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Ludwig Family Camp at Cayuga Lake in Cayuga Lake

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This family camp is located on the west side of Cayuga Lake about 20 miles north of Ithaca off route 89. It is situated on a private acre of wooded lawn. It offers about 900 square feet of living space with a kitchen open to a living area with sleeper sofa, front sun porch, large screened in back porch, two bedrooms each with a full bed, and one bathroom with shower. It sleeps six but the large lawn also accommodates tenting. A large circular driveway can accommodate a boat and trailer and several cars. This is a great place for adults and children who enjoy camping and the outdoors, but prefer some modern conveniences.   

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Last modified on 08-9-2014 at 11:52 AM.

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cottage rental amenities

Inside, the kitchen includes full size refrigerator, stove with oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and water cooler. It comes equipped with dishes, glasses, cooking and eating utensils, pots and pans. Cleaning supplies and garbage removal are provided. Bedrooms include blankets and pillows. An inside gas stove is available for chilly nights. An overhead ceiling fan in the main living area and window fans provide comfort on warm nights. Outside, the large yard is both open and wooded, providing privacy with both shady and sunny areas. A picnic table, gas grill, fire pit and lawn chairs are available for outdoor enjoyment. Camp firewood is easily purchased nearby on Rte 89 for a few dollars. Access to the lake is across the road about a minute walk next door to the shared dock in front of O'Malley's Restaurant. The driveway to lawn and dock at the water's edge is a gentle downhill slope with easy access and no stairs. The dock area has room for lounging, swimming, fishing or docking a boat. It extends into the lake with deep water, accommodating large boats. You may wish to bring folding chairs if you want to lounge on the dock.  If you have young children there is small area to the right of the boat hoist for wading and swimming, safely away from the main docking areas. Water shoes are recommended. The camp is a great place to bring your own kayaks, row boats or other watercraft.  Many people also enjoy biking along the country roads. A convenience store is within walking distance, which has a cafe and also rents kayaks and bikes.

activities and attractions in Cayuga Lake Finger Lakes

The camp is located in the heart of wine country. It is part of the Cayuga Lake wine trail and in close proximity to Seneca Lake’s wineries. Several wineries are a few minutes away. Ithaca’s shopping, farmer’s market, and cultural events are a short commute. Taughannock State Park is south about ten minutes away, with its beaches, wooded trails and beautiful walks along the waterfalls. Cayuga Lake State Park is about 15 minutes north and features a large park for children and places to eat. The Women's Rights National Historical Park is in Seneca Falls, about a half hour drive. Nearby Trumansburg offers stores, restaurants and cultural events, such as the yearly Grass Roots Festival. Rural in-season fresh produce is available  close by. Two restaurants are only a couple of minutes walk across the lawn.

vacation rental rates

Vacation Rental Rates:
$800 weekly; Saturday check in: 4:00 PM
Saturday check out: 10:00 AM
More than 6 renters, add an additional $100 each weekly

**Half the cost of the rental is due at booking to hold the reservation. A written rental agreement will be provided to be signed by the renter, who must be at least 21 years of age. This down payment is nonrefundable.

**Full rental payment plus a $100 (or $200 with pets) refundable damage and cleaning deposit is due one month prior to the start date.

**You must bring your own linens, paper products, toilet paper, paper towels, kitchen and bath towels.

**This is a housekeeping cottage. You must leave the cottage in the same condition you found it and return the keys or forfeit your deposit.

**Time of arrival and departure must be confirmed with the contact person.

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Top things to do in Cayuga Lake
  • enjoy the lake
  • swim. boat, and fish
  • enjoy shopping and cultural events
  • visit the local wineries
  • hike the waterfalls
Top things to do on a budget
  • swim off the dock
  • sun bathe
  • hike the nearby nature trails
  • cook outdoors
  • enjoy local fresh in-season produce
Top things to do with a family
  • picnic at the State Park
  • sing around the campfire
  • swim off the dock
  • play sports games in the large yard
  • bring your bikes and kayaks

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traveler reviews for this cayuga lake cottage rental

Lovely, cozy getaway

Review submitted: August 13, 2014   Date of arrival: August 2, 2014

This is a cute cottage on Cayuga Lake, convenient to the lake, wineries and area activities. There is enough room for a group. We enjoyed the screened back porch, the picnic table and grill, and the well-equipped kitchen. Although O'Malley's is adjacent, the location is very quiet and serene. Those who really need to be connected may take advantage of the wifi at the Busy Bee. A great place for a getaway for two or a group. I'd go back in a second.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


peacefully unpluged

Review submitted: August 7, 2014   Date of arrival: July 26, 2014

We had a good time at the cottage/camp. It's well equipped, clean and comfortable. The location was great for us as we had other friends staying in the area so we could all meet at O’Malley’s for dinner. Having the Busy Bee for newspapers and necessities was great. We were able to take our dogs along and we loved kayaking on the lake. No internet or network TV was a little changeling but we brought DVD's and had a very relaxing visit.

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Good Cabin on a Budget

Review submitted: August 27, 2013   Date of arrival: August 10, 2013

I stayed at the Ludwig Camps for week in August and had an enjoyable stay. The large yard was definitely the best aspect of the house, with a fire pit, gas grill and open space for our dog to play around.
I think the main concept for this rental is that you pay for what you get. The house doesn’t come with any frills or extras, but because the rental rate was so affordable, it’s what I expected. Enough space for four people (any more adults than that besides camping in the yard might get tight) and all appliances were in working order and clean. The lake is just a minute walk across the road to a dock shared by the restaurant next door. While the restaurant’s noise is heard from the yard, we found the restaurant closed by 10 or 11pm each night, so it wasn’t a bother to us. We also didn’t feel like we had to be quiet while celebrating and chatting at nighttime.
Only downsides are we weren’t sure if we could drink the water, so we played it safe and used the water cooler provided and bought additional water at a local grocery store. Shower water and tap water smelled a little sulfer-like in the beginning of the week, but cleared up in a day or two. Also, no canoe or boats were provided, which would have been a nice extra.
Overall, for the price, well worth a week there, especially vacationers on a tighter budget that still want to enjoy the lake. Owners were easy to work with and responsive. It was quiet, and no cable forces you to enjoy the outdoors more! Check out the hard cider tasting only minutes away on Rt. 89 – great find!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, people with disabilities, pet-friendly, romantic getaway

Owners response: This review is fair and balanced. It adresses the strengths and weaknesses of the camp. It understands that the rental is meant for people who like the outdoors and access to the lake, but still enjoy some modern conveniences. We would like to clarify a couple of things mentioned. First, we installed a new UV filtration system last fall, so the water is drinkable. Still we provide bottled water because we prefer it. Second, we used to provide watercraft for renters' use, but our boats were ruined or lost, so we stopped. Overall, we are glad these renters enjoyed themselves.

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This vacation rental has been listed since 05/16/2010.

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