfire, and read in the lakeside hammock. We even brought an 8-person float and anchored it out back all week, so we could enjoy the refreshing and clear waters of Seneca Lake as a family.
This home has many unexpected necessities like trash bags, toilet paper, hand soap, dish and laundry detergent, cleaning supplies- every cabinet is full of all of the things you need to take excellent care of this home. All of the beds were comfortable, the pillows and linens were fresh and clean-smelling, and the gracious owners have provided all of the ingredients for a vacation that can be whatever you want it to be!
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so thankful to have our home to share. It is always our goal to exceed expectations and are always looking for ways to enhance the experiences of our renters. We hope you consider our home if you are looking for a one of a kind space to create one of a kind memories. We pride ourselves on having a home which has been cared for and are thankful that our renters look after our home as they would their own.
Destination Relaxation - Ranch Retreat w/ Stone Fireplace
Seneca Lake Finger Lakes
Ronkonkoma, New York

Our Lakehouse Vacation Retreat

  • 5 of 5
This is our 3rd year at this lovely home. The owner's have carefully and thoughtfully provided even the smallest items so you're vacation is carefree. The air conditioning is great, the hot water always perfect for those relaxing and refreshing showers, the location is wonderful both for wine tasting and sightseeing. The view of beautiful Seneca Lake is just magical as was the magnificent rainbow we experienced so even a little rain brought joy. My little granddaughter loved the fishing as well as the adults. We were 6 ranging from age 62 to 4 years old and this home had something for everyone. Games, movies, books, great television, boat lift, lakeside firepit for chatting and smore making. The boathouse so well equipt is just perfect. We just love it. I would recommend this home to anyone wanting peace, privacy, great nearby restaurants, great wineries. So many things to do and so little time to do them all makes you want to make this home away from home an annual treat! Enjoy!
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so thankful for repeat renters who bring such care to our home. We are very thankful that we have a home that our repeat renters can't wait to come back to year after year. It makes us very happy that great memories are created in our home year after year. To all our repeat renters... we welcome you back... and to those repeat renters we haven't connected with yet... we welcome you too!
Destination Relaxation - Ranch Retreat w/ Stone Fireplace
Seneca Lake Finger Lakes

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5
This was my first attempt at a Family Vacation. There were eight of two adult children and their spouses and three grandchildren...ages 15, 8 and 4. The house was spacious enough that we never felt crowded or underfoot of each other. Plenty of room for sleeping and having two bathrooms was a luxury. We all enjoyed swimming off the dock, fishing, kayaking. All our meals were eaten together at the large dining table - wonderful kitchen space as well as an outside grill.

We took a day trip to Watkins Glen and all hiked together. The adults took a few wine tours which were within a short driving distance - 5 to ten minutes at most.

At night we had a fire in the fire pit and sat around telling stories, laughing, cooking marshmallows.

All in all it was fantastic! I give this rental my highest recommendation.
  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We enjoy sharing our lake home and are thankful when renters have positive experiences. Our home is a home in which we love to entertain and are always thrilled to hear it provides great memories for others as well. We are delighted with those who honor and respect our home the way they would their own lake home. Thank you for your review and advance thanks to our future renters as well.


Activity and Interests

* Seneca Lake - boat, swim, kayak the cove and the Keuka Lake Outlet, birding opportunities (Osprey, Swans, Loons, Mergansers, King Fishers, Purple Martins, Geese (Canadian, Snow), Mallards, etc. all have visited the cove - not to mention a variety of other birds as well),

* Enjoy sunrises over the water and sunsets over the trees with frequent afterglows in the sky over the lake, which will take your breath away :)

* Keuka Lake Outlet Trail (7mi. hike from Dresden to Penn Yan)

* Seneca Lake Wine Trail

* Keuka Lake Wine Trail

* Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

* Waterloo Premium Outlets (20 min.)

* Watkins Glen (20 min.)

* Corning Glass (45 min.)

* Ithaca (45 min.)

* Geneva (15 min.)

* Belhurst Castle (15 min.)

* Public Park with Swings - steps away

* Public Park with Swings, Tennis Court, Basketball Court - short walk up the hill and into Dresden (next to the Dresden Hotel - which has awesome food by the way...)

* Golf- Trumansburg Public Golf Club (Trumansburg), Seneca Lake Golf Course (Geneva), Big Oak Public Course (Geneva), Lakeside (semi private), Fox Run (9 hole in Rock Stream), Wells College Golf Club (Aurora),to name a few

* NY State Parks - Long Point, Watkins Glen, Sampson State, Taughannock Falls

* Seneca Falls Women's Rights Historical Park, Roseland Water Park (South Bristol)

* Winter Skiing- Bristol Mountain


From $350 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 9, 2015-Memorial Day
May 10 2015 - May 24 2015
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day week
May 25 2015 - May 29 2015
2 night minimum stay
June Weekly Special
May 30 2015 - Jun 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Wine in July/August
Jun 28 2015 - Sep 6 2015
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day-May 1, 2016
Sep 7 2015 - May 1 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $300.00
  • Tax Rate 4.0%

Nightly Rate: $350 - $500
Weekly Rate: $2000 - $3000
Monthly Rate: varies

Year Round Rental
January - Memorial Day
Weekly - $2000-2600 Nightly - $300-$500
* Call or email for weekly, nightly and monthly rates
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Weekly Rentals preferred - $2200-3000 (Sat-Sat preferred)
* Call or email for weekly, nig

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Updated: May 10, 2015


From the Owner

We love our beach house with a fireplace by the water. It provides a wonderful spot for preparing for water activities as well as a cozy spot to gather around a fire.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1150 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, Handicap accessible; attached to second bedroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, Glass-enclosed shower, with handheld and built-in tiled seat


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, Bedroom is off the hallway, across from the hallway bathroom
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, Bedroom also directly off kitchen; has an attached bathroom
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, Bedroom is directly off the kitchen


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Newly Renovated Ranch Style Home *Non - Smoking home *Village water (with whole house water filter) *Septic *Rennai tankless hot water heater *Central Air Conditioning *Washer and dryer (new, stacked in queen bedroom) *Easy to clean vinyl plank floors Kitchen - Newly remodeled: *Refrigerator with ice maker *Jenn-Air dual fuel (5 gas burners, electric oven + warming oven) *Dishwasher *Spacious sink *Microwave *Coffee Maker *Blender *Toaster *Crock Pot *Dishes/glasses/silverware/wine glasses for 14+ *Kitchen table seats 6 Living Area-Large Open Plan: *Vermont Castings Encore woodstove/fireplace *Dining table seats 8+ *Cable TV *Large flat panel TV *DVD player (some DVDs) *Wireless Internet *Corner Sectional Sofa *Lift chair (electric) *Books (various) *Board games (various) Bedrooms (4 in total): *3 queen beds *1 double bed *Linens provided *Pillows provided Bathrooms (2): *One bath handicap accessible (flat floor, 2 in lip to shower, grab bar on wall next to toilet and surfaces to push up on at 22' on either side of the toilet, shower has hand held (it does not have any grab bars due to the fact that it was created for showering with a shower seat (not provided)) *One custom bath with handheld shower head and built in tiled seat *Rennai tankless hot water heater (never run out of hot water) *Towels/ hand towels/ washcloths provided (indoor use only, please bring your own beach towels) Patio: *Stainless steel grill with natural gas *Dining table and 6 chairs Beach House (20x20): *Table with 4 chairs *Fireplace (woodburning) *Steamer chairs with cushion

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