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Lakeside Home in Wine Country with Sunset View in Seneca Lake

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Our home is right in the heart of wine country and overlooks Seneca Lake from the east side, so the views are amazing and the sunsets are often filled with spectacular colors. Set among summer cottages and homes in a rustic/country-style neighborhood, our property has 75 feet of spacious lake frontage and a 10 foot wide dock. Depending on the weather and day of the week, the atmosphere on this uncongested lake ranges from calm and peaceful to joyful and fun.

Our home is fully furnished and features an Arts & Crafts-style living room. There are hardwood floors in the living room, kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom, slate floors in the hallway, and carpeting in the second and third bedrooms. The master bedroom, living room, and especially the dining room (with its eight windows) all have clear, broad views of the lake/sunsets. The community areas are large too (living room: 17' x 22', kitchen and dining room: 22' x 22'). Up to six people can sleep comfortably in the three bedrooms with one queen, one full-size, and two twin beds. The kitchen is fully stocked and the house has air conditioning. There is enough parking for two or three vehicles.

Just outside the house is an intimate yard with a gas grill and a patio set that has cushioned seats and an umbrella. On the lakefront, there's a bonfire ring and a picnic table with an umbrella. You can borrow the owner's kayak and row boat (with oars), or use the floats/tubes, extra chairs, or life preservers that are kept in the boat shed. There's something for everyone, including swimming, boating, kayaking, floating/lounging, long walks along a dirt road through vineyards, fishing, and romantic evenings watching the sun set and drinking local wine.




We had a wonderful time this week. For the most part, it was sunny and the lake was calm. We really enjoyed tasting the local wines. Your home is lovely, and we hope to come again.

Brad and Sue Thomas, Canada


What a nice place you have- we really enjoyed our stay and want to thank you for the complimentary wine. We spent many evenings playing cards on the patio set, so the wine came in handy. Oh, and the sunsets were fabulous!

The Dykins family, Virginia


Loved it here. It was busy though. We went to a lot of the wineries and hiked the gorge. Thanks so much.

Bob, Marie, Tim, and Dana from Maryland


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house rental amenities

- full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, and cooking/eating utensils
- satellite TV and DVD player in living room
- satellite TV in master bedroom
- wireless internet (see note below)
- air conditioning
- clean linens provided
- clothes washer and dryer
- 75 feet of lake frontage
- 10 foot wide dock
- area on lakefront for launching small boats (up to 14 feet long)
- clear, broad views of the lake/sunsets from the yard and from many rooms of the house
- parking for two or three vehicles
- three bedrooms with two queen and two twin beds
- in the yard is a gas grill and patio set with cushioned seats and an umbrella
- on the lake frontage, there's a bonfire ring and a picnic table with an umbrella. You can borrow the owner's kayak and row boat, or use the floats/tubes, and extra chairs that are kept in the boat shed
- access to the lake frontage from the yard is by way of a sturdy staircase or by a short road that goes around the neighborhood (about 1/4 mile to our frontage).  The staircase has about 70 steps.  The run for the steps is 11 inches, which is nice, and there are three decks with benches, in case anyone needs to rest or wants to see the view.  It's also very handy to be able to drive down if you're carrying coolers, towels, suntan lotion, or are taking some small kids down all at once.  The road is for limited use, especially on crowded weekends, but it is there when needed. 

Note:  Internet is available at the lakehouse, and you can use up to 1.75 GB of data per week, or 0.25 GB of data per day, for free. That should be way more than enough, unless you're downloading a lot of U-tube videos, playing video games, or watching movies online. Video is usually the only thing that uses so much data. I almost always use less than 1.75 GB in a whole month, and I'm on email and the internet many times a day. If you or your children use more, then we will take $2.50 out of your security deposit for every 0.25 GB of your usage above your allotment. If Verizon didn't charge us for extra data usage, we wouldn't need to do this, so we hope you understand.

activities and attractions in Seneca Lake Finger Lakes

- antiquing
- boating
- cycling
- fishing
- hiking
- hunting
- mountain biking
- restaurants
- sailing
- shopping
- swimming
- water skiing

The surrounding area is incredibly dense with wineries overlooking the lake. You can have a great time touring the area and tasting wines. THERE ARE 10 WINERIES AND A BREWERY WITHIN A 10 MINUTE DRIVE, AND ONE WINERY WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. The property is 15 minutes from Watkins Glen, home of the Watkins Glen International Race Track, Watkins Glen Gorge, and Glen Harbor Marina. It's also surrounded by the Finger Lakes National Forest, with many nice hiking trails. You-pick fruit orchards and honor-system fruit and vegetable stands are available frequently during the summer and fall. Skyland Farm, a fine-craft gallery with items from over 500 artists and a feeding farm, is a must-see. The cuisine in the area is delicious with dining atmospheres ranging from casual to elegant. Two miles across the lake, the Rainbow Cove Restaurant has slips for boats.

Here are some of the local events.

- Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July
- Nascar races at Watkins Glen International Racetrack, Watkins Glen, NY
- Lodi Bluegrass Festival, October, Lodi, NY

For those willing to drive a little farther, other attractions include the Museum of the Earth, which is 30 minutes away, and Ithaca, NY (a 40 minute drive), with many musical venues and a wide variety of international cuisine. The Corning Museum of Glass as well as the Rockwell Museum are also 40 minutes away in Corning, NY. Some of the festivals and events held in the area include the following.

- Blue Heron Music Festival, July, Findley Lake, NY
- Grassroots Music Festival, July, Trumansburg, NY
- Sterling Renaissance Festival, part of July and August, Sterling, NY
- Festival of the Arts, July, Corning, NY
- Grape Festival, September, Naples, NY
- Cohocton Fall Festival, October, Cohocton, NY
- Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show, October, Schodack, NY

vacation rental rates

PRE-SEASON 2014  12/20 - 05/22
$180 for mid-week nights
$210 for Friday or Saturday nights
$1175 weekly

SPRING 2014  05/22 - 06/22
$210 nightly (discounted from $235 nightly)
$1175 weekly (discounted from $1320 weekly)

SUMMER 2014  06/22 - 08/31
$345 nightly
$1890 weekly
weekly rentals from Sun to Sun are preferred

FALL 2014  08/31 - 10/23
$235 nightly
$1320 weekly

POST-SEASON 2014  10/23 - 12/18
$180 for mid-week nights
$210 for Friday or Saturday nights
$1175 weekly

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Deposits and Payments
Half the rental amount and any applicable fees are due upon booking. The balance and security deposit are due 40 days prior to your arrival date.  Applicable Fees:  There is a 3% occupancy tax.  We are charging a cleaning fee of $80 in 2014, which is half of what we pay to have the cottage cleaned, the linens washed, and the beds made.

We prefer certified bank checks for payment, but we do have the ability to take online payments through a website.  Online payments made with debit cards or credit cards require a 2.5% fee, which we pass on to our customer by subtracting it from the deposit before its return. 

No smoking, tents, camping, or motor homes allowed. The maximum number of occupants is 6, unless more are approved by the owners. Pets must be approved as well. 

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Top things to do in Seneca Lake
  • wine tasting
  • see Nascar/car races
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • boating
Top things to do on a budget
  • swimming
  • wine tasting
  • fishing
  • boating
  • Watkins Glen Gorge
Top things to do with a family
  • swimming
  • boating
  • see Nascar/car races
  • fishing

Mary Callahan , owner

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traveler reviews for this seneca lake house rental

Great property - great area

Review submitted: August 8, 2008   Date of arrival: July 5, 2008

Cozy, clean with all the modern conveniences of home, including a wireless Internet connection. The views of the lake, especially the sunset are incredible. The waterfront area with dock is a short walk away with swimming, fishing, and boating (kayak and canoe provided) and just general relaxing by the water available. The area itself has lots of wineries, a great micro-brewery at Wagners and excellent restaurants within easy driving distance. All-in-all a wonderful vacation spot. Highly recommended!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 8 / 8


Girls Getaway

Review submitted: June 26, 2014   Date of arrival: June 18, 2014

Very nice property, plenty of room for four of us. Enjoyed the large dining room/kitchen/family room with plenty of windows overlooking the lake. We had beautiful weather and it was very quiet and peaceful here. The dirt lane going back thru the grapevine fields was a trip, but I have a jeep, so no problem. The steps are quite steep, but we traversed these often. The Watkins Glen Gorge is a must see, so beautiful and our favorite winery was the Caywood, right nearby!

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Welcoming, Cozy Home with a Beautiful Sunset

Review submitted: June 17, 2014   Date of arrival: June 6, 2014

From the first time we contacted the owners to start planning our weekend visit, we knew this was the place we would stay. The owners have excellent communication and made the planning easy. They were very accommodating even allowing us to bring our dogs. The pictures do not do this house justice, it is much larger in person. Everything you could possibly ever need to have a wonderful vacation on the lake is in this house. The kitchen is completely stocked, we were able to cook a few meals at the house. The three bedrooms were cozy and the air conditioning worked beautifully. The yard is also fenced in, and that was a bonus for us! The beach is a quick walk, where humans and canines alike enjoyed sitting and swimming off of the dock. The views of the lake from the house are beautiful, especially at sunset. My husband and I both felt at home during our stay. We would definitely recommend this house and stay at this house again. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

Helpful votes: 3 / 3


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