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Cayuga East Shore 2-br Cottage near Ithaca; Wheelchr access. in Cayuga Lake

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vacation rental description

If location and nature are more important to you than having the perfect drive way or every possible amenity, this spot might be for you.  This is a rare, vintage cottage so you might find that it reminds you of your parent’s or grandparent’s cottage on the water somewhere.   It looks like a private retreat, yet only 10 minutes to town, colleges & malls.

Enjoy magnificent sunsets reflected in the lake with great blue herons and eagles gliding by.  Awake to songbirds in the woods or the soft conversation of fishermen floating by.  The perfect spot to view a thunderstorm coming down the lake and to make great, lasting vacation memories.

The “Yellow Cottage” is one level, wheelchair accessible, with a fenced rear patio and a large, covered front deck offering a magnificent view of the lake and its wondrous sunsets.  The broad front room has large, glass windows on three sides, a pull-out couch, and easy chairs.  The master bedroom has a double bed and the back bedroom has a roll-out day bed--a trundle bed that sleeps two on separate mattresses.

The tall trees, dirt road and old-fashioned structures give the place a sense of remoteness, though located within minutes of Cornell, downtown and the Ithaca malls. It is 5 miles north of Ithaca and only about 20 steps down to the Lake. There are train tracks along the shore--the salt train comes by rather slowly and infrequently.  The shoreline is strewn with flat pebbles which are ideal for skipping stones.

Rules and Information
Guests are expected to be considerate of the neighboring residents, and observe reasonable quiet hours.
Swimming, boating or any activities on or near the property are strictly at your own risk.
Fishing is allowed from the docks, but swimmers have the right of way, so please be considerate and don’t leave around any tackle, bait or fish parts. Shoes are recommended, if wading or swimming from the shore.
Outdoor fires are permitted in the fire pit only (or grill). Firewood is available. Do not cut green wood from the forest or in any way deface the trees or natural surroundings.
No smoking allowed inside. Smokers and everyone—please do not litter!  Pets need to have flea protection (Frontline or Advantage), and all droppings placed in plastic bags in the garbage.

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cottage rental amenities

Equiped kitchen with full fridge, gas range, microwave, etc.

A/C & heater (rarely needed), grill, wireless internet, basic cable TV, DVD player, fenced pet patio. Small washer & dryer.

Bring linens, towels and drinking water. COmforters, blanket & pillows supplied.  Bed linens can be supplied if it is not convenient to bring your own. Guests are asked to leave the cottage as they found it, both clean and tidy.  The deposit will be returned within two weeks after the departure inspection.

activities and attractions in Cayuga Lake Finger Lakes

Cayuga is the longest and next-to-deepest lake (475 feet) of the Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York.  People say “Ithaca is Gorges” because of the many gorgeous geological formations in the area.  State Parks, special swimming spots, fine fishing and cool hiking trails abound.  Not to mention the many cultural and educational activities offered in nearby Ithaca.
There are many outdoor music concerts of all kinds every week in the summer season.

A large dock is directly in front of the cottage. A rowboat and canoe are available.  Kayaks are rentable in the surrounding area.  If you have a motorboat, it’s an easy ride to the Myer’s Park & Marina.  The Ithaca Yacht Club is across the Lake. It’s a little further to Taughannock Falls State Park (to the North across the lake) or to the Ithaca Inlet, Allen H. Treman State Park & Marina, and the lovely Stewart Park (to the South).  Ithaca’s wonderful Farmer’s Market is also accessible by boat on the Inlet. All within 5 miles by water!

This is a spot for the whole family to enjoy and create treasured memories.

Quotes from renters include: "It is so private and peaceful." "You weren't kidding when you said it was beautiful!" "That is an incredibly special spot, the cottage is delightful, and it is so nice that the character is being maintained on the end of that road, and indeed on the lake in general...the view to the north is just astounding!"

vacation rental rates

$1100/week from June 14 to September 6; The early & late season rate is $875/week. Both Cornell and Ithaca College graduation weekends in May are $900, and may be extended for the entire week with no additional cost.

Pet fee:  Additional rent of $50 per pet.

A reservation deposit of $300 is required to reserve the cottage.   This will not be refunded if the reservation is canceled within 1 month of the arrival date.  The reservation deposit converts to a security/cleaning deposit and will be refunded when the cottage is left as you found it.  The rent is due upon arrival, payable by card, check or cash.
The rental period is from Saturday @ 3pm to the following Saturday @ 11am.

Property owned by Butler Real Property 2, LLC
Robert Butler, Property Manager




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Top things to do in Cayuga Lake
  • skipping stones on the beach
  • swimming off the docks and float
  • boating---row boat & canoe avail.
  • fishing off the dock or row boat
  • hiking out your front or back door
Top things to do on a budget
  • relax
  • go to free, nearby concerts
  • visit college campuses
  • hike gorge trails
  • visit state parks + wine tastings
Top things to do with a family
  • visit science center & museums
  • go to the farmer's market
  • malls & movies & theater
  • international and veg. restaurants
  • go kayaking, biking or ballooning

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traveler reviews for this cayuga lake cottage rental

Great week!

Review submitted: August 9, 2011   Date of arrival: July 30, 2011

The property is located close to Cornell and shopping, and very private. It is rustic as described, but it was perfect for our family. The large porch overlooking the lake was perfect. The owner and agent couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. The lake is stony at this spot, but very swimmable with a nice dock, a float, a small rocky direct access and a clean, non-weedy bottom. We swam every day.

Recommended for: families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers

Helpful votes: 5 / 5

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Lexington, Massachusettes

Review submitted: February 28, 2010   Date of arrival: August 16, 2009

We had a great time - extremely relaxing! Hope to be back here sometime.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2

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Dryden, New York

Review submitted: February 28, 2010   Date of arrival: July 19, 2009

This is the day I came to the cabin and I loved it so far. I am sleeping in the bedroom across from the bathroom. The fishing is great. Me and my dad are goofballs.

Helpful votes: 1 / 5


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